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BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

BJC supports Muslim prisoner’s right to grow beard

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments weighing the rights of people in prison to exercise their religion against sensitivity to corrections officials in security matters.

Judge says Ten Commandments monument near Oklahoma capitol can stay

Judge says Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument can stay

A Baptist minister suing for removal of a Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state capitol won’t get his day in court, a district judge said.

Historic Atlanta Baptist church considered for national recognition

Historic Atlanta Baptist church considered for national recognition

West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Ralph Abernathy Sr. and Martin Luther King Jr. met, prayed and organized the civil rights movement, could be on its way to formal national recognition after a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Court hears challenge to clergy housing allowance

Court hears challenge to clergy housing allowance

The fate of a 60-year-old provision that allows churches to provide ministers with a tax-exempt “parsonage allowance” rests in the hands of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

California State University, which has 23 campuses, is “de-recognizing” local chapters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical Christian group with 860 chapters in the United States.

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

MLK’s daughter seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

The youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. says her father’s legacy of nonviolence is at stake as the Ferguson, Mo., community continues to confront the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

RFRA too important to be undone, Baptist legal experts insist

RFRA too important to be undone, Baptist legal experts insist

Two Baptist experts in religious liberty law say the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision could set a precedent for applying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in ways contrary to its legislative intent.

Most Americans say U.S. should shelter child immigrants

Most Americans say U.S. should shelter child immigrants

Most Americans view the waves of children crossing into the United States from Central America as refugees fleeing danger at home. And they believe the United States should support these children while reviewing their cases, not deport them immediately.

Baptists join praise for religious freedom ambassador nominee

Baptists join praise for religious freedom ambassador nominee

Baptists joined other American religious leaders in praising President Barack Obama’s selection of David Nathan Saperstein, a rabbi and law professor, to lead the U.S. State Department’s anti-religious-discrimination efforts around the world.

Forget Republican or Democrat; Americans divided by values

Forget Republican or Democrat; Americans divided by values

A new Pew Research Center survey finds no sharp lines dividing people by their views on politics, faith, family, and the role and limits of government. Instead, "it’s a spectrum."

Critics of Hobby Lobby decision call for RFRA repeal

Critics of Hobby Lobby decision call for RFRA repeal

As soon as the Supreme Court decided for Hobby Lobby and against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, critics called for the repeal of the 1993 law the justices relied on to make their 5-4 decision.

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Analysis: Five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case

Here are five things to know about the Hobby Lobby case—one of the most anticipated Supreme Court decisions of the year.

Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby

Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict with company owners’ religious beliefs.

Court overturns Utah same-sex marriage ban

Court overturns Utah same-sex marriage ban

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a lower-court decision striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

BJC opposes Colorado voucher plan

BJC opposes Colorado voucher plan

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined a lawsuit asking the Colorado Supreme Court to declare a pilot program using taxpayer dollars for private school vouchers unconstitutional.

 
 
 
 
 
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