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Mississippi’s ‘In God We Trust’ license plate draws atheist lawsuit

(RNS) – Atheist and humanist groups are suing Mississippi over the state's "In God We Trust" license plate, calling it unconstitutional and seeking alternatives that don't require additional fees for Mississippi drivers.

Scripture-engaged Americans more hopeful and forgiving, study says

WASHINGTON (BP) – Americans who most often turn to Scripture are more hopeful and forgiving but still suffer stress and trauma, the American Bible Society said in the latest release from its 2021 State of the Bible report.

U.S. Protestant pastors say sexually abusive ministers should step down permanently

NASHVILLE (BP) – As Christian groups and denominations debate the proper response to clergy sexual misconduct (both child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault), most pastors believe those who commit such crimes should withdraw from public ministry permanently.

Jewish and Gentile Christians issue call against rising anti-Semitism

IRVING, Texas (BP) – Messianic Southern Baptists are among Jewish and Gentile Christians issuing a statement decrying anti-Semitism that is rising globally and spiking since the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas.

VISION STAGE: Panelists highlight the SBC’s growing diversity

Leaders discuss diversity in the SBC in several panel discussions on the Vision Stage in the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting exhibit hall.

Ruling against Colorado cake artist draws objections

DENVER (BP) – Religious freedom advocates objected to Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips’ court loss in his latest attempt to defend the freedom to conduct his business according to his Christian convictions.

Korean Baptists gather for fellowship, business

NASHVILLE – The 973 Korean Southern Baptist churches in the United States unanimously passed one resolution at their annual fellowship meeting in mid-June. It was to tell the government of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) they oppose that nation’s efforts to pass an “equality act” that would in effect silence preaching on biblical marriage.

Unanimous court upholds religious liberty of foster-care agency

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S Supreme Court unanimously delivered an important victory for religious liberty Thursday (June 17) by upholding a faith-based adoption and foster-care agency’s right to carry out its ministry according to its beliefs.

For Resolutions Committee member, perceptions changed at a crisis pregnancy center

NASHVILLE (BP) – Dana Hall McCain’s introduction to Southern Baptists has a direct tie to the ones she has encountered in her years as a volunteer for a pregnancy resource center in Dothan, Ala.

Mohler: Religious liberty vital to Christianity

NASHVILLE (BP) – A theology of conversion, such as Christianity, necessitates religious liberty because regeneration of the heart cannot be achieved by coercion, Albert Mohler said Tuesday (June 15) during “Baptists Thinking Biblically: A Conversation on Religious Liberty.”