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Monday
Aug032015

WorldCrafts adds new artisan groups, products

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – WorldCrafts has partnered with impoverished artisans all over the world, from Myanmar to India to Guatemala, to offer 100 new products this year. These new products are among more than 250 products featured in the fall/winter catalog that was released Aug. 1.

“We are thrilled to have our largest season to date with 75 new products, four new artisan partners and the largest catalog we have ever produced,” said Emily Swader, WorldCrafts representative. “Adding new WorldCrafts products and artisans is not only exciting, but life-changing, when you know each one represents individuals who have, maybe for the first time, the opportunity to earn an income with dignity and hear the offer of everlasting life. It is exciting to see the impact that WorldCrafts is having around the world grow and expand.”

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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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