Religious & political leaders call for AIDS-free generation

world aids dayA star-studded array of political and religious leaders -- from President Obama to rock legend Bono to AIDS activist Kay Warren -- came together Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day to call for an entirely AIDS-free generation by 2015.


Some abusive predators hide in plain sight in trusted institutions

The abuse allegations at Penn State seem unthinkable—revered assistant coach and prominent community activist Jerry Sandusky preying on eight children. But such abuses of trust play out across the country over and over again.

Lynn: Minorities face biggest threats to religious liberty

Barry LynnAn advocate for the separation of church and state told a House panel Oct. 26 that what some Americans regard as imminent threats to religious liberty are in fact attempts to maintain a favored status for the majority.



Three in four pastors say Mormons aren't Christian

As a prominent evangelical pastor and supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking heat for calling Mormonism a "cult," a newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree Mormons are not Christians.

Fred Shuttlesworth, civil rights pioneer, dies at 89 (Revised)

Fred Shuttlesworth, the last of the “Big Three” of the civil rights movement with Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King, died Oct. 5. He was 89.

Todd Mitchell tapped to lead cowboy churches' fellowship

Todd Mitchell, a 41-year-old Alabama pastor and regional strategist for the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches, is the organization's new executive director.

Supreme Court hears arguments in important church-state case

Sipreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Oct. 5 in a closely watched case involving a church’s right to hire or fire ministers for reasons like religious doctrine that in other settings would be job discrimination.


High court says World Vision can hire only Christians

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court ruling that the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision can fire employees over religious doctrine.

Baptists among religious leaders in event to mourn victims of 9/11, promote religious freedom

Prominent religious leaders of various faiths joined Sept. 8 in Washington to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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.
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