Battle of Gettysburg

New Gettysburg museum explores role of faith in Civil War

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Seminary Ridge Museum on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg takes visitors into the minds of those who fought and explores their conflicting ideas of freedom.

Hobby Lobby appeal

Hobby Lobby wins legal appeal

The Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby won’t have to pay millions of dollars in fines, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling June 27 allowing the Oklahoma-based retailer to proceed with its lawsuit challenging Obamacare.

Church shootings

Feds release first guidelines for confronting a church shooter

For the first time, the federal government has issued written guidelines for houses of worship confronted with a homicidal gunman.

Supreme Court gay marriage

Analysis: Religious conservatives ponder next move

Twin Supreme Court rulings that further opened the door for same-sex marriage in the United States were not entirely unexpected. The real question is what opponents of same-sex marriage will do now.

National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

Hispanic ministers press lawmakers on immigration reform

With a July 4 deadline looming for an immigration reform vote on Capitol Hill, politicians and clergy at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast pushed lawmakers to reach common ground.


Religious freedom panel lacks real power, activists insist

Fifteen years after Congress created an independent watchdog panel to oversee global religious freedom, the panel has little power and little influence, activists told lawmakers.

gay marriage

Gay marriage inevitable? Most Americans think so

Close to three-fours of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Lincoln, faith and emancipation

Faith prompted Emancipation Proclamation, scholar insists

A “profound spiritual odyssey” prompted Abraham Lincoln’s crafting of the Emancipation Proclamation, one of “the most revolutionary documents ever signed by an American president,” a prominent religious historian told a conference on racial reconciliation.

Tornado damage in Moore, Okla.

After disasters, Americans turn to God & practice generosity

When natural disasters occur, most Americans take increased interest in God and donate to relief agencies, a recent survey shows.

Kerry State Department

Analysis: Is religious freedom report failing the faithful?

The U.S. State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court to hear prayer case

The Supreme Court agreed May 20 to hear a case centering on whether sectarian prayers at the beginning of official government meetings violate the First Amendment—an issue that has roiled local governing and school boards for years.

Oklahoma tornadoes

TBM command team to Oklahoma, others prepare

(UPDATED) Texas Baptist Men plans to send a team to Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday to relieve Oklahoma Baptists who had been responding to a previous tornado there.

Royal Ambassadors

Church-based Scouting alternatives attract interest

As the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to change its membership policy to admit gay members but continue its ban on gay leaders, decades-old religious organizations offer alternatives.

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham calls IRS probe ‘un-American’

Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying the IRS audited both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan’s Purse.

Kermit Gosnell

Analysis: Will Gosnell verdict change abortion debate?

Fervent prayers by abortion opponents for a game-changing impact from the conviction of rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell may go unanswered for a variety of reasons.

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