BJC supporters warned of ‘Christian nationalists,’ honor Gardner Taylor

Culture warriors who contend that the United States is a “Christian nation” gravely endanger freedoms sacred to both Christianity and the nation, Mercer University President Bill Underwood warned supporters of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty June 25.

Obama nominates Baptist pastor, speaker to be religious-freedom ambassador

President Obama has responded to more than a year of speculation and criticism among advocates for international religious freedom by naming an American Baptist pastor and motivational speaker as the nation’s top diplomat for religious freedom.

Rosaries a popular gang tool, but not as an aid to prayer

Gang members are using rosary beads for identification, and school crackdowns on the practice are raising questions of religious freedom.

Medical-experimentation allegations spur new calls for torture inquest

New allegations that physicians working for the United States government engaged in medical experimentation on terrorism suspects has led a group of religious leaders to, once again, demand that President Obama convene a high-profile panel to investigate the subject.

Memorial cross at center of recent Supreme Court case reportedly stolen

A cross in the middle of the Mojave Desert that inspired a passionate Supreme Court debate about religious freedom reportedly has been stolen.

Kagan’s views on church-state, social issues largely unknown

President Obama’s latest Supreme Court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan has an exceedingly thin paper trail on some of the legal questions most important to people of faith.

Obama, Billy Graham meet at evangelist’s home

President Obama and ailing evangelist Billy Graham exchanged prayers during their first meeting recently at Graham’s home in western North Carolina.

Obama proclaims National Day of Prayer despite court ruling

President Obama has followed through on his promise to declare May 6 the National Day of Prayer despite a controversial April 15 ruling by a federal judge who said the government encouraging its citizens to pray violates the First Amendment.

Church-state separationists relieved, displeased by desert-cross decision

A divided Supreme Court rendered a complex decision April 28 on the fate of a lonely cross in the California desert. The decision -- the first major church-state case of Chief Justice John Roberts’ tenure -- upset religious-freedom advocates but heartened religious conservatives.

Faith leaders protest Arizona's anti-immigration law

Religious events across the country are being planned this weekend to protest Arizona's new law giving police more power to crack down on illegal immigration. Critics said the bill encourages racial profiling and illustrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

Obama administration to appeal ruling against National Day of Prayer

The U.S. Justice Department announced April 22 it would appeal a federal court ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.

African-American churches see a revival of cooperation

Recent months have seen a resurgence of interdenominational relations in some of the nation’s most prominent predominantly black churches.

Judge rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional

A federal judge has found a National Day of Prayer mandated by Congress unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation of church and state.

Some black church leaders feel jilted by President Obama

When President Obama was elected, some black pastors—fresh from a campaign that featured extensive outreach to their churches—expected meetings with the president, or at least to be enlisted as informal advisers. For better or worse, those expectations have largely fallen flat.

Poll finds broad religious support for immigration reform

A new survey finds broad support across party lines and religious groups for comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the rule of law and respects the dignity and wholeness of immigrants and families.
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