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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.

       
Public Religion Research Institute

Americans differ on meaning of 'religious'

A lopsided divide exists in America about what it means to be a religious person, with a majority believing it’s about acting morally but a strong minority equating it with faith.

       
Military religion

Conservatives say religious freedom under attack in military

Republican lawmakers and conservative activists who believe religious expression in the military is “under attack” are rallying behind a measure to provide greater protection for religious actions and speech in the armed forces.

       
Westboro Baptist

White House says it can’t list Westboro Baptist as ‘hate group’

In response to five “We the People” petitions, the White House condemned the actions of Westboro Baptist Church but said it is powerless to list the Kansas church as a hate group and remove its tax-exempt status.

       
Arizona fire memorial

When firefighters fall, chaplains stand

As friends and families reeled from the news 19 elite firefighters died battling an Arizona wildfire, the work of some of their spiritual comrades began. Fire chaplains stepped up to support the grieving, just as they did after 9/11 and the recent fertilizer plant explosion in West.

       
Battle of Gettysburg

New Gettysburg museum explores role of faith in Civil War

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Seminary Ridge Museum on the campus of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg takes visitors into the minds of those who fought and explores their conflicting ideas of freedom.

       
Hobby Lobby appeal

Hobby Lobby wins legal appeal

The Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby won’t have to pay millions of dollars in fines, thanks to a federal appeals court ruling June 27 allowing the Oklahoma-based retailer to proceed with its lawsuit challenging Obamacare.

       
 
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