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Senate vote reveals risk to religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. Senate’s near-embrace of legislation to curtail the conscience rights of business owners has left religious liberty advocates disturbed at the narrow margin for the cherished freedom. Senators voted 56-43 Wednesday (July 16) — four votes shy of cloture — to bring to the floor for consideration a bill that would effectively reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in the Hobby...

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OBU Recommended for NCAA Division II
Jul15

OBU Recommended for NCAA Division II

>> by: Ray Fink  OBU Director of Athletic Media Relations   SHAWNEE—The Division II Membership Committee of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) recommended the membership application for Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), setting the stage for the Bison Athletic Department to move from NAIA to NCAA Division II. The committee’s decisions was reviewed by the NCAA Division II Management Council as part of its...

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After Hobby Lobby ruling, leaders rally around RFRA
Jul02

After Hobby Lobby ruling, leaders rally around RFRA

WASHINGTON (BP) — A diverse coalition of church and synagogue leaders has penned a letter to congressional leaders asking them to renew support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Citing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and other leaders from around the country expressed concern that...

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SCOTUS finds in favor of Hobby Lobby
Jun30

SCOTUS finds in favor of Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act, ruling for the first time “closely held” companies may exercise their religious opinions and conscientiously object to providing abortion-inducing contraceptives to employees through their health insurance plans. Writing for the majority in Burwell (Sebelius) v. Hobby Lobby, Justice Samuel Alito claimed the...

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Statement on Hobby Lobby Ruling from Baptist Executive Director
Jun30

Statement on Hobby Lobby Ruling from Baptist Executive Director

In response to the Supreme Court ruling Dr. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which represents more than 1,800 churches throughout Oklahoma, said this: “Religious liberty ranks first among our cherished freedoms, and this Court ruling affirms and recognizes this God-given freedom. Hobby Lobby and the Green Family represent the very best of Christian-owned businesses. Their...

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Troubled Waters
Jun23

Troubled Waters

Editor: This column was originally published on First Things on 6-2-2014. It is reposted with permission. The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in America and has been since around 1960 when it bypassed Methodism in this category. Riding the wave of the post-World War II evangelical boom, Southern Baptists long ago moved beyond their old confines south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Southern Baptist churches...

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