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Newell: Church, government can help amid adoption decline

NASHVILLE (BP) – Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the world calls for multi-faceted ministry by followers of Jesus and helpful public policies amid the dramatic decline in adoptions by Americans, says a leading child-welfare advocate.

ERLC, Lankford object to HHS changes on religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) – New regulatory actions indicate the Biden administration is rolling back religious freedom protections, contend Southern Baptist advocates for the First Amendment right.

Nigeria’s removal from persecution list protested

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. State Department’s removal of Nigeria from its list of the world’s worst persecutors has stunned religious liberty advocates.

ERLC: Child-care proposal threatens religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) – Religious freedom concerns for faith-based child-care programs plague President Biden’s Build Back Better Act as it nears apparent action by Congress, according to Southern Baptists’ ethics entity.

Tennessee governor helps dedicate Psalm 139 ultrasound machine

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) – For Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, partnering with the Psalm 139 Project in the placement of ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers in the state is one manifestation of what he describes as a long-standing desire.

ERLC urges Biden to include faith input on AI

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has encouraged President Biden to include the input of evangelical Christian and other faith leaders in the federal government’s work on the use of artificial intelligence and other issues in technology ethics.

Justices weigh religious liberty, prison security in death penalty case

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court weighed the concerns of both religious freedom and prison security in oral arguments Tuesday (Nov. 9) regarding a condemned Texas inmate’s request to have a Southern Baptist pastor lay hands on and pray for him when he receives a lethal injection.

ERLC continues call for protections against predatory loans

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity is again urging Congress to extend protections against predatory loans to all Americans.

China asserts more control over clergy through new rules

WASHINGTON (BP) – Regulations issued this year by China have intensified the communist government’s control of clergy among the five state-authorized religious groups and have effectively prohibited the work of pastors and leaders of unregistered churches and other entities, according to a new report.

Justices order court to reconsider ruling on abortion mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court signaled Monday (Nov. 1) its dissatisfaction with a lower court’s ruling on a state abortion mandate and ordered it to reconsider that decision in light of the justices’ unanimous opinion in support of religious freedom earlier this year.