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  • ERLC, others urge conscience protection this year

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and pro-life allies are calling for enactment of protections for the conscience rights of health care providers before 2018.

    The Conscience Protection Act (CPA) -- one of the ERLC's legislative priorities in its 2017 agenda -- would bar government discrimination against health care workers and facilities that object to being involved in abortion, as well as health insurers that refuse to provide coverage of the lethal procedure. The bill will provide victims of discrimination with the ability to defend their rights in court -- which would be a first for federal laws that protect health care conscience rights. Read More

  • Moore, others oppose 'White Lives Matter' rallies in TN

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (23 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other Christian leaders in Tennessee declared their opposition to "White Lives Matter" rallies in the state in a joint statement issued today (Oct. 27).

    Release of the statement -- titled "Gospel opposition to white supremacy" -- came on the eve of rallies sponsored by white nationalists in the Middle Tennessee cities of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Those scheduled events prompted Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the other signers to say, "[W]e declare ourselves in resolute opposition to this expression of racism and white supremacy. We denounce and repudiate white supremacy as a work of the devil, designed to dehumanize and divide." Read More

  • Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam says

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The church should be at the forefront of promoting civility in a deeply divided culture, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told Christian leaders at a Southern Baptist-sponsored event in Nashville.

    "We, of all people, understand grace," Haslam said of Christians at an Oct. 3 lunch held by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), "and we of all people understand, 'You know, I don't really have the right to be on a high horse yelling at you because but for God's immeasurable grace I'd be a mess. So we should understand the need for civility. Read More

  • Se insta a los republicanos en el Congreso a que cumplan su promesa de desfinanciar a PPFA

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Russell Moore, el bautista del sur especialista en ética, colabora con otros líderes pro-vida para decirle a los congresistas republicanos que "pasó ya el plazo de la entrega" de su promesa de desfinanciamiento de Planned Parenthood.

    En la carta del 5 de septiembre -- enviada a todos los republicanos miembros del Congreso -- les insta a adoptar una legislación que recorte la mayoría de los fondos federales que recibe Planned Parenthood of America y sus filiales, las cuales hacen más de un tercio de los abortos en los Estados Unidos. En los últimos años, el líder nacional proveedor de abortos ha recibido del gobierno más de $550 millones anuales en subsidios y rembolsos. Read More

  • Court urged to protect cake artist's religious freedom

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Forcing an artist to create a cake for a same-sex wedding in contradiction to his beliefs is a "de facto religious test" that violates the First Amendment, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The ERLC -- joined by seven other organizations and an individual -- urged the high court to reverse a lower-court ruling against Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sept. 7. The justices agreed in June to accept the appeal and are expected to hear oral arguments ... Read More

  • GOP urged to keep promise to defund PPFA

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined other pro-life leaders in telling congressional Republicans it is "well past time to deliver" on their promise to defund Planned Parenthood.

    The Sept. 5 letter -- sent to all the GOP members of Congress -- urges them to adopt legislation that would remove most of the federal funding received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates, which perform more than one-third of the abortions in the United States. The country's leading abortion provider has received more than $550 million annually in government grants and reimbursements in recent years. Read More

  • Teach early racial unity, panelists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Kelly Hunter
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents should start teaching early and model for their children consistently the Bible's teaching on ethnic diversity, panelists said at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference.

    The guidance came from a diverse panel addressing the topic "All God's Children: Growing Kids Who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Unity" during an Aug. 25 breakout session of the ERLC's conference on Christ-centered parenting. About 1,300 people attended the three-day conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: ERLC seeking to equip churches

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is committed to equipping churches to produce justice, holiness and reconciliation with the Gospel of Jesus, Russell Moore told the entity's trustees at their annual board meeting.

    Moore, the ERLC's president, made his comments during a report to the ERLC board during its Aug. 23-24 meeting at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Trustees approved recipients of two annual awards, adopted a slight budget increase, elected new officers and received reports on the commission's work in the last year. The board meeting concluded on the day the ERLC's national conference on parenting began at the same site. Read More

  • BP LEDGER: Aug. 29, 2017

    by BP Staff, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Today's BP Ledger contains information from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Baptist World Alliance, FamilyLife and First Priority of America Read More

  • ERLC conf. urges parents to be models for children

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Kelly Hunter
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents must seek to be what they want their children to become, a sellout audience was told during the final two days of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2017 national conference.

    A diverse collection of speakers -- including a United States senator, a filmmaker, storytellers, songwriters, as well as pastors and authors -- addressed about 1,300 attendees at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event -- titled "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" -- concluded Aug. 26. Read More