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‘Religious freedom for all’ among 8 final motions made by SBC messengers

St. Louis, Mo. (Jennifer Davis Rash) — Eight motions made by messengers in final opportunity to propose motions during this year’s SBC annual meeting. They are as reported by the SBC live blog: •That the SBC reaffirm Article XII of … Continue reading

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Ga. Governor to veto religious liberty bill

ATLANTA (BP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s March 28 announcement that he will veto the state’s religious liberty bill has provoked criticism from social conservatives, including Southern Baptists. Mike Griffin, public affairs representative for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, said … Continue reading

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Disney, other major companies push back against Georgia religious freedom bill

ATLANTA (TAB) — A religious freedom bill in Georgia awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature has received pushback from major organizations like Disney and the NFL. Deal has until May 3 to sign or veto House Bill 757. Disney says it … Continue reading

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Pakistan court orders blasphemy law reforms

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP) — The effectiveness of a Supreme Court of Pakistan ruling that blasphemy laws be reformed to discourage false allegations hinges on the government’s response to the order, said a leader of the International Christian Concern watchdog group. … Continue reading

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Obama urged to press China on rights

WASHINGTON (BP) — Representatives of diverse faith groups have called on President Barack Obama to press Xi Jinping on religious and other human rights issues during the Chinese president’s visit to the United States capital. Xi will be in Washington … Continue reading

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Pastor Saeed threatened with new charges, nearing 3-years of imprisonment

GOHARDASHT, Iran (aclj.org) — American Pastor Saeed Abedini may be facing an upgrade to his current charges, his wife, Naghmeh, said after visiting him at Rajaei Shahr prison today, according to the American Center for Law and Justice. Naghmeh Abedini said … Continue reading

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Judge orders Davis freed from jail

ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) — David Bunning, a federal judge, ordered Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis’ release from jail today after he became convinced the deputy clerks in her Rowan County office had obeyed his order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex … Continue reading

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Christian-owned pharmacy ordered to sell morning-after pill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (WORLD) — A Washington appeals court ruled July 23 that Ralph’s Thriftway pharmacy in Olympia must sell morning-after pills, a ruling which violates the owners’ Christian faith. Kevin Stormans, one of the owners, previously refused to sell Plan … Continue reading

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It’s time to rally behind religious liberty, Alabama AG Strange says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (TAB) — The recent Supreme Court ruling on gay “marriage” raises “ominous questions” about the future of religious freedom and people of faith should be prepared to continue to fight for their beliefs, said Alabama Attorney General Luther … Continue reading

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New international religious freedom office to open in Middle East

COLUMBUS, Ohio (compiled by Jennifer Davis Rash) — The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in consultation with the International Mission Board, will develop “strategic relationships” to mobilize churches for defending religious liberty and advocating social justice across the world. ERLC … Continue reading

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