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Ken Starr on shortlist to head international religious freedom commission

Ken Starr on shortlist to head international religious freedom commission

President Trump reportedly is considering naming former Baylor University President Ken Starr to head the State Department’s Commission on International Religious Freedom.

       
Trump pledges to ‘destroy’ restriction on political pulpit speech

Trump pledges to ‘destroy’ restriction on political pulpit speech

President Trump promised to repeal a law that bars churches from supporting political candidates without risking their tax-exempt status. Advocates of church-state separation insist the Johnson Amendment has served the nation and its congregations well.

       
March for Life buoyant over Trump’s anti-abortion promises

March for Life buoyant over Trump’s anti-abortion promises

A week after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, throngs of anti-abortion marchers gathered near the White House to applaud his administration’s actions and his plans to support their cause.

       
Trump executive order suspending refugee resettlement triggers strong reaction

Trump executive order on refugee resettlement triggers strong reaction

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 27 that temporarily halts the refugee resettlement program and suspends visas from several Muslim-majority countries, drawing immediate reaction from religious leaders.

       
Baptists participate in presidential inauguration

Baptists participate in presidential inauguration

At least five Southern Baptist pastors—including three from Texas—participated in inaugural activities for President Donald Trump.

       
Donald Trump to be sworn in on Lincoln and family Bibles

Inauguration to feature Lincoln, Trump Bibles

When President-elect Donald Trump takes his oath of office on Inauguration Day, his hand will rest on his family Bible and the Abraham Lincoln Bible.

       
Where do Americans look to solve nation’s woes?

Where do Americans look to solve nation’s woes?

America has its problems and needs to talk, but few Americans agree on who best can lead a conversation about the nation’s woes, a new study reveals.

       
Percentage of professing Christians in Congress holds steady

Percentage of professing Christians in Congress holds steady

The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, a new analysis by Pew Research Center revealed.

       
Trump’s surprise election tops religion news stories of 2016

Trump’s surprise election tops religion news stories of 2016

The election of Donald Trump, a man who suggested banning Muslim immigration to the United States and attracted overwhelming evangelical support, was the top religion story of the year, according to members of the Religion News Association.

       
Obama signs bipartisan International Religious Freedom Act

Obama signs bipartisan International Religious Freedom Act

President Obama signed into law the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2016—an action that drew praise from groups ranging from Baptist agencies to the American Humanist Association.

       
Trump urged to appoint ambassador-at-large for global religious freedom

Trump urged to appoint ambassador-at-large for global religious freedom

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to appoint an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in his first 100 days in office.

       
Muslim voters don’t show up in the exit polls—yet

Muslim voters don’t show up in the exit polls—yet

Pollsters and other students of politics say the day has not arrived when the Muslim vote makes a significant imprint on national elections. But that doesn’t mean politicians can safely ignore this demographic.

       
Trump education pick worries church-state separationists

Trump education pick worries church-state separationists

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says he turned down an offer to become Donald Trump’s education secretary before the president-elect offered the job to school voucher advocate Betsy DeVos.

       

FBI reports surge of anti-Muslim incidents

Although Jews remain the most frequent victims in America of hate crimes based on religion, the number of incidents against Muslims surged in 2015, according to newly released data from the FBI.

       
Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham’s song leader for six decades, dies at 93

Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham’s song leader for six decades, dies at 93

Cliff Barrows, who led songs for evangelist Billy Graham six decades, died under hospice care in Charlotte, N.C. He was 93 years old.

       
 
 
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