Tax number 666

Christian worker quits over 666 on tax form

Walter Slonopas resigned as a maintenance worker at his company in Clarksville, Tenn., after his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666.

Boy Scouts

Religious sponsors loom large in Boy Scouts’ policy debate

The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an “outpouring of feedback,” much of that coming from religious sponsors.

Contraceptive mandate

Contraceptive mandate opt-out expanded

The Obama administration has proposed a broader opt-out for religious organizations that object to mandated coverage of contraceptives in employee health care plans.

Supreme Court

Georgia guns-in-church ban upheld

Georgia’s law banning carrying guns in churches will remain on the books after the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to revive the case of a Baptist minister who claimed it burdens his free exercise of religion.

Louie Giglio

Giglio out of inauguration

An evangelical preacher withdrew acceptance of his invitation to pray at President Obama’s inauguration after coming under fire when an old sermon denouncing homosexuality circulated on the Internet.

Newtown shooting galvanizes religious gun control advocates

The shooting deaths of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school has revived religious support for gun control, galvanizing a movement that has struggled to gain traction against the powerful gun lobby.

Huckabee links violence to removal of God from public square

Former presidential candidate turned talk-show host Mike Huckabee stood by controversial comments blaming the deadly Dec. 14 shootings in Connecticut on the lack of religion in public schools.

Fiscal cliff talks worry charities

{mosimage}Representatives of the Charitable Giving Coalition, comprised of about 600 nonprofit organizations, descended on Capitol Hill for two days of lobbying Congress. They want to make sure any federal budget deal does not eliminate or change the deductibility of charitable gifts.

Poll: Most Americans favor mandated birth-control coverage

Nearly two out of three American adults believe businesses and organizations should be required to provide birth-control coverage in their employee health-care plans, even if it violates the employer’s religious beliefs, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research.

Secession theology runs deep in American religious, political history

Since President Obama won re-election, more than 750,000 Americans have petitioned the White House website to let their states secede. 

Hobby Lobby must cover morning-after pills

A federal judge ruled that the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby cannot be exempted from providing emergency contraceptives in their group health plan on religious grounds.

Land breaks pledge, endorses Romney

Richard LandBreaking a longstanding personal pledge, Southern Baptist agency leader Richard Land endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying the upcoming election is the most important since Abraham Lincoln's win in 1860.

Campaigns' faith outreach centers on economic issues

With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final days.

Pastors challenge IRS over political endorsements

As part of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," religious leaders across the country endorsed political candidates—an act that flies in the face of Internal Revenue Service rules about what tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, can and cannot do.

ETBU, HBU legally challenge regulations in health care mandate

Dub OliverEast Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University have filed a lawsuit challenging the preventative services mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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