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Global Baptists Promote Religious Liberty Concerns
Global Baptists Promote Religious Liberty Concerns

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 50 nations focused on religious liberty concerns in multiple nations and elected a new general secretary, Elijah Brown, during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering in Thailand.

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Religious Liberty Exec Order Draws Divergent Responses
Religious Liberty Exec Order Draws Divergent Responses

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. Christian leaders gave wide-ranging responses to President Trump's executive order, signed May 4, on promoting free speech and religious liberty, which relaxes political restrictions on religious groups.

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Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom
Baptists Must Not Be Silent in Calls for Religious Freedom

By: Shane McNary
When national policies motivated by short-term political goals endanger the long-term moral authority of the U.S., Baptists, as U.S. citizens, must not be silent in calls for justice and freedom.

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Global Religious Restrictions Rise in 2015
Global Religious Restrictions Rise in 2015

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Reversing a three-year trend, religious restrictions and social hostility toward religion worldwide increased slightly in 2015. Use of force by government entities against religious groups also increased in 2015.

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Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists
Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As Baptists from 50 nations gathered in Canada last week for the Baptists World Alliance annual gathering, EthicsDaily.com shot video interviews with Baptist leaders from around the globe.

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Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty
Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty

By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering frequently focused on religious liberty, passing resolutions that address religious-liberty violations in Nigeria and that urge Baptists to minister to refugees.

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Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Celebrate Religious Liberty: Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
Religious liberty allows people to worship freely without fear of persecution and protects citizens from compulsory religious participation. It's also a freedom we too often take for granted.

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Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power
Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

By: Michael Helms
Many Christians are threatened by U.S. pluralism pecking away at their majority status. To fight it, some Georgia Baptists are pushing for laws that benefit them, but that's liberty and justice for some.

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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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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc country of Georgia are speaking out against a proposed national bill that would criminalize insulting a religion or religious leaders.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts
European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts

By: EBF News
In a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah II, European Baptist Federation's Tony Peck praised the Jordanian government and royal family for promoting religious tolerance in the Middle East.

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What Franklin Graham Doesn't Know About Baptist Faith
What Franklin Graham Doesn't Know About Baptist Faith

By: Stephen Holmes
Franklin Graham has backed Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Does Graham know that the faith of his father virtually began with a plea for religious freedom for Muslims?

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Concerns about Religious Liberty Restrictions Grows in U.S.
Concerns about Religious Liberty Restrictions Grows in U.S.

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than four out of 10 adults believe freedom of religion in the U.S. is less secure now than it was 10 years ago, a new Barna Group survey found. That's an 8 percent increase from 2012.

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2 Events Test First Amendment's Balancing Point
2 Events Test First Amendment's Balancing Point

By: Colin Harris
The First Amendment requires us to maintain a delicate balance between protecting freedom of religious thought and protecting others from protrusions of that same freedom.

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Pope Francis, President Obama Emphasize Religious Liberty
Pope Francis, President Obama Emphasize Religious Liberty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following a private meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis, the White House pledged its commitment to "advancing share values for a better world," including protecting religious liberty.

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Nepal Rejects Hindu State Proposal, Religious Liberty Concerns Remain
Nepal Rejects Hindu State Proposal, Religious Liberty Concerns Remain

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nepal's constitution will include language defining it as a secular state, but concerns remain about a provision that criminalizes proselytizing.

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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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Baptists Appeal to Nepal Prime Minister, Ambassador to U.S. Regarding Religious Liberty
Baptists Appeal to Nepal Prime Minister, Ambassador to U.S. Regarding Religious Liberty

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Christian leaders have urged Nepal's Prime Minister, ambassador to the United States, to reconsider language in Nepal's proposed constitution that would make evangelism illegal.

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What Our Founders Meant by 'Liberty and Justice for All'
What Our Founders Meant by 'Liberty and Justice for All'

By: Barry Howard
Our ancestors envisioned a nation in which liberty and justice would be for all people. Some folks, however, have reduced 'liberty' to a license for self-centeredness and 'justice' to mere retaliatory action.

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3 Observations about Supreme Court's 5-4 Decision
3 Observations about Supreme Court's 5-4 Decision

By: Shaun King
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states will be debated for years to come. Here are three observations to help Christians respond to our 5-4 culture.

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Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?
Could Christian Worship Be Regarded as Hate Speech?

By: Rob Hewell
Any person or group who holds a position deemed to be exclusivist and found to be offensive might be said to hold beliefs that are hateful toward others. Could that one day apply to Christian worship?

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Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots
Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots

By: Thomas Kidd
While Baptists were reluctant supporters of the colonists' war for independence from Great Britain, they also saw an opportunity for attaining religious freedom for everyone.

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Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS
Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion
Martin Luther King Jr.: Religious Freedom Champion

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King's explicit references to religious liberty are few, but this conviction is found in a general emphasis on individual freedom and an assumed need for church-state separation.

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The First Amendment's Magic: Protecting the Unpopular
The First Amendment's Magic: Protecting the Unpopular
By: Phillip Larsen
People say things that drive us crazy. Some are silly, others inflammatory. But the First Amendment wasn't designed to protect popular speech; it protects what's unpopular.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 60 nations gathered in Turkey for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, electing new leaders for the global group and passing six resolutions.

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Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?
Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?

By: Robert Parham
Attention has increased on the plight of Christians in the Middle East for several years. Are we approaching a tipping point?

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The Quaker Contribution to Religious Liberty
The Quaker Contribution to Religious Liberty
By: Thomas Kidd
The Quakers' conviction about religious liberty helped to establish the principle that governments should not punish people for living out their religious convictions.
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Your Church Doesn't Need Gov't Approval to Fulfill Mission
Your Church Doesn't Need Gov't Approval to Fulfill Mission
By: Rob Hewell
More than half of all Americans and 70 percent of Protestant senior pastors believe religious liberty is waning. However, the church doesn't need government protection to be faithful to God.
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U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
By: David Stratton
The U.S. reveres not merely religious toleration but religious liberty for all. Unlike other nations, violence in the name of religion is nearly nonexistent. So why are we so silent about our success?
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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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Christian Converts Often Denied Asylum by Agency
Christian Converts Often Denied Asylum by Agency
Many Christian converts are seeking asylum in Lebanon, fearing for their lives and the lives of their children. A U.N. agency has downplayed many of their concerns and rejected their requests.
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Called Alongside
There are places where religious liberty does not exist and the freedom to practice your faith is not allowed. Could you suffer for your faith? Could you lose your life in those places because of your faith?
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Public Prayers Have No Place in Political Settings
Public Prayers Have No Place in Political Settings
Public prayers in political settings are inappropriate for both religious and political reasons. Yet some religious folk tolerate and even endorse prayer before government proceedings.
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Argentine Baptists Advocate for Religious Freedom
Argentine Baptists Advocate for Religious Freedom
To ensure the freedom of conscience for all students, Argentina's Baptists successfully revoked a plan to commemorate a religious holiday in public schools in the province of Mendoza.
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ACLU Files Suit against Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument
ACLU Files Suit against Oklahoma Ten Commandments Monument
Bruce Prescott is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Oklahoma against placing the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
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As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement
As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement

Abundant press reports underscore the reality of interfaith conflict - from deadly to mean-spirited. But there are unseen stories of goodwill Christians, Muslims and Buddhists working together.

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Competing Fourth of July Ads about Religion Both Mislead
Competing Fourth of July Ads about Religion Both Mislead
Two Fourth of July ads – one from Hobby Lobby; the other from the Freedom from Religion Foundation – reflect the wide range of religious freedom we have, even if they're both misleading.
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Cyrus Cylinder – Pointing Toward Human Rights
Cyrus Cylinder – Pointing Toward Human Rights
The Cyrus Cylinder has been called the world's first Bill of Rights. While Cyrus the Great was no human-rights advocate, he pointed us in the right direction.
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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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The Heritage of Religious Liberty
When we think about religious freedom, we think about the freedom that is provided by the Constitution so we can choose whether or not we will worship.
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Bishops in Winner-Takes-All Fight for Religious Liberty
Bishops in Winner-Takes-All Fight for Religious Liberty
The winner-take-all position that U.S. Catholic bishops have taken to declare war against government proposals and policies will likely hurt themselves and their cause.
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Religious Liberty – A Core American Value
Religious Liberty – A Core American Value
Religious convictions divide us, but religious liberty is a right that unites us. That's why people of all faiths and atheists have joined the Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection for nine years.
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Religious Liberty – Our Forgotten Baptist Heritage
Religious Liberty – Our Forgotten Baptist Heritage
Speeches by the past and present pastors of First Baptist Church of Dallas illustrate how quickly the Baptist heritage of religious liberty for everyone is soon forgotten – or ignored.
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Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Not all contemporary Baptists consistently promote religious freedom. They passionately argue for their right to worship but forget to do the same for other faith groups. Richard Land is a prime example.
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SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
Richard Land, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, quit a group that defends Muslims' religious liberty rights – a move that caps months of his wavering on the issue.
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Why Baptists Need Modern-Day Prophets in Their Midst
Why Baptists Need Modern-Day Prophets in Their Midst
The Baptist concept of the priesthood of the believer has been and continues to be attacked, often redefined to mean submission to some form of earthly authority. But Baptists are all called to be prophets to each other.
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North Carolina CBF Seeks Input on Revised Statements
North Carolina CBF Seeks Input on Revised Statements
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina is seeking input on revisions to its foundational statements. However, those revisions mute some of the most distinctive aspects of the Baptist movement.
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A Satirical Fix for That 'Flawed' First Amendment
A Satirical Fix for That 'Flawed' First Amendment
What were the Founding Fathers thinking? Clearly, their reckless and irresponsible musing, known by some as the First Amendment, was flawed since it doesn't reflect popular sentiment. Let's just fix it, shall we?
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Mosque Controversy Tests Our Convictions, Civility
Mosque Controversy Tests Our Convictions, Civility
To deny building a mosque near Ground Zero is a troubling infringement on religious freedom. Today, it's a mosque. Tomorrow, it could be a synagogue, a Mormon temple or a Baptist church.
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Why Conservatives Should Favor Manhattan Mosque
Why Conservatives Should Favor Manhattan Mosque
As the controversy over a mosque near Ground Zero escalates, the opposition by some conservatives is puzzling. From a conservative perspective, building a mosque should not be barred.
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Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Since Sarah Palin's tweet opposing a mosque near Ground Zero, speechifying against the project has heated up. The intense opposition has been drowning out voices of goodwill and moral clarity.
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Patriotism Means Building Community
Patriotism Means Building Community
Patriotism plays a valuable and healthy role in forming, preserving and enriching a sense of community among Americans. While we have vast religious diversity, we can be unified to the principles upon which the nation is built.
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Can Academic Freedom, Religious Values Co-Exist?
Can Academic Freedom, Religious Values Co-Exist?
While some debate whether religious universities can provide a satisfactory environment of academic freedom, Baptists have found ways to honor both academic freedom and religious values.
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Christians Support Religious Liberty – For Themselves
Christians Support Religious Liberty – For Themselves
Christians ought to be champions of religious liberty yet often defend their religious freedom to the exclusion of others. Why do so many Christians not grasp the First Amendment?
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Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
Earliest Baptist Advocated Religious Liberty for Muslims
When the Ottoman Empire was an expansionistic power, threatening Christian-dominated Europe, a little-known Baptist layman advocated religious liberty for Muslims to the king of England, who was no friend of religious diversity.
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