• Contempt of Congress sought for fetal tissue firm

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 23, 2016 (2 days ago)

    "The abortion lobby consistently flouts public accountability."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A possible contempt of Congress holding against a fetal tissue procurement business that has worked with Planned Parenthood is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into the apparent trade in aborted baby parts in this country.

    The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 8-0 Wednesday (Sept. 21) for a resolution recommending that the chamber find StemExpress and its chief executive officer, Catherine Spears Dyer, in contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents it had subpoenaed. The resolution also called for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to certify the panel's report to a federal attorney. Read More

  • Nashville lightens up on marijuana penalties

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 23, 2016 (2 days ago)

    Image: iStock
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nashville and surrounding Davidson County have joined a lengthy list of governments giving law enforcement officials the option of issuing civil citations to persons possessing small amounts of marijuana.

    Marijuana possession and use in the city and county are still considered crimes. But under the new measure passed Sept. 20 by the Nashville Metropolitan Council, law enforcement officials may choose whether to charge a person with a civil offense or a criminal misdemeanor for knowingly possessing a half-ounce of marijuana or less. Read More

  • Bronze Star, Purple Heart restored by Baptist DR

    by Carrie Blackaby Camp & Art Toalston, posted Friday, September 23, 2016 (2 days ago)

    Submitted photo
    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- A charred Bronze Star and Purple Heart were somewhere in the ashes after a wildfire destroyed Bill Cronkrite's house and outbuildings -- medals awarded to his son who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

    When a California Southern Baptist assessment team visited the site after this summer's 7,609-acre Border Fire, the medals of the late Army Sgt. Brud Joseph Cronkrite became a priority. Read More

  • New Baptist Covenant extols racial justice

    by Mark Kelly & David Roach, posted Friday, September 23, 2016 (2 days ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- A theologically and ethnically diverse coalition of Baptists gathered around the theme of racial justice and reconciliation at the New Baptist Covenant Summit Sept. 14-16 convened by former President Jimmy Carter.

    The group's dwindling attendance -- down more than 97 percent from its 2008 inaugural gathering of what Baptist Press estimated as 9,000 attendees -- led the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) to wonder about the coalition's future prospects for survival. Read More

  • Ky. convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (3 days ago)

    Paul Chitwood, Kentucky Baptist Convention President
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention will not do business with hotels that fail to train employees to recognize and report human trafficking, KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood announced Sept. 21.

    Chitwood set forth the convention's position in a letter to potential vendors and listed several resources for free training.

    Andy Beshear, Kentucky attorney general
    Among the list is the Kentucky attorney general's office, which announced Sept. 20 a partnership that will seek to offer human trafficking training to Kentucky's commercial drivers and truck-stop employees.

    The Kentucky convention, the state's largest religious organization encompassing a church membership of 750,000, intends for its internal policy to encourage corporate partners to provide employees with human trafficking awareness education. Read More