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HB 2: Feds threaten McCrory with LGBT rights violations

May 5 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, North Carolina is denying transgender employees of public agencies “full enjoyment” of Title VII rights. In addition, the law puts state universities in danger of violating Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, risking millions of dollars in federal aid, said the agency May 4.

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Trump’s win draws support, concern from evangelicals

May 5 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Donald Trump’s striking victory in Indiana May 3 apparently settled the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but it did little to resolve the divisiveness among conservatives and evangelical Christians over his controversial candidacy. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont upset Hillary Clinton in the Democrats’ Indiana primary but still faces an overwhelming challenge ...

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Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

May 5 2016 by Kevin D. Kennedy, Guest column

With the U.S. suicide rate increasing 24 percent over the past 15 years according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health experts have called pastors to prepare for ministry to suicidal individuals. Mentioning mental health issues regularly can break down walls of shame and secrecy.

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Pray, vote, engage, Franklin Graham urges

May 4 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The largest crowd to date gathered May 3 in front of the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville to participate in Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour 2016. Franklin said, “Christians cannot restore America by rallying behind political parties, but must pray, vote and engage in politics to uphold biblical principles.”

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USCIRF: Religious liberty continues to decline

May 4 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reported governments and non-government forces around the world were guilty of a “serious and sustained assault” on freedom of belief. The commission cited the rampant imprisonment of prisoners of conscience, the startling increase in refugees and the ongoing bigotry toward Jews and Muslims …

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Female military draft proposal critiqued

May 3 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The House Armed Services Committee’s recommendation that women be required to register for the draft has provoked reactions from an array of evangelicals, including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary first lady Dorothy Patterson and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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House documents strike at abortion clinic claims

May 2 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Denials by Planned Parenthood and its allies of profiteering in the fetal tissue business have received a blow from congressional investigators. A House of Representatives panel offered evidence at an April 20 hearing. The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released documents from a fetal tissue procurement business ...

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International religious freedom list: reactions mixed

April 28 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists’ religious freedom entity and a federal panel welcomed the U.S. State Department’s designation of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty. Russell Moore expressed gratitude for the acknowledgment by John Kerry and the State Department that there are “a number of places where religious liberty is most threatened.”

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Target transgender policy: Protests escalate

April 27 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With nearly three-quarters of a million people signing on to boycott Target over the retailer’s transgender restroom policy, evangelical leaders are discussing whether consumer boycotts are an effective means of cultural engagement. As of late afternoon April 26, more than 760,000 people had signed a commitment to boycott Target.

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ERLC brief opposes hostility against religion

April 27 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission filed a friend-of-the-court brief April 15 in opposition to lower court rulings that upheld a Missouri government decision against a church daycare’s application to participate in the playground resurfacing program. The state rejected the request by Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center in Columbia, Mo. …

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