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Despite U.S. Wealth, Millions Face Extreme Poverty
Despite U.S. Wealth, Millions Face Extreme Poverty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Despite our nation's significant wealth, power and technology, millions remain impoverished because our abundance isn't being used effectively to help those in need.

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Our Hunger for Education: Who Does It Look Like?
Our Hunger for Education: Who Does It Look Like?

By: Suzii Paynter
God created us with a hunger to learn. Our universal condition as learning beings makes education a central article in any declaration of rights. And Baptists have made education their mission and ministry.

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Why Everyone Deserves Favorable Working Conditions
Why Everyone Deserves Favorable Working Conditions

By: Chris Sanders
All people deserve just and favorable working conditions, including a fair and accurate wage, the Universal Declaration says. Yet, working conditions for the poor and middle class are continually undermined.

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Reaffirming the Truth: We Are Our Brothers' Keeper
Reaffirming the Truth: We Are Our Brothers' Keeper

By: Colin Harris
The principles outlined in the Universal Declaration promote the value of a collective commitment to a social and political framework that seeks the well-being of all its participants. Simply put, we are our brothers' keeper.

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Baptists Championed Religious Freedom for Everyone
Baptists Championed Religious Freedom for Everyone

By: Tony Peck
From their earliest days, Baptists have championed religious freedom for everyone. We should use our religious freedom as a platform to allow freedom of speech and expression from others.

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Nations Support Refugees Just 'Not in My Back Yard'
Nations Support Refugees Just 'Not in My Back Yard'

By: Sue Smith
Nations agree that people can flee their own country to seek asylum elsewhere. Those same nations take issue when people seek refuge within their own borders. It's time we stop looking the other way.

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10 Ways You Can Put a Dent in Human Trafficking
10 Ways You Can Put a Dent in Human Trafficking

By: Nell Green
Human trafficking is such a widespread problem, you may believe there's nothing you can do about it. With a little time and some education, here are 10 ways you can make a difference.

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Why Baptists Should Be Advocates for Human Rights
Why Baptists Should Be Advocates for Human Rights

By: Shane McNary
Baptists have been involved in human rights, particularly freedom of religion or belief for all, for as long as we have existed. Our Baptist commitment to human rights remains strong today.

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Series Examines Need to Push for Human Rights for All
Series Examines Need to Push for Human Rights for All

By: Zach Dawes
Goodwill Baptists, and all goodwill people of faith, need to defend human rights. Today, EthicsDaily.com launches a series focused on some of the articles in the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Access to Quality Education Essential to End Child Labor
Access to Quality Education Essential to End Child Labor

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With an estimated 152 million children in child labor around the world, expanding access to quality education is a vital part of the effort to end child labor, a recent report concluded.

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When You Allow Terror to Overwhelm Human Rights
When You Allow Terror to Overwhelm Human Rights

By: Frank Rees
To deal with terrorism, we are willing to allow our leaders to implement measures to undermine our freedoms. A real solution, however, will require talk and respect. It's the only way peace is created.

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Report: Blasphemy Laws Remain 'Astonishingly Widespread'
Report: Blasphemy Laws Remain 'Astonishingly Widespread'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Blasphemy laws remain 'astonishingly widespread,' according to a new U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report. Seventy-one nations retain such laws, with 59 allowing imprisonment upon conviction.

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As Health Care Safety Net Rends, A Time for Lament
As Health Care Safety Net Rends, A Time for Lament

By: Molly T. Marshall
As political decisions threaten basic access to healthcare by the poor, we need to let the powerful words of the psalms of lament direct our prayers and heal our wounded hearts.

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It Matters: The Ethics of How We Treat Other Bodies
It Matters: The Ethics of How We Treat Other Bodies

By: Guy Sayles
Everything that happens to us - that is, to our bodies - matters to us and to God. In many ways, ethics is about how we treat bodies, our own and the bodies of others.

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South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children
South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Millions of children have fled their homes, either living as refugees or internally displaced as a result of South Sudan's ongoing civil war. And Baptists are ministering to these growing numbers.

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"America First" Policy at Odds with Our Nation's Values

By: David McMillan
The values of our nation - freedom, human dignity and so on - don't change, but at times our policies do, says U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Someone needs to let him know this dualism doesn't work.

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Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics
Australian Baptists Assess Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist World Aid Australia's annual report rates fashion brands on policies to mitigate worker exploitation, knowledge of suppliers, auditing of and relationships with suppliers, and worker empowerment.

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Citizens of Sudan, Yemen Face Highest Mass-Atrocity Risk
Citizens of Sudan, Yemen Face Highest Mass-Atrocity Risk

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Sudan and Yemen are most at risk for state-led mass atrocities, a recent annual analysis stated. Other citizens most at risk live in Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria and Afghanistan.

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Health Care for Poor Isn't Charity; It's Justice
Health Care for Poor Isn't Charity; It's Justice

By: Matthew Tuininga
While Christians differ on how government should most effectively secure justice for the poor, we owe the poor their rights - to basic sustenance and to basic health care - as a matter of justice.

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Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims
Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims

By: Kathryn Kraft
How should Christians respond to the vast wave of refugees fleeing Muslim-majority nations and living in Muslim-majority nations? Recall our history when millions of refugees fled after WWII from Christian-majority nations.

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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights
Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights

By: Stuart Blythe
While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.

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Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day
Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Human Rights Day will be observed on Dec. 10. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging its members to participate in the annual observance in their worship services over that weekend.

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Why Is the Church Silent About Access to Medical Care?
Why Is the Church Silent About Access to Medical Care?

By: William Hooper
The U.S., on the whole, doesn't provide universal access to low-cost, tax-funded medical care that can preserve life. Where is the church's prophetic voice defending those who need care?

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South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims
South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 50,000 people have died in South Sudan's 3-year-old civil war as both sides increasingly rely on recruiting children to fight. An estimated 16,000 children have been recruited in the conflict.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2

By: Wissam al-Saliby
Western collusion aids the increasing human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from political support at the U.N. Security Council to the provision of weapons and police equipment.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1

By: Wissam al-Saliby
The Middle East and North Africa region is seeing increased oppression and human rights violations, even arresting activists and journalists over Facebook posts. How are Western governments involved?

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Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics
Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, a Baptist World Aid Australia report says.

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Civil Society Vital to Curb Human Rights Abuses, Fight Terrorism
Civil Society Vital to Curb Human Rights Abuses, Fight Terrorism

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The strength of civil society has increased globally, giving "ordinary citizens more power and responsibility" and threatening "governments that wish to monopolize power and evade responsibility," a government report says.

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Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking
Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Child refugees are "particularly vulnerable" to exploitation by human traffickers, a report said. Unaccompanied minors as well as children separated from families are particularly susceptible.

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U.S. Affirms Human Rights Commitment, Seeks U.N. Council Membership
U.S. Affirms Human Rights Commitment, Seeks U.N. Council Membership

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. reaffirmed its commitments to promote and defend human rights in preparation for seeking election to the U.N.'s Human Rights Council.

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Flagrant Human Rights Violations, Religious Persecution During Syrian Conflict
Flagrant Human Rights Violations, Religious Persecution During Syrian Conflict

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The war in Syria has resulted in "untold suffering," a U.N. report says. The ongoing conflict has destroyed towns and forced millions to flee their homes.

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Supporting Humanitarian Intervention in Face of War Crimes
Supporting Humanitarian Intervention in Face of War Crimes

By: Steve Hucklesby
Whether to intervene with military force to prevent war crimes often requires a judgment regarding the lesser of two evils. What role can the church play to resolve violent conflict and build peace?

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How Will the Church Respond to Global Woes?
How Will the Church Respond to Global Woes?

By: Margot Hodson
Religious and political extremism fuel war and tensions in many places. Refugees struggle to survive a freezing winter. Global warming threatens our future. How will the church respond?

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Report: Forced and Child Labor Prevalent in Electronic Manufacturing
Report: Forced and Child Labor Prevalent in Electronic Manufacturing

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Most electronic companies fail to ensure their policies prohibiting forced and child labor are followed in all production stages, a report found.

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To U.S. Politicians, Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights
To U.S. Politicians, Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights

By: Alex Awad
U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle keep decrying that Israel has the right to defend its citizens but neglect to mention the needs, rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.

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On Being European, Human Rights and Grace
On Being European, Human Rights and Grace

By: Stuart Blythe
When it comes to human rights, many Christians can be ambivalent on the subject. The concept of grace, however, offers a different way to theologically reflect upon human rights.

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Why Christian Missions Can't Slack on Follow-Ups
Why Christian Missions Can't Slack on Follow-Ups

By: Don Sewell
Christians have an ethical responsibility to follow up by providing the results of a missional project in an honest fashion. Here's how one group, Baylor Scott & White Health, kept folks informed.

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Burma's Parliament Passes Legislation Restricting Religious Liberty
Burma's Parliament Passes Legislation Restricting Religious Liberty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Burma's parliament passed religious liberty restrictions; the legislation, which awaits the president's signature, would increase government control over religious conversion.

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South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation
South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation

By: Brian Kaylor
South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped the transition from racial apartheid.

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Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award
Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award

By: Brian Kaylor
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda was honored during the Baptist World Congress for his human-rights efforts in the face of ethnic prejudice and genocide.

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Annual State Department Report Notes Significant Human Rights Abuses
Annual State Department Report Notes Significant Human Rights Abuses

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Twenty-one nations were identified as countries of particular concern in the state department's annual report of human rights issues in global nations.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families
U.S. Catholic Bishops: Immigrant Detention System Ineffective, Costly, Harmful to Families

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Catholic report says the U.S. immigrant detention system causes despair, fractures families, violates human rights standards and lessens national prestige.

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World Bank Programs Result in Millions Displaced
World Bank Programs Result in Millions Displaced

By: EthicsDaily Staff
World Bank development programs have caused 3.4 million persons to be displaced, and many bank-funded initiatives have given rise to human rights abuses, according to a series of reports.

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Holding Fashion Industry Accountable for Worker Safety
Holding Fashion Industry Accountable for Worker Safety

By: Fiona Spence
More than 1,000 textile workers died in Bangladesh in 2013 when a commercial building collapsed. On Friday, you can help hold the fashion industry accountable to protect workers in developing nations.

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Water: Economic Commodity or Human Right?
Water: Economic Commodity or Human Right?

By: Christiana Z. Peppard (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
We often take clean, fresh water for granted in the U.S., but billions of people around the globe lack potable water. For corporations and governments, water is also a source of wealth and power.

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Rwandan Baptist Earns International Human Rights Award
Rwandan Baptist Earns International Human Rights Award

By: BWA Staff
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda, is the recipient of the 2015 Baptist World Alliance's human rights award, which is given out every five years.

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Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on Climate Change and Human Rights
Skype Interview: Grace Ji-Sun Kim on Climate Change and Human Rights

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Those who suffer most from climate change are the vulnerable, the poor and poorer nations, says Grace Ji-Sun Kim in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.

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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"

By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.

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Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today
Jimmy Carter Turns 90 Today
By: Leroy Seat
In spite of many difficulties during his presidency, Jimmy Carter is our best ex-president in terms of public service and contributions to world peace and justice. He celebrates his 90th birthday today.
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Global Religious Persecution and Displacement High in 2013
Global Religious Persecution and Displacement High in 2013

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Displacement of religious communities reached record heights in 2013. Persecution, violence and imprisonment impacted numerous religious traditions, a new report says.

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When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal
When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal
By: Arthur Brown
Three Syrians become refugees every minute. Eight Syrian children flee their homes every two minutes. The cold statistics may not move us, but a smartphone alert changed all of that.
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Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work
Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work
By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance recognized Ilie Coada, a Baptist pastor and social justice worker in eastern Europe, who has "saved countless children from the worst kinds of sex slavery."
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Human Rights Trace Back to Start of Old Testament
Human Rights Trace Back to Start of Old Testament
By: Claude Mariotinni
Everyone has an obligation to treat other people with dignity because they bear God's image. Jihadists kill because they do not recognize God's image in those whose lives they take.
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Moldovan Pastor to Receive BWA's Human Rights Award
Moldovan Pastor to Receive BWA's Human Rights Award
By: BWA Staff
Ilie Coada, a Moldovan pastor, will receive the BWA's Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award, recognizing his lifelong work to prevent young girls from becoming victims of human trafficking.
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Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
Learning Lessons from an Immigrant Family's Pet
By: Bob Newell
Like a baby chick crying out for rescue in a busy street, immigrants often have their ears attuned to hear the desperate cry of the less fortunate over life's background noises. What do we hear?
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Let's Remember Those Persecuted for Christ's Sake
Let's Remember Those Persecuted for Christ's Sake
U.S. Christians typically don't appreciate the religious freedom we enjoy. While we celebrated Christmas openly, many Christians around the world had to observe the day in secret.
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Why Christians Need to Take a Stand on Human Rights
Why Christians Need to Take a Stand on Human Rights
Great devotees of religious liberty, Baptists are often a lead voice in championing the most basic of all human rights, the freedom to believe, practice and freely propagate one's religious views.
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All Baptists Invited to Observe Human Rights Day
All Baptists Invited to Observe Human Rights Day
Baptists have a long history of advocating for human rights around the globe. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging all Baptists to observe Human Rights Day on Dec. 7-8.
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For Christians, Human Rights Rooted in Our Faith
For Christians, Human Rights Rooted in Our Faith
Churches will observe Human Rights Day on Dec. 7-8. The call for Christians is clear. All have the right to life, liberty and personal safety because each person is a child of God.
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Human Rights, Ecological Wisdom Go Hand in Hand
Human Rights, Ecological Wisdom Go Hand in Hand
After developed nations exploit our planet's resources, it's often at the expense of poor nations. We must reach beyond our desires for bigger comfort and affirm everyone's right for a dignified life.
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One Hospital System's Role to Advance Human Rights
One Hospital System's Role to Advance Human Rights

Through its Faith in Action Initiatives, Baylor Scott and White Health, formerly Baylor Health Care System, addresses local and international human rights issues as part of its corporate responsibility.

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U.K. Christians: Release Last Briton from Guantanamo
U.K. Christians: Release Last Briton from Guantanamo
Cleared for release six years ago, the last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay has been there for 11 years. Christians in the United Kingdom are calling for his release.
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Why No Moral Outrage Over Torture
Why No Moral Outrage Over Torture
The U.S. has delivered prisoners to Syria, now engaged in a bloody civil war, for interrogation. Widespread abuse has been documented in Gitmo. Why no moral outrage to torture?
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Baptists Address Pakistan Blasphemy Laws at UN Meeting
Baptists Address Pakistan Blasphemy Laws at UN Meeting
Baptists will have a say on Pakistan's human rights record when the Baptist World Alliance reports on the nation's blasphemy laws at a United Nations' meeting.
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El Salvadoran Pastor Accepts Baptist Human Rights Award
El Salvadoran Pastor Accepts Baptist Human Rights Award
A pastor received a human rights award from the Baptist World Alliance for his role in helping to negotiate peace in El Salvador and for his work with the marginalized.
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What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 2
What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 2
Baptists have a centuries-long history of supporting human rights. Will we continue to support that tradition or allow a fend-for-themselves mindset to take over?
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What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 1
What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 1
Richard Overton was a champion of religious liberty during the Puritan Revolution in England. He stood for freedom of the press and justice for the poor. And he was a Baptist.
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US Gov't Pushes for UN Resolution on Sri Lanka
US Gov't Pushes for UN Resolution on Sri Lanka
The U.S. was the prime mover behind a resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling on Sri Lanka to improve its human rights record and launch a war-crimes inquiry.
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Putting Human Rights Before National Sovereignty
Putting Human Rights Before National Sovereignty
While some nations invoke sovereignty to deflect criticism of their brutality, a civil society must stand for human rights to protect the poor and oppressed.
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Baptists Have Long Been Active in Human Rights
Baptists Have Long Been Active in Human Rights
From the days of Thomas Helwys against King James I in 1611 to the present, Baptists have championed human rights, concentrating their efforts on religious freedom.
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U.N. Adopts Defamation of Religions Resolution with Fewer Votes
(RNS) The Assembly passed a resolution on “combating defamation of religions,” drawing criticism from human rights organizations and the U.S.
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Princeton Students Divided on Israeli Ties to Campus Hummus
PRINCETON, N.J. (RNS) Princeton University’s great hummus war is going to the polls this week.
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Court Puts Limits on German Church’s Ability to Fire Workers
BERLIN (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a church organist’s employment rights were ignored when he was fired by a Catholic church for remarrying outside the church.
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British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
While the British government talks about prison reform in its own country, it cannot turn a blind eye to women in Afghanistan who are unjustly imprisoned – some because they fled domestic violence.
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Medical Experiments Used to Refine Torture
Medical Experiments Used to Refine Torture
Medical professionals monitored and analyzed the responses of at least 25 prisoners to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. They were helping government lawyers justify ways to violate international law.
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Balancing Act: Government's Role vs. Individual Rights
Balancing Act: Government's Role vs. Individual Rights
The problem that arises in any society that professes human rights is how to resolve problems that arise when rights conflict. It's a challenge to figure out when government should be involved and when it shouldn't.
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New Creed of Many Christians: What Would Jack Bauer Do?
New Creed of Many Christians: What Would Jack Bauer Do?
For more than half of regular church-goers who believe torture is often or sometimes justified, Jack Bauer, the fictional anti-hero of "24," who disregards human rights and anything else in the name of national security, seems a more fitting savior.
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History Provides Sobering Reminders of Torture's Tangled Web
History Provides Sobering Reminders of Torture's Tangled Web
Are we prepared to condone interrogation methods such as the near-death experience of "waterboarding," a tactic condemned by the United States after World War II? John Essick says history holds some valuable lessons for us.
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Trusting Fear Caused Many of Us to Turn Away from Injustice
Trusting Fear Caused Many of Us to Turn Away from Injustice
Why did so many of us permit torture, judicially unauthorized surveillance and assorted other improper actions to happen? We simply allowed fear-mongering to take the place of reason.
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Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Our nation has already tried and punished enlisted military personnel for inhumane treatment of people in their custody. Why should political officials and intelligence operatives receive immunity for similar or worse conduct?
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April Is Genocide Prevention Month, Remember to Act for Darfur
April Is Genocide Prevention Month, Remember to Act for Darfur
The faith community’s commitment not to stand idly by in the face of genocide and mass atrocities calls for us to be a voice for Darfur again. (Photo: Save Darfur Coalition)
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BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
Raimundo César Barreto Jr. of Brazil is being recommended as the BWA’s first director of its Division of Freedom and Justice.
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Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
No Baptist woman is more deserving of the Baptist World Alliance’s human rights award than Leena Lavanya, who runs homes in India for lepers, female sex workers and children living with HIV/AIDS.
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China and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
China has a long way to go—economically, politically and morally—before it is able to celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Beijing Olympics Spark Debate About Religious Freedom in China
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday calling on China to end abuses of human rights in advance of the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
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Bangladeshi Baptist Leader Receives Human Rights Award
Dennis Datta stood at the cutting edge of Baptist moral leadership in 2002, criticizing worldwide Baptists and calling them to support a bold plan to halve global poverty by 2015.
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Global Baptists Must Voice Opposition to Italy's Fingerprinting of Roma People
Denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to human rights everywhere. Silence to injustice any time furthers injustice every time. Indifference to the suffering of any group increases indifference to the suffering of all groups.
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Common Cause Launches Campaign to 'Recapture the Flag'
Common Cause has launched a campaign called "Recapture the Flag," protesting abuses of power by the White House and failure by Congress to oversee the Executive Branch.
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