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Does sexual freedom trump religious freedom? A guide for churches & schools

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is distributing a guide developed by Alliance Defending Freedom to assist churches and Christian schools to navigate potentially treacherous legal waters in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage nationwide. The guide contains sample facilities use policies, statements of faith and marriage, and instructions on drafting membership policies.

ADF provides guidance for church defense against same-sex marriage lawsuits

Alliance Defending Freedom has developed a guide to assist churches and Christian schools navigate potentially treacherous legal waters in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage nationwide. The guide contains sample facilities use policies, statements of faith and marriage, and instructions on drafting membership policies.

US officials anticipate 'serious' July 4 terror attack threat

While ISIS has issued a "call to arms" against their enemies during Ramadan – US officials are saying they won't be surprised if warnings about potential attacks against law enforcement in the United States are a sure sign of impending danger on Independence Day.

EXPLICIT: Gay marriage is too dangerous

In an explicit op-ed, reprinted from the Baptist Message in Louisiana, editor Will Hall describes research by the Food and Drug Administration and its alerts to the public about aspects of the dangers of behavior that define homosexuality.

Texas governor: First Amendment, not Supreme Court ruling, is priority

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a memo to all state agencies instructing them to prioritize compliance with laws that protect the religious freedom of the state's employees as they deal with the fallout of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.

Offshore website claims woman will abort unborn baby unless $1 million received

A website registered to a man in Japan threatens an anonymous 26-year-old graduate student will undergo an abortion to kill her unborn child to spotlight new abortion laws requiring a 72-hour waiting period if she does not receive $1 million in donations in 72 hours through an unregulated website. Donations reportedly begin July 7, the website said.

SBC presidents: Scriptures' teaching on marriage 'non-negotiable'

Just nine days prior to the Supreme Court's Friday (June 26) decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, more than a dozen former Southern Baptist Convention presidents representing three decades of leadership at the helm of America's largest non-Catholic denomination, released a statement on biblical marriage, declaring "The Scriptures' teaching on marriage is non negotiable."

Southern Baptists: Word of God speaks to all issues the nation faces

With resolutions touching on nearly every major issue the nation is addressing, Southern Baptists at their 2015 annual meeting made it clear they are up to the task and will stand fast on the Word of God. "We want to speak the truth, but we always want to do it in love and redemption," Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, and chairman of the Committee on Resolutions for the Southern Baptist Convention, told reporters after messengers to the SBC annual meeting June 16 passed resolutions on sexuality, race, marriage, persecution, human rights, pornography, religious freedom, and revival.

Same-sex marriage ruling makes some Baptists happy; others question larger role

At least one church affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship had reason to celebrate after Friday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This news analysis takes a look at the current position of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Southern Baptist Convention towards homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and traces some key developments within those organizations within the past several years regarding these issues. The Southern Baptist Convention, with over 15.5 million members and 45,000 churches, is the denomination from which the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship splintered 25 years ago over issues such as the ordination of women as pastors.

Obama eulogy focuses on God's grace, race relations & gun control

Hours after praising the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, President Barack Obama touched on the themes of God's grace, prejudice, gun control, and history while eulogizing slain Mother Emanuel AME pastor Clementa Pinckney on Friday (June 26).

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OPINION: Postmodernism and the Supreme Court

The Honorable Edward B. Vines, an active member of Shades Crest Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Hoover, Alabama, writes about what a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage might mean to the future of the United States and how Christians may be pressured to affirm such a practice despite their moral objections. "It is no small thing when human beings presume to make themselves moral lawgivers" Judge Vines, asserts.

OPINION: Is Christianity a 'lost cause'?

The new editor of the Louisiana state Baptist newspaper, the Baptist Message, takes a look at the actual numbers reported in the recent Pew report about Christianity in the United States and compares it to what is happening at Southern Baptist Convention affiliated churches.

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Supreme Court revives N.C. 'Choose Life' license plate

In a case that could impact pro-life specialty plates in nearly 30 states, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday revived North Carolina's embattled Choose Life license plate, vacating a circuit court decision that had said the specialty tag could be issued only if the state also allowed a pro-choice alternative.

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