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.


Religious groups team up to fight sex trafficking

UNICEF reports girls enter the commercial sex trade in the United States at age 13. And while many Americans might think of sex trafficking as an international problem, it often starts in the United States.


Political speech shows many still don't understand school prayer

Many Americans still  misunderstand a landmark Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory prayer recitations in public schools.

Saddleback civil forum called off due to candidates' lack of civility

Rick WarrenSaddleback Church pastor and Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren announced that a civil forum planned with President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been canceled. Warren said he pulled the plug because he believes discourse between the two campaigns has become so uncivil that a polite exchange for two hours would seem hypocritical.


Obama and Romney offer glimpse into their spiritual lives

Obama RomneyPresident Obama says it's not his job to defend his Christian faith against doubters who suspect he's Muslim. His GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, says religion is "integral" to his life, even as often he avoids mentioning his Mormon faith by name.


Ad marks foray into religious campaign rhetoric, Baylor analyst notes

Romney campaign adA new political ad by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in which he accuses President Obama of “waging war on religion,” is an opening salvo in religious rhetoric that likely will escalate as the November election approaches, said a Baylor University political expert and author.


Colorado tragedy affects Texas Baptist family

The impact of last week’s shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater was felt as far away as Texas, where a Baptist family mourned the loss of a brother and son.

Baptist injured in theater shooting chooses forgiveness

From his hospital bed, one of the 58 people injured in a July 20 shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that claimed 12 lives has become a spokesman for Christian forgiveness.

Supreme Court tosses Plano 'Christian candy cane' case

An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter June 11 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the so-called “Christian candy cane” case.  

Baptist leaders join other evangelicals in call for immigration reform

illegal immigrationTwo Texas Baptist leaders and other prominent Baptists are among about 140 evangelical Christians who endorsed a statement of principles for immigration reform, which includes the call for a path to citizenship or legal status for qualified undocumented immigrants.


Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election

With the 2012 election just a few months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. But that doesn't mean they plan to keep mum in the public square.

One in six U.S. voters still thinks Obama's a Muslim--and he's not

After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is incorrectly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only one quarter of voters can correctly identify him as a Protestant, according to a new poll.
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