Obamacare challenges

Texas Baptist universities win round against Obamacare

A federal judge says East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University do not have to include emergency contraceptives in their employee insurance coverage.

Guidestone injunction

GuideStone injunction blocks abortion mandate

A federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction Dec. 20 against a government mandate that requires employers—including some religiously affiliated ones—to provide contraceptive drugs and devices they believe cause abortions.

Hunger and Homelessness

Report: Hunger, homelessness continue to increase

In spite of some economic improvement in the last year, mayors reported their cities experienced increased requests for food assistance, a growing number of homeless families and shortfalls in meeting needs.

Justices refuse challenge to Obamacare

Justices refuse challenge to Obamacare

A week after agreeing to decide whether mandated contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a broader challenge raised by Liberty University.

Hobby Lobby case

Supreme Court to hear Hobby Lobby case

he Supreme Court agreed Nov. 26 to accept cases challenging mandated contraception coverage in the health care reform law known as Obamacare.

Clergy Housing Allowance

Judge strikes down clergy housing allowance

A federal judge ruled an IRS regulation allowing clergy to avoid paying taxes on a part of their income designated as a housing allowance violates the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Faith leaders urge closing of Gitmo

The head of American Baptist Churches USA joined 42 other faith leaders in a letter urging senators to support efforts to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

Immigration reform poll

Poll: Protestant pastors support immigration reform

A new poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds nearly six in 10 senior pastors of Protestant churches support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Religious Freedom Restoration Act needed more now

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is more needed now than when it was enacted 20 years, ago, a Baptist church-state expert said at a symposium in Washington.

Court wrestles with prayer

Supreme Court wrestles with prayer at public meetings

The Supreme Court struggled with a case that asks whether government organizations can open with prayers some people find overly religious and exclusive.

opponents of gay marriage

House bill would protect opponents of gay marriage

Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage—a belief, they say, held in increasing contempt.

March commemoration

Crowds recall the faith that animated King’s dream

Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. wakened the nation’s conscience with his dream of justice and equality, religious leaders gathered in a historic church to remind the nation faith fueled his vision.

March on Washington

Participants recall 1963 March on Washington

Participants in the 1963 March on Washington reflect on their lasting memories of the event 50 years ago and how it shaped their faith.

Obama healthcare reform

Obamacare fight spells trouble for church insurance

An “all-or-nothing” effort to repeal Obamacare could doom efforts to tweak the health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans.

Ambivalent on gays

Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ ambivalent on gay rights

A new voice emerging in the evangelical community is turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more nuanced attitude toward gay rights.

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