Religious Liberty

BJC opposes Colorado voucher plan

A Baptist church-state watchdog group has filed a legal brief opposing school vouchers in Colorado.

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Merritt, Moore debate Hobby Lobby’s alleged ‘hypocrisy’

If the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby really cared about religious freedom, they would stop doing business with China, a faith-and-culture writer says. Southern Baptists’ top expert on religious-liberty concerns countered that buying from foreigners isn’t the same as denying liberty to U.S. citizens.

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Church-state group asks court to strike down gay-marriage bans in three states

Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allies filed legal briefs June 16 asking a federal appeals court to uphold lower court rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan.  

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Former SBC leader says forcing bakers to serve same-sex weddings ‘anti-Christian bigotry’

Former ethics spokesman Richard Land says the government that would not force a kosher butcher to sell pork cannot expect a Christian baker to participate in a gay wedding.

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ERLC pays tribute to Hobby Lobby owners

The Green family has been named recipient of the 2014 John Leland Religious Liberty Award presented by the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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Alliance Baptists address racial justice, reconciliation in annual gathering

The meeting in Portland, Maine, also featured a call to engage multiculturalism in authentic ways.

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Legislative prayer ruling felt in Maryland

A federal judge has lifted a temporary injunction he issued in March, reasoning at the time that invocations offered in Jesus’ name at public meetings would likely be found unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court upholds ceremonial prayer at public meetings

The SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission says the Constitution allows sectarian prayer at public meetings, while the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says such prayers turn government business into religious exercise.

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Church-state groups skeptical about Hobby Lobby Bible curriculum

Advocates for church-state separation are monitoring a new high school Bible curriculum being beta-tested in an Oklahoma school district.

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SBC leader says cake-decorating mom helped shape his religious liberty views

Russell Moore — who in February engaged Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt in a high-profile debate about whether it’s hypocritical for a Christian photographer or baker to refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding while responding differently to other “unbiblical” marriages — speaks from personal experience.

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