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Friday
Jul242015

U.S. needs 'interagency strategy' for global freedom


WASHINGTON (BP) -- The "tragic, global crisis in religious persecution, violence, and terrorism" requires America to greatly strengthen its strategies, a letter to top congressional leaders declares, signed by a diverse group of religious, academic and public policy figures.

The global crisis threatens "dire consequences for religious minorities worldwide as well as for U.S. national security," the signers of the letter warn.

Among the 31 signatories are Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; California pastor Rick Warren; and Kenneth Starr, president of Baylor University.

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Friday
Jul242015

Planned Parenthood caught pricing body parts in video

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – A second undercover video released July 21 by the Center for Medical Progress appears to show a Planned Parenthood doctor negotiating the price of baby parts obtained through abortion and discussing the possibility of varying abortion procedures to harvest intact organs.

At one point in the video, a woman identified as Mary Gatter, former president of the Planned Parenthood Medical Directors’ Council, speaks of using “a less crunchy technique” of aborting babies to preserve “more whole specimens.” She also jokes, “I want a Lamborghini,” when negotiating the price of baby parts, though she also says, “We’re not in it for the money” and “we don’t want to be in a position of being accused of selling tissue.”

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Friday
Jul242015

GuideStone appeals to SCOTUS over abortion mandate

DALLAS (BP) – GuideStone Financial Resources has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court against the government's contraceptive mandate that will require certain ministries served by GuideStone to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices in their employer health plans or risk crippling fines.

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Saturday
Jul182015

Washington lawmakers set sights on same-sex marriage law 

WASHINGTON — Legislation granting protections for tax-exempt organizations and individuals objecting to same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds is gathering momentum in the House. The bills, drafted by Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, Republican of Idaho, and Sen. Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, already have 130 co-sponsors. On Thursday, the Republican Study Committee, the largest, most organized group of conservatives in the House, demanded a vote.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Fox News pundit speaks at Ga. church

MARTINEZ, Ga. – American Christians are on the verge of having their faith criminalized, Fox News pundit Todd Starnes warned a Southern Baptist church in Georgia in a July 5 Faith, Family & Freedom Celebration aired on local television.

“There is a war on religious liberty in the United States of America, and this war is not targeting people of the Muslim faith or the Jewish faith or the Hindu faith,” Starnes said in a Sunday morning sermon at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, Ga. “This war on religious liberty is targeting people of the Christian faith.”

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