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Rabbi confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

Rabbi confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

The Senate confirmed David Saperstein—named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009—as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, making him the first non-Christian to hold the job.

       
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Baptist Joint Committee supports workplace religious accommodation

Employers have a duty to accommodate the religion of employees—within reason—and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and others argued in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

       
SBC ethics agency chief denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

SBC ethics agency chief denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

SBC ethics leader Russell Moore said there is “no excuse” for the grand jury decision in Staten Island, N.Y., not to indict the police officer captured on video using a chokehold to subdue Eric Garner.

       
Obama immigration action may split evangelical coalition

Obama immigration action may split evangelical coalition

President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and act on his own threatens to fracture a broad—and rare—coalition of religious groups who came together to push for a solution to improve the nation’s immigration system.

       
Faith leaders, consumer advocates push for lower payday loan rates

Faith leaders, consumer advocates push for lower payday loan rates

Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instead of the exorbitant three-digit rates charged to people in several states.

       

Study: 22% of families have turned to church food pantries for help

During the holiday season, many church-affiliated food pantries across the country will collect donations to help people in need. Chances are, some food donors also know what it’s like to go to bed hungry.

       

Court rejects challenge to clergy housing allowance

Clergy can keep their tax-free housing allowance for now, because a group challenging its constitutionality lacks legal standing to sue, a federal appeals court ruled.

       
BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments weighing the rights of people in prison to exercise their religion against sensitivity to corrections officials in security matters.

       
Judge says Ten Commandments monument near Oklahoma capitol can stay

Judge says Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument can stay

A Baptist minister suing for removal of a Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state capitol won’t get his day in court, a district judge said.

       
Historic Atlanta Baptist church considered for national recognition

Historic Atlanta Baptist church considered for national recognition

West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Ralph Abernathy Sr. and Martin Luther King Jr. met, prayed and organized the civil rights movement, could be on its way to formal national recognition after a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives.

       
Court hears challenge to clergy housing allowance

Court hears challenge to clergy housing allowance

The fate of a 60-year-old provision that allows churches to provide ministers with a tax-exempt “parsonage allowance” rests in the hands of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

       
Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

California State University, which has 23 campuses, is “de-recognizing” local chapters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical Christian group with 860 chapters in the United States.

       
MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

The youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. says her father’s legacy of nonviolence is at stake as the Ferguson, Mo., community continues to confront the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

       
RFRA too important to be undone, Baptist legal experts insist

RFRA too important to be undone, Baptist legal experts insist

Two Baptist experts in religious liberty law say the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision could set a precedent for applying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in ways contrary to its legislative intent.

       
Most Americans say U.S. should shelter child immigrants

Most Americans say U.S. should shelter child immigrants

Most Americans view the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America as refugees fleeing danger at home. And they believe the United States should support these children while reviewing their cases, not deport them immediately.

       
 
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