Religious Liberty

SBC leader says evangelicals paying price for ‘narrow vision’ of religious freedom

Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says evangelicals today may be reaping the fruits of going soft on defending the religious liberty of all.

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Do for-profit corporations have religious liberties?

The now-famous Hobby Lobby case finally has been argued before the Supreme Court, with a decision expected in June. Their claim, on balance, should be denied.

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Mississippi religion bill gets new life

A 20-year-old federal law and similar legislation in many states are suddenly controversial as debate turns to whether people can discriminate on religious grounds.

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ACLU defends student’s right to read Bible

Though often perceived as opposing religion in public schools, a state branch of the ACLU is standing up for the rights of a student told he could not read his Bible at school.

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Saying goodbye to Christian America

The ultimate Christian social ethics issue may be the fact of declining Christian cultural power – and its fallout. This is the context within which every particular moral issue is contested. 

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Former Soviet-era prisoner fined in Kazakhstan

Former Soviet-era religious prisoner Yegor Prokopenko is among 35 individuals known to have been fined in the first 10 weeks of 2014 for exercising what they believe is their constitutional right to freedom of religion. 

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Mohler says gay marriage a religious-liberty threat

A Southern Baptist seminary president says gay marriage poses the greatest religious-liberty threat in a generation and perhaps in U.S. history.

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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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