Religious Liberty

Baptists fined in Belarus for illegal worship

The U.S. government monitors religious freedom in Belarus but does not list the former Soviet state as a country of “particular concern.”

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Baptist, Catholic urge new religious freedom envoy

Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urged U.S. senators to permit a vote on a bill to establish a new religious-freedom envoy in South Central Asia and the Near East.

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Pharmacist fired for refusing to sell Plan B sues Walgreens

A Baptist pharmacist fired for refusing to sell what he believes is an abortion-inducing drug says he is a victim of religious discrimination.

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Obama stresses religious freedom at prayer breakfast

While it isn’t always easy, the president says pushing foreign leaders to respect human rights of religious minorities is the right thing to do.

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Mosque opponents appeal to Supreme Court

Plaintiffs ask the Supreme Court to decide whether concerns about terrorism outweigh religious-freedom safeguards in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

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Obama administration to appeal clergy tax ruling

Government attorneys will appeal a ruling striking down a widely used tax benefit extended to clergy.

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Kazakh Baptists refuse to pay fines

A group of Baptists that claims the government has no right to require them to register with the government had another run-in with the law in Central Asia.

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Baptists arrested at worship in Belarus

Police have resumed raids on meetings by unregistered Baptist churches in Belarus, according to reports by the international news service Forum 18.

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Birth control and the Bill of Rights

If religious liberties do not include all religions, then our rhetoric becomes the height of hypocrisy.

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Starr: Hobby Lobby case tests liberty

Former Whitewater prosecutor and current Baylor President Ken Starr says the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby’s objection to mandated contraception coverage under Obamacare tests the principle of accommodation of religious beliefs.

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