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Tuesday's Ballot Measures Brought Moral, Ethical Shifts
Tuesday's Ballot Measures Brought Moral, Ethical Shifts

By: Brian Kaylor
While media focused on the presidential race, U.S. voters offered their take on legislative ideas, particularly affirming marijuana usage, enacting stricter gun laws and increasing the minimum wage.

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Churches to Mark Election Day with Communion
Churches to Mark Election Day with Communion

By: Brian Kaylor
As millions of Americans cast their votes next Tuesday, hundreds of churches across the country will hold communion services to help people come together in unity as the body of Christ despite political differences.

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Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan
Welcoming Refugees as 'Guests' in Jordan

By: Brian Kaylor
An estimated 1.4 million Syrians fled south to Jordan over the past few years, a number equivalent to about 20 percent of Jordan's population. For many in Jordan, welcoming refugees is an act of hospitality.

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Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?
Should Pastors Endorse Presidential Candidates?

By: Brian Kaylor
Christians do not owe their chief loyalty to either political party. By publicly endorsing a candidate, pastors will tie their own credibility - and their churches' credibility and witness - to what that candidate says or does.

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Key Moral Issues Arise in Democratic Platform
Key Moral Issues Arise in Democratic Platform

By: Brian Kaylor
During this week's Democratic National Convention, delegates passed the final version of the Democratic platform, which clashes at times with positions of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Key Moral Issues Arise in GOP Platform
Key Moral Issues Arise in GOP Platform

By: Brian Kaylor
As the GOP holds its national convention this week and Democrats are set for next week, both parties will hash out language for their platforms, which can impact those parties and public policy decisions.

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

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

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Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future
Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future

By: Brian Kaylor
Canadian Baptists at the 2016 Baptist World Alliance annual gathering welcomed global Baptists to Vancouver, reflecting on their unique ministry heritage and context as they introduced their country.

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Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change
Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists discussed the COP21 agreement, emphasized the reality of climate change, and urged a more robust creation care theology at a commission meeting during the 2016 BWA gathering.

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Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness
Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 300 Baptists from more than 50 countries trekked to Vancouver for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, uniting for worship, ministry planning and dialogue.

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Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model
Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists face a growing debate over how Baptist relief and development agencies could most effectively collaborate. The issue likely will be a focal point during the BWA annual gathering.

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Trump's Meeting with Conservative Christians Sparks Definitional Issues
Trump's Meeting with Conservative Christians Sparks Definitional Issues

By: Brian Kaylor
Addressing Christian pastors and leaders in New York City, Donald Trump made the pitch for why Christians should vote for him in November.

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Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'
Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'

By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel
Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

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Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties
Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties

By: Brian Kaylor
Despite the technological and financial limitations that Cubans have faced over the last 50 years, Baptist leaders there report dramatic growth among churches over the last two decades.

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Trump, Cruz Tied Among Evangelical Voters
Trump, Cruz Tied Among Evangelical Voters

By: Brian Kaylor
The media suggest GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is big with evangelicals. Voting data reveals Trump is merely tied with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz within the critical Republican voting bloc.

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Evangelicals in Middle America Less Supportive of Trump
Evangelicals in Middle America Less Supportive of Trump

By: Brian Kaylor
As Donald Trump moves closer to the GOP presidential nomination, news continues to focus on his support from evangelical Christians. However, Midwest evangelicals aren't riding the Trump bandwagon.

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Church Attendance as Antidote to Donald Trump
Church Attendance as Antidote to Donald Trump

By: Brian Kaylor
While Donald Trump dominates among most voters, a soft spot in his support emerges when comparing voters by church attendance rates. People who attend church frequently remain much less likely to back Trump.

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

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

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Iowa Evangelicals Answered Call to
Iowa Evangelicals Answered Call to "Elect a President Who Will Lead in Godly Ways"

By: Brian Kaylor
A blizzard of evangelical voters carried Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to an upset victory over business mogul Donald Trump in Iowa's Republican caucus.

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ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio
ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio

By: Brian Kaylor
As various conservative Christians issue public endorsements of presidential candidates ahead of Monday's Iowa caucus, a key Southern Baptist leader remains uncommitted - officially.

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Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case
Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case

By: Brian Kaylor
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Obama. The decision could impact up to 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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Obama Dings Hateful Political Rhetoric, Urges Climate Action
Obama Dings Hateful Political Rhetoric, Urges Climate Action

By: Brian Kaylor
Standing before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama urged Americans in his State of the Union address to ignore political voices telling people "to fear the future."

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SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign
SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign

By: Brian Kaylor
With the first primary votes just three weeks away, many Southern Baptist leaders appear to lean toward backing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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U.S. Evangelicals in Paris Reflect on Climate Talks
U.S. Evangelicals in Paris Reflect on Climate Talks

By: Brian Kaylor
U.S. evangelicals who traveled to Paris for the COP21 United Nations climate conference will return home soon and help explain to fellow evangelicals the importance of climate change.

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Christians in Paris Urge Climate Action for Vulnerable Global Neighbors
Christians in Paris Urge Climate Action for Vulnerable Global Neighbors

By: Brian Kaylor
Not relying on the scientists and diplomats, evangelicals are speaking up in Paris about the impact of climate change on the poor and most vulnerable.

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Evangelicals Meet in Paris, Consider Biblical Call on Climate Change
Evangelicals Meet in Paris, Consider Biblical Call on Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 100 evangelicals from several countries and denominations gathered in Paris to worship, learn and dialogue about how they should respond to climate change.

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Christian Leaders Seek Changing Faith Climate in Paris
Christian Leaders Seek Changing Faith Climate in Paris

By: Brian Kaylor
Faith leaders convened in Paris during the U.N. climate change conference to consider how they can impact public policy and personal discussions about climate change.

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Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change
Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
As diplomats meet in Paris for climate change talks, faith leaders from several denominations and nations gathered at the Notre Dame Cathedral for a special worship service focused on climate change.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists' International Mission Board says it sold $18 million in overseas properties to cover missionary expenses in 2014, but that number doesn't match the agency's own 2014 audit.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
The head of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board said the elimination of up to 800 missionary positions was necessary because of a $210 million spending deficit. But those numbers don't add up.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Amid a controversy over homosexuality, Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia tell EthicsDaily.com that they're committed to unity.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia have divided over issues of homosexuality during the past two years. Three leaders there recently explained the controversy to EthicsDaily.com.

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West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola
West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in western African nations impacted by last year's Ebola epidemic, which claimed more than 11,000 lives.

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Baptists from Nazareth Appeal to Global Baptists at Congress
Baptists from Nazareth Appeal to Global Baptists at Congress

By: Brian Kaylor
Speaking about interfaith dialogue, peacemaking, theological education and Christian tourism, Arab Baptists from Nazareth spoke about their ministries and hopes at the Baptist World Congress.

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

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

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

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

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Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress
Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress

By: Brian Kaylor
South African musicians danced and sang as they welcomed Baptists from around 80 nations to the 21st Baptist World Congress in South Africa, held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance.

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Global Baptists Gather in South Africa
Global Baptists Gather in South Africa

By: Brian Kaylor
At the Baptist World Alliance's Congress, held every five years and for the first time in Africa, outgoing president John Upton reflects upon the "power of collectiveness" of global Baptists.

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Southern Baptist Leaders Join Growing Tide against Confederate Flag
Southern Baptist Leaders Join Growing Tide against Confederate Flag

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptist leaders joined politicians and corporations who have suddenly changed course this week by publicly opposing the Confederate battle flag.

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Few Baptist Voices Join Global Discussion on Papal Encyclical
Few Baptist Voices Join Global Discussion on Papal Encyclical

By: Brian Kaylor
While Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment made headlines around the world, many Baptist leaders seemed to ignore the document and its potential impact.

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Presidential Candidates Battle for Godly Image
Presidential Candidates Battle for Godly Image

By: Brian Kaylor
Faith voters remain targeted by many presidential candidates. Many GOP candidates are courting conservative evangelicals while religious appeals are less frequent among candidates on the Democratic side.

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Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War
Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War

By: Brian Kaylor
A Baptist pastor from eastern Ukraine sees God at work in his country even after the destruction of his 300-member church by pro-Russian separatists when he refused to back their cause.

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Breaking Promise, Obama Fails to Recognize Armenian Genocide
Breaking Promise, Obama Fails to Recognize Armenian Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, President Obama is expected to deliberately avoid using the word "genocide," breaking a campaign promise.

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Bill Clinton's Failure to Confront Rwandan Genocide as Genocide
Bill Clinton's Failure to Confront Rwandan Genocide as Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
As genocide erupted in Rwanda in 1994, killing 800,000 people in about 100 days, President Bill Clinton verbally danced around the topic. Why his administration did so little continues to spark debate.

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Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide
Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist groups have sporadically raised their voices against genocide. When they do, they have strongly condemned killing and affirmed the value of all lives.

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Catholic Expert Depicts Pope as
Catholic Expert Depicts Pope as "Moderate in Extreme"
By: Brian Kaylor
Pope Francis embodies a "moderate realism" and his ministry should matter to both Protestants and Catholics, said a respected U.S. journalist and top expert on Vatican affairs.
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Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling
Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling

By: Brian Kaylor
When a federal judge halted President Obama's executive order on immigration, putting nearly 750,000 immigrants at risk for deportation, many faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, responded with silence.

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Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
By: Brian Kaylor
As Nigeria prepares to vote in a presidential election, three prominent Nigerian Baptists share their thoughts about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the African nation.
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Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
By: Brian Kaylor
Standing in the city cemetery in Guatemala City, a contradictory mix of life and death covers the landscape. A nearby ministry started by a Guatemala Baptist leader seeks to tip the balance toward life.
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Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
By: Brian Kaylor
Protestants have grown in recent decades in the Central American nation of Guatemala, but one Baptist leader there sees the need for training to better prepare its leaders.
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Obama Attempts to Turn Page to
Obama Attempts to Turn Page to "Better Politics"

By: Brian Kaylor
Religion only seeped in occasionally to President Obama's State of the Union address before a GOP-majority Congress, but important moral and ethical issues dominated the night's discussions.

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Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations
Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations

By: Brian Kaylor
Leaders of a Cuban Baptist group praised the news that the U.S. and Cuban leaders have announced a historic shift in relations between the two nations after a strained 50-year relationship.

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Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
Martin Luther King – Church Buildings as Political Spaces
By: Brian Kaylor
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. noted that churches with their fancy buildings had become a "social club" more concerned with their status than with standing up for moral truths.
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Ebola Exaggerations Called Political
Ebola Exaggerations Called Political "Lie of the Year"
By: Brian Kaylor
Ebola exaggerations by media outlets and politicians were named the "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact.com, an independent political fact-checking organization and Pulitzer Prize-winning nonpartisan site.
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A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital
A Political Nativity in the Nation's Capital
By: Brian Kaylor
In early December, the streets of Capitol Hill are briefly transformed into a walking live nativity, enacting the original Christmas message in the heart of the nation's power structures.
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Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.
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Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
Christians Offer Differing Responses to Obama's Immigration Action
By: Brian Kaylor
Many Christian leaders praised President Obama's executive order to deal with the immigration crisis, while others – including key Southern Baptist leaders – joined GOP leaders in attacking Obama's action.
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Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
By: Brian Kaylor
Voters across the country sounded off on key ballot initiatives with moral implications, while Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.
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Cuban Baptists Say Bible Inspires Their Work, Remember Baptist Leader of Cuban Revolution
Cuban Baptists Say Bible Inspires Their Work, Remember Baptist Leader of Cuban Revolution

By: Brian Kaylor
Observing their 40th anniversary, Cuban Baptists underscored the Bible's role in their work and recalled a Baptist leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
By: Brian Kaylor
With one pastor referring to it as "one of the main principles of Baptists," Cuban Baptist leaders emphasized the importance of the separation of church and state.
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U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
By: Brian Kaylor
A 12-person Baptist delegation from the United States trekked to Cuba earlier this month for two days to learn more about Cuban Baptists and build bridges of understanding.
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Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
By: Brian Kaylor
When GOP Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage amid a chorus of boos during a conference, it vividly demonstrated a religious and political divide between many Christians in the U.S. and the Middle East.
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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
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Profiles in Goodwill: Brian Kaylor
Profiles in Goodwill: Brian Kaylor
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Brian Kaylor is a contributing editor for EthicsDaily.com and the communications and engagement leader for Churchnet in Missouri. You can learn more about him here.
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Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases
Church Giving Drops Even as Charitable Giving Increases
By: Brian Kaylor
Even though overall charitable giving in the U.S. is increasing, giving to churches is dropping, a recent report reveals. And trends among Baptist groups echo those findings.
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Some Baptists in St. Louis Respond to Ferguson Crisis
Some Baptists in St. Louis Respond to Ferguson Crisis
By: Brian Kaylor
While most Baptist churches in the St. Louis region avoided publicly commenting on the crisis in Ferguson, a few churches offered words and actions to advance the common good.
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How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
By: Colin Harris
The priorities of the Religious Right and evangelicals have drifted far from their original roots. That's why it's always wise to be careful who you let tell you who you are.
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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

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

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Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
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Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy
Global Baptists Urged to Engage in Advocacy
By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptist speakers urged greater advocacy, especially for religious freedom, among churches and conventions at the local, national and international levels at the Baptist World Alliance in Turkey.
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Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work
Moldovan Baptist Recognized for Human Rights Work
By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance recognized Ilie Coada, a Baptist pastor and social justice worker in eastern Europe, who has "saved countless children from the worst kinds of sex slavery."
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

By: Brian Kaylor
An American Baptist involved in refugee and immigration advocacy urged all Baptists to get involved in issues concerning displaced and stateless persons at the BWA's annual gathering.

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Global Baptists Meet in Ancient Biblical City to Plan Future
Global Baptists Meet in Ancient Biblical City to Plan Future
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from 59 countries are converging in Turkey this week for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. They'll elect a new president, whose five-year term will begin next July.
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Report Critiques Theology of Corporate Money in Politics
Report Critiques Theology of Corporate Money in Politics
By: Brian Kaylor
A report challenged the influx of corporate money in U.S. political campaigns as harmful to democracy and the needs of the poor. But will anyone pay attention to it?
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Tolbert Elected President of National Baptist Convention of America
Tolbert Elected President of National Baptist Convention of America
By: Brian Kaylor
National Baptist Convention of America delegates on June 25 elected the group's first new president in 11 years. Samuel Tolbert now leads the second largest black Baptist convention in the U.S.
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National Baptist Group Faces Key Presidential Vote
National Baptist Group Faces Key Presidential Vote
By: Brian Kaylor
Delegates to the meeting of the second largest black Baptist convention in the U.S. will vote Wednesday to choose one of three presidential candidates to lead the convention.
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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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Mixed Results 20 Years after Evangelical-Catholic Unity Effort
Mixed Results 20 Years after Evangelical-Catholic Unity Effort
By: Brian Kaylor
Prominent evangelicals and Catholics released a document 20 years ago articulating common ground between them, but their groundwork may have done more for politics than theology.
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Controversial Christian Zionist Group Exploits Ukrainian Crisis
Controversial Christian Zionist Group Exploits Ukrainian Crisis
By: Brian Kaylor
While other Christian groups have urged prayers for Ukraine and Russia during protests and violence, a Christian Zionist group instead seeks to use the crisis to further its theologically driven political goals.
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Australian Baptists Grade Ethics of Electronics Companies
Australian Baptists Grade Ethics of Electronics Companies
By: Brian Kaylor
Nearly 40 electronics companies were graded on their corporate ethical practices, and not one of them earned an "A," a report from Baptist World Aid Australia said.
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Baptist Educator Urges Churches to Transform Society
Baptist Educator Urges Churches to Transform Society
By: Brian Kaylor
Churches must view their calling as more than evangelism. They need to play a prophetic role in challenging political and economic injustices, said Jerry Cain, Judson University's retired president.
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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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Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism
Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism

By: Brian Kaylor
The Christ at the Checkpoint conference examined biblical teachings in today's Israeli-Palestinian context.

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Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
By: Brian Kaylor
Some Baptists have offered praise for Pope Francis, elected a year ago, despite key theological differences between Baptists and Catholics. Others dismissed him and his call for Christian unity.
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Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
By: Brian Kaylor
Elevation Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch, has a guide on how to hold spontaneous baptism services with this instruction: Plant people to respond to the call. Is that ethical?
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Supreme Court Case to Test Church-State Line
Supreme Court Case to Test Church-State Line
When the U.S. Supreme Court gathers today to hear oral arguments in a case on legislative prayers, it could lead to a new era of defining the First Amendment. Baptist groups are split on the issue.
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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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Australian Baptist Report Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics
Australian Baptist Report Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

A Baptist World Aid Australia report graded fashion companies based on their ethical practices. Only 7 percent of the 128 brands earned an "A" while 33 percent earned a "D" or "F."

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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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BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero
BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero
Several Baptist World Alliance speakers praised a 19th-century Baptist deacon and preacher, Sam Sharpe, who played a role in ending slavery in Jamaica and other parts of the British Empire.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Richard Land Exits SBC Leadership in Partisan Form
Richard Land Exits SBC Leadership in Partisan Form
Providing a fitting close to his leadership style, Richard Land ended his nearly 25 years of service as Southern Baptists' top ethics spokesman by hitting partisan notes at the SBC's annual meeting.
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Obama's Message to Young Black Men on Target
Obama's Message to Young Black Men on Target
Addressing the nation's only private liberal arts institution dedicated to educating African-American men, President Obama talked to graduating seniors about race and fatherhood.
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Why Religious Left Garners Less Attention Than Right
Why Religious Left Garners Less Attention Than Right
Not all Protestants and evangelicals gravitate to the Religious Right. Many focus on social justice issues. Yet in the media, the Right draws far more attention than the Left. Why?
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Russell Moore to Replace Richard Land as SBC's Ethics Chief
Russell Moore to Replace Richard Land as SBC's Ethics Chief
Russell Moore, a dean and vice president at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will replace Richard Land as Southern Baptists' new ethics chief.
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SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
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Obama:
Obama: "The Time Has Come" for Immigration Reform
As he urged a joint session of Congress to tackle immigration reform, President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of faith leaders.
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Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law
Reforming Immigration Rhetoric and Immigration Law

While federal immigration reform is needed, we must take care not to feed false stereotypes about the undocumented, including the notion that they don't pay taxes.

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Obama's Inauguration Steeped in Religion
Obama's Inauguration Steeped in Religion
Following tradition, President Obama's inaugural festivities today remain covered with religious garb – from the oath of office to the fact that the ceremony is being held today.
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President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
President Obama's Tax Rhetoric Doesn't Match Reality
Mitt Romney was pulverized for flip-flopping, shading ideas to the point of distortion and making up facts. Within weeks of re-election, President Obama has done the same thing.
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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Cornel West Calls Obama 'Republican in Blackface'
Cornel West Calls Obama 'Republican in Blackface'
An African-American seminary prof blasted President Obama for being an inauthentic African-American, referring to him as "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface."
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What Impact Did Election Have on Religious Right?
What Impact Did Election Have on Religious Right?
The political Religious Right lost on its chosen key issues in this election, leading many commentators to say that the movement is declining or at an end. But is it?
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Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
Election Night Brings Marriage, Marijuana, More of Same
With President Barack Obama easily defeating GOP challenger Mitt Romney, months of political politicking by conservative evangelicals appears to have been for naught.
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Election Day Communion Seeks to Heal Partisan Divide
Election Day Communion Seeks to Heal Partisan Divide
More than 750 churches from 22 denominations are participating in "Election Day Communion" today, an effort to bring the church together for unity on an otherwise polarizing day.
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Missouri Baptist Convention Promotes Republican Candidates
Missouri Baptist Convention Promotes Republican Candidates
Despite IRS tax regulations that restrict partisan politicking by tax-exempt organizations, Missouri Baptist Convention leaders introduced three GOP candidates at their annual meeting.
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SBC Leader Breaks Promise, Endorses Romney
SBC Leader Breaks Promise, Endorses Romney
Despite insisting for years that he would not endorse candidates, the main political spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention officially endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.
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Candidates Talk About Middle Class, Silent on Poor
Candidates Talk About Middle Class, Silent on Poor
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talk a lot about helping the middle class, but both of these men of faith are silent when it comes to plans to help the poor and disenfranchised.
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Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
Obama's Welcome to Young Undocumented Excludes Health Care
The White House ruled that young undocumented immigrants don't qualify for federal health care, but denying them access to health care benefits is no real welcome.
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Democratic Party's Religious Rhetoric Deifies Obama, Demonizes GOP
Democratic Party's Religious Rhetoric Deifies Obama, Demonizes GOP
Democratic Party leaders attempted to rally the faith vote at the Democratic National Convention, with much of the rhetoric focused on President Obama as a divinely chosen leader.
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Democrats Struggle with Faith Outreach
Democrats Struggle with Faith Outreach
Democrats found themselves criticized for removing the word "God" from the party platform. The attack damaged their faith outreach efforts, already under fire for disorganization.
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BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
BCE Brings Faith Witness to Democratic National Convention
The Baptist Center for Ethics assembled ecumenical panels for two screenings of its documentary on faith and immigration, including one across the street from the Democrats' convention.
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Skype Interview: Brian Kaylor on
Skype Interview: Brian Kaylor on "Mainstreaming Mormonism"
The Republican National Convention's last day represented a "mainstreaming of Mormonism," an expert on religion and politics tells EthicsDaily.com.
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Mo. Baptist Leaders Host Conference Call To Support Embattled Sen. Candidate Akin
Mo. Baptist Leaders Host Conference Call To Support Embattled Sen. Candidate Akin
Responding to an invitation with the Missouri Baptist Convention logo, hundreds of pastors were urged by Missouri Baptist leaders on Friday to support embattled GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin.
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Skype Interview: Robert Jones on Religion's Role in Election
Skype Interview: Robert Jones on Religion's Role in Election
As both political parties' conventions near, Robert Jones tells EthicsDaily.com what the role of religion has been in the election and what it is likely to be heading into November.
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Missouri Baptist Leaders Back Embattled Senate Candidate
Missouri Baptist Leaders Back Embattled Senate Candidate
Criticized by both parties for his comments about rape, Todd Akin, Missouri's GOP Senate nominee, still has backing of Missouri Baptist Convention leaders, who promoted him in the primary.
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Churches Must Move Past Comfort Zone to Fight AIDS
Churches Must Move Past Comfort Zone to Fight AIDS
Christian groups can make progress in the fight against AIDS, but they must be willing to forge new partnerships that push them beyond their comfort zone.
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Faith Without Works Kills
Faith Without Works Kills
In the wake of the Colorado theater shooting, we have witnessed leaders who point toward God without pointing toward the moral obligation for the well-being of neighbor.
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Land Sidesteps Plagiarism Issue at SBC Annual Meeting
Land Sidesteps Plagiarism Issue at SBC Annual Meeting
As Richard Land, Southern Baptists' embattled top ethicist, faced Southern Baptists for the first time since his controversial and plagiarized racial words, he quickly glossed over the issue.
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Prominent African-American Southern Baptist Condemns Mormonism as Racist
Prominent African-American Southern Baptist Condemns Mormonism as Racist
An African-American pastor hopes messengers at next week's annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will pass a resolution condemning Mormonism as racist.
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Reactions Mixed to Action against SBC's Land for Plagiarism, Inflammatory Remarks
Reactions Mixed to Action against SBC's Land for Plagiarism, Inflammatory Remarks
The decision by Southern Baptist trustees to cancel the radio program of their top ethicist while allowing him to keep his job sparked criticism from some Baptists and journalists.
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Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors
Southern Baptist Leader Relies on Sexual Metaphors
Richard Land, Southern Baptists' embattled ethicist under investigation for plagiarism, has used sexual metaphors to color his political analysis, some of which contradict his espoused sexual ethics.
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Why November Will Be Celebration of Constitution
Why November Will Be Celebration of Constitution
Come November, voters will choose between an African-American Christian and a Northeastern Mormon. It's a choice that honors Article Six of our Constitution.
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CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
CEO as Commander in Chief: A Workable Model?
With the GOP presidential nominee all but confirmed, U.S. voters will need to decide if the CEO model of leadership is what the nation requires at this moment in its history.
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Kaylor Wins Wilbur Award for
Kaylor Wins Wilbur Award for "Confessional Politics"
Brian Kaylor, contributing editor for EthicsDaily.com, won a Wilbur Award for his book examining the confessional politics of those who seek our nation's highest office.
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Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues
Baptists, White House Officials Discuss Policy Issues

A delegation of 60 goodwill Baptist leaders met with White House officials to discuss issues including the environment, human trafficking, immigration and predatory lending.

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Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Where Is the So-Called Line for the Undocumented?
Politicians from both parties say undocumented immigrants must go to the back of "the line" if they want to be here legally. It's meaningless talk because the line doesn't exist.
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Common Ground Hard to Find in Culture War
Common Ground Hard to Find in Culture War
For three decades, the Religious Right's careful packaging of faith has drawn a good market share of adherents ready to defend the "true" faith. Sadly, it leaves little room to find common ground.
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Faith Leaders to Pres. Hopefuls: Don't Bring Immigration Rhetoric to Tenn.
Faith Leaders to Pres. Hopefuls: Don't Bring Immigration Rhetoric to Tenn.
As Tennessee's presidential primary nears, many of the state's faith leaders urged GOP presidential candidates to keep bitter immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Harsh Political Partisanship Feeds off Division
Harsh Political Partisanship Feeds off Division
Not long after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address, critics were denouncing him. Today's politics thrives off a hard-edged division that won't allow compromise.
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Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
Kansas Politician's Apology: Sorry You Were Offended
A Kansas politician apologized for forwarding emails critical of President Obama. However, like many before him, he didn't apologize for what he said but for offending those who misinterpreted him.
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Why Presidential Hopefuls Must Feign Religious Piety
Why Presidential Hopefuls Must Feign Religious Piety
The presidential race is shaping up as an old-time religious revival. Sadly, many people of faith are willing to settle for token recognition while real issues, such as poverty and racism, are ignored.
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Gingrich Uses Racial Politics in South Carolina Win
Gingrich Uses Racial Politics in South Carolina Win
Conservative evangelical voters lifted Newt Gingrich to his dramatic victory in South Carolina's GOP primary as the thrice-married politician won the first southern primary by invoking subtle racial arguments.
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Support Candidates Who Embody Our Best Values
Support Candidates Who Embody Our Best Values
As we prepare for another presidential election, shouldn't we demand a candidate who supports our nation's highest values? That may be idealistic, but why expect less?
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Perry Drops Out of GOP Race, Backs Gingrich
Perry Drops Out of GOP Race, Backs Gingrich
Once the chosen candidate of evangelical leaders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled out of the GOP primary race Thursday and endorsed Newt Gingrich over evangelicals' new favorite, Rick Santorum.
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Baptists Join Evangelical Summit Backing Santorum
Baptists Join Evangelical Summit Backing Santorum
Several Southern Baptist leaders joined a meeting of more than 150 conservative evangelicals, who announced former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum as their political savior.
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SBC Official Involved in Political Efforts to Defeat Romney, Obama
SBC Official Involved in Political Efforts to Defeat Romney, Obama
Although he claims to be nonpartisan, a Southern Baptist official is working behind the scenes to defeat President Obama and stop Mitt Romney from earning the GOP presidential nod.
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Iowa Demonstrates Struggles of Conservative Evangelical Voters
Iowa Demonstrates Struggles of Conservative Evangelical Voters
Conservative Christian evangelicals helped Rick Santorum surge to a virtual first-place in Iowa's GOP caucuses, suggesting problems for Mitt Romney, who hasn't increased his support beyond one-quarter of Republicans.
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The Night You Became Indefinitely Detainable
The Night You Became Indefinitely Detainable
No president should be allowed to order citizens held indefinitely without an objective judicial finding that they've done something unlawful. And yet that's what President Obama signed into law.
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Despite Affairs, Gingrich Given Political Grace by SBC Leaders
Despite Affairs, Gingrich Given Political Grace by SBC Leaders
Southern Baptist leaders extended support to GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich despite his affairs and divorces. It's a stark contrast to the treatment they gave Bill Clinton.
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LifeWay's
LifeWay's "Pink Bible" Recall Shows Politics of Association
Rather than continue a partnership that would help fund breast cancer treatment and recovery, a Southern Baptist Convention agency pulled the plug to prevent a perceived link to Planned Parenthood.
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Survey Finds Deep Challenges for Romney
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than four in 10 American voters say they are uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House.
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After U.S. Kills Two Citizens, Religious Leaders Mum
After U.S. Kills Two Citizens, Religious Leaders Mum
Without being charged with treason in any court, two U.S. citizens associated with al-Qaida were targeted and killed by the United States. Why are religious leaders silent about their deaths?
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Fundamentalists Hint They Speak for God in Election
Fundamentalists Hint They Speak for God in Election
A Southern Baptist pastor's attack on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith is the latest effort by conservative Christians to sway the 2012 presidential election. But they err when they hint that they speak for God.
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Pro-Perry SBC Pastor Attacks Romney, Mormons
Pro-Perry SBC Pastor Attacks Romney, Mormons
At an influential gathering of conservative Christian activists, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president and attacked the religious beliefs of Mitt Romney.
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From Obama to The Daily Show, Talk of Fair Taxation
From Obama to The Daily Show, Talk of Fair Taxation
As President Obama called for economic growth involving fair taxation and "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart engaged a guest on taxation and wealth, a group of students discussed taxation and moral leadership.
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Perry Continues to Court Evangelicals
Perry Continues to Court Evangelicals
Continuing to court evangelicals as part of his campaign strategy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Liberty University students about his personal faith journey.
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GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
GOP Candidates Clash with Themselves, Reagan on Immigration Reform
During Wednesday's GOP presidential debate, many candidates clashed on immigration reform with the very president they paid homage to with the debate location.
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How Does Obama's Record Compare to King's Legacy?
How Does Obama's Record Compare to King's Legacy?
As the national monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opens to the public, it's an appropriate time to measure President Obama's record to King's concept of social justice. The assessment isn't favorable.
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Iowa Straw Poll Reveals Role of Religion in Politics
Iowa Straw Poll Reveals Role of Religion in Politics
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's courting of conservative evangelicals gave her the edge among GOP presidential hopefuls in the Iowa Straw Poll, but can she survive the candidacy of Texas Gov. Rick Perry?
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Perry's Prayer Rally Attracts Crowds, Political Speculation
Perry's Prayer Rally Attracts Crowds, Political Speculation
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's prayer rally drew tens of thousands of participants to Houston on Saturday, fueling the speculation that the Republican governor will soon launch a presidential run.
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Rick Perry Invokes God's
Rick Perry Invokes God's "Calling" to Prepare Presidential Run
As his national prayer rally launches in Houston on Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to consider whether he is being "called" to run for president.
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Obama Protects the Powerful Over the Poor
Obama Protects the Powerful Over the Poor
In the debt-ceiling debate, President Obama caved in to those who demanded drastic cuts to programs to help the needy, children and elderly. He needs to believe in social justice enough to fight for it.
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Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are SBC Leaders as Spineless as Land is Shameless?
Are Southern Baptists leaders once again ignoring the latest reckless rant – that President Obama "lives like a playboy" – from the head of their public-policy office?
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Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama
Southern Baptist Official Calls Obama "a Playboy"
President Obama is "living like a playboy," says the head of Southern Baptists' public policy office. Next time, he might want to consider fact-checking before repeating debunked claims from emails and Glenn Beck.
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Judging Politicians by Their Preachers Is Toxic Temptation
Judging Politicians by Their Preachers Is Toxic Temptation
Rather than judging politicians by their preachers, we need more preachers who judge politicians by their record of protecting the least among us, by their moral vision of the common good.
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How the Religious Right is Secularizing the Cross
How the Religious Right is Secularizing the Cross
Recent court cases reveal Religious Right leaders regarding the cross as a nonreligious symbol. Are they, as one writer puts it, reducing the cross to "a public service announcement"?
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Conservative Christian Group Met with Rick Perry
Conservative Christian Group Met with Rick Perry
Despite assertions that the meeting was purely spiritual, a group of nearly 80 conservative Christian leaders started their meeting by hearing from potential presidential candidate Rick Perry.
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Conservative Christian Group Seeks New Reagan
Conservative Christian Group Seeks New Reagan
Although a similar effort in 1979 helped Ronald Reagan mobilize pastors, a group of conservative Christian leaders does not seem likely to reach a consensus as to which candidate should receive the GOP nomination.
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Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Plotting their strategy to defeat President Obama, about 80 pastors and other conservative Christian leaders held a closed-door meeting this week to discuss the need for spiritual and political change in the nation.
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SBC's Contentious Debate over
SBC's Contentious Debate over "Amnesty" for Undocumented Immigrants
Marring the racially inclusive image that Southern Baptists attempted to present through their annual meeting, a resolution on immigration sparked a lively debate over a proposal that critics called "amnesty."
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Five Reasons Some Christians Overlook Trump's Lack of Piety, Humility and Fidelity
Five Reasons Some Christians Overlook Trump's Lack of Piety, Humility and Fidelity
A profane, twice-divorced self-promoter, Donald Trump has made a living on building casinos and objectifying women. So why do some Christians worship the ground he walks on? Here are five reasons.
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Conservative Christian Panelists: U.S. Christians Persecuted
Conservative Christian Panelists: U.S. Christians Persecuted
At a conservative Christian conference designed to flex political muscle, a Southern Baptist leader and other conservative Christian activists claimed that U.S. evangelicals are the main victims of religious bigotry.
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Huntsman Avoids
Huntsman Avoids "Faith" Questions at Evangelical Event
Speaking to Christian conservative activists, Jon Huntsman, GOP presidential hopeful and former governor of Utah, avoided the issue many in the evangelical community remain suspicious about – his Mormon faith.
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Religious Conservatives Cheer Trump at Conference
Religious Conservatives Cheer Trump at Conference
Donald Trump, the twice-divorced businessman who built multiple casinos, found himself the star at a gathering of conservative Christian activists from around the nation.
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Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
Southern Baptist Pastor, Fox Host Get Facts Wrong
A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in Dallas appeared on a Fox News program after Easter and used falsehoods and innuendo to challenge the president's faith.
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Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
Anti-Immigration Group Gives Fs to Presidential Candidates
An anti-immigration group's report card gave failing grades to President Obama and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Other federal politicians didn't do much better although U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann earned a B-.
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Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Jewish, Christian and Muslim American religious organizations affirmed President Barack Obama's speech last week aimed at pushing Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace. Other faith leaders were more critical.
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Limbaugh, MSNBC's O'Donnell Spar over Jesus and Taxes
Limbaugh, MSNBC's O'Donnell Spar over Jesus and Taxes
As Christian leaders sought to impact congressional tax and budget policies, Rush Limbaugh and liberal MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell traded barbs recently over what Jesus' policies would be on taxes.
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Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
Faith Leaders Criticize Obama's Immigration Speech, Call for Comprehensive Reform
President Obama's 12-minute immigration speech mocked the GOP and in two short paragraphs outlined his understanding of comprehensive reform; faith leaders said his words fell short.
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Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
Obama Touts Immigration Reform; States Seek Own Remedies
President Obama said his administration had beefed up border security and gone beyond what the GOP said it wanted in order to support comprehensive immigration reform.
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Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Since President Obama and his family visited a Baptist church on Easter and Fox News later aired a tape of the church's pastor, the church has received more than 100 threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
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Why Some Religious Right Champion
Why Some Religious Right Champion "Atlas Shrugged"
Given author Ayn Rand's contention that selfishness is a virtue and selflessness is a vice, why do devotees of the movie version of "Atlas Shrugged" include the Religious Right?
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Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked
Franklin Graham Espouses Debunked "Birther" Claims
After talking about "God's love" and "the sacrifice of Jesus Christ" on a nationally televised news program on Easter Sunday, Franklin Graham argued that President Obama may not have been born in the United States.
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What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
What Has Happened to Christian Moral Witness in Warfare State?
Is the Christian left giving President Obama a pass on his promises to end the nation's wars and remaining mostly mute as he expands our military involvement in Afghanistan and now Libya? The question merits reflection.
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The Hypocrisy of Obama's Rationale to Attack Libya
The Hypocrisy of Obama's Rationale to Attack Libya
President Obama defended military action against Libya by saying it would have been a "betrayal of who we are" to do nothing. However, the truth is we often turn a blind eye to the oppressed around the globe.
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What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
What Is General Electric's U.S. Tax Bill?
With 975 employees in its tax department and spending more than $200 million to lobby Congress for favorable treatment, General Electric lets taxpayers foot the bill while it rakes in profits and avoids taxes.
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Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
Bypassing Time-Honored Rules of Just War – Again
President Barack Obama has bypassed the time-honored rules of just war for a second time. While the rules are useful tools for moral discernment, too often presidents itching for military conflict neglect them.
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Gingrich Polls Higher than Obama among Evangelicals
Gingrich Polls Higher than Obama among Evangelicals
Evangelicals favor five possible GOP presidential candidates more than President Obama. Their numbers dropped among born-again Christians, and not one received favorable ratings from members of non-Christian faiths.
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Fringe Christian Politicians Feed
Fringe Christian Politicians Feed "Birther" Movement
Bills have been introduced in at least 10 states that would require presidential candidates to supply proof that they are natural-born Americans. Are conservative Christian politicians fueling the "birther" movement?
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Retired General Talks about Arming Against Obama, Marxism
Retired General Talks about Arming Against Obama, Marxism
A retired U.S. general, earlier criticized for telling church groups the war against terrorism was a conflict between Judeo-Christian values and Satan, now says people are asking him if it's time to arm against the government.
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SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
Richard Land, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, quit a group that defends Muslims' religious liberty rights – a move that caps months of his wavering on the issue.
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Obama's State of the Union Shows He
Obama's State of the Union Shows He "Gets It"
President Obama offered a sober analysis and a centrist solution to the challenges facing our nation. Partisans on the left and right will be upset, but it's clear he understands how to move forward with a divided government.
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Troubling Undertone in Obama's State of the Union
Troubling Undertone in Obama's State of the Union
The bulk of President Obama's State of the Union address focused on changes he believes need to be made for our country to thrive, but the speech was couched in the language of American exceptionalism.
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Confessional Politics Excommunicates Minority Groups
Confessional Politics Excommunicates Minority Groups
Although all Americans are supposed to be treated equally as citizens, it seems clear that in a confessional era of politics, new classes of civic lepers have been created that – as in biblical times – must be avoided at all costs.
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Is President Obama Opposed to American Exceptionalism?
Is President Obama Opposed to American Exceptionalism?
When we equate American exceptionalism with being number one, we fail to defend the things that make us exceptional, including freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
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Some Baptists Echo
Some Baptists Echo "Lie of the Year"
PolitiFact.com, a nonpartisan fact-checking organization, dubbed the claim that health care reform was "a government takeover of health care" as the top lie of the year. Southern Baptist leaders parroted the phrase.
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Why 'E Pluribus Unum' Is a Better National Motto
Why 'E Pluribus Unum' Is a Better National Motto
President Obama drew criticism for saying "E Pluribus Unum" rather than "In God We Trust" is the national motto. While Congress OK'd "In God We Trust" as a knee-jerk reaction to McCarthyism, Obama knows his history.
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Obama's Compromise: Weakness or Wise Leadership?
Obama's Compromise: Weakness or Wise Leadership?
Members of President Obama's own party lament that he has caved on a clear pledge. While some see it as weakness, his effort to work for partial solutions on the way toward a greater goal may reveal wise leadership.
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Obama Embraces Reaganomics, Puts Vulnerable at Risk
Obama Embraces Reaganomics, Puts Vulnerable at Risk
Political leaders are supposed to execute justice for the vulnerable. They can't fulfill that duty without the revenue produced by taxes. President Obama knows this is true yet is willing to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.
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Politicians Pander to Rich, Ignore the Poor
Politicians Pander to Rich, Ignore the Poor
President Obama and Republicans in Congress appear willing to continue the national pastime of pandering to the wealthy at the expense of the needy. Their deal should offend anyone who cares about justice.
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Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Clergy Plotting to Defeat Obama Lack Moral Integrity
Under the pretense of a prayer meeting, conservative Christian leaders are plotting to remove President Obama from the White House. Their deception reveals their lack of moral integrity.
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Conservative Christian Leaders Plot to Replace Obama
Conservative Christian Leaders Plot to Replace Obama
About 40 conservative Christian leaders from across the nation met to strategize about replacing President Barack Obama with someone who matches their agenda.
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50th Anniversary of Historic JFK Speech on Religion
50th Anniversary of Historic JFK Speech on Religion
John F. Kennedy, speaking to Protestant pastors as a presidential candidate 50 years ago, affirmed church-state separation. Today, many Baptists and Catholics reject the standard for religion and politics that he advocated.
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SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission remains a strong voice against the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. But his reasons don’t all add up.
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National Affairs Briefing Politicized the Gospel
National Affairs Briefing Politicized the Gospel
The National Affairs Briefing, held 30 years ago, marked the spiritual deterioration of American evangelicalism. Going forward, ideological commitment to propositions advanced by the Christian Right would demonstrate one's faith.
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Niebuhr's Ghost, Sunday's Specter: Choosing Our National Theologian
Niebuhr's Ghost, Sunday's Specter: Choosing Our National Theologian
Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the most influential U.S. theologians, didn't succumb to simplistic responses to complex problems. By contrast, many today favor a religious flag-waving that hits certain hot-button moral issues.
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Religious Right Linked Politics, Conservative Christianity
Key early organizers of the Religious Right convened secret meetings in the mid-1970s to link their political agenda with conservative Christianity. Their goal was to elect Christian conservatives and build a “Christian Republic.”
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Anniversary of Bailey Smith's Harmful Moment in Baptist-Jewish Relations
Anniversary of Bailey Smith's Harmful Moment in Baptist-Jewish Relations
Bailey Smith, then president of the Southern Baptist Convention, claimed 30 years ago that God "does not hear the prayer of a Jew." Today, other Southern Baptist leaders have rhetorically followed his lead.
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A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
A 'Transformative Moment' in SBC Political Activity
Ronald Reagan, then the GOP nominee for president, joined a who's who of conservative Christians on a Dallas stage 30 years ago, convincing many Southern Baptists and other evangelicals to join the Republican cause.
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Ken Starr Joins Baptist Church – Without Attending
Ken Starr Joins Baptist Church – Without Attending
Ken Starr, the new president of Baylor University, promised to join a Baptist church once he was on the job in Waco. He kept that promise, joining a church without even being present for the service.
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Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
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GOP Candidates Play the 'God Card'
GOP Candidates Play the 'God Card'
As the 2010 midterm elections heat up, several GOP candidates have invoked God to support their campaigns and attack their political opponents. One even said his opponent was trying to take away the freedom "to find ... salvation."
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Baptist Attacks Fail on Candidate's Religion
Baptist Attacks Fail on Candidate's Religion
After facing weeks of personal attacks, including questions about her conversion to Christianity, Nikki Haley, who grew up Sikh, easily captured the Republican nomination for South Carolina governor.
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Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Is the SBC Pivoting Toward a New Future?
Has the SBC pivoted away from its position over the past 20 years of fidelity to angry fundamentalist leaders and faithfulness to the political right? Are the results of the SBC's annual meeting an aberration or a new positive trend?
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Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
Obama Speech Appeals to Faith, Seeks Clean Energy
In his first Oval Office address to the nation, President Obama accurately diagnosed the root causes of the Gulf gusher and laid out in broad strokes a constructive plan forward.
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Moore Finishes 4th in GOP Primary for Governor
Moore Finishes 4th in GOP Primary for Governor
Roy Moore, once popular for his battle over the Ten Commandments, came in fourth in the GOP primary for Alabama governor. It is one thing to rally people against something; it's another to mobilize them for a specific person.
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 Land Defends BP, Blames Obama for Gulf Catastrophe
Land Defends BP, Blames Obama for Gulf Catastrophe
As hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil flow daily into the Gulf of Mexico, a Southern Baptist leader claimed that environmentalists and President Barack Obama are mostly to blame for the devastation.
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Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
A well-meaning covenant on civility is meaningless when the most uncivil people of all refuse to have anything to do with it. The U.S. right wing is not interested in dialogue. They want only victory.
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National Baptists Win Lawsuit Involving Ex-President
National Baptists Win Lawsuit Involving Ex-President
A former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. has lost his lawsuit against the convention, months after overwhelmingly losing his attempt to regain the presidency.
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Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Muslim Stories About Obama, Seminary Leader
Some people believe that President Obama is a secret Muslim no matter how much evidence exists about his faith in Christ. Meanwhile, Liberty University's president appears to have exaggerated his Muslim roots.
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An Open Letter to Sasha and Malia Obama
An Open Letter to Sasha and Malia Obama
Dear Sasha and Malia, your dad's been working hard for the American people. And he is doing some very good things while enduring very painful opposition and hatred.
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Criswell College Head Uses Ethnic Slur on Radio
Criswell College Head Uses Ethnic Slur on Radio
Criswell College's interim president used an ethnic slur prior to teaching Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Dallas. College and church leaders quickly defended him and downplayed the remark.
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National Day of Prayer: Facts and Fiction
National Day of Prayer: Facts and Fiction
As the National Day of Prayer approaches this Thursday, let's correct a few distortions. President Obama, for example, is not trying to cancel the day. That's a rumor rooted in the nonsense that he's not a Christian.
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Religious Leaders Protest State Tax Policies
Religious Leaders Protest State Tax Policies
As state governments tighten their budgets and consider fiscal changes to handle the recession, religious leaders in some states complain that the poor are being adversely impacted by tax policies.
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Baptist Activist's Political Comeback Falls Short
Baptist Activist's Political Comeback Falls Short
A disgraced former state legislator and Baptist, who has spent years as a conservative Christian activist, lost a primary runoff election to decide the GOP nominee for the Texas Supreme Court.
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Southern Baptists Falsely Claim Health Care Reform Funds Abortion
Southern Baptists Falsely Claim Health Care Reform Funds Abortion
Despite the claims of numerous fact-checkers and other pro-life leaders, Southern Baptist leaders have continued to claim falsely that health care reform legislation will allow federal funding of abortion.
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Texas Adopts Controversial Education Standards
Texas Adopts Controversial Education Standards
Conservatives on the Texas Board of Education pushed through controversial new education standards that will impact what school children across the nation learn about history and economics.
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African-American Baptists Form Historic Partnership to Rebuild Haiti
African-American Baptists Form Historic Partnership to Rebuild Haiti
Five African-American Baptist conventions have started a historic and ambitious collaborative effort to raise $50 million to help rebuild Haiti after January’s devastating earthquake.
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Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Tax Reform
Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Tax Reform
A candidate seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for governor of Alabama is on a crusade to change the state's tax code, with the goal of helping those who are struggling financially.
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"Voice From the Past" Advises Barack Obama
President Obama receives a lot of advice, including this letter from a voice from the past. "Mo Amramson" was also in charge of leading a multitude of people through troubling times.
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Megachurch Pastor Decries Tax System
Megachurch Pastor Decries Tax System
Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Ed Young Sr. recently devoted a sermon to the problems with the American tax system. However, several claims made by the former SBC president were inaccurate.
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Why Immigration Reform Can't Wait
Why Immigration Reform Can't Wait
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue that this is no time to tackle another controversial initiative, but they are wrong. Now is the time to push a bill through Congress.
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Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Evangelist Franklin Graham attacked Islam as "a very violent religion" and argued that Americans could not practice "true Islam," but Baptist leaders promoting dialogue with Muslims criticized his remarks.
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Lessons from Niebuhr Put Obama at Odds with Poor
Lessons from Niebuhr Put Obama at Odds with Poor
Back in 2007, Barack Obama proclaimed Reinhold Niebuhr as one of his "favorite philosophers." But what the president took away from Niebuhr puts him at odds with the world's poor and oppressed.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Offer Erroneous Global-Warming Claims
Southern Baptist Leaders Offer Erroneous Global-Warming Claims
World leaders gathered in Copenhagen to negotiate the details of an accord to combat global warming, and Southern Baptist leaders voiced their opposition with erroneous claims.
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Don't Atheists Have the Same Rights as All Americans?
Don't Atheists Have the Same Rights as All Americans?
An atheist was elected to a city council in North Carolina, but some critics have invoked that state's constitution, which forbids anyone who denies God from holding public office. Have they forgotten the U.S. Constitution?
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Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
Was It a Word of Prophecy in 2001 that Afghan War Would Be Unsuccessful?
A recent EthicsDaily.com editorial cautioned against Obama's Afghan war plan, echoing our concern eight years ago when Bush made his case for war there. Will you be reading a similar editorial in 2017?
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Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
Just War Rule Challenges Obama’s ‘More War to End War’ Strategy
President Obama told the nation last night that his strategy in Afghanistan is to make more war in order to end the war. But he never satisfactorily assured the nation of the probability of such success.
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Manhattan Declaration: Feeble Echo from Religious Right
Manhattan Declaration: Feeble Echo from Religious Right
Christians have no business embellishing the truth and twisting it for political purposes. That is what the Manhattan Declaration does from beginning to end.
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SBC Leader Labels Obama as
SBC Leader Labels Obama as "Very Dangerous"
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently called President Obama "very dangerous" and claimed Obama was damaging America.
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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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Richard Land Flip-Flops on Nazi Apology
Richard Land Flip-Flops on Nazi Apology
One week after apologizing for comparing Democratic leaders to the Nazis, the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land reneged on his promise to stop using such comparisons.
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Former President Sues Baptist Convention over Election
Former President Sues Baptist Convention over Election
A former president of the National Baptist Convention has filed his second lawsuit in two months against the convention, asking the court to declare the recent presidential election null and void.
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SBC Leader Apologizes for Nazis Reference
SBC Leader Apologizes for Nazis Reference
Days after saying he stood by his analogy, a top Southern Baptist official apologized for accusing President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did."
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Moses Stages Another Comeback
Moses Stages Another Comeback
Moses has been one of the go-to men for freedom-loving Americans of nearly every generation. Now the ancient Jewish leader is the subject of a new book and even has an action film in the works.
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SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
SBC Leader Invokes Nazis in Health-Care Discussion
A Southern Baptist leader accused President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders of attempting to do "precisely what the Nazis did" and compared a health-care adviser to Josef Mengele.
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Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
Baptist Senator Splits from Birthers, Criticizes Glenn Beck for Cynicism
A GOP senator has again parted ways from the Republican right, the Birthers and conservative cable TV and radio hosts. If only more refused to be silent or bullied by the Christian right and its allies.
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Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Two U.S. senators introduced ambitious legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions and stop global warming. With moderate Democrats offering doubts, the bill faces poor prospects of being passed soon.
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Pastor's Video Insinuates Obama is the Antichrist
Pastor's Video Insinuates Obama is the Antichrist
Debunking a video that uses falsehoods and half-truths to suggest that President Barack Obama is the Antichrist is like proving there isn't a needle in a haystack.
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At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
At U.N., Gore Urges Senate to Pass Climate Change Bill
Joining 100 world leaders at the United Nations for a day of talks on climate change, former Vice President Al Gore called on the Senate to pass a landmark bill to fight global warming.
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Identity Crisis: Some Struggle with Different Leaders
Identity Crisis: Some Struggle with Different Leaders
Jody Powell, part of Jimmy Carter's "Georgia Mafia," died Sept. 14. Many Southerners identified with them, just like many black Americans today identify with Obama. Others don't like leaders who are different.
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Stance Against Health Care Resurrects Religious Right
Stance Against Health Care Resurrects Religious Right
The Religious Right was in tatters last year, but health-care reform has given these religious naysayers, posing as spokespersons for Jesus, something new to which they can say "no."
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African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's
African-American Baptist Applauds Carter's "Courage"
Former President Jimmy Carter created an uproar by charging that some of the opposition to President Obama is due to continued racism. One African-American pastor applauded his courage.
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Wilson's Outburst Should Be Turning Point for Civility
Wilson's Outburst Should Be Turning Point for Civility
The battle over ideas in this country has degenerated into a name-calling, fear-mongering contest. It's time to condemn the Joe Wilsons of the world who would rather inflame than inform.
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Lyons Loses Bid to Regain National Baptist Presidency
Lyons Loses Bid to Regain National Baptist Presidency
Henry Lyons garnered less than 20 percent of the vote for the National Baptist Convention presidency, losing 4,086 to 924 to the convention’s vice president-at-large, Julius Scruggs.
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Lyons Loses Legal Effort to Prevent National Baptist Election
Lyons Loses Legal Effort to Prevent National Baptist Election
A last-minute legal effort to prevent the presidential election for the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. failed Wednesday afternoon.
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Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Unhinged Southern Baptists, Republicans Slam Obama's School Speech
Why is there such unhinged anger toward and paranoia about President Obama speaking to school children? Have the racist sins of the fathers finally visited the children?
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Ex-Convict Sues National Baptists in Quest to Regain Presidency
Ex-Convict Sues National Baptists in Quest to Regain Presidency
Ten years ago, Henry Lyons resigned as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and then spent more than four years in prison for racketeering and grand theft. Now, Lyons wants to be president of the largest African-American denomination once again—and is suing to try and make that happen.
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Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Baptist Congressman Considers Suing President Obama Over Birth Certificate
Right-wing conspiracy theorists and political opportunists have argued that Barack Obama isn't president because he's not a natural born U.S. citizen. A Baptist congressman is the latest to join the act.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Split on Abortion Reduction Bill
Southern Baptist Leaders Split on Abortion Reduction Bill
Some Southern Baptist leaders are divided over whether to support legislation designed to reduce abortion and drawing support from pro-life and pro-choice advocates.
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 Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Immigration Reform Slides to Obama's Backburner
Rather than tackle the humiliations of being Hispanic today in this country, the president announced that legislation to overhaul immigration laws will be delayed until next year.
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Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists Called to Promote Civility, Cooperation
Baptists must treat each other with respect and civility even when there are disagreements over issues, an Oklahoma pastor and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter both urged.
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Building Bridges: Crossing Valley of Racism
Building Bridges: Crossing Valley of Racism
Healing the racial divide is as important to Christianity as hot-button issues such as abortion and gay marriage, an African-American pastor said at a New Baptist Covenant regional meeting.
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Texas Curriculum Battle Shifts to History
Texas Curriculum Battle Shifts to History
When educators write new social studies standards for Texas public schools, they'll consider suggestions written by a reviewer whose historical claims have been discredited.
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Cape Coast Castle: Monument to Man's Cruelty
Cape Coast Castle: Monument to Man's Cruelty
An African town, once a trading post for slaves, now testifies to our "capacity for cruelty." Will we learn from the past and protect the vulnerable of society?
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SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
SBC Is More Partisan than Southern Baptist Republican Senator on Sotomayor
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor show that the SBC has chosen to become even more political than the Republican Party.
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Gender-Role Beliefs Affect Family Communication
Gender-Role Beliefs Affect Family Communication
Gender-role ideology significantly impacts how evangelical families communicate, a study says. Egalitarians focus on conversation; complementarians on conformity.
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House Reps Pass Historic Climate Legislation by Slim Margin
House Reps Pass Historic Climate Legislation by Slim Margin
Members of the U.S. House narrowly passed unprecedented climate legislation, which was endorsed by more than 140 Baptist leaders. The bill still needs approval from the Senate before going to President Obama.
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Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
More than 50 religious leaders, including Baptists from the United States, signed a letter sent to President Obama, calling for a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
Burqa Battle Is Over Competing Visions of Religion in Public Square
The battle over the burqa has broken out between President Barack Obama and French President Nicholas Sarkozy. The French president's view reflects hostility toward religion while Obama displays respect for religion.
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SBC Agencies Asked to Investigate ‘Cussing Pastor’
SBC Agencies Asked to Investigate ‘Cussing Pastor’
Five motions offered by SBC messengers called for investigations into the influence of targeted leaders.
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Glad Obama's President? Thank Conservative Talking Heads
Glad Obama's President? Thank Conservative Talking Heads
If some of America's best-known conservative talk show hosts aren't on the payroll on the Democratic National Committee, they should be. Their fiery rhetoric may be partially responsible for Barack Obama's election.
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SBC Executive Committee Recommends Disfellowshipping Church
SBC Executive Committee Recommends Disfellowshipping Church
The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted unanimously June 22 to recommend ending its more than 125-year relationship with Broadway Baptist Church in Forth Worth, Texas.
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
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Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Pastor and Former SBC Vice Pres Prays for President's Death
Wiley Drake, former second vice president of the SBC, let it be known that he was praying for President Obama to die. Is praying for someone's death consistent with the values and truth that Jesus embodied in his life and ministry?
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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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Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Americans who are alarmed, concerned or cautious about global warming make up 70 percent of the population, a new study said. Those in the dismissive group are the most likely to be evangelical Christians or Baptists.
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Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
Obama Models Interfaith Theology in Cairo Speech, Calls for Interfaith Service
President Barack Obama spoke as a public theologian in Cairo, calling for us to go beyond interfaith dialogue and to pursue interfaith service. He deserves applause from people of faith—Christians, Muslims and Jews.
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Obama as Spock? President More Closely Aligns with Poitier's Roles
Obama as Spock? President More Closely Aligns with Poitier's Roles
President Obama has been compared to Spock, the logical Vulcan in "Star Trek." A more apt comparison may be some of the characters played by Sidney Poitier, intelligent black men who won't be intimidated and with a solid moral center.
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After Obama's Election, Much Work Awaits Us to Fulfill King's Dream
After Obama's Election, Much Work Awaits Us to Fulfill King's Dream
The euphoria of the inauguration of Barack Obama has passed. Will we open our eyes to the unfinished business that lies ahead of us? Now is the time to be counted among those who will help President Obama pursue a more just and equitable society.
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Obama's Election Inches Nation Closer to True Integration
Obama's Election Inches Nation Closer to True Integration
For many people, the promise of America has never equaled the reality of America. The election of Barack Obama has changed that. It is a sign that we have taken a significant step toward integration.
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Obama's Election Represents a Giant Step Forward for America
Obama's Election Represents a Giant Step Forward for America
Now that Barack Obama has been elected by the majority of Americans to be our nation's leader, it is time to put aside partisan-driven ideologies and differences, at least long enough to celebrate what has happened to us as a country. (Photo: Cover of 'The Audacity of Faith' from Judson Press)
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Liberty University Excommunicates College Democrats
Liberty University Excommunicates College Democrats
Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, recently informed leaders of its College Democrats chapter that the school would no longer recognize the club – a decision that reverberated through Virginia politics.
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Audacity of Faith: Reflection on Election of Barack Obama
Audacity of Faith: Reflection on Election of Barack Obama
America has come close to moments of racial reconciliation before, and in each instance the nation found a way or a reason to turn away from that opportunity. Will the election of Barack Obama be one more missed opportunity?
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Publisher's "American Patriot's Bible" Draws Strong Criticism
A Christian publishing giant has released a new Bible that intermingles nationalistic facts, quotations and pictures with the sacred text. Critics contend that The American Patriot's Bible promotes idolatry and glorifies nationalistic violence.
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Richard Land Substantially Alters Position on Torture
Richard Land Substantially Alters Position on Torture
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission made news recently when he denounced waterboarding as torture. Virtually ignored was why he shifted his position and why he had not spoken out sooner.
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Fewer Labeling Themselves Christian May Be a Good Thing
Fewer Labeling Themselves Christian May Be a Good Thing
A survey revealed that the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as Christians is declining. That may be a positive step. There's a huge difference between wearing a Christian label and living a Christian life.
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Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Tortured Morality: Inhumane Treatment Should Be Investigated
Our nation has already tried and punished enlisted military personnel for inhumane treatment of people in their custody. Why should political officials and intelligence operatives receive immunity for similar or worse conduct?
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McCain's Strategist: GOP Should Support Gay Marriage
McCain's Strategist: GOP Should Support Gay Marriage
The Republican strategist who ran John McCain's presidential campaign says supporting gay marriage fits with the party's belief in personal responsibility. How Christian conservatives will react is far from clear.
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Reports of Religious Right's Death are Premature – Again
Reports of Religious Right's Death are Premature – Again
Some media organizations interpreted a speech to Focus on the Family staff by James Dobson as a sign that the Religious Right has thrown in the towel. That's far from the case. Dobson wasn't giving up; he was vowing to fight harder.
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Beneath the Skin: Baptists Discuss How to Cross Racial Borders
Beneath the Skin: Baptists Discuss How to Cross Racial Borders
During two breakout sessions at the recent Baptist Border Crossing, Baptists viewed EthicsDaily.com’s documentary “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” and discussed how they could cross racial boundaries.
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Finding a Church is Never Easy, Especially if You're President
Finding a Church is Never Easy, Especially if You're President
Searching for a church home is a big decision. It's even tougher when the entire nation's watching you. No matter what church the First Family joins, for some it will be the wrong choice. Maybe we should let them worship in peace.
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Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
Obama Abroad Communicates America's Best Traditions, not Political Correctness
When President Obama claimed in Turkey that we Americans "do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," a right-wing brouhaha ensued. They set aside the fact that Obama has repeatedly extolled the value of faith in politics.
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Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
Obama Speaks About Islam in Turkey, Baptists and Muslims Speak Together in Oklahoma
When President Barack Obama addressed the Turkish Parliament and said the United States was not at war against Islam, I was in Oklahoma preparing to interview Muslims.
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Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Popular author and preacher Tony Campolo urged Baptists to help care for the needs of others by making systemic changes to American society and churches, during the final session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
David Coffey, president of the Baptist World Alliance, told an estimated 900 participants at the Baptist Border Crossing that their network will be successful as they trust the Lord to help them overcome barriers.
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Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter encouraged Baptists to put aside disagreements, urging them instead to unite behind "the gospel's simple message," during a session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Goatley Urges Baptists to ‘Color Outside the Lines’
Goatley Urges Baptists to ‘Color Outside the Lines’
Goatley used the analogy of children coloring pictures to explain his hopes and goals for Baptists. He noted that young children don’t always color within the lines, adding that he is excited by such actions even though teachers may tell children otherwise.
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Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
The lasting effect of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, signed 30 years ago, makes it the most successful modern effort toward Middle East peace.
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Running Up the Score on Learning-Disabled Students Isn’t a Biblical Value
Running Up the Score on Learning-Disabled Students Isn’t a Biblical Value
For Limbaugh, there’s nothing wrong with running up the score, but there is something wrong with firing the coach who did.
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Digital Era Endangers Newspapers, Including Baptist State Papers
Digital Era Endangers Newspapers, Including Baptist State Papers
As more people log online to retrieve their news and information, Baptist state newspapers and other religious publications may be particularly vulnerable.
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Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?
Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?
Given the thunderous silence of Christian Right leaders about Limbaugh’s worldview, one wonders if talk radio’s man of excessive individualism and political extremism has replaced the biblical witness as a moral compass.
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Obama Headed for Repeat of Vietnam, Says Peace Activist
Obama Headed for Repeat of Vietnam, Says Peace Activist
PASADENA, Calif. -- While applauding President Obama's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq by 2011, a longtime peace activist cautioned that Afghanistan may be the next U.S. military quagmire.
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Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Religious groups are more than eager to love their neighbors when it comes to regulating personal behavior. But when it comes time to take on the big issues of social and economic injustice, conservative Christians begin to sound more like a certain character in one of Jesus' parables.
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Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson, the former Watergate felon who is now a Baptist author and speaker, recently misrepresented evidence about global warming and even suggested that global cooling was occurring.
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What Does Dobson’s Resignation Mean?
What Does Dobson’s Resignation Mean?
James Dobson’s detractors responded with glee to his announced resignation as chair of the board of directors of Focus on the Family. The reaction of his supporters was muted.
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Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
Does Government Investment Trump Privatization?
President Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress stood light-years apart from President George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address.
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Burleson Details Ethical Shortcomings at IMB
Burleson Details Ethical Shortcomings at IMB
The forthcoming book by a former trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board exposes several ethical shortcomings in the management approach of IMB trustee leaders.
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Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
The symbolism was obvious: President Obama went to the rooftop—the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, with its solar panels for heat—before he signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday.
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SBC Delays Action to Remove Broadway Baptist Church from Membership
A motion made at last year’s Southern Baptist Convention to remove Ft. Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church from membership in the SBC over the issue of homosexuality was discussed today by the denomination’s executive committee, which delayed action until the completion of further study.
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Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
Christian Right's New Sling Blade Against Obama: Socialism
The cry of “socialism” is the Christian Right’s new sling blade in its attacks against President Barack Obama, disclosing full-throated anger and repeating the same charge as the political right.
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Office Has Potential to Remedy Some Biases
Office Has Potential to Remedy Some Biases
Is it really better for government and religion to stay out of each other's affairs? This is a question that Joshua DuBois most likely will have to answer time and time again. May his wisdom surpass his years; and from what I've read of him, it does.
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Office of Faith-Based Initiatives Should Disappear
Office of Faith-Based Initiatives Should Disappear
For my part the office could simply go away. If we want to spend money to help people, then create the Office of Helping People in America, and then go do it. The work is not going to be any more effective if it is done under the auspices of a church or any less effective because it is being done by secular professionals.
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Watching ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Watching ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Even with all that is unfamiliar to many Americans--the sprawling and filthy slums, the abject poverty, the strict caste system, the religious violence between Hindus and Muslims, the Indian music, names and scenery--there is much that we recognize besides the rags-to-riches narrative.
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Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
Obama Strikes Right Note at National Prayer Breakfast
President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony and issued an altar call to follow the Golden Rule in a clear, brief statement about faith in politics at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
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Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Congregations Prepare to Observe Evolution Weekend
Nearly 1,000 congregations across the country have announced plans to participate in Evolution Weekend Feb. 13-15 in order to spark “serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.” Among the participants listed on the Evolution Weekend Web site are a dozen Baptist churches, as well as congregations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 other nations.
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Faith and Politics
For more than 25 years, the Christian Right has carefully constructed a political myth claiming that “GOP” stands for “God’s Only Party.” Conservative Christians quickly bought into the myth.
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Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
Obama Resets Nation’s Moral Compass in First Week
President Barack Obama has reset the nation’s moral compass. Granted much of what he did was rhetorical. Nonetheless, he struck a new moral direction away from the nation’s failures, save one exception.
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Baptist Monitoring Group Cites Problems in Azerbaijan
Representatives from the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) recently issued a report citing human rights and religious liberty shortcomings in Azerbaijan.
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Don’t Fritter Away Opportunity for New Creation
Don’t Fritter Away Opportunity for New Creation
Maybe more than doing an updated, imaginative and expanded version of Jesus’ call to his disciples, we need to listen again to what, cryptically stated, he said was at stake.
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Religion Still Has the Right Words for Peace
To combat deep-rooted hatred and rejectionism, a profound spiritual movement is needed, and far from being a cause of divisiveness - as it is perceived in this country - religion is the only power which has a language of the necessary depth and subtlety.
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The Inauguration of Barack Obama: Moving Out of Our Exile
To use religious language to describe my thoughts on Tuesday, I felt that I was not witnessing so much the inauguration of a president, as I was participating in a revival meeting that was calling all of us to repentance, redemption and renewal.
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Hope’s Hard Work
Hopefully, the enthusiasm of this new reality will continue as the hard work of true change begins.
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See Neighbor As Kin or Nothing Will Change
Morale alone will not fix what is broken in our country. But without some sense of common purpose, some level of hope, some willingness to embrace our neighbor as our kin, nothing is going to change anyway.
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Obama’s ‘Peter Moment’
During his inaugural address, President Barack Obama quoted the Apostle Paul, but it was really a Peter moment.
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Faith, Fear, Fury and the Future
Despite the fear, hate, injustice and other trials of our time, we know and Obama proves the moral supremacy of faith over fear. Despite the fears and fury, we shall overcome by the power and relentless effort fueled by our faith.
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A Letter to America, not the President
I have read a number of letters to our new president, but I have yet to read a single letter to the American people. We might do well to remember the fate of the country is not entirely in his hands, but ours as well …
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President Obama Offers Religious Continuity with Previous Presidents
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address struck a more politically pragmatic pitch than the oratorical proclamation many had predicted.
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Inauguration Reminds Us of What Prayer Is, Isn’t
Prayer is not ceremonial. Prayers offered at public events like football games, graduations and presidential inaugurations are mere ceremony. They are prelude to something else that is the main event. If Jesus is right and prayer is actually a conversation we can have with God, then we have no business reducing it down to the level of a starter pistol at a foot race.
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SBC Leader Uses Poor Evidence to Promote ‘Global Cooling’
SBC Leader Uses Poor Evidence to Promote ‘Global Cooling’
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, once again used his weekly radio program to mock the idea of global warming and instead claimed that the earth is experiencing global cooling. However, Land relied on poor evidence, including a discredited list of scientists and the prediction of an unreliable almanac.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Change Comes Slowly, but Surely
In November, Sen. Barack Obama entered into history as the first African American to be elected president of the United States. Next Tuesday he will take the oath of office and become the 44th president of our country.
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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Factually Inaccurate Gaza Story Spreads on Religious News Sites
A Jan. 5 Baptist Press article on the conflict in Gaza included several misleading claims and untrustworthy sources. The BP story quickly spread and was picked up by other news sites, including the Baptist Standard, Florida Baptist Witness, Townhall, Crosswalk.
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Gaza’s Only Baptist Pastor Comments on Attacks
A Baptist pastor—the pastor of the only Protestant church in the Gaza Strip—has spoken about the plight of Palestinian Christians and others in the wake of the recent attacks.
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The Constitutional Convention and 'Christian America'
Religious Right advocates of “Christian America” make two claims, which they most often confuse.
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Memo to Obama
While no government can or should provide us with happiness, our government can and should free us to pursue it.
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Britney, Not Barack, Is Top Yahoo! Search
Britney Spears, not President-elect Barack Obama, was the most-searched item on the Yahoo! search engine in 2008.
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Obama Selects Bible for Inauguration, Nation Awaits His Text Choice
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a Bible for the swearing in ceremonies, but not a Bible verse upon which to place his hand.
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Navigating Charity Options
As many individuals ponder their end-of-year giving, they are inundated with numerous cash-strapped charities making special requests. With the Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, various denominations and religious universities reporting budget deficits, there are plenty of places to give, but not all could be wise investments.
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From Wright to Warren, Is Obama Moving from Social Gospel to Private Faith?
Barack Obama once credited a prophetic black preacher as his spiritual mentor. Now he has selected a self-promoting white preacher to give the invocation at his inauguration. What does Obama’s shift from Jeremiah Wright to Rick Warren say about the president-elect?
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Baptist Bloggers Consider Economy's Impact on Churches, Faith-Based Organizations
Several Baptist leaders have joined public discussions on how the economy will impact churches and religious organizations, and what lessons might be learned.
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Baptist Leader Misstates Environmental Data
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently made inaccurate claims that the earth is cooling instead of warming. As he made his claims during the Nov. 22 broadcast of his radio program "Richard Land Live!," Land mocked Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and others who warn of the dangers of climate change.
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Religious Liberty Contradictions in Supreme Court Case
Sekulow's arguments on behalf of Pleasant Grove City suggest that his legal focus is not really in protecting religious liberty but in promoting Christianity.
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Regional New Baptist Covenant Meetings Planned
Inspired by the vision and success of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant held earlier this year, several Baptist groups are planning similar regional gatherings for 2009. Next year will also mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement.
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SBC Leader Holds Poor Record of Political Punditry
Throughout this election year, journalists have often asked for political insights from Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He remains a key source for the media's understanding of evangelicals and politics, despite frequently offering inaccurate analysis.
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African-American Baptists Reflect on Obama's Historic Victory
In light of Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's presidential election, many people are considering what his election might mean for race relations in America. Reflections from several African-American Baptist ministers suggest that although they see Obama's election as an important moment, it must be just one step on a longer road toward racial reconciliation.
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Mo. Baptist Climate Resolution Attacks Global Warming
Messengers at the 2008 annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on "environmental stewardship." However, the resolution barely promoted environmental stewardship but instead mainly attacked those who warn of the dangers of global warming.
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La. Governor Used State Funds to Attend Churches
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticized for spending tens of thousands of dollars of state funds on helicopter flights to attend church services. At least one visit was to a Southern Baptist church where Jindal shared his testimony and spoke about campaigning.
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Baptist Seminary President Attacks Green-Letter Bible
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, criticized a newly released green-letter Bible. Published by HarperOne, the Bible is printed on recycled paper and with soy-based ink and a cotton/linen cover. Additionally, the Bible highlights passages about creation and the environment in green letters, much as many Bibles highlight the words of Jesus in red letters.
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New Conflicts Erupt Over Creationism in Public Schools
A school board in Ohio is holding a hearing examining claims that an eighth-grade science teacher kept a Bible on his desk, taught creationism and burned crosses on students' arms. A third-grader teacher in California is being investigated for criticizing evolution, informing her students that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny do not exist, and advocating a belief in God. A school board in North Carolina has sparked controversy for considering the teaching of creationism.
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Baptist Official Offers Contradictory Positions on Muslim Engagement
A Southern Baptist Convention official who usually attacks Muslims and makes derogatory remarks about Islam recently offered his support for a report urging greater dialogue with the adherents of the world's second largest religion. The following day, however, he returned to his approach of rejecting dialogue as he attacked Christians attempting to increase understanding between the faiths.
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Church Leaders Seek Apology to Darwin
While leaders of the Church of England once quickly denounced Charles Darwin's work, some leaders now want the church to issue an apology to Darwin.
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SBC Leader Promotes Demonization of Muslims
A Southern Baptist leader credited with rejecting the demonization of Islam has a track record of promoting and offering derogatory statements about Muslims. Although Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been praised for avoiding hateful attacks on Muslims that other Southern Baptists have offered, he has at times refused to repudiate such remarks and has offered his own problematic comments about Islam.
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SBC Leader Misstates Environmental Impact of Oil Wells
While promoting more domestic drilling for oil, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has repeatedly offered false claims about the environmental devastation of oil wells in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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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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Top Ten Conspiracy Theories of the Religious Right
Having recently read Matt Taibbi's book about John Hagee's church, I was startled to read of what passes for phophetic language. The conspiracy theory about Al Gore working secretly with global warming folks to take over the Unites States stayed with me. I was reminded of other Religious Right conspiracy theories that have brought with them "amens."
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McCain's Faithful Second Team
I am beginning to feel a little sorry for Sen. John McCain. He's done everything he is supposed to do. He beat out a large contingent of Republican presidential hopefuls fairly early allowing him to occupy the enviable position of presumptive Republican nominee for president for three months now. He's been scurrying about trying to rally the party behind him and all the other things the presumptive nominee does leading up to the Republican National Convention in September.
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Is There a Way Beyond Verbal Shock-and-Awe?
Last week, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, found it necessary to "distance" himself from two ultra-conservative pastors: John Hagee of Texas and Rod Parsley of Ohio. Probably, you couldn't find an American who has not heard of the similar troubles Sen. Barack Obama has had with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
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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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The Fragmenting Christian Right
It appears that the Religious Right is coming undone. Having played a dominant role in national politics since the 1980s, it now appears that the key players will be sidelined during the upcoming presidential campaign. It also appears that some among the conservative Christian movement think the partisanship of the past decades have hurt the cause of Christianity overall.
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Academic Freedom Sometimes Neither Academic nor Freedom
When the Christian Right begins advocating freedom in public classrooms, practice the time-honored discipline of moral discernment. Listen carefully. Think cautiously. Remember that the Right's past agenda is the best predictor of their real agenda. Know that God is not the author of confusion, but God's children are, especially when it comes to those who want theology taught in biology classrooms in public schools.
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Christian Right's Support for Torture Sends Tortured Message About What Christians Believe
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, has criticized Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's opposition to the U.S. government's use of torture.
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Dobson Is Troubled by McCain's Opposition to Torture and Global Warming
How did Sen. John McCain's commitment to addressing global warming and advancing human rights become sources of opposition from Christian Right leader James Dobson?
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Missouri Baptist Editor Supports Confederate Flag
The editor of the Missouri Baptist Convention's in-house publication, "The Pathway," has strongly defended the controversial Confederate battle flag and aggressively attacked those who challenge it.
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SBC Leader Has Penchant for Name Calling
A prominent Southern Baptist leader often engages in personal insults and character assassination in sermons, interviews and radio programs instead of merely explaining his disagreement on the issues, according to an analysis of his comments by EthicsDaily.com.
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Organizers Defend Environmental Statement
Organizers of the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative defended their statement released Monday urging Southern Baptists to take better care of the environment and fight climate change.
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Southern Baptist Leaders Release Environmental Statement
Nearly 50 Southern Baptists leaders are issuing a declaration today urging Southern Baptists to take care of the environment and fight climate change. The Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative released its environmental statement entitled "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change," which cites Scriptures and the Baptist Faith & Message of 2000 to support its environmental message.
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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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Richard Land Misrepresents Baptist Groups
A Southern Baptist official who has been a frequent critic of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant inaccurately attacked the Celebration and those present for not focusing on evangelism. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, claimed that the Baptist bodies at the Celebration were not growing because they were not evangelistic.
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NCC Heads Reflects on New Baptist Celebration
Among the thousands of Baptists at last week's Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant was a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister--Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches. Kinnamon, who became the NCC's leader on Jan. 1, heads the ecumenical body that unites 35 Christian denominations representing 45 million people in 100,000 congregations.
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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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Immigration IS a Social Issue
Immigration continues to dominate much of the discussion among Republican presidential candidates. The issue sparked a fierce back-and-forth exchange between candidates Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney during the recent CNN/YouTube debate.
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No Clergy Endorsements for Thompson Create Religion-Free Zone Campaign
Why aren't Christian Right leaders endorsing Fred Thompson? They are certainly backing his competitors for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, even those who are alien to their moral and doctrinal orthodoxy.
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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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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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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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What Is the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics?
"Golden Rule Politics" is a documentary-styled DVD released in the fullness of time. The Christian Right is reeling from yet another sexual scandal. Many across the nation are still buzzing about the CNN special "God's Warriors," especially the segment on God's Christian warriors.
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Reports Conflict About Fred Thompson's Church Membership, Attendance
A Southern Baptist Convention leader weighed into ongoing debate about GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson's churchmanship, claiming he attends a Presbyterian church in the Washington area "on a regular basis."
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Lay-led Church Conflicts Erupt in Baptist Churches

Two prominent Baptist ministers have come under fire in the last two weeks at large meetings of congregants upset over leadership style and financial management. Both pastors--one a conservative Southern Baptist Convention leader and the other a progressive minister highly involved with the Baptist World Alliance--have faced criticism from some church members for months.

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Baptist College to Start "Judge Paul Pressler School of Law"
Louisiana College, a school affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced on Aug. 16 its plans to start a new law school to be named after Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler. The school, which will be called the "Judge Paul Pressler School of Law," will start classes in 2009.
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Pastor Wiley Drake Endorses Huckabee, Prompts Complaint to IRS
The religious liberty watchdog organization Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) filed a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service on Aug. 14 charging that the Rev. Wiley Drake improperly used church letterhead to endorse a presidential candidate.
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Pattersons Defend Homemaker Degree, Attack Critics
Paige and Dorothy Patterson defended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's controversial new homemaker degree on "Jerry Johnson Live," a Dallas-based radio program hosted by Criswell College President Jerry Johnson. During the Aug. 15 broadcast, the Pattersons explained the program and attacked its critics.
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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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Huckabee Compares Iowa Success to Jesus' Feeding of 5,000
After a surprise second-place finish in the Iowa Republican straw poll on Saturday, Aug. 11, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee claimed victory. Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister and former president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, has been considered a second-tier candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Parham, Patterson Discuss Role of Women on Fox News
Is it "God's will" for women to stay at home? Robert Parham and Paige Patterson took up the issue Monday morning on "FOX & Friends."
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Doggone Metaphors
"There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor," writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson has observed. "You can't think without metaphors."
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Southern Seminary Dean Testifies before Senate about Global Warming
Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, testified last week about global warming before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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Jimmy Carter is not the Anti-Christ
In his book "The Cost of Deception," John Williams noted that over the years many people have been accused by religious leaders of being the anti-Christ. Among the false predictions he outlined were two about Jimmy Carter.
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The Next Jerry Falwell
Following the unexpected death of the Jerry Falwell, many are revisiting his legacy. Some remind people of his numerous controversial remarks, while others praise him for his political and social influence.
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Tortured Theology
Psychologist Carl Jung once argued, "The healthy man does not torture others--generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers."
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Praying for Stephen Colbert (and Rick Scarborough)
During the Feb. 15 broadcast of "The Colbert Report," comedian Stephen Colbert noted that on Feb. 22 "tens of thousands of people" would be praying for him.
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The Religious Right is not Pro-Life
Despite support for the death penalty and the Iraq war, the Religious Right consistently claims to be pro-life. And while advocates of these positions are often able to pull out Scripture passages as support, there is another growing pro-death policy that seems completely indefensible.
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Richard Land Doesn't Get Baptist 'Covenant'
Following the announcement of "Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant," several Southern Baptist leaders offered their criticism of the planned gathering and argued that Baptists do not have an image problem.
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Great Power, Great Responsibility
When legendary comics creator Stan Lee gave birth to Spider-Man in 1962 he gave the new superhero the maxim, "With great power, there must also come great responsibility!" This guiding truth for Spider-Man is a lesson that some religious leaders need to learn.
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Embryonic Theology
Across the nation embryonic stem cell research garners media attention and political discussion. Numerous religious leaders have jumped into the debate.
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Dobson Reaches New Low in 'Godless' Interview
In their book "Blinded by Might" conservative Christians Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson chided Religious Right leaders for becoming too involved in politics. In one chapter entitled "Focus on the Family, Not on Politics," Thomas critiques comments and actions by James Dobson.
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A Letter to Tony Perkins
Dear Tony, I am so excited to hear that you found liberty this past Sunday.
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CBF, Baptist Press Numbers Flap Unnecessary, Misguided
Poet and novelist Victor Hugo once remarked, "The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height."
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The John Hagee Filter
Although Internet filters can give parents more control over what their children see online, the filters can also inaccurately block legitimate and clean Web sites.
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Signers of Environmental Statement Funded by ExxonMobil
A recent statement by evangelical Christians downplaying the potential problems of global climate change includes eight signers whose six organizations have received a total of $2.32 million in donations from ExxonMobil over the last three years.
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In God We Trust?
Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of "In God We Trust" becoming the nation's official motto. Politicians and Christian leaders hailed the anniversary as if it meant something. But what is all the excitement about a ceremonial phrase found mostly just on our money? Why are some Christians so devoted to "saving" the slogan from attempts to remove it?
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Baptist General Convention of Missouri Accepted as BWA Member
The Baptist General Convention of Missouri was approved as a member of the Baptist World Alliance at the BWA annual gathering and General Council meeting, held July 3-8 in Mexico City. The membership committee recommended the BGCM's acceptance and the General Council unanimously voted to approve the BGCM's application for membership in the BWA.
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SBC 2nd VP has Past Ties with Unification Church
Wiley Drake, recently elected as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention has been involved in several events hosted by Sun-Myung Moon and the Unification Church. Although Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., publicly apologized in 2001 for his involvement, he continued to participate in Unification Church events.
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GuideStone Heavily Invested in Companies with Sudan Connections
In 2005, GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, formerly known as the Annuity Board, invested nearly $72 million in corporations doing business in Sudan. Government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has displaced millions and killed hundreds of thousands, many of whom were Christians.
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What Are They Teaching?
In the classic C. S. Lewis tale "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," the Professor offers his disbelief at how little the children seem to know about logic. As he tries to help them reason through a mystery, he asks, "Why don't they teach logic at these schools?"
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Call Me Pollyanna
Spring is in the air—the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and another anti-public school resolution is being proposed by some Southern Baptist activists. To be honest I have never quite understood this viewpoint that seems to be so contrary to the Great Commission. Apparently, when Jesus said to go into all the world he did not mean public schools.
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The Gospel According to Rick Scarborough
Southern Baptist minister Rick Scarborough, founder and president of Vision America, has been in the news quite a lot lately. A couple of weeks ago his organization hosted the "War on Christians and the Values Voter" conference. Embattled Republican politician Tom DeLay spoke at the event before announcing his retirement from Congress a few days later.
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Tom DeLay is Not Jesus
Tom DeLay is not Jesus. That may not seem like a shocking statement, but it may be for some Christians who gathered last week in Washington, D.C., for the "War on Christians and the Value Voters" conference.
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'Truthiness' at Center of Missouri Baptist Debate
In January the American Dialect Society selected its 2005 Word of the Year: "truthiness."
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Majority Rules
In George Orwell's classic novel "Animal Farm," we are introduced to the saying, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." Changing "animals" with "religions" could describe the sentiment of a resolution being considered by Missouri state legislators.
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Baptist Bloggers and Democracy
On the evening of Jan. 10 it was announced that the People's Choice Award for best movie was "Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith." The following morning, the trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board voted to remove fellow trustee Wade Burleson because of comments he made on his blog.
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Sunday Night Politics
The television show "The West Wing" moved to Sunday nights this season as the show's presidential election heated up. While such a move—from a more lucrative Wednesday night slot—unfortunately suggests that NBC is phasing out the show, it seems to be a quite appropriate new time. Sunday night appears to be the preferred night for politics, especially among Christians.
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Baptist Seminary President, Professors Defend Use of Torture
A president and three professors of Southern Baptist seminaries recently participated in an online symposium on developing a Christian response to the use of torture.
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'Twas The Fight Over Christmas
'Twas the fight over Christmas and in God's houses, Boycotts were forming to fight atheist louses; The attacks were hurled and poisoned the air, It seemed that Rev. Falwell was being a bear.
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Slavery Helped Blacks, Guest Tells Radio Host With Baptist Ties
A black conservative columnist said recently on a radio show that God used slavery to give African-Americans a better life today. The comment went unchallenged by a conservative commentator whose television program airs on a network owned by the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Watch Your Mouth
I used to make smart-aleck remarks when I was younger. Sometimes after making a sarcastic comment my mom would tell me, "Watch your mouth," meaning, "Be careful what you say."
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DeLay's Woes Shift Spotlight to Baptist Congressman
When Congressman Tom DeLay was forced to step down as House Majority Leader following his indictment alleging involvement in a money-laundering scheme, he was replaced by fellow Southern Baptist Roy Blunt of Missouri. As a result of gaining a new position and more influence, Blunt and his record is receiving more attention and scrutiny.
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Conservative Christians Support DeLay
Following the indictment of Congressman Tom DeLay on Sept. 26 for alleged illegal fundraising activities, several prominent conservative Christians quickly offered their support for DeLay. Many also attacked Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle for bringing the charges.
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Christian Leaders Speak of God's Wrath in Hurricane
Prominent Christian leaders and evangelists have argued that Hurricane Katrina's destruction and its aftermath are signs of God's punishment on America. Franklin Graham, Hal Lindsay, Chuck Colson and Pat Robertson each suggested they knew God's purposeful reasons in sending the hurricane.
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Fundamentalists View Hurricane Katrina as God's Punishment
Religious fundamentalists from all three major faiths argue that Hurricane Katrina's destruction on the southern coast of the United States was part of God's punishment on America. While reasons for God's retribution sometimes vary, the rhetoric of fundamentalist Christian, Jewish, and Muslims leaders is quite similar.
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GuideStone Invested $60 Million in Companies with Sudan Connections
In 2004, GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, formerly known as the Annuity Board, invested over $60 million in corporations doing business in Sudan. Government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has displaced millions and killed hundreds of thousands, many of whom were Christians.
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