In executive order, Obama bans bias against gays by federal contractors

The order is a compromise between those wanting religious contractors to play by the same rules as everyone else and those who say competing for taxpayer funding should not come at the expense of religious convictions.

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BJC, others, oppose religious exemption in non-discrimination order

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is among 98 groups asking the Obama administration not to insert a religious exemption in an executive order that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against gays. 

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SBC leader opposes legislation to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling

Russell Moore says Southern Baptists will vigorously oppose any efforts by Congress to weaken the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Clergy divided over religious exemption to discrimination ban in upcoming executive order

President Obama’s decision to ban federal contractors from discriminating against gays raises tough questions for faith communities on both sides of the issue.

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Hobby Lobby wins contraceptive case

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare.

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American Baptists decry religious conversion law in Burma

The ABCUSA’s governing body also endorsed U.S. legislation withholding security aid from the country until its human rights record improves.

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North Korea sends South Korean Baptist missionary to labor camp

The life sentence is considered harsher than the North’s previous punishments of alleged Christian workers.

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SBC agencies support GuideStone lawsuit in contraceptive case

The Southern Baptist Convention’s insurance provider says requiring the agency to indirectly provide insurance coverage for contraceptives violates religious beliefs that life begins at the moment of conception.

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Faith leaders say Medicaid expansion moral issue

Governors and legislatures turning down federal funding for Medicaid expansion for political reasons are denying health care to millions of Americans, faith leaders said in a conference call today.

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Religion played role in sowing seeds of future conflict in World War I, says researcher

On the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars,” historian traces elements of a religious crusade in the global conflict.

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