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Religious freedom panel lacks real power, activists insist

Fifteen years after Congress created an independent watchdog panel to oversee global religious freedom, the panel has little power and little influence, activists told lawmakers.

       
gay marriage

Gay marriage inevitable? Most Americans think so

Close to three-fours of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

       
Lincoln, faith and emancipation

Faith prompted Emancipation Proclamation, scholar insists

A “profound spiritual odyssey” prompted Abraham Lincoln’s crafting of the Emancipation Proclamation, one of “the most revolutionary documents ever signed by an American president,” a prominent religious historian told a conference on racial reconciliation.

       
Tornado damage in Moore, Okla.

After disasters, Americans turn to God & practice generosity

When natural disasters occur, most Americans take increased interest in God and donate to relief agencies, a recent survey shows.

       
Kerry State Department

Analysis: Is religious freedom report failing the faithful?

The U.S. State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom.

       
Supreme Court

Supreme Court to hear prayer case

The Supreme Court agreed May 20 to hear a case centering on whether sectarian prayers at the beginning of official government meetings violate the First Amendment—an issue that has roiled local governing and school boards for years.

       
Oklahoma tornadoes

TBM command team to Oklahoma, others prepare

(UPDATED) Texas Baptist Men plans to send a team to Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday to relieve Oklahoma Baptists who had been responding to a previous tornado there.

       
Royal Ambassadors

Church-based Scouting alternatives attract interest

As the Boy Scouts of America considers whether to change its membership policy to admit gay members but continue its ban on gay leaders, decades-old religious organizations offer alternatives.

       
Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham calls IRS probe ‘un-American’

Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying the IRS audited both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan’s Purse.

       
Kermit Gosnell

Analysis: Will Gosnell verdict change abortion debate?

Fervent prayers by abortion opponents for a game-changing impact from the conviction of rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell may go unanswered for a variety of reasons.

       
SBC and military

Military asked to clarify proselytizing ban

Two Southern Baptist Convention leaders issued a statement asking the military to clarify what it means by making “proselytizing” a punishable offense.

       
marijuana poll

Americans believe marijuana not sinful but unsure it should be legal

American views on marijuana are changing much like their views on gay marriage, according to a new poll, with many people ambivalent but growing numbers in favor of legalization.

       
Boston amputees

Boston amputees face a long spiritual struggle ahead

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured, perhaps none face more significant adjustments or a longer road ahead than the 14 amputees who lost a limb.

       
Boy Scouts proposal

Boy Scouts proposal displeases religious leaders on both sides

Conservative and liberal religious leaders may not agree on much, but both are expressing displeasure with the Boy Scouts’ proposal to accept gay members but reject gay leaders.

       
immigration reform

Immigration reform becomes personal for evangelicals

As Congress appears close to hammering out new immigration policy, religious leaders—especially evangelicals—say personal encounters with the current system have prompted them to advocate for reform.

       
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