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.

Race perception gap

Study says race perception gap widening

Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech envisioned unity between blacks and whites, a new study finds a growing gap in racial attitudes and experiences in America.

Obamacare challenges

Texas Baptist universities win round against Obamacare

A federal judge says East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University do not have to include emergency contraceptives in their employee insurance coverage.

Guidestone injunction

GuideStone injunction blocks abortion mandate

A federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction Dec. 20 against a government mandate that requires employers—including some religiously affiliated ones—to provide contraceptive drugs and devices they believe cause abortions.

Hunger and Homelessness

Report: Hunger, homelessness continue to increase

In spite of some economic improvement in the last year, mayors reported their cities experienced increased requests for food assistance, a growing number of homeless families and shortfalls in meeting needs.

Justices refuse challenge to Obamacare

Justices refuse challenge to Obamacare

A week after agreeing to decide whether mandated contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a broader challenge raised by Liberty University.

Hobby Lobby case

Supreme Court to hear Hobby Lobby case

he Supreme Court agreed Nov. 26 to accept cases challenging mandated contraception coverage in the health care reform law known as Obamacare.

Clergy Housing Allowance

Judge strikes down clergy housing allowance

A federal judge ruled an IRS regulation allowing clergy to avoid paying taxes on a part of their income designated as a housing allowance violates the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Faith leaders urge closing of Gitmo

The head of American Baptist Churches USA joined 42 other faith leaders in a letter urging senators to support efforts to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

Immigration reform poll

Poll: Protestant pastors support immigration reform

A new poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds nearly six in 10 senior pastors of Protestant churches support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Religious Freedom Restoration Act needed more now

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is more needed now than when it was enacted 20 years, ago, a Baptist church-state expert said at a symposium in Washington.

Court wrestles with prayer

Supreme Court wrestles with prayer at public meetings

The Supreme Court struggled with a case that asks whether government organizations can open with prayers some people find overly religious and exclusive.

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