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Newtown shooting galvanizes religious gun control advocates

The shooting deaths of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school has revived religious support for gun control, galvanizing a movement that has struggled to gain traction against the powerful gun lobby.

       

Huckabee links violence to removal of God from public square

Former presidential candidate turned talk-show host Mike Huckabee stood by controversial comments blaming the deadly Dec. 14 shootings in Connecticut on the lack of religion in public schools.

       

Fiscal cliff talks worry charities

{mosimage}Representatives of the Charitable Giving Coalition, comprised of about 600 nonprofit organizations, descended on Capitol Hill for two days of lobbying Congress. They want to make sure any federal budget deal does not eliminate or change the deductibility of charitable gifts.

       

Poll: Most Americans favor mandated birth-control coverage


Nearly two out of three American adults believe businesses and organizations should be required to provide birth-control coverage in their employee health-care plans, even if it violates the employer’s religious beliefs, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research.

       

Secession theology runs deep in American religious, political history

 
Since President Obama won re-election, more than 750,000 Americans have petitioned the White House website to let their states secede. 

       

Hobby Lobby must cover morning-after pills

A federal judge ruled that the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby cannot be exempted from providing emergency contraceptives in their group health plan on religious grounds.
       

Land breaks pledge, endorses Romney

Richard LandBreaking a longstanding personal pledge, Southern Baptist agency leader Richard Land endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying the upcoming election is the most important since Abraham Lincoln's win in 1860.

       

Campaigns' faith outreach centers on economic issues


With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final days.

       

Pastors challenge IRS over political endorsements


As part of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," religious leaders across the country endorsed political candidates—an act that flies in the face of Internal Revenue Service rules about what tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, can and cannot do.

       

ETBU, HBU legally challenge regulations in health care mandate

Dub OliverEast Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University have filed a lawsuit challenging the preventative services mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

       

Religious groups team up to fight sex trafficking


UNICEF reports girls enter the commercial sex trade in the United States at age 13. And while many Americans might think of sex trafficking as an international problem, it often starts in the United States.

       

Political speech shows many still don't understand school prayer

Many Americans still  misunderstand a landmark Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory prayer recitations in public schools.
       

Saddleback civil forum called off due to candidates' lack of civility

Rick WarrenSaddleback Church pastor and Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren announced that a civil forum planned with President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been canceled. Warren said he pulled the plug because he believes discourse between the two campaigns has become so uncivil that a polite exchange for two hours would seem hypocritical.

       

Obama and Romney offer glimpse into their spiritual lives

Obama RomneyPresident Obama says it's not his job to defend his Christian faith against doubters who suspect he's Muslim. His GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, says religion is "integral" to his life, even as often he avoids mentioning his Mormon faith by name.

       

Ad marks foray into religious campaign rhetoric, Baylor analyst notes

Romney campaign adA new political ad by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in which he accuses President Obama of “waging war on religion,” is an opening salvo in religious rhetoric that likely will escalate as the November election approaches, said a Baylor University political expert and author.

       
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