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Moore: Court ruling sets Christian ‘distinctiveness’

July 7 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage has given clarity to Christians of their “distinctiveness” in American life, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore told an audience in the country’s capital. American Christianity, “especially American Protestant Christianity in the Bible Belt, was too comfortable with being American,” said Moore.

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NAMB fund to assist burned black churches

July 6 2015 by Mike Ebert and Diana Chandler, NAMB/Baptist Press

The North American Mission Board has established a fund to help African-American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire in the past two weeks. Fires at seven black churches have fueled discussions of racial hatred, as the first occurred within a week of the June 17 Charleston massacre ...

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7 black churches burned in 10 days

July 2 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Fires at seven black churches within the past 10 days have fueled discussions of racial hatred, as the first occurred within a week of the June 17 massacre of nine black Christians by a white supremacist at a Charleston church. Arson had been confirmed in three of the fires as of July 1 but none had been deemed hate crimes.

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Majority of Americans say U.S. special to God

July 2 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research

In a nation founded on religious liberty, most Americans believe God has a special relationship with the United States, and they’re optimistic the best is yet to come. Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing …

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Pro-life laws stymied by courts in 4 states

July 1 2015 by Baptist Press staff

Pro-life regulations in several states have been stymied. Affected are a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to higher medical standards; a North Carolina law requiring doctors to show pregnant ultrasound images before performing an abortion; a Kansas law banning dismemberment abortions; and an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions.

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ERLC rallies evangelicals with marriage statement

June 30 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention released a statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. The statement, entitled “Here we stand: An evangelical declaration on marriage,” addresses the definition of biblical marriage, gospel ministry and religious liberty.

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Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

June 29 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court transformed the legal definition of marriage June 26, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that states must recognize marriages between people of the same sex, providing a new definition throughout the country to an institution created by God ...

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Gay weddings: who must perform them?

June 29 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Legal opinions vary widely on what the U.S. Supreme Court’s mandate of nationwide same-sex marriage will mean for pastors and government officials authorized to perform weddings. Some experts say government officials could lose their jobs for refusing to marry gay couples. Others believe both ministers and government officials will have freedom ...

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Baptists respond to Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage

June 26 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

“I deeply believe in biblical and traditional marriage, said Russell Moore. “The court has determined otherwise. Our number one concern at this point is that religious freedom is protected in every way, honoring our God-given conscience, and that we not be discriminated against for our biblical and traditional stand.”

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Islamic threat, religious liberty studied

June 26 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay

Americans view Islam as a threat to their nation’s religious liberty, a new study shows. Although most persecution occurs overseas, 39 percent of American adults say Islam threatens religious freedom in the U.S. – almost as many as the 40 percent who see Islam as a global threat.

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