White House, faith leaders, discuss disability

American Baptists were among the participants who discussed topics including a United Nations treaty on disability ratified by 141 countries but rejected by the U.S. Senate.

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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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Baptist World Alliance President John Upton (fourth from right) visits with Ukrainian Baptist leaders in 2013.
Baptist World Alliance President John Upton (fourth from right) visits with Ukrainian Baptist leaders in 2013.

Elevation of Ukrainian leader puts spotlight on Baptists

Ukraine’s selection of a Baptist layman as interim president is getting attention in a country where the vast majority of religious people identify as Orthodox.

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U.S. Baptist church group amid violence in Kiev

A mission team from Texas near violent protests in the Ukraine called for prayers that political unrest might lead to spiritual renewal in the former Soviet state.

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SBC leader says Russia isn’t pro-family, despite anti-gay laws

Russell Moore says American evangelicals should not view Vladimir Putin’s opposition to homosexuality and promotion of Christianity as signs of a “godly” nation.

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Brief says Hobby Lobby puts RFRA on trial

Lawyers say forcing business owners to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or pay steep fines “is one of the most straightforward violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this court is likely to see.”

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Obama stresses religious freedom at prayer breakfast

While it isn’t always easy, the president says pushing foreign leaders to respect human rights of religious minorities is the right thing to do.

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New ERLC head narrows legislative agenda

Abortion, gay marriage and religious-liberty concerns about Obamacare top the 2014 legislative agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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Scholar claims in legal brief that RFRA is unconstitutional

A coalition of child welfare organizations, survivors of clergy sexual abuse and non-believers says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act pushes aside the Supreme Court’s role in interpreting the Constitution.

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State of the Union draws attention to U.S. missionary jailed in North Korea

Two Democratic congressmen invited the mother and sister of an American citizen suspected of illegal missionary activity in North Korea to Tuesday’s address to help build public support for his release from prison on humanitarian grounds.

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