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Appeals Court Rules Against Missouri Baptist Convention, Blasts Its Attorneys
Appeals Court Rules Against Missouri Baptist Convention, Blasts Its Attorneys
By: Brian Kaylor
The latest chapter in a nearly 12-year legal saga among Missouri Baptists ended with a stinging defeat for the Missouri Baptist Convention.
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Conference Center Sues Missouri Baptist Convention
Conference Center Sues Missouri Baptist Convention
Following years of Missouri Baptist Convention losses in its legal battle against Windermere Baptist Conference Center, the center has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the convention.
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Mo. Baptist Convention Leaders Admit to Lawsuit Settlement Kept from Members
Mo. Baptist Convention Leaders Admit to Lawsuit Settlement Kept from Members
Following an EthicsDaily.com exposé, the Missouri Baptist Convention finally admitted to a lawsuit settlement that they failed to report to members after more than eight months of secrecy.
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Missouri Baptist Convention Quietly Settles Lawsuit, Fails to Tell Members
Missouri Baptist Convention Quietly Settles Lawsuit, Fails to Tell Members
Representing another chapter in a long list of legal defeats, the Missouri Baptist Convention quietly settled a lawsuit last year, agreeing to pay $500,000 to a late businessman's estate.
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Patterson, Missouri Leaders Send Mixed Signals on Lawsuits
Patterson, Missouri Leaders Send Mixed Signals on Lawsuits
An SBC seminary head, speaking today at the Missouri Baptist Convention's annual meeting, has publicly condemned Christians suing one another yet privately told MBC leaders they were justified in suing five ministries.
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Missouri Layman: Leaders Infecting SBC with
Missouri Layman: Leaders Infecting SBC with "New Liberalism"
Roger Moran, an influential Missouri Baptist layman, issued a scathing attack against Missouri and Southern Baptist leaders, accusing them of "cultural liberalism." And he serves on the state convention's Peace Committee.
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Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Despite the Missouri Baptist Convention executive director's assertion that money given by churches to sustain ministries and missions efforts has not been tapped to fund lawsuits, the convention's executive committee is proposing exactly that.
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Mo. Convention Uses Mission, Ministry Dollars for Legal Fight
Mo. Convention Uses Mission, Ministry Dollars for Legal Fight
An analysis of the MBC’s audit reports indicates that more than $1.5 million dollars of CP money—given by MBC churches to sustain various ministries and missions efforts—has likely been spent on the legal fight.
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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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Appeals Court Rules Against Mo. Convention
An appeals court ruled against the Missouri Baptist Convention Tuesday in the MBC’s six-year legal battle against five state ministry organizations.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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An Expert on Baptist Polity?
As the Missouri Baptist Convention's lawsuits against five ministries continue in pre-trial stages after more than five years, the state convention recently announced individuals it considers to be experts in Baptist polity. The two individuals are expected to be deposed in the upcoming months.
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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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Missouri Baptist Conflict Complicated by Judicial Ties, Changes
As the Missouri Baptist Convention's lawsuit against five Missouri Baptist ministries neared its fifth anniversary, judicial changes occurred that could impact the outcome of the legal conflict. Two appeals court judges who had ties to the MBC and overturned the 2004 dismissal of the MBC's lawsuit left the bench this summer.
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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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New American Baptist Association in the Works
American Baptists disagreeing with a May vote by a region to sever ties with American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. over homosexuality are scheduled to meet Sept. 30 in an informational gathering in anticipation of forming a new association maintaining full fellowship with the national denomination next year.
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Baptist Press Columnist Berates Public Schools
A Southern Baptist columnist dismissed a recent magazine cover story suggesting that schools are pushing children too hard and too soon toward academic achievement but bashed public education as hostile to Christianity.
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Hillary Would Outdraw Satan, Falwell Says
Conservative evangelical voters fear a President Hillary Clinton more than the devil, Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell said in remarks reported Sunday.
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Change Dividing Southern Baptist Mega-Church
Rick Warren's "Purpose-Driven" church model is being blamed in a developing split in one of the Southern Baptist Convention's most prominent churches.
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Coulter Big Draw at Georgia Christian Coalition
Conservative author and television pundit Ann Coulter helped the Christian Coalition of Georgia raise $150,000 at a weekend fund-raiser, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Judge Strikes Down Georgia Voter ID Law
An Atlanta judge on Tuesday struck down the latest version of Georgia's controversial law requiring voters to show a photo ID, saying it violates the state constitution.
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Executive Committee Recommends Tighter Financial Controls
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee on Tuesday called on trustees of all SBC entities to exercise "fiscal responsibility" in setting compensation for top executives, while proposing sweeping policy revisions concerning financial reporting, executive perks and conflict of interest.
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Study Faults Bible Classes in Public Schools
A majority of Bible classes taught in Texas public high schools lack safeguards to protect the separation of church and state, according to a study by the Texas Freedom Network.
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SBC Needs Revival, President Says
Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page told denominational leaders Monday night the nation's second-largest faith group needs God's help to solve its problems.
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Censored Preacher Calls for Official Position on Speaking in Tongues
A pastor whose Aug. 29 chapel sermon was partially censored by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is calling on the Southern Baptist Convention to add a statement concerning speaking in tongues to its articles of faith.
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SBC Losing Relevancy, President Warns
Having won the "battle for the Bible" in the last two decades, the Southern Baptist Convention now risks losing a battle for cultural relevancy, the president of America's largest Protestant denomination said last week.
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Smyth & Helwys Owner Host to GOP Rally
Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton, president and CEO of Smyth & Helwys--the curriculum provider and book publisher of choice for theologically moderate southern Baptists--was host for a show of unity by Republican candidates running for office this fall Sept. 9 on the lawn of Smyth & Helwys offices in Macon, Ga.
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Muslim Leader Says Preacher Misunderstands Islam
An American Muslim leader said evangelical preachers would do well to learn about Islam before denouncing it from their pulpits.
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Seminary Sermon Blasts Islam, Praises Israel
A week after refusing post a sermon on its Web site containing remarks about speaking in tongues the administration viewed as theologically suspect, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary gave its blessing to a Sept. 6 speaker who described Islam as a religion of violence and urged unqualified support for Israel.
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Preachers View Middle East Conflict Through Lens of Bible Prophecy
"Is this the beginning of World War III?" queries the cover story in the September issue of Jerry Falwell's "National Liberty Journal."
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Seminary Bites Back on Dispute Over Speaking in Tongues
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary took exception to a newspaper's reference to his decision to censor a chapel sermon that included a reference to speaking on tongues as a "rebuke" of a seminary trustee.
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'Exodus' Movement Profiled by AP
An Associated Press story last week profiled a movement among evangelical Christians to convince parents to withdraw their children from public schools.
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Former Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trustee Pleads Guilty
A sixth defendant in the Baptist Foundation of Arizona criminal trial pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices.
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Baptist Clergy Join Fight Against Global Poverty
The Baptist Center for Ethics has released a pastoral letter calling on Baptist clergy to support an international Christian campaign asking world leaders to keep their promises to reduce global poverty by half.
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People in Pew Oppose Women Pastors, Seminary President Says
A Southern Baptist leader who criticized moderate Baptists for not walking their talk about women's ordination says a news story about the "stained-glass ceiling" that blocks women from advancing in larger liberal churches proves his point.
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Baptists 'Overgrazing the Flock,' Study Says
Add another notch to the Bible Belt. Religion can be good for your soul but bad for your waistline, especially if you're a southern Baptist, a recent study suggests.
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Labor Day Study Says American Dream Fading for Workers
Workers feel the American Dream is slipping away, according to a Labor Day survey commissioned by unions.
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'Exit Strategy' Resolutions Headed for Baptist State Conventions
Southern Baptist homeschool advocates are seeking to have resolutions calling for an "exit strategy" from public schools introduced at all 43 state and regional Baptist convention meetings this fall.
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'20/20' Re-Airing Controversial Program Critical of Public Schools
Homeschool leaders commended ABC's decision to re-air "Stupid in America," a "20/20" special from January that teacher unions called yellow journalism, Friday night.
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Bloggers Accuse Seminary of Censorship
Bloggers roundly criticized Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's decision to limit Internet access to Tuesday's chapel service, the latest salvo in on ongoing debate over openness and dissent in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Seminary Pulls Plug on Webcast of Chapel Sermon
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary declined to archive a Webcast of Tuesday's chapel service, after a prominent black Southern Baptist pastor and seminary trustee reportedly said he uses a "private prayer language," a form of speaking in tongues forbidden for Southern Baptist missionary candidates.
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Arab Baptist Scholar Warns Against Political Bias in Reading Scripture
An Arab Baptist scholar told collegians in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday the 1948 establishment of Israel is "theologically insignificant" if the Bible is read from a Christ-centered, rather than a political and American fundamentalist, perspective.
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Mohler Says Bible Clear on Women's Roles
A Southern Baptist theologian says debate over women in ministry is not a matter of biblical interpretation, but rather of obedience to God's word.
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'Haystack' Prayer Meeting Launched U.S. Mission Movement
A number of celebrations from various theological perspectives are planned this fall around the 200th anniversary of a student-led prayer meeting that marked the beginning of America's foreign missionary movement.
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Earth Escapes Aug. 22 Doomsday Scare
If you're reading this you can breathe a sigh of relief. It means the world didn't end Aug. 22, as a number of conservative Web sites have speculated the last couple of weeks it might.
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Baptists Abandon Legacy of Church/State Separation, Author Says
Baptists today have largely abandoned a noble tradition of the separation of church and state in part because they have forgotten what it is like to be a religious minority, says the author of a new book critical of America's Religious Right.
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Sunday School Teacher's Dismissal Part of Church Fight
A small-town Baptist church fight snowballed into an international news story after deacons fired an 81-year-old woman as a Sunday school teacher, purportedly because of her gender.
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Southern Baptist Leader Questions Moderates' Credibility on Women's Ordination
A Southern Baptist seminary president says a new study about women in ministry raises questions about the credibility of moderates who claim women's ordination is a wedge issue separating them from fundamentalists in charge of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Magazine Starts Blog Critical of Public Schools
At a time of the year when many parents are beginning to send their children back to school, homeschool mother Gena Suarez is doing all she can to convince parents to keep them at home.
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Pat Robertson Laments Cease Fire
Five days after praying with Israel's prime minister for Hezbollah's defeat, American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson on Monday declared that a U.N.-brokered cease fire rendered the bloody month-long conflict worthless.
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CBF Cries Foul Over Baptist Press Reporting
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship cried foul over two news stories in Baptist Press questioning the way the moderate breakaway group counts churches and criticizing CBF-supported theology schools.
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Religious Right Sets Focus on GOP Control of Congress
Two years after receiving credit for energizing a voting bloc important to the re-election of President George W. Bush, leaders of the Religious Right are now turning attention to helping Republicans retain control of Congress.
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'Mildly Pro-Choice' View Notwithstanding, SBC Leaders Embrace Condi Rice
A Southern Baptist Convention publication's interview with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice includes discussion of administration policies promoting a "culture of life" but avoids mention of her own position on abortion, which she has in the past described as "mildly pro-choice."
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Franklin Graham Bashes 'Godless' Schools
A Kentucky educator criticized evangelist Franklin Graham for bashing public schools in a letter promoting a program aimed at equipping youth to share their faith.
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Homeschooling Proponent Sends 'Message' to SBC President
A leading Southern Baptist advocate of homeschooling urged a growing network to "send a clear message" to the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention that the homeschooling community "exists and is watching."
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SBC Leader President Says Bible Doesn't Demand Total Abstinence from Alcohol
A seminary president said there is nothing new or surprising about a recently passed Southern Baptist Convention resolution opposing the sale or use of beverage alcohol, but he doesn't believe the Bible teaches that all drinking is a sin.
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SBC President Hopes More Churches Will Start Christian Schools
The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention said he is disturbed that many teenagers are leaving church once they graduate from high school and that churches need to find ways to connect with the younger generation.
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Pastors Propose Responding to Bombs with Bibles
A group of Southern Baptist pastors are urging churches to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11 by taking an offering to pay for smuggling Bibles into the Muslim world.
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Texas CLC Elects First Woman Director
The first woman to lead Texas Baptists' moral-concerns agency says her election is both historic and ironic.
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SBC President Unclear on Why His Views on Women in Ministry Changed
Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page confirmed he has changed his mind about women in ministry, but said he doesn't recall when or why.
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'Left Behind?: The Facts Behind the Fiction'
Many Bible-believing Christians worried "The DaVinci Code" would blur the line between fiction and what the Bible says about the life of Jesus. But a new book says millions of evangelicals are buying a marginal and fairly recent theology behind the "Left Behind" novels as if it were gospel truth.
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Wal-Mart Critics Launch Bus Tour
A union-backed campaign pushing for labor reform in the world's largest retailer is launching cross-country bus tour themed "Change Wal-Mart, Change America."
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Seminary Head Calls Mideast Conflict War Against God
A Baptist minister often critical of Islam said Sunday the current Mideast conflict "is a war against the God of Israel."
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Jewish Leader Calls Mel Gibson Anti-Semite
An American Jewish leader said Sunday he hoped Mel Gibson's alleged anti-Semitic remarks during a drunk-driving arrest early Friday would help Hollywood realize "the bigot in their midst" and distance themselves from the director of "The Passion of the Christ."
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Author Accuses Democrats of Faking Faith to Win Votes
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter accused Democrats of faking belief in God to win votes and claimed response to her most recent book proves that liberals admit they are godless.
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Seminary President Says He Also Changed Mind on Women Pastors
Frank Page isn't the only Southern Baptist Convention leader to change his mind about women in ministry.
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Baptist Foundation Officials Found Guilty of Fraud
Two former executives of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona were convicted Monday on three counts of fraudulent schemes and one count of conducting an illegal enterprise. But a jury found them innocent on 23 counts of theft, saying they didn't intend to steal from investors but got in over their heads and tried to cover it up.
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SBC President Once Endorsed Women's Ordination
The Southern Baptist Convention's new president says he agrees with the denomination's six-year-old statement that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, but his 1980 doctoral dissertation put forth a different view.
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Study Questions Private School Advantage
Students in public schools performed nearly as well as those in private schools, while eighth graders in conservative Christian schools were actually behind their public school counterparts in math, according to a new study.
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Southern Baptist Group Promotes Christian Schooling
An organization promoting Christian schooling among Southern Baptists has a new program to help pastors and church leaders organize a viable alternative to public schools.
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Baptist Peacemaking Group Condemns Violence in Middle East
A Baptist peacemaking group on Friday called on both sides of mounting tensions in the Middle East to back down from the brink of war and to negotiate toward a peaceful resolution.
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Blogger Shines Light on Baptist 'ValleyGate'
David Montoya made a name for himself in the 1980s for secretly tape recording a private meeting to expose a fundamentalist political machine intent on influencing the election of a Baptist state convention president in Arkansas.
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Comment at BCE Luncheon Prompts Response
A throwaway line at last month's Baptist Center for Ethics 15th anniversary luncheon earned the attention of Fox News and rebuttal on a conservative Web site.
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Baptist Peace Fellowship Director Resigns
Gary Percesepe is leaving after two years as coordinating director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America to become dean of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity at Defiance College.
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Sexual Politics Mar Meeting of Teacher Union
The American Family Association is reporting that the National Education Association has voted to endorse gay marriage, while officials with the teacher union maintain the group has no position on the subject and accuse the religious right of trying to create unrest within the 2.8-million-member NEA.
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HealthSouth CEO Turned Evangelist Convicted of Bribery
More than a year after he was acquitted on charges of accounting fraud, former HealthSouth CEO turned religious broadcaster Richard Scrushy was convicted last week of a bribery scheme along with a former governor of Alabama.
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Lawsuit Says Jewish Family Left Town Because Schools Promote Christianity
A Delaware school district is reportedly being sued by its insurance company, which no longer wants to pay legal bills for a lawsuit over school prayer that the district refused to settle.
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Georgia Voter ID Bill Passed in Time for Primary
Georgia's Republican-controlled state election board has decided to require voters to present government-issued ID cards in order to cast ballots in primary elections only weeks away.
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Jurors Granted Recess in Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trial
Jurors in the Baptist Foundation of Arizona fraud trial are on a two-week break, following a week of deliberations in the longest and most expensive criminal trial in Arizona history.
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Congress Spars Over Plight of Palestinian Christians
A battle is being waged in Congress over the plight of Palestinian Christians and who is to blame--the Palestinian Authority or Israel.
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American Baptists Respond to Region's Withdrawal
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. has changed its standing rules to accommodate churches of the former Pacific Southwest region that want to remain American Baptist despite their region's vote to leave the national denomination over homosexuality.
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Professor Challenges 'Free and Faithful' Baptists to Reclaim Ethics Heritage
ATLANTA--A Baptist professor urged theology schools supported by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to move quickly to build "a 21st century ethic that is shaped by free and faithful Baptists," saying Baptists are in danger of losing a rich tradition of social consciousness that produced Nobel Peace Prize winners Martin Luther King and Jimmy Carter.
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Senate Report Links Ralph Reed to Abramoff, Indian Gambling Interests
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff paid former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed more than $5.3 million from money Abramoff charged Indian tribes to fight measures that would have cut into their gambling profits, according to a Senate report released Thursday.
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American Baptist Board Divests from Sudan
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. National Ministries has voted to divest its Common Investment Fund of corporations doing business in Sudan.
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Documentary set in Nazi Era Relevant for Church Today, Panelists, Viewers Agree
After viewing a documentary film about Christian acquiescence to and support for Nazi Germany in the 1930s, an audience member noted a startling parallel.
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Magazine Says White House Carried Out 'Secret Campaign' to Deny Global Warming
"Rolling Stone" magazine has published a 5,000-word investigative story accusing the Bush administration of carrying out a "secret campaign" to deny global warming aimed at misleading the public and to forestall any mandatory limits on polluters.
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NCC Head Urges Christian Unity Around Teachings of Jesus
The head of America's leading ecumenical group said Christians can learn to live together around values that Jesus taught: peace, poverty, respect for Planet Earth, people's rights and commitment to pluralism.
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Women Ministers Make Gains in Baptist Life, But Have Far to Go, Report Says
More women are serving as Baptist pastors and co-pastors than at any time in history, but statistically the vast majority of even progressive churches have not yet opened their pulpits to females, according to an inaugural "State of Women in Baptist Life" report unveiled Wednesday by Baptist Women in Ministry.
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Baptist Congressman Can't Name Ten Commandments
A Baptist Congressman who wants to require displaying the Ten Commandments in the U.S. Capitol couldn't name them when put on the spot by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.
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Leaders Laud Robert Parham on 15 Years Leadership of BCE
Thursday's celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Baptist Center for Ethics is also a milestone for its founder and executive director, Robert Parham.
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CBF Appointment Service Represents 'Paradigm Shift' in Missions
For the first time, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship isn't appointing any new career missionaries this year. Nineteen new field personnel are scheduled to be commissioned at the close of this week's CBF General Assembly in Atlanta.
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Trial Nears End for Baptist Foundation of Arizona Execs
Arizona's assistant attorney general said Monday in closing arguments that neither defendant in the 10-month Baptist Foundation of Arizona fraud trial committed their crime for money.
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Churches Toll Bells to Remember War Dead
Thousands of American churches will ring their bells next weekend to mark a mournful milestone. The Pentagon announced June 15 that the 2,500th U.S. military volunteer had died in Iraq.
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School Reform Won't Work, Author of Failed SBC Resolution Contends
A Southern Baptist Convention resolution urging reform of public education by calling for church members to run for school boards might have been an effective strategy for changing schools in 1906, but not 2006, says a leader in a movement advocating an exit strategy from government schools.
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BCE Director Predicts SBC Isn't Going to Change
Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics downplayed expectations that election of a dark-horse presidential candidate and declining to consider a resolution calling for a strategy to exit public school signals the Southern Baptist Convention is moderating Friday on public radio.
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Southern Baptists Plot Takeover of Public Schools, Observer Says
Failure to report a Southern Baptist Convention resolution calling for an exit strategy from public schools is not an affirmation of public education, but rather a strategic shift aimed at controlling the school system instead of withdrawing, according to a moderate leader.
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'Family Integrated Church' Centered in Home
Homeschooling parents often discuss the importance of having a strong support network at church. That isn't a problem at Grace Community Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Magnolia, Texas. All the families homeschool.
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'Exit Strategy' Proponents Optimistic Despite Setback
Southern Baptist homeschooling and Christian-school advocates remained optimistic despite failure of a resolution calling for an exit strategy from public schools to make it out of committee.
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Southern Baptists Oppose Use of Alcohol
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution declaring "total opposition" to the manufacturing, advertising, distributing and drinking of alcoholic beverages.
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SBC Refers IMB Investigation to Agency's Trustees
The Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday evening turned down a request by an International Mission Board trustee for an outside investigation to determine sources of controversy dividing IMB trustees.
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'Irenic Conservative' Wins 3-Way Race for SBC President
Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page termed Tuesday's first-ballot election in a three-way race "a defining moment" in the denomination, marked by appreciation for the past but emphasizing broadened involvement and stronger Cooperative Program support in the future.
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Defense Rests in Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trial
Nearly nine months of testimony ended Friday in the trial of two former Baptist Foundation of Arizona officials on trial for felony fraud, when the defense rested its case.
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SBC Declines to Re-Visit WMU Auxiliary Status
Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention rejected a proposal to invite Woman's Missionary Union to surrender its auxiliary status and submit to convention control.
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Pastor Alleges Interference Into IMB Affairs
GREENSBORO, N.C.--A Texas pastor has offered to produce evidence of efforts to collect information on political enemies if the Southern Baptist Convention decides this week to investigate causes of controversy that has beset the International Mission Board.
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Tiptoeing Through the TULIP: Southern Baptists Divided Over Calvinism
Many observers predict next week's Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C., will be the most contentious meeting in 15 years. While controversies about doctrinal parameters, alleged mismanagement, principled dissent and presidential politics grab headlines, an even more divisive debate lurks beneath the surface.
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Support Builds for Southern Baptist 'Exit Strategy' from Schools
A second member of the Southern Baptist Convention resolutions committee is on record as agreeing there needs to be an "exit strategy" from public schools.
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Father of Marine Sues Church Group for Funeral Protest
The father of a 20-year-old Marine killed March 3 in Iraq has sued members of a Kansas Baptist church that picketed his son's funeral carrying signs with messages including "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and the "Pope is in Hell."
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Land, Dobson Cite 'Homosexual Propaganda' in Schools
The head of Southern Baptists' public-policy arm called teaching about homosexuality in public schools "societal child abuse" and said failure to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage would be "a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions for children" in a Monday radio broadcast.
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State Rests in Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trial
Prosecutors rested their case against two former Baptist Foundation of Arizona officials on trial for felony charges last Wednesday. The trial resumes Tuesday, when lawyers for William Pierre Crotts and Thomas Dale Grabinski begin their defense.
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Blogging Trustee Seeks Investigation of IMB Controversy
A trustee accused of sowing discord by blogging about disagreement with new International Mission Board policies on baptism and private prayer language and caucusing by fellow trustees opposed to the agency's president is calling for an outside investigation into the conflict.
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Kentucky Debates Religious Dates in Classroom
Critics of plans by Kentucky's school board to add secular references B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Area) to historical dating in social studies textbooks appealed at a public hearing for reversal of the decision and continuing to use only B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, Latin for "year of our Lord").
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Baptist Doctors Treat Earthquake Victims
Hungarian doctors and paramedics from Baptist World Aid operated on and treated patients one day after Saturday's 6.7 Richter scale earthquake in Indonesia.
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BCE to Sponsor 'Theologians Under Hitler' Screening at CBF General Assembly
The Baptist Center for Ethics is sponsoring a screening and discussion of "Theologians Under Hitler,"--a film that documents how three of the most prominent German theologians in the 1930s capitulated to and helped promote Nazi ideology--in a workshop at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly June 23 in Atlanta.
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Committee Member Supports 'Exit Strategy' Resolution
A member of the Southern Baptist Convention resolutions committee says he believes the convention ought to consider a resolution calling for an exit strategy from public schools.
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Baptists Respond to Indonesian Quake
Baptist World Aid sent an initial $20,000 grant for immediate relief of people suffering from Saturday's earthquake in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, as aid started to trickle into the island of Java, where more than 5,000 were killed and tens of thousands are left homeless.
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Bush Says He Regrets Tough Talk on Iraq
On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, President Bush on Thursday said he regrets using tough talk in the early stages of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Baptist Leader Vouches for Convicted Enron Head
A Houston jury on Thursday convicted Enron Corp.'s founder Ken Lay of conspiracy and fraud, despite testimony by prominent minister and former Southern Baptist Convention president Ed Young, who vouched for him as a character witness.
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Scientists Tell Baptists Earth is 6,000 Years Old
Nearly 1,000 Virginia Baptists gathered last Saturday for a day-long conference aimed a proving the Earth was created by God and is about 6,000 years old.
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Marriage Amendment Smells 'Of Salem,' Baptist Opponent Says
The federal Marriage Protection Amendment is "misguided, prejudicial and unwarranted" legislation that "has the smell and feel of Salem," a Baptist ethicist said in a Washington press conference on Monday.
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Baptist Center for Ethics Celebrates 15 Years
Formed to fill a void in practical and positive ethics resources for churches, the Baptist Center for Ethics celebrates 15 years of ministry this summer.
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Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising in Magazines Declines
Young people were exposed to 31 percent less alcohol advertising in magazines in 2004 than in 2001, but still are exposed on average to more advertising of beer, hard liquor and flavored malt beverages than adults of legal drinking age, according to a recent study.
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Book Alleges Conspiracy in Public Schools
While many Christians are preoccupied with debunking conspiracy theories in "The Da Vinci Code," a recent book says a real conspiracy is taking place in America's public schools.
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House Speaker Says Middle Class Doesn't Pay Taxes
Democrats criticized last week's claim by House Speaker Dennis Hastert that families with two children earning $40,000 a year don't pay taxes.
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Debate Grows Over SBC Presidential Nominee
Presidents of three Southern Baptist Convention seminaries circled the wagons around Ronnie Floyd, the only announced candidate so far for SBC president, amid growing demand for a challenger from outside the denominational establishment.
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Newspaper Columnist Endorses Pro-Public Education Letter
A columnist in Kentucky's largest newspaper has endorsed a Baptist Center for Ethics pastoral letter urging support for public schools.
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'Anti-Christian Culture' No. 1 Issue in LifeWay Survey
"Anti-Christian culture" topped a list of the 10 most important issues facing today's families in an Internet survey by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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Belmont Dispute Part of Realigning of Baptist Higher Education
A leadership dispute between the Tennessee Baptist Convention and Belmont University--likely headed to court after Tennessee Baptists refused a settlement offered by university trustees at a special convention session last week--is the latest chapter in a long story about realignment of Southern Baptist higher education.
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Shooting of Chicago Teen on City Bus Prompts Debate Over Gun Control
African-American clergy on Monday boarded a Chicago Transit Authority bus for a symbolic ride calling for stricter gun laws and more community presence on local buses and streets. Later, hundreds of students walked out of a south side high school to honor a classmate shot and killed on the same bus route last week and to demand safer conditions.
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McCain Mends Fences With Falwell
Sen. John McCain called for greater respect amid political differences in a symbolic commencement address Saturday at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.
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Pastor Arrested on Charges of Paddling Girl
A Chicago-area Baptist pastor faces misdemeanor charges of battery for allegedly spanking a 12-year-old girl with a piece of wood.
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Half of Public School Teachers Quit Within Five Years
Nearly half of new public school teachers leave the profession within five years, most often because of poor working conditions or low pay, according to a recent study by the National Education Association.
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Dean Misstates, Then Corrects, Democrats' Stance on Gay Marriage
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean misstated the party's platform on gay marriage in an interview with CBN News, prompting backlash from a gay-rights group.
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Iran's President Asks Bush What Jesus Would Do
In the first formal communication between the two nations in 27 years, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote a letter to President Bush challenging U.S. policies as contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
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201 Baptist Ministers Sign Letter Supporting Public Education
More than 200 signatures are on a Baptist Center for Ethics pastoral letter supporting public education issued three weeks ago.
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Seminaries Endorse 'Kingdom Education' Summit
Two of the six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries have joined as sponsors of a "Kingdom Education Summit" during next month's SBC annual meeting, and a top administrator at one will speak, the meeting's organizer announced Wednesday.
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Public School Criticized for Sponsoring Creationist Lecturer
A public school district in Missouri refused to change plans to sponsor Monday's high school lecture and visit to a middle school by a creationist lecturer despite warnings by a church-state watchdog group that it violated the Constitution.
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Tennessee Baptists Reject Settlement with Belmont
The Tennessee Baptist Convention on Tuesday authorized a special committee to use any means necessary, including a lawsuit, to resolve a leadership dispute with Belmont University.
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Arkansas Pastor to Be Nominated for SBC President
Northwest Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention next month in Greensboro, N.C.
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Military Bill Would Allow Chaplains to Pray According to 'Conscience'
Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee last Wednesday approved a military bill that would allow chaplains to pray "according to their own conscience," while rejecting an amendment requiring chaplains to show "sensitivity" toward other faiths.
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Mohler Repeats Call for 'Exit Strategy' From Schools
Southern Baptist seminary president Albert Mohler on Wednesday renewed his call for Christian parents to have an "exit strategy" from public schools.
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Tennessee Baptists Meet to Discuss Belmont
The Tennessee Baptist Convention meets Tuesday in an historic special session to deal with a dispute over trustee selection at Belmont University.
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Rumored SBC Presidential Candidate Says He Isn't Running
A Georgia pastor named at a February Bible conference that has become the traditional forum for announcing the favored candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention told his church April 30 he has declined to be nominated.
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Group Calls for Greater Cooperation Among Southern Baptists, Other Christians
A group of conservative Baptists has issued a statement warning that "narrowing of cooperation through exclusionary theological and political agendas" seriously threatens the unity and mission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Baptist Educators Don't Share Negative View of Profession
Anti-public school resolutions considered the last three years by the Southern Baptist Convention applaud teachers who choose to work in public schools as a Christian witness in a place of darkness. But four Baptist educators contacted by EthicsDaily.com disagree with those who take a dim view of their profession.
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Southern Baptists Discuss Ways to Evangelize Jews
A Southern Baptist Convention mission strategist and an expert in evangelizing Jews are scheduled speakers at this year's meeting of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship.
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Homeschool Advocacy Group Endorses 'Exit Strategy' Resolution
A homeschool advocacy organization with a paid membership in the tens of thousands on Tuesday endorsed a resolution calling for Southern Baptist churches to develop an exit strategy from the nation's public schools.
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American Baptist Region Votes to Leave Denomination
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. moved a step closer to splintering over homosexuality on Saturday, when delegates representing churches of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest voted overwhelmingly to sever formal ties with the denomination.
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Pastor Proposed Resolution Countering Call for 'Exit Strategy' from Schools
A Tennessee pastor is proposing a counter-resolution to one submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention resolutions committee calling for an "exit strategy" from public schools.
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BCE Board Members Preview Baptist-Jewish DVD
Members of the Baptist Center for Ethics' board of directors on Monday previewed a soon-to-be released DVD aimed at improving relations between Baptists and Jews.
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Alliance of Baptists Declares Itself 'Anti-Racist'
The Alliance of Baptists went on record last week declaring itself "a self-consciously anti-racist group."
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'Day Without An Immigrant'
Two Baptists leaders added their voices to endorse today's "Day Without An Immigrant" boycott to demonstrate how vital immigrant workers are to the economy of the United States.
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Homeschooling Network Decries 'Open Hostility' from SBC Bureaucracy
A grassroots network of Southern Baptist homeschooling families, pastors and scholars has endorsed a resolution proposed to the Southern Baptist Convention advocating an "exit strategy" from public schools, while decrying "open hostility" toward the movement from the SBC bureaucracy.
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Theological Education Should Connect With Churches, Seminary President Says
About 25 years ago the typical seminary student was a white male in his 20s, with a working wife putting him through school. Today she is increasingly likely to be female, older and for ministry to be a second career.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Seeks 'Exit Strategy' From Public Schools
A call for Southern Baptists to develop an "exit strategy" from public schools has been submitted to a committee responsible for drafting and recommending resolutions at the 2006 Southern Baptist Convention.
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Historian Says Moderate Baptists Letting Women Pastors Down
Women have come a long way in moderate Baptist ministry in four decades, but groups like the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship need to do far more to match their walk with their talk when it comes to opening pulpits to female pastors, a historian told a state CBF gathering on Saturday.
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Conservative Groups Promote Implementation of SBC Resolution
In direct response to last summer's Southern Baptist Convention resolution decrying homosexual influences in public schools, the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council and other conservative groups have endorsed a "Risk Audit" to help parents and groups decide whether school districts are placing students at risk by leading children to view homosexual behavior as normal.
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Growing But Controversial Pentecostal Movement Celebrates Centennial
Thousands of Pentecostals from around the world are expected April 25-29 in Los Angeles to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a series of revival meetings that sparked what is now the fastest-growing segment of Christianity, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Blogging IMB Trustee Might Be Nominated for SBC President
An International Mission Board trustee at the center of a dispute over principled dissent has withdrawn from a speaking engagement just prior to this summer's Southern Baptist Convention, suggesting he might be nominated for president.
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Religion Professor Nominated to Head CBF Global Missions
Shorter College religion dean Rob Nash has been nominated as next Global Missions coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Judge Denies Mistrial in Baptist Foundation of Arizona Case
Controversy broke out on the 87th day of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona fraud trial, when a witness said he had previously lied under oath, an admission that by law should have been disclosed to defense lawyers but wasn't, prompting them to ask for a mistrial.
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SBC Baptisms Decline
Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch's plan to "rev up a rundown romance with reaching people" may be in need of a jumpstart, with statistics released Wednesday showing a decline in baptisms for the fifth time in the last six years.
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Creationist Replaces Dembski at Southern Seminary
A young-earth creationist will replace departing intelligent design advocate William Dembski at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Center for Theology and Science.
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Report Says States Omitting Minority Test Scores
An analysis by the Associated Press says nearly 2 million students--mostly minorities--aren't being counted in test scores under No Child Left Behind, creating a false picture of academic progress.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Affirms 'Principled Dissent'
A young Texas pastor plans to submit a resolution at this year's Southern Baptist Convention affirming "principled dissent" in the denomination, signaling opposition to recent efforts to suppress criticism on controversial issues.
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NAMB President Resigns Amid Leadership Questions
Bob Reccord resigned Monday as president of the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board, citing reaction to a critical Baptist newspaper story two months ago, which he said had "created an environment which makes it difficult to lead the organization and to stay on mission."
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Senate Majority Leader Praises Homeschool Leaders
Senate Majority Leader and likely presidential candidate Bill Frist recently praised a gathering of state homeschool leaders for "helping to make America a better place." Frist was among four senators and eight members of the House of Representatives to meet with 75 homeschool leaders assembled in Washington for a policy meeting March 30.
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Former Missionary Terms Possible Firings 'Witch Hunt'
A former Southern Baptist missionary fired in 2002 for teaching at a seminary in Brazil that his superiors deemed out of bounds of the 2000 "Baptist Faith & Message" said news that a missionary couple in West Africa may be terminated for working with non-Baptist missionaries to start a church that doesn't self-identify as Baptist suggests there is "an ongoing witch-hunt among missionaries in the field."
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Missionary Couple Faces Firing for Starting 'Baptistic' Church
A Southern Baptist missionary couple has been asked to resign and expects to be fired for starting a church in West Africa, in partnership with non-Baptist missionaries, that doesn't use Baptist in its name. It exacerbates controversy between trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board already divided over new policies tightening missionary baptism requirements and restricting speaking in tongues.
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Baptist Newspaper Gets Scoop in Kember Interview
A British Baptist newspaper and a community weekly scooped major media in securing interviews with freed hostage Norman Kember.
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Anti-Gay Protestors Picket Military Hospital
With at least 27 states considering laws to ban or restrict picketing at soldiers' funerals, Fred Phelps' notorious Westboro Baptist Church has found a new target, protesting at military hospitals treating troops seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Kentucky CBF Church Models Ministry
With searing pain and blood draining from a rotten tooth, a teenager in Owensboro, Ky., was taken home by his school nurse. The tooth had to come out, but the youth had no insurance. The local dentist would not take his state medical card for an extraction, because the reimbursement is too low. It was too costly to make the hour-and-a-half trip to the nearest dentist that would help him, so he took a pair of pliers and yanked it out himself.
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BCE Director Urges Support for Public Schools
With a growing movement in the Southern Baptist Convention encouraging parents to homeschool their children or put them in Christian schools, the time has come for Baptists who are friends of public education to also be heard, a Baptist ethicist told teachers Thursday in Louisville, Ky.
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Intelligent Design Professor Switching Seminaries
A year after coming to lead a highly touted center for science and theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, intelligent design advocate William Dembski is reportedly leaving to accept a teaching post at another Southern Baptist Convention seminary.
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SBC Membership Numbers Don't Add Up With NCC
The Southern Baptist Convention says it misreported membership statistics in 2002 and 2003, creating confusion in a new ranking of the 25 largest denominations in the United States showing a 1 percent membership decline in the SBC.
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Federal Tax Policy Falls Short of Biblical Teaching, Article Claims
The Bush administration tax policy falls short of justice standards taught by Judaism and Christianity by benefiting the wealthy, shifting the share of the tax burden to the middle and lower classes and forcing budget cuts in programs that provide a safety net for the poor.
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Advocates Say Homeschooling Growing Among African-Americans
Seeking to counter stereotypes that homeschooling is driven by white parents motivated by racial prejudice, advocates say the movement is gaining appeal among all ethnic groups.
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Politicians, Theologians Debate Immigration
Debate in Congress over immigration reform is dividing Republicans, prompting protests and raising concern for legal immigrants who view it as a sign that an "anti-immigrant" sentiment is growing in the United States.
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States Ponder Bible Teaching in Schools
Georgia's Legislature on Monday passed a law allowing state funding for Bible classes in public schools.
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Released British Hostage Greeted by Controversy, Welcomed by Church
Appearing rested, relaxed and slightly thinner than before his 117-day captivity in Iraq, freed British hostage Norman Kember attended Sunday services at a Baptist church in northwest London where he has worshipped for more than 40 years.
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Virginia PTA Leader Says Christians Have Place in Public Schools
While some religious voices say otherwise, Stella Edwards, legislation chairperson for the Virginia PTA, believes Christians should engage, and not abandon, public schools.
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British Baptists Rejoice at Hostages' Release
Baptists in the United Kingdom rejoiced at Thursday's news of the rescue of Norman Kember and two other Western peace activists held hostage since Nov. 26 in Iraq. Kember, a 74-year-old retired medical physicist, is an active member of Harrow Baptist Church.
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Baptist Faith 'Under Assault' From Within, Professor Warns
Despite purging "liberalism" from the Southern Baptist Convention through the "conservative resurgence" of the 1980s and 1990s, today's Baptist witness is "besieged," "under assault" and faces "potentially debilitating challenges" from within, a conservative scholar warned in a recent white paper.
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IMB Trustees Silence, But Don't Remove, Dissenting Trustee
International Mission Board trustees voted Wednesday to reverse an earlier vote calling for removal of an Oklahoma trustee who led criticism of a new rule banning appointment of missionaries who use a "private prayer language," but imposed a gag order to prevent future airing of differences among trustees in public.
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Missouri Baptist Leaders Trying to Harm Conference Center, Trustees Say
While suing to determine who legally owns Windermere Baptist Conference Center, leaders of the Missouri Baptist Convention have tried to harm the camp by dissuading groups and speakers from attending, interfering in development of facilities and spreading false rumors, Windermere trustees have charged.
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Afghan Man on Trial for Converting to Christianity
A trial of a man facing possible execution for converting to Christianity is being viewed as a test case for Afghanistan's new Constitution and fledgling democratic government.
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Columnist Backs Off Criticism of Christian Textbook
A Dallas newspaper columnist apologized for comparing publishers of Christian-school textbooks to people that American soldiers are fighting in Iraq, calling his earlier comment "unnecessarily provocative."
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Franklin Graham Reaffirms Anti-Islamic Views
Evangelist Franklin Graham stood by remarks he made in 2001 calling Islam a "very evil and wicked religion" in an interview aired Wednesday night on ABC's "Nightline" program.
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On Third Anniversary of Iraq Invasion, Religious Leaders Haven't Warmed to War
American religious leaders, who once urged President Bush to be cautious about rushing into an invasion of Iraq, are now among leading critics of the war, which marks its third anniversary March 20.
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U.S. Leaders Asked to Repudiate Anti-Muslim Comment
An American Muslim leader called on mainstream religious and political leaders to repudiate remarks by televangelist Pat Robertson, who claimed the goal of Islam is world domination.
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Christian Book Says Public Schools Subvert Parental Rights
Leaders of a campaign to convince Christians to withdraw from public schools hailed a new book published posthumously by a Christian radio pioneer as evidence the movement is gaining strength.
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Robertson Labels Muslims as 'Satanic'
Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday termed radical Muslims "satanic" and said the goal of Islam is world domination.
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Friends Mourn Death of Slain Peace Activist
Friends and colleagues mourned Tom Fox, a 54-year-old peace activist found dead in Iraq on Friday, while his murder raised concerns about the safety of three other Christian Peacemaker Teams members held hostage with him since Nov. 26.
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Evangelicals Split Over 'A La Carte' Cable TV
Religious conservatives have been at the forefront of proposals to allow consumers to purchase only cable TV channels they choose, instead of the bundled packages that are offered today, as a way to combat smut.
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Some Religious Leaders Still View Church Fires as Attack on Christianity
While federal investigators described the motive behind last month's cluster of church fires in Alabama as a prank that got out of hand, some religious leaders were unconvinced.
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College 'Pranksters' Charged with Alabama Church Fires
Nine fires set at Baptist churches in Alabama last months apparently were neither racially motivated hate crimes nor attacks on organized religion or the Baptist faith, but instead a prank that got out of hand, authorities said Wednesday in announcing the arrests of three college students accused of the spree.
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Adrian Rogers' Son Speaks Out on IMB Policy Changes
The son of Adrian Rogers, a 16-year missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, says in an open letter to IMB trustees he does not believe his father would agree with new policies regarding baptism and disqualifying candidates who practice a "private prayer language."
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Article Says 'Arminians' Don't Have Place in SBC
Would Herschel Hobbs have a place in today's Southern Baptist Convention?
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Missionary to Jews Leaving NAMB
The Southern Baptist Convention's coordinator of Jewish ministries is leaving his post at the North American Mission Board after 10 years to direct a program at Criswell College training Christians in "Jewish ministry."
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Faith-Based Initiative Five Years Old
President Bush's faith-based initiative, launched as a centerpiece of his administration's domestic agenda, recently passed its five-year anniversary without notice.
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Another IMB Trustee Wades into Blogosphere
A trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board has started a Web log to counter criticism that the board acted improperly in calling for removal of a fellow trustee.
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Magazine Profiles 'Home-Church' Movement
Best known for drawing multiple thousands of people to high-profile worship services, one secret to the success of the megachurch, the dominant model for church growth in the 1990s, experts agree, is the less-noticed gathering of smaller "cell groups" for Bible study and emotional and spiritual support.
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Ecumenical Leader Says Southern Baptist Prof Limiting God
A Southern Baptist seminary professor who challenged a World Council of Churches leader for saying the Holy Spirit "reaches in mysterious ways to people of all faiths" is guilty of placing limits on God, a U.S. ecumenical leader says.
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Southern Baptist Professor Denounces Ecumenical Group
A Southern Baptist professor quoted in Baptist Press denounced an ecumenical body that includes nearly all the world's Orthodox and numerous Protestant denominations as a "boutique of paganism in Christian garb" with "the spirit of antichrist."
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Rabbi Warns Against 'Christocrats' in Book
A rabbi who has observed and worked with evangelical and fundamentalist Christians for 35 years has written a book warning of efforts to turn the United States into a "Christian nation," ruled by the extreme Christian right, terming the specter an "immediate and profound threat to our republic."
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Baptist Women's Groups Sponsoring Second Conference on Ministry to Women in Prostitution
Psychologist, author and lecturer Dan Allender, who has written extensively on recovery from sexual abuse, is scheduled as keynote speaker for an International Christian Conference on Prostitution, April 22-27, 2006 at Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin
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Ethicist Says 'The Passion' Failed to Deliver Spiritual Awakening
The Ash Wednesday release two years ago of "The Passion of the Christ" didn't turn out to be the evangelistic bonanza hoped for by many evangelicals, but it succeeded in turning director Mel Gibson into the world's richest actor, with a fortune nearing $1 billion.
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Leader Doesn't Expect SBC to Ask WMU to Surrender Auxiliary Status
The head of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention said while a referred motion from last year's convention is still being studied, he doubts the SBC will invite the Woman's Missionary Union to become a convention entity.
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IRS Probes Political Activity by Non-Profits
An Internal Revenue Service investigation into political activity by tax-exempt organizations found "a disturbing amount of political intervention" in the last presidential election, according to report released Friday.
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Baptist Leader Calls for System of Christian-Run Schools
A "Kingdom Education" leader in the Southern Baptist Convention says America needs a new Christian-run "public" school system committed to turning out followers of Jesus Christ.
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U.S. Religious Delegation Meets with President of Iran
A group of U.S. religious leaders, including a Baptist minister, met two-and-one-half hours Sunday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was the first time an American delegation had met in Iran with an Iranian president since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
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Presidential Race a Possibility for SBC in Greensboro
Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention could face a rarity when they elect a new president this year in Greensboro, N.C.,--a choice.
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Executive Committee Defers Action on 'Invitation' to WMU
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee for a second straight meeting didn't act on a referred motion to invite Woman's Missionary Union to submit to convention control.
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SBC Leaders Endorse Plan for Increased Funding
A new challenge unveiled by Southern Baptist Convention leaders to increase support for the Cooperative Program unified giving plan would have disqualified from leadership at least seven of the 13 "conservative resurgence" SBC presidents elected since 1979.
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SBC Leaders Endorse Plan for Increased Funding
A new challenge unveiled by Southern Baptist Convention leaders to increase support for the Cooperative Program unified giving plan would have disqualified from leadership at least seven of the 13 "conservative resurgence" SBC presidents elected since 1979.
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Church Bombed During Civil Rights Movement Designated Historic Landmark
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., site of a racially motivated bombing that killed four African-American girls in 1963, was declared a National Historic Landmark on Monday.
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SBC President Terms Church Fires 'Theological Terrorism'
Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch on Monday termed recent fires at Baptist churches in Alabama "theological terrorism" and said he is surprised and doesn't understand why the media isn't making more of the story.
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CBF Should Become a Denomination, Former Leader Says in Book
The former head of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship says in a forthcoming book he wishes the group had long ago formed a new denomination, because the Southern Baptist Convention he once identified with no longer exists.
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Baptist Newspaper Article Critical of Mission Board
Speaking engagements of North American Mission Board President Bob Reccord appear aimed at selling his own books and personal ministry instead of promoting home missions, an article in a Baptist newspaper suggests this week.
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World Baptist Leader Calls for Greater Sensitivity in Media Treatment of Religion
A global Baptist leader said Muslim reaction to newspaper cartoons satirizing the Prophet Muhammad should prompt discussion about how the media and arts treat all religions--including Christianity.
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NCC Calls for 'Dialogue of Civilizations'
The National Council of Churches has called for a "dialogue of civilizations" amid interfaith tensions inflamed after European newspapers published offensive cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, setting off violent riots in a number of countries.
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Roy Moore Trailing Race for Alabama Governor
Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore is trailing Gov. Bob Riley 2-to-1 in the race for Alabama's Republican gubernatorial nomination June 6.
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Christian Couples Choose 'Biblical Courtship' Over Dating
Oriel O'Gorman is thinking about buying roses for his fiancée, Heather Pardee, for Valentine's Day, but there won't be any romantic hand-holding, hugging or kissing. That's because the two 23-year-olds are saving their first kiss for their wedding March 4 at Falls Baptist Church in suburban Milwaukee.
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Georgia Voter ID Bill Returned to Lower Court
A federal appeals court on Thursday kept in place an injunction blocking enforcement of Georgia's voter ID law, while sending the case back to a lower court in light of a new bill passed by state lawmakers last month.
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Church Holds Forum on Intelligent Design
The battle over intelligent design rages from Pat Robertson's declaration that God would refuse divine protection to citizens of Dover, Pa., for refusing to teach ID in their schools to more than 400 churches that planned to observe the 197th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth as "Evolution Sunday" on Feb. 12.
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Texas CLC Leader Dies
Phil Strickland, who worked with Texas Baptists' ethics, public policy and religious-liberty agency for nearly 40 years, died Feb. 11.
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Report: Senate Majority Leader Rigged Bill to Benefit Drug Firms
A new report says Senate Majority Leader and likely presidential contender Bill Frist slipped into a defense-appropriation bill--without knowledge of a bi-partisan committee that had already allotted all crucial military spending--a provision protecting drug companies from lawsuits in the final hours before Congress finished its business and broke for Christmas last December.
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Evangelicals Divide Over Global Warming
Eighty-six evangelicals broke ranks with religious-right kingpins including James Dobson and Charles Colson and urged the Bush administration to limit carbon-dioxide emissions to battle global warming.
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'Landmark' Prof Defends Missionary Baptism Requirement
A new policy requiring that Southern Baptist missionaries be baptized in a church that "practices believer's baptism by immersion alone" is being defended by a seminary professor and pastor associated with a largely discredited view identifying Baptists as the only true church.
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Blogging Trustee Drops 'Crusading' Conservative Label
An International Mission Board trustee under fire for blogging about internal politicking among Southern Baptist leaders has rewritten a December blog that attacked "crusading conservatives," using softer and less-militant terms.
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Senator Warns That Environmentalists Taking Over Evangelical Group
A conservative United States senator warned against "far-left" environmentalists he claimed are trying to dupe the National Association of Evangelicals into adopting a policy statement on global warming.
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Southern Baptist Congressman Defeated for GOP Leadership Post
A Southern Baptist congressman's rapid rise to power in the Republican Party hit a snag on Thursday, when Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) lost a runoff vote to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a bid to become House Majority Leader.
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Few Churches on Board Toward 1 Million Baptism Goal
Four months into his goal of leading churches in the Southern Baptist Convention to record 1 million baptisms in a single year, SBC president Bobby Welch has some catching up to do.
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Pastor Pleads Not Guilty to Lewdness Charge
A former Southern Baptist pastor and denominational leader on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to offering sex to a police officer decoying as a male prostitute, while the American Civil Liberties Union filed a friend-of-the-court brief saying charges against him should be dropped
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Baptist Church Continues Prayers for Member Held Hostage in Iraq
The pastor of a British Baptist being held hostage in Iraq welcomed news that he is still alive and urged prayer for his release.
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Trustee Predicts Motion Calling for his Removal Will be Rescinded
A blogging trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board said Wednesday that after meeting at length with the board's chairman and vice chairman he is now confident "wisdom will prevail," and a motion requesting his removal as a trustee will be withdrawn.
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Decision to Drop Preschool, Children's Literature, Sends Churches Searching for Alternatives
A recent decision by Smyth & Helwys to discontinue its preschool and children's Sunday school curricula lines caught customers off guard and left some scrambling to find another publisher.
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Bush Defends Iraq Policy, Urges End of Dependence of Foreign Oil
President George W. Bush defended his policy in Iraq, while challenging the United States to reduce its dependence on foreign oil by developing alternative energy sources and invest in education in math and science, in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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Bush Defends Iraq Policy, Urges End of Dependence of Foreign Oil
President George W. Bush defended his policy in Iraq, while challenging the United States to reduce its dependence on foreign oil by developing alternative energy sources and invest in education in math and science, in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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Bush Defends Iraq Policy, Urges End of Dependence on Foreign Oil
President George W. Bush defended his policy in Iraq, while challenging the United States to reduce its dependence on foreign oil by developing alternative energy sources and invest in education in math and science, in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
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Baptist Foundation of Arizona Case Has Similarities With Enron
All eyes are on Houston this week, as jury selection gets underway for the long-awaited criminal trials of former Enron leaders Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling on charges of corporate fraud. Meanwhile in Phoenix, another trial with many similarities quietly entered its 17th week.
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Video Shows Held Peace Activists in Iraq
Family and friends of Christian peace activists held captive in Iraq said they were encouraged that a videotape aired Saturday showed them alive but worried about their captors' latest threats to kill them.
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Seminary President Plays Role in IMB Debate
A majority of International Mission Board trustees--who succeeded last fall in passing controversial personnel policy changes against use of private "prayer language" and tightening baptism requirements for missionaries--may have been aided by an outside hand: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson.
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SBC Publisher Hawks Homeschooling at Trade Show
Building on a Southern Baptist Convention resolution urging parents to remove their children from public schools that promote homosexuality, the denomination's publishing house is seeking to make inroads into a growing homeschool market.
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Ministry Uses Mosquito Nets to Fight Malaria
Lots of churches are involved in fighting AIDS in Africa, while a more rampant and deadly disease--malaria--goes largely unnoticed, says Charles "T" Thomas, coordinator of the Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma.
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Legislatures Seek to Curb Protests at Military Funerals
In what could prove to be a textbook case of the adage "hard cases make bad law," at least nine states are brushing aside First Amendment concerns to consider bills outlawing protests at funerals of American soldiers.
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Moderate Baptist Publisher Dropping Preschool, Children's Lines
The unofficial publisher of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is discontinuing Sunday school curriculum for children and preschoolers, saying not enough churches use the material to justify what it costs to produce it.
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Tax Dollars for Pregnancy Centers Raise Church-State Questions
A decision last year by the Texas Legislature to divert $5 million from family-planning services to programs that promote childbirth over abortion is raising questions of whether tax dollars are being used to fund a pro-life gospel.
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Democratic Leader Hopes to Advance Faith Agenda
The third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives plans to use the influence of his new position to help quell the misperception that the initials GOP stand for God's Only Party.
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Teachers' Union Fights Back at '20/20' Report
The head of the nation's largest teachers' union has asked ABC News for equal time to rebut last Friday's "20/20" program, which portrayed public schools as a government-run monopoly that is cheating kids out of a quality education.
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Bank Robber/Artist Finds Calling in Prison
A preacher's kid turned bank robber is finding redemption behind bars through his art. A self-taught artist, Isaac "Ike" Moody, 29, doodled and took a couple of art classes at Georgetown College in Kentucky, a Baptist-affiliated school where his father, Dwight, an ordained minister, is dean of the chapel. But it wasn't until his first stint in jail that he became serious about his art.
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Stop Blaming God for Disasters, Ethicist Says
Public figures should stop blaming God for hurricanes and claiming divine approval for their political agendas, Robert Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics said Tuesday.
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Trustee's Supporters Predict Showdown in Greensboro
This year's Southern Baptist Convention might be the most important in a quarter century, say bloggers supportive of an International Mission Board trustee recommended for removal at the annual meeting scheduled June 13-14 in Greensboro, N.C.
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Baptist Roots Run Deep for Controversial IMB Trustee
Wade Burleson, whose fellow members of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board are seeking his removal as a trustee, is a new member of the board, elected in 2005. But his roots in Southern Baptist life go deep.
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Robertson's Comment Threatens Theme Park Deal
Israel's Tourism Ministry is reportedly pulling out of a business deal with evangelical leader Pat Robertson to build a $50 million Christian heritage center beside the Sea of Galilee over the religious broadcaster's remark that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was a punishment from God.
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IMB Trustee Denies Slander, Gossip Charges
A trustee facing removal from the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board said Thursday he is innocent of gossip and slander, charges leveled against him publicly in a motion requesting his removal from the board.
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Baptists Oppose War in Iraq
Claiming the only Baptist voices being heard are those supporting the war, the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America is collecting signatures to an online declaration opposing U.S. policy in Iraq.
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TV Report Critical of Public Schools Termed 'Major Development' for 'Exodus' Movement
An ABC "20/20" report by John Stossel scheduled this Friday claims American high schoolers are being cheated out of a quality education by a union-dominated government bureaucracy that performs behind other countries that spend less per student than the United States.
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IMB Recommends Removal of Trustee (updated)
Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board are seeking removal of a fellow trustee, reportedly accusing him of "slander" and "gossip" in a weblog documenting internal politicking on the trustee board.
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Third 'Justice Sunday' Simulcast Touts Alito
Religious leaders James Dobson and Jerry Falwell and political leader Sen. Rick Santorum sought to rally conservative Christians to support confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in a "Justice Sunday III" telecast Sunday night.
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Pastor Accused of Lewdness Resigns from Church, Convention Leadership Roles
A pastor arrested last week in a homosexual sting operation has resigned from his church and from leadership positions with the Oklahoma and Southern Baptist conventions.
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Black Lawmakers Plan to Fight Georgia Voter ID Law
African-American lawmakers entering Georgia's 2006 legislative session Jan. 9 are poised for a battle to repeal a law passed last year requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
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Foy Valentine, SBC Ethics Pioneer, Dies
Foy Valentine, leader of the Southern Baptist Convention's moral-concerns agency for a tumultuous 27 years spanning from the civil-rights movement of the 1960s to the fundamentalist takeover of the denomination in the 1980s, died Saturday after an apparent heart attack at his home in Dallas.
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Pat Robertson Says Sharon Being Punished By God
Televangelist Pat Robertson said Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon--fighting for his life following a stroke--is being punished by God.
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Baptist Leader Arrested on Sex Charge
A politically active Southern Baptist pastor from Oklahoma was arrested Tuesday night and charged with offering to engage in a lewd act with a police officer posing as a male prostitute.
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Southern Baptists Tout Ministry in Bowl Game TV Spots
A series of commercials touting Southern Baptists' ministries to "the least of these" blanketed much of the Bible belt during prime-time college football bowl games this week.
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Columnist Says ID Ruling Should Prompt Exodus from Public Schools
A judge's decision banning the teaching of intelligent design in a Dover, Pa., school district should convince Christian parents to remove their children from public schools, conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote last week.
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2005 Year in Review
EthicsDaily.com paid and volunteer writers produced more than 750 articles in 2005. They included news and feature stories; movie, book and music reviews; opinion columns and editorials. Here's our review of some of the major stories we followed:
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British Baptists Pray for Hostages in Iraq
British Baptist leaders asked churches to pray during the Christmas season for a kidnapped British hostage and three fellow captives being held in Iraq.
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Wal-Mart Employees Denied Lunch Breaks Awarded $172 Million
Current and former Wal-Mart workers in California received an early Christmas present last Thursday when an Alameda County jury ordered the retailer to pay $172 million for denying lunch breaks as required by state law.
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Pro-Wal-Mart Group Forms to Counter Critics
Wal-Mart supporters on Tuesday formed a steering committee of Working Families for Wal-Mart to talk about positive contributions of the retailer and counter criticism from Web sites like WakeUpWalMart.com and a popular documentary, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price."
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Poll: Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Wal-Mart
Shoppers expressed mixed feelings about Wal-Mart, rating it a good place to shop but a poor place to work, in a new survey.
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Religious Leaders Oppose Bush on Patriot Act
The National Council of Churches on Monday praised the U.S. Senate for Friday's vote declining to end a filibuster blocking renewal of the U.S.A. Patriot Act.
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Judge Strikes Down Teaching of Intelligent Design
A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that public schools cannot teach intelligent design as an alternative to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in science classes.
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Roy Moore Loses Support of Christian Broadcaster
A Christian talk-show host who sued to reinstate Roy Moore after his ouster as Alabama's chief justice isn't supporting his run for governor, citing his ties to groups she says want to impose a theocracy.
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Faith Leaders Arrested in Protest of Budget
Led by evangelical activist Jim Wallis, 114 religious leaders were arrested Wednesday in Washington for civil disobedience protesting federal budget proposals that slash spending for the poor while extending tax breaks for the rich.
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Under-Population Worries Southern Baptist Leader
A Southern Baptist leader previously on record as saying it is a sin for married couples not to have children has added a new rationale--demographics.
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Baptist Leaders Criticize Wal-Mart
Thirteen moderate Baptist leaders signed a letter released Wednesday saying Jesus wouldn't approve of the way Wal-Mart treats its workers.
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Baptist Leaders Call Wal-Mart to Higher Standard
Thirteen moderate Baptist leaders signed a letter released Wednesday saying Jesus wouldn't approve of the way Wal-Mart treats its workers.
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Wal-Mart Critics Ask 'Where Would Jesus Shop?'
Jesus would not shop at Wal-Mart, according to new television ads and a letter signed by religious leaders.
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Religious Leaders Join Call for Clemency for Gang Founder
Religious leaders--including presidents of three large black Baptist conventions--have joined rappers, actors, politicians and grassroots organizers of hip-hop culture in seeking clemency for Stan "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the notorious Crips gang, convicted of murder and scheduled to die by lethal injection Dec. 13.
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Religious Leaders Decry 'Manipulation of Faith' in Alito Debate
Progressive religious leaders on Friday mailed a letter asking senators to reject the "manipulation of faith" in debate over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
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Churches Cancel Worship on Christmas Day
Rather than singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" on Dec. 25, mega-churches this year are opting instead for "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
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Religious Leaders Meet With Secretary of State About Trade Policy
Religious leaders from various faith groups met Dec. 1 with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss poverty concerns before she participates in the World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong in mid-December.
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Bible Doesn't Ban All Drinking, Seminary President Says
A Southern Baptist seminary president told students in October that drinking alcohol can get them expelled from school and destroy their ministry, but he doesn't believe the Bible teaches total abstinence.
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Christians Pray for Release of Hostages in Iraq
An ecumenical group is calling on churches in the United States to sign an open letter and schedule prayer vigils seeking safe release of human rights workers being held hostage in Iraq.
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Church Remembers Homicide Victims With Crosses
Members of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., gathered at noon Sunday for a somber Advent tradition remembering people who died violently during the last year.
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Poll Shows Decline in Wal-Mart's Public Image
Nearly four in 10 Americans hold a negative view of Wal-Mart, and its public image is worse now than it was a year ago, according to poll released Thursday, encouraging groups seeking to organize workers and improve labor conditions inside the nation's largest retailer that their message is getting through.
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'Soul Molesters' Have Revised Baptist History, Author Says
Will Campbell--author, civil-rights activist and iconoclastic Baptist minister--denounced leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention as "soul molesters," who have turned their back on Baptist principles like the separation of church and state, in a newspaper interview.
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Groups Asks IRS to Investigate Focus on the Family
A Washington-based group on Monday filed a complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether Focus on the Family should lose its tax-exempt status, because its founder, James Dobson, endorsed candidates for office.
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Southern Baptist Professor Touts 'Biblical Patriarchy'
Christians need to recover an "authentic biblical patriarchy" to save families from encroaching feminism, a Southern Baptist theologian argued before the Evangelical Theological Society in mid-November.
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Christian 'Reconstructionist' Says View at Odds With Neoconservativism
End-times theology and support for Israel have undermined the Christian right's founding vision of bringing about social change through political involvement, says a veteran leader of a controversial movement known as Christian Reconstructionism.
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British Baptists Call for Day of Prayer for Work with Children
Baptists in Great Britain next year will observe a national day of prayer for children, prompted by news that the number of those 12 and under in Baptist churches had declined by 30,000 during the last two years.
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Mastermind of Missionary Murders Executed in Yemen
The man convicted of plotting the 2002 murders of three Southern Baptist missionaries was executed Sunday by firing squad in Yemen.
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Australian Baptist Leaders Fear Negative Impacts of Workplace Reform
Australia's Baptist leaders have issued a statement of concern over possible negative impact of federal workplace reforms now before Australia's parliament.
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Wal-Mart Seeks Allies in Churches
The battle over Wal-Mart's image is turning to pulpits.
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Baptist College Expels Black Students in Post-Katrina Incident
Officials at Baptist-affiliated William Carey College aren't commenting about allegations by four former students expelled for using a college-owned generator after Hurricane Katrina claiming they were singled out for punishment because they are black.
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Georgia Lawmaker Denies Race Behind Voter ID Law
The House sponsor of Georgia's controversial voter ID bill has fired back at a newspaper report implying race was part of her rationale.
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Baptist Congressman Wants Time Frame for U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq
A Baptist congressman is among Democrats pressuring the Bush administration to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.
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Conservative Christians Voice Qualms About Cervical Cancer Vaccine
A vaccine against cervical cancer, with potential to save the lives of 3,700 women in the United States and 250,000 worldwide each year, could become available as early as next year. It worries conservative Christian groups, however, who fear it might send an unintended message to young girls that it is safe to have premarital sex.
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Religious Leaders Commend Rice for Leadership in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
National leaders of 21 Christian churches and church-related agencies on Monday signed a letter encouraging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in her active engagement in peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Southern Baptist Leaders React to Book by Jimmy Carter
Not surprisingly, former President Jimmy Carter is finding few fans of his latest book among leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Scholars Challenge 'Forsaken Roots' Argument
A popular Web site that argues America has forsaken its Christian roots contains historical inaccuracies and distortions of quotations from the Founding Fathers, two First Amendment scholars contend in an editorial in the most recent Journal of Church and State.
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SBC Conservative Leader Adrian Rogers Dies
Three-time Southern Baptist Convention president Adrian Rogers, whose 1979 election sparked a revolutionary leadership change in America's largest Protestant denomination, died early Tuesday of complications from cancer.
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SBC Conservative Leader Adrian Rogers Dies
Three-time Southern Baptist Convention president Adrian Rogers, whose 1979 election sparked a revolutionary leadership change in America's largest Protestant denomination, died early Tuesday of complications from cancer.
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Scholars Challenge 'Forsaken Roots' Argument
A popular Web site that argues America has forsaken its Christian roots contains historical inaccuracies and distortions of quotations from the Founding Fathers, two First Amendment scholars contend in an editorial in the most recent Journal of Church and State.
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CBF Leader Highlights 'Common Humanity' of Different Faiths
To live together, various faith communities must learn to celebrate what they share in common instead of just focusing on differences, a moderate Baptist leader told an interfaith gathering last month in Atlanta.
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Group Counters Christian Zionist Influence on U.S. Policy Toward Israel
The strongest opposition in the United States to President Bush's "roadmap for peace" in Israel comes, ironically, from some of his strongest supporters--the religious right.
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Baptist Church Grieves Death of Marine
The war in Iraq turned into personal tragedy on Nov. 7 for College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., when it buried a 21-year-old Marine killed in Iraq.
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Faith Plays Role in Virginia Governor Race
Political strategists took a note from Tuesday's Virginia governor's race likely to be replayed next year in midterm elections and the presidential race in 2008: Democrats can talk about faith, too.
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IRS Targets Church for Antiwar Sermon
The Bible says "Blessed are the peacemakers." But according to the IRS, they may not be tax-exempt.
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Resolution Sponsor Says Anti-Public School Sentiment Growing Among Southern Baptists
Resolutions drawing attention to homosexual influences in public schools are expected to be introduced in at least 28 Baptist state conventions this fall, nearly double the number of resolutions critical of public education proposed last year.
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Carson-Newman Trustees Affirm Faculty
Professors at Carson-Newman College reflect "Christian commitment," "respect for Scripture" and "integration of Baptist distinctives into the contemporary classroom," according to a trustee investigation of teaching at the Baptist-affiliated school in east Tennessee.
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TV Station Stands by Report of Baptist/Beer Brouhaha
A Florida TV station is standing by reports that a Southern Baptist disaster-relief team refused to hand out canned water donated by Anheuser-Busch to hurricane victims, despite claims of misrepresentation and misinformation in Baptist media.
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Carter Blasts Fundamentalism, Southern Baptist Leaders, in New Book
Influence by religious fundamentalism on American politics has created a "moral crisis" that endangers the nation's values, former President Jimmy Carter says in his newest book, which hit bookstores this week.
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Religious Right Quiet on Libby Indictment
A religious right leader who in 1998 called on President Clinton to resign said it would be a mistake for President Bush to apologize for actions of White House aides in the Valerie Plame case.
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Southern Baptists Deny Water Donated by Beer Company to Hurricane Victims
Matthew 10:42 says, "If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." But Hurricane Wilma victims at one relief station in Florida reportedly had to drive three miles to get drinking water, because Southern Baptist volunteers serving hot meals refused to give away cans of water donated by Anheuser-Busch.
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Churches Use Scare Tactics on Halloween
For most Americans, Halloween means trick-or-treating, watching horror movies or at worst stringing toilet paper in trees. For many fundamentalist churches, however, 'tis the season for hellfire and brimstone, with dramatic presentations modeled after haunted houses aimed at scaring people into accepting Christ.
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Bush's New Court Pick Praised, Pilloried For Conservative Record
President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court drew quick praise from religious conservatives. That includes some who were unconvinced that Bush's first choice, Harriet Miers, had the credentials or judicial record to guarantee she would vote as a conservative in cases involving abortion rights and homosexuality.
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Abramoff Ties Could Hurt Ralph Reed in Georgia Race
Reports that a GOP lobbyist being investigated by federal officials for possible fraud sought the help of conservative strategist Ralph Reed could prompt political backlash for the former Christian Coalition head now running for Georgia's lieutenant governor.
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Miers Withdraws as Supreme Court Nominee
The White House on Thursday accepted Harriet Miers' withdrawal as a nominee for the Supreme Court, after weeks of attempting to shore up support for her confirmation among religious conservatives.
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Baptist Ministers Split on Moderate Drinking, Study Says
Baptists have long viewed drinking as a sin--publicly if not always in private. But a new study suggests ministers of the denomination are not of one mind when it comes to moderate consumption of alcohol.
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Southern Baptists Slow to Embrace Rosa Parks
Baptist Press on Tuesday devoted a 1,770-word tribute to Rosa Parks, a black Christian woman credited with starting the civil rights movement in 1955.
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Senate Panel May Call Dobson to Testify
The Senate Judiciary Committee is likely to summon James Dobson--and perhaps other evangelical leaders--to ask whether they received private assurances that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers would vote to end legalized abortion, the committee's chairman said Sunday.
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South Carolina Church Avoids Ouster Over Homosexuality
A Baptist association in South Carolina averted a public battle over gay marriage when its executive committee reversed an earlier recommendation to remove a church whose pastor created controversy by testifying before legislators opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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'Christian Exodus' Seeks Biblically Based Government
The "Christian Exodus" has begun, albeit slowly, with a handful of families moving to South Carolina in hopes of leading thousands of other evangelicals to relocate and establish what founders envision as a "constitutionally limited government founded upon Christian principles."
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Pastor Claims Blacks Shut Out of Red Cross Disaster Response
An African-American pastor who brought aid to a Red Cross shelter in Atlanta says he was rejected because, unlike the Southern Baptist Convention, his church didn't have exclusive rights to serve food.
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Baptist World Aid Still Seeking Funds for Earthquake Relief
A third Baptist World Aid volunteer team left Wednesday to assist earthquake victims in Pakistan, the relief agency reported Friday.
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Judge Blocks Georgia Voter-ID Bill
A federal judge on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking Georgia's controversial voter-ID law, saying it amounts to a poll tax and is ineffective in combating voter fraud.
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West Virginia Baptists Remain Affiliated with American Baptists, For Now
The West Virginia Baptist Convention on Wednesday voted against pulling out of American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. over homosexuality, but also declined to reaffirm ties to the national body.
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Georgetown College Loosens Kentucky Baptist Ties
Officials from Georgetown College and the Kentucky Baptist Convention have agreed to a plan to sever ties amicably, allowing the college to govern itself while retaining a Baptist identity.
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Donor Fatigue Slowing Earthquake, Mudslide Response
Relief agencies say donor fatigue is setting in as contributions for disasters in Asia and Latin America are coming in at rates much slower than relief efforts following last year's tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
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'Politics of Polarization' Hurts Democrats, Study Says
If America is to have a competitive two-party system, Democrats must confront "dominant myths" that keep them from seizing the political center and building a stable majority, two political scientists and former Clinton advisers contend in a new paper.
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Texas Clergy Take Sides in Battle Over Gay Marriage
Both sides in an upcoming vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Texas are recruiting clergy to promote their cause.
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Baptists Racing Clock to Aid Earthquake Victims
Time is running out for people still trapped by last weekend's deadly earthquake in Pakistan, according to initial reports of a Baptist World Alliance rescue team.
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Dobson Denies 'Backroom Deal' on Miers
Facing threats that the Senate Judiciary Committee might subpoena him, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson has disclosed details of a private conversation with presidential adviser Karl Rove. Dobson denied there was a "backroom deal" offering assurance that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers would vote against abortion in exchange for his support.
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Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trial Continues
Week four of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona fraud trial begins Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.
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Baptist World Aid Responds to Earthquake in Pakistan
Baptist World Aid on Sunday sent 10 rescue specialists and two rescue dogs, plus equipment, to help with recovery efforts following Saturday's 7.6 Richter scale earthquake in Pakistan.
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Gore Backs TV Network Using Viewer-Submitted News
American democracy is in danger as long as citizens get most of their information from television news, former presidential candidate Al Gore said in a speech promoting a new, non-traditional TV network that airs content submitted by viewers.
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Program Aims to Expand Home-Schooling
An organization that supported last summer's Southern Baptist Convention resolution calling on churches to investigate homosexual influences in public schools on Thursday announced a "family-to-family" initiative to increase the number of children educated at home by 1 million over the next five to seven years.
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Ten Commandments Judge Running for Alabama Governor
Roy Moore, whose removal as Alabama's chief justice for defying a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building made him a hero for conservatives, announced Monday he is running for governor, ending months of speculation.
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Mississippi Baptists Fail in Effort to Defeat Casino Bill
Mississippi lawmakers dealt a defeat to the state's Southern Baptists, voting Monday to allow floating casinos damaged by Hurricane Katrina to rebuild up to 800 feet inland.
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Dobson Endorses Miers for Court, Citing Confidential Information
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told his radio audience Wednesday that he supports Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, but he isn't at liberty to say completely why.
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Proposal Would Put Jesus Back into CBF Constitution
Leaders of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will consider a preamble to the CBF constitution restoring references to Jesus Christ and the Great Commission dropped from a purpose statement this summer.
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Whites Commit More Crimes Than Blacks, FBI Says
Whether or not Bill Bennett's offhand comment that aborting black babies would reduce the crime rate was racist, it was wrong.
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Baptist Leader Urges Churches to Lead in Building a Multicultural UK
A British Baptist leader welcomed the UK government's announcement of a new "Commission on Integration" as "a good start" in moving toward a multicultural society, while challenging Baptist churches to do more to take a lead on the issue.
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Alliance of Baptists Organizes in Brazil
Reacting to fundamentalism in Southern Baptist-influenced state conventions in Brazil, about 60 Brazilian Baptists have started an organization modeled after the Alliance of Baptists in the United States, paving the way for what one observer viewed as a "global network of progressive Baptists."
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Bush High Court Nominee Member of Conservative Evangelical Church
President Bush's nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court is an evangelical Christian and longtime member of a Dallas church whose preaching pastor is arguably the most influential Church of Christ minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Bush High Court Nominee Member of Conservative Evangelical Church (Updated)
President Bush's nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court is an evangelical Christian and longtime member of a Dallas church whose preaching pastor is arguably the most influential Church of Christ minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Bill Bennett's Remark Criticized as Racist
Former Reagan administration education secretary Bill Bennett refused to back down from comments widely criticized as racist.
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Hostage Heroine Admits to Drug Use
Atlanta hostage hero Ashley Smith, who won the trust of fugitive and murder suspect Brian Nichols by reading to him from Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life," reveals in a new book that she also offered and gave her captor drugs during a seven-hour hostage ordeal.
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SBC Leader Says Iraq Continuation of First Gulf War
A Southern Baptist official who claimed theological justification to invade Iraq six months before the war now says he views it as a continuation of the First Gulf War.
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Baptists Part of Delegation to Middle East
Two Baptists were among 16 Jewish and Christian leaders returning Friday from a week-long "mission of peace" to Israel and Palestine.
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'Evangelical' American Baptists Ponder Future
More than 350 American Baptists attended last weekend's meeting at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary to begin to chart a future course for "evangelicals" frustrated in their efforts to force American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. to adopt a stronger stance against homosexuality.
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European Baptist Leaders Criticize IMB Strategy
Leaders of the European Baptist Federation sharply criticized Southern Baptist mission strategy in a report received unanimously at an EBF Council meeting Sept. 22-25 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Opening Arguments Begin in Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trial
Two former executives of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona accused of taking more than $550 million from 11,000 investors aren't guilty of fraud, but were rather victims of an investment strategy being shut down before it had time to bear fruit, a lawyer argued Thursday in court.
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Charities Use Disaster to Tout Bush's Faith-Based Initiative
Some religious groups that offer disaster relief hope their quick response to Hurricane Katrina--contrasted with failures by government--will build momentum for President Bush's faith-based initiative.
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Group Asks Southern Baptists to Stop Efforts to Convert Jews
A leading Jewish organization condemned a proposed Southern Baptist Convention study on formally recognizing a "messianic" fellowship as an "evangelistic mission entity" to Jews.
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Task Force Laments Poor Giving by SBC Leaders
Electing leaders with poor records of Cooperative Program support has had a negative impact on the Southern Baptist Convention's fiscal health, according to a task force report released Saturday.
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SBC Executive Committee Suggests Study of Mission to Jews
Southern Baptist Convention leaders are recommending the denomination's two mission boards jointly study the possibility of establishing a formal mission to Jews.
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American Baptist Leaders Clarify Stance on Homosexuality
Leaders meeting Friday and Saturday in Atlanta denied that American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. condones homosexuality, but said the denomination lacks authority to dictate theology to local churches.
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Baptist Newspaper Article Saves Rwandan Family from Deportation
Great Britain's Baptist newspaper is credited with winning a late-hour reprieve for a family of six threatened with deportation to Rwanda, where friends say the husband and father faced certain prison or death.
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Former Baptist Foundation of Arizona Official Makes Deal
The former bookkeeper of the defunct Baptist Foundation of Arizona pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of attempting to assist a crime syndicate and agreed to testify against remaining defendants in court.
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Homosexuality Divides American Baptists
After arguing about homosexuality for more than a decade, American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. now appears headed toward schism.
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Tennessee Baptists Reject Covenant with University
The Tennessee Baptist Convention Executive Board on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Belmont University trustees to include non-Baptist Christians on their board.
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Church Under Hitler Viewed as Cautionary Tale
Christianity's role in the Holocaust should be a cautionary tale for the church today, panelists and audience members said Tuesday at a screening of a new documentary titled "Theologians Under Hitler."
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Texas Governor Mum on Pastor's Comment About Katrina 'Purifying' America
Texas Gov. Rick Perry remained mum after sharing the podium at two get-out-the-vote rallies with a black Southern Baptist preacher who wondered if God sent Hurricane Katrina "to purify our nation."
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Hurricane Katrina Revealed America at Its Best and Worst
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the southeastern United States cut two ways. It rallied Americans in showings of compassion and national unity rivaling, if not surpassing, those following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet it also exposed the country's lingering racial divide and the disparity between the rich and poor.
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Democratic Leader Says Race a Factor in Disaster
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean told a black Baptist group meeting in Miami that race was a factor in the death toll from Hurricane Katrina.
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UPDATE: Black Baptist Leader Criticizes Government Response to Hurricane Katrina
The president of the largest African-American Baptist organization called on church members to hold national leaders accountable for "preventable consequences" of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
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Barbara Bush Says Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees
Already facing criticism over the response to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush suffered another public-relations setback when his mother on Monday suggested that people living in emergency shelters might be better off than they were before being displaced from New Orleans.
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Global Baptists Offer Support for Hurricane Victims
Baptists from around the world pledged prayer and financial support for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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Tennessee Baptist Church Opens Doors to Hurricane Victims
Murfreesboro, Tenn., is more than 500 miles from New Orleans, but it's where about 50 of the city's residents wound up after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
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SBC Leader Denounces Protests at Military Funerals
Southern Baptist Convention president Bobby Welch denounced a Baptist congregation picketing funerals of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, pointing out it is not an SBC church and accusing it of "hate-filled activities."
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American Baptist Ministers Group Rejects Anti-Gay Bylaw Amendment
The senate of the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A., Ministers Council has rejected a bylaw amendment designed to refuse seating to homosexuals.
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More Americans View Democrats As Unfriendly Toward Religion
Americans increasingly view the Democratic Party as unfriendly toward religion, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press and Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
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Anti-Gay Protests Target Funerals of Soldiers Killed in Iraq
A Baptist church famous for protesting events including Matthew Shepard's funeral and various religious gatherings over the last decade with its distinctive message of "God Hates Fags" has a new target--the funerals of fallen soldiers.
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Poll Says More Baptists are Democrat Than Republican
More Baptists identify themselves as Democrats than Republicans in a new poll, suggesting that various claims from Southern Baptist pulpits last year that a real Christian could not vote for Sen. John Kerry may have turned off as many voters as they turned out for President Bush.
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Christian Editor Says Bible Supports Assassination in Times of War
"World Magazine" senior editor Marvin Olasky says Pat Robertson's call for the murder of a Latin American leader doesn't represent evangelicals, but that the Bible would condone assassination during a time of war.
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Robertson Calls for Assassination of Foreign Leader
Religious leaders on Tuesday denounced religious broadcaster Pat Robertson for saying United States operatives should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
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Conservative Paper Blasts Rick Warren
An article in a conservative Christian newspaper criticizes a popular Southern Baptist author for leading Bible-believing pastors astray.
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Fear, Greed Prompt War, Baptist Prof Says at Rally
Fear and greed fueled America's rush to war in Iraq, a Baptist seminary professor said in a sermon this summer at a rally featuring anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan.
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British Baptist Denounces Racially Motivated Murder of Black Teen
The racially motivated murder of a black teenager in Liverpool, England, proves the "cancer of racism" still exists in the United Kingdom, says a Baptist leader in Great Britain.
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Christian Zionists Oppose Gaza Evacuation
Jewish settlers resisting government orders to leave their homes this week in the Gaza Strip have an ally in Christian Zionists in America who say Israel's "disengagement" plan doesn't square with Bible prophecy.
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'Chaos Theology' Attempts to Bridge Science/Religion Gap
This week's "Time" cover story, "The Evolution Wars," explores the growing debate over teaching "intelligent design" in schools. Meanwhile, a just-released book suggests a new model for advancing dialogue between science and theology.
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SBC Leader Terms Schiavo Case 'Murder'
A Southern Baptist Convention officer told a national television audience Sunday night that Terri Schiavo was "murdered" by "an adulterous husband."
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New Habitat CEO Seeks to Mend Breach
The new CEO of Habitat for Humanity International said he wants a "positive relationship" with his predecessor Millard Fuller, hoping to quell controversy that has divided the ministry's donor base since Fuller was fired in January amid charges of sexual harassment and intimidation.
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Americans Split on 'Culture of Life' Issues
Americans are split over abortion but oppose the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Support for stem cell research is growing. And for the first time a majority believe gays should be able to enter into civil unions that give them the same legal rights as marriage.
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Dobson Compares Stem-Cell Research to Nazi Experiments
Focus on the Family's James Dobson said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist betrayed pro-life voters with his flip-flop on stem cells, comparing the destruction of human embryos for research to experiments on humans done in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust.
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Church Growth Expert Nominated to Lead SBC Publishing House
A 50-year-old seminary professor, author and consultant on church growth is being recommended as the next president of LifeWay Christian Resources, the Southern Baptist Convention publishing house.
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'Full-Quiver' Baptists Say No to Contraception
Southern Seminary President Al Mohler recently charged married couples who decide to remain childless are guilty of "moral rebellion" against God's design.
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Bush Sides with Religious Right on Intelligent Design
President Bush on Monday said schools should teach both evolution and "intelligent design," siding with conservative Christians involved in controversies over science textbooks in school districts across the nation.
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Frist Breaks With Religious Right Over Stem Cell Research
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist risked alienating the religious right, a constituency many say he needs to carry to be elected president in 2008, by announcing on the Senate floor on Friday that he supports federal funding for medical research using frozen human embryos that would otherwise be thrown away.
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Carter Decries Discrimination Against Women in Church
This story updates and replaces an earlier report posted Sunday as part of developing coverage of the 2005 Baptist World Congress in Birmingham, England.
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Carter Decries Discrimination Against Women in Church
Using the Bible to justify discrimination against women in church may be as important as using it to support segregated worship decades ago, former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday at the Baptist World Congress in Birmingham, England.
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Joel Gregory Joins Faculty at Truett
Joel Gregory, a two-time Baylor graduate best known among Baptists as successor to legendary pastor W.A. Criswell at First Baptist Church in Dallas, is returning to the campus in Waco, Texas, as professor of preaching at the university's George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
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Survey says Muslims Nearly as Popular as Evangelicals
Evangelical Christians are less popular in America than Catholics or Jews, and are viewed with only slightly more favor than Muslims, according to a poll released Tuesday.
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Churches Made Up Lost SBC Funding, BWA Head Reports
Baptists in North America more than made up for funding lost when the Southern Baptist Convention left the Baptist World Alliance last year, BWA General Secretary Denton Lotz told the group's General Council Wednesday.
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Baptist World Centenary Congress Opens
This story updates and replaces the earlier report posted Thursday morning as part of developing coverage of the 2005 Baptist World Congress this week in Birmingham, England.
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Former Communist World No Longer 'Unreached,' Professor Says
Old-fashioned Western missionary organizations still classify the former communist world as "unreached," a designation which is no longer true, according to Romanian Baptist scholar Otniel Bunaciu.
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BWA Speaker Says War in Iraq is Just
A featured Bible study leader at this week's Baptist World Centenary Congress is on record as saying the war in Iraq is justified and that he agreed with President Bush that Saddam Hussein posed a destructive threat to the world.
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Pastor Labels Most Southern Baptists 'Unregenerate'
Southern Baptists are sometimes accused of believing they are the only people going to heaven, but if one author and pastor is correct, most of them are in trouble as well.
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Baptist Leader Speaks Out on Second London Attack
A British Baptist leader expressed "continuing sympathy" for victims of London's July 7 bombings after similar blasts this Thursday produced panic but no new fatalities.
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Study Says Marriage 'Giving Ground' to Unwed Unions
Fewer Americans are getting married, and the number of couples living together out of wedlock continues to grow, according to a new study.
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Controversial Georgia Voting Bill Backed by Baptist State Senator
Civil rights groups are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to block implementation of a Georgia law supported by a freshman state senator and president of a company that publishes religious literature for moderate Baptists, claiming it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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North Carolina Church Escrows Funds for State Convention
Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, N.C., voted Sunday to escrow contributions to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina after two church members were denied nomination to convention boards of trustees.
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CBF Leaders 'Sensitive' to Concerns About New Constitution
After religious and secular wire services circulated stories highlighting removal of a reference to Jesus Christ from the constitution of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, leaders of the Atlanta-based group said they are sensitive to concerns raised about the new wording and pledged to address them.
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Bush Names Federal Appeals Judge to Supreme Court Vacancy
President Bush's nominee to the first vacancy on the Supreme Court in 11 years is described as a conservative but not always predictable jurist on record as saying he is against Roe v. Wade.
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Past Speaker at BP Journalism Conference Alleges Religious Discrimination in Lawsuit
A former editorial writer who is suing the Indianapolis Star alleging religious discrimination has spoken at conferences encouraging journalism students to use their careers to promote Christianity.
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Southern Baptist Theologian Terms Bible 'Blessedly Violent'
A professor and administrator at a Southern Baptist seminary says he reads "blessedly violent" Bible stories to his young children because he wants to "raise up violent sons" prepared for spiritual warfare.
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British Baptists Among Missing, Dead in London Attacks
As the first victims of the London bombings were identified publicly Tuesday, families continued to look for those missing and feared dead.
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Moderates Ponder Future in North Carolina
The surprise resignation of a centrist executive director is causing moderates to question whether there is a place for them in the future of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
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North Carolina Exec Moving to Pastorate
The executive director for North Carolina Baptists, who assumed his post in 1997 with goals of reconciling moderates and conservatives, is retiring at age 57 to return to the pastorate.
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British Baptists Respond in Wake of Bombings
Baptist churches in London sought to minister to victims affected by Thursday's terrorist attacks, while taking inventory to see whether their own members or loved ones were among the dozens killed and hundreds injured in four bombings on the city's mass-transit system.
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Baptist World Congress to Proceed Despite Bombings, Leaders Say
Leaders of the Baptist World Alliance on Friday announced that the upcoming Centenary Baptist World Congress will proceed in Birmingham, England, despite the July 7 terrorist attacks in London.
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Baptist Leaders Decry London Attacks
Baptist leaders in Europe condemned Thursday's bombings in London, urged prayer for those affected by the attacks and renewed their commitment to witness for peace and justice when the global Baptist community gathers in the UK for a meeting later this month.
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Christian Group Criticizes Jessica Simpson Video
Denouncing a new Jessica Simpson video as "slutty," a Christian media watchdog Web site called on the singer, actress and celebrity spokesperson for sexual abstinence to apologize and issue a more tasteful re-shoot.
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Stassen Calls for 'Motherhood Mandate'
A Baptist ethicist challenged for claiming that abortions increased under President Bush says America needs a "motherhood mandate" to ensure that women have economic security and healthcare as a deterrent to abortion.
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American Baptist Head Urges Unity Amid Controversy
The head of American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. told delegates at the group's biennial meeting that differences over homosexuality should not be allowed to split the 1.4-million-member body.
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CBF Elects Asian-American, African-American as Leaders
Fifteen years after forming around principles including the right of local churches to select their own leaders—whether male or female—the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship next year will for the first time be led by a woman pastor.
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CBF Council OKs Catch-up Funding for BCE
The Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on Wednesday approved a one-time contribution of $30,000 to the Baptist Center for Ethics to make up a funding shortfall.
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American Baptists Grapple With Homosexuality
As many as 2,000 American Baptists are expected to meet this weekend in Denver under a cloud of controversy
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SBC Motion Asks WMU to Waive Auxiliary Status
The Southern Baptist Convention could ask Woman's Missionary Union to surrender its auxiliary status and submit to convention control under a motion introduced last week at the SBC annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
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Education Resolution Sponsor Faults Coverage by Baptist Press
A leader in the effort to get a resolution critical of public schools before the Southern Baptist Convention criticized the denomination's official news service for suppressing the story.
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Supreme Court Rulings Split on Ten Commandments Displays
A divided United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that some, but not all, displays of the Ten Commandments on public property are constitutional.
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Moderate Leader Says SBC Resolution Encourages Gay Bashing in Schools
A moderate Baptist leader says a Southern Baptist Convention resolution on homosexual influences in public education will encourage gay bashing in schools.
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Southern Baptists Call for Investigation of Public Schools
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution urging parents and churches to investigate whether their community schools promote homosexuality.
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Southern Baptists End Disney Boycott
The Southern Baptist Convention declared victory in its eight-year battle over family values with The Disney Co. Wednesday morning, but moments later an SBC agency head implied Southern Baptists were losing the war against the homosexual-rights movement sweeping through the corporate world.
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Vines Silent on Anti-Quran Controversy
A former Southern Baptist Convention president who made headlines three years ago when he denounced the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a "demon-possessed pedophile" didn't mention a similar recent controversy in this year's message to the SBC Pastors Conference.
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SBC Pastors Conference Signals Leadership Change
Long the launching pad for future leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, this year's SBC Pastors Conference bore earmarks of a passing of the torch.
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Bush Highlights CBF Church at Southern Baptist Convention
Praising the Southern Baptist Convention for helping to build a "compassionate society," President George W. Bush on Tuesday mentioned a church aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship that no longer sends funds to the SBC.
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Ten Commandments Judge Slated to Speak at SBC Meeting
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's undeclared candidacy for governor could receive a boost from a Monday appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors Conference.
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PCA Rejects Resolution Against Public Schools
The Presbyterian Church in America discussed but rejected a statement inspired by last year's failed Southern Baptist Convention resolution urging Christian parents to withdraw their children from public schools.
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Baptist Newspaper Calls for Education Resolution
A Baptist editor says it is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to make a "positive, comprehensive statement" on Christian schools, but stopped short of endorsing a call for investigating homosexual influences in public schools.
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Republicans Raise Eyebrows by Inviting Porn Star to Fundraiser
Some of the "values voters" who helped President Bush win a second term questioned his plans to attend a $2,500-a-plate GOP fundraiser with a 24-year-old porn star and political wannabe.
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Family Groups Endorse SBC Resolution
Leaders of more than 40 statewide family groups sent a letter Tuesday urging the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution on homosexual "activism" in public schools.
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Baptist Woman Designs American Christian Flag
What America needs is a new Christian flag. At least that's what Marcia Thompson Eldreth thought in April 2003, when her Southern Baptist pastor preached that every believer should fly the Christian flag, even if someone had to make a new one.
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Resolutions Committee Called on to Report School Resolution
An early supporter of the Southern Baptist Convention's Disney boycott said it is unlikely it would pass today, because of a two-year-old rule that allows the SBC Resolutions Committee to "filibuster" to keep controversial or unpopular resolutions from coming to a vote on the convention floor.
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Baptist Press Silent on Homosexuality in Schools Resolution
Baptist Press in recent months has published numerous stories touching on homosexuality—from support for a Federal Marriage Amendment, to criticism of "activist" judges, to the Senate filibuster, to the role of religious conservatives in re-electing President Bush.
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BP Burned Before Over Public vs. Private Schools
Debate about the merits of Christian versus public schools has been a touchy subject for Baptist Press before.
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Experts Offer Supporting Testimony for Resolution on Homosexuality and Schools
Three conservative Christian activists have offered to provide expert testimony to the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee supporting a resolution recommending that churches investigate whether their school districts have clubs, programs or curricula promoting homosexuality.
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AFA Suspends Ford Boycott
The American Family Association on Monday said it was suspending its boycott of Ford Motor Company, after auto dealers asked for time to address concerns raised about the company's promotion of a "homosexual agenda."
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Southern Baptists May End Disney Boycott
A vocal supporter of the Southern Baptist Convention's 1997 boycott of Disney says he may ask the convention to declare the effort a victory when it meets June 21-22 in Nashville.
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Church Posting Anti-Muslim Message Leaves SBC
The North Carolina church that made recent headlines with its sign declaring "The Koran needs to be flushed," has left the Southern Baptist Convention to become an independent Baptist church.
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Study Says Abortion Decline Continues
The rate of decline in abortions slowed during President Bush's first term, but abortions did not increase, contradicting earlier and widely quoted claims by a Baptist ethicist.
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Family Group Calls for Boycott of Ford
A week after declaring its nine-year boycott of the Walt Disney Company over, the American Family Association on Monday announced it was turning its sights on the world's second-largest auto maker.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Decries Public Schools as 'Toxic'
A second resolution this year criticizing public schools has been submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee.
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Colson Criticizes 'Deep Throat'
Former White House aide Charles Colson says President Nixon would be "horrified" to learn that the identity of the anonymous source "Deep Throat"--who helped two Washington Post reporters expose the Watergate scandal that led to his resignation--was the No. 2 official at the FBI.
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'New Testament' Tank Name Criticized
A military Web site has removed a photo originally cleared by government censors of a tank in Iraq carrying the name "New Testament" on the barrel of its main gun.
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SBC Leaders Intervened to Encourage Removal of Anti-Muslim Church Sign
The pastor of a North Carolina Baptist church says he took down an anti-Muslim sign that made national headlines after four Southern Baptist Convention officials called to say the message might put missionaries overseas in danger.
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Resolution on Homosexuality in Schools Wins Endorsements
A resolution being proposed at next month's Southern Baptist Convention asking churches to investigate homosexual influences in public schools has picked up endorsements from conservative organizations.
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War Dead Remembered on Memorial Day
Two U.S. soldiers were killed Thursday night when their helicopter went down near Baquba, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad.
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'Freedom Fries' Backer Now Opposes War in Iraq
A politician who in March 2003 demanded that congressional cafeterias rename french fries to "freedom fries" now says the United States went to war in Iraq "with no justification."
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Southern Baptist Leaders Join Critics of Anti-Quran Church Sign (updated)
A Southern Baptist leader who three years ago defended a former convention president for declaring the Muslim prophet Muhammad a "demon-possessed pedophile" said Tuesday he disapproves of a sign at a small North Carolina church saying the Quran "needs to be flushed."
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'Baptist Among the Jews' Author Converts
A Southern Baptist woman who wrote a book about her experiences worshipping with Jews has converted from Christianity to Judaism.
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Evangelist Opposes Homosexual 'Agenda' in Schools
A black Southern Baptist evangelist says he wants to take back language stolen from the struggle for civil rights and used by gay-rights activists to make the push for same-sex marriage sound more acceptable.
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Prof's Departure Linked to Newspaper Column
Students at Hope College in Holland, Mich., protested the departure of religion professor Miguel De La Torre, after rumors circulated that the school's president forced him out because of a controversial newspaper column.
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Central Seminary Plans 'Workforce Reduction'
Central Baptist Theological Seminary has announced a "workforce reduction" in faculty and staff on its campus in Kansas City, Kan., citing longstanding financial concerns and a new teaching philosophy that emphasizes distance learning through remote campus sites across the United States.
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Judge Denounces Harsh Words About Judiciary
A federal judge in Chicago whose husband and mother were murdered in their home in February criticized televangelist Pat Robertson and unnamed lawmakers for "harsh rhetoric" about the judiciary, which she said could incite violence against judges and endanger their lives.
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Bobby Bowden Takes Sides in Air Force Academy Controversy
Florida State football coach and Southern Baptist Bobby Bowden weighed in on the controversy over alleged religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy, saying Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry is fighting the government over the role of religion on his team.
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CBF Partner Study Committee Increases Funding Cap
A Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Partnership Study Committee upped a funding cap for partners and increased the number of "identity" partner theology schools in a final report to be voted on by the CBF Coordinating Council in June.
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Moyers Responds to Allegations of Liberal Bias
Bill Moyers fired back at criticism that public television carries a liberal bias, blasting the chairman of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting for allegedly bowing to criticism of the far right.
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Sodexho Settles Discrimination Suit for $80 Million
A food and facilities-management company, with clients including a Southern Baptist seminary, agreed to pay $80 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it systematically denied promotions to black managers.
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Baptist Foundation of Arizona Trial Postponed, Again
A criminal trial for four former Baptist Foundation of Arizona officers accused of defrauding 11,000 investors out of $570 million has been postponed from August until Sept. 14, due to scheduling issues.
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Global Women Staffers Resign
A "woman-to-woman" missions organization founded three-and-a-half years ago is looking for a new staff, following the resignations of a coordinator and assistant coordinator May 1.
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Paper Faults 'Trickle-Down-Theology' for Flap Over Church Politics
A young North Carolina pastor forced to resign his church over pulpit politics was a victim of "trickle-down theology" from more-polished preachers at mega-churches mingling politics in their preaching, an Alabama newspaper editorial observed.
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Pastor Accused of Ousting Democrats Resigns From Church
A North Carolina Baptist pastor who reportedly led efforts to remove the names of nine members from the church roll because they didn't support President Bush's re-election resigned Tuesday night without apologizing.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Calls for Investigation of Homosexuality in Schools
A Houston attorney who last year failed in efforts to convince the Southern Baptist Convention to support a mass exodus from public schools is trying to resurface the issue by calling on churches to investigate whether their local schools promote homosexuality.
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Baptist Church Reportedly Ousts Kerry Supporters
A North Carolina Baptist pastor who reportedly led efforts to remove the names of nine members from the church roll because they didn't support President Bush's re-election on Sunday called it a "great misunderstanding" that should "be cleared up by the end of the week."
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Schiavo Judge Receives Honor
The Florida judge who presided over the Terri Schiavo case received a special award from a local legal association Thursday, prompting more controversy in a legal battle that brought him national attention and criticism from the religious right.
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New Film Draws Attention to Crusades
Some 800 years after the fact, the Crusades—the historical setting for the new movie "Kingdom of Heaven"--remain a sore spot in interfaith relations.
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Americans United Hopes to Export Interfaith Day of Prayer Service
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said Wednesday it plans to use an interfaith service in Oklahoma as a model for alternatives to the National Day of Prayer, which the group says "has been held captive by the religious right."
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Oklahoma City Church Denies Meeting Space to Interfaith Group
First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City has withdrawn permission for an interfaith group to meet on the church site, citing differing views over the separation of church and state.
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SBC 'Conservative Resurgence' Failed in Evangelism, Prof Says
The "conservative resurgence" in the Southern Baptist Convention failed in its goal of making the denomination more evangelistic, a professor at an SBC seminary says in an article in an upcoming journal.
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Pat Robertson Says 'Activist' Courts Pose Greater Threat than Terrorism
Televangelist Pat Robertson on Sunday defended comments in his latest book that an "out-of-control" judiciary is the most serious threat to face American democracy in nearly 400 years of history.
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Gay-Rights Group Protests at Focus on the Family
Police in Colorado Springs, Colo., arrested two parents and their adult son for trespassing as they tried to enter Focus on the Family's international headquarters to deliver a letter written to Christian author and radio personality James Dobson.
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CBF Missions Coordinator Resigns
Ten weeks after her election as Global Missions coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Barbara Baldridge announced her resignation on Friday.
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Princeton Student Group Promotes Chastity
A new sexual revolution has hit the Ivy League, with formation of a student group promoting chastity and abstinence outside of marriage at traditionally liberal Princeton University.
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Religion Takes Center Stage in Virginia Governor's Race
Taking a cue from last November, when religious voters were viewed as a key to President Bush winning a second term, candidates of both parties are reaching out to social conservatives in Virginia's 2005 gubernatorial race.
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Cable Channel Says it Was a Mistake to Air 'Justice Sunday'
The president of a board overseeing religious programming on a cable television channel in Louisville, Ky., says it was a mistake to air last weekend's "Justice Sunday" telecast, because it violated station guidelines prohibiting endorsements of political candidates or parties.
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Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sodexho Headed for Trial
Southern Seminary's new vendor for campus maintenance boasts on its Web site that "diversity is at the heart of everything we do." But according to a class-action lawsuit headed for trial this week, that commitment applies only to some jobs.
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Frist Opposes Filibuster at Church Rally
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist defended removing Democrats' power to filibuster against judges nominated by President Bush in a videotaped message to a rally labeled "Justice Sunday" in a Kentucky Baptist church.
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Senator Labels Comment by Southern Baptist Leader Anti-Catholic
A Colorado senator targeted in newspaper ads by Focus on the Family for blocking an up-or-down vote on President Bush's judicial nominees called on the group to distance itself from a Southern Baptist leader for comments the senator said were anti-Catholic.
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Air Force Academy Cracks Down on Religious Harassment
Hoping to avoid a repeat of a scandal two years ago over sexual assault, the U.S. Air Force Academy is requiring religious-sensitivity training amid complaints that dominance by evangelical Christians at the school fosters anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment.
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Fired Commentator Sparks Debate Over 'Political Correctness' in Christian Radio
A Christian radio talk-show host fired after questioning Roman Catholic beliefs on the air and fielding a caller's question about whether the late Pope John Paul II would go to heaven has sparked debate about whether evangelical radio promotes unity at the expense of biblical truth.
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NCC Leader Criticizes Planners of 'Justice Sunday'
The head of the leading ecumenical organization in the United States on Tuesday decried a campaign labeling opponents of President Bush's judicial nominees as being against "people of faith."
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Book Explores Religious Life of Teenagers
Contrary to many stereotypes, religion plays a significant role in the lives of many American teenagers, and parents' religious beliefs have a greater influence on teens than is generally believed, according to a recent book.
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Bush Says Death Penalty Consistent with 'Culture of Life'
President Bush on Thursday said he sees no contradiction between his call to build "a culture of life" and his support for use of the death penalty.
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Senate Leader Joins Religious Simulcast Decrying Senate Filibuster
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Southern Seminary President Al Mohler are among speakers scheduled for an April 24 simulcast to portray Senate Democrats blocking President Bush's judicial nominees as "against people of faith."
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Louisiana Baptist Leader Seeks Direct Control Over State Newspaper
The Louisiana Baptist Convention's new executive director has asked trustees of the Baptist Message to consider returning the newspaper, which has operated under a separate board since 1963, to direct control of the convention's 98-member executive board.
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Controversial Businessman Offering Millions to Churches
A man once known for barnstorming the country trying to sell dealerships for a machine he claimed would make free electricity from air is now offering churches grants up to $50 million to help bring "Christian values" to America.
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CBF 'Partner' Says Proposed Funding Cap Could Jeopardize Ministry
A proposed funding cap on "partners" of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship could jeopardize the survival of Associated Baptist Press, two leaders of the national news service said in a letter April 8.
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Baptist Church Consigns Pope to Hell
A Baptist church in east Tennessee drew media attention for displaying a sign implying the late Pope John Paul II is in hell.
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Dobson Compares Supreme Court to KKK
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, in a Monday broadcast decrying "activist" judges, compared the black-robed U.S. Supreme Court to the Ku Klux Klan.
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SBC Leader Hopeful About Baptism Increase
The Southern Baptist Convention turned around a four-year decline in baptisms during 2004, encouraging LifeWay Christian Resources President Jimmy Draper "that the denomination may be heading in the right direction."
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BCE Executive Director Being Treated at Home
Baptist Center for Ethics Executive Director Robert Parham is recuperating at his home in Nashville, Tenn., one month after being diagnosed with acute leukemia.
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Paper Says Schiavo Case About Defense of Marriage
The Terri Schiavo case proves that conservative Christians pushing for Federal Marriage Amendment are actually anti-marriage, according to an investigative report on a pro-polygamy Web site.
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Murder Victim May Have Tried to Witness to Assailant
A 29-year-old Oklahoma woman was murdered March 21, allegedly by a hitchhiker that family and friends said she probably picked up so she could share a Christian witness with him.
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Baptist Newspaper Criticizes Seminary Maintenance Decision
The Kentucky Baptist Convention newspaper has published an editorial challenging Southern Seminary President Al Mohler's assertion that there is "no inconsistency" in the conservative seminary outsourcing its campus maintenance to a company friendly to gays.
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Alliance Moves Meeting to Host Lesbian Preacher
The Alliance of Baptists moved its April 1-3 convocation from First Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., to Furman University, because some members of the church objected to an openly lesbian minister preaching in the opening session.
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New 'Ecumenism' Unites Conservatives
While the old leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention generally avoided the ecumenical movement associated with the World Council of Churches and mainline Protestants in the 20th century, the new fundamental/conservative guard appears more open to emergence of a newer "evangelical ecumenism" or "New Evangelical" movement.
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60 Percent of Dismissed Seminary Maintenance Workers Rehired
The private contractor taking over maintenance work at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has hired about 60 percent of the former seminary employees who took care of its facilities, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Sunday.
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Independent Baptists Cooperate, Reach Out to SBC
At a time when the Southern Baptist Convention is embracing fundamentalism, growing numbers of independent Baptists are warming to the idea of cooperation. One leader said only time will tell whether the convergence will be an "exclamation point or asterisk in Baptist history."
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