Religious Liberty

Baptist fined for magazine subscription

A Baptist was fined in the Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe in September after three church members received religious magazines by mail from Belarus.

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Va. Baptists say no to prayer amendment

The Baptist General Association of Virginia says amending a state ban on church/state separation drafted in 1776 is “unworthy” of citizen support.

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RFRA needed now more than ever

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.

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Lawyer says religious liberty at risk

Law professor Douglas Laycock says culture-war issues pitting religion against sex are turning many Americans against religious liberty.

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High court debates ‘legislative’ prayer

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty argued against imposing sectarian prayers at government meetings that are attended by citizens with other faiths or no faith at all.

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Church, state and taxes spark debate

Some say a ban that prevents tax-exempt charities from publicly endorsing or opposing candidates for political office violates churches’ constitutional rights. Others say maintaining a “wall of separation” between church and state is best for both.

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Pastor in Central Asia faces year in prison

Pastor Pavel Leonov has seen the inside of jail cells before as part of a Baptist group that refuses to register churches in accordance with law in Kazakhstan as a matter of conscience.

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Groups want probe of NYPD surveillance

Dozens of religious, racial justice, civil rights and community-based organizations are calling for the government to investigate alleged police profiling of Muslims in New York City and elsewhere.

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Baptists in Uzbekistan lose camp

Property seizures are common for minority religions in the predominantly Muslim nation labeled one of the worst violators of religious freedom in the world.

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SBC leader speaks at Mormon school

Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler spoke Monday at Brigham Young University in an interfaith lecture series on a calendar being described as “the year of the evangelical” at the LDS flagship school.

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