Religious groups push action on prison rape

Religious leaders and civil rights advocates have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, pressing the Department of Justice to implement national standards to help prevent an estimated 60,000 cases of prison rape each year.

Poll: More confused about Obama’s faith, oppose church politicking

A new poll released by the Pew Research Center Aug. 19 shows a sharp uptick in the percentage of Americans who are confused about President Obama’s faith. It also shows that a slight majority of Americans don’t want churches involved in politics.

Hispanic evangelicals warn GOP against alienating Latino voters

Leaders of the nation’s largest Hispanic evangelical organization warned leaders of the Republican Party Aug. 17 that their increasingly strident rhetoric on immigration puts the party at risk of losing an entire generation of Latino voters.

Baptist leader says Obama wrong about Ground Zero mosque

The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's moral concerns agency said Aug. 14 that he disagreed with President Obama's assessment that Muslims have a constitutional right to build the so-called Ground Zero mosque in New York City.

Quran burning condemned

The National Association of Evangelicals has condemned plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Washington in a war of words over how to label terrorists

In addition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration is fighting on another front—a domestic war of words over how to describe the threat posed by militant Islamic terrorism.

Evangelicals pray for people economically affected by Gulf oil spill

The National Association of Evangelicals and Evangelical Environmental Network set aside Sunday, July 18, as a "National Day of Prayer for the Gulf."

BJC files brief opposing sectarian prayer at government meetings

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty filed legal papers July 6 arguing that inviting religious leaders to invoke sectarian prayers a North Carolina county's board of commissioners meetings is unconstitutional.

Justices say Christian club not exempt from law school’s policy

A closely divided Supreme Court, in a June 28 ruling that resolved few major constitutional questions, said the University of California’s law school could refuse to offer the benefits of official registration to a Christian student group because the club discriminates on the basis of religion and sexual orientation.

BJC supporters warned of ‘Christian nationalists,’ honor Gardner Taylor

Culture warriors who contend that the United States is a “Christian nation” gravely endanger freedoms sacred to both Christianity and the nation, Mercer University President Bill Underwood warned supporters of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty June 25.

Obama nominates Baptist pastor, speaker to be religious-freedom ambassador

President Obama has responded to more than a year of speculation and criticism among advocates for international religious freedom by naming an American Baptist pastor and motivational speaker as the nation’s top diplomat for religious freedom.

Rosaries a popular gang tool, but not as an aid to prayer

Gang members are using rosary beads for identification, and school crackdowns on the practice are raising questions of religious freedom.

Medical-experimentation allegations spur new calls for torture inquest

New allegations that physicians working for the United States government engaged in medical experimentation on terrorism suspects has led a group of religious leaders to, once again, demand that President Obama convene a high-profile panel to investigate the subject.

Memorial cross at center of recent Supreme Court case reportedly stolen

A cross in the middle of the Mojave Desert that inspired a passionate Supreme Court debate about religious freedom reportedly has been stolen.

Kagan’s views on church-state, social issues largely unknown

President Obama’s latest Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan has an exceedingly thin paper trail on some of the legal questions most important to people of faith.
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