Browsing the "Ethics" Category

HOUSTON (BP) –The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today (Oct. 29). The word “subpoenas” grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and...

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A shocking new poll shows that more Americans oppose gay “marriage” than support it. A poll released earlier this month shows that 47 percent of Americans “oppose legalizing same-sex marriage,” while only 44 percent supported...

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Federal judges have invalidated the will of millions of Americans who voted to amend their state constitutions to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. I am shocked at the lack...

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SPRINGFIELD – The latest front in the fight to force Christians to accept homosexuality without question or conscience is the Springfield city council. There the city council voted 6 to 3, Oct. 13, to approve...

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Oct. 17 to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers...

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Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined together to speak out against the recent subpoenas targeting Houston area pastors. In response to these pastors being asked to turn over their sermons,...

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"The country settled, a long time ago, with a First Amendment that the government would not supervise, license, or bully religious institutions," and Houston's pastors and churches should follow the New Testament example by defying...

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Activists are demanding that Justice Elena Kagan recuse herself from any Supreme Court case determining the future of same-sex “marriage” after she officiated a homosexual “wedding” – a call seemingly endorsed by fellow Justice Ruth...

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This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of...

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JEFFERSON CITY – A small crowd of about 50 on the Missouri Capitol front lawn joined Christians across the U.S. and 32 foreign countries Sept. 26 in praying for and remembering American citizen and pastor...

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Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs, appointed to the court in 2009 by Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon, ruled Oct. 3 that part of Missouri’s Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is illegal and the state...

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In 1957 a panel of United States senators concluded that attorney Daniel Webster, a senator from Massachusetts in the first half of the 19th century who argued 223 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and...

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Have we lost our minds? Since when did we let an adolescent drive a car? There may be some older children or young teens who know how to drive, but they don’t have a clue...

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Dr. Larry Lewis was shocked when in 1979 he opened a St. Louis newspaper to see the full-page ad listing the religious denominations and groups who favored a “pro-choice” – a pro-abortion – position.  He...

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WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity has called for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a municipal sign ordinance it says violates a church’s free speech and assembly rights. The...

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The Missouri Baptist Convention has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in joining other religious groups asking for a sign – that religious freedom trumps local sign codes which discriminate against churches and...

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KANSAS CITY – Amidst the excitement of the start of a new academic year at Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen announced the encouraging news on Sept. 22 that more students have enrolled at the school...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptists must boldly proclaim the Gospel as they fight for religious freedom in the United States and globally, David Platt said in an interview conducted by the Southern Baptist Ethics &...

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JEFFERSON CITY – It took until the final hours of the veto session late on Sept. 10, but the Missouri legislature has overridden Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes and made Missouri home of the longest waiting...

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The premiere on America's public television stations of a documentary about late-term abortion doctors has prompted concerns and criticisms from pro-life advocates. On Sept. 1, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) telecast "After Tiller," a 2013...

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It was the first time she had truly been alone with her thoughts since their mission team arrived in Moldova, and Jamie Jackson couldn’t stop crying. When orphaned children reach a certain age, they are...

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TEHRAN, Iran – Christian persecution and yes, genocide, is real in the world today, and Naghmeh Abedini is calling out to the body of Christ to pray. Sept. 26 will mark two long years since...

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The concepts of human rights and liberty as we know them can all be traced back to one history-changing idea; an idea that began with God’s revelation to the Jews and was brought to the...

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The highest human rights court in Europe shattered hopes that it would judicially impose same-sex marriage when it told a male to female transsexual and his wife that a civil union should be good enough...

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Three months after Chinese officials ripped down the gigantic Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, the number of churches facing persecution – whether that means demolition, cross removal, or threatening notices – in Zhejiang province has reached...

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Pro-life abortion restrictions taking hold across the country are having unintended consequences in a few states with less regulation: women traveling across state lines to kill their babies....

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“Strong, independent, graceful, assertive, understanding – these descriptors I preferred. Submissive sounds weak. For a long time I didn’t even want to look at those passages in the Bible that talk about submission,” SarahHorn recounted...

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FAYETTE – The Fayette R-III School District has agreed in federal court to change policies regarding the religious expression of teachers and school district staff. The move comes as a result of a suit brought...

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A Kansas City woman fired from a Catholic food pantry in May sued the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese and Bishop Robert Finn, claiming her supervisors knew that she was a lesbian when hired. However, an...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – When a retired Air Force general’s concern over homosexuality prompted an amendment to the Southern Baptist Convention’s constitution two decades ago, few observers realized that his impulse to defend biblical morality would...

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The death of actor James Garner saddened fans across the country. Born James Scott Bumgarner, the 86-year-old Rockford Files star overcame mental and physical abuse from his stepmother – who would regularly beat him with...

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WASHINGTON (BP) – Islamic militants have eradicated virtually every trace of Christianity from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, said July 23. “There are no...

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WASHINGTON (BP) – Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman whose death sentence caused an international outcry, arrived safely in Italy July 24. Ibrahim was flown on an Italian government jet to Rome with her American husband,...

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JEFFERSON CITY – Even as one Missouri school district is tightening faculty religious expression after a costly lawsuit, students in the state now enjoy even stronger religious freedom protections. Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill...

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On the 70th anniversary of George W. Truett’s death, present and former pastors of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas – where Truett pastored for 47 years – said his most famous sermon on religious...

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In the wake of the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the high court and two federal appeals courts have granted temporary injunctions to seven non-profit organizations....

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The Los Angeles-area Baptist pastor whose church split after he announced he no longer believes all homosexual acts are sinful was President Obama’s guest at the White House LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride...

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A Los Angeles-area Southern Baptist church that some media reports said adopted a “third way” position regarding homosexuality in reality never voted to adopt any position on the issue and split into two groups in...

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A bill introduced by Senate Democrats to erode the religious liberty of Americans who object to abortion-inducing drugs or contraception has stalled. The Democrat-controlled body voted 56-43 to pass the bill, which would require business...

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Franklin Graham once said, “I believe that a time is fast approaching – I think it will be in my lifetime – when the preaching of the gospel is referred to as hate speech.” And...

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“This is as close as a Southern Baptist gets to dancing in the streets for joy.” That was how Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), described the...

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Kiley crossland/World News Service WASHINGTON (BP) – Google is cracking down on sexually graphic content with two recent policy changes, one implemented in March and one that started in June. The new rules take steps...

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In the highly anticipated decision of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court issued a victory to closely held for-profit corporations on the issue of religious liberty. While the decision was not as sweeping as...

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One of the most troubling aspects to the same-sex marriage debate is the way much of the news media have deliberately misled the American people about different aspects of the issue. They tout polls and...

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JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed July 2 a bill that would extend the waiting period to get an abortion in Missouri from 24 to 72 hours. It now faces a likely veto override...

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Today’s Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is good news for defenders of religious liberty, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. The 5-4 decision affirms the right of the Green family, the Christian owners...

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Pathway Associate Editor Benjamin Hawkins interviewed attorney Joshua Hawley, a University of Missouri law school professor who was on the Beckett Fund legal team that defended Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court, shortly after...

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The U.S. Supreme Court June 30 voted 5-4 to uphold the right of business people to practice their faith at work in what is the most important victory for religious liberty in decades. The case,...

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Tim Ellsworth/Baptist Press JEFFERSON CITY (BP) – While many journalists and celebrities praised Michael Sam when he was selected in last month’s NFL draft and subsequently kissed his boyfriend on national television, several Southern Baptists...

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay claims to that four same-sex couples got “married” in his offices Wednesday in clear violation of the will of the people of Missouri and in violation of the Misssouri Constitution...

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