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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 2

By: Ashley al-Saliby
We must reject the superiority and hatred in all of us because it leads to horrors that we couldn't imagine our friends and neighbors capable of carrying out. With love, we must stand up for our Muslim neighbors.

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Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1
Defeating the Hatred of Today's Crusaders - Part 1

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Three men were arrested for planning to bomb a Muslim community in Kansas. Not too far back in our history, another group successfully carried out a similar atrocity. Where does such murderous hatred begin?

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4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam
4 Toxic Mistakes to Flush Out Regarding Islam

By: Martin Accad
Election Day is fast approaching. To encourage voters to be less fear-driven and rational and socially compassionate, here are four mistakes we often make in our thinking about Islam and Muslims.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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U.S. Catholics' Views of Islam Largely Negative
U.S. Catholics' Views of Islam Largely Negative

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Few U.S. Catholics have positive views of Islam or know a Muslim personally, a Georgetown University report says, with 30 percent holding very or somewhat unfavorable views of Islam.

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims
As 9/11 Nears, Christians Can Build Bridges with Muslims

By: Robert Parham
Muslim leaders are concerned about the possibility of one of their holy days coinciding with 9/11's 15th anniversary. Before that date, Christians can take proactive steps now to build bridges with their Muslim neighbors.

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When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed
When 300 Muslims Defended Christians but Few Noticed

By: Larry Eubanks
When 300 Islamic leaders united to denounce religious extremism within Islam, the news received little media attention. These Muslim leaders are closer to the position of Jesus than many of his followers.

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Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam
Why 59 Percent of Evangelical Pastors are Wrong About Islam

By: Rick Love
Nearly six out of 10 evangelical pastors believe Islam is dangerous and promotes violence, research found. To counter that false narrative, here are three ways you can help congregants see the truth.

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Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan
Wishing Your Muslim Neighbors Well During Ramadan

By: Martin Accad
Religions tend to be exclusive of other religions, but that doesn't mean you can't wish your Muslim friends and neighbors well during the month of Ramadan. Here are four reasons why.

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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality
A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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The Last Crusade?
The Last Crusade?

By: Philip Jenkins
As an integral part of Western rhetoric, crusades indicated a noble or righteous struggle inspired by higher motives. The word is now actively toxic, suggesting religious fanaticism and Islamophobia.

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Christians, Muslims and the Golden Rule
Christians, Muslims and the Golden Rule

By: Lynne Hybels
Christians and Muslims have different beliefs about God and Jesus, but they can still respect each other. Will you refuse to let irresponsible media stories shape your opinions of Muslims?

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How the Bible Calls Us to Think and Act in Times of Fear
How the Bible Calls Us to Think and Act in Times of Fear

By: Ashley al-Saliby
Western fears about Islam and Muslims are surging again. Will we stand up to the media's negative perceptions of the Islamic faith? Or succumb to the hatred and fear from which God's mercy saved us?

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Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years
Fragments That Have Shaped My World View Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Fragmentary experiences inform and sharpen one's understanding of the world. As the Baptist Center for Ethics' executive director for 25 years, here are a few that have expanded my view of the world.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
In its near-unanimous denial of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Muslim exegetical tradition - not the Quran - stands largely alone. It also rejects the purpose of biblical salvation history.

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Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1
Follow the Crucified: An Interfaith Easter Reflection - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The Quran reports Jesus' miraculous birth, his ministry of healing and raising people from the dead. What remains hard to grasp is how life and salvation can emerge from death and apparent failure.

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Being Christian Doesn't Mean Being Against Islam
Being Christian Doesn't Mean Being Against Islam

By: Arthur Brown
Being Christian and being Muslim are not the same. We don't have identical understandings of the God we worship. However, Christians can reject the bigotry of judging others and build bridges of respect.

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How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?
How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?

By: Martin Accad
As Syrian refugees migrate into Europe in massive numbers, Western churches want to know how to respond. The first issue to address is the fear that many have about this overwhelming phenomenon

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Islam Means Peace? A Brief Etymological Reflection
Islam Means Peace? A Brief Etymological Reflection

By: Martin Accad
Some say Islam means peace; others say that's not true. Here's the truth: Islam will mean whatever those currently struggling for its soul will be able to make of it in the decades ahead.

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How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment
How You Can Slow Down ISIS Recruitment

By: Rebecca Brown
Worldwide, more than 20,000 people have been recruited by the smooth rhetoric of ISIS and their self-declared holy war. However, we can slow their recruitment efforts down if each of us does this.

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U.S. Majority: Religion Used by Extremists to Justify Violence
U.S. Majority: Religion Used by Extremists to Justify Violence

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong U.S. majority - more than two-thirds - affirmed that people and groups use religion to justify violent actions rather than religious teachings being the cause of violence, a Pew Research Center report found.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations
Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric, Baptist leaders have urged interfaith engagement with Muslim neighbors. To aid churches in those initiatives, EthicsDaily.com offers a free downloadable resource.

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Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric
Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

By: Elijah Brown
Recent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other political leaders about halting Muslim immigration to the U.S. is grounded in political expediency and eschews biblical convictions.

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Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way
Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way

By: Robert Parham
We won't win the war against Islamic extremists with drone strikes and military firepower. Overcoming terrorism must include Christians collaborating with goodwill Muslims. Here are five reasons why.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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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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GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric
GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric

By: Zach Dawes
People of goodwill should speak out against harmful rhetoric perpetuated against Islam and Muslims. Thankfully, that's what GOP leaders are doing regarding Donald Trump's latest diatribe.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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A Christian Response to Yet Another Mass Shooting
A Christian Response to Yet Another Mass Shooting

By: Matt Sapp
What do we do following yet another mass shooting? Christian political engagement is no substitute for personal, individual action. One thing's clear: We can't match hatred for hatred.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn California Shootings, Terrorist Attacks
Muslim Leaders Condemn California Shootings, Terrorist Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As they have done many times before over similar violence linked to terrorism, Muslim leaders and organizations were among the first to condemn the shooting in California.

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Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives
Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives

By: Preston Clegg
Perhaps the most insidious characteristic of fear is how quickly it draws us into vicious cycles. Fear causes us to see the worst in others, and therefore, it brings out the worst in us.

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Busting Myth That Muslims Don't Condemn Terrorism
Busting Myth That Muslims Don't Condemn Terrorism

By: Martin Accad
When a Muslim commits a terrorist act, some complain Muslim leaders aren't doing enough to condemn them. But Muslim groups have condemned them many times - with little, if any, media coverage.

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How Islamophobia Hurts America
How Islamophobia Hurts America

By: Martin Brooks
The polarization between the Muslim and Christian communities is doing great harm to our nation and to our Christian witness. And many churches respond with fear instead of Christ's love.

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Evangelicals, Muslims Commit to Mutual Peace
Evangelicals, Muslims Commit to Mutual Peace

By: Rick Love
Evangelical pastors and Muslim imams declared their commitment to making peace with one another, but some evangelicals uphold Jesus' exclusive truth claims without upholding his inclusive love aims.

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Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit
Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against a Chicago suburb in September, following that city's refusal to allow a vacant office building to be used as a mosque.

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Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society
Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society

By: Ircel Harrison
Teaching children about religion helps them understand the positive and negative ways in which all faiths have impacted culture and the world we live in today.

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The South Isn't Alone in its Islamophobia
The South Isn't Alone in its Islamophobia

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Mary Center: Sightings)
The south is home to six of 10 states that have passed meaningless laws against the exercise of unexercised Sharia law, but the South is not alone. Islamophobia is a national epidemic.

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Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity
Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.

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Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030
Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking
Real Interfaith Commitment - More Doing, Less Talking

By: Martin Brooks
Rather than Muslims and Christians getting together to talk about their differences, what if the two faith groups came together to work side by side on projects to help their communities?

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Franklin Graham and the Politics of Fear
Franklin Graham and the Politics of Fear

By: Arthur Brown
Franklin Graham's recent anti-Muslim Facebook post demonstrates paranoia, ignorance and fear to a degree that is almost unbelievable. He has lost sight of some of the central tenets of the faith he professes.

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Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?
Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?

By: Jesse Wheeler
The world's total number of Muslims and Christians is expected to be nearly equal by 2050, a report says. The obvious conclusion: Both groups must learn to get along for the sake of global concord.

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3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents
3 Disturbing Consequences from Anti-Muslim Proponents

By: Martin Accad
The Muhammad cartoon contest provides one more example that anti-Muslim voices seek to provoke conflict and violence. The church needs prophetic voices to stand against this destructive tide.

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Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired
Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired

By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?

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Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally
Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, a study says. Meanwhile, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated will decrease.

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Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 2
By: Martin Accad
We will not defeat ISIS or any other militant jihadist group with temporary military solutions to the problem of religious radicalization. We need a massive global movement to dry up ISIS' recruitment pools.
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Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
Sounding the Alarm: How to Beat Back ISIS – Part 1
By: Martin Accad
ISIS members are Muslim because they believe they are, but Muslims who don't abide by ISIS' perverse interpretation of Islam don't bear responsibility for ISIS' actions.
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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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We Can't Pretend This Violence Isn't Linked to Religion
We Can't Pretend This Violence Isn't Linked to Religion
By: Jon Kuhrt
History shows us that religion often leads to violence, no matter how much we might want to deny it. And however twisted and warped, it is theology that has helped form the worldview of these killers. 
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Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
By: Brian Kaylor
Voters across the country sounded off on key ballot initiatives with moral implications, while Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.
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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS
Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A new Islamic document aims to keep Muslim youths from falling victim to misunderstandings of Islam perpetuated by ISIS. Sayyid Syeed has the details in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The Middle East Consultation equips participants to respond to the challenges facing Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
By: Rick Love
Meet Azi, who works with madrassas in Pakistan to change the way young Muslim clerics are trained. Under his leadership, more than 2,700 leaders have been trained.
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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
By: Rick Love
Meet Mossarat, a Muslim woman in Pakistan who leads Mothers for Change. Her group works with mothers whose sons are being lured into terrorist groups and helps rescue them.
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Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christians don't appreciate the diversity that exists among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, says the author of a book on Christian-Muslim relationships in a Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com.
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9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
By: Jennifer Bryson
While Christians and Muslims have deep disagreements over faith issues, they can still relate to each other in a way that is "respectful, gracious and bridge-building," an author says.
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How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?
How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?

By: Jennifer Bryson
In his book, "Grace and Truth," Rick Love provides Christians an alternative to "interfaith dialogue" with a particular focus on Christian-Muslim encounters.

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Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Kowtowing to parental outrage, an Arkansas school district withdrew an invitation to a Muslim man to speak at a student assembly. They missed the chance to teach understanding.
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British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
Representatives of the United Kingdom's Christian denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have sent a message of greetings and peace to their Muslim neighbors.
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Do U.S. Christians Not Know Limits of Just War Tradition?
Do U.S. Christians Not Know Limits of Just War Tradition?
In place of a rigorous engagement with the best of the Christian tradition on the limits of war, we fall prey to a love-it-or-leave-it nationalism and an unthinking flag-waving patriotism.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Hatred, Bigotry Still Thrive Against Muslims
Hatred, Bigotry Still Thrive Against Muslims

A Tennessee audience jeered when a Muslim requested an extension to build a mosque that had burned. Sadly, such hatred and inhospitable behavior are not shocking.

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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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5 Reasons Why I Am Convinced Allah is God
5 Reasons Why I Am Convinced Allah is God
By: Jesse Wheeler
Although vital differences exist, Islam clearly recognizes a common affinity with both Judaism and Christianity and deliberately worships the God of both Christians and Jews.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
As Christians, we often hate it when people put us all in the same camp and assume we all think the same thing. Yet that's what we do far too often when we speak of Islam.
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Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
If we truly want to strengthen interfaith relationships, especially between Christians and Muslims, we must be willing to listen and understand. Too often, we bully and belittle.
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Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
The United States remains a Christian nation, with more than nine out of 10 people confirming that they're affiliated with a Christian religion, says a new Gallup poll.
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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Muslim Writer Calls Out
Muslim Writer Calls Out "Irresponsible" Mosque Sermons
Advancing the common good between Christians and Muslims requires that each recognize efforts by the other to readdress the extremes in their own traditions. Here's one example.
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Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
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Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
The shooting of a teenage girl by Taliban militants has no connection whatsoever with Islamic doctrine and practice. By contrast, many Muslims live at peace with Christians.
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Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
The Muslim world has vast diversity and isn't limited to the images seen on cable TV news, says an American who lived in Egypt for the past two years.
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When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
Broadcasting anti-Islamic propaganda goes beyond a free-speech right. However, the most difficult decisions we make are not about right and wrong, but choosing between competing rights.
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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
The dominant narrative is that Muslims are filled with rage and hate the U.S. As Islamic leaders speak out against extremist violence, will Christians have the courage to stand with them?
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Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Our theological vocabularies and beliefs may differ on many issues, but Christians can engage Muslims in and uplifting discourse. We should never demonize, ridicule or insult.
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During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Ramadan, devout Muslims break their daily fasts at sunset with an "iftar" meal. Now, many Muslims in the U.S. are inviting non-Muslim friends to share that meal.
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European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
How do Christians in the Middle East relate to Muslims? It's crucial to establish loving relationships without marginalizing problems created by a radical Islamic authority, European Baptists said.
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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End-Time Doomsayers Make Islam Their New Anti-Christ
End-Time Doomsayers Make Islam Their New Anti-Christ
Some religious groups have a propensity for identifying their opponents with ultimate evil. And now, with the help of end-time doomsayers, Islam is the new agent of Armageddon.
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FBI, Muslims Report Progress over Training Materials
(RNS) FBI officials say they are willing to consider a proposal to establish a committee of experts to review materials used in FBI anti-terrorism training.
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Newsweek Feeds Fear
Newsweek Feeds Fear
Continuing its trend away from civil discourse, Newsweek's recent cover story focused on the fear-based narrative that Christians are the victims of a global war against them by Muslims.
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Book Shatters Stereotypes on Muslim Women, Sex and Love
(RNS) If you think good Muslim women wait for marriage to have sex, think again.
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Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance
DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens."
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N.C. Muslims Rally Around Suspects in Beheading Plot
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) As a Muslim woman waits in jail, her friends and family are using social media to rally support for her cause.
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Muslims Petition Attorney General for NYPD Probe
(RNS) Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging Schneiderman to investigate the New York City Police Department after the second scandal in as many weeks.
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Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary.
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Study Says U.S. Muslims Don’t Want Shariah Either
(RNS) North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel courts for Islamic law.
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Muslims Call for NYPD Chief to Resign over Video
(RNS) Muslim American groups are calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
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Muslim Men Convicted of Advocating Death for Gays
LONDON (RNS) In the first case of its kind, a British court has convicted three Muslim men of openly advocating the execution of gays.
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When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
Christians eager to condemn Islam as a religion that spreads itself through warfare should be reminded that Christians often have ignored Jesus' teaching in order to justify war.
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At 27, New Imam Represents a Homegrown American Islam
ST. LOUIS (RNS) At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the metro area.
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Muslims Say Ron Paul is Their Kind of Republican
(RNS) Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf’s libertarian streak developed early on.
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Appeals Court Rules Oklahoma Shariah Ban Unconstitutional
(RNS) Oklahoma’s referendum against state judges considering Islamic law is unconstitutional, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
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In Academia, Islam Remains a Risky Third Rail
(RNS) A recent spate of campus controversies involving professors who made provocative statements about Muslims shows how easy it is for academics to get into trouble.
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Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
As a new of religious violence moved across Nigeria, some Muslims and Christians in Africa's most populous nation have exchanged sharp rhetoric while others called for peace.
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Muslims Caught in Reality Show Crossfire Struggle to Understand Controversy
DEARBORN, Mich. (RNS) When Fordson High School football coach Fouad Zaban was asked to be on a reality show about Muslim family life, his impulse was to decline.
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Muslim Push Lowe’s Boycott over Reality Series
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The controversy between Muslim Americans and the Lowe’s home improvement chain will spill into 2012 with a planned boycott of Lowe’s.
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Muslim Reality Show, Under Fire, Denies Charges of Extremism
(RNS) The cast and producers of “All-American Muslim,” said they are helping change negative perceptions of Muslims.
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Companies Pull Ads from Muslim Reality TV Show
(RNS) Lowe’s has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.
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Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Paints False Picture of Islam
Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Paints False Picture of Islam
A Tennessee politician, Rick Womick, said he doesn't trust Muslims and wants them purged from the military. His divisive remarks betray our nation's ideals.
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Court Date Nears for American Muslim Wannabomber
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A year ago, a tall, skinny teen named Mohamed Mohamud stepped out of an SUV just north of Portland’s Union Station.
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British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
A British minister is urging other Baptists to support a Muslim family who face eviction because prosecutors are trying to seize their home after they convicted an occupant of anti-terrorism laws.
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Tunisia a Test for Moderate Islam
TUNIS, Tunisia (RNS) The face of political Islam in this fledgling Muslim democracy is a 47-year-old mother of two who favors tailored suits and stiletto heels.
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Workplace Religious Complaints Double in Last Decade
CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works.
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Photographer Captures Muslims’ Self-portraits
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Artist Todd Drake has aimed his camera lens at truck drivers, Alzheimer’s patients and employees of an exotic nightclub.
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Benetton Pulls Pope-kissing Ad
VATICAN CITY (RNS) International clothing retailer Benetton pulled a provocative ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim cleric.
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Gay, Muslim Groups Relieved by Changes to Bullying Bill
(RNS) A Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.
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British Prosecutors Try to Seize Muslim Family's Home
British Prosecutors Try to Seize Muslim Family's Home
A British pastor is leading a petition drive to prevent prosecutors from seizing a Muslim family's home because the husband was convicted under anti-terrorism laws.
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Saudi-Iran Tensions Overshadow Hajj Pilgrimage
(RNS) Reports last month that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. have enflamed animosity between the two Muslim powers.
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Lawyer Charges Catholic University with Civil Rights Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A famously litigious lawyer has filed charges against CUA for not providing Muslim students with prayer rooms.
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Muslims Call for Reforms 10 Years after Patriot Act
(RNS) A Muslim civil rights group is accusing the FBI and other federal agencies of “bad policing” and flaunting the Constitution in a 56-page report.
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Muslims Combat Radicalization with Online Tools
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim organization is working to counter radicalization by providing the work of progressive Islam scholars online.
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Muslim Mortgages in Limbo After Bank Collapse
TORONTO (RNS) The collapse of a lender that offered Shariah-compliant mortgages has left Muslim homeowners in the Toronto area with many questions.
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Chief Rabbis Show Support for Burned Israeli Mosque
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
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Dead Cleric's Videos May Find Eternal Life Online
(RNS) Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the power of the Internet means he won’t soon be forgotten.
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U.S. Christians Rally Around Iranian Pastor
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith.
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Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
Abrahamic Faiths Share Common Hope for Peace
History reveals sufficient evidence to condemn all three Abrahamic faiths for resorting to violence. Despite these shortcomings, all three share a common hope for peace.
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Central Seminary Hosts Noted Theologian Miroslav Volf
Central Seminary Hosts Noted Theologian Miroslav Volf
Theologian Miroslav Volf said at least two negative outcomes have grown out of the 9/11 attacks – increased prejudice toward Islam and the current sense of American exceptionalism. Are there positive results?
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Muslim Groups File Petition Against Islamic law
(RNS) A coalition of Muslim groups say they don’t want to live under Shariah law in Michigan or anywhere else.
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The Hidden Truth about Howard the Naval Chaplain
The Hidden Truth about Howard the Naval Chaplain
Howard, a former Navy chaplain, served multiple tours of duty in the days following 9/11 while his family faced mounting stress. He was a hero often in harm's way – and there's something else we're not telling you.
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Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment Heads to Appeals Court
(RNS) An amendment to Oklahoma’s constitution that bans state judges from considering Islamic law will face its next legal hurdle.
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Justice Dept. settles in mosque construction dispute
WASHINGTON (RNS) The DOJ announced a settlement with Henrico County, Va., over the county’s alleged violation of a federal anti-discrimination law.
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Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
People of all faiths should encourage others in their own circles from making disparaging statements against their fellow Americans, whether they're Christians, Jews, Muslims or adherents of another faith.
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Poll: Americans Are Tolerant of Other Faiths—Except Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
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Muslim Lawmakers Appeal for Israeli Soldier’s Release
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Survey: Muslim Americans Have Moderate Views
(RNS) Almost half the nation’s estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists.
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Report Details Roots, Funding of Islamophobia machine
(RNS) A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of Islamophobia.
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9/11 Gives Birth to New Generation of Assertive Muslims
(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks, there were stories of mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low.
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After 9/11, Curiosity over Islam Leads to Conversion
BOSTON (RNS) Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?”
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9/11 Marked Crucial Turn in Vatican-Muslim Relations
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy.
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Got Questions About Islam? Hotline Has Answers
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Like many American Muslims, Asim Khan is tired of the prejudice against his religion.
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The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
Many Americans regard Muslims and Mormons as the two religious groups they feel "coolest" toward. Despite attacks on their religions, both groups remain hopeful about and loyal to the United States.
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Quran-burning Pastor Plans 9/11 Visit to Ground Zero
(RNS) Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones will visit Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Poll: American Muslims Hopeful About Life in the U.S.
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans.
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Egypt after Mubarak: Islamic State or Secular Nation?
Egypt after Mubarak: Islamic State or Secular Nation?
Countless Muslims gathered in Egypt on Friday, calling for an Islamic Egypt a few months after the departure of Hosni Mubarak. The gathering was a cause for concern for the nation's Christians and moderate Muslims.
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HBO Film Follows Muslim Children Competing to Memorize the Quran
(RNS) The movie follows three Muslim children as they compete in a tournament that requires young contestants to recite portions of the Quran.
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Christians Divided on Belgium’s Burqa Ban
(RNS/ENInews) Belgian Christians expressed mixed reactions to the country’s new “burqa ban,” as Belgium joined France in criminalizing the Islamic veil.
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U.S. Conservatives on the Defensive after Oslo Killings
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
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Poll: Anti-Muslim Sentiment Grew after Bin Laden Death
(RNS) Many Muslim Americans had hoped that the death of Osama bin Laden would improve their image among other Americans.
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Imams Trained to Adapt Islamic Finance to U.S. Economy
(RNS) Abdullah Nana, an imam at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Calif., has a distinct advantage over many of his fellow imams in the United States.
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Court Says Store Discriminated Against Muslim
(RNS) Abercrombie & Fitch violated civil rights law when the clothier refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wears a headscarf.
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Toronto School Defends Muslim Prayers in Cafeteria
TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria.
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City Attorney Questions Proposed Circumcision Ban
(RNS) The city’s top lawyer has concluded it is unconstitutional to ban the practice as a religious ritual, but allow it as a medical procedure.
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Never Underestimate the Power of Story
Never Underestimate the Power of Story
The power of story captivates us. While the narrative approach of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures draws us in, the Quran's nonlinear approach may be the source of Islam's recent struggles.
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Jewish Concerns Remain as Delta, Saudis Deny Discrimination
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Saudi Arabian embassy denied as “completely false” reports that U.S. Jews would not be able to travel to Saudi Arabia.
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Report Says Islamophobia on the Rise
(RNS) A new report asserts that anti-Muslim prejudice has worsened in recent years, but argues the trend could be reversed with greater community outreach.
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U.S. Jews Not Able to Fly on Delta Flights to Saudi Arabia
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line’s new partnership.
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Van Impe Leaves TBN over Chrislam Remarks
(RNS) Jack Van Impe has ended his decades-long run on TBN after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs.
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Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Members of Westboro Baptist Church held protests in Nashville. But some counter protesters objecting to Westboro's intolerance displayed a profane and angry intolerance toward the intolerant.
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Evangelicals Wade into Circumcision Debate
(RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco.
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Muslim Cabbie Fights Ticket over Religious Cap
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Langrial was chatting with another cabbie when an enforcement agent stopped to tell him his hat did not conform to the driver dress code.
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Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in Dallas appeared on a Fox News program after Easter and used falsehoods and innuendo to challenge the president's faith.
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Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama
(RNS) President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech, but U.S. Muslims were equally interested.
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Churches Asked to Share Pulpits with Muslims
(RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries.
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Muslims Battle to Be Official Voice of U.S. Islam
(RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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BBC Says Muslims Selling Tainted Holy Water from Mecca
LONDON (RNS) A BBC investigation is claiming that holy drinking water from Mecca is contaminated with arsenic.
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Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Most Arabs and Muslims rejected Osama bin Laden's violent extremism. Will we transcend the temptations of triumphalism and redouble efforts at education, dialogue and cooperation across religious lines?
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Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
How do you learn the three-step tango to introducing anti-Shariah bills? Fabricate facts. Testify to threats. Take a stand against problems that don't exist. Lawmakers in as many as 13 states have performed the dance.
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Why Many Still Oppose Tennessee's
Why Many Still Oppose Tennessee's "Anti-Islam" Bill
A Tennessee bill, authored by a white supremacist from Arizona, has been rewritten so it's no longer an anti-Muslim bill, according to a state legislator. But that's little comfort to Muslims.
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French Ban on Full-face Veils Takes Effect
PARIS (RNS) Police arrested several and protests continued to spread as France’s controversial ban against the full-face veil came into force.
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Obama, Karzai Blast Florida Quran Burning
WASHINGTON (RNS) Presidents Obama and Karzai blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed.
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What CNN's Special on Muslims Didn't Tell You
What CNN's Special on Muslims Didn't Tell You
A recent CNN special recounts the negative response on the part of some citizens to the building of a new Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The report didn't tell the whole story. Here's what CNN missed.
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Deadly Afghan Riots Blamed on Quran Burning at Fla. Church
(RNS) The Florida pastor who presided over the recent burning of a Quran said the United Nations must protect Afghans from deadly riots.
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In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere.
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Tennessee Amends Anti-Shariah Bill
(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism.
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Quran Burning at Fla. Church
(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church “abhorrent.”
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Pastor Breaks Promise, Burns Quran at Mock Trial
Pastor Breaks Promise, Burns Quran at Mock Trial
After attracting international media attention, a Florida pastor said he wouldn't burn the Quran on last year's anniversary of 9/11. A few days ago, he broke that promise after finding the Quran guilty in a mock trial.
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Fla. Pastor Presides at Burning of Quran
(RNS) The controversial Florida pastor oversaw the burning of the Islamic holy book on Sunday.
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Priest Forced to Give up 40 Days of Muslim Lent
FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or television for Lent.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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Study Says Engagement Rises with Mosque Attendance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A political science professor says research shows that affiliation with a mosque increases Muslims’ civic engagement.
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Former Counterterrorism Chief Says Muslims Cooperate
(RNS) A former FBI counter terrorism director rejected allegations that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations.
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White House Praises Muslims Ahead of Hearing
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration is highlighting the role Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities.
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Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
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Pakistani Churches Mourn Assassinated Christian Minister
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Christian schools shut down for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country’s Minister for Religious Minorities.
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State Legislatures Consider Bills Banning Sharia Law
State Legislatures Consider Bills Banning Sharia Law
Anti-Islam bills have now been introduced in a dozen state legislatures. Some bills refer specifically to Sharia or Islamic law. Others refer only to "foreign laws," a thinly veiled reference to Islamic law.
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Islam Dominated Religion Coverage in 2010
(RNS) Islam was the most frequent topic of religion news coverage in 2010, as the media doubled the amount of time and space devoted to religion.
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Muslims and ACLU Sue FBI over Mosque Surveillance
(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers’ civil rights?
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Grassroots Group Pressure King on Muslim Hearings
WASHINGTON (RNS) Peter King is facing grassroots pressure to cancel his planned hearings on the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims.
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Egypt’s Christians Keep Wary Eye on Muslim Brotherhood
CAIRO (RNS) In Magdi Shnouda’s cafe the men playing backgammon are a mixture of Christians and Muslims.
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Muslim TV Executive Found Guilty in Wife’s Beheading
(RNS) A former banking executive who helped launch the nation’s first Muslim television station faces 15 years to life in prison.
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Colorado Years Shaped Islamic Militant’s View of U.S.
(RNS) Is the jazz standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a heart-warming ode to winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism?
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Controversial N.Y. Mosque Loses Another Leader
(RNS) The proposed mosque project is again looking for a top imam after Sheik Abdallah Adhami resigned.
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Congressman Says He’s not Anti-Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) A congressman said he is not anti-Muslim after saying Muslims represent the “antithesis” of American values.
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Critics Raise Concerns About House Hearings on Muslims
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition is urging House leaders to raise concerns about planned hearings this month on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
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Muslim leaders condemn Holocaust denial on remembrance day
(RNS) Prominent Muslim leaders marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by decrying attempts to deny the Holocaust.
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Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Coalition Supporting Mosques
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition.
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Ala. Governor Apologizes for Brothers and Sisters Comment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Bentley apologized to anyone who was offended with his inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his “brothers and sisters.”
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Muslim Seminary Ends Talks with Vatican over Pope’s Comments
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican.
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Update: Fla. Pastor Formally Banned from U.K.
LONDON (RNS) A Florida pastor who sparked fury when he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans has been officially banned from Britain.
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Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
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Pray for Sudan
Pray for Sudan
Christians will be praying for peace in Sudan, a place where conflict has already taken 2 million lives in a 20-year civil war between Muslims in the north and Christians and animists in the south.
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Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Muslim and Christian leaders began the new year with a flurry of statements and comments condemning Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt and Nigeria.
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Pope Condemns Vile Killing Outside Egyptian Church
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians.
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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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Muslim Leaders Probe Problem of Disaffected Youths
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders are admitting disaffected Muslim youth are ripe for online recruitment by extremists.
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Muslims Allege Inappropriate Questions by Security Agents
(RNS) American Muslims reentering the United States from abroad are alleging U.S. Customs Agents violate their constitutional rights.
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New York Mosque Named Top Religion Story of 2010
(RNS) The debate over an Islamic community center near Ground Zero was the top religion story of 2010.
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Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
During a joint Baptist-Muslim mission trip to distribute mosquito-repellant nets in Tanzania, it was impressive to see how people of two different faiths could live and work together.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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British Group Withdraws Invite to Fla. Pastor
LONDON (RNS) A right-wing political group now says it has withdrawn the invitation because “he is not the right candidate for us.”
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Muslims not Laughing at Businessman’s Attempt at Humor
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) It was all a joke, says Biddinger, whose outdoor sign last week sported the phrase “BBQ Pork Restaurant Is Safest No Muslims Inside.”
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Muslim Women at Center of Suits over Hajj, Headscarves
(RNS) The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
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Holder Denies Entrapment of Muslim Suspects
WASHINGTON (RNS) Holder defended the FBI’s recent undercover investigation of an Oregon Muslim terror suspect.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Oklahoma’s Top Lawyer at Center of Fight over Shariah
(RNS) Backers admit they suffered a setback when a judge issued a temporary injunction last month.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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Palestinians Remove Claim to Western Wall after U.S. Objects
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
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Locals Rally Behind Mosque after Terror Suspect’s Arrest
CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) Rain didn’t stop the Corvallis community from showing up in swarms at a candlelight vigil outside a mosque that was hit by arson.
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Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee
(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted by a United Nations committee.
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The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
If Western Christians are serious about genuine religious peace as a Christian virtue and a basic human right, we must develop mutual understanding and interfaith engagement with other religions.
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Muslims Prepare Halal Turkey Thanksgiving Feast
(RNS) The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes.
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Palestinians Claim Ownership of Western Wall
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report.
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London Warns British Muslims on Shariah in Schools
LONDON (RNS) The British government has warned Islamic schools concerning the teaching of extremist Shariah law.
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Middle East Clergy Pray for Drought Relief
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
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U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Defamation Resolution
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the UN to vote against the latest proposal from Islamic countries.
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Third Time’s A Charm: Kentucky Town OKs Mosque
Third Time’s A Charm: Kentucky Town OKs Mosque
After rejecting the request before an overflow crowd, some of whom clutched their Bibles, a Kentucky town’s zoning board reconsidered and granted a permit to allow Muslims to turn an empty store into a house of worship.
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Poll: Christians Most Likely to Want N.Y. Islamic Center Moved
(RNS) Christians are more likely to say a proposed Islamic center should be built farther away from Ground Zero.
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Study Calls for Sensitivity in Muslims’ Medical Care
(RNS) U.S. doctors need to take religious values into account while providing health care.
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Christian and Muslims Propose Joint Crisis-intervention Group
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) Leaders have called for a group that can be mobilized whenever a crisis threatens.
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Judge Puts Hold on Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment
(RNS) Lawyers have two weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a voter-approved state constitutional amendment.
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Sikhs Call Airport Screening for Turbans Security Theater
WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of Sikh organizations say they’ve been told that turbans will always be searched.
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Muslim Advocacy Group Sues over Okla. Shariah Ban
(RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.
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Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Sues State
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Quran.
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Israel to Allow Civil Marriages
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
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Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
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Obama to Visit Largest Mosque in Indonesia
(RNS) President Obama plans to visit one of the world’s largest mosques during his trip to Indonesia in November.
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White House Denies Rumors About Obama and Sikh Temple
(RNS) The White House has denied reports that President Obama will avoid a Sikh shrine while visiting India next week.
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Pastor at Center of Aborted Quran Burn Gets a New Car
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Jones held the keys to his Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group.
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Feds Tell Tenn. Officials to Protect Muslims’ Building Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attorney.
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Archbishop of Canterbury Criticizes European Burqa Bans
NAGPUR, India (RNS/ENInews) Rowan Williams deplored attempts to prohibit Muslim women from wearing body-covering burqas in public.
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Study: Fox News Watchers More Likely to Believe NYC Mosque Rumors
(RNS) Fox News watchers are more likely than other Americans to believe dubious claims about the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero.
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American Shariah? That’s News to Muslims
(RNS) Rep. Duncan expects his “Save Our State” referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on Nov. 2.
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Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
People have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity, but other religions have done worse. At least that's the reasoning some have used to defend their faith. But is that really how we want to argue for Christianity?
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Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
An Orthodox Christian leader comes under fire from Muslims when he raises an inquiry about verses in the Quran. The incident points to the great need for peacemakers to help Muslim-Christian relations.
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Christians Call for Calm After Indian Verdict on Holy Site
Bangalore, India (RNS/ENInews) Churches in India have joined other faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after the court ruled.
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Interfaith Group Urges U.S. to Press for Middle East Agreement
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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South African Violence Hinged on Local Leaders
South African Violence Hinged on Local Leaders
When violence erupted against immigrants in South Africa in 2008, the economy, unemployment and other factors weren't the defining cause of whether a township exploded in violence. It was local leadership. (Photo: Andras Osvat)
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Va. Imam Named Head of Largest Muslim Group
(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.
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Justice Department: Land-use Disputes Often Involve Religious Minorities
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious minorities figure prominently in religious freedom investigations by the Justice Department.
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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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Pastor at Center of Quran Burn Could Face $200,000 Bill
(RNS) The Florida pastor could still face a $200,000 bill from law enforcement agencies.
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Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
How does a Christian church, which affirms Jesus as Lord, welcome people of other faiths to a shared experience of readings from our texts? Jesus' way is one of reconciling love rather than polarizing division.
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Skateboarder an Overnight Sensation After Rescuing Quran
(RNS) Muslim Americans and their allies have found an unexpected reason to smile.
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Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Angry protests over an Islamic center near Ground Zero. A Florida pastor threatens to burn the Quran. If we don't guarantee religious freedom for all, we betray the genius that lies behind the U.S. Constitution.
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Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Just as marriage creates a new generation in the human family, interfaith friendship creates a new generation in the family of God for those who are willing to embark on its journey.
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Judge Demands Proof of Repairs to Imam's Apartment Building
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A judge denied a city request for custodial receivership of two apartment buildings owned by the imam.
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What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
Unlike those who keep misquoting the Quran in order to frame Islam as some type of terrorist religion, what if Christians took the time to read it as a way to seek dialogue with those who are also seeking the face of God?
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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Muslims Invited, Disinvited to Pray in Hartford
(RNS) Hartford, Conn. is the newest flashpoint in a culture war pitting Muslims’ First Amendment rights against opponents.
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Ground Zero Imam Hit with Suit Over Shoddy Rental Properties
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A lawsuit charges that Rauf has failed to address complaints in two apartment buildings he owns.
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Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
A Southern Baptist pastor from Tennessee burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday, claiming "it's about love." Meanwhile, a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky honored different faith traditions' sacred texts at an interfaith service.
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Confusion Surrounds Meeting Between Fla. Pastor, N.Y. Imam
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
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SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission remains a strong voice against the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. But his reasons don’t all add up.
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Listen to the Moral Leadership by "Dog-Whistle"
After Gen. Petraeus said a church's plan to burn the Quran would endanger U.S. soldiers, conservative religionists started lining up in opposition to the church. Of course, that's after they had stoked the fires of Islamic fear.
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Obama Denounces Quran Burning
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
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Before Burning Quran, Recall Jesus' Words
Before Burning Quran, Recall Jesus' Words
If Terry Jones truly is the pastor of a New Testament church, as his website claims, he would do well to recall the words of Jesus to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" before burning the Quran.
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Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
With a new surge of anti-Muslim feeling breaking across the United States, goodwill Christians, especially clergy, must end their ambiguous silence to counter the hateful rhetoric against Islam.
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Imam Defends Plans for Islamic center in NYC
(RNS) The imam said that changing his plans would play into the hands of extremists.
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Vatican Joins Chorus Opposing Quran Burning
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican joined high-level U.S. officials in denouncing a Florida pastor’s plans to burn the Quran.
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Prominent Faith Leaders Denounce Islamophobia
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.
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Please, Pastor Jones: Don't Burn the Quran on Sept. 11
Please, Pastor Jones: Don't Burn the Quran on Sept. 11
The pastor of a Florida church plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, claiming that many Americans have even sent him copies to burn. His plans will only perpetuate a cycle of violence.
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As Ramadan Ends, Muslims Seek School Holiday
NEW YORK (RNS) For Nikhat Choudhury, the Muslim holidays mean spending lots of money.
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Muslim Group Releases Ads to Counter Wave of Bigotry
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements as part of an ad campaign.
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Poll: Muslims Give Obama Highest Approval Ratings
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than three-quarters of U.S. Muslims support President Obama.
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Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Newt Gingrich is wrong. The term "Cordoba" – the name planned for the Islamic center near Ground Zero – isn't "a symbol of Islamic conquest." It's a reference to the city where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in peace.
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Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
To equate a mosque with terrorists is either the height of ignorance or depth of callous manipulation. It shows how hate and fear, two powerful political motivators, have been employed to rally the worst in Americans.
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Mosque Critics Favor Broken Relationships, Oppose Healing
Mosque Critics Favor Broken Relationships, Oppose Healing
The civic and religious leaders opposed to an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero are not interested in restoring relationships. Isn't it time for people of all faiths and no faith to work and play together?
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Polls: One in four Americans Thinks Obama’s a Muslim
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two new polls say as many as one in four Americans mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim.
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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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Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Narrow-minded intolerance has led to the outcry against the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. It's time to turn away from ignorance and embrace again the words of Christ: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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Fight over N.Y. Mosque Becomes a Partisan Wedge issue for Obama, GOP
WASHINGTON (RNS) What started as a local zoning debate about an Islamic center has now turned into an election-year political brawl.
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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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Muslim Men Try to Mark Ramadan in 30 States in 30 Days
NEW YORK (RNS) Two Muslims are hitting the road for Ramadan, determined to break the holy month’s daily fast in a different state each evening.
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Religious Leaders Blast Gingrich, Palin on New York Mosque
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
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Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Millions of Americans would rather continue to remain ignorant about Islam so that they can continue to stereotype Islam as a religion of radical hatred and evil. How should we respond to such religious illiteracy?
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Aid Group Wants to stay' in Afghanistan Despite Killings
(RNS/ENInews) The IAM has rejected Taliban claims that 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.
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Baha'i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years in Iran
(RNS) Seven top leaders of the Baha’i faith have received jail sentences of 20 years.
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Why We Must Welcome the Manhattan Mosque
Why We Must Welcome the Manhattan Mosque
While some oppose the construction of a mosque near the former World Trade Center site as part of their anti-Islamic campaign, the rest of us must move beyond hatred and misunderstanding.
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Christian-Muslim Relations Turn Bitter in India
NEW DELHI (RNS) Tensions between Christians and Muslims in India’s Kerala state have reached the boiling point.
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Appeals Court Sides with Prison in Headscarf Case
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court has sided with a prison system whose policy forbids Muslim women from wearing headscarves.
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Conservatives Will Appeal Go-ahead Vote for Ground Zero Mosque
(RNS) A law firm plans to appeal a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero.
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Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Challenge the prevailing narrative of the Western world that Islam and Christianity are at war, people from both faiths support and respect each other in Yendi, a city in Ghana where at least 80 percent of the population is Muslim.
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Evangelicals Condemn Planned Quran Burning
(RNS) The NAE has condemned plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Quran.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey reflects on his BWA presidency as his term draws to a close. In the second part of an interview with EthicsDaily.com, he discusses his part in fostering interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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Reject Power-Hungry Leaders Who Promote Fear of Islam
Reject Power-Hungry Leaders Who Promote Fear of Islam
Some people rise to religious and political power on a wave of fear. Their current target is Islam. Rather than succumb to fear-based and hate-filled rhetoric, we must reject the demonization of our Muslim neighbors.
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Samson: National Hero or Terrorist?
Samson: National Hero or Terrorist?
Acts of violence in the name of creed, or deeply held theological positions, are not monopolized by the Islamic faith. Our own Judeo-Christian tradition has its share of violence in the name of God.
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First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
An anonymous letter-writer fears the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., will lead to Western civilization's destruction. It's sad to see so much fear and misunderstanding packed into a one-page letter.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
One persistent falsehood is that Islam is by definition a violent religion. Call it the Franklin Graham Falsehood. He also claimed that he's "not heard one Islamic leader" condemn 9/11, but he clearly hasn't done his research.
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Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Some people believe that President Obama is a secret Muslim no matter how much evidence exists about his faith in Christ. Meanwhile, Liberty University's president appears to have exaggerated his Muslim roots.
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Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
More than 300,000 people die every year because of complications related to obesity. Muslim organizations in Illinois are leading several initiatives to promote physical fitness, healthy diet and exercise.
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Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Some Christians fear interfaith dialogue because they think it will lead to compromising their faith. However, people of different faiths can engage in frank and honest dialogue without conceding their convictions.
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Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
If the universal truth claims of Christianity and Islam are reconcilable, why bother trying to dialogue at all? Two different fears typically keep us from engaging in interfaith dialogue.
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Assigning Blame When Disasters Strike
Assigning Blame When Disasters Strike
Why are some ministers quick to assign blame for tragic events? Pat Robertson cruelly claimed Haiti was hit by an earthquake because of its sin. Now an Islamic cleric has blamed women for quakes.
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Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
The U.S. Army made the right decision to prohibit Franklin Graham from speaking at a prayer event in May at the Pentagon. The prohibition resulted from Graham's continuous hostile and insulting statements about Islam.
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Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
The growing influence of Islam in Europe has led to a public backlash. French officials, for example, have urged a ban on wearing burqas, but living in a pluralistic age requires mutual understanding.
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Many narrowly interpret interfaith dialogue as a verbal engagement with other people about their faith. But it's far more. As we welcome people who are different than us, we open paths to friendship.
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Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Violence between Muslims and Christians continues in Nigeria with heavy clashes occurring in Plateau State, a region in the center of the country with a long history of religious conflict.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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"Arabia" Challenges Media's Simple Stereotypes
Muslims have complained for years that Western media coverage of Islam has closely associated them and their faith with militancy and violence. "Arabia," a new documentary, challenges that view.
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Radicals in Islam and Christianity want us to distrust one another and each other's faith. Will the more moderate voices among us take a stand to keep the radicals at bay?
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
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Racial Profiling: Security or Civil Liberty Violation?
Racial Profiling: Security or Civil Liberty Violation?
Conservative politicians are calling for expanded use of racial profiling to evaluate airline passengers entering the U.S. But profiling offers a false sense of security and attacks the very nature of our democratic society.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Evangelist Franklin Graham attacked Islam as "a very violent religion" and argued that Americans could not practice "true Islam," but Baptist leaders promoting dialogue with Muslims criticized his remarks.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Top Good-News Stories That You Never Heard About the Muslim World
Top Good-News Stories That You Never Heard About the Muslim World
You may not have heard about these stories in 2009. Saudi Arabia opened its first coeducational college. American Muslims demonstrate moderate attitudes. They're two of the top good-news stories from the Muslim world.
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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Swiss Ban Minarets. Will Baptists Voice Concern?
Swiss Ban Minarets. Will Baptists Voice Concern?
The Swiss recently banned construction of minarets. Baptists become upset when Muslim countries close a church or expel our missionaries. Will we remember that religious liberty's door swings both ways?
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After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After three men firebombed an Islamic center in Tennessee, Christians and Jews reached out to help the Muslim community. Such goodwill counters the hype in certain media that focus on what divides these faiths.
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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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Christian Janitor Dies Protecting Muslim Women
Christian Janitor Dies Protecting Muslim Women
A Christian janitor in Pakistan held a suicide bomber at bay, protecting the lives of more than 300 young Muslim women. He had little by many people's standards, but he had compassion. What stops us?
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Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
In an open letter to Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell of Virginia, an interfaith coalition calls on him to oppose the divisive rhetoric of Pat Robertson, who called Islam a "violent political system."
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Too many conservative evangelicals dismiss or avoid interfaith dialogue. However, the reality of the 21st century is that we live in a multifaith world. It's time to engage our neighbors.
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Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, some conservative American Christians are demonizing American Muslims. Authentic Christians must stand up now for goodwill American Muslims.
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Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Hopefully, goodwill Baptists will show discernment about what has happened at Fort Hood and avoid the path towards demonizing Muslims.
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Leaders of two Christian relief agencies disavowed proselytism. Yet others think they can trick government officials and citizens in foreign countries into believing they aren't really proselytizing.
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Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Eight years ago, religion was misused to validate violence. Today, Christian and Muslim leaders are seeking common ground around the common word found in both their faith traditions – love for neighbor.
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Who's Going To Be the Anti-Christ Today?
Who's Going To Be the Anti-Christ Today?
In the '70s, author Hal Lindsey pegged the Soviet Union as the agent of the anti-Christ. But the Soviet Union fell, and Christian doomsayers eventually made Islam their new anti-Christ.
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What Does Ramadan Contribute to American Life?
What Does Ramadan Contribute to American Life?
Ramadan teaches that by experiencing deprivation, through fasting from sunrise to sunset, we can be in the shoes of millions of people who live in this state perpetually.
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Killing Trust – One Sunday School Class at a Time
Killing Trust – One Sunday School Class at a Time
The recent passing of Walter Cronkite has signaled the end of an era in the American experience. Few sources of news and information can be fully trusted today.
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American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
The Islamic Society of North America is appalled at news of the riots in Gojra, Pakistan, in which several homes belonging to members of the Christian community were destroyed and about seven people were killed.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists: Muslims Part of Extended Family
Baptists should approach Muslims with compassion and friendship. The first step in showing genuine love for another person is to accept them as they are.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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Conversation 101: Building Muslim Bridges
Conversation 101: Building Muslim Bridges
My Muslim friends aren’t afraid to hear me talk about Jesus, but first they want to share a cup of coffee. We treat one another according to our equal claim to humanity.
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Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
As Christians and Muslims increasingly live side by side, the tension between the two mission-focused faiths is inevitable. That's why the guidelines prepared by the Christian Muslim Forum are a valuable resource for interaction.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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America as Melting Pot? We're Really More of a Tossed Salad
America as Melting Pot? We're Really More of a Tossed Salad
America has been described as a melting pot, a place where people from diverse backgrounds merge into one. However, we are often more like a tossed salad, with unique pieces of cultural heritage clearly visible and intact.
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Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Seeking the Common Good Doesn't Require Doctrinal Agreement about God
Forgetting Jesus' great commandment, conservative Christian bloggers began barking their disapproval as soon as they learned mega-church pastor Rick Warren would speak to the Islamic Society of North America.
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Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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 Christian Sunday School Class Fosters Healthy Talk About Islam
Christian Sunday School Class Fosters Healthy Talk About Islam
Spurred by a discussion about how Christians should view other religions, we talked about Islam in Sunday School. Without negating points about which Christians and Muslims would disagree, I sought to counter stereotypes.
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Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
Meeting the Father of Jesus in Washington, Expanding the National Vocabulary
The last place one would expect to meet the father of Jesus is in a Washington, D.C., office shoehorned between the Supreme Court and the Dirksen Senate Office Building. But meet him I did. And he is a Muslim.
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More Than Tolerance Needed to Achieve Interfaith Integration
More Than Tolerance Needed to Achieve Interfaith Integration
More than half of all Americans have a "live and let live" attitude toward people of other faiths, a Gallup poll found. Several Baptist leaders said tolerance alone won't lead to the real interfaith integration that America needs.
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Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
Anti-Muslim Immigration Video Spreads Fear, Distorts Truth
“Muslim Demographics," a fear-mongering, fact-distorting video on YouTube, has gone viral with almost 5 million views thanks to conservative Christians who are posting it on their blogs and e-mailing links to their church friends.
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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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'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
'Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain'
"Cities of Light" is a 47-minute documentary showing how Islamic Spain bloomed—as a result of interfaith cooperation, the documentary argues—while Europe lay in the Dark Ages. (Photo: Unity Productions Foundation)
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Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Baptists and other Christians in Gaza lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in love and respect until six years ago. Today, they are caught between the Israeli attacks on Gaza and attacks from militant Muslims.
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In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
When President Obama claimed in Turkey that we Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," a right-wing brouhaha ensued. They set aside the fact that Obama has repeatedly extolled the value of faith in politics.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
The Baptist World Alliance convened a number of Christian and religious groups in Amman, Jordan, to discuss common interests and to review plans surrounding the official opening and dedication of the Baptism Center in Bethany beyond Jordan.
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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Rabbi, Pastor Team Up to Write Passover Haggadah for Christians
Two years ago Rami Shapiro, a former congregational rabbi for 20 years in Miami who now directs an educational center called One River Foundation, was invited to a Passover seder service at a church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he now lives.
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Jewish Group Hopes to Expand 'Eco-Kosher' to Other Faiths
Many Christians say grace at mealtime, but that shouldn't be the extent of the relationship between their faith and their food.
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'God Has Always Had a Faithful Church,' SBC Leader Says
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler gave qualified support for a view of history called the "trail of blood" that traces an unbroken succession of "true" churches back to the New Testament era.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part Two
In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part One
The purpose of this essay is not to air a laundry list of serious errors in judgment infracted by some over the years. Rather, it is intended to help shed light on and perhaps assist in sweeping away some of the cobwebs and pre-conceived notions most Americans have about Palestinians.
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Baptist-Muslim Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Muslim relations.
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Palestinian Christian Considers Gaza Turmoil: Part One
The recent events in Gaza are a horrific example of democracy at work, according to Raouf Halaby. But the implementation of democracy in this case grates against the American ideal like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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Baptism Center in Jordan to Open in March
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) will lead a service of dedication for the new Baptism Center in Jordan at its official opening on March 20, 2009.
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BWA Responds to Letter from Muslim Leaders
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has issued a formal response to "A Common Word Between Us and You," a letter written by 138 Muslim leaders and scholars that appealed for Christians and Muslims to cooperate in engendering peace and religious freedom.
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Global Violence Rooted in More Than Religion
Violence is the byproduct of religion plus politics, not religion alone. Even if one could imagine a world without religion, one can hardly imagine a world without politics. The striving for power surely deserves as much credit for the recent riots in Jos, Nigeria, as does the dogma of competing faith groups. Yet, all too often, news reports explain violence in terms of faith clashes.
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Jordan's Queen Honored as a YouTube 'Visionary'
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the inaugural recipient of YouTube's Visionary Award for her work combating stereotypes and bridging gaps of understanding.
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Jordan's Queen Honored as a YouTube 'Visionary'
Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is the inaugural recipient of YouTube's Visionary Award for her work combating stereotypes and bridging gaps of understanding.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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Islamic Religious Personality Plans Reality Show
"Khaled, 40, is among a new breed of media-savvy Muslim clerics who have taken to the stage and are beaming messages to millions across the Middle East on a series of dedicated pan-Arab TV shows and channels," according to a recent Variety story.
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'Islam in America'
"Islam in America" doesn't get distracted by the deep-seated fear and hatred that exists between the United States and other parts of the world. No--"Islam in America" is about another Abrahamic faith community on these shores.
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What Do Islamic Women Want?
The question of what Islamic women want is asked in the larger context of who speaks for Islam, which raises these questions: What do a billion Muslims really think? How does one answer such questions? Who would dare tackle such complicated and risky questions?
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Islamic Creationist Links Terrorism to Darwinism
Muslim terrorists are Darwinists, according to Adnan Oktar, an Islamic believer and a prominent creationist in Turkey, who wants to eradicate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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Attack on Mosque Possibly Linked to Distribution of Controversial Anti-Muslim Film
Muslim leaders in Dayton, Ohio, said they don't know why anyone would disrupt a Friday night Ramadan service by spraying an unknown irritant into a mosque and forcing about 300 worshippers out of the building and into the street with burning eyes and throats. But the attack coincided with mass distribution in presidential swing states of a controversial DVD about Islamic terrorism.
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Evangelical Statement Favors Proselytizing Over Dialogue With Jews
A widely circulated document by a study commission of a worldwide evangelical alliance has raised eyebrows with its call to abandon Christian-Jewish dialogue and instead seek to evangelize European Jews.
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Baptist Relief Agency Labels World Hunger Crisis a 'Daily Disaster'
While Baptist World Aid observes World Hunger Month during October, the world's hunger crisis is a daily disaster. This year's awareness campaign seeks to drive home that point with the worldwide Baptist community under the theme, "Hunger Crisis: A Daily Disaster."
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SBC Leadership Not Interested in Rejoining Baptist World Alliance
The Southern Baptist Convention, which four years ago withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance over theological and relational differences, isn't likely to return to the fold any time soon, the denomination's leaders indicated Tuesday.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Report: LifeWay Pulls Magazine Featuring Women Preachers
LifeWay Christian Stores reportedly pulled a Christian magazine from its racks because five smiling women on its cover are pastors.
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Thumbs Up for President Bush
President Bush deserves a word of thanks from goodwill Baptists for his inclusive approach to one of the three religions in the Abrahamic faith tradition. For the past eight years, he has hosted in the White House an annual Iftaar dinner, a meal after sunset that breaks the daily fast for Muslims during Ramadan. He has shown the world the good side of people of faith.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Obama Campaign Introduces Faith-Based Merchandise
The Obama campaign is reportedly rolling out a line of faith-themed merchandise catering to religious voters.
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American Baptist Pastor in Palin's Hometown Says Her Election Would Be a 'Disaster'
Sarah Palin is a front-line culture warrior whose election as vice president would be a "disaster" for the country, says an American Baptist pastor and longtime nemesis in local politics in the governor's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
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'Beneath the Skin' DVD Examines Baptists and Race
Aidsand Wright-Riggins expected some sort of emotional response years ago as a religious-studies major in college when he illustrated a presentation on race and religion by tearing up an Ebony magazine portrayal of Jesus as an African-American.
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Russian Baptists Deliver Aid to South Ossetia
Russian Baptists are responding to human needs in the desperately poor and war-ravaged enclave of South Ossetia.
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Palin Pick Prompts Debate About Wives Working Outside the Home
Sarah Palin's nomination as vice president has sparked debate in conservative religious circles about whether a mother with young children ought to work outside the home.
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State's Congressional Delegation Turns Down Dialogue With Muslims
I got an e-mail Wednesday morning from a Muslim friend who was distraught to discover that every member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation declined to accept his invitation to a dinner and dialogue with moderate Muslims.
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New Zealand Church Leaders Urge Leaders to Fight Poverty
Church leaders in New Zealand have issued an open letter calling on all politicians to make reducing poverty a high priority during an election year.
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Fellow Church Members, Deacons, Vie for Alabama Congressional Seat
Tip O'Neill's famous quote that "all politics is local" is nowhere truer this year than in Alabama's second congressional district, where both the Democratic and Republican candidates are deacons at the same Southern Baptist church.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Says Southern Baptists Shouldn't Rejoin Baptist World Alliance
A Baptist state newspaper editor hopes leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention won't take steps to rejoin the Baptist World Alliance.
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Georgia/Russia Conflict Divides Baptists in the Region
Armed military conflict between Russia and Georgia has spilled over into a war of words between the two nations' Baptists.
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City Councilman Faults 'Sorry Churches' for Not Fighting Social Ills
Taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for social programs because there are too many "sorry churches" that aren't doing what they're supposed to do, according to a city official in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Omitted Titles in New Baptist Hymnal Reflect Theological Shift (Corrected)
Songs sung in church are more than words and music. They are teaching tools and a record of a congregation's values and beliefs. A new hymnal, just released by LifeWay Christian Resources, aims to set those standards in Southern Baptist churches for a generation--a generation that follows a seismic theological shift often called the "conservative resurgence."
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What I Learned and Heard From Two Days Among American Muslims
The annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America was more like an annual convention of Baptists than most Baptists would want to know: leaders wrapped the will of God around appeals for funds; scripture citation was frequent; cell phones rang at inopportune times; participants were more interested in hallway fellowship than platform presentations; displays sold books, CDs, DVDs, religious trinkets and hair loss-prevention products. Some speakers were dynamic; others were pedantic. Some attendees were smartly dressed; others were casually clad.
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Poll Says Most Parents Satisfied With Their Children's Education
More than three-fourths of parents of school-aged youth say they are satisfied with their child's education, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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Labor Day Study Finds Growing Pay Gap Between U.S. CEOs, Workers
The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day.
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Labor Day Study Finds Growing Pay Gap Between U.S. CEOs, Workers
The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day.
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American Muslims Define Themselves as Americans
Two speakers—one Muslim and the other Christian—raised similar questions about being American at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North American, held over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, questions that found parallel expressions throughout the gathering attended by a reported 30,000 Muslims and a delegation of nine Baptists.
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Minister-Led Chicago School Boycott Protests Funding Inequity
An Illinois state senator and Baptist minister organized a Tuesday boycott of Chicago public schools to protest inequities in state education funding.
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Ramadan, A Time For Change
Monday morning, Sept. 1, I left my hotel in Columbus, Ohio, before daybreak. The weekend at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America had been eventful and full. Not really expecting there to be anyone—or any food—in the breakfast room at such an early hour, I was amazed to enter a crowded elevator and emerge into a busy lobby and noisy dining area.
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Baptist Preacher Terms Palin VP Pick 'Anti-Family'
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, aimed in part to ease doubts about his candidacy among the Religious Right, isn't winning over all conservative evangelicals.
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A Baptist Statement at the Islamic Society of North America Convention
Dr. Syeed, I am honored by your invitation. I am energized about the potential to advance the common good through such a public exchange. I commend you on your proactive leadership.
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Former Coach, Now College President, Fights Racial Disparity in College Sports
On the football field a "crackback" is an unexpected blind-side block that takes a would-be tackler out of the play. When it comes to hiring black coaches, it's a standard part of the playbook, says Fitz Hill, former head coach at San Jose State University.
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'I Have a Dream' Sermon Established Martin Luther King as Prophet
Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered 45 years ago today, established the Baptist preacher as a modern-day prophet, according to scholars contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Most Americans Think Churches Should Stay Out of Politics
For the first time in at least a decade, a majority of Americans believe churches should keep out of politics as opposed to expressing their views on social and political concerns.
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Wiley Drake Takes Up Prayer Call for Rainout of Obama Event
A Focus on the Family Action broadcaster has apologized for a tongue-in-cheek video asking people to pray for rain during Barack Obama's outdoor speech at next week's Democratic National Convention, but a former Southern Baptist Convention officer quickly took up the cause.
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Listeners of Religious Radio Below Average in Knowledge of Current Events
People who listen to religious radio shows like "Focus on the Family" are less knowledgeable about current events than the average American, according to a recent survey on media consumption by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
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Huckabee Endorses Controversial Zionist Group
Former presidential candidate and possible vice presidential nominee Mike Huckabee visited Israel as a guest of a right-wing Zionist group that is buying up property to move Jews into Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter in hopes of replacing the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque with a reconstruction of Solomon's Temple and ushering in the Messianic Age.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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McCain Wins Points With Religious Right in Saddleback Forum
Saturday's Saddleback Civil Forum helped Republican presidential candidate John McCain shore up support among the Religious Right, according to several conservative commentators.
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Baptists Seek Aid for Victims of Georgia-Russia Conflict
The Baptist World Alliance on Wednesday gave an initial grant of $10,000 to help people affected by violence between Russia and Georgia.
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Pastor Accused in Church-Starting Scandal Sues Texas Baptists for Libel
A pastor named in a 2006 church-starting scandal has sued the Baptist General Convention of Texas for libel, slander and defamation over allegations that he misappropriated church funds.
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Australian Baptists Join Other Religious Leaders in Calling for Action on Global Warming
In a rare interfaith effort, Australian Baptists joined other faith leaders in a letter calling for action by the federal government on climate change.
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Integrating Churches Easier Said Than Done
One reason 11 a.m. Sunday remains the most segregated hour in America is because many church members want it that way, according to a recent article by CNN.
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NCAA Refuses to Ban Beer Advertising for Sports Broadcasts
The NCAA Executive Committee declined to ban alcohol advertising for sporting events, ignoring letters signed by coaches, presidents and athletics directors who said advertising beer is inconsistent with the NCAA's policy banning advertising for hard liquor and not in the best interest of college sports or higher education.
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Baptist Leader Decries Georgia-Russia Conflict
A Baptist leader in the eastern European state of Georgia says last week's invasion by Russia is the most serious threat to the former Soviet republic in recent history.
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What's the Buzz? Seminary President Discusses Sin, Death and Mosquitoes
There may have been mosquitoes in the Garden of Eden, says a Southern Baptist seminary president, but they didn't become a pest until after Adam and Eve committed Original Sin.
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Congressional Candidate Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Wins Primary
A moderate Baptist pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics won Tuesday's Democratic primary for a seat in Congress.
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Christian Leader Rejects Abortion to Save a Woman's Life
A proponent of "biblical patriarchy" is drawing fire among conservative religious homeschoolers for his view that abortion is never morally justifiable, even to save the life of the mother.
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'Back to School' Also Means Return to Battles Over Intelligent Design
As fall approaches, along with back-to-school sales and tax-free holidays, expect more controversies about intelligent design, warns a Texas organization that monitors science teaching standards in public schools.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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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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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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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Rick Warren Says Pastors Shouldn't Endorse Candidates
"Purpose-Driven Life" author Rick Warren, who supported President Bush on the eve of the 2004 election, now says pastors should not endorse political candidates.
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Professor's Views on Spouse Abuse Don't Square With SBC Statements
Recent comments by a Southern Baptist seminary professor that abused women are at least in part to blame if they refuse to submit to their husband's God-given authority don't square with official teachings of his denomination.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Support for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
The House of Representatives could vote as early as this week on legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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EPA Says Global Warming Will Impact Life in the U.S.
Global warming will have significant impact on Americans' quality of life, claims a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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BWA to Discuss Open Letter from Muslim Leaders to Christian Leaders
Global Baptists are scheduled today to discuss an open letter from 138 Muslim religious leaders to 32 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders. Issued Oct. 13, 2007, the letter calls for finding common ground based on a shared understanding of each tradition's foundational principles of love for God and neighbor and warns that world peace depends on Christians and Muslims.
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Academic Credentials of Conservative Canadian Leaders Questioned
Top leaders of a conservative activist group often quoted in Canadian media as representing Judeo-Christian moral values pad their resumes with degrees from unaccredited schools.
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Report: State Official Upholds Nomination of Wiley Drake for Vice President
Former Southern Baptist Convention officer Wiley Drake is reportedly officially a candidate for vice president of the United States in California--at least for now.
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Mohler, Dobson Bash Obama
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler warned that electing Sen. Barack Obama as president would send America on a trajectory toward "normalization" of homosexuality and gay marriage.
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Theology of Southern Baptist VBS Song Questioned
Critics say a song being sung this summer in Southern Baptist Vacation Bible Schools across the country includes faulty theology about the Trinity and the Bible.
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Gore Issues Energy Challenge: Carbon-Free Electricity Within 10 Years
Noble Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday issued a "moon shot"-style challenge for the United States to set a goal of producing 100 percent of its electricity from non-carbon, renewable energy resources by 2018.
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Bid to Lead Alabama's Public Service Commission Falls Short for Favorite of Religious Right
Support from conservative Christians and endorsement by Judge Roy Moore weren't enough for political outsider Matt Chancey to win Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for president of Alabama's Public Service Commission.
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British Baptists Meet to Tackle Knife, Gun Violence
Churches should send a strong message to youth that carrying a gun or knife is "totally unacceptable," a speaker told about 100 Christians packed into a British Baptist church last weekend.
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Christian Aid Group Blames Food Crisis on Trade Policies That Hurt the Poor
"Ruinous" agricultural policies forced upon poor countries by donor governments and financial institutions are to blame for the food crisis that threatens 100 million people with hunger, according to the international anti-poverty group Christian Aid.
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More Aid Needed in Myanmar, Baptist Leader Says
Conditions in Myanmar remain desperate two months after Cyclone Nargis, according to the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance.
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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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Critics Say G8 Climate Statement Doesn't Go Far Enough
President Bush hailed Tuesday's climate change statement by G8 leaders as "significant progress" on global warming, while environmental and humanitarian groups criticized it as too little and too late.
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Texas Church Says 'Egalitarian' View Not an Option for Evangelicals
Allowing women to become pastors and act as elders is a "cancer" that is pushing evangelical churches toward liberalism, a Texas pastor warned in a recent sermon defending "Biblical Manhood & Womanhood."
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Jesse Helms Attended Moderate Baptist Church
Sen. Jesse Helms, an icon of conservative politics who died Friday of natural causes, lay in state at a decidedly moderate Baptist church he attended faithfully for more than 30 years.
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Seminary Professor Says Dinosaurs and Humans Lived Together
A Southern Baptist theologian and seminary administrator says dinosaurs and humans must have coexisted before Noah's flood.
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Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Promotes Understanding Between Muslims, Christians
People from 13 different countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia took part in a June 16-20 Middle East Conference at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, just weeks after the worst violence since the nation's 1975-1990 civil war threatened to force its cancellation.
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SBC President Gives Blessing to Ties With Tennessee Temple
Southern Baptist leaders including the convention's new president Johnny Hunt are involved in a quiet move to bring the Tennessee Temple University into the fold of Southern Baptist schools.
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Study Says Church-Going Men Have Stronger Families
Fathers who regularly attend church have happier and more stable marriages and are more involved with and affectionate toward their children than non-religious or nominally religious males, according to a new study.
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Vitter, Craig Unlikely Sponsors of Marriage Amendment
The latest attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage is under scrutiny not for its content but for two of its sponsors viewed as unlikely champions of family values.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Links Spouse Abuse to Wives' Refusal to Submit to Their Husbands
One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority, a Southern Baptist scholar said Sunday in a Texas church.
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Professor Says 'Stewards of Knowledge' Wasted Resource in Churches
People sitting in church pews with knowledge about complicated social issues but who use it only to enrich themselves are a wasted resource for the Kingdom of God, a former tax lawyer turned fair-tax activist told a Baptist Center for Ethics audience last week.
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Dobson Breaks Silence on Presidential Race; Blasts Obama; Challenges McCain
After four months on the sidelines since endorsing Mike Huckabee for president in February, Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson came out swinging in a special radio broadcast accusing presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama of distorting the Bible and possessing a "fruitcake" understanding of what the Constitution says about the separation of church and state.
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Second Baptist Pastor Jailed in Small Town in Azerbaijan
Three months after Azerbaijan, under international pressure, released a Baptist pastor imprisoned on questionable grounds, a second Baptist church leader in the same small village has been jailed on what family members claim are trumped-up charges of illegal possession of a firearm.
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American Baptist Leader Advocates 'Respect' for Minorities
An American Baptist leader encouraged the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to become "more Baptist" by standing alongside the "resistance and resolve" of minorities.
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Baptists Discuss Ways to Build Bridges to Jews
Conversion should not be a hidden agenda in interfaith friendships between Baptists and Jews, but that does not mean Christians cannot talk about Jesus, said two panelists at a screening of a new Baptist Center for Ethics DVD titled "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships With Jews."
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Speaker Encourages Churches to Advocate for Just Tax Laws
Churches have often misused and misunderstood the Bible verse that says "render unto Caesar" as an excuse for tolerating unjust taxes that oppress the poor, a speaker at a Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon said Thursday.
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CBF Coordinating Council Endorses Micah Call
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council on Wednesday endorsed a global Christian campaign to deepen engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities and challenge international leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to cut poverty in half by 2015.
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SBC Leader Says Dominion, Not Exodus, Key to Fixing California's Public Schools
A member of the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee says they did not recommend a resolution this year calling for a boycott of California's public schools, because the committee believed Christians need instead to "retake" the school system.
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Hunt's Biography Updated, Canadian Religious Leader Comes Under Criticism for Diploma Mill
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt's Web site has been updated to include two honorary degrees in his biographical sketch from schools identified by EthicsDaily.com as diploma mills.
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Baptist Professors Back Bill Supporting Intelligent Design
An "academic freedom" bill that opponents say could open the door to teaching creationism in public schools sailed through Louisiana's House of Representatives last week, buoyed by testimony in favor of the legislation by biologists from Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College.
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Despite Setbacks, Study Says Baptist Women Making Gains in Ministry
Despite the Southern Baptist Convention's declaration eight years ago that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, the ranks of ordained Baptist clergywomen in the South are growing faster than ever, according to a new report.
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Southern Baptists Criticized for Failure to Speak Out on California Schools
Advocates of Christian schooling criticized the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee for declining to bring a resolution condemning a California law that critics say requires public schools to indoctrinate children into accepting homosexuality.
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SBC Resolution Encourages Political Involvement
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution urging political involvement by churches.
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SBC Leaders Recommend Against National Database of Clergy Sex Offenders
Local churches, and not the Southern Baptist Convention, must take responsibility for ridding the denomination of sexual predators, the head of the SBC Executive Committee said Tuesday.
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Johnny Hunt Wins Six-Way Race to Become SBC President
Georgia mega-church pastor Johnny Hunt won a surprise first-ballot election as next president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the most wide-open race in many years.
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Former SBC Leader Declares Denomination in 'Free Fall'
A former Southern Baptist Convention president warned of denominational decline in a national gathering of pastors. "We have reached a place that our spiritual forefathers feared," Jimmy Draper, former head of LifeWay Christian Resources, said Monday at the SBC Pastors Conference in Indianapolis.
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Baptist Clergy Sex-Abuse Case Settled Out of Court
A Texas Baptist church and its pastor have reportedly settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed the minister molested, raped and got her pregnant when she was a minor.
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Climate-Change Bill Fails in Senate
Senators on Friday blocked a bill aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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Bible in Schools Bill Awaits Governor's Signature in Tennessee
The newest textbook controversy isn't about Harry Potter or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but a volume that has divided public schools for 150 years--the Bible.
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Experts Say Anti-Immigration Laws Carry Unintended Economic Costs
Anti-immigration policies like an Oklahoma bill cracking down on illegal aliens are costly, two economists said in an interview aired recently on a Baptist radio program.
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Scholars Say Submissive Wives Decree More Theory Than Practice in SBC Churches
Ten years after adopting a controversial declaration that the Bible teaches that women in marriage should be submissive to men, the Southern Baptist Convention's "complementarian" view of gender roles remains more theory than fact in churches, says a new white paper released on the eve of the SBC annual meeting.
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Myanmar's Government Criticized for Slow Response to Cyclone
A month after Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar's military rulers defended their relief operations amid international criticism that the government was dragging its feet in allowing aid to the hardest-hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta region.
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Scientists Say Evolution May Be Losing Ground in Classrooms
Evolution may be winning in the courtroom but losing in the classroom, warns a new nationwide study about teaching of evolution and creationism in high schools.
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Economic Extremists Air Ads Opposing Climate Change Senate Bill
A right-wing economic group with an anti-government philosophy is attacking a bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions linked to global warming.
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Lieberman to Speak at Hagee Summit
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate turned Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is listed as a headline speaker at an upcoming event sponsored by John Hagee, a preacher from San Antonio, Texas, whose controversial views recently caused Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject his endorsement.
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British Baptist Delegation Apologizes to Jamaicans for Slavery
A delegation of British Baptists in Jamaica this week apologized for England's role in the transatlantic slave trade, a scourge that shaped Caribbean history with effects that linger until today.
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Middle East Conference Promotes Understanding Between Christians and Muslims
A conference next month aimed at promoting understanding between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East is going on as planned, says a Lebanese Baptist leader.
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Southern Baptist Denies Signing 'The Evangelical Manifesto'
A Southern Baptist listed as a charter signer of "An Evangelical Manifesto" statement released May 7 says he was asked the review the document but never consented to include his signature.
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CBF Announces Partnership With Micah Challenge
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently announced a two-year partnership with Micah Challenge USA, part of a global campaign to mobilize Christians against poverty.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Calls for Exodus From California Schools
A new resolution proposed for consideration at next month's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting urges parents in California to withdraw their children from public schools at least until the state repeals a law that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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Baptist Relief Groups Assessing Needs in Myanmar, China
Myanmar's resistance to working with outsiders is not only delaying the delivery of much-need aid to survivors of a May 2 cyclone, but may be hampering fund raising by charitable organizations awaiting specific information about how prospective donors can help.
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British Baptists Go to Jamaica to Apologize for Slave Trade
A delegation representing British Baptists travels Thursday to Jamaica to personally apologize for their nation's role two centuries ago in transatlantic trading of slaves.
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Methodists Oppose Teaching of Creationism, Intelligent Design
The United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its recent General Conference opposing the teaching of Creation Science and Intelligent Design in public schools.
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Power, Not Prejudice, Keeps Churches Segregated, Author Will Campbell Says
The church remains the last bastion of segregation in America not primarily due to prejudice but because of power, says civil-rights advocate and author Will Campbell.
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Christian Right Leaders Push Back Against Concern for Global Warming
A group of conservative religious leaders and politicians on Thursday unveiled a new campaign aimed at getting 1 million supporters behind a so-called "biblical" view of the environment that downplays concerns about human-induced global warming.
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Baptists Show Solidarity With Palestinians
A British Baptist leader joined a reported 15,000 people last Saturday in a march in central London showing solidarity with Palestinians.
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Lawyer Group Recruiting Churches to Disobey Tax Law
A legal advocacy group founded by Religious Right broadcasters is recruiting pastors for an act of civil disobedience by preaching about political candidates in violation of rules against politicking for non-profit charities imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.
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Baptists Waiting to Deliver Aid to Myanmar
The idea behind Baptist World Aid's "Rescue 24" is to put an emergency team on the ground within 24 hours of any disaster anywhere in the world. When it comes to getting into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, it might be closer to 24 days.
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Baptist Conscience Awakening About Creation Care, Baptist Leader Says
Baptists have throughout history largely lagged behind other Christians in theological and practical discussion concerning the environment, but there are signs the Baptist conscience is awakening to the issue of creation care, a European Baptist leader told a recent gathering of British Baptists.
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Zimbabwean Baptists Ask for Prayer
A political impasse and related violence has created a humanitarian and spiritual crisis in Zimbabwe, says a Baptist pastor there contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Centrist Baptists Challenge Group Denouncing 'Politicization of Faith'
Baptist leaders questioned a self-identified "inclusive grassroots initiative" unveiled Wednesday criticizing Christians on both the left and right for allowing their faith to become too political.
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Baptists Urged to Respond to Cyclone in Myanmar
Baptists have joined government and charitable groups working to relieve human suffering in the aftermath of Saturday's devastating cyclone in Myanmar.
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Baptist Leaders Denounce War Funding Bill
The House of Representatives this week takes up a spending bill analysts say would bring the total cost of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001, to at least $875 billion.
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Activists Claim Large African Delegation Kept Methodists From Liberalizing Stance on Homosexuality
United Methodists would have changed church rules calling homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching" this year had it not been for delegates from overseas, a conservative activist claims.
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Prominent Baptist Church Votes Not to Expel Dissident Members
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Nashville, Tenn., narrowly voted to retain 71 members in what would have been one of the largest church-member expulsions in recent history of the Baptist faith.
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Family Research Council Urging Pastors to 'Cross the Line' in Political Endorsements
A Religious Right spokesman with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention says he plans to counsel pastors to "cross the line" in telling church members how they should vote in the upcoming presidential election.
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Conservative Methodists Accused of Trying to Buy African Votes With Cell Phones
A multi-year effort to turn the United Methodist Church to the right on controversial issues like homosexuality suffered a setback at General Conference meetings being held this week in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Christian Television Network Reports Growing Audience in Iran
Iran's mix of political instability and harsh enforcement of Sharia law are combining to produce an unexpected result--increased interest in the gospel message--reports a broadcasting ministry operated by and for Christian in the Middle East.
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Leader Says 'Conservative Resurgence' Failed to Produce More Evangelism in SBC
A movement launched in 1979 to purge the Southern Baptist Convention of so-called "liberalism" failed in its promise to deliver a more evangelistic denomination, according to an SBC statistician.
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Southern Baptist Mission Board Sponsors Exhibit for Messianic Jews
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a ministry formed in 1990 to preach the gospel to Jews, will for the first time have a booth this year in the exhibit hall at the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Baptist Minister/Judge Says Incarceration a Moral Issue
Baptists should condemn the idea that incarceration cures crime, advocate just alternatives to prison and work to reclaim and restore persons leaving the penal system, says an appellate judge and ordained Baptist minister.
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Southern Baptist Leaders' Comments Echo 'Biblical Patriarchy' Theology
Thoughts about subordination of women that brought censure to a female presenter who critiqued them in a recent apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological seminary find some parallel in recent history of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to an analysis by EthicsDaily.com.
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SBC Reports Membership Decline
Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped nearly 40,000 last year, prompting one official to declare America's second-largest faith group officially a "denomination in decline."
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Speaker Chastised Over Criticism of 'Biblical Patriarchy' at SBC Seminary
A speaker at an apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been rebuked for comments critical of prominent Southern Baptists who believe God ordains for wives to be subordinate to their husbands.
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British Baptists Issue Warning on Extremist Politics
British Baptists, Methodists and the United Reformed Church have joined forces to denounce racist and extreme political parties in upcoming local elections in Wales and parts of England.
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Missouri Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Criticizing Confederate Flag
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
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Link Between Global Warming and Poverty Focus of Earth Day Sunday
Church members across America will hear sermons this Sunday on climate change on Earth Day Sunday, which is celebrated in houses of worship on the weekend closest to Earth Day on April 22.
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Baptist Pastor Reflects on One-Year Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shootings
Virginia Tech cancelled classes Wednesday for a Day of Remembrance to honor 32 students and faculty killed a year ago in the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
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Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injections
A fragmented United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that a three-drug protocol most commonly used for lethal injections does not violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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World Bank Official Warns Rising Food Costs Could Push 100 Million Into Poverty
Surging food prices could push 100 million deeper into poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Sunday at the close of the International Money Fund-World Bank spring meetings in Washington.
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Churches Use 'An Inconvenient Truth' as Teaching Tool
There's a valuable teaching tool for pastors and religious educators willing to take a little political risk: Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," say two congregational leaders who have shown the film in Baptist churches.
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SBC President Exaggerates Credit for Reducing AIDS in Uganda
CNN's Campbell Brown correctly identified "True Love Waits" as an abstinence program in Sunday's Compassion Forum with the Democratic presidential candidates focusing on faith issues. But she failed to challenge the Southern Baptist Convention president's exaggerated claim crediting the faith-based program with reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
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Facts Don't Back Up SBC Leader's Non-Partisan Claim
A Southern Baptist spokesman who once asked the Republican Party for a "wedding ring" for the Religious Right accused a recent North American gathering of Baptists of being too partisan.
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Resource Questions Candidates About No Child Left Behind
Add one to the list of moral values at stake in the next federal election: where does your candidate stand on reauthorization of No Child Left Behind?
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Pastor, Rabbi Team Up for Book Written in Blogosphere
A rabbi and Baptist pastor are collaborating on a book-in-progress exploring the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount being written in front of God and everybody.
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Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond Announces Layoffs
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond will eliminate four of its 13 full-time faculty positions in a downsizing plan to be presented to trustees April 28. President Ron Crawford said the school is not yet ready to announce which professors are losing their jobs.
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American Baptist Officials Say Pew Survey Paints False Picture of Denomination's Ethnic Diversity
Leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. said a recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey plotting America's religious landscape used flawed methodology in reporting the denomination as 81 percent white.
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Oklahoma Educators, Clergy Meet in Statewide Summit on Religion in Public Schools
Education has become the flashpoint in the culture wars, but it could become a starting point to finding common ground, a professor told 150 teachers and clergy from Oklahoma at a conference March 25-26.
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Internet Evangelist Posts Controversial Anti-Islam Video
An American Internet evangelist who made news last year for a YouTube video featuring a toy pig named Muhammed now says he has received death threats since posting a controversial film by a Dutch filmmaker that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West.
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Gilyard Faces More Charges
A former Baptist pastor in Jacksonville, Fla., previously charged with lewdness in connection with text messages he allegedly sent to a teenager now faces two additional charges, including one that he fondled a child.
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Al Gore Launches Campaign to Engage Public on Global Warming
Former Vice President Al Gore is launching a bipartisan three-year campaign this week aimed at building grassroots support to address global warming. With a $300 million price tag, the Alliance for Climate Change's "We" campaign is one of the largest and most expensive public advocacy campaigns in history.
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Canadian Baptist Leaders Dispute SBC President's Gay Marriage Claim
Canadian Baptist leaders said they were puzzled by Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page's statement that in Canada a pastor can be jailed for speaking out against homosexuality.
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Businessman Seeks $10 Million from Missouri Baptist Convention
A Missouri businessman is seeking $10 million in damages from leaders of the state's Southern Baptists, money he claims he lost because of efforts by the Missouri Baptist Convention to block him from developing property he legally purchased in 2006.
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SBC President Says Media Liberal, Biased Against Christians
A liberal and anti-Christian media is helping America slip toward moral ruin, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention said in an American Family Association webcast.
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Texas School Board Battles Over Intelligent Design
A Texas-sized battle is brewing within the State Board of Education over what must be included in public-school textbooks.
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Baptist Leader Terms Racism 'Insidious Cancer' in Society
Growing up black in America, Aidsand Wright-Riggins says he is used to hearing the "n-word." What bothers him is as a midweek air traveler he seldom sees more than one or two fellow African-American passengers, even though the United States is more than 12 percent black.
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Report Says Global Anti-Semitism on the Rise
United States embassies have reported an upsurge in anti-Semitism over the last decade, according to a recent government report.
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U.S. War Deaths in Iraq Surpass 4,000
The war in Iraq reached a grim milestone Sunday, when four soldiers killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in south Baghdad brought the number of U.S. military killed in the war to 4,000.
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Climate Expert Challenges Southern Baptist Leader's Global Warming Claims
A leading scholar on global warming says a letter sent last week to all 100 United States senators urging defeat of a measure to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is factually wrong.
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Azerbaijan's President Frees Imprisoned Baptist Pastor
Azerbaijan on Wednesday released a Baptist pastor from the remainder of a two-year prison sentence that drew protests around the world labeling it a false arrest.
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African-American Baptist Group Protests Boot-Camp Death
Meeting under protest in Panama City, Fla., leaders of Florida's largest black Baptist organization pledged to use the 2006 death of a 14-year-old African-American youth at a boot-camp style detention center to inspire new programs aimed at keeping young men out of trouble.
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Obama Criticizes But Refuses to 'Disown' Controversial Pastor
In a speech widely touted as one of the most important of his presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced incendiary comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright but refused to disown his pastor of 20 years.
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Thursday Marks Fifth Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
The number of U.S. military killed in Iraq is closing in on 4,000 as this week marks the war's fifth anniversary.
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SBC Leader Claims Earth Not Getting Hotter But Colder
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land apparently thought he had good reason for refusing to sign a recent statement by fellow Southern Baptists calling for action on global warming. He believes the Earth is getting colder.
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Florida Mega-Church Approves Loan for Start-Up of Christian School
First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., reportedly voted Wednesday night to loan up to $500,000 for start-up funds of a new Christian academy.
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Baptists in Ecuador Request Help for Flood Relief
Baptists in Ecuador are asking global Baptists for relief funds to help them respond to the worst floods in a quarter century.
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Abuse Arrest Prompts Resignation of Alabama Baptist Music Minister
A prominent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church in Alabama has dismissed a popular minister of music under arrest on charges of child abuse and third-degree sex offense stemming from events alleged to have occurred several years ago in Maryland.
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Bill Granting FDA Regulation of Tobacco Clears Committee
An American Baptist leader welcomed passage by a House panel of a bill that would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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Seeking Allies in Support for War, Bush Turns to Religious Broadcasters
President Bush chose religious broadcasters as the first audience for a series of speeches linked to the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq next week and a progress report next month to Congress by Gen. David Petraeus.
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Religious Peace Activists Mark 5th Anniversary of War in Iraq
More than 40 faith-based peace activists were reportedly arrested late Friday afternoon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill for civil disobedience protesting the war in Iraq.
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Jimmy Carter Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A campaign to free an imprisoned Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan received a boost when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter intervened on his behalf.
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Emphasis Opens Doors for Baptist Women to Preach
"I'm here today because nobody calls me 'chicken,'" guest preacher Michelle McClendon said in a sermon Feb. 3 at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.
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Judge Rules Against Missouri Baptist Convention in Lawsuit Against Conference Center
A judge ruled Tuesday that the Missouri Baptist Convention didn't include enough protections when it incorporated Windermere Baptist Conference Center as a separate non-profit entity in 2000 to prevent Windermere from amending its articles of incorporation to eliminate the convention's right to elect the center's trustees.
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SBC Leader Pleads Ignorance in Use of Jewish Slur
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land claims he didn't know he was using a word that some consider crude or obscene when he called Sen. Charles Schumer a "schmuck."
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Reaction Mixed to SBC Leader Calling Jewish Senator a 'Schmuck'
Should a Southern Baptist Convention leader resign for using a Yiddish slur against a Jewish senator, or is it "much ado about not much?" That's the range of reaction to Monday's EthicsDaily.com story quoting Ethics & Religious Liberty head Richard Land calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer a "schmuck."
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Study Says 1 in 100 Americans Behind Bars
For the first time, more than one in every 100 Americans is behind bars, disproportionally affecting people of color and the young and competing for tax dollars with needed government programs like education.
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White House Religious Liaison Steps Down Over Plagiarism Charge
President Bush's liaison to the Religious Right resigned Friday after admitting that he plagiarized articles he wrote for his hometown newspaper.
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Poverty and Justice Bible 'Megaphones' God's Concern for the Poor
A British Bible society is launching the first-ever study Bible highlighting more than 2,000 verses that emphasize God's concern about injustice and the poor.
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SBC Leader Uses Obscene Slur to Describe Jewish Senator
A Southern Baptist leader lecturing at Criswell College used a gutter word to describe a Jewish U.S. senator.
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IRS Investigating United Church of Christ Over Obama Speech
The Internal Revenue Service is investigating whether a speech last summer by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama to a United Church of Christ national meeting violated rules for tax-exempt charities against partisan campaigning.
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Advocate Says Theology of Submission Hampers Southern Baptist Response to Sexual Abuse by Clergy
The Southern Baptist Convention will have a hard time addressing either the problem of sexual abuse by clergy or domestic violence as long as its leaders persist in the theological view that women are subject to men, a victims' advocate says.
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Legislator Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Running for Congress
A Missouri legislator and pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics is running for Congress.
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Study Says Baptists Losing Ground in America's Religious Landscape
Americans are leaving Baptist churches at nearly twice the rate that others are joining them, according to details of a study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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Article Says Preacher Charged With Killing Wife a Sexual Predator
A Texas magazine is reporting that a former Baptist pastor accused of murdering his wife and staging it to look like she committed suicide has a long trail of allegations of sexual abuse.
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Judge Says Sexual Abuse Case Involving Repressed Memory May Proceed
A judge in Jacksonville, Fla., has said a second lawsuit can move forward accusing a Baptist mega-church in the city of harboring a longtime former pastor now alleged to have been a pedophile.
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SNAP Leaders Ask Patterson to Apologize for 'Evil-Doers' Remark
A self-help group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is asking the head of a Southern Baptist seminary to apologize for calling their organization "evil-doers." The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests also requested a face-to-face meeting with Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Executive Committee Still Studying Feasibility of Clergy Sex-Offender Database
The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention isn't yet ready to respond to a motion referred from last year's convention calling for a feasibility study of a denomination-wide database of clergy sex offenders, a work group studying the proposal said Tuesday.
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Appeals to Anti-Semitism, Racism, Mar Democratic Congressional Race
A Tennessee congressional candidate is being criticized for not disavowing a flier that says the incumbent and Jews hate Jesus.
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Jesus Was an Alien, Speaker Says
Christians have an obligation to reject negative attitudes and false assumptions about immigrants, in part because their Savior was an alien in Egypt, Christian ethicist and EthicsDaily.com columnist Miguel De La Torre said in a Friday lecture at Belmont University.
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SBC Seminary President Labels Clergy Sex-Abuse Victims' Group 'Evil-Doers'
A Southern Baptist Convention leader described a support-and-advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy as "evil doers" who are "just as reprehensible as sex criminals."
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Gore Says Teaching Religion in Public Schools 'Formula For Disaster'
Former Vice President Al Gore says the government doesn't have any business teaching religion in public schools.
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Huckabee Elevates Ten Commandments Above Secular Laws
If everyone obeyed the Ten Commandments and New Testament, there would be less need for laws to be enforced by the government, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday in a Baptist church.
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Conservative Critics Lambast Gore's New Baptist Covenant Address
Former President Jimmy Carter declared unanimous support for Al Gore's creation-care mandate in front a supportive audience of 2,500 Baptists at a luncheon gathering Jan. 31 in Atlanta, but not all response was positive outside the banquet hall.
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Scientists, Religious Scholars Reject 'Intelligent Design'
An international group of scientists and theologians has issued a strong rebuke of "intelligent design," a theory that has gained ground with conservative Christians, especially in the United States.
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Christian Groups Call for Boycott of California Public Schools
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and an organization that advocates Christian schooling as an alternative to public schools are part of a new coalition calling on California parents to remove their children from public schools.
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Evolution Weekend Aims to Elevate Discussion of Religion and Science
Evolution Sunday, an annual event held in churches the last two years to promote the idea that science and faith are compatible, this year is being expanded and renamed Evolution Weekend to make it more inclusive for members of all religions.
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Gilyard Pleads Not Guilty to Lewdness Charge
Former Baptist mega-church pastor Darrell Gilyard pleaded not guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct at his arraignment Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Clinton Details 1993 Meeting with President of Southern Baptist Convention
If President Bill Clinton ever had a prayer with the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, it was right after a meeting on Sept. 16, 1993, with then-SBC president Ed Young.
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Panelists Urge New Covenant Baptists to Fight Institutional Racism
The church's struggle against racism is no longer primarily about skin color, but institutions that bestow privilege on some and penalties on others, an activist, denominational leader and scholar said in a special-interest session Friday at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Clinton Details 1993 Meeting with President of Southern Baptist Convention
If President Bill Clinton ever had a prayer with the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, it was right after a meeting on Sept. 16, 1993, with then-SBC president Ed Young.
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Panelists Urge New Covenant Baptists to Fight Institutional Racism
The church's struggle against racism is no longer primarily about skin color, but institutions that bestow privilege on some and penalties on others, an activist, denominational leader and scholar said in a special-interest session Friday at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Workshop Challenges New Covenant Baptists to Seek Peace
Humans are caught "in an inextricable network of mutuality" that requires nations to overcome differences to work together for peace, Baptist ethicist Paul Dekar said Thursday at a special-interest session on peacemaking at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Gore Urges New Covenant Baptists to Take Up Mantle of Creation Care
Former Vice President Al Gore challenged 2,500 fellow Baptists at a Thursday luncheon with prophetic zeal to take up the mantle of reversing global warming.
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Author John Grisham Offers Tips to Restore Baptists' Good Name
Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naïve and prone to internal warfare?
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Workshop Challenges New Covenant Baptists to Seek Peace
Humans are caught "in an inextricable network of mutuality" that requires nations to overcome differences to work together for peace, Baptist ethicist Paul Dekar said Thursday at a special-interest session on peacemaking at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Gore Urges New Covenant Baptists to Take Up Mantle of Creation Care
Former Vice President Al Gore challenged 2,500 fellow Baptists at a Thursday luncheon with prophetic zeal to take up the mantle of reversing global warming.
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Author John Grisham Offers Tips to Restore Baptists' Good Name
Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naïve and prone to internal warfare?
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Jimmy Carter Rates New Baptist Covenant Celebration His 'Most Momentous' Religious Event
One of the world's most famous Baptists, Jimmy Carter accepted Christ at age 11 and began teaching Bible lessons 65 years ago.
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Clinton Challenges 'Epidemic of Indifference' in Address to African-American Baptists
The past seven years in Washington have seen an "epidemic of indifference" and a "collective turning of the government's back" on people in need, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a joint meeting of four major African-American Baptist groups Wednesday in Atlanta.
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Jimmy Carter Rates New Baptist Covenant Celebration His 'Most Momentous' Religious Event
One of the world's most famous Baptists, Jimmy Carter accepted Christ at age 11 and began teaching Bible lessons 65 years ago.
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Clinton Challenges 'Epidemic of Indifference' in Address to African-American Baptists
The past seven years in Washington have seen an "epidemic of indifference" and a "collective turning of the government's back" on people in need, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a joint meeting of four major African-American Baptist groups Wednesday in Atlanta.
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Republican Power Structure Used Religious Conservatives, Panelists Say
The Republican Party used religious conservatives in a machine manufactured and bankrolled by fiscal conservatives, reaping benefits like tax cuts and new business opportunities, a group of panelists said in a Tuesday screening of "Golden Rule Politics" in Atlanta.
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Southern Baptist Youth Minister Indicted on Molestation Charges
A grand jury in Tucson, Ariz., has indicted a Southern Baptist youth minister arrested Jan. 11 on eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor, a local television station reported Friday.
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Study Says Bush White House Made 937 False Statements in Lead-Up to War
A study released days before tonight's State of the Union address says President Bush and seven of his administration's top officials made at least 937 false statements about the national security threat of Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Huckabee Speaks Via Phone to Church, Despite Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal
A day after canceling a Sunday-night sermon at a north Florida Baptist church facing pending lawsuits that allege molestation and cover-up, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee decided instead to address the congregation live via telephone.
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Huckabee Not Speaking at Church Mired in Sex-Abuse Scandal
Mike Huckabee will not be speaking this weekend at a north Florida Baptist church facing pending lawsuits that allege molestation and cover-up. His campaign says he never agreed to it in the first place, contradicting a press release sent out by the church, while a support group for victims says he backed out after they complained.
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Leaders Promote Baptist-Muslim Dialogue
Leaders from three Baptist organizations met recently with a Muslim leader to begin discussions on ways the two faiths can work together and learn from one another.
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Anti-Gay Church Plans to Protest Heath Ledger Memorial Service
A small Baptist church infamous for picketing military funerals plans to protest the memorial service for actor Heath Ledger, because the dead actor played a gay character in the 2005 Academy Award-winning film, "Brokeback Mountain."
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EthicsDaily.com Reaches 10,000 Article Milestone
The article identification number in your browser right now is 10,000, marking a milestone for EthicsDaily.com.
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Huckabee Schedules Campaign Stop at Church in Center of Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandal
Mike Huckabee's scheduled Sunday night campaign stop in Florida will be in a Baptist church at the center of a nearly two-year-old scandal involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy.
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British Baptists Call for Repeal of Blasphemy Law
British Baptist theologians have joined other church and civil-rights organizations in calling for an end to Great Britain's blasphemy laws, which government leaders say are anachronistic and unfairly favor the Anglican Church.
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Pulitzer Journalist, President's Grandson Panelists for 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening in Atlanta
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker and Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and co-founder of a grassroots service organization called Democrats Work headline a panel discussion following a screening of the Baptist Center for Ethics DVD "Golden Rule Politics" Jan. 29 in Atlanta.
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White Supremacists Headline Martin Luther King Day Protest in Jena
A controversial "pro-majority" group gathers today in Jena, La., to protest both the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and last September's rally that brought thousands of African-Americans to the small town in solidarity with six arrested black teens now famous as the Jena Six.
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Mohler's New Book Advocates Exit Strategy from Public Schools
A seminary president and recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention says in a new book that Christians should have an exit strategy from public schools.
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Arizona Baptist Youth Minister Charged, Former Texas Deacon Sentenced, for Sexual Abuse
A Southern Baptist youth minister in Arizona was reportedly placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Friday on nine charges of sexual misconduct and abuse of a 13-year-old girl.
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Baptist Foundation of Arizona Assets Go on Auction Block
The last remaining Arizona real estate assets from the defunct Baptist Foundation of Arizona go on the auction block today in a Phoenix hotel.
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Former Pastor Arrested on Charges He Sent Lewd Text Messages to 14-year-old Girl
An African-American Baptist preacher once promoted by past Southern Baptist Convention presidents Paige Patterson and Jerry Vines and the late television preacher Jerry Falwell surrendered to police in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday afternoon on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a 14-year-old girl.
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Southern Baptist Leader Says In-Vitro Fertilization Immoral
A recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention who has in the past said he would support treatment to change the sexual orientation of pre-born infants from gay to straight and called it sinful for married couples to remain childless by choice has once again injected his opinions into the womb.
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Baptist Church, Jewish Temple Have Long History of Fostering Good Will in Birmingham
Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., made national headlines in 2001 for opening its doors to Temple Emanu-El during a two-year temple renovation, but what neither congregation knew at the time was that history was repeating itself.
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Moderate Leader Says Huckabee Lied About SBC Statement on Wifely Submission
Baptist Press reported that Mike Huckabee said he "stands by" a Southern Baptist statement on wifely submission, but a moderate leader says the former Arkansas governor misrepresented what the statement really says in last Thursday's GOP presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.
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Paige Patterson Denies Turning Blind Eye to Clergy Sex Abuse
A Southern Baptist seminary president called charges by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests that he turned a blind eye to allegations of clergy sex abuse "snap judgments" that are "misinformed and inaccurate."
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Baptist Pastor on Trial for Molestation Gets Boost When Witnesses Recant
The trial of a Southern Baptist pastor charged with molesting two stepdaughters and raping one of them is moving forward, even though his lawyer says the two star witnesses have recanted.
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SNAP Calls for Suspension, Investigation of Seminary President's Link to Accused Predator
An advocacy group has called on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to suspend its president and investigate newspaper reports from 1991 that he ignored allegations of sexual misconduct by a preacher friend now accused of sending lewd text messages to minors.
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Huckabee's Religious Views Worry Jews
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's fundamentalist Christian credentials may be winning him votes among conservative evangelicals, but they are backfiring with another important voting demographic--liberal Jews.
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Christian Delegation Says Recent Attacks on Indian Christians Worst in History
Recent violence in Orissa, India, was the worst ever targeting the Christian community in democratic India, according to a fact-finding report by the All India Christian Council.
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Alabama CBF Host for Screening of 'Good Will for the Common Good'
The Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is host for the first public screening of the new Baptist Center for Ethics DVD "Good Will for the Common Good," aimed at improving relations between Baptists and Jews.
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Blog Solicits Reports About Accused Preacher Predator
A woman who says she resisted unwanted advances 17 years ago by a pastor now under investigation for allegedly sending lewd text messages to two underage girls believes there are other victims and has started a blog urging them to come forward.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks Funds for Kenya Relief
Baptist World Aid, the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, is seeking funds to aid Kenyans suffering from violence that erupted after a disputed presidential election Dec. 27.
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Baptist Center for Ethics DVD Promotes Good Will Between Baptists and Jews
Better relations between Baptists and Jews will be achieved not by denominational leaders but from person-to-person and congregational relationships built on wisdom, balance, courage and justice, according to the newest DVD study resource now available from the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Pat Robertson Predicts Stock-Market Crash, Rising Gold Prices and Spiritual Breakthrough in China
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted global violence and chaos in 2008, along with economic recession in the United States, in annual prognostications broadcast on Wednesday's "700 Club" television program.
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Christian Leaders Say Bali Global Warming Consensus Welcome But Flawed
A British Baptist leader welcomed political consensus forged at last month's Union Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, but lamented objections by the United States to set targets for reducing greenhouse emissions that nearly derailed the proceedings.
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Attacker Temporarily Hijacks EthicsDaily.com
Readers trying to view EthicsDaily.com at an inopportune time Wednesday afternoon were redirected to another Web site with pornographic images. Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, issued this statement.
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Baptist Leader Urges Solidarity With Christians Under Attack in India
An Asian Baptist leader called on Baptists worldwide to pray for peace and normalcy to be restored in India's Orissa state and that local and national governments there will stand by democratic principles of freedom of religion.
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Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence: People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words
Recently, someone who had visited The American Muslim site sent me an e-mail with links to a couple of articles and asking me to explain why all the violence in the world involved Muslims.
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EthicsDaily.com Tracks Clergy Sex Abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention
EthicsDaily.com reported 11 arrests, three convictions, two lawsuits and one suicide involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy in 2007.
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SNAP Leader Says Sex Offender Database Might Have Stopped Accused Predator
A victims' advocate says a Florida pastor accused of sending obscene text messages to a minor might have been stopped if the Southern Baptist Convention had a database of sexual abuse by clergy.
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An ongoing expose of clergy sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention dominated news coverage by EthicsDaily.com in 2007. Other top stories included Baptists and the environment, plans for a Baptist confab in 2008, the role of faith in politics and a homemaking degree at an SBC seminary.
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Huckabee Linked to Controversial Bible Teacher Bill Gothard
Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has ties to a controversial Bible teacher known for authoritarian views that critics say border on spiritual abuse.
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One-Time SBC Rising Star in Spotlight for Sexual Text Messages
Once the most sought-after African-American on the Southern Baptist Convention preaching circuit before sexual misconduct marred his ministry in the 1990s, Pastor Darrell Gilyard has taken a leave of absence from his Jacksonville, Fla., mega-church after a woman told police he sent obscene text messages to her daughter.
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Second Former Minister From Austin Southern Baptist Church Convicted of Molestation
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Austin, Texas, may see its second former minister go to prison for sexual abuse of a child.
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Homeschoolers Not Monolithic In Support for Huckabee
National media describe an army of homeschoolers propelling Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over the top in Iowa, but several blogs suggest not all home educators are marching in lockstep.
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Thompson Grossly Overstates Endorsement of '40 Million' Wesleyans
Presidential candidate Fred Thompson spoke ministerially--a euphemism in preacher circles for inflating numbers from the pulpit--when he claimed endorsement by two men representing 40 million Wesleyans, according to a newspaper report.
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Judge Says White House Must Release Visitor Logs for Nine Religious Right Leaders
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Bush administration to release information about when nine prominent religious conservatives visited the White House, rejecting arguments by the administration the records should be kept secret to protect confidentiality of presidential and vice presidential deliberations.
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Baptist Children's Home Exec Sought No Prison for Clergy Sex Abuser
The head of an Illinois Baptist ministry that specializes in work with abused and neglected children says he stands by his decision four years ago to ask for leniency in the sentencing of a pastor who confessed to criminal sexual assault of a teenage girl.
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Baptist Preacher Urges Wal-Mart to 'Be a Better Neighbor' in TV Spot
A faculty member at Baptist-related McAfee School of Theology appears in a new television ad critical of Wal-Mart.
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Southern Baptist Seminarian Faces Molestation Charges
A seminarian in North Carolina was arrested last week on charges of sexual molestation of children.
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Southern Baptist Study Puts Women in Their Place
In 2000 the Southern Baptist Convention made headlines with theological arguments including women cannot be pastors and wives must submit to their husbands. Next year those controversies come to local churches in a new study by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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Christian Children's TV Network on Air in Middle East
An estimated 50 million children in the Arab world woke up this Monday to an early Christmas gift--a new Christian television station with 24-hour program designed just for them.
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Clergy Pedophile Suits Against Florida Mega-Church Tossed Due to Statue of Limitations
Judges have thrown out two of six child-molestation lawsuits against a Florida Baptist mega-church, saying they were filed after a statute of limitations had expired.
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Paul Pressler Endorses Fred Thompson
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson picked up a rare endorsement from a religious leader--a Southern Baptist layman credited with rescuing the nation's second largest faith group from what he and others viewed as a liberal drift.
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Pastor Accused of Domestic Violence Resigns
A Southern Baptist pastor charged last month with domestic violence after a fight with his wife resigned from his Atlanta-area church on Sunday, according to media reports.
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Pastor Regrets Testimony on Behalf of Confessed Child Molester
Stung by criticism since appearing as a character witness for a former church youth worker who confessed to child molestation, a leader in the African-American Baptist community Asheville, N.C., pledged to find ways to help churches protect children from sexual abuse.
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First Baptist Church Jacksonville Considering Christian School
A prominent Florida mega-church is scheduled to vote tonight on whether begin a Christian academy, joining a grassroots strategy to eventually build a large network of Southern Baptist schools to compete with public education.
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Internet Evangelist Uses Swine to Attack Islam in Video
An American Internet evangelist entered a fray over a UK teacher jailed in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad with a YouTube video featuring a stuffed pig named for the Muslim prophet.
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New Baptist Center for Ethics DVD Promotes Good Will Between Baptists and Jews
The Baptist Center for Ethics today announced pre-release orders for "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships with Jews," a DVD documenting past anti-Semitism and proposing a way forward for constructive partnerships between Baptists and Jews.
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Baptist Church Postpones Vote on Including Gays in Church Directory (updated)
A respected moderate Baptist church in the news over controversy about homosexuality decided Sunday to postpone a vote about whether or not to photograph same-sex couples together in an upcoming church directory.
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'Do You Believe This Book?' Question at GOP Debate Referred to King James Version
The man who asked Republican presidential candidates if they believe every word of the Bible in Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate says he wasn't satisfied by any of the answers he heard.
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Jimmy Draper, Jerry Falwell Jr., Ronnie Floyd All Voice Support for Huckabee
Former pastor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee continued to emerge as a front-runner for religious conservatives, picking up endorsements from the son of the late Jerry Falwell and from a former opponent in Baptist politics in Arkansas.
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California Grandmother Leading Two-Day Boycott of Public Schools
A California grandmother is spearheading a two-day boycott of the state's public schools to protest new laws that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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Christians Divided Over Annapolis Peace Talks
Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world prayed for this week's Mideast peace talks in Annapolis, Md.--some for their success and others for them to fail.
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Huckabee Touts Christian Credentials in Second TV Ad
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, targets conservative Christians in his new television ad airing this week in Iowa.
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State Convention Resolutions Indicate Increased Awareness of Baptist Clergy Sexual Abuse, Victim Advocate Says
Recent Baptist state convention resolutions indicate growing awareness of the reality of sexual abuse of children in the Southern Baptist Convention, says a victims' advocate, but they don't go nearly far enough to ensure that all churches in the nation's second-largest faith group are safe places for kids.
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Gay-Rights Group Says 'Do Not Buy' at Wal-Mart
Entering the busiest shopping season of the year, Wal-Mart is once again under fire, this time for a failing grade on homosexual rights.
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Movie Star, Motivational Speaker, Pro Wrestler All Endorse Huckabee as Best Conservative Christian Candidate
Baptist motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and "Left Behind" co-author Jerry Jenkins joined a growing list of faith leaders and celebrities endorsing former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for president.
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Huckabee Criticized for Ties to Prosperity-Gospel Preacher Kenneth Copeland
A Southern Baptist seminary professor criticized Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joining forces with a prosperity-gospel preacher under Senate investigation for his ministry's finances.
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Southern Baptist Pastor Charged With Domestic Violence
The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in suburban Atlanta is on administrative leave after being arrested on charges of simple assault and obstruction of a 911 call after an altercation last week with his wife.
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British Baptists Offer Historic Apology for Slave Trade
British Baptists have adopted a statement apologizing for transatlantic slave trade and expressing "true repentance" for failure to listen to the pain of black brothers and sisters resulting from that legacy.
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Baptists Today Launching Edition in North Carolina
Baptists Today, founded in 1983 as a national newspaper for moderate Baptists, will launch its first state edition January in North Carolina, the paper's editor announced this week.
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Georgia's Governor, Baptists, Turn To God During Drought
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network reported Wednesday's half-inch rain across parts of Georgia was "certainly an answer to prayer."
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Support Group Urges Alabama Baptists to Adopt Tougher Policy on Clergy Sex Abuse
A victims' support group urged the Alabama Baptist State Convention to follow the example of the smaller Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in adopting a strong policy aimed at breaking the cycle of molestation by clergy.
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Belmont, Tennessee Baptists, Settle Lawsuit, End Relationship (Updated)
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has settled its lawsuit against Belmont University for $11 million, the school's trustee chairman announced Tuesday.
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Southern Baptist Scholar Warns Against 'Giulianiazation' of Evangelical Politics
A Southern Baptist scholar says Pat Robertson's endorsement of Rudy Giuliani signals a larger "Giulianiazation" of evangelical Christianity that he views as dangerous.
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Former Southern Baptist Leader Calls for Boycott of Pat Robertson
A former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention has called for a boycott of CBN and the "700 Club" until founder Pat Robertson "repents" of endorsing Rudy Giuliani for president.
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Dobson Denies He is Endorsing Huckabee; SBC Leaders Voice Support
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson denied in Monday's radio broadcast an Internet report that claimed he is on the brink of endorsing Mike Huckabee for president.
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Belmont, Tennessee Baptists, Settle Lawsuit, End Relationship
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has settled its lawsuit against Belmont University for $11 million, the school's trustee chairman announced Tuesday.
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Accused Pedophile Baptist Preacher Dies
The former pastor of a Florida Baptist mega-church charged with sexually abusing 21 women and one man when they were children won't face his accusers in court. Bob Gray, 38-year-pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., died Saturday, just days before his criminal trial was scheduled to start.
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Tennessee Democratic Head Says Progressive Religious Voices Drowned Out By Religious Right
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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Tennessee Democratic Head Says Progressive Religious Voices Drowned Out By Religious Right
The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party says it's time that progressive religious voices stop being drowned out by the Religious Right.
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Baptist Women in Ministry Sponsors Day for Women to Preach
Baptist Women in Ministry is hoping to nearly double participation in a second annual day for women to preach in Baptist churches early next year.
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BCE Letter to 'Left Behind' Lawyer, Who Threatened Lawsuit, Returned Undelivered
A lawyer claiming to represent the developer of video games based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' "Left Behind" novels refused to accept a certified letter from the Baptist Center for Ethics answering allegations that EthicsDaily.com carried statements about the game that were "false and misleading."
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SBC Mission Board Suspends Trustee for Blogging Dissent
The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in "positive and supportive" terms about actions of the board.
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BCE Letter to 'Left Behind' Lawyer, Who Threatened Lawsuit, Returned Undelivered
A lawyer claiming to represent the developer of video games based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' "Left Behind" novels refused to accept a certified letter from the Baptist Center for Ethics answering allegations that EthicsDaily.com carried statements about the game that were "false and misleading."
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SBC Mission Board Suspends Trustee for Blogging Dissent
The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has censured a trustee for writing about trustee business in a Web log that board leaders said reflected poorly on fellow board members and violated a policy requiring trustees to speak only in "positive and supportive" terms about actions of the board.
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British Baptists Go 'On Our Knees' to Raise Awareness of Ministry to Children
Baptists in the United Kingdom last Sunday took part in a second "On Our Knees" emphasis aimed at turning around a dramatic decline in the number of children attending Baptist churches.
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Sexual Abuse Scandal Hits Prominent Southern Baptist Church in Florida
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Florida once picketed by homosexual groups for its opposition to gay marriage is now in headlines for the arrest of a volunteer youth minister accused of sexually abusing teenage boys he met through the church.
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BCE Leader Warns Arkansas Teachers of Efforts to Undermine Public Schools
The head of the Baptist Center for Ethics warned teachers in Arkansas that some religious leaders want to harm public schools.
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Minister Says Churches Sacrifice Prophetic Voice for Political Gain in DVD to be Screened in Nashville
Instead of using God as a political wedge, American Christians ought to pray to be used by God, says Tim Alexander, a Church of Christ minister in Nashville, Tenn.
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Alabama CBF Passes Policy Regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse
A state Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has adopted a policy for reporting sexual abuse by clergy that a victim advocate hopes will become a model for other Baptist bodies.
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Westboro Baptist Church Says $11 Million Verdict Helps Spread Message of Hate
Members of a controversial Baptist church said they were undeterred after a federal jury ordered them to pay nearly $11 million for protesting at the funeral of a marine killed in Iraq, claiming publicity from the trial will help them to spread their message that God hates homosexuals around the world.
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Scarborough Defends Huckabee's Role in SBC Holy War
Vision America founder Rick Scarborough is defending presidential candidate Mike Huckabee against those who criticize him for sitting out the Southern Baptist Convention's theological wars.
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New Book Examines Jonah Story from the Underside of Oppression
The Old Testament story of Jonah is more than a fairy tale about a man being swallowed by a whale, and even more than an evangelical call to preach the gospel to those in foreign lands, but instead a model for reconciliation between the haves and the have-nots, says a new book.
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Lawyer Group Urges Moratorium on Executions; SBC Leader Favors Death Penalty
The American Bar Association has called for a nationwide moratorium on executions, citing a three-year study of state death-penalty systems that found unfairness and other flaws.
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Symbolic Nooses Reveal Racial Divide
Protests sparked by the hanging of three nooses from a Louisiana schoolyard tree have sparked a series of copycat acts, further fueling a debate over America's lingering legacy of racial injustice and violence.
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Anti-Abortion Activist Says California Wildfires God's Judgment for Homosexuality
A controversial anti-abortion activist says California wildfires are God's judgment on a new anti-discrimination law that some conservative Christians say promotes homosexuality in public schools.
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Religious Communities Respond to California Wildfires
Religious communities across the nation said prayers for both their brethren in the line of fire and all victims of wildfires raging across southern California, while ministering to those in need.
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White House Seeks to Reduce Program Providing Energy Assistance to the Poor
Two weeks after President Bush vetoed a children's health insurance bill claiming he wants to put poor children first, the White House is threatening to veto legislation to boost funding for a program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills.
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SBC Leader Labels Mormonism 'Fourth Abrahamic Faith'
Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land called Mormonism "the fourth Abrahamic faith" in a discussion of controversy over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's religious affiliation.
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Limbaugh Blames Environmentalists for California Fires
The law may describe acts of natural disaster beyond human control as "acts of God," but that isn't stopping finger pointing from the right and left for wildfires whipping across Southern California fanned by Santa Ana winds.
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Choice and Diversity Supplant Denominational Identity and Traditional Curriculum in Sunday Schools
Time was when a vacationing Baptist could drop in on any church in the South and pick up a copy of the same Sunday school quarterly used back home. Today, more churches have ceased shopping exclusively at the company store, turning to a variety of publishers and formats catered to the needs and interests of their classes.
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Huckabee, Romney Top Straw Polls for 'Values Voters'
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was the overwhelming favorite in a straw poll taken on site at Friday and Saturday's Washington values voter summit, but Internet voting by supporters of Mitt Romney made the former Massachusetts governor the official winner.
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Moderate Baptist Leader Says SBC Neglecting the Hungry
The one-time director of hunger concerns for the Southern Baptist Convention said a downturn in giving to an annual hunger offering indicates the nation's largest Protestant denomination has turned its back on the poor.
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House Sustains Veto of Children's Insurance Bill
Faith leaders called Thursday's House of Representatives vote upholding President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill a defeat for America's children and win for tobacco.
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European Baptist Leader Urges Support for Imprisoned Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A European Baptist leader renewed calls to pressure Azerbaijan to release an imprisoned Baptist minister after a court rejected an appeal of his two-year prison sentence Oct. 3.
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SBC President Says He Offered to Pray with Giuliani to Accept Christ
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says he offered to pray with Rudy Giuliani to accept Christ as his savior, but the Republican presidential candidate declined.
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Former Southern Baptist Pastor Charged with Rape, Sexual Battery of Teenage Boy
A former Southern Baptist pastor in Cordova, Tenn., has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure involving a teenage boy.
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Huckabee Says Christian Right Leaders Value Power More Than Principle
Heading into a major forum this weekend for "values voters," Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee complained that some Christian leaders haven't endorsed him because they "are more intoxicated with power than principle."
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Barack Obama Says Global Warming a Faith Issue
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said global warming isn't just a matter for politics and science but also an issue of morality and faith.
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Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Gore, Says Christians Should Save Souls, Not the Earth
The environment is a second-tier concern for Christians--in part because the Bible teaches that the world is coming to an end, anyway--and the church's top priority is saving souls, according to a Southern Baptist Convention leader.
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Democratic Christian Congressman Says Humility Lacking in 'Values' Debate
The politics of polarization employed by the Religious Right is both ineffective and unbiblical, a Democratic congressman said in a panel discussion of the proper relationship between faith and politics earlier this week.
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Campolo Says Hillary Clinton Stronger Candidate Than Bill
An American Baptist minister and spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal says Hillary Clinton is an even stronger presidential candidate than her husband.
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Fair Taxation a Pro-Life Issue, Professor Says at 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening
Abortion is an important moral issue, but not for the reason many pro-life Christians believe, says a University of Alabama law professor and seminary graduate who has spent five years on the sawdust trail preaching the gospel of tax reform.
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Fair Taxation a Pro-Life Issue, Professor Says at 'Golden Rule Politics' Screening
Abortion is an important moral issue, but not for the reason many pro-life Christians believe, says a University of Alabama law professor and seminary graduate who has spent five years on the sawdust trail preaching the gospel of tax reform.
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In First GOP Presidential Debate, Thompson Defends U.S. Iraq Policy
Rookie Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he doesn't think he waited too long to enter the race.
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In First GOP Presidential Debate, Thompson Defends U.S. Iraq Policy
Rookie Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Tuesday he doesn't think he waited too long to enter the race.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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SCHIP Veto a Moral Issue, Congressman Says at Screening of 'Golden Rule Politics'
An Alabama congressman said Monday that President Bush's veto last week of a children's health insurance bill is a moral issue.
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Prominent SBC Pastor Survives Ouster Vote
A prominent Southern Baptist Convention pastor being sued by parishioners who accuse him of misspending church money and withholding financial records kept his job Sunday in a confidence vote, the latest round in a publicized dispute dividing a high-profile Tennessee mega-church.
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National Council of Churches Charts New Course
The National Council of Churches, America's leading ecumenical group, charted a new course by selecting a long-time educator and ecumenical leader to head a newly restructured and downsized organization.
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Faith Leaders Denounce Veto of Children's Insurance Program
Religious leaders expressed disappointment after President Bush on Tuesday carried out his threat to veto legislation to provide health insurance for 10 million American children.
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Gay-Sex Sting Operation Nabs Baptist Pastor
A Southern Baptist pastor was among 40 men arrested on indecency charges in a two-week investigation of city parks in Johnson City, Tenn.
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Blackwater Head Disavows 'Mercenary' Label
A private security contractor at the center of a congressional probe of alleged war profiteering and misconduct objected to characterizations of his business as a "Republican" company that employs "mercenaries."
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SBC's 'Public Theology' Failed to Win Support for Iraq War, Scholars Say
The Southern Baptist Convention spoke with a unified voice in support of the war in Iraq but failed to persuade Americans outside the denomination to join them in supporting an increasingly unpopular war, according to an article analyzing public statements by convention leaders.
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Baptists Praying for Peace in Myanmar
Christians in Myanmar, including Baptists, planned prayer services for their country, while an American Baptist leader urged Christians everywhere to follow events and pray for peaceful resolution of a bloody government crackdown of pro-democracy demonstrations now in its second week.
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Christian Ethicist Says Churches Need Own 'Immigration Reform'
An ethics professor says all Christians in the United States are "guest workers" with an allegiance to God that supersedes national or political loyalties.
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McCain Says He Isn't a Baptist
GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain said in a Web interview last week that he misspoke when he said recently he is "an active member" of a Southern Baptist church in Arizona and has been for years.
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Novelist John Grisham Terms White House 'Bad People With Evil Intent'
A newspaper interview about his next book turned political when best-selling author John Grisham termed the Bush administration "bad people with evil intent" and the war in Iraq an "immoral abomination."
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Dobson Says He Won't Support Fred Thompson
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said in an e-mail to friends he will not support Fred Thompson for president, citing in part the GOP hopeful's lack of church attendance.
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Clergy Sex-Abuse Survivor Questions Fairness of SBC Executive Committee Study
A clergy sexual-abuse survivor says the staff member guiding a Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee response to a motion calling for a national database of clergy sex offenders has a negative attitude toward the proposal and should be replaced with someone more objective.
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Religion Important, but Overlooked, Element in Immigration Debate, Experts Say
Religion has a major role to play in the outcome of immigration debate but is largely overlooked amid local tensions and failed efforts in Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, three experts said in a telephone news conference Wednesday.
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Alleged Victim Says Former Pastor Told Him Sex Was Test of Faith
An alleged victim of a former Southern Baptist pastor facing felony charges of sexual battery by an authority figure testified recently in court they entered into a long-term sexual relationship because the preacher convinced him it was a part of God's plan.
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American Baptist Pastor Brings International Spotlight to Jena 6
An American Baptist pastor in Arlington, Texas, is credited with bringing international attention to a civil-rights case in a small Louisiana town known worldwide as the Jena 6.
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Baptists in Tennessee, Texas, Use Lawsuits to Settle Disputes
Friday was a busy day for Southern Baptists in court: The Tennessee Baptist Convention amended its breach-of-contract lawsuit against Belmont University, adding claims that the university's charter is illegal. A federal judge in Texas refused to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit against Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And 54 members of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., filed suit for access to church records.
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SNAP Calls for 'Open and Transparent' Study of Sex Abuse by Clergy
A victims' advocacy and support group on Monday asked Southern Baptist Convention leaders to seek input from outside experts and victims in developing a denomination-wide response to sexual abuse by clergy.
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Huckabee Defeats Field in 'Values Voter' Straw Poll
Former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee scored big in a Monday "values voter" presidential debate sponsored by and for social conservatives.
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Carter Center Conference Urges Faith Leaders to Be Moderating Influences in Conflict
Faith-based communities and religious institutions can be voices of reason and compassion against escalating conflict that leads to mass atrocities. Or they can be equally culpable by creating a victim mentality and inflaming public opinion, human-rights defenders, including a moderate Baptist leader, agreed at a recent conference.
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California Southern Baptist Pastor Charged With Molestation
A Southern Baptist pastor in Fresno, Calif., was arrested Monday on felony charges of child molestation.
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Baptist Senator Says Claiming 'Christian' Title has Hurt GOP
A Republican senator scheduled to speak at next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta told a community newspaper in Iowa that positioning the party as the "Christian" choice has been detrimental to the GOP.
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'Kingdom Education' Leader Says Fear Keeps Pastors from Speaking Out Against Public Schools
A Southern Baptist advocate of Christian schools says God will judge pastors who refuse to speak out on failures of public schools for fear of offending parishioners.
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Fred Thompson Downplays Religion Card
GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, viewed by some social conservatives as the long-awaited political savior of the Religious Right, advised supporters in the Bible Belt not to expect to hear much God-talk from him on the campaign trail.
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Howard Dean Tells Baptists That Democrats are People of Faith
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told the National Baptist Convention last week in Philadelphia the tide is turning for faithful Democrats.
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Baptist Press Features Thompson Candidacy Announcement, Ignored Huckabee's
Fred Thompson's official announcement he is running for president merited headline coverage in Baptist Press, while last spring's announcement by one of Southern Baptists' own, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, did not.
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Belmont Trustee Chair 'Disappointed' at Mediation Impasse
An eight-month mediation effort between the Tennessee Baptist Convention and Belmont University failed to resolve a dispute over governance of the Nashville school, Belmont's trustee chairman said Thursday, meaning the convention's 2006 lawsuit against the university is headed to trial.
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Tennessee Baptist Convention/Belmont Lawsuit Headed for Court
The Tennessee Baptist Convention's lawsuit against Belmont University is headed for court. EthicsDaily.com learned Wednesday that attempts to mediate a dispute over the makeup of the university's board of trustees have failed and a trial is being scheduled for the week of May 19.
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Polls Suggest Democrats Closing 'God Gap'
Recent surveys suggest Democrats may be closing the "God gap" credited with helping President Bush win re-election in 2004, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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Christian Sitcom Slated for Fall in Middle East, North Africa
A broadcasting company with programs produced by and for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa is rolling out this fall a situation comedy touching on moral and ethical issues in a lighthearted way.
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Baptist Editor Labels Critics of Homemaking Degree 'Sexist'
Defending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's new homemaking degree against critics he views as outside the mainstream, a Southern Baptist state newspaper editor suggested that women are hard-wired for work within the home.
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Senator's Arrest Latest in String of Republican Scandals
A moderate Baptist ethicist said Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's men's-room arrest--the latest in a string of scandals involving Republican politicians--is further embarrassment for the Religious Right.
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Rove Disputes Moyers' Report That He is Agnostic
Karl Rove, credited as the architect of President Bush's successful political strategy of cultivating the evangelical right, used the occasion of his White House resignation to deny circulating reports that he is an unbeliever and spark a war of words with fellow Texan Bill Moyers.
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South Korea Strikes Deal for Release of Hostages
South Korea's government and Taliban militants said Tuesday they had reached a deal to free 19 South Korean hostages held captive held for more six weeks in Afghanistan.
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Southern Baptist Leader Says Public Schools Hostile Toward Religion
A Southern Baptist seminary president told a North Carolina newspaper that public schools are not neutral toward religion but rather hostile to people of faith.
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'Hotel Rwanda' Figure Says Churches Failed in Rwanda's Genocide
Rwanda's genocide was in part a failure of the Christian church, a former hotel manager whose efforts to save the lives of more than 1,200 of his countrymen inspired the Academy Award-nominated movie "Hotel Rwanda," said in a Sunday interview.
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Controversy Continues Over Southern Baptist Seminary's Homemaking Degree
CNN reported Thursday that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary expects about 15 women in its inaugural class of a for-ladies-only bachelor's degree specializing in homemaking.
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Days Before His Death, Falwell Stood By Controversial Comments About 9/11

In his apparently last television interview recorded the week before his death, Jerry Falwell defended controversial statements he made following 9/11 holding secular and liberal groups responsible for the terrorist attacks.

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Former Southern Baptist Leader Pleads Guilty to Prostitution Charges
A well-known moral activist and former Baptist leader pleaded guilty on Wednesday to six counts of aiding and abetting prostitution in Salisbury, N.C.
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Former SBC Leader, Louisiana College Grad, Blasts Pressler Law School
A former Southern Baptist Convention leader and Louisiana College alumnus criticized his alma mater for naming its planned law school after a "conservative resurgence" co-founder and retired Texas judge.
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Former Seminarian Sentenced for Sex Crimes
A former Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary student was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing several teenage boys he mentored while a volunteer youth worker at a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina
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Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
A Baptist pastor in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for using violence against police breaking up a meeting of his house church and arresting him in May--allegations members of the church insist are false--according to a Norwegian-based news service that monitors abuses of religions freedom.
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Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Address LGBT Forum
Democrats participated Thursday night in a first-ever televised forum by presidential candidates focusing exclusively on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
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Families of South Korean Hostages Disappointed by U.S.-Afghanistan Summit
The families of 21 South Korean Christians held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan lashed out at President Bush and Afghani President Hamid Karzai for failure to negotiate an end to the 21-day-old hostage ordeal.
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Moral Activist Charged with Prostitution Avoids Felony Charge Related to Suspicious Check
Coy Privette, a well-known Baptist preacher and family values champion arrested three weeks ago on prostitution charges, won't face additional charges in connection with a suspicious check written from his bank account that prompted the investigation leading to his arrest.
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Romney Defends Mormon View of Christ's Second Coming
Unaware cameras were rolling, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke in unusual detail about his Mormon Church's unique beliefs about the Second Coming of Christ in a radio interview last week.
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Defense Department Says Generals Improperly Endorsed Christian Ministry
A Defense Department report says four generals and three other officers violated regulations by appearing in uniform in a video used to promote a fundamentalist Christian ministry.
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Baptist World Aid Appeals for Donations for Victims of South Asia Floods
The relief-and-development arm of a worldwide Baptist organization has issued a special appeal for donations for victims of floods in South Asia that displaced an estimated 10 million to 20 million people in northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
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SBC Leader Urges Churches to Discuss 'Exit Strategy' From Public Schools
A Southern Baptist seminary president who two years ago called for an evangelical Christian "exit strategy" from public schools now chides churches for neglecting to help parents make responsible decisions about their children's education.
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Huckabee Hints at Third Party if GOP Shifts on Abortion, Gay Marriage
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee hinted in a recent speech to pastors in Iowa he might seek office as an independent or a third-party candidate if the Republican nominee for president is pro-choice.
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Video Draws Attention to Child Sex Trafficking in U.S.
A charity dedicated to prevention and rescue of women and children from sexual exploitation for money has released new video about child sex trafficking in the United States.
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Brownback, Huckabee Spar Over Supporter E-mail Termed Anti-Catholic
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said his campaign did not authorize or condone statements by an Iowa supporter criticized as anti-Catholic, but a spokesman for fellow candidate Sen. Sam Brownback said the former Arkansas governor's statement didn't go far enough.
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Lawsuit Says Church Failed to Protect Children from Pedophile Sunday School Teacher
A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims a Southern Baptist church in Amarillo, Texas, was warned that a Sunday school teacher and paid childcare worker was a pedophile, and yet did nothing to keep kids safe.
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IMB Prayer Guides Target Faith Groups
Years after interfaith leaders criticized the Southern Baptist Convention for producing prayer guides targeting adherents of other religions for conversion, the denomination's International Mission Board continues to produce on-line resources capitalizing on what missionaries view as errors in other faiths.
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Critics Say U.S. Farm Policy Benefits Wealthy, Call for Reform
Born as part of FDR's New Deal to protect struggling farmers coming out of the Great Depression from unpredictable weather and fluctuating crop prices, America's farm program has evolved today into the largest form of corporate welfare, say critics calling for reform.
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Evangelical Leaders Challenge Unconditional Support for Israel
Evangelical leaders including a former ethics professor at a Southern Baptist seminary issued an open letter to President Bush challenging the notion that all American evangelicals are uncritically pro-Israel.
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Prof Questions if Christian Right is Biblical
The Southern Baptist Convention controversy of the 1980s and 1990s was supposed to be over inerrancy--the view that the Bible in its original form (called the "autographs")--is literally true. But a University of Chicago professor says in a recent article the Christian Right isn't defined by any specific theology but instead a selective use of proof-texting to support a predetermined point of view.
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Paper Withdraws Claim That Dobson is a Harry Potter Fan
A major newspaper backed away from declaring Focus on the Family founder James Dobson a fan of Harry Potter, despite articles on Dobson's Web site which fellow fundamentalists have long attacked as "conditional acceptance" of the hit fantasy film and book series that some Christians fear leads children into witchcraft.
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White House Opposes Expansion of Insurance Program for Low-Income Kids
President Bush has threatened to veto proposed expansion of a program for families who earn too much for Medicaid but cannot afford insurance for their children, to be financed by an increase in the federal tax on tobacco.
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European Baptist Leader Says British Baptists Should Apologize for Slavery
The head of the European Baptist Federation criticized British Baptists for failure to apologize for slavery at a recent Baptist World Alliance gathering to pursue racial reconciliation in Accra, Ghana.
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International Baptists Protest Arrest of Pastor in Azerbaijan
The leader of Baptists in the central Asian republic of Azerbaijan has requested international support for a pastor arrested during a worship service May 20. Zaur Balayev, 44, is being held on charges of "violent resistance" of arrest. Authorities say Balayev, described by acquaintances as a "thin" man, beat up five policemen and damaged a police car during his arrest.
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Former Preacher Accused of Molestation May Face More Charges
A former Southern Baptist pastor charged with molesting a youth in his church may face additional charges, according to media reports in Memphis, Tenn.
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Baptist Leader Accused of Hiring Prostitute
A longtime champion of family values once nominated as chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's moral-concerns agency surprised citizens of North Carolina with his arrest last week on multiple charges of aiding and abetting prostitution.
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Christian Right Leaders Stand by Vitter
Christian Right leaders who applauded Louisiana Republican David Vitter's election to the United States Senate as a major win for family values are standing by their man caught in a sex scandal that threatens his political future.
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John McCain Tells Zionist Group He is Christian, 'Proudly Pro-Israel'
U.S. Senator John McCain, who has had problems winning over religious conservatives in his run for the GOP presidential nomination, showed up Tuesday at a meeting of Christian Zionists to declare himself a Christian and "proudly pro-Israel."
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Religious Leaders Call for Just Farm Bill
A Baptist leader said Tuesday that the United States' farm policy is unfair to African-American farmers and disadvantaged farmers in Africa, the Caribbean and the developing world.
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Christian Zionists Gather in Washington
Thousands of Christian Zionists are meeting this week in Washington in a second annual gathering to bolster evangelical support for Israel and fan opposition to radical Islam.
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Black Baptist Church in UK Suffers Racist Attacks
A predominantly black Baptist church in England has been pelted with eggs, had windows broken and staff verbally abused in a series of racially motivated attacks.
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Pentecostal Youth Movement Sparks Abortion Protests
Abortion protestors rallied this weekend in Wichita, Kan., outside the clinic of a late-term abortion provider made famous with help from Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly.
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Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandals Hit Baptist Churches in Tennessee, Louisiana
Southern Baptist churches in Cordova, Tenn., and Slidell, La., are the latest to receive unwanted publicity after their current or former ministers were arrested on charges of sexual abuse of minors.
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Book Says Churches Add to Victimization of Women in Domestic Violence
A new book by a survivor of domestic violence says churches are failing abused women through a combination of bad advice, faulty theology and a Catch-22 where women are told divorce is not an option and yet held in contempt for staying in the situation and tolerating abuse.
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Cal Thomas Questions Hillary Clinton's Christianity
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas declared Sen. Hillary Clinton "not a person who believes in the central tenets of Christianity" based on a recent article profiling the Democratic presidential candidate's faith.
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Christian Men's Magazine Endorses Huckabee for President
A Christian men's magazine publisher challenged readers to donate $1 million to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, doubling the former Arkansas governor's political campaign war chest.
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Missouri Passes Law Aimed at Reducing Abortions
Missouri's Southern Baptist governor has signed into law a bill that adds new restrictions to abortion clinics and bars groups that provide abortion services, like Planned Parenthood, from participating in sex-education instruction in public schools.
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Florida Baptist Convention Sued Over Clergy Predator
A lawsuit filed last month claims the Florida Baptist Convention, a local Baptist association and a sponsoring mother church were negligent in recruiting a church planter now in prison for sexual abuse of a minor.
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Insurance Companies Shed Light on Extent of Sex Abuse in Protestant Churches
The Associated Press reported recently that three insurance companies receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by Protestant clergy, challenging the assumption that clergy sexual abuse is an exclusively Catholic problem that does not take place in other churches.
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Cal Thomas Compares Muslims to 'Cancer'
Conservative commentator Cal Thomas compared Islam to a "slow-spreading cancer" in a Monday radio commentary about recent terror attacks in Scotland and London.
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BP Says CBF Inflates Numbers, After SBC Rejects Resolution on Integrity of Church Membership
Baptist Press published a news story accusing the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of inflating its membership numbers, two weeks after the Southern Baptist Convention refused to vote on a resolution calling for greater integrity in reporting its own statistics through an Annual Church Profile.
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New DVD Challenges 'Myth' That GOP is 'God's Only Party'
A workshop at last week's Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly previewed an upcoming Baptist Center for Ethics DVD challenging the notion that GOP stands for "God's Only Party."
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Free Online Bible Study for New Baptist Covenant Now Available
Student and leader guides for "The Agenda: 8 Lessons from Luke 4" are now available. The online, eight-lesson Bible study supporting next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta is offered free of charge by the Baptist Center for Ethics in partnership with other organizations.
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Evangelism About More Than Just Souls, CBF Moderator Says
Keeping God's covenant requires doing more than just preaching the gospel, but also helping the needy and challenging injustice, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Moderator Emmanuel McCall said in a Thursday address.
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Study Suggests CBF Churches Open to Women Pastors
A non-scientific survey by Baptist Women in Ministry suggests the conventional wisdom that Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches "aren't ready" for a woman pastor is eroding.
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BCE, Belmont Offer Bible Commentary for Luke 4 Bible Study
Belmont University's School of Religion is partnering with the Baptist Center Ethics to write Bible commentary for "The Agenda: 8 Lessons from Luke 4," a free, online study to help prepare churches for next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta.
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Being First African-American CBF Moderator Nothing New for Baptist Pioneer
This week in Washington, Emmanuel McCall will become the first African-American to preside over the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Micah Challenge Calls On New British Prime Minister to Reduce Poverty
The anti-poverty coalition Micah Challenge has called on Britain's new prime minister to take a stand to stamp out global poverty.
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BGCT, Buckner, Launch Church-Based Immigration Ministry
The Baptist General Convention of Texas and Buckner International have launched a new partnership working with local churches in Texas and beyond to help undocumented immigrants file papers to become U.S. citizens.
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Obama Touts 'Politics of Conscience' at UCC Meeting
Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama told a religious gathering over the weekend the Christian Right has "hijacked" faith to drive Americans apart and called for a renewed "politics of conscience" that bears moral witness to issues including poverty, healthcare and the war in Iraq.
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Online Tool Maps Faith Groups Working for Social Justice
America's faith community has a broader values agenda than the small number of hot-button issues promoted by the Religious Right, and the nation is less divided between blue and red states than the media suggest, according to a new online database that maps 3,000 religious organizations working for social justice across the country.
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Extra! Extra! Breed All About It
A Southern Baptist theologian said future growth of the Southern Baptist Convention must come not only from the baptistery, but also the bedroom.
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Lebanese Baptists Minister Amid Conflict
Despite a year of political instability and strife, Baptists in Lebanon are proceeding this week with an annual conference aimed at bringing Christians from North America, Europe and the Arab world together to better understand Islam and the Middle East.
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Rick Scarborough, Alan Keyes Launch '70 Weeks to Save America' Crusade
Vision America founder Rick Scarborough and two-time presidential candidate Alan Keyes are kicking off a 70-week series of one-day crusades to "save America" beginning the week of the Fourth of July and ending the week of national elections in 2008.
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Blog Accuses Bellevue of Idolatry
A Christian Web site criticized a Southern Baptist mega-church's enshrining of cheerleading and beauty-pageant memorabilia to honor the senior pastor's wife as an example of modern-day idolatry.
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Church-State Group Labels PBS Documentary Propaganda for Christian Right
PBS officials defended the decision to air a documentary on Thomas Jefferson's metaphor of a "wall" of separation between church and state against accusations the film is a propaganda tool for the Christian Right.
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Baptist Seminary Offers Degree in Homemaking for Pastors' Wives
Starting this fall Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will offer a program in Christian homemaking, the seminary's president said Tuesday. "We are moving against the tide in order to establish family and gender roles as described in God's word for the home and the family," seminary President Paige Patterson said in his prepared report to the Southern Baptist Convention this week in San Antonio, Texas.
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President Bush Thanks Southern Baptists for Support
President Bush thanked Southern Baptists for their support of two justices he appointed to the United States Supreme Court, swing votes in a recent decision upholding a federal ban on partial-birth abortion.
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Southern Baptists Reject Scientific Consensus About Global Warming
The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant body, passed a resolution Wednesday questioning whether human activity contributes significantly to global warming and urging governments to weigh environmental concerns with economics when setting policies for reducing carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
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Debate Reveals Fault Lines in Southern Baptist Convention
The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday previewed new fault lines developing between factions for exclusivity and accommodation in America's largest Protestant religious body.
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'Exit Strategy' Advocate Wants to 'Bankrupt' Public Schools
An advocate of a Southern Baptist "exit strategy" from public schools says he wants to "bankrupt the American educational establishment one student at a time," because otherwise true educational reform is impossible.
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SBC to Consider National Clergy Sex-Offender Database
A support group for victims of clergy-sex abuse welcomed a motion expected at this week's Southern Baptist Convention to study the feasibility of developing a database listing Southern Baptist ministers who have been credibly accused of, confessed to or been convicted of sexual abuse or harassment.
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Colson Warns Southern Baptists About Islam, Atheism
Prison Fellowship founder and Watergate hatchet man Charles Colson termed Islam "a vicious evil" and "Islamofascism"--a blending of religion and ideology present in the world today--"evil incarnate" in a message Sunday night to Southern Baptist pastors.
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Pro-Life Leaders Accuse Dobson of Misleading Public About Supreme Court Ruling on Partial-Birth Abortion
A group of anti-abortion activists accuse Focus on the Family founder James Dobson of selling out the pro-life movement by applauding an April Supreme Court ruling upholding a federal ban on "partial-birth" abortion.
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Victims' Father Urges SBC President to Lead Fight Against Clergy Sexual Abuse
A father of two sons sexually abused by a youth minister at a Southern Baptist church in the 1990s encouraged Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page in an April e-mail to take a leadership position in combating sexual abuse by clergy.
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SBC Leader Terms Theistic Evolution a Lie
Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler said last week on his call-in radio show that theistic evolution--the middle ground between belief in evolution and that God created the world directly--is a "lie"--and that Christians can't have it both ways.
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Religious Leaders Label Immigration Bill Anti-Family
Progressive Christian leaders voiced moral outrage at Senate rejection of a plan to shorten the time legal immigrants must wait to bring their spouses and children to live with them and called on conservative groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council to also speak out against what they termed an assault on family values.
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Unofficial New Baptist Covenant Blog Launched
A moderate Baptist leader and communications co-chair for the New Baptist Covenant Celebration has volunteered to publish an unofficial Web log monitoring news and views about the confab scheduled early next year in Atlanta.
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Democratic Presidential Candidates Discuss Faith, Values on CNN
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton said Monday on national television she is unsure she would have gotten through her highly public marital problems without depending on her faith.
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Congress Set to Vote on Relocating U.S. Embassy in Israel
The House of Representatives votes today on a resolution calling on President Bush to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem that a Christian Middle East peace group says could jeopardize an ultimate two-state solution to the Palestinian problem with Jerusalem as a shared capital.
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LifeWay Study Finds Acceptance of Private Prayer Language
Half of Southern Baptist pastors believe God gifts some people with a "private prayer language," according to poll results released Friday by LifeWay Christian Resources, fueling a minor controversy ongoing on Baptist blogs for a year and a half.
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SBC President Blames Jimmy Carter for Southern Baptists' Negative Image
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page blamed organizers of an Atlanta meeting in 2008 aimed to counter negative and judgmental images of Baptists in North America for contributing to those very images by criticizing SBC leaders in the press.
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Sample Lessons Available for Free Online Bible Study for New Baptist Covenant Celebration
Sample student and leader guides are now available for an online, eight-lesson Bible study to support next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. The study is offered free of charge by the Baptist Center for Ethics in partnership with other organizations.
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North Carolina Baptists Promote Conference Aimed at Starting Christian Schools
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is helping to promote a "Christian School 101" conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools, scheduled Aug. 27-28 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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SBC Hires Specialist to Target Outreach to Gays
The Southern Baptist Convention is hiring a minister specializing in "gender issues" to help churches reach out and minister to homosexuals, without condoning same-sex relationships.
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Under Fire from Church-State Groups, Air Force Retreats from Evangelical Festival
The Air Force denied it was a sponsor of a Memorial Day weekend festival at Stone Mountain, Ga., honoring the military and featuring introduction of a new paperback Bible designed for military personnel published by the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Study Says Media Gives Too Much Ink to Religious Right
The Religious Right is famous for bashing the news media as "godless" and "anti-Christian," but a new study by a liberal media-watchdog group says coverage of religion is in fact overwhelmingly tilted to over-represent conservative views.
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Lebanese Baptists Seek Prayer Amid Latest Crisis
A Baptist leader in Lebanon sought prayer from the global Baptist community for the most recent conflict jeopardizing security of the nation in the Middle East.
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'Noah's Park' Finds Home at Florida Baptist Camp
Dinosaurs are making headlines. Scientists and educators are protesting Monday's opening of a $27 million Creation Museum in northern Kentucky, where exhibits claim science supports a literal interpretation of Genesis--including a six-day creation--and that dinosaurs coexisted with humans.
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Chicagoans Protest Guns, Gangs, in Wake of Teen's Murder
Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder and president Jesse Jackson is organizing a protest rally this Saturday at a suburban gun shop that he said sold the majority of guns connected with recent shooting deaths in Chicago.
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Thousands Gather for Funeral of 'Prophet' Falwell
Franklin Graham and former Southern Baptist Convention President Jerry Vines called Jerry Falwell a "prophet" during a 90-minute funeral Tuesday at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va.
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SBC Leader Says Romney Presidency Could Boost Mormon Missions
A Southern Baptist leader says he could not rule out ever voting for a Mormon for president, but he would fear it might lend credibility to worldwide missionary efforts of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Blaming Carter's Criticism of Bush, Huckabee Pulls Out of New Baptist Covenant Confab
Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Monday he is withdrawing from speaking at a New Baptist Covenant Celebration next year in Atlanta to protest former President Jimmy Carter's labeling the Bush administration the worst in history in terms of international relations.
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Carter Ranks Bush Administration 'Worst in History' in International Relations
Former President Jimmy Carter labeled the current administration the "worst in history" in international relations, earning a rare rebuke from a White House spokesman who described the former president as "increasingly irrelevant."
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Politicians, Preachers Headline 2008 Baptist Confab Program
Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are scheduled to once again share a platform--alongside Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and two Republican U.S. senators--at a 2008 New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta, a program committee announced Thursday.
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Dobson Says He Won't Vote for Giuliani
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson--widely viewed as an influential kingmaker for the Religious Right--says he would not vote for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani under any circumstances.
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Dobson Says Pro-Family Leaders Discussed Iraq With Bush in White House Meeting
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and about a dozen other pro-family leaders met privately with President Bush recently about Iraq, Iran and the war on terror.
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Potential GOP Candidate Thompson Talks About Judiciary, Scooter Libby, in Speech to Council on National Policy
Inching toward an anticipated announcement he will run for president in 2008, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson spoke Saturday to an elite group of right-wing, behind-the-scenes political powerbrokers.
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Texas Baptists Upset about 'Allah' Comment
"When Religion Becomes Evil" author Charles Kimball says he is surprised as anyone that recent remarks have set off an "Allah" controversy between dueling Baptist bodies in Texas.
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Texas Baptists Upset about 'Allah' Comment
"When Religion Becomes Evil" author Charles Kimball says he is surprised as anyone that recent remarks have set off an "Allah" controversy between dueling Baptist bodies in Texas.
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Falwell Leaves Mark on American Religion, Politics
Friends and political foes remembered controversial television preacher Jerry Falwell, pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after collapsing in his Liberty University office, as a larger-than-life figure who leaves a lasting imprint on American religion and politics.
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Giuliani Defends Pro-Choice View in Speech at Baptist University
A week after GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gave the commencement address at Pat Robertson's Regent University in hopes that evangelical voters will overlook the fact he is a Mormon, another Republican candidate traveled to the Bible Belt to repair his image on another key issue for many religious conservatives--abortion on demand.
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Critics Call on Rick Warren to Discipline Rupert Murdoch for Expanding Porn Channels
"Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren is under fire for failing to discipline media giant Rupert Murdoch for owning and expanding pornographic channels for satellite TV. The Australian-born owner of Fox Broadcasting and cable TV networks isn't a member of Warren's 20,000-member Saddleback Church, but Warren is on record as claiming to be Murdoch's pastor.
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SBC Official Says Relatively 'Low' Number of Cases Proves System Working Against Sexual Predators
A Southern Baptist Convention official told a Tennessee TV station a relatively low number of documented cases of sexual abuse by clergy shows the way Baptists deal with the problem is working.
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SBC Leader Rejects Evolution, Affirms Catholics
The Southern Baptist Convention's public-policy head estimated Thursday that just a small minority of Southern Baptists believe humans evolved from lower species.
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British Baptists Lament Past, Modern Slavery
About 2,000 British Baptists were expected for last weekend's Baptist Assembly in Brighton, England, the biggest Baptist event of the year.
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SBC Leader Labels Theocrats 'Kooks'
Two Southern Baptist leaders dismissed as ludicrous charges by liberals that the nation's largest Protestant denomination has been taken over by theocrats.
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Head of Evangelical Group Converts to Catholicism
A controversial Baylor University professor has resigned as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, after receiving full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Evangelical Leaders Push for 'Biblical' Immigration Reform
Evangelical leaders in Washington Monday unveiled an advertising and letter-writing campaign aimed at building a national, ecumenical grassroots organization calling for comprehensive immigration reform consistent with biblical values.
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SBC Officer Denies Support of Abortion-Provider Assassin
A Southern Baptist Convention officer denied endorsing a statement supporting a man convicted of killing a doctor because he provided abortions. That was after Web sites reported the official's name appeared on a petition associated with a group labeled domestic terrorists by an organization that monitors hate groups.
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'Dead Man Walking' Author Describes 'Awakening to Justice'
Growing up as a privileged white daughter of the South, "Dead Man Walking" author Sister Helen Prejean never questioned the need for a death penalty to protect society from dangerous criminals.
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Tennessee Governor Lets Death Penalty Moratorium Expire
Tennessee's Democratic governor allowed a 90-day moratorium on the death penalty to expire Wednesday, clearing the way for next week's scheduled execution of death-row inmate Philip Workman.
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Proposed 2007 SBC Resolution Seeks to Boost 'Exodus' Agenda
The call for an "exodus" from public schools continues to gain momentum in the Southern Baptist Convention, according to sponsors of a resolution being proposed at this summer's SBC annual meeting in San Antonio.
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Alabama CBF Adopts Justice Initiative
Alabama's Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has launched a "Let Justice Roll Down" initiative to bring a goodwill Baptist public witness to bear on issues like racism, poverty, equality of women, education and constitutional reform.
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SBC President Questions Motives of SNAP, Says Sex Abuse Everywhere
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page suggested an activist group pressing the denomination to confront the problem of sexual abuse by clergy may have a hidden agenda of setting up the nation's largest Protestant body for lawsuits.
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'Dead Man Walking' Author Touts Arts in Ethics
Along with education and religion, art is one of three ways to get people to reflect and change consciousness about moral and social issues, author and advocate for abolishing the death penalty Sister Helen Prejean told Belmont University students and faculty Monday.
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'Buying the War' Available on Webcast
Viewers who missed Wednesday's broadcast of Bill Moyers' "Buying the War" can still tune in on the PBS Web site. Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics called it "a must-watch for Christians who care about peace and justice inseparable from truth."
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SBC Officer Faulted for Support of Killer
The Southern Poverty Law Center criticized the Southern Baptist Convention for electing a second vice president last June whose name appears on a "Declaration of Support for James Kopp," a man convicted of killing a doctor because he provided abortions.
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Moyers Probes Role of Press in Invasion of Iraq
A 90-minute documentary probing the role of America's press in the lead-up to the invasion in Iraq marks the return of "Bill Moyers Journal" tonight on PBS.
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Seminary President Includes 'Heretic' Among 'Great' Christian Biographies
A Southern Baptist seminary president who famously changed his mind about whether the Bible permits women to preach also appears to have changed his opinion about what he now calls the 20th century's "most notorious liberal pastor."
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Gender Pay Gap Exists A Year Out of College, Study Finds
One year out of college, women working full time earn less than their male colleagues, and the pay gap widens 10 years after graduation, according to a study on gender and pay.
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'You Don't Let Things Like That Happen,' Baptist Seminary President Tells Male Students After Campus Shootings
A Southern Baptist seminary president said lives could have been saved last week at Virginia Tech if six or eight students had risked their lives to rush and subdue gunman Seung-Hui Cho.
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SBC Leader Urges Christians to Think Twice Before Voting for Mormon President
A Southern Baptist seminary president said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Mormon faith should be a stumbling block for evangelical voters in deciding whether to vote for him as president.
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SBC President Labels Sexual Abuse Critics 'Opportunists'
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said critics of the convention's policy on sexual abuse by clergy are not really advocating on behalf of children but rather are opportunists motivated by personal gain.
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Pundit Recommends 'Bowling for Columbine' in Wake of Virginia Tech Violence
Before jumping into inevitable debate over gun control following this week's violence at Virginia Tech, one pundit offered a modest proposal: rent Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine."
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Churches Honor Virginia Tech Dead
Blacksburg Baptist Church, located across the street from Virginia Tech, planned to hold an evening prayer vigil and service of remembrance to honor more than 30 victims killed in Monday's massacre.
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Supreme Court Upholds 'Partial-Birth' Abortion Ban
Anti-abortion groups hailed Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a national ban on "partial-birth" abortion as a major victory and a step toward overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's constitutional right to abortion.
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Campus Grieves Shooting Victims at Virginia Tech
Political leaders including President Bush and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine joined religious leaders from various faiths to comfort a grieving Virginia Tech community Tuesday afternoon inside Cassell Coliseum on the campus in Blacksburg, Va.
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SBC Officials Criticize 'Predator Preacher' Report on '20/20'
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page called last week's "20/20" story on predatory preachers "yellow journalism" and a "slice-and-dice" piece to make it appear Southern Baptists aren't doing enough to combat sexual abuse by clergy.
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Southern Baptists Fall Short of 1 Million Baptism Goal
Baptisms in Southern Baptist Convention churches declined in 2006 for the sixth time in seven years, reaching the lowest total in 14 years, despite a high-profile campaign program by the convention's past president challenging Southern Baptists to move beyond controversy and step up evangelism.
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Best-Informed Americans Watch Daily Show/Colbert, Poll Says
Audiences of Comedy Central's "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" had the best knowledge of current events, while Fox News viewers had no more knowledge than the average American, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Sunday.
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SBC President Says Denomination Looking Into Sex Offender Registry
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said in an interview aired Friday on network television the nation's largest Protestant organization is looking into creating a national registry of clergy sex offenders.
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Virginia Baptists Provide Counseling Help Following Virginia Tech Shootings
Virginia Baptists pitched in for the massive task of counseling students, faculty and families in the wake of Monday's deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.
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Senate Passes Stem-Cell Measure; Bush Promises Veto
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to allow federal funding of research using embryonic stem cells. President Bush said he would veto the bill, just as he did in July.
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Pastors Seek Action on Clergy Sexual Abuse
Two reform-minded Southern Baptist pastors said Thursday they plan to ask the nation's largest Protestant denomination to get tougher on the problem of clergy sexual abuse.
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'20/20' Airs Report on Predator Preachers
A story about a six-month investigation by ABC News on preacher predators in Protestant churches--including the Southern Baptist Convention--aired Friday on "20/20."
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New Baptist Covenant Web Site Launched
Organizers of next year's New Baptist Covenant Celebration unveiled a new Web site Wednesday promoting "an authentic and genuine Baptist voice in North America."
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Thompson Says Lymphoma Won't Affect Decision About Running for President
Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson said Wednesday he was diagnosed with lymphoma more than two years ago, but he is in remission and doesn't expect the cancer to shorten his life expectancy.
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Seminary Seeks Dismissal of Gender Lawsuit
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary filed a motion April 9 asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed a month earlier claiming gender discrimination.
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Hindu Group Accuses Southern Baptist Web Sites of Hate Speech
An organization claiming to represent 2 million American Hindus includes Southern Baptist Convention Web sites in a report citing "hatred and intolerance" toward the Hindu faith on the Internet.
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Bush Pushes Immigration Reform
President Bush on Monday visited a Border Patrol station in Yuma, Ariz., to issue tough talk about border control, an effort to win support for comprehensive immigration reform among conservative members of his own party.
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Church Arsonists Sentenced to Prison
A federal judge in Birmingham on Monday sentenced three former college students to prison for setting fire to nine rural Alabama churches in 2006.
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Baptist Professor Accused of Fraud
A trusted and well-known economics professor at a Baptist university in South Carolina stands accused of swindling an estimated 300 individuals and companies out of $134 million in an investment scheme.
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Gingrich Clarifies 'Ghetto' Remark--en Espanol
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went on YouTube to say--in both Spanish and English--he didn't mean to offend Latinos with his recent remarks criticizing "language of the ghetto."
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Minister Accused of Sex Abuse Commits Suicide
A bi-vocational Southern Baptist pastor charged last week with molesting an 11-year-old girl in Alabama died Tuesday in an apparent suicide.
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Study: Africa's Displaced Children Vulnerable to Sexual Abuse
Children displaced by armed conflicts in Africa's Great Lakes Region--the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda--are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse, according to a recent study.
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SBC President Says Sexual Abuse by Clergy not 'Systemic'
Despite several recent reports of sexual abuse by clergy, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention says he does not believe it is a "large and systemic" problem in the nation's second-largest faith group.
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Supreme Court Orders EPA to Study Climate Change
The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday the Environmental Protection Agency cannot use the 1970 Clean Air Act as an excuse for refusing to regulate automobile emissions that produce greenhouse gases.
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Jimmy Carter Sunday School Lessons Out in Audio Book
The world's most famous Sunday school class has come to a bookstore near you. Most weekends several hundred visitors visit Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., to attend former President Jimmy Carter's Sunday school class.
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Southern Baptist Minister Charged With Sexual Abuse
An Alabama man, the bi-vocational pastor of a church across the state line in the Florida Panhandle, is the latest in a spate of Southern Baptist ministers arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor.
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Belmont Invites Tennessee Colleges to 'Go Green'
Presidents of six Tennessee colleges and universities joined Wednesday at Baptist-affiliated Belmont University in Nashville pledging to lead their campuses to "go green" in teaching, research and operations.
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Pat Robertson Warns of Rising Political Clout by Muslims
Christian Coalition founder and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson the election of Muslims like Rep. Keith Ellison and local officials in Houston pose a threat to America.
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Gonzales Accused of Ignoring Texas Juvenile Prison Abuse Scandal
As embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales traveled city to city to talk about keeping children safe from sexual predators, a conservative Web site accused the Justice Department of ignoring for two years evidence of systematic sexual abuse of boys in Texas' youth prison system.
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Baptist Minister, Volunteer Track Coach, Charged with Rape
A former volunteer track coach and Southern Baptist minister was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in East Tennessee on charges he raped a 14-year-old girl, but the hearing was rescheduled after his lawyer asked for more time.
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SNAP Cries Foul Over Baptist Press Reporting
A self-help group for victims of clergy sex abuse on Friday accused leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention of mischaracterizing their apology for saying they had not received a response letter later found to have been misplaced by the recipient to cover up for their "do-nothing" attitude.
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North Carolina Colleges Cutting Baptist Ties
Five North Carolina Baptist colleges and universities are moving toward loosening ties with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
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Southern Baptist Leader Terms Premature Troop Withdrawal Immoral
A Southern Baptist ethicist and ardent supporter of the war in Iraq said on public television it would be immoral for the United States to withdraw troops too soon.
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Al Gore Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Fight Global Warming
Former Vice President turned documentary filmmaker Al Gore returned to Washington Wednesday as a star witness in congressional hearings about global warming.
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Georgia State Senate Considering Confederate Heritage Month
After being asked by black leaders to apologize for Georgia's role in slavery, the state Senate instead moved forward with a bill designating April as Confederate Heritage and History Month.
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Mohler Denies Saying Babies Born Gay
A Southern Baptist leader assailed from both the left and right for suggesting there may be some biological cause for homosexual orientation and supporting the use of prenatal treatment to reverse it if any medical test or treatment is found blamed much of the furor on headlines he said were misleading.
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Faith-Based Groups Lobby Congress on Behalf of Children
Fifty faith-based and policy-advocacy organizations lobbied Congress March 12, urging support for issues vital the world's poorest children.
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Southern Baptist Leader Takes Pro-Torture Stance Against NAE Anti-Torture Statement
A Southern Baptist ethicist accused the National Association of Evangelicals of using tortured logic in a recent statement denouncing cruelty toward detainees in the U.S.-led war on terror.
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Muslim Group Turns Away CBN Camera Crew
The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Tuesday turned away a Christian Broadcasting Network camera crew from a press conference open to other media, accusing the network started by Pat Robertson of bias against Muslims.
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Southern Baptist News Service Attacks Gore, Discounts Global Warming
Southern Baptist leaders welcomed a newspaper article quoting scientists who believe former Vice President Al Gore overstated the immediate danger of global warming in his Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," saying it would dispel "some--but not all--of the myths of catastrophic global warming."
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Webcast Film Criticizes Fox News' Treatment of Blacks
Finding out the Congressional Black Caucus Institute was considering partnering with Fox News to host presidential debates, James Rucker of ColorofChange.org turned to filmmaker Robert Greenwald. The result is a three-and-a-half minute film, "Fox Attacks: Black America."
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Candidate Who Once Said Sports Gambling is Wrong Now Says 'Compare Your Picks'
Presidential candidate John McCain invites readers on his Web site to create a bracket picking winners in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and compare their picks to his own. Four years ago the Republican senator from Arizona advocated a clear message that gambling on amateur athletics is wrong.
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NAE Condemns Torture of Suspected Terrorists
The National Association of Evangelicals has endorsed an anti-torture statement denouncing "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" to those detained in the U.S.-led "war on terror."
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Coulter Under Fire for Comments at Christian Conference
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter is under fire again, this time for remarks at a Christian conference making light of the murder of doctors who perform abortions.
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Divorce Becoming Issue in 2008 GOP Race
The party that positions itself as defender of family values is embroiled in a debate over the politics of divorce.
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Christian Groups Plan War Protest
Christians from across the United States are expected to travel to Washington this week for an expressly Christian war protest against the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq four years ago.
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BCE Directors Pledge Support for 'New Baptist Covenant'
Baptist Center for Ethics directors gathered prior to a recent meeting to discuss their support for a "New Baptist Covenant" celebration scheduled early next year in Atlanta.
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Former Professor Sues Southwestern Seminary for Gender Discrimination
A former professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has sued the Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated school, claiming she was dismissed from a position for which she was fully qualified simply because she is a woman.
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Former SBC Leader Found Not Guilty of Lewdness Charge
An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday acquitted a former Southern Baptist Convention leader accused of propositioning an undercover male police officer, but did not address whether the lewdness statute under which he was charged is unconstitutional, according to news reports.
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Atlanta Church Heeds BCE Call to Become 'Green'
A January editorial in EthicsDaily.com challenged moderate Baptists to take steps toward creating "green" churches and to share stories of what they are doing to help others follow their example. One Atlanta congregation recently took up the challenge.
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Jamaican Pastor Nominated to Lead Baptist World Alliance
A West Indies pastor and broadcaster has been nominated as the next leader of the Baptist World Alliance.
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Bloggers Weigh in on EthicsDaily.com Story Quoting Falwell
Links to a Friday story in EthicsDaily.com popped up around the Internet, as bloggers from the right, left and middle took exception to Jerry Falwell's assertion that Satan is using global warming to distract Christians away from preaching the gospel and toward environmentalism.
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John Edwards Discusses Faith
Former senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards identified poverty, healthcare, genocide and AIDS as the greatest moral issues facing America in a Beliefnet interview, adding he believes Jesus would be "appalled" by the nation's selfishness and lack of concern for people who suffer.
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Lawyer Says Former Southern Baptist Pastor Innocent of Sex Charge
The lawyer for a former Southern Baptist pastor charged with using the Internet to entice a minor for sexual purposes said his client is looking forward to his day in court.
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Moderate Baptist Lay Leader John Baugh Dead at 91
John Baugh, a business entrepreneur and major supporter of moderate Baptist causes, died Monday after several years of declining health. He was 91.
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Evangelical Leaders Call for Ouster of NAE Staffer for Views on Global Warming
Evangelical leaders including James Dobson and Rick Scarborough signed a March 1 letter calling on the National Association of Evangelicals to remove a staff member they blame for dividing conservative Christians over global warming.
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BCE Directors Endorse 'New Baptist Covenant'
Baptist Center for Ethics directors adopted a resolution of support for a "New Baptist Covenant Celebration" scheduled in Atlanta Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in 2008.
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Former SBC President Defends Denomination's Record Against Clergy Sex Abuse
Former Southern Baptist Convention President Jerry Vines defended the denomination's current leaders against charges they are being soft on sexual abuse by clergy.
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Falwell Says Global Warming Tool of Satan
Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell, who has worked for decades to involve conservative Christians in politics, said Sunday the debate over global warming is a tool of Satan being used to distract churches from their primary focus of preaching the gospel.
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Laura Bush Talks about Stress in the White House
First Lady Laura Bush says her husband deals with the pressures of being commander in chief over an increasingly unpopular war by exercise, rest and going to church.
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Scholars Dispute Documentary Claiming Tomb Belonged to Jesus Christ
A new book and Discovery Channel documentary airing March 4 claim a 2,000-year-old tomb discovered in 1980 might contain trace DNA remains of Jesus and his family. Archeologists say it may be good TV, but there is little chance the names inscribed on relics refer to the Jesus of the Bible.
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Faith-based Challenge Headed to Court
The U.S. Supreme Court today hears arguments in the first legal challenge to President Bush's creation of White House and cabinet offices for faith-based initiatives.
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Falwell Newspaper Says War with Iran Prophesied in Bible
The March cover story of Jerry Falwell's National Liberty Journal says the world may be on the brink of a major war foretold in the Bible as a precursor to the return of Christ.
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Lawyer Seeks Dismissal of Lewdness Charge Against Former SBC Leader
A former pastor and Southern Baptist Convention leader arrested a year ago in a gay-sex sting operation shouldn't be punished, because the act he proposed to an undercover police officer in Oklahoma City isn't against the law, his attorney said in a court document.
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Clergy Sex Abuse Arrest Stuns South Carolina Baptist Church
The day Southern Baptist Convention leaders discussed in Nashville, Tenn., how well the nation's second-largest faith group is handling the problem of clergy sex abuse, a congregation in South Carolina was shocked to learn its pastor was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex on-line from a police officer he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.
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SNAP Admits Error in Saying SBC Leaders Did Not Respond to Letter
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Chicago office received two letters from a Southern Baptist Convention official in September but didn't forward them to the intended recipients, the group said Thursday. That was after a SNAP representative told media--including EthicsDaily.com--numerous times over nearly five months that SBC leaders had not responded to a Sept. 26 letter suggesting specific actions for safeguarding Southern Baptist churches from clergy predators.
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Lebanese Baptists Reach Out to Iraqi Refugees
After sheltering about 800 people left homeless by last summer's Israeli bombing raids of Lebanon, Baptists there are now working on plans to help Iraqi refugees who have fled to neighboring Syria.
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Seminary First Lady Compares Pill to Abortion
The wife of a Southern Baptist seminary president says women who oppose abortion should think twice before using birth control pills.
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SBC Leaders Deny Charge of Unresponsiveness about Clergy Sex Abuse
A lengthy discussion Tuesday about clergy sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention was long on criticism of tactics used by a victims' advocacy group to draw attention to their cause and short on specifics about how the nation's largest Protestant faith group might address the problem in the future.
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SBC Executive Committee to Discuss SNAP Requests
Members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee were scheduled to discuss the denomination's response to sexual abuse by clergy in a work group session this morning.
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Group Asks Southern Baptist Leaders to Address Clergy Sex Abuse
A national support group formed amid the Catholic Church's cover-up of abusive priests planned today to canvass members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee seeking action to protect children against sexual predators posing as Baptist ministers.
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Romney Candidacy Spotlights 'Mormon Question'
Tuesday's formal announcement by Mitt Romney that he is running for president pushes what has been termed the "Mormon question" front and center.
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Churches Observe 'Evolution Sunday'
Don't expect restaurant lines to rival Easter or Mother's Day anytime soon, but more than 600 congregations last Sunday indicated plans to participate in Evolution Sunday, commemorating the 198th birthday of "On the Origin of Species" author Charles Darwin.
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'Christian Exodus' Group Focuses Strategy on South Carolina County
A movement that wants to disassociate from the federal government and form a sovereign state built on Christian principles is focusing efforts on a South Carolina county the next two years.
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Lebanese Baptists Request Prayer for 'Critical Time'
Baptists in Lebanon watched with apprehension as tensions built leading up to a Valentine's Day rally marking the second anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.
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Religious Groups Oppose Mandatory HPV Vaccination
Christian conservatives are leading criticism of a Feb. 3 executive order by Texas Gov. Rick Perry requiring sixth-grade schoolgirls to get vaccinated for a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
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Report: SBC President Supports Dialogue on Women's Ordination
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page believes the denomination should be open to discussing the ordination of women as deacons or junior staff members but not as senior pastors, according to a TV news report in Nashville, Tenn.
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Author Describes Culture of Waste at Baptist Agency
A radio interviewer Sunday dubbed it "Branson's Law:" The extent of misuse of mission dollars is directly proportional to the distance between the giver and the spender.
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First Amendment Expert: Common Ground on Public Schools Vital to Democracy
The "culture-war" debate over public schools is about far more than education, an expert in helping schools and communities find common ground in conflicts involving religion and public schools told a recent summit meeting for educators and clergy.
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Second Group Leaves Glorieta Over Anti-Gay Policy
A second group canceled plans to rent LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center in response to a recently publicized policy banning groups using the Southern Baptist Convention-owned facility from promoting homosexuality.
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Jimmy Allen Views 2008 Baptist Confab as 'Golden Moment' for Racial Unity
The coordinator of a New Baptist Covenant celebration views the meeting scheduled in early 2008 as "a golden moment" to move Baptists in North America forward together, overcoming racial and doctrinal differences in a "Luke 4 agenda."
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'Devil in the Details' of No Child Left Behind, Teacher Tells Education/Faith Summit
America's teachers affirm the federal government's goals of increasing student achievement, closing learning gaps and ensuring that every child is taught by a highly qualified teacher, said Becky Pringle, a member of the National Education Association Executive Committee.
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Exxon-Mobil-Funded Think Tank Solicits Criticism of Report on Global Warming
An Exxon-Mobil-funded think tank offered scientists $10,000 to write papers undermining a new major report on climate change.
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Trust, Relationship Vital to Church Involvement in Public Education, Minister Says
Pastors can help public education and expand ministry opportunities by building relationships and trust with local school officials, a Houston pastor told clergy and educators at a faith summit in Memphis last week.
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African-American Baptist Pastor Blasts Georgia Voucher Bill; Baptist Publisher Votes 'Yes'
A speaker at last week's faith/education summit in Memphis denounced "knuckleheads under the gold dome" after Georgia's state senate passed a bill that would allow students with disabilities to receive tax money to attend private, including sectarian, schools.
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Former Baptist Foundation of Arizona Official Sentenced to Prison
A third former Baptist Foundation of Arizona official was sentenced to prison Friday for his role in a half-billion-dollar affinity fraud.
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NEA President Terms Education/Faith Summit 'Beginning of Something Big'
The head of the nation's largest teacher union hailed a summit meeting for clergy and educators initiated by the Baptist Center for Ethics an historic first step toward building bridges between public schools and people of faith.
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Conference Examines Relationship Between Churches and Public Schools
Christians should support public education not as mission field for conversion, but out of a commitment to the common good, Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics told a Thursday gathering of educators and clergy exploring ways to build more meaningful relationships between churches and schools.
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Refusing to 'Get the Gay Out' of Senior Gathering, State Leaves Baptist Venue
New Mexico's state department on aging is moving its annual conference away from Baptist-owned LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center rather than accepting restrictions on discussion of gay issues.
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Huckabee Pressed on 'Take This Nation Back for Christ' Comment
Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told NBC's Tim Russert he wouldn't "replace the Capitol dome with a steeple" but made no apologies for past statements saying America needs to turn to Christ.
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LifeWay Sanitizes Online Catalogue
LifeWay Christian Resources removed a number of books from its online bookstore after EthicsDaily.com reported Monday that a number of titles were written by pro-homosexual authors.
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Victims' Advocates Criticize Bellevue Response to Minister's Sexual Abuse
Victims' advocates of clergy sex abuse cut little slack for leaders of Bellevue Baptist Church, who said mistakes were made in failing to disclose a former long-time minister's admission that he molested his son 17 years ago.
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Bellevue Report Faults Handling of Minister's Sexual Abuse
Bellevue Baptist Church was "ill-prepared on several fronts" to handle a long-time staff member's confession that he sexually abused his son 17 years earlier, according to an investigative team report delivered to the Memphis mega-church Sunday night.
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Gay-Friendly Authors Populate SBC's LifeWay Site
In 2005 the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution urging churches to be on guard against homosexual influences in public schools. But a conservative Web site says the nation's largest Protestant body might first want to get its own house in order by checking out shelves of the SBC's publisher, LifeWay Christian Resources.
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Jews for Jimmy
Prominent leaders like Abraham Foxman and Alan Dershowitz don't speak for the entire U.S. Jewish community in condemning former President Jimmy Carter for comparing Israeli occupation of the West Bank with South Africa's system of apartheid.
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Gore Film on Environment Nominated for Two Oscars
Former Vice President Al Gore said he is "thrilled" that his documentary film on the perils of global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," was honored with two Oscar nominations.
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Former NAMB Head 'Saddened,' 'Grieved' by Book
Former North American Mission Board head Bob Reccord says he hasn't read a new insider book alleging mishandling of donor money at the Southern Baptist Convention agency, but what he has heard about it leaves him "saddened and grieved."
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Bush Seeks Support for War in State of the Union
Facing waning public and political support, President George W. Bush pleaded with a Democratic Congress to give his plan to escalate the war in Iraq a chance in Tuesday's State of the Union address.
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Bellevue Fires Minister at Center of Sex-Abuse Scandal
Bellevue Baptist Church has terminated a minister whose admission of sexual misconduct put the suburban Memphis mega-church in the center of a scandal that has received national attention.
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Rick Scarborough Blasts Clinton-Carter Baptist Confab
Vision America founder Rick Scarborough turned a "New Baptist Covenant" proposed by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton into a fund-raising pitch, calling it an effort to deceive Christians into believing the Bible is compatible with abortion, gay rights and opposition to Israel.
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Clergy Sex Abuse Case Reveals Flaws in SBC System, Victims' Advocate Says
A former Southern Baptist music minister convicted of sexual abuse of children in two states managed to move from church to church, despite background checks and a history of addiction to pornography.
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BCE Leader Defends 'Golden Rule' Baptists
Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics defended a recently announced meeting of "Golden Rule" Baptists under attack by leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Tennessee Baptist Leaders Defend Lawsuit in Letter to Churches
Tennessee Baptist Convention leaders defended their decision to sue Belmont University for removing itself from convention control in a letter delivered this week to nearly 3,000 churches.
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Insider Book Details Waste at NAMB
Former North American Mission Board President Robert Reccord's books, media appearances and exotic hobbies like scuba diving earned him the nickname "Hollywood Bob," according to a new insider book written by a former employee.
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Bellevue Investigation Report Due Jan. 20
A Bellevue Baptist Church committee investigating a longtime staff member accused of molestation reported "significant progress" but provided few details in an interim report.
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PBS Profiles Homeschool Movement
In what one homeschool-advocacy group called "one of the biggest homeschool stories to hit mainstream media," PBS' "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" last week carried an episode profiling the "exodus" movement.
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Pat Robertson Skeptical Bush Can Sell Troop Surge
Televangelist Pat Robertson, who in 2004 claimed he warned President Bush there would be casualties in the war in Iraq, said Thursday he doubts there is much the president can do to drum up support for his recent decision to send 21,000 more troops.
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Churches Subpoenaed in Tennessee Baptist Lawsuit Against School
Belmont University has sent subpoenas to Tennessee Baptist Convention churches asking about gifts made to the Cooperative Program between 1951 and 2005 and whether they knew about or relied on a 1951 document at the center of a legal dispute when they gave them.
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Baptist Leaders Oppose U.S. Troop 'Surge' (updated)
Baptist leaders contacted Thursday by EthicsDaily.com disagreed with President Bush's plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq.
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Kansas City Church Settles Paternity Lawsuit Involving Former Minister
First Baptist Church of Raytown, Mo., held a members-only meeting Sunday night to discuss details of a recently settled lawsuit involving the pastor's son, who fathered an out-of-wedlock child while serving on the church staff in 2004.
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Scientists Say ExxonMobil Misinforms Public About Global Warming
ExxonMobil has underwritten the most sophisticated and successful disinformation campaign since tobacco companies sought to downplay the health effects of smoking in order to deceive the public about the reality of global warming, a group of scientists said in a new report.
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Moderate Baptists Seek Unity to Work on 21st Century Issues
Former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton joined leaders of 40 Baptist organizations Tuesday to announce a major meeting in early 2008 to offer an alternative Baptist voice to often-negative messages of the Religious Right.
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Author Says Bellevue Pastor Should Be Sued
The founder of a conservative "biblical discernment" ministry says Memphis pastor Steve Gaines endangered children at Bellevue Baptist Church by treating molestation allegations against a staff member as a church matter instead of reporting it as a crime and should be sued for his actions.
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Convicted Child Molester Longtime Pastor of Southern Baptist Churches
In 1999 in Calvert County, Maryland, a student had to change her plans to deliver her high school graduation prayer after a fellow student objected, with backing from the ACLU and the state attorney general's office.
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Poll: 1 in 4 Expect Second Coming in '07
One in four Americans anticipates the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in 2007, according to an Associated Press/AOL news poll.
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Southern Baptist Publisher Shifts Homeschool Emphasis
Failing to become a major player in a growing market, LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention quietly dissolved its homeschool division last year.
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Memphis Radio Station Features Critic of Bellevue Pastor
A nationwide Christian talk-radio network targeted listeners in Memphis, Tenn., last week with a discussion of pastoral leadership, amid controversy surrounding Pastor Steve Gaines at the community's prominent Bellevue Baptist Church.
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2006 Tumultuous Year for Baptists, Banner Year for BCE
Scandal, war and power shifts in both secular and Baptist politics dominated EthicsDaily.com news coverage in 2006. The Baptist Center for Ethics, meanwhile, celebrated its 15th anniversary with major emphases supporting public education, reducing global poverty and urging Wal-Mart, one of the nation's largest employers, to model the Golden Rule in the way it treats its employees.
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Jimmy Carter Says Religious, Political Pressures Stifle Debate on Israel/Palestine Issues
Support for Israel from conservative Christians and a powerful pro-Israel lobby prevent America from having the kind of honest debate about Israel and the occupied territories that exists in other countries, former President Jimmy Carter said in a newspaper interview discussing his controversial new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
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Assistant DA Says Pastor's Failure to Report Sex Abuse Could Be a Crime
An assistant prosecutor said Bellevue Baptist Church Pastor Steve Gaines may have committed a crime if he knew the "moral failure" a church staff member confessed to him six months ago involved child molestation.
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Bellevue Pastor Staying, Texas Pastor Leaving, Over Clergy Sex-Abuse Scandals
The pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis said Wednesday he has no plans to resign over waiting six months to tell church members one of their long time ministers was a confessed child molester, while a Texas Baptist pastor who recently settled a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor announced he will step down at the end of the year.
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Muslims Ask Wal-Mart to Shelve 'Left Behind' Based Video Game
An American Muslim group has joined a campaign asking Wal-Mart to stop selling a "Left Behind" themed video game, saying it demonizes Islam by creating targets with Muslim-sounding names.
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Bellevue Investigates Minister for 'Moral Failure'
A prominent Southern Baptist mega-church has placed a long-time staff member on administrative leave and launched an internal investigation into allegations he molested a member of his family 17 years ago.
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Leno Mentions 'Would Jesus Shop at Wal-Mart' Ad in Monologue
A Baptist Center for Ethics Christmas campaign urging Wal-Mart to be a "Golden Rule" employer earned mention in Jay Leno's Friday "Tonight Show" monologue.
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BCE Exec Urges Wal-Mart to Put Golden Rule Ahead of Profit on CNBC
The executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics said Friday on national television that Jesus would be more concerned about children of Wal-Mart employees going without health care than saving shoppers money.
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Baptist Pastor Defends Criticism of Wal-Mart in Prime Time
Conservative media criticized a campaign spearheaded by the Baptist Center for Ethics singling out Wal-Mart in a challenge to set an example as a "Golden Rule" employer this Christmas.
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Baptist Pastoral Letter Calls Wal-Mart to be 'Golden Rule' Company
A group of Baptist pastors and leaders writing as "moral theologians" has issued a Christmastime letter challenging Wal-Mart to become a "Golden Rule" company.
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Baptist Pastor Featured in Campaign to Change Wal-Mart
A Kentucky Baptist pastor is featured in a television commercial being aired in the Bible Belt urging followers of Jesus to think twice before doing their Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart.
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Ethics Committee Blasts House Leadership for Handling of Foley Affair
A bipartisan House ethics committee report last week harshly criticized outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders for negligence in investigating reports of inappropriate computer messages from former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., to former congressional pages.
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Chuck Norris: A Rising Political Star?
Could politics be next for Chuck Norris, the former karate champion turned actor and most recently conservative Christian columnist?
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Sample Lesson Available for Lenten Bible Study
Baptist Christians new to observing Lent often associate the season with giving something up, but in reality it's a time to reclaim, restore and renew their faith.
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Former Iraqi Hostages Forgive Their Captors
Three Christian peace activists held hostage 118 days after abduction late last year in Iraq say they forgive their captives and have no desire to see them punished.
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Pat Robertson Explores Opportunity in China
Televangelist Pat Robertson said the United States should seek economic partnership with China, while predicting the nation's growing materialism could create a spiritual void and eventually lead millions of Chinese to embrace Christianity.
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McCain Taps 'Bimbo Ad' Operative to Manage Campaign
Sen. John McCain has reportedly chosen the man behind the infamous "bimbo" ad--criticized as race-baiting in the recent Tennessee Senate race--to be his campaign manager if he decides to run for president.
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Focus on the Family Web Site Endorses 'Left Behind' Video Game
A Christian family organization usually opposed to violent video games for children apparently has no problem with a recently released game based on the best-selling "Left Behind" novels and movies that critics say celebrates religiously induced violence.
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'Emergent' Pastor Apologizes for Haggard Remark
Emergent church leader Mark Driscoll apologized for comments on the fall of former National Association of Evangelicals head Ted Haggard, saying they were misconstrued and he never meant to blame Haggard's wife for his transgresssion.
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Iraq Study Group Calls Situation 'Grave and Deteriorating'
An Iraq Study Group mandated by Congress on Wednesday called for a new United States strategy in Iraq, calling for broader diplomatic efforts, more emphasis on training of Iraqi troops and withdrawing combat troops by as early as 2008.
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'Christmas is Not Your Birthday,' Web Campaign Reminds Readers
Unless you are Jimmy Buffett, Sissy Spacek or Karl Rove, Dec. 25 is probably not your birthday, but it's no secret to anyone that consumerism is rife this time of year.
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Graphic Novels New Battlefield in 'Library Wars' (updated)
Graphic novels, which use comic-book like graphics and dialogue balloons to address sometimes adult themes, are the latest front in what has been called the library wars.
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SBC Leader Says Fighting Over Baptist Colleges a Waste of Time
A pioneer in the movement to move Southern Baptist seminaries sharply to the right two decades ago says conservatives shouldn't fight moderate colleges that want to leave the Baptist fold.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Claim Ties to Council on Foreign Relations
Two prominent Southern Baptists recently boasted about being selected for membership in a prestigious New York-based think tank that conspiracy theorists such as Pat Robertson view as a secret society plotting a one-world government and global economy including the United States.
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Carson-Newman Trustees Hold 'Listening Sessions' on President
Carson-Newman College trustees this week are hearing firsthand complaints of faculty members who want them to fire President James Netherton.
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Church Affirms Public Schools
Observing perceptions that Southern Baptists are of two minds about public education--both critical--a former Southern Baptist Convention church in Virginia sent a message to its local educators that some Baptists still appreciate their public schools.
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Blogger Denounces Execution of Saddam Hussein
A Baptist blogger and peace activist says Christians should speak out against the execution of condemned former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
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Conference Urges Reconciliation Between 'Messianic,' Palestinian Christians
An international gathering of Christian leaders at a Baptist seminary in the Czech Republic explored ways for Israeli and Palestinian believers to build bridges between their communities.
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Georgia Baptist Legislator Seeks Constitutional Amendment to Require Voter IDs
After twice sponsoring laws requiring picture IDs in order to vote only to have them ruled unconstitutional by courts, a Georgia lawmaker with moderate Baptist ties now wants to amend the state's constitution to stop judges from thwarting the will of the state Legislature.
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Second State Baptist Group Ponders Wal-Mart Boycott
The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention joined Missouri Baptists in setting the stage for a possible boycott of Wal-Mart over policies friendly toward gays.
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Pastor Reportedly Settles Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Abuse of Minor
A Baptist pastor in Texas will apparently remain in the pulpit after reportedly settling a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse of a minor.
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Rick Warren Criticized for Comments Quoted in Syrian Press
Southern Baptist mega-church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren disputed reports in Arab media that he praised Syria and took sides against U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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Baptists Build Bridges Between Muslims, Christians in Lebanon
Arab and American Christians have a role in improving relations between the Muslim world and the United States, say Baptist leaders on both sides.
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Americans View Iraq as Nation's Biggest Problem
More than one third of Americans say the situation in Iraq is the most important problem facing the country, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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North Carolina Baptists Vote to Exclude Gays
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina adopted one of the strongest anti-gay policies of an American church body, authorizing leaders to investigate credible reports that individual churches act to endorse or affirm homosexuals.
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Support for Israel, Concern Over Iran, Galvanize Evangelical Vote
Support for Israel and reports that Iran is pushing for nuclear weapons have galvanized conservative Christians into a political force that will be hard to ignore.
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Dakota Southern Baptists Target Education in Resolution
Southern Baptists in North and South Dakota passed a resolution decrying teaching contrary to "traditional Judeo-Christian values" in public schools and encouraged churches to aid parents in choosing educational alternatives that ensure their children's "physical, moral, emotional and spiritual development."
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Book Breaks Down Evangelical Right for 'Sinners'
Though he is an avowed agnostic, author Robert Lanham was having second thoughts in an e-mail interview following last week's mid-term elections.
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BWA Head Says Churches Need 'Prophetic Pioneers'
Jesus' command to his followers to be salt and light requires presence, perseverance and paying heed to "prophetic pioneers," the president of the Baptist World Alliance said at a September Micah Challenge Conference in Chang Mai, Thailand.
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Dark-Horse Democrat Touts 'Family Values' in N.C. House Race
Following a commitment service challenging members at First Baptist Church in Biscoe, N.C., to make a difference in the world, Larry Kissell came to his pastor and said, "I think I'm going to run for Congress."
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SNAP Urges Texas Baptists to Disclose List of Sexual Predators
A group known for challenging the Roman Catholic hierarchy over sexual abuse by priests called this week on the Baptist General Convention of Texas to disclose names held in a confidential file of ministers suspected of child sex abuse.
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Tennessee Baptist Leader Denies Recommending Belmont Charter Change
Tennessee Baptist Convention leaders categorically denied allegations reported by EthicsDaily.com that Executive Director James Porch was behind Belmont University's decision to file an amended charter authorizing self-perpetuating trustees prior to the TBC annual meeting in 2005, rather than waiting for convention approval.
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Stem Cell Research Emerges as Wedge Issue--for Democrats
Exit polls suggested scandals, the war in Iraq and dissatisfaction with President Bush drove voters toward Democrats in mid-term elections, but stem cell research cropped up as a sleeper issue in several key races.
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Preachers' Wives 'Let Themselves Go,' Pastor Comments on Haggard Fall
Former National Evangelicals Association leader Ted Haggard's admission of sexual immorality has many people wondering, "Why?" But one of the most surprising suggestions came from a leader in the "emergent" church.
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State Ballot Initiatives Take on Social Issues
Voters in South Dakota turned down a ban on abortion that was intended to force the U.S. Supreme Court to reopen a landmark 1973 ruling that established a woman's right to choose, Missourians narrowly passed a constitutional amendment protecting embryonic stem cell research, while Arizona became the first state to reject a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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Court Filing Says Tennessee Baptist Exec Recommended Belmont Charter Change
Belmont University filed an amended charter allowing it to elect its own trustees four days in advance of the 2005 Tennessee Baptist Convention because the convention's executive director told it to, according to a court document filed last week.
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Huckabee Wins Endorsements of Past SBC President, Seminary Head
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has picked up endorsements of two influential leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Religious Right, White House Seek Distance from Haggard Scandal
Religious Right leaders and the White House distanced themselves from fallen leader Ted Haggard, touted last year by a national magazine as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals because of his access to the Bush administration.
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Report Alleges Cover-Up of Pedophile by Baptist Church
A TV station in Jacksonville, Fla., reports that leaders in a prominent Baptist church in the city knew for years their former pastor was a pedophile, but covered it up for fear public knowledge would harm the church's ministry, shipping the minister to Germany where he served 10 years as a missionary, possibly with access to other children.
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Missouri Baptists Protest Wal-Mart's Outreach to Gays, Hint at Boycott
The Missouri Baptist Convention passed a resolution Wednesday protesting "pro-homosexual" policies by Wal-Mart and urging the state's Baptists to "exercise moral stewardship" in where they shop, a phrase leaders characterized as "moral code" warning of a potential boycott.
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Evangelical Support for War Slipping
Evangelical support for the war in Iraq has slipped sharply in the last month, according to a recent survey.
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Missouri Baptist Leader Warns Muslims Want to Take Over America
A Southern Baptist leader in Missouri believes Muslims are plotting to take over the United States, according to a newspaper report of the opening session of the Missouri Baptist Convention.
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BGCT Probe Finds Evidence of Misspent Funds
Three church planters received $1.3 million between 1999 and 2005 from the Baptist General Convention of Texas to start 258 churches in the Rio Grande Valley, only five of which appear to remain active, according to a five-month investigation into use of church funds unveiled Tuesday.
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Falwell Terms Clergy Sex-Abuse Case 'Bump in the Road'
Jerry Falwell called high-profile allegations that a former pastor of a prominent independent Baptist church molested and raped numerous children over the course of decades a "bump in the road."
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BGCT Head Pledges Accountability in Possible Funding Scandal
The chief executive of the Baptist General Convention of Texas promised to hold accountable any parties accused of wrongdoing in an internal probe of possible misuse of church-starting funds scheduled to be unveiled to convention leaders Tuesday.
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Compassion, Justice, Needed to Fight Poverty, Ethicists Say
While Christians can do much to fight global poverty through compassionate ministries of relief and development, ethicists agree the long-term solution is economic justice.
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BGCT Officials Step Down Amid Spending Probe
Two Baptist General Convention of Texas staff members have stepped down following a five-month investigation into possible misuse of funds.
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Supporters of BGCT Leadership Launching Blog
A group of Texas pastors plans to launch a Web log next week defending current leaders of the Baptist General Convention of Texas accused in an existing blog of mismanagement.
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Seminary Professor Extols 'Violence of God'
Christians should not return evil for evil, because they can rely on the "violence of God" to exact justice on Judgment Day, a Southern Baptist seminary professor and administrator said in a recent chapel service.
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SBC Officer Supports Exodus from Public Schools
The second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention is a strong supporter of a movement to urge parents to pull their children out of public schools in favor of homeschooling or private Christian schools.
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Evangelist Says Hastert Broke Promise to Resign
An eccentric and controversial evangelist has claimed that House Speaker Dennis Hastert broke a promise to resign within seven days after they met and prayed together Oct. 10 at the speaker's home.
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SBC Officer Decries Appointment of 'Sodomite' AIDS Ambassador
A Southern Baptist Convention official criticized the White House for putting an openly gay physician in charge of the United States policy to combat global AIDS.
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'Exit Strategy' Resolutions Submitted to Record Number of State Conventions
Resolutions calling for an "exit strategy" from public schools will be submitted at every state and regional convention in the continental United States this fall, advocates of the "exodus" movement announced Wednesday.
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Finding Common Ground With Catholics, Southern Baptist Leaders Question Contraception
An unofficial dialogue between conservative Catholics and evangelicals has issued a new paper outlining consensus on building a "culture of life." In addition to the usual fare of opposing abortion, assisted suicide and stem-cell research that destroys human embryos it encourages evangelicals to rethink conventional wisdom regarding birth control.
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Fighting Global Poverty Goes Beyond Relief, Experts Say
There's an immediate satisfaction in knowing you've helped a poor person in a crisis, said a Baptist ethicist, but nobody can do that every day.
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Nashville Rally Motivates 'Values Voters'
Speakers including Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said Monday that scandals in Washington should not suppress "values voters" from going to the polls Nov. 7.
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Former SBC Missionary Speaks Out for Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse
In 1995 Dee Ann Miller wrote a column for "Baptists Today" offering 16 concrete suggestions about how Baptists could better cope with problems of sexual abuse and misconduct by ministers.
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Former Senator Decries in Interview Use of 'Wedge Issues' by Christian Right
The use of "wedge issues" by the Christian right to create a politics of polarization may win elections but does nothing to solve the nation's problems, says former U.S. Senator John Danforth. Danforth, an ordained Episcopal priest, also doesn't view it as particularly Christian.
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Tell-All Book Claims Religious Right Duped by Republicans
The former deputy director of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives says in a new book the office was essentially a tax-payer funded political campaign for Republicans, and the White House used evangelical Christians for their votes, while giving them nothing in return.
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Texas Pastor Honored for Support of Public Schools
A Houston school district recently honored a Baptist pastor in large part for his support of a pastoral letter supporting public education issued this spring by the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Clergy Sex-Abuse Activist Awaits Response from SBC
Two weeks have passed since Christa Brown and two other survivors of clergy sex abuse hand-delivered a letter to Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., asking leaders to set up an independent panel to address the problem of sexual abuse by clergy.
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'Foleygate' Divides Republicans
The Mark Foley affair threatens an unholy alliance between the Religious Right and gay Republicans that helped re-elect President Bush in 2004.
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Study Links Theology, Domestic Abuse
Bad theology concerning the roles of men and women may contribute to domestic abuse, says a new study by the Church of England.
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Activists Protest Court's Upholding of Germany's Ban on Homeschooling
Homeschool activists are raising alarm about a controversy in Germany involving church, state and school they fear could have long-term repercussions affecting parents' rights to educate their children in the United States.
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Religious Right Muted in Criticism of Foley
Criticism of disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley has been muted from the Religious Right, amid concern the scandal might hinder recent efforts to get out the Christian vote for Republican candidates in midterm elections Nov. 7.
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Relief First Line of Battle Against Global Poverty
For many Baptists, the front line of attacking global poverty is rapid response to natural and manmade disasters.
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Tennessee Baptists Sue Belmont
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has sued Belmont University under a 1951 agreement that the school would return gifts from the TBC--an estimated $58 million to date--should the state's Baptists ever lose the right to elect Belmont's board of trustees.
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American Baptist Leaders Propose Sale of Headquarters
American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.'s General Board will vote in November on a recommendation to sell the denomination's headquarters building in Valley Forge, Pa.
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Faithful Democrats Protest Alleged Cover-Up for Congressman
A Web-based campaign started last month to organize Christian Democratic voters on Monday issued an open letter of moral outrage over reports that GOP leaders knew former Rep. Mark Foley (F-Fla.) sent sexually explicit e-mails to underage House pages but did nothing to stop him.
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SBC Spokesman Responds to Call to Fight Sexual Abuse
A Southern Baptist Convention spokesman suggested leaders are willing to discuss a proposal by a group that drew attention to sexual abuse by Catholic clergy to make the issue a higher priority in America's largest Protestant, and second largest overall, denomination.
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Seminary Speaker Advocates Christian Rule
A recent speaker at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary said Christians have a responsibility not just to preach the kingdom of God, but to impose Christian principles upon culture.
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Advocate Says Baptists Slow to Confront Problem of Clergy Sex Abuse
When former Southern Baptist Convention president Jerry Vines uttered his infamous remark that Muhammad was a "demon-possessed pedophile," some experienced SBC observers took it as a double-entendre--responding directly to comments following 9/11 that Islam was a peaceful religion, while also alluding to the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal that was making daily headlines in the summer of 2002.
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'Joshua Convergence' Joins SBC Fracas
New battle lines are being drawn in the Southern Baptist Convention, this time between younger conservatives who agree on both biblical inerrancy and need for the "conservative resurgence" against perceived liberalism in the 1980s and 1990s and support the older generation of SBC fundamentalists who carried out the takeover.
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Baptist Foundation of Arizona Executives Sentenced to Prison
Two former Baptist Foundation of Arizona executives were sentenced to prison Friday and ordered to pay $159 million in restitution in a fraud case involving what is thought to be the largest non-profit bankruptcy in the nation's history.
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DVD Urges Baptists to Open Their Hand to the Poor
Christians who feel overwhelmed by the scope of global poverty sometimes seek consolation in Jesus' words in Matthew 26:11, "The poor you will always have with you," while neglecting a commandment that goes hand-in-hand.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Challenged to Get Tough on Sex Abuse by Clergy
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Alleged survivors of clergy sex abuse gathered in front of headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday, calling on the nation's second-largest faith group to take concrete steps to protect children from sexual predators in church.
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