Supreme Court won’t wade into fight over graduations in churches

High court won’t wade into fight over church graduation

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch.

Baptist group defends Muslim prisoners’ right to keep beard

Baptist group defends Muslim prisoner's right to grow beard

A prisoner has the right to exercise his religious belief by adhering to religious grooming standards, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court and signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Supreme Court upholds ceremonial prayer at public meetings

Supreme Court upholds prayer at public meetings

Overtly Christian prayers at government meetings do not violate the First Amendment’s ban on establishing religion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4.

Brent Walker: Faiths can build bridges of understanding

Brent Walker: Faiths can build bridges of understanding

Rights, responsibility and respect provide the infrastructure for bridges of understanding between faith groups, Baptist religious liberty advocate Brent Walker stressed in a symposium at Harvard University May 1.

Most Americans want ‘under God’ in Pledge

Most Americans want ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

The U.S. Congress added the words “under God” to the country’s Pledge of Allegiance 60 years ago, and most Americans want to keep it that way, despite ongoing legal challenges.

Hobby Lobby curriculum

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green launches public school Bible course

The Mustang, Okla., school board voted April 14 to adopt a Bible course developed by Steve Green, clearing the way for the Hobby Lobby president to enter another charged arena at the borderline of church and state.

Baptist leaders discuss immigration reform with Obama

Baptist leaders discuss immigration reform with Obama

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore joined a small group of faith leaders who met with President Obama in the Oval Office April 15 to discuss immigration reform.

World Vision policy

World Vision policy on same-sex marriage sparks debate

Within 48 hours, the Christian relief organization World Vision twice announced changes to its employee policy regarding gay marriage, essentially returning to its original position that prohibits same-sex unions.

Supreme Court will decide if Hobby Lobby has religious rights

Supreme Court will decide if Hobby Lobby has religious rights

The Green family that owns the Hobby Lobby craft store chain believes the Affordable Care Act ran roughshod over their religious liberties. On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear the case.

Fired pharmacist sues alleging religious bias

Fired pharmacist sues alleging religious bias

A Tennessee pharmacist and a Baptist church deacon who lost his job after an ongoing dispute over selling Plan B contraception sued his former bosses, claiming he was fired because of his religious beliefs.


Chaplains help others grieve, but learn to grieve themselves

Chaplains, who usually help others grieve, need a chance to grieve themselves. This often-unspoken need now is being addressed across the country, with new training and a greater emphasis on mentoring.

Hobby Lobby brief

Brief says Hobby Lobby puts RFRA on trial

Lawyers representing Hobby Lobby against mandated coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare say forcing business owners to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay steep fines “is one of the most straightforward violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this court is likely to see.”

Munoz case sparks debate

Muñoz ruling sparks debate on prenatal, end-of-life issues

An unusual controversy involving both ends of the “womb-to-tomb” spectrum of the sanctity of human life debate ended quietly Jan. 26 in a hospital in Fort Worth when doctors removed life support from a 33-year-old pregnant woman diagnosed as brain dead.

Clergy housing allowance

Justice Department appeals housing allowance ruling

Department of Justice attorneys appealed a federal judge’s ruling declaring the ministers’ housing allowance unconstitutional.

Racial Diversity

Racial diversity at church more dream than reality

More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. declared 11 a.m. on Sunday the most segregated hour of the week, racially diverse congregations remain more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors, research reveals.

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