Chick-fil-A CEO seeks to get beyond gay marriage debate

Businessman Dan Cathy says the customer is always right, even on political issues like same-sex marriage.

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Former Soviet-era prisoner fined in Kazakhstan

Former Soviet-era religious prisoner Yegor Prokopenko is among 35 individuals known to have been fined in the first 10 weeks of 2014 for exercising what they believe is their constitutional right to freedom of religion. 

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Faith leaders oppose Miss. religion bill

House leaders on Wednesday postponed action on a religious-liberty bill both opposed and embraced by the state’s faithful.

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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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New York church giving away assault rifle

"It's the right thing to do," Troy, N.Y., pastor John Koletas tells the Albany Times Union.

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Mohler says gay marriage a religious-liberty threat

A Southern Baptist seminary president says gay marriage poses the greatest religious-liberty threat in a generation and perhaps in U.S. history.

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Pastor: Not all Baptists OK with guns in church

The pastor of a church kicked out of the Georgia Baptist Convention for hiring her wrote lawmakers that a convention official doesn’t speak for her on a bill being considered in the state senate to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns to church.

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Man challenging Alabama gay-marriage ban a Southwestern Seminary grad

Now an Episcopalian, Auburn University at Montgomery professor Paul Hard claims a state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state is unconstitutional.

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Minister sentenced for child sex abuse

While an Alabama Baptist church endures an abuse scandal, another in Mississippi accused in the past of harboring a predator will host a conference aimed at prevention.

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Baptists fined in Belarus for illegal worship

The U.S. government monitors religious freedom in Belarus but does not list the former Soviet state as a country of “particular concern.”

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Attitudes among Southern Baptist leaders shifting on birth control

Attitudes among Southern Baptist leaders shifting on birth control

Questions about the morality of birth control increasingly appear in columns and blogs by SBC ethicists and ministers.

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Southern Baptist Convention’s abortion stance moving toward birth control issues

The drift is part of a decades long shift in Southern Baptist attitudes about abortion.

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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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Ethicist says gun giveaway shifts focus of church event from hunting to politics

Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics says neither advocates of gun control nor of the Second Amendment should proclaim God’s favor.

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Baptist, Methodist pastors in Miss. oppose discrimination based on religious freedom

Three CBF and two Methodist pastors say they believe religious freedom is not an excuse for business owners to discriminate against gays.

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Southern Baptist leaders oppose anti-gay laws

Top leaders of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission say homosexuality is a sin, but not every sinful act should be illegal.

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Facebook helps police nab Baptist preacher

Police in Kentucky say social media helped identify a man accused of indecent exposure as a Southern Baptist pastor who was shopping with his 7-year-old son.

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Court overturns Texas ban on gay marriage

The ruling draws strong reaction from the faith community and political activists on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue.

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Faith leaders oppose gay discrimination laws

Amy Butler, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, joined 13 other faith leaders opposing laws to allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian customers based on their religious beliefs.

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Alliance of Baptists endorses anti-gun violence Sabbath

The Alliance of Baptists is seeking nearly 50 percent participation in a second annual event aimed at getting houses of worship involved in curbing gun violence.

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