Al Sharpton opens voter-rights center with rally at historic Baptist church

Wednesday marked the opening of the National Action Network’s Freedom Sunday national headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., and a keynote address at a community rally by Al Sharpton at the city’s 16th Street Baptist Church.

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Candidate’s church-state stance worries religious freedom blogger

A conservative Southern Baptist preacher running for Congress in Georgia is being described as the next Todd Akin.

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Rubio talks values at speech co-sponsored by ERLC

Southern Baptist official Russell Moore says the left mistakenly believes supporters of traditional marriage are simply going to disappear.

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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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