Telling the story of Arkansas Baptists Since 1901

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    Judge dismisses suit against NAMB by ex-state executive

    April 25, 2019

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    ABERDEEN, Miss. – First Amendment legal precedent has been cited in a federal court's dismissal of a lawsuit against the North American Mission Board by a former executive of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

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    Boy Scouts' legal woes continue to mount

    April 25, 2019

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Boy Scouts of America could soon face more legal trouble over alleged sexual abuse. Several states are moving to adjust statute-of-limitations laws so more victims of past abuse can sue for damages.

    New York passed a law...

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    'Love One Another' nationwide prayer plea May 2

    April 25, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – Aligning American culture with God's commandment to love one another is the vision of the 2019 National Day of Prayer (NDP) May 2, an annual event organizers say impacted perhaps 510 million people in 2018.

    Neither society nor the...

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    Supreme Court to rule on LGBT rights

    April 25, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider in its next term whether non-discrimination protections in federal workplace law cover people who identify as gay or transgender.

    The high court announced April 22 it would review appeals...

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    After the San Antonio City Council banned Chick-fil-A from operating at San Antonio International Airport, Texas Values hosted a religious liberty day at the Texas Capitol dubbed "Save Chick-fil-A Day." Photo from Facebook

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    'Save Chick-fil-A Day' promotes religious liberty

    April 18, 2019

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    AUSTIN, Texas – Religious liberty advocates held "Save Chick-fil-A Day" at the Texas Capitol April 17 after the restaurant was banned from the San Antonio airport for donating to religious non-profits.

    Religious freedom group Texas Values hosted...

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    Among community outreach to Baptist congregations whose churches were burned in what authorities are calling a hate crime, Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards spoke at an April 14 service hosted by Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Opelousas. Screen capture from Facebook

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    Hate crime charges added in Louisiana church arsons

    April 16, 2019

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    OPELOUSAS, La. – Hate crime charges have been filed against a white man accused of arson that destroyed three Louisiana black Baptist churches more than a century old.

    Holden Matthews, 21, pleaded not guilty April 15 to the charges in St. Landry...

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    A group protests outside an Aurora, Ill., Planned Parenthood in 2018 in an event that is a precursor to the April 13 Nationwide Pro-Life Candlelight Vigil being held in 38 states. National Pro-Life Action League photo

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    'Unplanned' inspires pro-life candlelight vigils

    April 10, 2019

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    CHICAGO – Thousands of activists will attend pro-life prayer vigils outside Planned Parenthood clinics in 38 states Saturday, April 13 inspired by the movie "Unplanned," vigil organizers said.

    The Nationwide Pro-Life Candlelight Vigil is planned in...

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    Texas ban on chaplains in execution chamber debated

    April 10, 2019

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    AUSTIN, Texas – After the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to a Buddhist prisoner in Texas, the state moved to restrict the religious exercise of all death row inmates. Chaplains can now watch executions from the viewing room, but they...

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    Phyllis Young, who operates Aloha Bed and Breakfast in her Honolulu, Hawaii, home (shown here), failed to gain a review by the U.S. Supreme Court of a lower-court ruling that she unlawfully discriminated against a lesbian couple by refusing to rent a room to them because of her religious convictions. Photo from Google

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    Religious liberty setback at court may not be final

    April 8, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – Religious liberty's latest setback at the U.S. Supreme Court in its ongoing face-off with sexual liberty is disappointing but may not prove conclusive, Southern Baptist religious freedom advocates said.

    The high court opted not to...

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    Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., sponsor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, speaks April 2 at a Capitol Hill news conference before a discharge petition was filed the same day to bring her bill up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo from Rep. Ann Wagner on Twitter

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    Vote on abortion survivor bill pushed by House GOP

    April 3, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives initiated April 2 their latest effort to gain a floor vote on legislation to require health care for a baby born alive during an abortion.

    Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., filed a...

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