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Group urges IRS to probe church; calls for end to National Day of Prayer

A church-state watchdog group says the Internal Revenue Service should investigate whether a New York church violated federal tax law by endorsing a Democrat running for governor.
       

Most Americans OK student religious speech, poll reveals

A majority of Americans—including those who do not practice any particular faith—think students should be able to express their religion in public schools, according to a new poll by the First Amendment Center.
       

Jimmy Carter discharged from hospital

Former President Jimmy Carter was discharged Sept. 30 after two nights in a Cleveland hospital for what doctors say was a stomach virus.
       

BPFNA urges support for Muslims; N.Y. project director decries discourse

As the leader of an effort to build an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan expressed his dismay Sept. 13 at the rising tide of anti-Islam rhetoric across the country, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America called on Baptists to build bridges of understanding with their Muslim neighbors.
       

Baptist leaders meet with Holder, denounce Baptists trashing Islam

As the national debate over Islam continues to ratchet up in advance of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Baptists joined a group of religious leaders Sept. 7 in denouncing Islamophobia, urged the nation’s top law-enforcement official to crack down on anti-Muslim bigotry and chastened their fellow Baptists for contributing to the problem.
       

Two prominent Baptist thinkers criticize Beck’s 'Restoring Honor' rally

Beck rallyWhen popular conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck called for “revival” on the National Mall Aug. 28, he was making a hash of both patriotism and faith, according to published comments by a pair of prominent Baptist leaders. 
       

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.
       
 
 
 
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