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Supreme Court ruling draws criticism
Jun15

Supreme Court ruling draws criticism

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court issued a watershed decision on gay and transgender rights today, June 15, by finding longstanding, non-discrimination protections in federal workplace law cover “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” The justices ruled in a 6-3 opinion the category “sex” in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to homosexual and transgender employees. Chief...

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State Department: Wins, losses for religious freedom in 2019
Jun13

State Department: Wins, losses for religious freedom in 2019

WASHINGTON (BP)—International religious freedom experienced both gains and losses in 2019, Trump administration officials said upon the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual report on the issue. While countries such as Sudan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Uzbekistan made progress, the persecution of religious adherents persisted in China, Nigeria and other societies, reporters were told Wednesday, June 10 in a news...

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Civil rights probe of state limits on churches urged
Jun11

Civil rights probe of state limits on churches urged

WASHINGTON (BP)—A United States senator has called for a federal civil rights investigation of states that have continued during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to place strict limitations on religious gatherings while permitting massive protests of the police killing of George Floyd. Southern Baptist leaders, meanwhile, encouraged public officials to treat worship services the same as similar events while they loosen restrictions...

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SBC President Greear addresses diversity, unity, missions, abuse prevention
Jun09

SBC President Greear addresses diversity, unity, missions, abuse prevention

DURHAM, N.C. (BP)—Promoting diversity, unity, missions and sex abuse prevention are goals the Southern Baptist Convention must continue to pursue in order to put the “Gospel Above All,” SBC President J.D. Greear said in his 2020 presidential address Tuesday, June 9. Speaking from his office at The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., in a virtual format after the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19...

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SBC continues statistical decline, Floyd calls for rethinking ACP process
Jun04

SBC continues statistical decline, Floyd calls for rethinking ACP process

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—For the 13th consecutive year, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) reported a drop in its membership. Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention fell almost 2 percent to 14,525,579 from 2018 to 2019. The decline of 287,655 members is the largest single-year drop in more than 100 years. While the statistical decline is concerning for the largest Protestant denomination in America, Ronnie Floyd, the SBC...

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Moore: Court’s ruling on church falls short
Jun02

Moore: Court’s ruling on church falls short

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a California church’s emergency appeal of the state’s restriction on worship gatherings failed to provide the clear guidance needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Southern Baptist religious freedom leader Russell Moore. The high court declined to grant an injunction for a San Diego-area church in a 5-4 decision late May 29. After failing at the federal...

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