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Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urged

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders called for prayer and the restoration of civility in public discourse in the wake of the highly divisive battle that ended with Brett Kavanaugh's narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, 53, in a 50-48 roll call Oct. 6 after an already bitter struggle over President Trump's nominee escalated when sexual assault allegations were made against the federal appeals court judge. The vote followed party lines in the Republican-majority chamber with one exception: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined the GOP in supporting Kavanaugh.

President’s immigration speech draws cautious nod from 2 key Baptist leaders

WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush has called for the deployment of as many as 6,000 members of the National Guard to help secure the United States’ southern border against illegal immigration.
      Addressing Americans May 15 from the oval office of the White House, Bush presented a five-point plan to reform immigration policy. The president’s nationally televised speech came amid disagreement in his own party about how to address a problem he acknowledged has not been adequately dealt with for decades and after major protests in support of illegal immigrants across the country. It has been estimated there are as many as 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Attacks unify Americans in unusual way, Land says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The terrorist attacks on the United States have unified the country's people in an unusual way, Southern Baptist public policy specialist Richard Land said Sept. 12.

Vermont high court approves benefits for same-sex couples

WASHINGTON (BP)--The Vermont Supreme Court handed a key victory to the homosexual rights movement Dec. 20 when it ruled same-sex partners should have the same benefits and protections now granted to heterosexual married couples.

CBS criticized for showing Kevorkian euthanasia video

WASHINGTON (BP)–CBS network’s telecast of a home video of a terminally ill man dying as a result of lethal drugs administered by Jack Kevorkian received criticism from religious, pro-life and disability groups. The CBS News program “60 Minutes” telecast Nov. 22 a video provided by Kevorkian showing the infamous assisted-suicide practitioner injecting Thomas Youk of […]