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2 BCE / EthicsDaily.com Events at CBF Assembly
2 BCE / EthicsDaily.com Events at CBF Assembly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com will hold two events on June 29 during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 2017 general assembly in Atlanta.

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The Danger of Putting Me-First in the Driver's Seat
The Danger of Putting Me-First in the Driver's Seat

By: Zach Dawes
A sense of responsibility for the common good of the world and everyone in it has taken a back seat to immediate progress for the individual person, group or nation. But this me-first mindset isn't sustainable.

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Overcoming Denial About Deadly Power of Religion
Overcoming Denial About Deadly Power of Religion

By: Jon Kuhrt
We can't disconnect violent extremism from its religious roots, whether that's Islam or Christianity. Religion provides resources for oppressors and those fighting for peace and liberation. We must judge them by their actions.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 2

By: Martin Accad
Some have claimed that when Muslims speak and behave positively toward non-Muslims, they are being hypocritical and hiding a stealthy agenda. Christians who affirm that claim are bearing false witness.

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Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1
Can You Trust Muslim Kindness This Ramadan? - Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The concept of "taqiyya" refers to the permission in Islam for Muslims to dissimulate their beliefs to avoid bodily harm. Some have misstated the belief in order to accuse Muslims of holding a stealthy agenda.

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Muslims to Begin Observance of Month of Ramadan
Muslims to Begin Observance of Month of Ramadan

By: Ashfaq Taufique
Muslims all over the world will fast during the month of Ramadan, which begins May 27 and is a time in which they refrain from all food and drink and sexual activities from dawn to dusk.

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

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

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Standing with Muslims is an Act of Christian Witness
Standing with Muslims is an Act of Christian Witness

By: Lee Beach
When Muslims become targets of hatred, Christians need to stand with our Islamic brothers and sisters and support initiatives that condemn these racist, hateful acts, even if the initiative is not perfect from our perspective.

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To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots
To Curb Genocide, You Must Start at Its Simple Roots

By: William Cowley
A full-fledged genocide can take years, sometimes generations, to explode, but each incident of genocide probably has a small, simple beginning. Sometimes, as simple as bullying on a playground.

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

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

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EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored
EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bill and Audrey Cowley, retired Southern Baptist missionaries, were honored as EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year for 2016 at a recent dinner held in their honor.

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My Friend's Unswerving Devotion to Ministry, Family
My Friend's Unswerving Devotion to Ministry, Family

By: Bill Wilson
Over the years, Robert Parham's straightforward, no-nonsense approach to ministry has been unswerving and unyielding. I could not be more grateful for his life and friendship.

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In Memoriam: Friends, Colleagues Remember Robert Parham
In Memoriam: Friends, Colleagues Remember Robert Parham

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Friends and colleagues of Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, who died March 5, share their reflections on Parham's life, work, legacy and friendship.

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'I've Never Seen a Better Picture of Courage'
'I've Never Seen a Better Picture of Courage'

By: Don Sewell
I lost a great friend in Robert Parham. Attuned to injustices where many would turn a deaf ear, he applied heart-felt application to Jesus' words of "when you've done it to the least of these, you've done it unto me."

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Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View
Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View

By: Emmanuel McCall
At a time when it was unpopular for black and whites to travel together, Robert and I became "soul partners" as we crisscrossed the nation in numerous racial reconciliation initiatives.

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Grateful for Prophetic Witness, Pastoral Care, Personal Friendship
Grateful for Prophetic Witness, Pastoral Care, Personal Friendship

By: Zach Dawes
Robert Parham was a unique combination of determined and compassionate, prophetic and pastoral. He spoke his mind about issues of great importance. He was not simply a boss and colleague; he was a friend.

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Lessons from 17 Years Mining for Truth
Lessons from 17 Years Mining for Truth

By: Cliff Vaughn
Robert Parham was not afraid. Instead, he lived into an intentional moral engagement with his culture and world, getting up each morning, Bible and newspaper in hand, to advance the common good.

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BCE Founder Robert Parham Remembered as Entrepreneurial Ethicist
BCE Founder Robert Parham Remembered as Entrepreneurial Ethicist

Robert Parham, founder and executive director of Baptist Center for Ethics, died Sunday evening, March 5 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after a prolonged illness.

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Robert Parham (1953 - 2017)
Robert Parham (1953 - 2017)

We are sad to report that Robert Parham, founder and director of Baptist Center for Ethics, and its website, EthicsDaily.com, passed away this evening (Sunday, March 5).

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Remember What EthicsDaily.com's Mission Is, How We Pursue It
Remember What EthicsDaily.com's Mission Is, How We Pursue It

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com's mission is straightforward: challenging people of faith to advance the common good. Rather than protest or rant, we supply moral education resources to congregational leaders and their congregations.

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Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.

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'The Disturbances' Must Reading for Pastors, Church Members
'The Disturbances' Must Reading for Pastors, Church Members

By: Nathan Finn
"The Disturbances" is an inspiring story and a sobering reminder that what happened in Nigeria in 1966 could happen again. However, the more these stories are told, the better able we are to prevent genocide.

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What Is the Trump Wall?
What Is the Trump Wall?

By: Robert Parham
President Trump issued an executive order last week that authorized the building of a 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border barrier. While he's right to protect the nation's borders, the status of 750,000 dreamers is unclear.

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Bible Diversity on Display at Presidential Ceremony
Bible Diversity on Display at Presidential Ceremony

By: Robert Parham
The Bible was on display at President Trump's inauguration with passages from Psalms, Matthew and 1 Timothy. One would hope that these biblical texts shape President Trump's moral perspective.

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Divergent Approaches To POTUS Inaugural - Protest and Prayer
Divergent Approaches To POTUS Inaugural - Protest and Prayer

By: Robert Parham
Protest and prayer are divergent approaches to the inauguration. Protests express opposition. Prayers may express agreement with the new administration or be faithful to the biblical mandate to pray for leaders.

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'The Disturbances'
'The Disturbances'

By: Wade Smith
"The Disturbances" offers one snapshot of the larger tribal conflict that would ultimately lead to the Biafran War in Nigeria from 1967-1970. Missionaries shared their stories of incredible courage and faith.

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What I Recall about 1966's Tribal Atrocities in Nigeria
What I Recall about 1966's Tribal Atrocities in Nigeria

By: Carolyn Wynstra
I was only 21 years old when I arrived in Nigeria for my first teaching assignment. I still remember the roar of the masses coming from downtown Jos when the killings and ransacking of homes began.

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What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?
What Does Martin Luther King Jr. Day Have to Do with Immigration, Human Trafficking?

By: Robert Parham
Martin Luther King Jr.'s moral vision would encompass freedom for modern-day sex slaves and care for the undocumented.

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Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks
Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following attacks killing hundreds of Nigerian Christians, the nation's Christian leaders called for prayer and Islamic leaders condemned the attacks.

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A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking
A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking

By: Robert Parham
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, a time to draw attention to the third leading worldwide criminal industry. While there's no doubt Baptists have taken a stand, let's use this day to become further engaged.

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Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year
Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year

By: Robert Parham
Retired missionaries Bill and Audrey Cowley showed courage during a time of tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966 and built one of Africa's transformative educational institutions. They are EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
498 columns. 139 contributors. 125 news articles. These are a few snapshots of EthicsDaily.com's 2016 initiatives, providing a global perspective from goodwill people of faith on engaging pressing issues facing the world.

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Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School
Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School

By: Cliff Vaughn
Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, they also founded Baptist High School in 1961, which emerged as a pre-eminent educational institution and remains so to this day.

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Diverse Audience Views, Orders, Praises
Diverse Audience Views, Orders, Praises "The Disturbances"

By; EthicsDaily Staff
"The Disturbances" has been screened in a diverse group of churches and educational institutions since its September 2016 release. More screenings are planned for 2017.

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3 Reasons Why Readers Give Donations to EthicsDaily.com
3 Reasons Why Readers Give Donations to EthicsDaily.com

By: Robert Parham
Seven columnists have shared why they support the Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com. Three common themes have emerged from their individual perspectives: trust, reliability and resources.

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EthicsDaily.com Media Overview
EthicsDaily.com Media Overview

By: Cliff Vaughn
The creation of a documentary like "The Disturbances" requires travel, interviews, archival research, writing, meetings, scanning, editing, phone calls, e-mails, marketing, more travel. It also requires your support.

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What Do I Want for Christmas?
What Do I Want for Christmas?

By: Robert Parham
"On earth, peace" was a ridiculous announcement at Jesus' birth. Since his birth, it's been an outlandish expectation, a preposterous promise. And yet, as Christmas nears, are we trying enough?

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Could We Have a New 'Word of the Year' Next Time?
Could We Have a New 'Word of the Year' Next Time?

By: Colin Harris
Communities of faith can choose whether to tolerate xenophobia - Dictionary.com's word of the year - or to call it out as contrary to the teachings of many faiths that affirm community over estrangement.

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From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible
From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible

By: Robert Parham
Let's refocus our applied Christianity to the theological conviction that we're all the same beneath the skin by observing Martin Luther King Day.

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From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible
From Bethlehem to Samaria with Embossed Letters KKK on a Pulpit Bible

By: Robert Parham
Let's refocus our applied Christianity to the theological conviction that we're all the same beneath the skin by observing Martin Luther King Day.

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'The Disturbances:' Inspiration to Face Evil with Gospel of Love
'The Disturbances:' Inspiration to Face Evil with Gospel of Love

By: Tara Hornbacker
Through stories of courage and survival in the face of monumental obstacles, "The Disturbances" explores the deep bonds between missionaries serving in Nigeria during a deeply troubled time.

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Mosquitoes, Mustard Seeds Have Huge Transformative Impact, So Do Our Readers
Mosquitoes, Mustard Seeds Have Huge Transformative Impact, So Do Our Readers

By: Robert Parham
Little things, like the mosquito, make a big impact. And the support of you and other readers helps us advance the common good and equip churches.

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers
Behold An Open Door to EthicsDaily.com Readers

By: Robert Parham
For 25 years, the Baptist Center for Ethics has walked through doors of opportunities, often not knowing what awaited us on the other side. Now, it's your turn to walk through a door with us with your financial support.

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Why Your Church Will Profit from Showing, Discussing 'The Disturbances'
Why Your Church Will Profit from Showing, Discussing 'The Disturbances'

By: Robert Parham
Seven reasons your church will profit from showing our new film on how missionaries saved lives in Nigeria in 1966 during a time of tribal genocide.

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The Day After a Season of Dysfunctional Politics:
The Day After a Season of Dysfunctional Politics: "Always Stay Humble and Kind"

By: Robert Parham
After a bruising presidential election, the Country Music Association's 2016 song of the year reminds us to always stay humble and kind.

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Join in 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation in 2017
Join in 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation in 2017

By: Robert Parham
While Baptists have often been standoffish, one way to partner with other Christians would be for Baptists to participate in the global celebrations of the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary in 2017.

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Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition
Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition

By: Zach Dawes
A recent Pew survey declared that interfaith households are growing, with one in five adults raised in interfaith homes. However, the survey's definition of interfaith makes the findings problematic.

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Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right
Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right

By: Robert Parham
A Pentagon video warns that mega-cities will break down into urban chaos by 2030. If the video's accurate, how will churches engage such a society?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plan for Nov. 9: Refocus Your Congregation from White House to Church House
Plan for Nov. 9: Refocus Your Congregation from White House to Church House

By: Robert Parham
Americans are unhappy with their presidential choices, and that gloom extends to churches. But remember this: Life is more than presidential politics.

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

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

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Preventing Genocide Will Benefit from Christian, Jewish Teamwork
Preventing Genocide Will Benefit from Christian, Jewish Teamwork

By: Robert Parham
Genocide is painfully frequent, but few churches address it. By collaborating with the Jewish community, Baptists and evangelicals may perhaps make progress preventing future genocides.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Samford University to Host Two Events on New Documentary
Samford University to Host Two Events on New Documentary

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Samford University will host two events centered around a new film from EthicsDaily.com on the role of missionaries during genocide. Bill and Audrey Cowley, who are featured in the film, will attend both events.

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Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?
Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?

By: Colin Sedgwick
Wherever we look in our world today, we can find men and women of goodwill, even in places where our prejudices might have led us to regard it as extremely unlikely. We can work together without compromise.

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

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

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Nigeria's 1966 Genocide: Why Few Wanted to Hear About It
Nigeria's 1966 Genocide: Why Few Wanted to Hear About It

By: Cliff Vaughn
The genocide in Nigeria in 1966 escaped the radar of most North Americans. While few missionaries talked about what happened 50 years ago, many other folks seemingly didn't want to hear about it. Why?

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Premiere Screenings of 'The Disturbances'
Premiere Screenings of 'The Disturbances'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The premiere screening of the new EthicsDaily.com documentary, "The Disturbances," will be held at Christ Church Nashville on Sept. 8, followed by similar showings in San Antonio.

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

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

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Telling for the First Time Horrifying and Inspiring Stories of Christian Engagement
Telling for the First Time Horrifying and Inspiring Stories of Christian Engagement

By: Robert Parham
"The Disturbances" recounts the heroism of Christian missionaries and Nigerian leaders during 1966's genocide.

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'The Disturbances' DVD and Book Available for Pre-Order
'The Disturbances' DVD and Book Available for Pre-Order

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The DVD and companion book for EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "The Disturbances," are now available for pre-order, with shipment occurring by mid- to late September.

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Premiere Screenings Scheduled for 'The Disturbances'
Premiere Screenings Scheduled for 'The Disturbances'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Public, premiere screenings of EthicsDaily.com's forthcoming documentary, "The Disturbances," begin in September. Six cities in five states are on the schedule, with several more in the works.

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New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos
New Stories Are Needed to Change Cultural Ethos

By: Robert Parham
We've done the morally right things on the immigration front, but the dial hasn't moved, despite our moral critique and Bible thumping. To change the cultural ethos, we must shine the light on telling positive stories.

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New Film on Missionaries in a Time of Genocide
New Film on Missionaries in a Time of Genocide

By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com's new feature-length film, "The Disturbances," tells what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 during a time of tribal genocide. It is an untold story that is finally getting its due on its 50th anniversary.

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Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists
Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists

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

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How the Church Can Speak Up for the Thin Blue Line
How the Church Can Speak Up for the Thin Blue Line

By: Robert Parham
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said law enforcement faces a steady barrage of criticism and urged the silent majority to stand up and show their support. Here are four ways to do just that.

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Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?
Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?

By: Robert Parham
Two national Baptists bodies took steps on refugees but had little or nothing to say about the undocumented. Both refugees and the undocumented deserve a welcome and just treatment by Christians.

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Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary
Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary

By: Robert Parham
The people at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering were the event's highlight. Here are a few who shaped our past and lead our future.

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

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

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

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

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Mass Shooting Calls Christians to Prioritize the Fingerprints of God
Mass Shooting Calls Christians to Prioritize the Fingerprints of God

By: Robert Parham
The blame-game started soon after news broke about the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Rather than finger pointing, one Christian path forward is looking for the fingerprint of God in others.

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

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

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Facebook Page Published for
Facebook Page Published for "The Disturbances"

By: EthicsDaily Staff
'The Disturbances,' a feature-length film from EthicsDaily.com, is based on video interviews with 25 eyewitnesses sharing how missionaries saved lives in Nigeria in 1966. Learn more via its Facebook page.

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Choosing the Apocalypse: Disaster or Utopia
Choosing the Apocalypse: Disaster or Utopia

By: Robert Parham
We're both fascinated with and fearful of an apocalyptic future. Our presidential candidates and their visions of the future reveal more about who they are than what the future will be.

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

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

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Two Revised, Expanded Study Guides Mark 25 Years of Proactive Moral Content
Two Revised, Expanded Study Guides Mark 25 Years of Proactive Moral Content

By: Robert Parham
Baptist Center for Ethics releases updated versions of two moral study guides designed to equip churches and encourage clergy.

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The Last Crusade?
The Last Crusade?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?
What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?

By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.

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Georgia Baptists Have Opportunity to See Preview of 'The Disturbances'
Georgia Baptists Have Opportunity to See Preview of 'The Disturbances'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Georgia Baptists will view a new documentary telling the untold story about Christian missionaries intervening in a time of genocide in 1966 in Nigeria.

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Recalling Light-hearted Moments Over 25 Years
Recalling Light-hearted Moments Over 25 Years

By: Robert Parham
Plenty of serious issues have been tackled by the Baptist Center for Ethics over the last 25 years. But as we celebrate our quarter-century anniversary, let's focus on a few lighter moments.

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

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

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7 Ways to Respond to Violent Extremism
7 Ways to Respond to Violent Extremism

By: Andy Williams
Violent extremism is arguably the greatest global threat. Jesus rejected the option of violent extremism and faced violence with self-sacrifice. And today we can respond in these seven ways.

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Forthcoming Documentary: The Disturbances
Forthcoming Documentary: The Disturbances

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com's forthcoming documentary has its final title: "The Disturbances," scheduled for release this fall. It is the untold story of Christian missionaries saving lives in Nigeria amid genocide there in 1966.

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Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?
Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?

By: Robert Parham
Incivility and profanity are running rampant in the GOP primary season, with Donald Trump leading the pack. The same woes are surfacing on the Democratic side. Can churches help restore civility?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Report Finds That Churches Create Stronger, Happier Families
New Report Finds That Churches Create Stronger, Happier Families

By: Robert Parham
The church plays a significant role in strengthening families, especially among African-Americans and Latinos, the authors of a new book said. Stronger families mean a stronger and healthier nation.

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Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?
Who Will Win Iowa? What Will It Mean for U.S. Christianity?

By: Robert Parham
On Feb. 1, the question everyone is asking will be answered: Who will win Iowa? Embedded in the question for Christians is: What will it mean for the future of American Christianity?

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A White Cracker and Colored Man Sat in the Same Boat

By: Robert Parham
My grandfather put a small crack in the TV race barrier when he had an African-American guest on his local hunting-and-fishing show in the 1950s - a move that drew criticism from fellow church members.

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

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

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Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

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

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Prioritize Interfaith Engagement in 2016 - The Baptist Way

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

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Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall
Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall

By: Robert Parham
A Southern Baptist by heritage and academic training and president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Molly Marshall is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2015.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

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

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Where's the Good News?

By: Robert Parham
The Christian Christmas tradition is about proclamations and promises of good news. Newspapers and cable TV, however, offer a steady drumbeat of bad news. So, where is the good news?

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What Franklin Graham Doesn't Know About Baptist Faith

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

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GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's Hateful Rhetoric

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees
The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
How should U.S. citizens in general and Baptists in particular respond to the U.S. accepting 12,000 Syrian refugees? We have two models. One serves those in great need; the other rejects them out of fear.

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Let's Build on the Good of Thanksgiving Day for the Good for Our Neighbors

By: Robert Parham
Thanksgiving in and of itself strengthens community and encourages neighborliness. Let's build on that for the continuous good for our neighbors.

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Fear: The Fuel on Which Evil Thrives

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

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By: Robert Parham
In the wake of the Paris attacks, the faith community has rightly been at the forefront of lament, condemning terrorism as evil and refusing to demonize Islam.

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

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How Islamophobia Hurts America
How Islamophobia Hurts America

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

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

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

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Meeting Donor Expectations with Tangible Results

By: Robert Parham
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By: Robert Parham
Americans will soon spend billions of dollars during the frenzied Christmas shopping season. Why not spend some of that money in ways that will advance the common good?

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Discrimination Against Muslims the Focus of DOJ Lawsuit

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

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By: Robert Parham
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Caution Needed Before Claiming Christian Persecution in U.S.

By: Robert Parham
The persecution of Christians is undeniable in some parts of the world. However, we water down these real hardships when we overstate what we claim is persecution of Christians in the U.S.

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Caution Needed Before Claiming Christian Persecution in U.S.

By: Robert Parham
The persecution of Christians is undeniable in some parts of the world. However, we water down these real hardships when we overstate what we claim is persecution of Christians in the U.S.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week

By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.

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Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

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

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

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

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Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda

By: Robert Parham
The differing views of a British officer and a U.S. Baptist missionary illustrate the clash that would contribute to Nigeria's religiously related violence.

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Ze or Xyr Proposed to Replace Gender Pronouns He and She

By: Robert Parham
If some U.S. universities get their way, "ze" and "xyr" will replace the "he" and "she" in the English language. Will replacing gender-specific pronouns for gender-neutral ones really contribute to a good society?

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4 Reasons to Support Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Robert Parham
More than 50 U.S. Christian leaders signed a letter to Congress expressing support for the diplomatic agreement with Iran that would limit that nation's nuclear program.

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Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness
Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness

By: Robert Parham
Donald Trump's headline-grabbing agenda on immigration is unbiblical and unworkable. The biblical witness is abundantly clear. We are to treat immigrants with kindness and justice.

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Heading for 25th Anniversary with Accomplishments, Shortcomings

By: Robert Parham
Heading into the 25th year since the formation of the Baptist Center for Ethics is a good time to list some accomplishments and to acknowledge some shortcomings. Here are five of each.

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

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

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Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress

By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Congress was a splendid overall success, despite lower than desired attendance due to fears of Ebola and xenophobia in South Africa toward other foreign workers. Here's an overview.

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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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Franklin Graham and the Politics of Fear

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

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EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is taking four initiatives to provide extensive coverage of the Baptist World Congress meeting from July 22-26 in South Africa.

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Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists

By: Robert Parham
U.S. Baptists raised their voices following the Charleston shooting and the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. By contrast, few Baptist voices spoke up about the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon

By: Robert Parham
After a preview of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on the story of what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 amid several days of genocide that took 30,000 lives, the Twitter reaction was energizing.

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Praise Be for Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

By: Robert Parham
Pope Francis will release his encyclical - one of the highest forms of teaching for a pope - on the environment next week. His words will wash over every other church body - even Baptists.

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Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader

By: Robert Parham
Ethics luncheon attendees will get a peek at a new documentary - an untold story - about missionaries during a time of genocide in Nigeria in 1966.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.

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Let's Not Confuse Freedom of Speech with Moral Rightness

By: Robert Parham
When does provoking hatred cross the line from free speech to irresponsible speech? What the Pamela Gellers of the world do may be legally acceptable. But that doesn't make it morally right.

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Religious Freedom Report Cites Countries of Particular Concern

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Five nations - Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma - have been recommended to be designated as "countries of particular concern" because of severe violations of religious freedom.

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Immigrant Issue Has Global Flash Points; Global Church Responds

By: Robert Parham
The church faces many disagreements over social issues, worship, theology and structure, but one area of agreement appears to be the need to treat the stranger with kindness and justice.

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Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible

By: Robert Parham
To understand better white Baptists of the South on race, you need to remember a forgotten figure, A.C. Miller, and a slice of history, 1954's Southern Baptist Convention.

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Genocide Is Worse Than War

By: Robert Parham
Genocide needs to be part of the moral agenda of churches. The church is a global network with boots on the ground almost everywhere. Perhaps the church could be the first fire alarm to stop genocide.

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Presidential Campaigns Distract from Common Good

By: Robert Parham
Sen. Ted Cruz has officially kicked off the race for the presidency with his announcement this week. Sadly, presidential campaigns wash away efforts to advance the common good.

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St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths

By: Joe LaGuardia
Only peacemaking and understanding of other faiths will provide a sustainable battlefront against religious, radical fundamentalism - one of the greatest enemies of our time.

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Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent

By: Robert Parham
Even though Baptists are in a winter of discontentment, they do manage to collaborate in some remarkable ways. One of the best examples of collaboration is the Baptist World Alliance.

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What All Faith Groups Can Do to End ISIS
What All Faith Groups Can Do to End ISIS

By: Jim Somerville
Instead of eyeing each other with suspicion, what if the world's religions joined hands and prayed - for the end of ISIS, the end of extremism, the end of fear? Here's what one interfaith group did.

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Remembering a Baptist Missionary as Heroic Humanitarian in War

By: Robert Parham
Bryant Durham was one of at least 12 Southern Baptist missionaries in eastern Nigeria after that region declared independence in 1966. His dissertation chronicles the Christian relief effort during the genocide.

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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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Economic Inequality Is Pressing Challenge for the Church
By: Robert Parham
As the gap between the super rich and everyone else continues to expand, an anti-poverty advocacy group offered three objectives that are worthy of church advocacy.
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Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
By: Paul Hobson
Boko Haram, a jihadist group seeking to establish Sharia law in Nigeria, carried out a massacre in the west African nation's northeastern region. And a Baptist leader there says the world merely watches.
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Warmest Year on Record Will Heat Up Christian Response
By: Robert Parham
The Catholic Church appears to be ready to take on climate change in an energetic way, putting them at odds with the anemic response from the U.S. Protestant community. Let civility prevail.
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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

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

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7 Reasons To Be Bullish in 2015 When Pessimism Abounds
7 Reasons To Be Bullish in 2015 When Pessimism Abounds
By: Robert Parham
Pessimism is in abundant supply in America, but there are plenty of reasons to be bullish about 2015. Here are some of those reasons that we see at EthicsDaily.com. 
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We Can't Pretend This Violence Isn't Linked to Religion
By: Jon Kuhrt
History shows us that religion often leads to violence, no matter how much we might want to deny it. And however twisted and warped, it is theology that has helped form the worldview of these killers. 
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Start 2015 with a Covenant of Renewal
Start 2015 with a Covenant of Renewal
By: Robert Parham
Laura Hillenbrand, author of "Unbroken," organized her life around her brilliant storytelling skills. Martin Luther King Jr. organized his life around helping others. For 2015, what will you organize your life around?
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Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell
Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell

By: Robert Parham
Representing how a number of goodwill Baptists have responded to the swelling refugee crises and the devastating disease of Ebola, Don Sewell is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014.

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Global Religious Leaders Pledge to Eradicate Modern Slavery
Global Religious Leaders Pledge to Eradicate Modern Slavery

By: Robert Parham
Leaders of the world's major religions gathered recently at the Vatican to show their united commitment to ending "modern slavery." It's an issue around which many rank-and-file churches can collaborate.

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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.
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A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger
A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger

By: Robert Parham
Political power has shifted. Will it lead to more partisan fragmentation, public frustration and government failure? Or will both parties seek collaborative effort and the common good?

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Midterm Morality with Minimum Wage, Marijuana and Muslims
By: Brian Kaylor
Voters across the country sounded off on key ballot initiatives with moral implications, while Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.
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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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10 Principles for Just Money
10 Principles for Just Money
By: Robert Parham
As the Christian faith developed Just War principles to guide governments and soldiers, we need Just Money principles to guide governments and financial traders – and bankers.
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Skype Interview: Sayyid Syeed on ISIS

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

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Word of Thanks: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com makes a difference for one simple earthly reason: our community. That includes our staff, our board and our readers. It's time to share our grateful thanks with them.
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7 Bible Words for Evangelicals and Pentecostals
By: Robert Parham
Given the global growth and dynamism of evangelical and Pentecostal communities, it's vital to double up our efforts to engage them in climate change. Here are seven biblical words for those conversations.
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4 Action Ideas For Building a Larger TV Audience, Making a Moral Difference
By: Robert Parham
Before "Through the Door" premieres on Oct. 9 on National Religious Broadcasters Network, you can help spread the word via these four ways.
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Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares
Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares "State of Emergency"
By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.
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"Duck Dynasty" Patriarch's Phil Robertson Plan for ISIS Sounds Like Holy War
By: Robert Parham
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson cherry-picks Bible verses to justify his convert-or-die theology.
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Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
Micro-Justice Initiatives Trump Macro-Justice Rhetoric
By: Robert Parham
We often hear calls for "macro-justice"—sweeping actions for social change to correct wrongs. Frankly, we need more micro-justice initiatives for social change and less macro-justice rhetoric.
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Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
Two Roads Diverge With Failure to Pass Immigration Reform. Which Will We Take?
By: Robert Parham
Washington failed to pass federal immigration reform, leaving U.S. Christians at a proverbial fork in the road.
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Social Change Depends on Personal Change: Appeal for $3,000 for a TV Broadcast

By: Robert Parham
Ethics Daily.com addresses real issues in a 24/7 world. That's why we're seeking your help to raise $3,000 this week.

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Special Appeal: $3,000 Needed This Week for Documentary TV Broadcast
Special Appeal: $3,000 Needed This Week for Documentary TV Broadcast
By: Robert Parham
A special version of "Gospel Without Borders" will air next week on Soul of the South Network. Learn how you can partner with us today.
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Learn to Speak BCE
Learn to Speak BCE
By: Robert Parham
Laughter is missing in much of the Christian community, even though the biblical witness has encouraging words about laughter. As good as laughter is for the soul, we laugh too little.
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Prayer, Action Needed in Response to Ebola Virus Outbreak
Prayer, Action Needed in Response to Ebola Virus Outbreak

By: Robert Parham
The spreading epidemic of the Ebola virus challenges houses of faith to pray for West Africa and governments to act. Will we turn away from those in need or be moved to action?

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Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
By: Robert Parham
The cultural narrative that building prisons builds up the local economy doesn't appear to apply to Alabama's Pickens County. That's just one finding uncovered during a trip to the South.
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Goodwill Global Baptists Pivot to Africa
Goodwill Global Baptists Pivot to Africa
By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Alliance pivoted to Sub-Saharan Africa at its annual gathering in Turkey, with the election of a new president from Africa and plans for the 2015 World Baptist Congress in South Africa.
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Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
Christians Give Witness for Peace with Twitter
By: Robert Parham
Witnessing for peace through tweets and prayers might seem an anemic alternative to the hard power of missiles and military budgets, yet Jesus chose such "anemia" with his message of peace.
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Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border
Central American Children Challenge Church, U.S. Border

By: Robert Parham
More than 37,000 children--most without accompanying parents--have crossed the border this year. It's a humanitarian calamity, a political debacle and a moral challenge for the Christian community.

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Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
Thinking about a Just War on the Fourth of July
By: Robert Parham
Having spent $1.7 trillion in war costs in Iraq, not counting the long-term veteran care, is it right to go into this war? The eight Just War principles give us some nonpartisan guidance.
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Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on The Middle East Consultation
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The Middle East Consultation equips participants to respond to the challenges facing Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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What's Next?
What's Next?
By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is more intentionally providing faith content for TV. We hope that TV will increase the use of our documentaries in churches as tools for moral education and engagement.
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Keeping Secular Politics Out of the Sanctuary
Keeping Secular Politics Out of the Sanctuary
By: Robert Parham
Secular partisan division is increasingly occupying and harming congregations. Churches that remain nonpartisan are becoming increasingly rare. We must abandon our political silos.
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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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Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?
Will Increasing Decibel Level about Global Christian Persecution Result in Action?

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

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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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Mistaken Hearing Leads to Rewarding Discovery--Hebrew Prophets in Hip Hop
Mistaken Hearing Leads to Rewarding Discovery--Hebrew Prophets in Hip Hop

By: Robert Parham
Whether or not The Black Eyed Peas are Christian, their compelling song, "One Tribe," could easily be a theme song for the faithful.

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Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
Politicians Relentlessly Blame Each Other as the Undocumented Are Relentlessly Deported
By: Robert Parham
As both political parties posture, the U.S. relentlessly detains and deports the undocumented, almost all of whom are poor and most of whom seek a better life.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

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

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Nigerian Kidnapping Highlights Global Threat to Women
Nigerian Kidnapping Highlights Global Threat to Women
By: David Emmanuel Goatley and Ishaya Gajere
Kidnapping Nigerian girls is not new, but the seizure of so many at once has been shocking. It dramatically highlights the threat under which many women and girls live daily—in Nigeria and beyond.
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How Prophetic Moms Can Oppose Injustice Against Girls
How Prophetic Moms Can Oppose Injustice Against Girls
By: Alicia Davis Porterfield
Boko Haram kidnaps Nigerian school girls. Girls enter prostitution between 12 to 14 years old. What would it look like if mothers united and opposed these and other injustices against our girls?
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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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Alabama Republican Speaks Candidly on Prison Reform
Alabama Republican Speaks Candidly on Prison Reform

By: Robert Parham
As Alabama struggles to address its broken corrections system, a GOP state senator there said three reforms are needed to fix the nation's prison system. How will churches help in the meantime?

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A Tribute to Two Ethics Professors: Hearing Vanished Voices, Thinking about Tomorrow
A Tribute to Two Ethics Professors: Hearing Vanished Voices, Thinking about Tomorrow
By: Robert Parham
Two Baptist ethics professors, Glen Stassen and Dan McGee, recently passed away; their deaths represent an end of an era in Baptist ethics.
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Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
Let's Accept the Blue Bird Under Church Watchcare Or At Least Use Its Service
By: Robert Parham
Twitter can bring great harm and much good. Houses of faith can use it to fill the public square with transformative values.
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What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?
What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?

By: Robert Parham
The U.S. had about 850,000 mental health inpatient beds in 1985. Today, there are only about 50,000 beds. Where are all these patients going? And what can churches do to help?

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Why You Don't Need to Fear Interfaith Activities
Why You Don't Need to Fear Interfaith Activities

By: Arthur Brown
Some evangelicals fear that interfaith activities will lead to watering down their faith, but nothing could be further from the truth. It's crucial to talk honestly about our faith to people from other faiths.

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NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
NBCA Presidential Race Includes Documentary Interviewee
By: Robert Parham
Pastor Sam Tolbert, interviewed in an EthicsDaily.com documentary about Baptists and Muslims, is one of three running to lead a major African-American Baptist denomination.
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Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
Restoration of Protestant Work Ethic Preferred Over Entitlement Mindset
By: Robert Parham
We need to challenge the entitlement mindset, not necessarily all "entitlement programs."
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Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility
Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility

By: Robert Parham
As recidivism rates go up, prisons are costing more and failing society. But they are not the only ones that are failing society. Too few churches have prioritized a commitment atop Jesus' moral agenda - prisons.

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In Nigeria, a Mother's Unparalleled Act of Gratitude
In Nigeria, a Mother's Unparalleled Act of Gratitude

By: William Cowley
Baptist High School in Nigeria celebrated its first graduation with 50 young men earning diplomas. The school was empty and locked for four weeks. But one mom traveled 700 miles to say thanks.

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Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon.  The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized.
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Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection
Church Gun Giveaway Draws Global Media Attention, Calls for Moral Reflection

By: Robert Parham
When wild-game dinner outreach events transform into Second Amendment rallies, houses of faith are used for political purposes.

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Aspirations for the
Aspirations for the "Son of God" Diverge from Those for "The Passion of the Christ"
By: Robert Parham
Aspirations for "Son of God" are more down to earth as Christian leaders have learned from hype surrounding "The Passion of the Christ."
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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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Christian Meetings in 2014 Suggest Innovation or Stagnation
Christian Meetings in 2014 Suggest Innovation or Stagnation
By: Robert Parham
Christian meetings in 2014 disclose two trends. One: Predictable gatherings with the same "old" programs and speakers. The other: Passionate, content-rich events with much to celebrate and contribute.
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Church Must Learn About, Offer Moral Leadership on Sex Trafficking
Church Must Learn About, Offer Moral Leadership on Sex Trafficking
By: Robert Parham
Sex trafficking exploits some 21 million people globally, including 100,000 children in the U.S. While the church has said little, we can begin to reach across the aisles to make a difference.
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If Jesus Was a Havoc Maker, What Are We?
If Jesus Was a Havoc Maker, What Are We?
By: Robert Parham
If Jesus were alive today, "he would be causing havoc," said the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The church needs to spend a lot more time considering the upside to havoc or disruptive innovation.
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

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

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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 2
By: Rick Love
Meet Azi, who works with madrassas in Pakistan to change the way young Muslim clerics are trained. Under his leadership, more than 2,700 leaders have been trained.
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Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
Pakistani Muslims Who Work for Peace – Part 1
By: Rick Love
Meet Mossarat, a Muslim woman in Pakistan who leads Mothers for Change. Her group works with mothers whose sons are being lured into terrorist groups and helps rescue them.
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One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
By: Robert Parham
Those involved in prison ministry don't draw attention to their good works. As you'll see in "Through the Door," they give thanks for the privilege to do good works that point toward the Father.
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Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
Let's Offer an Alternative to the Partisan Either-Or Approach on Income Inequality
By: Robert Parham
To make progress on reducing income inequality, we need to abandon either-or propositions and unite on sensible both-and solutions. 
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Presidential Pot Wink is Misguided, Misleading
Presidential Pot Wink is Misguided, Misleading
By: Robert Parham
President Obama's comment comparing marijuana as "no more dangerous than alcohol" was misleading and muddled. One would have hoped he would have been more clear-headed. 
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Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
Skype Interview: Rick Love and Christian-Muslim Relationships
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christians don't appreciate the diversity that exists among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, says the author of a book on Christian-Muslim relationships in a Skype interview with EthicsDaily.com.
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Add Al Jazeera America to Your Media Reading List
Add Al Jazeera America to Your Media Reading List
By: Robert Parham
Christians need to be informed and on guard against political and ideological half-truths. One way to do so is to have multiple sources of news and information. Al Jazeera is a good start to your list.
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9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
9 Principles for Christians to Engage with Muslims
By: Jennifer Bryson
While Christians and Muslims have deep disagreements over faith issues, they can still relate to each other in a way that is "respectful, gracious and bridge-building," an author says.
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How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?
How Should Christians Form Relationships with Muslims?

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

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Competing Theological Frameworks Shape Approaches to Criminal Justice
Competing Theological Frameworks Shape Approaches to Criminal Justice

By: Robert Parham
From across the theological waterfront, a number of thoughtful faith leaders and those with experience working in prisons favor restorative justice. But when will our society follow suit?

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Interfaith Dialogue is Key to Peace, Pope Urges
Interfaith Dialogue is Key to Peace, Pope Urges

By: Arthur Brown
Pope Francis suggests that dialogue between those of differing faiths, particularly Christians and Muslims, is a necessary condition for peace in the world and is the duty of people of faith.

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Pope Francis' Catchword Could Be Our Watchword for 2014
Pope Francis' Catchword Could Be Our Watchword for 2014
By: Robert Parham
Getting to know the other for the sake of knowing the other, rather than persuading them that they're wrong and must change, is the more Christian way. For Pope Francis, this is the "culture of encounter."
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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What It Could Mean to Keep Christ in Christmas
What It Could Mean to Keep Christ in Christmas
One of the best ways to "keep Christ in Christmas" is to think more about what we can mine from the biblical story that enriches our understanding of who Jesus was. Joseph is a good place to start.
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Limbaugh Shows Idolatry to Capitalism; Pope Francis Calls for Renewal with Jesus Christ
Limbaugh Shows Idolatry to Capitalism; Pope Francis Calls for Renewal with Jesus Christ

Radio show host Rush Limbaugh accused Pope Francis of Marxism following the pontiff's warning about the idolatry of money. What's clear is how little Limbaugh knows about Christianity.

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Honor Nelson Mandela – Be Truthful about Our Past, Prioritize His Virtues
Honor Nelson Mandela – Be Truthful about Our Past, Prioritize His Virtues
Let's remember our history. Not all who now praise the late Nelson Mandela or their spiritual forefathers were with the South African leader when it counted. Many of them were with apartheid.
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Jesus' Financial Backers Included Philanthropists from the East - The Wise Men
Jesus' Financial Backers Included Philanthropists from the East - The Wise Men

Scripture doesn't say what happened to the wise men's gold. Is it unreasonable to speculate that good things happened for Jesus and his family because of the gift of gold?

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What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
After months of deliberation – and vacillation – the deadline is upon us to put a title on EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith. As the editing process draws to a close, it's time to decide.
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Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Failure of Immigration Reform Opens Door to Wider Church Involvement
Washington's failure to deal with immigration reform need not set the church's agenda. Our agenda ought to be set by the biblical witness to treat the undocumented kindly and to seek justice for them.
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Will You Schedule a Screening of Our Documentary on Prisons and Faith?
Will You Schedule a Screening of Our Documentary on Prisons and Faith?

The premier screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith will be held in February 2014. Your church can make a difference by scheduling a screening in your community.

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Skin in the Game is Needed in Corporations, Churches, Even in Nation's Capital
Skin in the Game is Needed in Corporations, Churches, Even in Nation's Capital
If you believe in something, you'll have a personal investment in it. It's true for companies, churches and government. Federal politicians should show moral leadership and sign up for the ACA.
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Recovering a Moral Critique of Debt
Recovering a Moral Critique of Debt

Progressive Christians have a truncated moral agenda when it comes to economic debt. Instead of pretending it doesn't matter, we must recognize the biblical witness: Debt is destructive.

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Poverty Challenges Power in Pirate Movie
Poverty Challenges Power in Pirate Movie
If you decide to watch "Captain Phillips," a PG-13 film loosely based on a 2009 maritime hijacking, go armed with more than an understanding that the American way is not the global way.
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The Bible Speaks on Prisons
The Bible Speaks on Prisons

As prisons and imprisonment are threads that run through the Bible, prison ministry and concern about prisons ought to run more powerfully through churches.

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Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
Government Shuts Down On Day Church Doors Open Wider
While politicians play the blame game during the government shutdown, another event showed how ecumenical collaboration is pivotal to advancing the common good in a broken world.
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Vocation and Vacation Separated by More than a Vowel
Vocation and Vacation Separated by More than a Vowel
Finding the balance between our vocations and making time for vacation is a challenge for many. God called us to do his work, but the biblical narrative teaches us that God rested.
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Proverbs Are Building Blocks for Wise Living, a Good Moral Life
Proverbs Are Building Blocks for Wise Living, a Good Moral Life
Proverbs are wisdom sayings that keep us grounded, give us insights into wise living, and help us make good decisions. They may be secular; they may be religious.
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Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Ark. School Misses Chance to Teach Understanding
Kowtowing to parental outrage, an Arkansas school district withdrew an invitation to a Muslim man to speak at a student assembly. They missed the chance to teach understanding.
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Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
President Obama has set forth a false choice: Do nothing about Syria's use of chemical weapons or bomb Syria. The either/or framing makes military action appear righteous.
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As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the
As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the "Just War" Rules?

"Just War" is a time-honored, moral tool for critiquing government war-making arguments. As Obama lobbies for military action - war - against Syria, what are the "Just War" rules?

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Do Any Good Moral Options Exist to End Civil War in Syria?
Do Any Good Moral Options Exist to End Civil War in Syria?
As a humanitarian agency reports thousands suffering from a chemical weapons attack in Syria, the international community ponders what to do, and the global Christian community remains mostly silent.
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As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement
As Religions Collide, Some Positive Stories about Baptist Interfaith Engagement

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

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Moving Beyond Prison Reform Options of Blaming Society or the Individual
Moving Beyond Prison Reform Options of Blaming Society or the Individual

Many conservative people of faith are involved in prison ministry. But they're far less concerned about where to place the blame than what to do that makes a difference to offenders and their families.

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British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
British Christian Leaders Send Greetings to Muslims
Representatives of the United Kingdom's Christian denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have sent a message of greetings and peace to their Muslim neighbors.
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Racial Slurs Are Out-of-Bounds Regardless of Race
Racial Slurs Are Out-of-Bounds Regardless of Race
If it's wrong for whites to speak derogatorily about blacks, it is just as wrong for blacks to speak derogatorily about whites. Here's what goodwill people of faith can do about racial slurs.
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Retirement-Aged Christians Are Today's Drum Majors for Justice
Retirement-Aged Christians Are Today's Drum Majors for Justice
Don't think that today's older Americans just dream about the past. Retirement-aged Christians are at the leading edge of addressing a host of social justice and mercy ministry initiatives.
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What I Learned From Eight Hours in a Maximum Security Prison
What I Learned From Eight Hours in a Maximum Security Prison
Mitch Swallows won't be released from prison until 2034. With about 20 years to go on his sentence, he's using his time to be productive and to make his family proud.
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Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Replace the False Witness Over Race with Christian Witness
Bearing false witness reached a fever pitch following George Zimmerman's acquittal, but inflammatory rhetoric only makes a reasonable conversation on race next to impossible.
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House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
House's Farm Bill Vote Calls Christians to Speak Up for Vulnerable
The House GOP passed a farm bill that included no funding for food stamps, placing our most vulnerable at greater risk. Christianity's message is clear – protect the poor.
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BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
The Baptist World Alliance ended its annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists last week in Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper.
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BWA Leader Outlines Problem with Prosperity Gospel
BWA Leader Outlines Problem with Prosperity Gospel
With its roots in the United States, the prosperity gospel has influenced a large number of Christians across a broad section of the Christian faith, a BWA leader says.
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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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Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptists have historically focused on the person and work of Christ and largely undervalued the work of the Spirit, a presenter at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education says.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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Border Control Is a Moral Issue
Border Control Is a Moral Issue

While elected officials in both congressional houses bat around the details of border control, perhaps it would be helpful for the Christian community to think morally about border control.

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Interfaith Leaders in Virginia Model Friendship
Interfaith Leaders in Virginia Model Friendship

They may come from different traditions and have different beliefs, but a group of leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths is modeling interfaith friendship.

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Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
It's good for Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists to pray for each other, but they can also work together for the common good.
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House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
House Members Cite Jesus in Farm Bill Debate; One Favors Food Stamp Cuts, Accepts Farm Subsides
Citing the Bible, a Tennessee congressman justified cutting food stamps to the poor even though he's accepted millions in federal farm subsidies. That's hypocrisy.
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What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
When I hear someone decry Catholicism, I point to Father John Kieran as a model for Catholic integrity, vibrant missions and ecumenical ministry. Here is what he taught me.
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Father's Day Is More than Sentimentality Sunday
Father's Day Is More than Sentimentality Sunday
Our children need responsible fathers. Our social well-being depends on it. This Father's Day, churches would do well to make responsible fatherhood a hallmark for their moral agenda.
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Targeting of Faith Groups Raises Concerns about Who Fostered IRS Culture of Abuse
Targeting of Faith Groups Raises Concerns about Who Fostered IRS Culture of Abuse
The targeting of conservative faith groups with a moral perspective at odds with the Obama administration should concern Americans of faith. Making matters worse – the IRS' pattern of deception.
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Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
Political Abuse of Power Calls for Moral Critique
When government engages in abuses of power, faith leaders should offer a moral critique without regard to political leanings or alliances. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.
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Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
Moral Discernment Necessary to Determine When to Wait, When to Act
If patience is a virtue to which Christians aspire, then impatience and passivity – resting at opposite ends of the continuum – are temptations to which Christians often succumb.
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"Duck Dynasty" Offers Good, Clean Television Fun
The bearded and camouflage-clad men of TV's "Duck Dynasty" prove that a show can be a hit without profanity and promiscuity. Just ask the 9.6 million who saw the finale.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Executed April 9, Rickey Lynn Lewis left behind a few possessions – shoes, slippers, a coffee pot, soap, deodorant, a few clothes. Not much, but they held great value to newly freed prisoners.
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After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
After Praying about Boston Bombings, What Does U.S. Faith Community Do?
For the most part, the blast of the first shockwave at the Boston Marathon moved people of faith to prayer. But what do we do after praying and mourning for the victims?
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Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
Does Your Church Think About Theology of Taxation?
If religion is to be more than ritual, and Christianity more than ceremony, houses of faith and faith groups need to think more about the theology of taxation.
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Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Drop the 'I-Word' in Church
Following United Methodists' lead, the Christian community must separate itself from politics and drop the words "illegals" and "illegal immigrants" from their vocabulary.
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
Pope Francis Models Humility in World that Practices Humiliation
In publicly identifying Christianity with humility, Pope Francis has shown the world another way – a way that stands in sharp contrast with the practice of humiliation.
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Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
Some Minority Groups Partner with Industries, Betray Constituents
When civil rights groups align with disease-causing industries and oppose initiatives to improve the health of their communities, they work against their own communities' common good.
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Humility – A Prerequisite for Interfaith Dialogue
Humility – A Prerequisite for Interfaith Dialogue
Humility is a key ingredient for interfaith dialogue to be successful. It helps us recognize that our brothers and sisters from other faiths have something to teach us – and vice versa.
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How Friendship Dinners Aid Interfaith Engagement
How Friendship Dinners Aid Interfaith Engagement
By: Jim Somerville
The same kinds of tensions that once existed between Christians and Jews in this country now exist between Christians and Muslims. Isn't it time to get to know each other?
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Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Despite thundering silence from SBC leadership and one seminary president quick to criticize, Baptists would do well to applaud the election of Pope Francis.
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Can Jews, Christians and Muslims Coexist?
Can Jews, Christians and Muslims Coexist?

Some may question whether Jews, Christians and Muslims can coexist, but the life and legacy of Edward Wilmot Blyden has already shown that it's possible.

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Moral Opposition to Indiscriminate Drone Kills Will Increase
Moral Opposition to Indiscriminate Drone Kills Will Increase

Given the high probability that drones kill mostly civilians, it's hard to see how their use passes one of the time-honored rules of Just War - avoiding civilian casualties.

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Tolerance – Key Ingredient for Interfaith Dialogue
Tolerance – Key Ingredient for Interfaith Dialogue
Tolerance is a good thing but it isn't easy. It sees rectifying diverging beliefs as less important than realizing the greater goods of mutual respect, humility and hospitality.
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Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Over the past two decades, states' expenses on prisons and jails have quadrupled, costing an average of $31,307 per inmate. What role can the faith community play?
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This Lent, How to Improve Jewish-Christian Relations
This Lent, How to Improve Jewish-Christian Relations
Many U.S. Christians live with oblivion about their Jewish roots. This Lenten season is a good time to examine our convictions and feelings about the historic people of God.
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Give a Moral Witness as Alternative to Sequestration Brinksmanship
Give a Moral Witness as Alternative to Sequestration Brinksmanship
When sequestration brinksmanship is more important to Washington than justice, faith leaders must speak out. Some 100 faith officials have done just that. Will local clergy join in?
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Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
Why So Many Christians Break the 9th Commandment
As Christians, we often hate it when people put us all in the same camp and assume we all think the same thing. Yet that's what we do far too often when we speak of Islam.
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Moral Witness by Signature – Does It Make a Difference in Public Square?
Moral Witness by Signature – Does It Make a Difference in Public Square?
If ministers affix our names to documents, vote for resolutions or support public efforts in private, let's make sure our own shareholders know what we've done and why.
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Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
Why Interfaith Debates are Doomed to Fail
If we truly want to strengthen interfaith relationships, especially between Christians and Muslims, we must be willing to listen and understand. Too often, we bully and belittle.
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Christian Leaders Offer 5-Point Statement on Immigration Reform
Christian Leaders Offer 5-Point Statement on Immigration Reform
Faith leaders' first responsibility is to speak morally about the plight of the undocumented and the need for just and compassionate change. A five-point statement does just that.
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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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Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
Nat'l Christian Group To Screen Faith and Immigration Documentary
"Gospel Without Borders," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and immigration, will be screened at this week's annual meeting of Christian Churches Together.
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BWA Delegation Visits Nigeria Following Violence
BWA Delegation Visits Nigeria Following Violence
In response to widespread violence in Nigeria, a Baptist World Alliance delegation visited the West African nation, urging the government to ensure the safety of all and to work toward peace.
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Forgiveness Always a Virtue; Forgetting Often a Vice
Forgiveness Always a Virtue; Forgetting Often a Vice
Lance Armstrong's confession provided a splendid but largely missed opportunity to talk about sin, confession, forgiveness, redemption and restitution. Do we have moral amnesia?
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Lent, Ash Wednesday: Why All the Fuss?
Lent, Ash Wednesday: Why All the Fuss?

Nothing is wrong in celebrating only Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter, but we still miss a rich and rewarding worship journey when we don't observe Lent.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Religious Literacy
3 Ways to Improve Your Religious Literacy
A report suggests that many Americans are vastly illiterate about their own religion as well as the religion of others. Here are three ways to boost your religious literacy.
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January Is Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Church Action Needed All Year Long
January Is Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Church Action Needed All Year Long

Human trafficking, which enslaves nearly 27 million globally, is one of the issues where the faith community can make a meaningful difference. And many already are.

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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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EthicsDaily.com, BWA Offer Lenten Bible Study
EthicsDaily.com, BWA Offer Lenten Bible Study
A Lenten Bible study series from EthicsDaily.com challenges Baptists to reflect on God's history of deliverance and to repent from self-centered and self-sufficient living.
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Pay Attention to Christmas Sermons by Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
Pay Attention to Christmas Sermons by Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
In two of 2012's most media-covered sermons, Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury called for peace. Their messages also contained a defense of Christianity.
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Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
Poll: Americans' Religious Identity Still Mostly Christian
The United States remains a Christian nation, with more than nine out of 10 people confirming that they're affiliated with a Christian religion, says a new Gallup poll.
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Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen
Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen

Glen Stassen, who has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years, is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012.

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Striking Up Friendships at Interfaith Bowling
Striking Up Friendships at Interfaith Bowling
Want your interfaith group to move beyond dialogue to friendship? Try going bowling together. It's hard to be pretentious when you're wearing bowling shoes.
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Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Faith Community Builds Social Capital
Practicing Christians would do well to remember and recite how the faith community builds social capital. Look at Nashville and consider what your faith community has done.
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Hope Plus Five
Hope Plus Five
The Baptist Center for Ethics began in hope. Hope has kept BCE on track and keeps it moving forward. But hope doesn't travel alone. Meet hope's five companions.
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BWA, Nigerian Baptists Call for End to Nation's Violence
BWA, Nigerian Baptists Call for End to Nation's Violence
Violence in Nigeria has left two Baptist pastors dead and many Baptist properties destroyed. "We never faced this type of selective destruction before," a Baptist official said.
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Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
Warning Call to Clergy about Cap on Charitable Giving
A forthright critique of Obama's plan to limit tax deductions on charitable giving is now required. Charitable giving is fundamental to tens of thousands of houses of faith and their many institutions.
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For TV and Real-Life Survivalists, Faith Matters Little
For TV and Real-Life Survivalists, Faith Matters Little
Surviving the end of civilization is popular on TV shows. While faith seems to play a minor role in these shows and with real-life preppers, it matters when things fall apart.
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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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Rebel Military Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo
Rebel Military Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo
A rebel military group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced thousands when it advanced on the city of Goma. Baptist families and churches are housing many.
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Muslim Writer Calls Out
Muslim Writer Calls Out "Irresponsible" Mosque Sermons
Advancing the common good between Christians and Muslims requires that each recognize efforts by the other to readdress the extremes in their own traditions. Here's one example.
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British Baptists Dispel 12 Interfaith Myths
British Baptists Dispel 12 Interfaith Myths
With the goal of building relationships with people of other faiths, British Baptists launched a new resource to counter a dozen common myths about interfaith cooperation.
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How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
After the election, the prospects for civility and the common good are even bleaker. But churches can help our society find a constructive way forward in this polarized culture.
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Baptists Respond to Severe Flooding in Nigeria
Baptists Respond to Severe Flooding in Nigeria
After torrential rains killed more than 360 people, injured more than 18,000 others and displaced more than 2 million in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance gave $10,000 for relief efforts.
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Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
With calcifying incivility, ideological rigidity and deadening polarization, churches must play their part to hold our nation together. Now is the season for healing and creating common ground.
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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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Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
More civility from pulpits and in church programs would go a long way toward decreasing cultural polarization, ideological rigidity, plain meanness and outright falsehoods.
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Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
In the wake of a bomb blast on Oct. 19 that killed a top security official and others, Lebanese Baptists are appealing to Baptists worldwide to pray for the country.
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Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
Distorted News Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
If the world is to be at peace, Christianity and Islam will need to live together peacefully. But peace is hard to achieve when some evangelical groups distort the truth.
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Where Is the Good News?
Where Is the Good News?
No matter where you turn – your TV, newspaper or computer – bad news is easy to find. But there's a source of good news, too. And it's as close as EthicsDaily.com's Skype interviews.
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Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
Taliban Shooting Doesn't Reflect Spirit of Islam
The shooting of a teenage girl by Taliban militants has no connection whatsoever with Islamic doctrine and practice. By contrast, many Muslims live at peace with Christians.
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Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists around the world are being encouraged to make donations to the Baptist World Alliance to help Syrians displaced by the Middle Eastern nation's civil war.
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Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
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Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
The Muslim world has vast diversity and isn't limited to the images seen on cable TV news, says an American who lived in Egypt for the past two years.
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Flimsy Papyrus Draws Itchy Ears
Flimsy Papyrus Draws Itchy Ears
A papyrus fragment that some say shows that Jesus was married has created a global flutter. In today's itchy-ear culture, it's tough for sound teaching to compete with wild myths.
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When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
When You Must Choose Between Competing Rights
Broadcasting anti-Islamic propaganda goes beyond a free-speech right. However, the most difficult decisions we make are not about right and wrong, but choosing between competing rights.
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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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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
Churches Must Supply Oxygen for Truthful Narrative about Muslims
The dominant narrative is that Muslims are filled with rage and hate the U.S. As Islamic leaders speak out against extremist violence, will Christians have the courage to stand with them?
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Democrats' Exaggerated Claim to Faith Mirrors GOP's Error
Democrats' Exaggerated Claim to Faith Mirrors GOP's Error
The Democratic National Convention revealed that the Democratic Party is struggling to become a mirror image of the GOP – on faith. It's a move that misuses faith.
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Fall Football Brings into Focus the Culture of Autonomy, Counterculture of Dependency
Fall Football Brings into Focus the Culture of Autonomy, Counterculture of Dependency
As the football season kicks off, fans will soon see athletes kneeling for touchdown prayers. We should be grateful for this countercultural witness in our culture of autonomy.
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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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In Hurricane's Wake, Baptists Provide Shelter, Aid
In Hurricane's Wake, Baptists Provide Shelter, Aid
Baptists working through the Baptist World Alliance provided shelter and aid to those caught in the wake of Hurricane Isaac as it moved through the Caribbean and the United States.
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Undocumented
Undocumented "Freedom Riders" to Attend Faith and Immigration Event in Charlotte
Undocumented immigrants will be among the attendees at the Baptist Center for Ethics' faith and immigration event on Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention.
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A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
A Riddle, Hyperbolic Frame and Invitation to Advance Moral Good in Charlotte
What do you get when faith leaders from many denominations unite at a gathering during the Democratic National Convention? A collaborative effort to focus on the plight of the undocumented.
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Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Atheist Claims Aside, Faith Community Advances Common Good
Ignoring all that religion does for the common good, an atheists' group is buying billboards during the Democratic National Convention to slam Christianity.
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Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Promote Understanding, Not Fear
Our theological vocabularies and beliefs may differ on many issues, but Christians can engage Muslims in and uplifting discourse. We should never demonize, ridicule or insult.
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Conservatives Push Back Against David Barton
Conservatives Push Back Against David Barton
David Barton's book, "The Jefferson Lies," has been pulled by its publisher, citing too many errors. Conservatives have called out Barton for his misuse of history.
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Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Christians, Atheists Will Wrangle Over Religion at Democratic National Convention
Atheists and Christians will offer competing agendas about religion's role in the public square when the Democratic National Convention meets in North Carolina in early September.
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Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
The humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria is "very difficult" and "very painful," a Lebanese Baptist leader said. Baptist groups are offering humanitarian aid and helping refugees.
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Will Church Leaders Talk About Out-of-Control Gun Culture?
Will Church Leaders Talk About Out-of-Control Gun Culture?
After the killings and woundings in the Colorado movie theater shooting, one would have expected faith leaders to take on the gun lobby. One would have been wrong.
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During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Iftar Meal, Abrahamic Faiths Discuss Fasting
During Ramadan, devout Muslims break their daily fasts at sunset with an "iftar" meal. Now, many Muslims in the U.S. are inviting non-Muslim friends to share that meal.
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EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Sponsors Faith Event During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com's showing of its documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," during the Democratic National Convention will show political leaders the urgency of addressing immigration reform.
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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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Jimmy Carter Calls Christians to Return to Jesus' Moral Agenda on Prisoners
Jimmy Carter Calls Christians to Return to Jesus' Moral Agenda on Prisoners
The prison population is exploding. And the U.S. has shifted from a focus on rehabilitation to punishment only, former President Jimmy Carter tells EthicsDaily.com.
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European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
How do Christians in the Middle East relate to Muslims? It's crucial to establish loving relationships without marginalizing problems created by a radical Islamic authority, European Baptists said.
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Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology Shapes Bible Reading, Creates Global Community
Technology shapes how we read the Bible and how we connect to community. Can people of faith continue to make use of the best of affordable technology while avoiding its temptations?
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Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Two girls – one Jewish, the other Muslim – from a school in Israel set off a chain of events that led to a Texas Baptist church's involvement in peacekeeping in the Holy Land.
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Muslim and Christian Scholars Issue Letter to Hotel Execs on Porn
Muslim and Christian Scholars Issue Letter to Hotel Execs on Porn
A Muslim and a Christian released wrote to hotel executives asking them to remove pornographic movies in hotel rooms – even if it cuts into their profits.
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
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El Salvadoran Pastor Accepts Baptist Human Rights Award
El Salvadoran Pastor Accepts Baptist Human Rights Award
A pastor received a human rights award from the Baptist World Alliance for his role in helping to negotiate peace in El Salvador and for his work with the marginalized.
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Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Leaders at the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering approved a resolution to direct two of its agencies to develop a plan to offset the carbon footprint of BWA meetings.
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What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 2
What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 2
Baptists have a centuries-long history of supporting human rights. Will we continue to support that tradition or allow a fend-for-themselves mindset to take over?
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Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Churches will have to learn to embrace modern technology and social media, according to panelists at a Baptist World Alliance forum during the group's annual gathering.
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Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
As more people are becoming victims of environmental degradation, can Christians stop the exploitation and injustice? Perhaps looking at the Trinity holds the answer.
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Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists honored an Englishman, who wrote 400 years ago to the King England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed they had the divine right to determine their subjects' faith.
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Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptist-Muslim relationships. Sustainable development. Religious freedom. All are on the agenda when global Baptists meet for the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Chile.
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Baptists Prepare for Global Meeting in Chile
Baptists Prepare for Global Meeting in Chile
Hundreds of Baptists from around the world will attend the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering next week in Chile for worship, fellowship and theological reflection.
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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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Court Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
Court Ruling on Arizona's Immigration Law Calls for Moral Education
While reaction to the high court's decision on Arizona's immigration law is mixed, one thing is clear: We need intensive moral education from goodwill people of faith.
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BWA to Participate in U.N. Conference in Rio
BWA to Participate in U.N. Conference in Rio
The Baptist World Alliance will co-sponsor an event during a U.N. conference that will examine the role of religious and educational groups in addressing environmental sustainability.
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A Church of Christ Show Pushes Comedy, Cultural Critique in All the Right Ways
A Church of Christ Show Pushes Comedy, Cultural Critique in All the Right Ways
What is Tokens? It's a rarity in Christian entertainment, both irreverent and reverent with first-rate performers, as it advances the common good through good Christian theology, music and comedy.
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If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
If Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law, What Do Churches Do?
The Supreme Court decision on Arizona's anti-immigration law is expected this month. Anti-immigration forces are ready to push similar laws in other states. Are churches prepared?
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Hear John Edwards' Court Statement Through Testaments of Faith
Hear John Edwards' Court Statement Through Testaments of Faith
After his court victory, John Edwards took responsibility for his sin. We'll learn about the authenticity of his confession in time, but hearing such an admission in our day is rare.
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If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
Obesity health problems cost up to $190 billion annually. Will a campaign similar to the anti-smoking effort help reduce obesity rates? And will churches be involved?
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Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Prison Issue Creates Convergence of Unlikely Parties
Social justice advocates and fiscal conservatives agree that our prisons' recidivism rates are too high and the fiscal demands are breaking budgets. The system needs reform.
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Interfaith Voices: Good Will is an Asset
Interfaith Voices: Good Will is an Asset
In a wasteland of impoliteness and discourtesy, people of faith must transcend differences in religion, race and culture in order to work for the common good.
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Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
Extremist Rhetoric Overwhelms Public Square, Church Sanctuaries
A billboard by The Heartland Institute linked those who believed in climate change with mass murderers. It did what many do who lack a persuasive case – compare the other side to evildoers.
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Skyping Advances Common Good, Becomes New Tool on EthicsDaily.com
Skyping Advances Common Good, Becomes New Tool on EthicsDaily.com
EthicsDaily.com's Skype interviews help to connect global Baptists with one another. Consider posting these compelling interviews on your church's website or using them in Sunday school.
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Romans 13 Is Weak Proof-Text for Anti-Immigration Church Members
Romans 13 Is Weak Proof-Text for Anti-Immigration Church Members
For those Christians who favor anti-immigration legislation, Romans 13 is their text of choice – even though Scripture overwhelmingly favors a generous kindness toward the undocumented.
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Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?
Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?

The hand of God is a mysterious reality. Whether you tilt toward coincidence or providence probably depends on your presupposition about the divine.

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Why Post Ten Commandments and Not Sermon on the Mount?
Why Post Ten Commandments and Not Sermon on the Mount?
Tennessee passed a law to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings. Why don't conservative Christians make a push to post the Sermon on the Mount instead?
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SBC Official's Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good
SBC Official's Radio Rant Advances No Moral Good
Richard Land, the SBC's public policy official, made reckless statements about the Trayvon Martin shooting, stoking the fires of anger toward people of color, the media and the administration.
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Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Public Education Is Lottery Loser
Disappointed you didn't win a Mega Millions windfall? Join the club. State lotteries have failed to deliver on repeated assurances that they would be a windfall for public schools.
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Are Boycotts Legitimate Arrows in the Moral Quiver?
Are Boycotts Legitimate Arrows in the Moral Quiver?
Boycotts are as American as apple pie. But people of faith must carefully calculate whether their boycotts will be able to create change for the common good.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
EthicsDaily.com Documentary to Screen During Democratic National Convention
Following a "Gospel Without Borders" screening during the Democrats' convention, an ecumenical panel of bishops will speak from a moral perspective on the immigration issue.
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Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
The morality of the double standard is alive and well in America. We are outraged by Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic vulgarity but laugh at Bill Maher's. And vice versa.
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What Does the Term
What Does the Term "Goodwill Baptist" Mean?
From dancing to Disney, Baptists have long been known for their anti-everything stance. Goodwill Baptists, however, seek to engage culture constructively and to frame issues positively.
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Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
The opportunity for 60 Baptist leaders to dialogue with White House officials fostered a network of goodwill Baptists who are concerned about social justice.
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What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
What Will Election of the SBC's First African-American President Mean?
The Southern Baptist Convention may elect its first African-American president this year. It would be a powerful symbol, but will the SBC's white power structure allow that symbol to lead to transformation?
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10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
10 Areas Where Religion May Influence the 2012 Elections
Latino evangelicals, anti-Muslim fear, and Mormon leaders avoiding electoral politics are among the 10 issues where religion may affect this year's elections. What are the others?
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Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Faith Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Keep Anti-Immigration Rhetoric out of Tennessee
Tennessee faith leaders wrote to officials with the four leading GOP presidential campaigns, urging them to keep highly charged anti-immigration rhetoric out of their state.
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Rick Santorum Defends Views on Obama’s Theology
WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is defending his views questioning prenatal testing and President Obama's "theology."
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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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FBI, Muslims Report Progress over Training Materials
(RNS) FBI officials say they are willing to consider a proposal to establish a committee of experts to review materials used in FBI anti-terrorism training.
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New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin Dubbed the ‘Taiwanese Tebow’
(RNS) New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin's underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the "Taiwanese Tebow."
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Newsweek Feeds Fear
Newsweek Feeds Fear
Continuing its trend away from civil discourse, Newsweek's recent cover story focused on the fear-based narrative that Christians are the victims of a global war against them by Muslims.
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Book Shatters Stereotypes on Muslim Women, Sex and Love
(RNS) If you think good Muslim women wait for marriage to have sex, think again.
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Church Seeks Line Between Interfaith and Intolerance
DES PERES, Mo. (RNS) More than 100 Lutherans streamed into the basement classroom for a Bible study called "Islam Through a Lutheran Lens."
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Fact Checker: Obama Muslim Prayer Meme is False
(RNS) The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission.
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Egyptians Say Christian Party Is Not the Answer
WASHINGTON (RNS) A delegation of Egyptian Christian leaders said they do not support the development of a Christian political party.
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Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Vandals spray-painted threats to Arabs and Christians on a school and a monastery in Jerusalem. For the school, which has Arab and Jewish students, it was an opportunity to draw closer together.
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Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
The global community's diet is unbalanced. Millions face daily hunger; millions of others who struggle with obesity are eating themselves to death. How will we respond to this imbalance?
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N.C. Muslims Rally Around Suspects in Beheading Plot
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) As a Muslim woman waits in jail, her friends and family are using social media to rally support for her cause.
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British Group Can’t Tout Divine Healing in Ads, Website
LONDON (RNS) Britain's media advertising watchdog has banned a Christian group from claiming that God's cure-all powers can heal a string of medical ailments.
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Muslims Petition Attorney General for NYPD Probe
(RNS) Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging Schneiderman to investigate the New York City Police Department after the second scandal in as many weeks.
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British Churches Work Together to Help Homeless
British Churches Work Together to Help Homeless
A Baptist church in Great Britain is partnering with other churches to open their doors to provide the homeless a place to sleep instead of spending the night outside in the freezing winter.
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Mainline Protestants Up for Grabs Heading into November
WASHINGTON (RNS) White mainline Protestants have a big thing going for them this election cycle: they are divided, and possibly persuadable.
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Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
CAIRO (RNS) From her home, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary.
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Christians Join Fight Against Cockfighting
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting.
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Study Says U.S. Muslims Don’t Want Shariah Either
(RNS) North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel courts for Islamic law.
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Debunking the Bootstrap Myth
Debunking the Bootstrap Myth
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he earned his fortune through old-fashioned hard work. While he may have worked hard, the idea that any of us pulls ourselves up by our bootstraps is a myth.
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Muslims Call for NYPD Chief to Resign over Video
(RNS) Muslim American groups are calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
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2012 Is About Leadership
2012 Is About Leadership
Leadership is the pole to which many issues are tethered in 2012. And for people of faith, the biblical witness provides the best record of the upside and downside of leadership in transition.
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Muslim Men Convicted of Advocating Death for Gays
LONDON (RNS) In the first case of its kind, a British court has convicted three Muslim men of openly advocating the execution of gays.
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When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
When They Want War, Christians Often Ignore Jesus
Christians eager to condemn Islam as a religion that spreads itself through warfare should be reminded that Christians often have ignored Jesus' teaching in order to justify war.
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Are Mormons Christian? It’s Complicated
(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh.
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Christians Report Lowest Growth Rate in Israel
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to a recent report.
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At 27, New Imam Represents a Homegrown American Islam
ST. LOUIS (RNS) At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the metro area.
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John Wesley Speaks to Vulture Capitalism
John Wesley Speaks to Vulture Capitalism
Politicians and pundits in the GOP presidential campaign are tossing around the phrase, vulture capitalism, as a verbal bomb. Did the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, speak to this idea?
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Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
Tennessee Bishops Set for Documentary Panel on Immigration
An interfaith panel featuring bishops from three denominations will speak to the issue of immigration following a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 24.
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Muslims Say Ron Paul is Their Kind of Republican
(RNS) Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf’s libertarian streak developed early on.
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Tebow Stars in Morality Play for Some, Offers Template for God Conversation
Tebow Stars in Morality Play for Some, Offers Template for God Conversation
While Tebow-mania is troubling if fans seriously believe the Broncos' QB has a divine anointment, the anti-Christian hostility toward Tebow reflects bigotry and hypocrisy.
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Appeals Court Rules Oklahoma Shariah Ban Unconstitutional
(RNS) Oklahoma’s referendum against state judges considering Islamic law is unconstitutional, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
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Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
When Southern Baptists withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance eight years ago, SBC leaders issued a series of false accusations. Any reconciliation must begin with the SBC's confession of wrongdoing.
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In Academia, Islam Remains a Risky Third Rail
(RNS) A recent spate of campus controversies involving professors who made provocative statements about Muslims shows how easy it is for academics to get into trouble.
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On Immigration, Cite the Bible – and the Chamber
On Immigration, Cite the Bible – and the Chamber
A Chamber of Commerce report debunks seven myths about immigration. It's a resource every pastor needs to answer the anti-immigration crowd and the uninformed.
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Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
Nigerian Christians, Muslims Exchange Sharp Words after Christmas Day Bombing
As a new of religious violence moved across Nigeria, some Muslims and Christians in Africa's most populous nation have exchanged sharp rhetoric while others called for peace.
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Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt
Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt

Known as "the conscience of Alabama," Wayne Flynt has spoken with moral clarity and prophetic passion for decades. He's EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2011.

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A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
The Christmas bells may ring "peace on earth," but the ringing has been drowned out by Christmas bombs signaling "no peace on earth." Perhaps we can echo the Christmas Day prayer of Pope Benedict XVI.
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Poll: Nearly 80 Percent of Americans are Christian
(RNS) As Christmas nears, more than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports.
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What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
What Happened to Wise Men's Gold? The Long-Awaited Answer
The wise men's gold should have lifted Mary and Joseph out of poverty. So what happened to that wealth? While the Bible doesn't literally give us an answer, it does offer some strong clues.
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Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Alabama Clergy Urge Governor to Repeal Anti-Immigration Law
Catholic and Protestant leaders in Alabama wrote Gov. Robert Bentley, urging him to repeal the state's anti-immigration law, one of the harshest in the nation. How did he respond?
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Muslims Caught in Reality Show Crossfire Struggle to Understand Controversy
DEARBORN, Mich. (RNS) When Fordson High School football coach Fouad Zaban was asked to be on a reality show about Muslim family life, his impulse was to decline.
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Muslim Push Lowe’s Boycott over Reality Series
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The controversy between Muslim Americans and the Lowe’s home improvement chain will spill into 2012 with a planned boycott of Lowe’s.
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Christopher Hitchens’ Atheism Was a Gift to Believers
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christopher Hitchens will be remembered as many things: an acerbic essayist, connoisseur of Scotch and cigarettes and roguish writer.
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Muslim Reality Show, Under Fire, Denies Charges of Extremism
(RNS) The cast and producers of “All-American Muslim,” said they are helping change negative perceptions of Muslims.
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Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action
Methodist Bishop Repents on Immigration, Calls for Action

An Alabama United Methodist bishop said he was sorry for being inactive while an anti-immigration bill moved into law in his state. He urged 300 Tennessee faith leaders to speak against similar bills in their state.

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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

After 20 years of service, we know the Baptist Center for Ethics didn't get to where we are without a lot of goodwill Baptists trusting our direction and underwriting our mission.

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Companies Pull Ads from Muslim Reality TV Show
(RNS) Lowe’s has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.
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Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
People use anonymous online postings to spew anti-religious bigotry and pure anger, and some newspapers are cracking down on these comments. But is there a positive side?
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Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Paints False Picture of Islam
Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Paints False Picture of Islam
A Tennessee politician, Rick Womick, said he doesn't trust Muslims and wants them purged from the military. His divisive remarks betray our nation's ideals.
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Court Date Nears for American Muslim Wannabomber
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A year ago, a tall, skinny teen named Mohamed Mohamud stepped out of an SUV just north of Portland’s Union Station.
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Interfaith Group Closing But Its Work Will Still Shine
Interfaith Group Closing But Its Work Will Still Shine
A Baptist interfaith network in Great Britain is closing, but its efforts will continue to shine forward when its work is transferred to the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
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One-third of Shelter Residents are Newly Homeless
WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly one in five clients of Christian rescue missions said they were victims of physical violence within the past year.
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British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
British Minister Urges Baptists to Support Muslim Family
A British minister is urging other Baptists to support a Muslim family who face eviction because prosecutors are trying to seize their home after they convicted an occupant of anti-terrorism laws.
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Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
Tenn. Faith Leaders To Gather Out of Concern for Anti-Immigration Legislation
As Tennessee politicians weigh an anti-immigration bill similar to Alabama's harsh law, hundreds of the state's faith leaders will gather Nov. 30 for a session on faith and immigration.
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Tunisia a Test for Moderate Islam
TUNIS, Tunisia (RNS) The face of political Islam in this fledgling Muslim democracy is a 47-year-old mother of two who favors tailored suits and stiletto heels.
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New Bible Includes the Word
New Bible Includes the Word "Immigrant," Brings Moral Clarity
Making the Bible's witness completely relevant and its moral imperative inescapable for the faithful, a new translation replaces the words "stranger" and "alien" with the word "immigrant."
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Photographer Captures Muslims’ Self-portraits
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Artist Todd Drake has aimed his camera lens at truck drivers, Alzheimer’s patients and employees of an exotic nightclub.
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Students Do Interfaith Through Universal Language of Music
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Say the word “interfaith” and the next word to roll off the tongue is probably “dialogue.” It’s hard to think of one without the other.
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Benetton Pulls Pope-kissing Ad
VATICAN CITY (RNS) International clothing retailer Benetton pulled a provocative ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim cleric.
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Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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Gay, Muslim Groups Relieved by Changes to Bullying Bill
(RNS) A Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.
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New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
New EthicsDaily.com Short Video at New Baptist Covenant; Tweets Planned
A new short video from EthicsDaily.com will be broadcast at this week's New Baptist Covenant 2, noting that some Baptists have watered down and spiritualized Jesus' agenda while others have been bolder.
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Why Corporate and Wealthy Tax Evasions Matter Morally
Why Corporate and Wealthy Tax Evasions Matter Morally
Many of our nation's wealthiest corporations don't pay their fair share in taxes. When they leach off society, the burden for a good society spreads to others less able to pay. That's unfair.
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Historic Baptists Champion Interfaith Dialogue
Historic Baptists Champion Interfaith Dialogue
Although some Baptists have made highly offensive statements about other faiths, many others –throughout Baptist history until today – have championed interfaith efforts.
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Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
Global Warming Skeptic Converts to Global Warming Believer
With the news of a global warming skeptic concluding that global warming is real, the ice under the global warming deniers is thinning as fast as the ice is thinning from climate change in the Arctic.
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Saudi-Iran Tensions Overshadow Hajj Pilgrimage
(RNS) Reports last month that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. have enflamed animosity between the two Muslim powers.
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I Have Decided to Follow Jesus ... and Tweet
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus ... and Tweet
Two years ago, Robert Parham noted that many of Jesus' short messages were well suited for Twitter. Today, he follows Jesus' example of brevity and begins to tweet. Won't you join in?
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Lawyer Charges Catholic University with Civil Rights Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A famously litigious lawyer has filed charges against CUA for not providing Muslim students with prayer rooms.
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Catholic Church Provides Moral Gravitas to Occupy Wall Street
Catholic Church Provides Moral Gravitas to Occupy Wall Street
While right-wing leaders seek to discredit Occupy Wall Street, the Vatican issued a moral statement favoring regulation of the financial markets for the sake of the common good.
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Muslims Call for Reforms 10 Years after Patriot Act
(RNS) A Muslim civil rights group is accusing the FBI and other federal agencies of “bad policing” and flaunting the Constitution in a 56-page report.
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Muslims Combat Radicalization with Online Tools
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim organization is working to counter radicalization by providing the work of progressive Islam scholars online.
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Muslim Mortgages in Limbo After Bank Collapse
TORONTO (RNS) The collapse of a lender that offered Shariah-compliant mortgages has left Muslim homeowners in the Toronto area with many questions.
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Occupy Wall Street Raises Questions about Why Christians Occupy Church Pews
Occupy Wall Street Raises Questions about Why Christians Occupy Church Pews
Many in the Christian community have been silent about Occupy Wall Street, but those faithful to the biblical witness know that Jesus challenged economic power.
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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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Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Catholic Bishops Distribute Baptist Immigration Documentary
Reflecting the growing interfaith collaboration on immigration reform, some 500 DVDs of EthicsDaily.com's new documentary were sent to Catholic leaders by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Why Ron Paul's Church Commitments Matter
Why Ron Paul's Church Commitments Matter
If GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul wants churches to cover health care costs for the uninsured, the self-proclaimed Christian should disclose his charitable giving as evidence of his commitment.
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Poll: Three in Four Pastors Say Mormons Aren’t Christian
WASHINGTON (RNS) A newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians.
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Study: Teens Leave Churches Seen as Judgmental, Unfriendly
(RNS) Why do young Christians leave the church?
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Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's White Southern Baptists Replay Segregationist History
Alabama's passage of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law reveals how political power and religious power, especially the power of Southern Baptists, have advanced a law rooted in bigotry.
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Chief Rabbis Show Support for Burned Israeli Mosque
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
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Dead Cleric's Videos May Find Eternal Life Online
(RNS) Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the power of the Internet means he won’t soon be forgotten.
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New Calif. Law Prohibits Circumcision Bans
(RNS) Jews, Muslims and their allies cheered as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting all local bans on circumcision.
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Capitalism – God's Plan for Hard-Working Christians?
Capitalism – God's Plan for Hard-Working Christians?
One version of Christianity preaches that capitalism is God's divine economic plan. Its followers must ignore the biblical message that warns against marketplace corruption and economic power that exploits the poor.
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U.S. Christians Rally Around Iranian Pastor
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates rallied around an Iranian pastor who is facing execution because he has refused to recant his Christian faith.
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Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
Privatized Prison Corporation Promotes, Profits from Anti-Immigration Laws
A private prison corporation will profit from the harsh anti-immigration laws that it has quietly helped to pass. For for-profit prisons, more undocumented immigrants in jail equal higher profits.
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Christians Outraged as BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method
LONDON (RNS) British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B.C. and A.D. in favor of B.C.E. and C.E.
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Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic, Methodist Bishops Scheduled for Documentary Screenings in Georgia, N.C.
Catholic and United Methodist bishops are scheduled as panelists at screenings of EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders" in Georgia and North Carolina. Screenings are also set in Florida and Denver.
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College Football Pursues Big Money, Gives off Plantation Whiff
College Football Pursues Big Money, Gives off Plantation Whiff
With big-revenue football schools raking in tens of millions in profits, it's not surprising corruption in college sports and the exploitation of so-called "student-athletes" aren't far behind.
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Religious Groups Latch On to the Groupon Craze
CHICAGO (RNS) Social deals are going spiritual. A growing number of entrepreneurs are making a go with sites specifically targeting religious groups.
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Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
A cross-section of influential faith leaders in Iraq have come together to call for peace through dialogue rather than military strength. One leader said they have a duty to initiate a "moral generation."
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Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System
Panel Busts Immigration Myths, Questions System

After a screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Gospel Without Borders," panelists and audience members noted that the current perception and treatment of immigrants was similar to the "Jim Crow" laws in the U.S.

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Central Seminary Hosts Noted Theologian Miroslav Volf
Central Seminary Hosts Noted Theologian Miroslav Volf
Theologian Miroslav Volf said at least two negative outcomes have grown out of the 9/11 attacks – increased prejudice toward Islam and the current sense of American exceptionalism. Are there positive results?
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Muslim Groups File Petition Against Islamic law
(RNS) A coalition of Muslim groups say they don’t want to live under Shariah law in Michigan or anywhere else.
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Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Is a New War Against Public Education Being Launched?
Some GOP presidential hopefuls seem to be waging a war on public education, sending dog-whistle messages to the Christian Right that they can count on them to support the teaching of creationism in science classes.
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The Hidden Truth about Howard the Naval Chaplain
The Hidden Truth about Howard the Naval Chaplain
Howard, a former Navy chaplain, served multiple tours of duty in the days following 9/11 while his family faced mounting stress. He was a hero often in harm's way – and there's something else we're not telling you.
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Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment Heads to Appeals Court
(RNS) An amendment to Oklahoma’s constitution that bans state judges from considering Islamic law will face its next legal hurdle.
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"Circle of Protection" Differs Morally from "Christians for a Sustainable Economy"
The Circle of Protection says budget cuts shouldn't be made on the poor's backs. Christians for a Sustainable Economy says our focus should be on the economy. Which one reflects the authentic Christian message?
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Justice Dept. settles in mosque construction dispute
WASHINGTON (RNS) The DOJ announced a settlement with Henrico County, Va., over the county’s alleged violation of a federal anti-discrimination law.
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Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
Ten Years after 9/11, A Reason for Optimism
People of all faiths should encourage others in their own circles from making disparaging statements against their fellow Americans, whether they're Christians, Jews, Muslims or adherents of another faith.
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Poll: Americans Are Tolerant of Other Faiths—Except Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims.
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Conservative Evangelical Turns Nonprofits into Lucrative Family Business
Conservative Evangelical Turns Nonprofits into Lucrative Family Business
Christian Right leader Jay Sekulow and his family have benefited handsomely from his two nonprofits – the latest example of what happens when faith become a lucrative family business.
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Muslim Lawmakers Appeal for Israeli Soldier’s Release
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Survey: Muslim Americans Have Moderate Views
(RNS) Almost half the nation’s estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists.
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Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are expected to need food assistance until August 2012. And the lack of a U.S. response to this hunger crisis points to a failure in leadership.
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Report Details Roots, Funding of Islamophobia machine
(RNS) A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of Islamophobia.
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Republicans Talk Tax Hike on the Poor and Middle-Class, Protect Rich from Taxes
Republicans Talk Tax Hike on the Poor and Middle-Class, Protect Rich from Taxes
Having earlier opposed the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest Americans, Republicans want to raise the payroll tax on the poor and middle-class.
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9/11 Gives Birth to New Generation of Assertive Muslims
(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks, there were stories of mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low.
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After 9/11, Curiosity over Islam Leads to Conversion
BOSTON (RNS) Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?”
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9/11 Marked Crucial Turn in Vatican-Muslim Relations
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy.
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Keeping the Peace – Between Nations or Within Church
Keeping the Peace – Between Nations or Within Church
Whether between nations or within a church, steps to resolve conflicts are similar. A BWA-supported initiative and former Prime Minister Tony Blair both offer ways to achieve peace.
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Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders say that a new immigration law would interfere with the practice of their religion.
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Congregations Go for Creation Care, One Barrel at a Time
WASHINGTON (RNS) Irrigating from a rain barrel saves water that would otherwise come from a municipal water system.
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Billionaire Buffet Calls for Shared Sacrifice, Anti-Tax Advocates Yelp
Billionaire Buffet Calls for Shared Sacrifice, Anti-Tax Advocates Yelp
Billionaire Warren Buffett struck a nerve with the anti-tax, anti-government crowd when he called on a tax for the super-rich. Yet not one of them spoke to his call for shared sacrifice.
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Got Questions About Islam? Hotline Has Answers
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Like many American Muslims, Asim Khan is tired of the prejudice against his religion.
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What Do Churches Have to Say on 9/11?
What Do Churches Have to Say on 9/11?

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 falling on a Sunday, churches will have an ideal opportunity to frame the issue from a faith perspective in a culture saturated with conflicting messages and opportunism.

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Jedis and Pastafarians: Real Religion or Joke?
(RNS) When congregants of West Side Church awoke in June to news that their churches had been vandalized, they expected to be frustrated.
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The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
The Paradox of Muslim and Mormon Life in the U.S.
Many Americans regard Muslims and Mormons as the two religious groups they feel "coolest" toward. Despite attacks on their religions, both groups remain hopeful about and loyal to the United States.
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Quran-burning Pastor Plans 9/11 Visit to Ground Zero
(RNS) Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones will visit Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Younger Christians More Likely to Support Other Faiths
Younger Christians More Likely to Support Other Faiths
Christian young people are more likely than non-Christians to respect differences in people of other faiths, according to new research. But what about older church leaders?
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Scriptural Reasoning – Beyond Interfaith Dialogue
Scriptural Reasoning – Beyond Interfaith Dialogue
More than a form of interfaith dialogue between the Abrahamic faiths, scriptural reasoning engages Muslims, Jews and Christians in an intimate conversation over a particular text of Scripture.
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Republican Leaders Confront Extremist Talk
Republican Leaders Confront Extremist Talk
Two GOP leaders – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. John McCain – bluntly labeled the rhetoric of extremists as "crazy" and "bizarro." They understand that extremist talk contaminates society.
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Poll: American Muslims Hopeful About Life in the U.S.
(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans.
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Faith Leaders Challenge Alabama’s Immigration Law
(RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches filed a federal lawsuit to stop enforcement of the state’s new immigration law.
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"Gospel Without Borders" Is Scheduled for August Release
On the heels of anti-immigration forces passing punitive laws in several states, EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration, "Gospel Without Borders," comes in the fullness of time.
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Egypt after Mubarak: Islamic State or Secular Nation?
Egypt after Mubarak: Islamic State or Secular Nation?
Countless Muslims gathered in Egypt on Friday, calling for an Islamic Egypt a few months after the departure of Hosni Mubarak. The gathering was a cause for concern for the nation's Christians and moderate Muslims.
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Judge Tosses Out San Fran’s Circumcision Referendum
(RNS) A proposed circumcision ban will not appear on San Francisco’s citywide ballot in November, a Superior Court judge tentatively ruled.
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HBO Film Follows Muslim Children Competing to Memorize the Quran
(RNS) The movie follows three Muslim children as they compete in a tournament that requires young contestants to recite portions of the Quran.
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Christians Divided on Belgium’s Burqa Ban
(RNS/ENInews) Belgian Christians expressed mixed reactions to the country’s new “burqa ban,” as Belgium joined France in criminalizing the Islamic veil.
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Christian Identity of Norwegian Terrorist Sharpens Debate About Christianity
Christian Identity of Norwegian Terrorist Sharpens Debate About Christianity
Most Christians rightly shudder at the identification of the Norwegian terrorist as a Christian. Yet U.S. Christians don't shudder at the political advocacy of Christian leaders who ignore Jesus' moral vision.
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Maybe "The Least of These" Need a Good Lobbyist
Many different voices in U.S. society are calling for protection for the individual, rather than seeking what's good for the community. Why is the voice of social justice barely a whisper amid the current clatter?
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U.S. Conservatives on the Defensive after Oslo Killings
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
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Poll: Anti-Muslim Sentiment Grew after Bin Laden Death
(RNS) Many Muslim Americans had hoped that the death of Osama bin Laden would improve their image among other Americans.
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Imams Trained to Adapt Islamic Finance to U.S. Economy
(RNS) Abdullah Nana, an imam at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Calif., has a distinct advantage over many of his fellow imams in the United States.
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Reality Is on Our Side
Reality Is on Our Side
With the fossil-fuel industry spending big bucks to spread doubt about climate change, former Vice President Al Gore said there's one thing all their cash and influence can't alter – reality.
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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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Court Says Store Discriminated Against Muslim
(RNS) Abercrombie & Fitch violated civil rights law when the clothier refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wears a headscarf.
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Survival of South Sudan Hinges on Which Lion Is Fed
Survival of South Sudan Hinges on Which Lion Is Fed
The world's newest nation, South Sudan, was born last weekend, and Christianity played a role. Prayers of global Christians, a 2005 peace accord and a team of international observers that included Jimmy Carter all helped.
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Toronto School Defends Muslim Prayers in Cafeteria
TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria.
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Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Obesity isn't a laughing matter, an issue to be set aside with dismissive excuses that some folk like to eat fried food. And it's most dramatic in the South – home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity.
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Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
Breaking the Tradition of Reactivity; Building Moral Capital for Immigration Reform
After Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the nation's harshest immigration bill into law, goodwill leaders of faith began to voice opposition. It's time for faith leaders to break the defective tradition of being reactive.
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City Attorney Questions Proposed Circumcision Ban
(RNS) The city’s top lawyer has concluded it is unconstitutional to ban the practice as a religious ritual, but allow it as a medical procedure.
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MMBB Gives Leadership Award to Parham
MMBB Gives Leadership Award to Parham
The Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board presented its first Century of Service Leadership Award to Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics and executive editor of EthicsDaily.com.
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Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon
Awards Given, Documentary Screened at BCE Luncheon

Two awards were handed out and EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on immigration was screened at the annual luncheon of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Tampa, Fla.

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Jewish Concerns Remain as Delta, Saudis Deny Discrimination
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Saudi Arabian embassy denied as “completely false” reports that U.S. Jews would not be able to travel to Saudi Arabia.
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Report Says Islamophobia on the Rise
(RNS) A new report asserts that anti-Muslim prejudice has worsened in recent years, but argues the trend could be reversed with greater community outreach.
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U.S. Jews Not Able to Fly on Delta Flights to Saudi Arabia
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line’s new partnership.
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Remembering Bush's Tax-Cut Claims Brings Realism to Current Debate
Remembering Bush's Tax-Cut Claims Brings Realism to Current Debate
President Bush vowed in 2001 that tax cuts would mean “a better life in a more prosperous America.” But how many of his claims about what tax cuts would do actually turned out to be true?
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Van Impe Leaves TBN over Chrislam Remarks
(RNS) Jack Van Impe has ended his decades-long run on TBN after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs.
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Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Counter Protesters to Westboro Baptist Show Intolerance toward Intolerant
Members of Westboro Baptist Church held protests in Nashville. But some counter protesters objecting to Westboro's intolerance displayed a profane and angry intolerance toward the intolerant.
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
Common Ground That Christians and Muslims Share
If we affirm that Christians and Jews worship the same God, but each faith understands God differently, then can we say that Muslims also worship the same God, though they understand that God differently?
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Nation Weighs in on Remedies to Obesity
Nation Weighs in on Remedies to Obesity
Obesity is a real problem; more than 20 percent of preschoolers are obese or overweight. But the issue is complicated by deep disagreements rooted in conflicting ideologies and vested corporate interests.
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Evangelicals Wade into Circumcision Debate
(RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco.
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Muslim Cabbie Fights Ticket over Religious Cap
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Langrial was chatting with another cabbie when an enforcement agent stopped to tell him his hat did not conform to the driver dress code.
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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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Why U.S. Workers Don't Use All Their Vacation Days
Why U.S. Workers Don't Use All Their Vacation Days
When's the last time you took some time off? Nearly six in 10 U.S. workers don't use all the vacation days they're entitled to, and one in four don't have access to vacation at all.
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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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What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
What Explains Wild Weather Swings, Intense Tornadoes?
As scientists gather data to determine whether the recent crop of tornadoes are an outgrowth of climate change, will evangelical leaders be willing to listen to the answer or continue their hostility against science?
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"Let the Churches Do It" Is a Deceptive Myth
The idea that churches can tackle national poverty, take care of those who are ill, and rebuild communities after natural disasters requires a spoonful of bad moral theology and a cup of dishonesty.
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Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama
(RNS) President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech, but U.S. Muslims were equally interested.
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Churches Asked to Share Pulpits with Muslims
(RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Muslims Battle to Be Official Voice of U.S. Islam
(RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Review Word Usage for America's Immigrant Population
Using "illegals" or "illegal immigrants" to describe unauthorized or undocumented immigrants paints them as criminals. The terms are regularly used by media and are an attempt to stereotype the undocumented.
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Ala. Governor Calls Jews Brothers and Sisters
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Robert Bentley twice referred to Jews as his “brothers and sisters” during a Holocaust remembrance event.
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BBC Says Muslims Selling Tainted Holy Water from Mecca
LONDON (RNS) A BBC investigation is claiming that holy drinking water from Mecca is contaminated with arsenic.
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Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Seek Interfaith Engagement Following bin Laden's Death
Most Arabs and Muslims rejected Osama bin Laden's violent extremism. Will we transcend the temptations of triumphalism and redouble efforts at education, dialogue and cooperation across religious lines?
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Jews, Evangelicals Search for Ways to Discuss Israel
WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jews and evangelicals need a formal mechanism to discuss their differences and similarities on support for Israel.
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Does Graham Still Favor Trump for President After Profane Tirade?
Does Graham Still Favor Trump for President After Profane Tirade?
Evangelist Franklin Graham blessed a Donald Trump presidential bid on Easter but has yet to criticize Trump for his F-bomb outburst a few days later. He further questioned Obama's faith but is silent about Trump's.
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Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
Anti-Shariah Bills Based on Fabricated Facts, False Fears
How do you learn the three-step tango to introducing anti-Shariah bills? Fabricate facts. Testify to threats. Take a stand against problems that don't exist. Lawmakers in as many as 13 states have performed the dance.
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Why Many Still Oppose Tennessee's
Why Many Still Oppose Tennessee's "Anti-Islam" Bill
A Tennessee bill, authored by a white supremacist from Arizona, has been rewritten so it's no longer an anti-Muslim bill, according to a state legislator. But that's little comfort to Muslims.
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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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EthicsDaily.com on the Move in 20th Anniversary Year
EthicsDaily.com on the Move in 20th Anniversary Year
The Baptist Center for Ethics – the parent organization of EthicsDaily.com – observes its 20th anniversary this year, challenging a religious myth that only conservative evangelicals can build vigorous organizations.
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Filipino Churches Divided Over Hero's Burial for Marcos
MANILA, Philippines (RNS/ENInews) Filipino church leaders are divided over a proposal to give the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero’s burial.
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French Ban on Full-face Veils Takes Effect
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Does Regular Church Attendance Contribute to Obesity?
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What CNN's Special on Muslims Didn't Tell You
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(RNS) The Florida pastor who presided over the recent burning of a Quran said the United Nations must protect Afghans from deadly riots.
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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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(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism.
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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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(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church “abhorrent.”
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Pastor Breaks Promise, Burns Quran at Mock Trial
After attracting international media attention, a Florida pastor said he wouldn't burn the Quran on last year's anniversary of 9/11. A few days ago, he broke that promise after finding the Quran guilty in a mock trial.
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Catholic Bishop Brings Moral Direction, Common Sense to Immigration Reform
Unlike those who reject the idea of amnesty for America's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, Catholic Bishop Anthony Taylor advocates for the rights of the immigrant community.
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Fla. Pastor Presides at Burning of Quran
(RNS) The controversial Florida pastor oversaw the burning of the Islamic holy book on Sunday.
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FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or television for Lent.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
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Speak Up for the Bipartisanship Principle of Shared Sacrifice
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators proposed a plan of shared sacrifice to get the nation's deficit under control by raising taxes and reducing the growth of entitlements, triggering a temper-tantrum from right-wing bloggers.
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Former Counterterrorism Chief Says Muslims Cooperate
(RNS) A former FBI counter terrorism director rejected allegations that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations.
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White House Praises Muslims Ahead of Hearing
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Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings
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U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
U.S. Immigration Policy Threatens to Split Baptist Pastor's Family
A Baptist pastor who came to America as a child may be sent back to Mexico because of U.S. immigration policy. His story illustrates the complexity and absurdity of America's seemingly unfixable immigration impasse.
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Pakistani Churches Mourn Assassinated Christian Minister
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Christian schools shut down for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country’s Minister for Religious Minorities.
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Pope Says Jews not to Blame for Jesus’ Death
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Jewish people were not responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion, and their descendants have not inherited blame for his death.
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World's Poor Lose Evangelical Help on Two Fronts
Evangelicals don't really care about the world's impoverished. They want the federal government to cut back on economic assistance to the poor, and their churches don't give two cents about the world's hungry.
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(RNS) Islam was the most frequent topic of religion news coverage in 2010, as the media doubled the amount of time and space devoted to religion.
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Uncut Tax Movement Is Morally Righteous
Uncut Tax Movement Is Morally Righteous
A grassroots tax justice movement is drawing attention to corporations that dodge taxes by funneling their profits to tax havens. While these havens may be legal, they're certainly not moral.
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(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers’ civil rights?
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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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WASHINGTON (RNS) Peter King is facing grassroots pressure to cancel his planned hearings on the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims.
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CAIRO (RNS) In Magdi Shnouda’s cafe the men playing backgammon are a mixture of Christians and Muslims.
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What Will House Republican Budget Cuts Do to Churches?
House Republicans are placing low-income Americans at risk with their proposed spending cuts. When the poor turn to churches for help, churches won't have the resources to make up such cuts.
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Muslim TV Executive Found Guilty in Wife’s Beheading
(RNS) A former banking executive who helped launch the nation’s first Muslim television station faces 15 years to life in prison.
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Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Gene Lefebvre and John Fife, both in their 70s, are two crusty social justice saints who talk immigration reform and walk Arizona's immigration trails. They are the founders of No More Deaths.
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(RNS) Is the jazz standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a heart-warming ode to winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism?
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Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Some Baptists Stray from Religious Freedom's Path
Not all contemporary Baptists consistently promote religious freedom. They passionately argue for their right to worship but forget to do the same for other faith groups. Richard Land is a prime example.
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SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
SBC Leader Quits Group Promoting Religious Liberty
Richard Land, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, quit a group that defends Muslims' religious liberty rights – a move that caps months of his wavering on the issue.
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EthicsDaily.com Sets New Record in Readership
With a record-setting January of more than 840,000 pages read, "a thousand fathers and mothers" can rightly claim credit for the growing readership that turns to EthicsDaily.com's biblically grounded and centrist perspective.
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Congressman Says He’s not Anti-Islam
WASHINGTON (RNS) A congressman said he is not anti-Muslim after saying Muslims represent the “antithesis” of American values.
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U.S. Marine for Christ Prompts Suit at Colo. Academy
WASHINGTON (RNS) Professors have filed suit to stop a school prayer luncheon headlined by a speaker who calls himself a “U.S. Marine for Christ.”
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WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition is urging House leaders to raise concerns about planned hearings this month on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
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WASHINGTON (RNS) Critics are unsatisfied with new policies intended to prevent future controversies.
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Muslim leaders condemn Holocaust denial on remembrance day
(RNS) Prominent Muslim leaders marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by decrying attempts to deny the Holocaust.
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Baptist Minister Decries Persecution of Egypt's Christians
Baptist Minister Decries Persecution of Egypt's Christians
Following a church bombing that killed 23 and injured 80 and a shooting that killed one and injured five, Egypt is becoming a "very dark" place for Christians, according to a Baptist minister.
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Southern Baptist Leader Resigns Coalition Supporting Mosques
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition.
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Extreme Weather Sparks Record-High Food Prices, Global Unrest
Climate change is driving extreme weather events – events that destroy crops. The loss of crops drives up food prices. Increased food prices cause political unrest and increased hunger.
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Court Says Religious Knowledge Test Improper in Asylum Case
(RNS) A Chinese Christian should be given another chance after a judge thought the man couldn’t answer “basic questions” about Christianity.
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Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Juan Pedro, a 17-year-old migrant, tried once before to cross the border, and now he was trying again. He hoped to find work – any type of work. Instead, he was deported. Hundreds of others die in the unforgiving desert.
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Ala. Governor Apologizes for Brothers and Sisters Comment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Gov. Bentley apologized to anyone who was offended with his inaugural day comments that non-Christians were not his “brothers and sisters.”
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Muslim Seminary Ends Talks with Vatican over Pope’s Comments
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican.
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Update: Fla. Pastor Formally Banned from U.K.
LONDON (RNS) A Florida pastor who sparked fury when he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans has been officially banned from Britain.
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Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
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Ala. Governor Says only Christians Are his Brothers and Sisters
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) Newly sworn-in Gov. Robert Bentley said that people who aren’t “saved” Christians aren’t his brothers and sisters.
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It's Time to Put Taxation on the Church's Agenda
It's Time to Put Taxation on the Church's Agenda
Goodwill faith leaders must sound the alarm and put taxation on the moral agenda of houses of faith. To continue avoiding the topic and denying the good that derives from a just tax system is morally irresponsible.
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Defenders of Incendiary Political Speech Favor the Ethic of Cain
If we act as our brother's keeper, we care that incendiary political talk can harm. However, too many in our society – many of whom light verbal fuses for a living – favor the ethic of Cain.
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Egypt, Angry Over Pope’s Remarks, Recalls Ambassador
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Egypt recalled its ambassador to protest a demand by Pope Benedict XVI that it better protect the country’s embattled Christian minority.
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Pope Warns Diplomats on Threats to Religious Freedom
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried violence against Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
Turn Down the Rhetoric, Turn Off the Political Talk-Radio and Cable TV
The statements and actions of a few have consequences on the entire community. Let's encourage leaders who speak for less heated, self-righteous rhetoric and for more statements based on truth and care for neighbor.
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Pray for Sudan
Pray for Sudan
Christians will be praying for peace in Sudan, a place where conflict has already taken 2 million lives in a 20-year civil war between Muslims in the north and Christians and animists in the south.
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Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks on Christians in Egypt, Nigeria
Muslim and Christian leaders began the new year with a flurry of statements and comments condemning Islamic attacks on Christians in Egypt and Nigeria.
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Pope Condemns Vile Killing Outside Egyptian Church
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians.
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Goodwill People of Faith Face 2011 Crossroads
Goodwill People of Faith Face 2011 Crossroads
When facing troubling days, when standing at the crossroads, the biblical witness urges God's people to remember, and walk in, the ancient ways. Make a commitment in an uncertain future to walk those ways faithfully.
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Nigerian Islamic Extremists Take Credit for Attacks on Christians on Christmas Eve
An extremist Islamic organization took credit for multiple attacks in Nigeria on Christmas Eve that resulted in the death of a Baptist pastor and the burning of Victory Baptist Church in Maiduguri.
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Leaked E-mail Shows Fox News Slanted Coverage of Climate Change
A Fox News official instructed network reporters in December 2009 to slant news reporting about climate change, revealing how slanted Fox News is and how harmful it is to the quest for truth.
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Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh

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What Happened to the Wise Men's Gold?
We all know the Christmas story so well that it's a challenge to see it with fresh eyes. Perhaps if we ask some different questions, we can hear this beloved story anew. Here's a three-question start.
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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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Muslim Leaders Probe Problem of Disaffected Youths
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders are admitting disaffected Muslim youth are ripe for online recruitment by extremists.
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Muslims Allege Inappropriate Questions by Security Agents
(RNS) American Muslims reentering the United States from abroad are alleging U.S. Customs Agents violate their constitutional rights.
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New York Mosque Named Top Religion Story of 2010
(RNS) The debate over an Islamic community center near Ground Zero was the top religion story of 2010.
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Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
Five Reflections from Muslim-Baptist Mission Trip
During a joint Baptist-Muslim mission trip to distribute mosquito-repellant nets in Tanzania, it was impressive to see how people of two different faiths could live and work together.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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Christian and atheist Groups in Race to Raise Money for Charity
(RNS) Christians and atheists are fighting again—this time over who can raise more money for charity.
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Pope Calls Lack of Religious Freedom a Threat to Security and Peace
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called limits on religious freedom a “threat to security and peace,” and said Christians are persecuted more than any other faith group.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) It was all a joke, says Biddinger, whose outdoor sign last week sported the phrase “BBQ Pork Restaurant Is Safest No Muslims Inside.”
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Muslim Women at Center of Suits over Hajj, Headscarves
(RNS) The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a Georgia woman who was thrown in jail after refusing to remove her headscarf.
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Mosquitoes and Cell Phones Buzz Across Tanzania
Mosquitoes and Cell Phones Buzz Across Tanzania
One of Tanzania's sharpest contrasts is between the lack of mosquito nets and the abundance of cell phones. One kills malaria-bearing mosquitoes; the other allows instant contact across the immense east African nation.
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Holder Denies Entrapment of Muslim Suspects
WASHINGTON (RNS) Holder defended the FBI’s recent undercover investigation of an Oregon Muslim terror suspect.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Oklahoma’s Top Lawyer at Center of Fight over Shariah
(RNS) Backers admit they suffered a setback when a judge issued a temporary injunction last month.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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Most Protestant Pastors Think Bush, Palin are Christians but not Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) The vast majority of Protestant pastors think former President George W. Bush is a Christian, but not Obama.
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EthicsDaily.com Seeks Moral Investors
EthicsDaily.com Seeks Moral Investors
Active people of faith support lots of good, nonprofit causes. Here are five reasons why goodwill Baptists and others ought to support EthicsDaily.com through its parent organization, the Baptist Center for Ethics.
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Many Faiths, One Common Commandment – Love
Sacred texts and prophetic voices from myriad faith traditions across the world all contain a call to love one another in the form of exhortations to treat others as we would have them treat us. So what stops us?
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Conservatives Push Apple to Restore Manifesto App
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christians are biting mad that an app for their manifesto has been plucked from Apple’s store.
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JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
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What EthicsDaily.com Readers Are Saying about EthicsDaily.com

We receive lots of feedback from EthicsDaily.com's readers. We wanted to share some of the positive comments with you and explain how you can become a moral investor.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) Rain didn’t stop the Corvallis community from showing up in swarms at a candlelight vigil outside a mosque that was hit by arson.
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Blasphemy Resolution Passes U.N. Committee
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Will the Faithful Ignore in Tax Debate the Biblical Imperative to Protect the Poor?
Will the Faithful Ignore in Tax Debate the Biblical Imperative to Protect the Poor?
The biblical testimony has a clear word in favor of the poor. But too many people of faith negotiate away the biblical imperative to protect the poor in favor of the materialistic imperative to protect the rich.
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The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
The Relationship Between War, Religious Expansion
If Western Christians are serious about genuine religious peace as a Christian virtue and a basic human right, we must develop mutual understanding and interfaith engagement with other religions.
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(RNS) The kitchen clamors with young cooks preparing South Asian dishes.
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Palestinians Claim Ownership of Western Wall
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report.
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London Warns British Muslims on Shariah in Schools
LONDON (RNS) The British government has warned Islamic schools concerning the teaching of extremist Shariah law.
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A Word of Thanks, A Note That Leadership Is Fragile – Like Holding an Egg
EthicsDaily.com succeeds because it provides a place for goodwill people of faith to address a variety of issues mostly from a biblical vantage point and always out of a desire to advance the common good.
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Interfaith Support Doesn't Compromise Your Faith
Interfaith Support Doesn't Compromise Your Faith
Some Christians fear becoming involved in interfaith efforts because they wonder if accepting another's non-Christian faith is somehow being disloyal to their primary fidelity to Jesus. It's far from the truth.
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Middle East Clergy Pray for Drought Relief
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
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Culture War Is Back for Christmas
Culture War Is Back for Christmas
America's culture war at Christmas is back, except this year fundamentalist Christians and Fox News didn't fire the first salvos. This season, it appears the godless fired first.
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U.S. Activists Lobby Against U.N. Defamation Resolution
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious freedom advocates are urging members of the UN to vote against the latest proposal from Islamic countries.
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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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Actress Pushes Churches to Reach Out to Prisoners
(RNS) Why do so many churches have such a hard time with Jesus' command to visit the prisoner?
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Poll: Christians Most Likely to Want N.Y. Islamic Center Moved
(RNS) Christians are more likely to say a proposed Islamic center should be built farther away from Ground Zero.
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Study Calls for Sensitivity in Muslims’ Medical Care
(RNS) U.S. doctors need to take religious values into account while providing health care.
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What Do Results of 160 Ballot Questions Say About Moral State of America?
What Do Results of 160 Ballot Questions Say About Moral State of America?

Based on the 160 ballot measures in 37 states during the midterm elections, what can one conclude about the moral state of America? Despite the media narrative, we disagree on a number of social and moral issues.

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Christian and Muslims Propose Joint Crisis-intervention Group
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) Leaders have called for a group that can be mobilized whenever a crisis threatens.
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Judge Puts Hold on Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment
(RNS) Lawyers have two weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a voter-approved state constitutional amendment.
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Churches to Mark 100th Anniversary of Ecumenical Movement
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ecumenical movement.
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Sikhs Call Airport Screening for Turbans Security Theater
WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of Sikh organizations say they’ve been told that turbans will always be searched.
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Reagan's Budget Director Wants Bush Tax Cuts to Expire, Critiques Tax-Cut Religion
Reagan's Budget Director Wants Bush Tax Cuts to Expire, Critiques Tax-Cut Religion
With every GOP leader preaching tax cuts, one Republican sounds like John the Baptist in the wilderness. His words affirm that Americans are in a dream world about cutting taxes. And we had better wake up.
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Muslim Advocacy Group Sues over Okla. Shariah Ban
(RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.
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Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Sues State
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) On the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Derek Fenton stole headlines by burning pages from the Quran.
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Israel to Allow Civil Marriages
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
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EthicsDaily.com Readership Skyrocketed in October
EthicsDaily.com Readership Skyrocketed in October
EthicsDaily.com had a record-smashing month in October. What caused our readership to skyrocket? One reason is that we address timely issues from a centrist moral perspective that is rooted in the biblical witness.
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Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
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Air Force Academy Cites Progress in Tackling Religious Intolerance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent survey showed that 41 percent of non-Christian cadets face unwanted proselytizing.
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Dueling D.C. Rallies Pitch Religion and Reason As Adversaries
Dueling D.C. Rallies Pitch Religion and Reason As Adversaries
At the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert offered an entertaining show, devoid of the self-righteousness at Glenn Beck's earlier pompous celebration of a generic god.
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Obama to Visit Largest Mosque in Indonesia
(RNS) President Obama plans to visit one of the world’s largest mosques during his trip to Indonesia in November.
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White House Denies Rumors About Obama and Sikh Temple
(RNS) The White House has denied reports that President Obama will avoid a Sikh shrine while visiting India next week.
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Candidates Choose Tea Party Ideology over Science
Candidates Choose Tea Party Ideology over Science
Few Tea Party adherents think global warming is a problem, and most GOP Senate candidates in heated races expressed doubts about the science of climate change. Scientific certitude is no match for ideological absurdity.
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Pastor at Center of Aborted Quran Burn Gets a New Car
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Jones held the keys to his Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group.
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Fecal Bacteria in Jordan River Speaks to Fickle Commitment to Earth Care
Fecal Bacteria in Jordan River Speaks to Fickle Commitment to Earth Care
Who would have imagined that one of the world's most holy rivers would be so defiled that an environmental group would call for a halt to baptisms there for health reasons? The Jordan River isn't what we think it is.
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Feds Tell Tenn. Officials to Protect Muslims’ Building Rights
WASHINGTON (RNS) Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, said a U.S. attorney.
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2011 New Baptist Covenant Planning Is Under Way, Expect Great Things
2011 New Baptist Covenant Planning Is Under Way, Expect Great Things
Jimmy Carter led a planning meeting for next year's New Baptist Covenant, which will provide opportunities to form friendships, cooperate across denominational trenches and give witness to the best of the Baptist tradition.
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Archbishop of Canterbury Criticizes European Burqa Bans
NAGPUR, India (RNS/ENInews) Rowan Williams deplored attempts to prohibit Muslim women from wearing body-covering burqas in public.
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American Shariah? That’s News to Muslims
(RNS) Rep. Duncan expects his “Save Our State” referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on Nov. 2.
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Cleaning Up Public Language Is a Social Justice Issue
Laura Schlessinger and Rahm Emanuel are two examples of how foul language has soiled the public square. Without civility and respectful mutuality, disagreements degenerate and widen.
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Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
Does a Comparative Count of Dead Bodies Make Christianity a Compelling Religion?
People have done some terrible things in the name of Christianity, but other religions have done worse. At least that's the reasoning some have used to defend their faith. But is that really how we want to argue for Christianity?
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EthicsDaily.com Tackles Forbidden, Contentious Topic of Faith and Taxes
EthicsDaily.com Tackles Forbidden, Contentious Topic of Faith and Taxes
The newest documentary from EthicsDaily.com tackles the most forbidden topic in houses of faith – taxation. How do people of faith address one of the most contentious topics in the public square?
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Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
Questioning the Quran: A Coptic Scholar under Fire
An Orthodox Christian leader comes under fire from Muslims when he raises an inquiry about verses in the Quran. The incident points to the great need for peacemakers to help Muslim-Christian relations.
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Christians Call for Calm After Indian Verdict on Holy Site
Bangalore, India (RNS/ENInews) Churches in India have joined other faiths and political leaders in calling for calm after the court ruled.
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Interfaith Group Urges U.S. to Press for Middle East Agreement
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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South African Violence Hinged on Local Leaders
South African Violence Hinged on Local Leaders
When violence erupted against immigrants in South Africa in 2008, the economy, unemployment and other factors weren't the defining cause of whether a township exploded in violence. It was local leadership. (Photo: Andras Osvat)
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Va. Imam Named Head of Largest Muslim Group
(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president.
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Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Save the Date, Change the World on 10.10.10
Will you and your church be part of 100 million Christians praying on Oct. 10, 2010, for a "fresh vision" that will result in freeing a half-billion people from extreme poverty? It's part of the vision of the Micah Challenge.
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Justice Department: Land-use Disputes Often Involve Religious Minorities
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious minorities figure prominently in religious freedom investigations by the Justice Department.
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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
Taking a Page from the Prophet Ezekiel about Society's False Shepherds
American Christians are living in a divisive time of profound paranoia and deliberate deception – much of it advanced by Christian politicians, those the prophet Ezekiel might identify as the false shepherds.
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Pastor at Center of Quran Burn Could Face $200,000 Bill
(RNS) The Florida pastor could still face a $200,000 bill from law enforcement agencies.
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Justice Department: FBI Erred in Targeting Interfaith Center
WASHINGTON (RNS) A DoJ inspector concluded that the FBI improperly targeted U.S. advocacy organizations for surveillance.
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Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
Honoring Others' Sacred Texts: Denying or Defending Christ?
How does a Christian church, which affirms Jesus as Lord, welcome people of other faiths to a shared experience of readings from our texts? Jesus' way is one of reconciling love rather than polarizing division.
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Skateboarder an Overnight Sensation After Rescuing Quran
(RNS) Muslim Americans and their allies have found an unexpected reason to smile.
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Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Religious Freedom in U.S. is For Everyone, Not Some
Angry protests over an Islamic center near Ground Zero. A Florida pastor threatens to burn the Quran. If we don't guarantee religious freedom for all, we betray the genius that lies behind the U.S. Constitution.
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Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Interfaith Friendships Enrich Individual Identities
Just as marriage creates a new generation in the human family, interfaith friendship creates a new generation in the family of God for those who are willing to embark on its journey.
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Judge Demands Proof of Repairs to Imam's Apartment Building
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A judge denied a city request for custodial receivership of two apartment buildings owned by the imam.
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What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
What I Learned as a Christian Reading the Quran
Unlike those who keep misquoting the Quran in order to frame Islam as some type of terrorist religion, what if Christians took the time to read it as a way to seek dialogue with those who are also seeking the face of God?
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
In the midst of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, 29 U.S. Christian leaders believe that religion can be a force for peace. It is a moral imperative too often rejected by other U.S. Christian leaders.
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Muslims Invited, Disinvited to Pray in Hartford
(RNS) Hartford, Conn. is the newest flashpoint in a culture war pitting Muslims’ First Amendment rights against opponents.
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Ground Zero Imam Hit with Suit Over Shoddy Rental Properties
UNION CITY, N.J. (RNS) A lawsuit charges that Rauf has failed to address complaints in two apartment buildings he owns.
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Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
Southern Baptist Minister Burns Quran, While Baptist Church Honors Sacred Texts
A Southern Baptist pastor from Tennessee burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday, claiming "it's about love." Meanwhile, a Southern Baptist church in Kentucky honored different faith traditions' sacred texts at an interfaith service.
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SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
SBC Leader Tries to Articulate Anti-Mosque Position
The head of Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission remains a strong voice against the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. But his reasons don’t all add up.
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Listen to the Moral Leadership by
Listen to the Moral Leadership by "Dog-Whistle"
After Gen. Petraeus said a church's plan to burn the Quran would endanger U.S. soldiers, conservative religionists started lining up in opposition to the church. Of course, that's after they had stoked the fires of Islamic fear.
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Obama Denounces Quran Burning
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
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Mass. Bible Society to Hand out Free Qurans
(RNS) The Massachusetts Bible Society said it would give away two Qurans for every one burned.
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Before Burning Quran, Recall Jesus' Words
Before Burning Quran, Recall Jesus' Words
If Terry Jones truly is the pastor of a New Testament church, as his website claims, he would do well to recall the words of Jesus to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" before burning the Quran.
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Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
Counter the Surge of Islamic Fear with Clarity
With a new surge of anti-Muslim feeling breaking across the United States, goodwill Christians, especially clergy, must end their ambiguous silence to counter the hateful rhetoric against Islam.
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Imam Defends Plans for Islamic center in NYC
(RNS) The imam said that changing his plans would play into the hands of extremists.
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Vatican Joins Chorus Opposing Quran Burning
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican joined high-level U.S. officials in denouncing a Florida pastor’s plans to burn the Quran.
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Prominent Faith Leaders Denounce Islamophobia
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders issued a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry.
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Please, Pastor Jones: Don't Burn the Quran on Sept. 11
Please, Pastor Jones: Don't Burn the Quran on Sept. 11
The pastor of a Florida church plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, claiming that many Americans have even sent him copies to burn. His plans will only perpetuate a cycle of violence.
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Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About
Anti-immigration Politicians Spread Scare Stories About "Terror Babies"
The Texas politicians who alleged an international conspiracy of "terror babies" are Southern Baptist. Far too many conservative Christians have such fringe conspiratorial views, making decisions based on fear instead of facts.
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As Ramadan Ends, Muslims Seek School Holiday
NEW YORK (RNS) For Nikhat Choudhury, the Muslim holidays mean spending lots of money.
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What to Say When a Glenn Beck Believer Calls
What to Say When a Glenn Beck Believer Calls
Glenn Beck's "black-robed regiment" is on the loose. His followers believe he knows the Bible and is armed with the truth. What will you say when they ask you where the Bible teaches social justice?
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Muslim Group Releases Ads to Counter Wave of Bigotry
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Muslim advocacy organization has released public service announcements as part of an ad campaign.
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Glenn Beck Calls America Back – To a Generic God
Glenn Beck Calls America Back – To a Generic God
No amount of Bible reading, sermons masquerading as prayers and Christian hymns can cover up Fox News host Glenn Beck's civil religion that slides back and forth between authentic faith and patriotic religion.
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Poll: Muslims Give Obama Highest Approval Ratings
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than three-quarters of U.S. Muslims support President Obama.
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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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Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Mosque's Name Isn't Code for Islamic Conquest
Newt Gingrich is wrong. The term "Cordoba" – the name planned for the Islamic center near Ground Zero – isn't "a symbol of Islamic conquest." It's a reference to the city where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in peace.
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Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
Politicians Employ Hate and Fear to Oppose Mosque
To equate a mosque with terrorists is either the height of ignorance or depth of callous manipulation. It shows how hate and fear, two powerful political motivators, have been employed to rally the worst in Americans.
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CBF "2012 Task Force" Must Navigate Curve Between Jerusalem and Jericho
Charged with "visioning the missional and organizational future" of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the CBF's 2012 Task Force will soon begin the urgent work of re-envisioning and adopting a new roadmap for the future.
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Mosque Critics Favor Broken Relationships, Oppose Healing
Mosque Critics Favor Broken Relationships, Oppose Healing
The civic and religious leaders opposed to an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero are not interested in restoring relationships. Isn't it time for people of all faiths and no faith to work and play together?
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Polls: One in four Americans Thinks Obama’s a Muslim
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two new polls say as many as one in four Americans mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim.
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Mosque Controversy Tests Our Convictions, Civility
Mosque Controversy Tests Our Convictions, Civility
To deny building a mosque near Ground Zero is a troubling infringement on religious freedom. Today, it's a mosque. Tomorrow, it could be a synagogue, a Mormon temple or a Baptist church.
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Why Conservatives Should Favor Manhattan Mosque
Why Conservatives Should Favor Manhattan Mosque
As the controversy over a mosque near Ground Zero escalates, the opposition by some conservatives is puzzling. From a conservative perspective, building a mosque should not be barred.
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Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Manhattan Mosque: Gesture of Neighborliness, Healing
Narrow-minded intolerance has led to the outcry against the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. It's time to turn away from ignorance and embrace again the words of Christ: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
Dostoyevsky had it right. Food is a spiritual issue – in terms of our unhealthy consumption habits, our harmful industrialized supply system and our seeming indifference to those without food.
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Christian Leaders Praise Taize Community on 70th Anniversary
GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) World Christian leaders are paying tribute to the ecumenical Taize community in eastern France.
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Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Fareed Zakaria, Jon Stewart Offer Moral Clarity about Ground Zero Mosque
Since Sarah Palin's tweet opposing a mosque near Ground Zero, speechifying against the project has heated up. The intense opposition has been drowning out voices of goodwill and moral clarity.
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Muslim Men Try to Mark Ramadan in 30 States in 30 Days
NEW YORK (RNS) Two Muslims are hitting the road for Ramadan, determined to break the holy month’s daily fast in a different state each evening.
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Religious Leaders Blast Gingrich, Palin on New York Mosque
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 40 Christian leaders say they are deeply troubled by the opposition to a proposed mosque.
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Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Religious Literacy Will Prompt Tolerance of Islam
Millions of Americans would rather continue to remain ignorant about Islam so that they can continue to stereotype Islam as a religion of radical hatred and evil. How should we respond to such religious illiteracy?
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Interfaith Marriages: Will Churches Face the Trend?
Interfaith Marriages: Will Churches Face the Trend?
Nearly one-third of American marriages will remain religiously mixed. With interfaith marriage becoming more common and accepted, church leaders must be aware of the trend and address the implications.
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Aid Group Wants to stay' in Afghanistan Despite Killings
(RNS/ENInews) The IAM has rejected Taliban claims that 10 aid workers killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.
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Baha'i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years in Iran
(RNS) Seven top leaders of the Baha’i faith have received jail sentences of 20 years.
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Why We Must Welcome the Manhattan Mosque
Why We Must Welcome the Manhattan Mosque
While some oppose the construction of a mosque near the former World Trade Center site as part of their anti-Islamic campaign, the rest of us must move beyond hatred and misunderstanding.
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Baptist World Congress Focused on Luke 4; Will Others Do Likewise?
Baptist World Congress Focused on Luke 4; Will Others Do Likewise?
Some 4,000 Baptists studied two verses in Luke 4 during the Baptist World Congress in Honolulu. Will the seeming insignificance of a few leaders in Bible study bring significant change for millions of others?
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Christian-Muslim Relations Turn Bitter in India
NEW DELHI (RNS) Tensions between Christians and Muslims in India’s Kerala state have reached the boiling point.
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Vampire Novelist Quits Christianity, Criticizes Christians, Claims Allegiance to Christ
Vampire Novelist Quits Christianity, Criticizes Christians, Claims Allegiance to Christ
Novelist Anne Rice has rejected Christianity but claims allegiance to Christ. She wants a Christ in whom she can pour her own definition. She vaults individualism above community – an expression of self-centered religion.
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Appeals Court Sides with Prison in Headscarf Case
WASHINGTON (RNS) A court has sided with a prison system whose policy forbids Muslim women from wearing headscarves.
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Conservatives Will Appeal Go-ahead Vote for Ground Zero Mosque
(RNS) A law firm plans to appeal a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero.
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On Mission Trips, Remember the Ethic of
On Mission Trips, Remember the Ethic of "Stranger"
Ministering to strangers can be easy for many of us. What do we do when we're the strangers, serving on a mission trip? We would be wise to follow the example of Jesus on the Emmaus Road.
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Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Challenge the prevailing narrative of the Western world that Islam and Christianity are at war, people from both faiths support and respect each other in Yendi, a city in Ghana where at least 80 percent of the population is Muslim.
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Evangelicals Condemn Planned Quran Burning
(RNS) The NAE has condemned plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Quran.
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1,000 Global Baptists Denied Visas to Attend Congress
1,000 Global Baptists Denied Visas to Attend Congress
An estimated 1,000 Baptists were unable to attend this year's Baptist World Congress in Hawaii because the United States denied their visas. Nations in Africa and Asia were the hardest hit by visa denials.
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BWA's Coffey: Service Futile Without Holy Spirit
BWA's Coffey: Service Futile Without Holy Spirit
When Baptists choose to follow their own methods and timing rather than God's, they fail to follow the path of their forebears, said David Coffey, who completed his five-year term as president of the Baptist World Alliance.
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European Baptist Leader Connects Lord’s Supper with Earth Care
European Baptist Leader Connects Lord’s Supper with Earth Care
Paying attention to nature was not part of the faith tradition or secular education of Helle Liht, who grew up Baptist and in a country under Soviet Union domination. It wasn't until she was an adult that she saw the connection.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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South Africa to Host Baptist World Congress in 2015
South Africa to Host Baptist World Congress in 2015
The next meeting of the Baptist World Congress will be held in South Africa in 2015, according to an announcement made by Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
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Baptist World Alliance Begins Congress Today
Baptist World Alliance Begins Congress Today
The Baptist World Alliance kicks off its Congress today, an event held every five years, featuring great celebration, poignancy and even heartbreak as participants hear from the world church all that is happening in their nations.
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American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
American Government Finds Truth Too Inconvenient to Act
The White House and U.S. Senate missed a "fullness of time" moment, failing to pass needed climate change legislation. And the American faith community displayed an equal failure in moral will.
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Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey reflects on his BWA presidency as his term draws to a close. In the second part of an interview with EthicsDaily.com, he discusses his part in fostering interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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 Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey showed courage and demonstrated wisdom during his presidential tenure of the Baptist World Alliance. As his term draws to a close, he reflected on his service in an EthicsDaily.com interview.
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Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
What do the younger generation of Baptists think about where we are headed? While no Baptist speaks for another, these voices of influence will be among those who will one day define what it means to be Baptist.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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Reject Power-Hungry Leaders Who Promote Fear of Islam
Reject Power-Hungry Leaders Who Promote Fear of Islam
Some people rise to religious and political power on a wave of fear. Their current target is Islam. Rather than succumb to fear-based and hate-filled rhetoric, we must reject the demonization of our Muslim neighbors.
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Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
Side with Good Science against Bad Religion on Climate Change
The false narrative that scientists are in widespread disagreement about climate change is driven by the ideological party of short-term greed and the theological party of fundamentalism.
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Would A Justice People Tolerate a Predatory Government Practice?
Would A Justice People Tolerate a Predatory Government Practice?

More than 40 states, including Tennessee, have lotteries. And they use predatory marketing practices to prey on the poor to spend their limited income on tickets, benefitting those who are better off.

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Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists Want Armed Churches; Others Favor Churches as Disarmament Sites
Some Baptists have a distorted reverence for guns. They see protection in faith and a firearm. For these Baptists, the church is a mighty fortress – fully armed. Other Baptists have a more realistic approach.
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First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
First Amendment Protects Muslims' Right to Worship
An anonymous letter-writer fears the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., will lead to Western civilization's destruction. It's sad to see so much fear and misunderstanding packed into a one-page letter.
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Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
Global Warming Sets Table for Horrific Downpours
The recent horrific downpours in America and around the world were not isolated events. Global warming sets the table for these intense downpours. People of faith must urge elected officials to take action.
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Politicians Misstate Military Service, Others Misrepresent Accomplishments
Politicians Misstate Military Service, Others Misrepresent Accomplishments
Resume embellishment is widespread, chronic and as old as the Bible itself. Why is resume embellishment so widely practiced? For many, it's a way to elevate status and intimidate opponents.
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Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Some 300 people attended the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., the latest indicator that BCE's record of being on the cutting edge of moral engagement is on a successful track.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Anti-Immigration Forces Take Page from Pharaoh's Playbook
Rather than listen to the biblical heroes of freedom and justice, anti-immigration forces have embraced two of the darkest biblical figures – Pharaoh and Herod – who targeted children to pursue their fear-laden political objectives.
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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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Remembering the Oil Spill in the Niger Delta
Remembering the Oil Spill in the Niger Delta
As every news network in the world covers the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Nigerians of the Delta region watch in dismay, wondering why their despair has been ignored for so long.
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'The Book of Eli' Is the Battle for the Bible
'The Book of Eli' Is the Battle for the Bible
What was it that movie star Denzel Washington saw in our documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," that struck him so sharply that he tied it to his movie, "The Book of Eli"? It was the power of the Bible.
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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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Bad Religion Protects the Powerful, Shields BP
Bad Religion Protects the Powerful, Shields BP
Bad religion reverses the biblical imperative to protect the powerless in favor of guarding the powerful. And some conservative Christians are shielding BP from criticism by blaming every conceivable source – even God.
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Gulf Gusher Is Moral Issue – Don't Blame God; Look to Man-Made Root Causes
Six weeks after oil began gushing into the Gulf, the U.S. faces what appears to be its worst man-made ecological disaster. And three moral transgressions – greed, sloth and pride – manifest themselves in BP's disaster.
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Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
Challenging Franklin Graham's Falsehood
One persistent falsehood is that Islam is by definition a violent religion. Call it the Franklin Graham Falsehood. He also claimed that he's "not heard one Islamic leader" condemn 9/11, but he clearly hasn't done his research.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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Arizona Hikes Taxes to Save Public Education, Other States Lay Off Teachers
Arizona Hikes Taxes to Save Public Education, Other States Lay Off Teachers
Speaking up for tax increases for public education is the right and hard thing to do. If the conservative state of Arizona can do it, then other states can do it – no matter how loudly the conservative forces of "no we can't" yell.
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Nigerian Baptist Leader Expresses Hope for Nation's New President
Nigerian Baptist Leader Expresses Hope for Nation's New President
Nigerian Baptists are hoping their country can benefit from a more focused leadership following the death of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who died on May 5 after a long battle against heart ailments.
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Does a Protestant on the Supreme Court Matter?
Does a Protestant on the Supreme Court Matter?
If Elena Kagan is confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, the court will have no Protestants. While that may not matter constitutionally, it seems to matter culturally for any number of commentators.
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SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
SBC's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Pushes Christian Academies, Home Schooling
Missing from criticism about the final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, intended to reorganize the stagnant Southern Baptist Convention, is concern about the statement's anti-public school agenda.
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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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Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Baptist Organizational Leaders Voice Anxiety, See Abundance
Anxiety and abundance were two themes that emerged during a retreat of organizational leaders related to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Baptists should rejoice at the challenges and prioritize the opportunities.
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Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
Muslim Groups Promote Physical Fitness
More than 300,000 people die every year because of complications related to obesity. Muslim organizations in Illinois are leading several initiatives to promote physical fitness, healthy diet and exercise.
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CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
The greatest challenge facing goodwill Baptists is to move decisively away from the tradition, temptation and timidity of wall-building. It's time to build windmills.
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Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 2: Fear of Compromise Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Some Christians fear interfaith dialogue because they think it will lead to compromising their faith. However, people of different faiths can engage in frank and honest dialogue without conceding their convictions.
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Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
Part 1: Fear of Unknown Hinders Interfaith Dialogue
If the universal truth claims of Christianity and Islam are reconcilable, why bother trying to dialogue at all? Two different fears typically keep us from engaging in interfaith dialogue.
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Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
Preaching on the Moral Good of Taxation Is the Forbidden Topic in Churches
When's the last time you heard a sermon advocating for a good tax policy? No topic is more avoided in pulpits than the moral good of taxation. It's often a forbidden topic in churches.
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Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
Pentagon Makes the Right Call on Franklin Graham
The U.S. Army made the right decision to prohibit Franklin Graham from speaking at a prayer event in May at the Pentagon. The prohibition resulted from Graham's continuous hostile and insulting statements about Islam.
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Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Obesity Requires Seatbelt Extension in the Bible Belt
Bible-believing Christians are living big – and driving up health-care costs. And most churches avoid moral teachings about gluttony and the social injustice that contributes to obesity.
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If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
If It Feels Like July in April, Does that Prove Global Warming?
Do recent record-setting high temps across the U.S. prove global warming? Not so fast. Weather and climate are different. We must be careful to not use the same faulty logic that global-warming deniers used in the winter.
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Americans and Some American Millionaires Favor Higher Taxes on Rich
Americans and Some American Millionaires Favor Higher Taxes on Rich
Pro-tax millionaires are pushing back against the anti-tax crowd. USA Today reported that more than 700 wealthy Americans favored the elimination of President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the rich.
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Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
Burqa Ban Will Erode Mutual Understanding
The growing influence of Islam in Europe has led to a public backlash. French officials, for example, have urged a ban on wearing burqas, but living in a pluralistic age requires mutual understanding.
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Remembering a Really Good Day Five Years Ago
Five years ago, the news was indescribably good. After a month on Vanderbilt Medical Center's oncology floor, it was time to be released. I packed my bag and waited – and waited some more – until finally I was home.
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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Lottery Is a Form of Public Tax Evasion
Lottery Is a Form of Public Tax Evasion
Unable or unwilling to create a fair and just tax system to provide for public services like education and health care, states have embraced the lottery as an alternative source of revenue. But it's a form of public tax evasion.
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Is "Washington Is Not Listening" Charge a Precursor to Political Violence?
A steady drumbeat of anti-government rhetoric repeats the same charge – Washington is not listening. One purpose of this mantra: To validate public displays of anger and to justify anti-government protests.
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Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
Nigerian Massacres Challenge North Americans to Tackle Interfaith Engagement
As Baptist and Muslim leaders, including Sayyid Syeed with the Islamic Society of North America, lamented the Nigerian conflict, most Baptists in North America know little about the clashes. (Photo: EthicsDaily.com)
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Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Interfaith Dialogue Carves Paths to Friendship
Many narrowly interpret interfaith dialogue as a verbal engagement with other people about their faith. But it's far more. As we welcome people who are different than us, we open paths to friendship.
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Get Health Care Reform Passed
Get Health Care Reform Passed
We've debated heath care reform long enough. While neither side has handled well either the content of health care reform or the process, the choice for people of faith is clear. It's time to pass health care reform.
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Texas Becomes Ground Zero for Historical Revisionism
Texas Becomes Ground Zero for Historical Revisionism
Conservative Texans have been recreating reality, replacing the time-honored concept that "the truth will set you free" for the dishonorable practice of fudging facts to fit a fictional fantasy upon which to frame the future.
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Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Violence between Muslims and Christians continues in Nigeria with heavy clashes occurring in Plateau State, a region in the center of the country with a long history of religious conflict.
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Is Hate Up in USA?
Is Hate Up in USA?
No doubt, the extreme right is a contributing factor to the surge of political hate in our nation. Yet goodwill people of faith need to consider what we can do to advance the common good without creating even more anger.
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Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Our annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering will give you the chance to "Save Green, Go Green." Order your tickets today to this limited-seating event.
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Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Many goodwill Christians favor freedom of religion and oppose witnessing that is manipulative and coercive. Regrettably, other Baptists think their work is so important that they can be secretive and covert.
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Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
With their introduction of Ken Starr as Baylor University's next president, the school's regents and advisory committee members cheapened Baptist church membership.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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"Arabia" Challenges Media's Simple Stereotypes
Muslims have complained for years that Western media coverage of Islam has closely associated them and their faith with militancy and violence. "Arabia," a new documentary, challenges that view.
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Reading the Bible on the Plains of Alabama When Things Fall Apart
Reading the Bible on the Plains of Alabama When Things Fall Apart
Wayne Flynt is known as the conscience of Alabama. Author of two books nominated for Pulitzer Prizes and founder of the Alabama Poverty Project, he also teaches Sunday school at First Baptist of Auburn, Ala.
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Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Answering the Global Warming Deniers in the Snowstorms
Many conservatives believe the world revolves around the United States, claiming that massive snowstorms here disprove global warming. Such repeated distortions can't be allowed to go unchecked.
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Revolutionary War Re-enactor Becomes A Face of Tea Party Movement
Revolutionary War Re-enactor Becomes A Face of Tea Party Movement
If Sarah Palin drew the lion's share of the media attention at the recent National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, a Revolutionary War re-enactor may be the runner-up. Here's something you may not know about him.
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Is the Super Bowl Really Such Sacred Space As to Banish the Tebow Ad?
Is the Super Bowl Really Such Sacred Space As to Banish the Tebow Ad?
The latest scrimmage in the American culture war revolves around a Super Bowl ad paid for by Focus on the Family. Some opposed to the ad have elevated the Super Bowl to hallowed ground. Really?
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Travel with Global Baptists for 40 Days Through Lent to Easter
Travel with Global Baptists for 40 Days Through Lent to Easter
Forty days focused on Lent might be just what we – wealthy and powerful global Baptists – need to reconnect with a more robust faith that remembers those who suffer from poverty, injustice and violence.
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Thinking about God, Marx and Adam Smith
Thinking about God, Marx and Adam Smith
Humans are more than economic puppets. As Christians, we are called to see others as equals who deserve good and just treatment. When the prevailing economic system fails, it must be challenged and changed.
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Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Standing Up to Extremists in Islam and Christianity
Radicals in Islam and Christianity want us to distrust one another and each other's faith. Will the more moderate voices among us take a stand to keep the radicals at bay?
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Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians Advance Tax Fairness in Statewide Ballot Measures
Faithful Oregonians ran with perseverance the race for justice, passing ballot measures that will avert a shortfall in the state's two-year budget that would have resulted in cuts to services affecting the poor and middle class.
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 Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, armchair debaters of all varieties speculate what it says about the existence and compassion of God. For those of faith, there is a better way forward.
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
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Racial Profiling: Security or Civil Liberty Violation?
Racial Profiling: Security or Civil Liberty Violation?
Conservative politicians are calling for expanded use of racial profiling to evaluate airline passengers entering the U.S. But profiling offers a false sense of security and attacks the very nature of our democratic society.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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Supporting Haiti in Aftermath of Earthquake
Supporting Haiti in Aftermath of Earthquake
Haiti, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, was rocked by a magnitude-7 earthquake, on Jan. 12. The time to live out the words of Jesus has come upon us again. Will we respond?
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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What Belongs to God on the Tax Front?
What Belongs to God on the Tax Front?
Most goodwill Christians have written, spoken and preached too little about taxes, yet taxation is foundational for almost every social justice cause. It's time for a lot more biblical, theological and moral reflection about taxes.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Franklin Graham Criticized for Inaccurate Attack on Islam
Evangelist Franklin Graham attacked Islam as "a very violent religion" and argued that Americans could not practice "true Islam," but Baptist leaders promoting dialogue with Muslims criticized his remarks.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Top Good-News Stories That You Never Heard About the Muslim World
Top Good-News Stories That You Never Heard About the Muslim World
You may not have heard about these stories in 2009. Saudi Arabia opened its first coeducational college. American Muslims demonstrate moderate attitudes. They're two of the top good-news stories from the Muslim world.
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
With gritty determination and undeniable dignity, Emmanuel McCall has worked constructively in the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation. He's EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2009.
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Kindergarten Lesson Can Teach Us All about Unity
Kindergarten Lesson Can Teach Us All about Unity
A Muslim woman, filling in for a Christian woman, taught children in a Texas classroom about Hanukkah. It's an example all of us need to see, not just kindergarteners.
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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"Invictus" Has a Christmas Message
In Clint Eastwood's new movie, "Invictus," the director returns to the theme of forgiveness. During this Christmas so full of cultural bile, "Invictus" has some powerful lines that American Christians need to hear.
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Remembering Ricky Bobby's Word about Baby Jesus
Remembering Ricky Bobby's Word about Baby Jesus
Too many American Christians are like Will Ferrell's character, Ricky Bobby, in "Talladega Nights." They adore the little baby Jesus of Christmas but pay no heed to the man who makes moral claims on people of faith.
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Obama Gives War Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Obama Gives War Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
Nine days after announcing that he wanted more war in Afghanistan to end the war there, the U.S. president – without a presidential portfolio of accomplishment – accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.
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After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After Islamic Center's Torched, Different Faiths Help
After three men firebombed an Islamic center in Tennessee, Christians and Jews reached out to help the Muslim community. Such goodwill counters the hype in certain media that focus on what divides these faiths.
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Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
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What Churches Can Learn from Ethnic Groups
What Churches Can Learn from Ethnic Groups
Many parts of the country are facing the reality that America is becoming a multiracial, multi-ethnic nation. Rather than fight it, churches could learn something by dialoguing with other ethnic groups.
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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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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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Christian Janitor Dies Protecting Muslim Women
Christian Janitor Dies Protecting Muslim Women
A Christian janitor in Pakistan held a suicide bomber at bay, protecting the lives of more than 300 young Muslim women. He had little by many people's standards, but he had compassion. What stops us?
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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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Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
Open Letter to Virginia Gov-Elect McDonnell: Words Matter
In an open letter to Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell of Virginia, an interfaith coalition calls on him to oppose the divisive rhetoric of Pat Robertson, who called Islam a "violent political system."
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Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Reviewing Last Week's Public Brawl over Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin was center stage recently, celebrated by some and condemned by others. What triggered the public brawl? It's the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th of "On the Origin of Species."
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Better Angels Needed for Peace in Christmas Wars
Better Angels Needed for Peace in Christmas Wars
Verbal grenades have been launched once again in the Christmas wars. Caught in the crossfire are Americans of all religious convictions and no faith commitments who want to enjoy the season without a culture war.
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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
The United Kingdom has undertaken its first Interfaith Week, but it's unlikely to draw a warm and enthusiastic response from Baptists. Can we not make an effort to encounter people of other faiths simply as people?
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Christian Right Issues New Declaration—Same Old Agenda, Same Nazi Analogies
Christian Right Issues New Declaration—Same Old Agenda, Same Nazi Analogies
With chest-thumping boldness and abundant fear-mongering, the Christian Right trotted out the Manhattan Declaration. It's the same old political agenda in which Jesus is a secondary moral guide.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Conservative Christians Dismiss Interfaith Dialogue as Inconsequential
Too many conservative evangelicals dismiss or avoid interfaith dialogue. However, the reality of the 21st century is that we live in a multifaith world. It's time to engage our neighbors.
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North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
North Carolina Baptist State Convention Severs BCE from Budget
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina voted last week to deny churches the opportunity to give through the convention to the Baptist Center for Ethics, thereby ending an almost 20-year partnership.
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Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
Face Down the Fringe Faithful Who Want Religious Test for Military Service
In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, some conservative American Christians are demonizing American Muslims. Authentic Christians must stand up now for goodwill American Muslims.
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Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
The Christian Coalition joined the National Wildlife Federation in urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that will address constructively climate change. The Coalition's commitment to addressing climate change is a ray of hope.
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Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Three leaders of a Baptist organization in Uzbekistan, including its president, were convicted and fined for evading taxes and involving children in religious activity without their parents' consent.
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Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Fort Hood Shootings Offer Americans Two Choices
Hopefully, goodwill Baptists will show discernment about what has happened at Fort Hood and avoid the path towards demonizing Muslims.
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Health-Care Bill's End-of-Life Counseling Is Moral Value
Health-Care Bill's End-of-Life Counseling Is Moral Value
Some have attempted to sabotage health care reform with the canard of "death panels," but making decisions about the end of life makes more sense when the living can discern their choices with their family doctors.
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NBC President Offers Moral Vision
NBC President Offers Moral Vision
In a wide-ranging interview with EthicsDaily.com, the new president of the National Baptist Convention offered a moral critique of the prosperity gospel, race relations, Rush Limbaugh, taxation and health-care reform.
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Conservative Bible Project Is about Using the Bible for Conservative Politics
Conservative Bible Project Is about Using the Bible for Conservative Politics
Andy Schlafly is behind the Conservative Bible Project that aims to remove the alleged liberal corruption from English translations of the Bible. He sees the Bible as a mirror, reflecting his own political image.
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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Pretty in Ink? What Christians Are Saying About Tattoos
Pretty in Ink? What Christians Are Saying About Tattoos
Christians are getting tattoos and talking about them. Some talk is negative. Some is positive. Some is satirical. At least, the faith community is talking about tattoos – even if not all the conversation is civil.
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Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Transparency Is Essential for Christian-Based Organizations in Islamic Countries
Leaders of two Christian relief agencies disavowed proselytism. Yet others think they can trick government officials and citizens in foreign countries into believing they aren't really proselytizing.
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Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham broke with fellow Southern Baptists once again when he joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to urge a bipartisan effort to support climate change legislation.
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Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Good Religion Between Muslims and Christians Promises a New Day
Eight years ago, religion was misused to validate violence. Today, Christian and Muslim leaders are seeking common ground around the common word found in both their faith traditions – love for neighbor.
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Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Is the Chamber of Commerce's agenda on climate change antithetical to the public good? More American corporations are abandoning the chamber and opposing its stance on global warming.
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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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CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
A common prejudice among many people of faith is that the national media is hostile or indifferent toward faith. Perhaps that bias will change when they hear CBS correspondent Byron Pitts.
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Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Newsweek devoted a year to rank the nation's greenest corporations. If corporate America can be ranked on a green scale, should denominations be ranked on a green scale, too?
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Jesus Would Tweet, and Warn of the Temptation of Technology
Jesus Would Tweet, and Warn of the Temptation of Technology
Would Jesus tweet? Simplicity and clarity were hallmarks of his communication, unlike much of contemporary Christianity that favors brain-numbingly wordy theology.
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"Gran Torino" Is a Parable for the Age of Rage
Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" is about death and redemption as well as the loss of an American way of life. It's theological and timely given our age of rage against people of color.
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Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats
Unhinged Society Needs Scapegoats
Many Christians regularly practice scapegoating. Whether our anger is full-throated, oxygen-deprived rage or snake-eyed sarcasm or mocking humor, we readily blame others for what is wrong.
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Tony Blair: Faiths Must Join Forces on Aid
Tony Blair: Faiths Must Join Forces on Aid
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair called on faith communities to work together, noting that when they do "things get done and respect between them grows."
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Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Take Your Gun and Gospel to Church
Coming, perhaps, to a sanctuary near your home is a new version of the Bible, one released by the National Rifle Association, updating time-honored texts in words more reasonable for today's gun owners.
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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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EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com Sets Record, Surpasses Half-Million Mark for Articles Read
EthicsDaily.com finished a record-setting month with well over a half-million page requests. So why are we going gangbusters? Consider some of these reasons.
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Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
A former Baptist pastor goes on trial for allegedly organizing the murder of 5,000 Rwandans in the 1994 rampage of Hutu-led genocide. Sadly, most Baptists said little during that time.
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What Profit Is Moral For Private Health Insurance Companies?
What Profit Is Moral For Private Health Insurance Companies?
In order to make good decisions about the balance between private and public health care in the current reform debate, we need more information from private health insurance companies.
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What Does Ramadan Contribute to American Life?
What Does Ramadan Contribute to American Life?
Ramadan teaches that by experiencing deprivation, through fasting from sunrise to sunset, we can be in the shoes of millions of people who live in this state perpetually.
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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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"I Won't Let You Pray for Me"
American Christians care about the health of church members and friends but apparently aren't concerned enough to change a badly flawed health system. It's cheap discipleship.
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Baptists Aid Typhoon Victims in Taiwan
Baptists Aid Typhoon Victims in Taiwan
Baptists are assisting victims of the typhoon that struck southern Taiwan. A total of 126 were confirmed dead by Aug. 18, and the death toll was expected to rise to more than 500.
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Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Talk of Post-Racial America Ends with Health Care Rallies, Better Way Needed
Racism is flourishing in the United States. What can churches do? Screen "Beneath the Skin" in Sunday school classes and sponsor public forums to dialogue about racism.
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Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
You don't have to look long to find proof that civility and commitment to the common good are in short supply. How can churches better promote moral education?
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Goodwill Baptists Ought To Be Bullish on New Baptist Covenant
Goodwill Baptists Ought To Be Bullish on New Baptist Covenant
There's good reason for goodwill Baptists to be optimistic about the New Baptist Covenant. In fact, there are seven of them. And trust tops the list.
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Baptists Pray for Nigeria after Hundreds Killed
Baptists Pray for Nigeria after Hundreds Killed
Members of the Baptist World Alliance paused to pray for Nigeria, where more than 800 people were reportedly killed during the latest round of religious sectarian violence.
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Killing Trust – One Sunday School Class at a Time
Killing Trust – One Sunday School Class at a Time
The recent passing of Walter Cronkite has signaled the end of an era in the American experience. Few sources of news and information can be fully trusted today.
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Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Looking beyond Baptists' 400th anniversary, several Baptist leaders from around the world discuss what they hope will become Baptist hallmarks in the future.
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American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
American Muslims Condemn Anti-Christian Riots in Pakistan
The Islamic Society of North America is appalled at news of the riots in Gojra, Pakistan, in which several homes belonging to members of the Christian community were destroyed and about seven people were killed.
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BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
Global Baptist leaders see the harmful realities of global warming and pin their hopes for governmental action on the United Nation’s upcoming conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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BWA Nominates Two
BWA Nominates Two "Virginians" as President-Elect, First Vice President-Elect
Two Baptists with connections to Virginia have been nominated to serve as the top leaders of the Baptist World Alliance – the largest organization of global Baptists.
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Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
A professor presented a history of Baptists as transformers during the BWA gathering, and a woman from India provided a modern-day example of that legacy.
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Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Whether in a test tube or a woman's womb, a human embryo is a human being with moral status and should not be destroyed for its stem cells, a Samford University prof says.
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Changing Tradition Is Part of Baptist DNA, Says Dutch Theologian