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.

Court accepts Drake's 'birther' appeal

Nearly two-and-a-half years into his term, a federal appeals court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a case alleging that Barack Obama is not eligible to serve as president of the United States. A former Southern Baptist Convention vice president is plaintiff in the case.

Baptist leaders denounce Muslim hearing

Leaders of three national Baptist organizations signed a statement released March 10 critical of the hearings by the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security on the subject of radicalization within the American Muslim community.

Scholar urges broader congressional hearings on radical Islam

A Baptist advocate for religious liberty and the separation of church and state said March 8 that House committee hearings scheduled later this week on radical Islam should be broadened to other faiths.

Attention to anti-gay protest group worries fellow Baptists

A tiny independent Kansas congregation composed mostly of extended family members of founding pastor Fred Phelps captured headlines when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled its controversial protests at funerals of slain military veterans are protected as free speech under the First Amendment. Many Baptist leaders balk at being associated with the group.


Supreme Court sides with Westboro Baptist Church

The United States Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on March 2 that anti-gay protests outside of military funerals by a controversial Kansas Baptist church are protected speech under the First Amendment.

If administration won’t fight gay marriage, conservative law firms will

If President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice no longer want to defend the Defense of Marriage Act from challenges by gay rights activists, who will? Leading conservative law firms say they’re eager to defend the law, but that may not be so easy.


Most Americans support upcoming congressional probe of Muslims

Americans haven’t heard much about congressional hearings on the radicalization of U.S. Muslims, but more than half think it’s a good idea, and nearly as many believe Muslims here haven’t done enough to fight extremists in their midst, according to a new poll.

National debt a new hot issue for evangelicals

As Washington debates President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget, the immorality of the deficit has become the hot topic on right-leaning Christian blogs, radio programs and political mailings.

Church membership trends unchanged

Pentecostals, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses gained ground, mainline churches continued to decline and growth in the largest two denominations -- Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists -- remained stagnant, according to new statistics compiled by the National Council of Churches.
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