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SBC leaders to tour border facilities

July 22 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will join SBC lead ethicist Russell D. Moore July 22 in touring a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen, Texas, and a Department of Health and Human Services shelter in San Antonio.

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Obama: LGBT rights for federal contractors

July 22 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

President Barack Obama issued an executive order July 21 that bars federal contractors from discriminating based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” His order – which the White House announced in June would be forthcoming – also ads “gender identity” to the list of categories…

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Pastors urged to fight abortion among blacks

July 21 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

In 2008, there were 360,000 surgical black abortions. The abortion industry has infiltrated the African American community by cloaking the procedure as a woman's civil right and embedding the issue into politics, said African American pro-life advocate Arnold Culbreath.

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Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews viewed warmly

July 21 2014 by Baptist Press

Americans expressed warmer views toward evangelical Christians, Catholics and Jews than toward Muslims and atheists in a new Pew study released Wednesday (July 16). The Pew Research Center gauged Americans' views of various religious groups and belief sets by…

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Obama: Notify workers if dropping contraceptive coverage

July 18 2014 by Richard Wolf, USA Today/Religion News Service

Employers that intend to drop coverage for some or all forms of contraception in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision must notify employees of the change, the Obama administration said July 17.

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Hobby Lobby’s Green family postpones launch of curriculum

July 17 2014 by David Van Biema, Religion News Service

Fresh off their victory in the Supreme Court, the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby craft chain, appear to have hit a stumbling block in one of their other projects – a potentially controversial public school elective on the Bible.

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Hobby Lobby reversal sought in Congress

July 14 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Congressional Democrats have set themselves against the Supreme Court in the battle over religious liberty, and the lead Southern Baptist spokesman on the issue is urging legislative leaders not to erode the First Amendment right.

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Party ties, not religious ones, drive down Obama’s approval rating

July 14 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service

The newest Gallup tracking poll shows President Barack Obam’s approval rating in June averaged 43 percent for Americans overall. However, his ratings sank with Catholics to 44 percent, down from 54 percent in June 2013.

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When Christians killed & why Muslim violence continues

July 10 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Rising death tolls in Iraq and Syria, where Muslim extremists are killing in the name of their faith, represent a stark contrast to the relative lack of religiously motivated killing among modern Christians – a contrast that seminary professors say is attributable to the principle of religious liberty.

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Obama’s faith-based advisers divided over gay discrimination order

July 9 2014 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

President Obama’s faith-based advisers are coming down on different sides of a debate over a pending executive order that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.

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