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Election campaign makes some evangelicals reject name

Election campaign makes some evangelicals reject name

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, caused a stir this election season when he said he no longer wanted to be called an “evangelical Christian.” But an evangelical identity crisis has been simmering for some time.

       
Churches pray for refugees on fifth anniversary of Syrian civil war

Christians pray for refugees as Syrian civil war enters sixth year

As the civil war in Syria entered its sixth year, Christians across the United States took to prayer.

       
Future of Texas abortion case at crossroads

Future of Texas abortion case at crossroads

After years battling hundreds of restrictions imposed by conservative state legislatures, proponents of abortion rights could be on the verge of a big victory, a small defeat or a do-over.

       
Supreme Court hears arguments on Texas abortion clinics case

Supreme Court hears arguments on Texas abortion clinics case

The Supreme Court’s liberal justices seemed united in March 2 arguments that Texas’ abortion regulations are an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s right to an abortion, but Justice Anthony Kennedy, who holds the key vote, questioned whether there was enough evidence to make such a finding. (The Washington Post)

       
Franklin Graham insists he cares more about winning hearts than votes

Franklin Graham insists he cares more about winning hearts than votes

At 63, fiery evangelist and social conservative Franklin Graham still is a “black sheep” who doesn’t travel with the speak-nice flock.

       
Most in U.S. oppose religious exemptions to LGBT nondiscrimination laws

Most in U.S. oppose religious exemptions to LGBT nondiscrimination laws

Most Americans oppose religious exemptions to homosexual nondiscrimination laws, according to a new survey.

       
Politics divides American views of Muslims and Islam

Politics divides American views of Muslims, Islam and extremists

Republicans and Democrats divide sharply over views on Islam, Muslims and how a U.S. president should label violent extremists.

       
Muslim American involvement in terrorism rose, but threat exaggerated

Muslim Americans involved in terrorism up, but threat exaggerated

The number of Muslim Americans involved in terrorism cases “rose dramatically” in 2015, but the overall threat they posed to public safety has been exaggerated, says the author of a new terrorism study.

       
Protestant pastors undecided about presidential pick

Protestant pastors undecided about presidential pick

“Undecided” is by far the most popular presidential choice of America’s Protestant pastors, according to a telephone survey of 1,000 senior pastors from LifeWay Research.

       
Voters warm to candidates who are not religious

Voters warm to candidates who are not religious

On the growing list of ways the “outsiders” election of 2016 is upsetting conventional political wisdom, here’s a new entry: A contender’s lack of strong faith is not the deal breaker it once was for voters, according to a new survey.

       
RNC disinvites debate moderator after Trump takedown

RNC disinvites debate moderator after Trump takedown

Contributors to an online symposium on why conservatives shouldn’t support Donald Trump included SBC agency head Russell Moore. From BNG

       
Religious groups challenge contraceptive mandate in Supreme Court brief

Religious groups challenge contraceptive mandate in Supreme Court brief

Several religious nonprofits, including GuideStone Financial Resources, claim Obamacare violates their religious liberty. From BNG

       
Americans prize religious freedom for Christians

Americans prize religion freedom for Christians, less for Muslims

Eight in 10 Americans say it’s very or extremely important for people like themselves to be allowed to practice their religion freely. But support for religious freedom plummeted when people were asked about other traditions,  a new survey revealed. From RNS

       
Religion reporters name top stories

Religion reporters name same-sex marriage top story of year

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage made the top slot in the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual ranking of the 10 most important religion news stories of the year.

       
Americans fear terrorism

Americans fear terrorism, mass shootings—and often Muslims

Terrorism and mass shootings trouble an overwhelming number of Americans today, and the religious identity of the killers influences how they are viewed.

       
 
 
 
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