Tuesday
Feb022016

Abedini praises wife, denies 'much' of abuse claim

BOISE, Idaho (BP) – Saeed Abedini denied "much" of what his wife Naghmeh Abedini has alleged of spousal abuse and a pornography addiction in his first statements about their marriage since his release from an Iranian prison, but he praised his wife for advocating for his freedom.

"Much of what I have read in Naghmeh's [Facebook] posts and subsequent media reports is not true," he said in a Jan. 30 statement to his hometown newspaper, the Idaho Statesman. "But I believe we should work on our relationship in private and not on social media or other media. Naghmeh wrote this week, 'We are taking personal time to work on very serious personal issues.' I intend to do this hard work in private."

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Tuesday
Feb022016

Baptists expelled from homes in Mexican community

TUXPAN DE BOLANOS, Mexico – A town assembly in Tuxpan de Bolanos – a community in Jalisco, Mexico – expelled 10 Baptist families from their community when they refused to recant their faith.

Citizens loaded the 28 Baptists – 18 adults and 10 children – into a pickup truck and abandoned them in the nearby mountains, according to a report from International Christian Concern.

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Sunday
Jan312016

Religious liberty setbacks addressed by Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

WASHINGTON (BP) – Last year marked a setback for religious liberty in the United States, and 2016 promises more challenges for the cherished freedom, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy entity.

Much of the blow in 2015 to what is often referred to as America's "first freedom" came through advances by same-sex marriage and non-discrimination policies for sexual orientation and gender identity. The struggle between religious liberty and sexual liberty appears destined to continue this year and beyond.

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Tuesday
Jan262016

Two that exposed Planned Parenthood via videos indicted in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas - Two pro-life supporters who made undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit face criminal charges in Texas from a grand jury that also found no wrongdoing by the abortion provider, the Associated Press reported. 

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Wednesday
Jan202016

SCOTUS takes up Obama's executive orders regarding immigration

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the legality of executive orders by President Obama that would delay deportation of more than 4 million undocumented immigrants.

Issued in November 2014, the orders sought to allow undocumented persons who are parents of U.S. citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for work authorization and associated benefits. Texas and 25 other Republican-led states sued to invalidate the program, arguing the president does "possess enforcement discretion" but lacks "inherent power to grant lawful presence and eligibility for over four million unauthorized aliens," Texas said in a brief.

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