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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.

Baptists join praise for religious freedom ambassador nominee

Baptists join praise for religious freedom ambassador nominee

Baptists joined other American religious leaders in praising President Barack Obama’s selection of David Nathan Saperstein, a rabbi and law professor, to lead the U.S. State Department’s anti-religious-discrimination efforts around the world.

Forget Republican or Democrat; Americans divided by values

Forget Republican or Democrat; Americans divided by values

A new Pew Research Center survey finds no sharp lines dividing people by their views on politics, faith, family, and the role and limits of government. Instead, "it’s a spectrum."

Critics of Hobby Lobby decision call for RFRA repeal

Critics of Hobby Lobby decision call for RFRA repeal

As soon as the Supreme Court decided for Hobby Lobby and against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, critics called for the repeal of the 1993 law the justices relied on to make their 5-4 decision.

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Analysis: Five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case

Here are five things to know about the Hobby Lobby case—one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year.

Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby

Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict with company owners’ religious beliefs.

Court overturns Utah same-sex marriage ban

Court overturns Utah same-sex marriage ban

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a lower-court decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

BJC opposes Colorado voucher plan

BJC opposes Colorado voucher plan

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined a lawsuit asking the Colorado Supreme Court to declare a pilot program using taxpayer dollars for private school vouchers unconstitutional.

Supreme Court won’t wade into fight over graduations in churches

High court won’t wade into fight over church graduation

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court ruling that a Wisconsin high school acted unconstitutionally when it held its graduation ceremonies in a local megachurch.

Baptist group defends Muslim prisoners’ right to keep beard

Baptist group defends Muslim prisoner's right to grow beard

A prisoner has the right to exercise his religious belief by adhering to religious grooming standards, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court and signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Supreme Court upholds ceremonial prayer at public meetings

Supreme Court upholds prayer at public meetings

Overtly Christian prayers at government meetings do not violate the First Amendment’s ban on establishing religion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4.

Brent Walker: Faiths can build bridges of understanding

Brent Walker: Faiths can build bridges of understanding

Rights, responsibility and respect provide the infrastructure for bridges of understanding between faith groups, Baptist religious liberty advocate Brent Walker stressed in a symposium at Harvard University May 1.

Most Americans want ‘under God’ in Pledge

Most Americans want ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

The U.S. Congress added the words “under God” to the country’s Pledge of Allegiance 60 years ago, and most Americans want to keep it that way, despite ongoing legal challenges.

Hobby Lobby curriculum

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green launches public school Bible course

The Mustang, Okla., school board voted April 14 to adopt a Bible course developed by Steve Green, clearing the way for the Hobby Lobby president to enter another charged arena at the borderline of church and state.

 
 
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