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  • Ken Ham re-invited to university despite protest

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (3 days ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Christian apologist Ken Ham has been re-invited to speak at an Oklahoma university by the school's president after the student government rescinded its speaking invitation, allegedly under pressure from a campus LGBT group.

    "I'm thrilled my talk at [the University of Central Oklahoma] is back on again," Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry, said in a news release. "UCO officials have definitely heard from many concerned state legislators, several local residents and alumni about the denial of our right to free speech." Read More

  • T-shirts now in religious liberty battle's spotlight

    by Art Toalston & Kentucky Today Staff, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) -- And now it's T-shirts.

    Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals apparel company, has become another figure in the battle over religious liberty for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival because of his Christian beliefs.

    In 2014, Adamson's small business in Lexington, Ky., was charged by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission with violating the city's fairness ordinance for refusing to print T-shirts in 2012 ordered by Lexington's Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

    Both the Fayette Circuit Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals subsequently ruled in favor of Hands On Originals before an appeal was filed with the Kentucky Supreme Court in January. Read More

  • FEMA funds for disaster-stricken churches now law

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, February 12, 2018 (6 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Churches and other houses of worship now have the assurance of federal law that they may receive disaster relief funds.

    Congress approved Feb. 9 as part of the latest budget bill a measure making houses of worship eligible for public assistance money for the restoration of damaged buildings and other purposes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of such disasters as hurricanes and tornadoes. President Trump signed the legislation into law the same day. Read More

  • Univ. cancels Ken Ham after LGBT group 'put up a fuss'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (11 days ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Christian apologist and creationist Ken Ham has been dropped from the speaking lineup of a public university after a campus LGBT group complained to event organizers, Ham said in a Feb. 6 press release.

    Ham was to speak March 5 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on "Genesis and the State of the Culture," in an event organized by the UCO Student Association (UCOSA). But UCOSA cancelled the event when a pro-LGBT group objected, said Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry that built the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Read More

  • Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but the decision comes as a similar case is already pending in the nation's highest court.

    Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller's freedom of speech "outweighs" the state of California's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision in the Superior Court of California in Kern County, one of the state's 58 trial courts. Read More

  • ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 01, 2018 (17 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's legislative and policy priorities for 2018 include the protection of human life, the preservation of freedom of conscience and the flourishing of families.

    The ERLC released its new Legislative Agenda Wednesday (Jan. 31) after a year that featured several important victories among its 2017 priorities.

    Those successes included: Read More

  • Brownback confirmed on Pence tie-breaker

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (24 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States once again has an ambassador at large for religious freedom but only by the slimmest of margins.

    The Senate confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to the post Wednesday (Jan. 24) by virtue of Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote. As the presiding officer of the chamber, Pence cast the deciding vote to snap a 49-49 tie along party lines.

    All the votes against confirmation came from Democrats, even though Brownback was a colleague to some of them during his 14 years in the Senate. Two Republicans -- Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John McCain of Arizona -- were absent, resulting in the opportunity for a tie-breaker by Pence. Read More

  • University ordered to readmit campus Christian group

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (25 days ago)

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    DAVENPORT, Iowa (BP) -- A state university must temporarily restore registered status to a Christian student group kicked off campus for allegedly violating the school's human rights policy, a U.S. district court ruled Jan. 23.

    The University of Iowa (UI) in Iowa City must restore registered status for 90 days to Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), which the school accused of violating the human rights of an applicant because he identified as a homosexual. The Davenport, Iowa court decision allows BLinC to participate in a campus membership recruitment event today (Jan. 24) that BLinC said is crucial to its growth. Read More

  • HHS: Religious liberty to be 'vigorously' enforced

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's creation of an office to safeguard health care professionals' religious liberty has drawn praise from evangelicals and derision from advocates of so-called abortion and transgender rights.

    Meanwhile, Arkansas physician Steve Goss, who serves on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said new federal safeguards for religious freedom are not likely to change the practices of Christian health care providers or imperil the availability of medical services. Read More

  • University of Iowa, religious liberty in spotlight

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 (one month ago)

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa (BP) -- A Christian student group at the University of Iowa has filed suit against the school after losing its status as an official on-campus organization because it requires leaders to hold Biblical beliefs about sexuality.

    Oral argument took place earlier today (Jan. 18) in federal district court in Davenport. A decision is expected sometime next week.

    Business Leaders in Christ launched in 2015 and has about 10 members. In February, the group denied member Marcus Miller a leadership role after he revealed he was gay. Miller filed a complaint with university administrators, who decided in November the group had violated the school's nondiscrimination policy. Read More