Religious leaders laud MLK in memorial service

MLK MemorialAn earthquake and a hurricane interrupted plans to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in the nation's capital, but religious leaders and civil rights veterans said King's legacy is unshakable.


Mark Hatfield remembered as champion for religious liberty

Former Sen. Mark Hatfield –- an Oregon Republican whose Baptist faith helped shape his political views during nearly half a century in public office –- died Aug. 7 after several years of declining health.

Budget debt discussion reveals surprising agreement

Richard Land and Jim Wallis discuss the national debt and possible solutions in a new online video tackling military spending, taxes, welfare programs and entitlements.

Justices rely on standing in church-state disputes

As the U.S. Supreme Court ends its 2010-2011 term, legal scholars say one decision is likely to resonate within church-state debates for years to come.

BJC defends limits on lawsuits against religious organizations

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined other groups in a legal brief arguing that a teacher fired by a Christian school should not be allowed to sue her former employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SBC leader criticizes Obama on Israel

The Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy official called Barack Obama “the worst president of the United States that Israel has ever had” at a rally for social conservatives held June 3-4 in Washington.

Believers find authentic community in organic churches

A survey this year by The Barna Group found 5 percent of Americans say they attend a “house church or simple church, which is not associated in any way with a local, congregational type of church.”


Two-thirds of Americans say Osama bin Laden’s in hell

While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Laden’s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul—in hell.

Congregations recovering gradually from recession

The recession was a double-barrel blow to American congregations—directly hurting their budgets while also stretching them thin due to increased needs for counseling, emergency housing and other social services.

BJC says National Day of Prayer proclamation ‘unwise’

Despite a recent court ruling that a law establishing a National Day of Prayer cannot be challenged in court, officials at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty said such official religious declarations are misguided and unnecessary.

Small churches feeling financial squeeze

Almost all churches in the United States witnessed a change in the financial giving they received in 2010 compared to 2009, with smaller churches feeling the squeeze but larger churches faring relatively better, according to a new report.



Ground Zero cross on the move again

Ground Zero CrossThe Cross at Ground Zero, an i-beam that fell from the fiery, apocalyptic heavens during the 9/11 terror attacks and stuck upright in the ground, will soon be moving to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.


Huckabee defends praise for controversial historian

HuckabeeFormer and possible future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee went on Comedy Central’s Daily Show to defend his praise for David Barton, a leading advocate for the view that America was founded as a Christian nation using what critics call revisionist history.Video Included


Supreme Court upholds tax credits for scholarships to religious schools

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Arizona taxpayers who claimed that a state law allowing tax credits to fund scholarships for students who attend private schools violates the separation of church and state.

TSA, airlines tread carefully on religious expression

Misunderstandings over religious expression have led to recent incidents that prompted apologies from airlines. Federal security officials are finding that it's harder than they thought to make air travelers feel safe and at the same time respect religious expression.
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