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  • Born-alive bill blocked in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 05, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort in the U.S. Senate to require health care for a child born alive during an abortion fell victim to a Democratic member's objection Monday evening (Feb. 4).

    Sen. Patty Murray of Washington blocked approval of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) when the proposal's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, asked the Senate for unanimous consent in support of the measure. Defeat of a unanimous consent agreement requires an objection from only one senator.

    Though Murray was the only Democrat to object, many others in a party dedicated to abortion rights likely would have been willing to do so. Read More

  • ERLC names largest Leadership Council

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 05, 2019 (15 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 2019 Leadership Council of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is its largest to date.

    The ERLC -- which announced Feb. 1 its latest yearly council that consists of 120 members -- provides training to help participants and their churches apply the Gospel of Jesus to all areas of life. The council consists of a diverse group of Southern Baptist pastors, ministry leaders and other church members.

    Russell Moore said one of his "greatest joys" as ERLC president "is gathering with this group of leaders throughout the year." Read More

  • ERLC's 2019 agenda includes life, religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, January 28, 2019 (23 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will continue to advocate for the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, the family and justice in its work during 2019 in Washington, D.C.

    The ERLC released its annual Legislative Agenda Jan. 16 with the recognition a divided Congress will make its efforts more difficult in at least some policy areas. The Republicans ... Read More

  • Gettys at EFL: Church needs right songs

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 25, 2019 (26 days ago)

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    VIENNA, Va. (BP) -- Singing the right kind of songs can help churches and families flourish in a culture that clashes with the biblical view on such issues as the sanctity of human life, say modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty.

    The Gettys -- whose credits as writers or co-writers include "In Christ Alone" and "The Power of the Cross" -- spoke Jan. 17 about congregational singing as well as the pro-life cause in their native Northern Ireland during the fourth annual Evangelicals for Life conference. The event, sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), was held Jan. 16-17 at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. Read More

  • Waggoner at EFL: Pro-lifers can be optimistic

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 (27 days ago)

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    VIENNA, Va. (BP) -- Pro-life Americans have cause to be encouraged because of God's nature and developments in state legislatures, federal courts and the culture, said leading life and liberty lawyer Kristen Waggoner.

    Waggoner offered her assessment of the pro-life cause Jan. 17 during the fourth annual Evangelicals for Life conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The two-day conference was held Jan. 16-17 at McLean ... Read More

  • Moore at EFL: Dignity, Gospel needed

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (one month ago)

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    VIENNA, Va. (BP)-- Human dignity and Gospel mission should characterize the Christian voice at a time when people are treated like machines, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said at Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 17).

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, opened the second day of the annual conference sponsored by the ERLC. The two-day event at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., continued with a full day of addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions on such topics as abortion, adoption, disability, racial unity, immigration, Christian persecution and criminal justice reform.

    Many EFL attendees planned to participate in the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 18) on the National Mall. Read More

  • Protestants remain majority group in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Self-identified Protestant Christians -- including more than 30 Southern Baptists -- continue to make up by far the largest religious group in Congress.

    Protestants total 293 members, or 55 percent, of the 116th Congress, according to a study published Jan. 3 by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The analysis of data on members of the Senate and House of Representatives showed a decline of six Protestants from the previous Congress.

    The largest Protestant category is "unspecified/other," which consists of 80 members who identify themselves by such descriptions as Christian, evangelical or Protestant without citing a denomination. The general category of Baptists is the next largest with 72 members, the same as in the 2017-18 session. Read More

  • 'First Step' criminal justice reform becomes law

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The launch of criminal justice reform backed by both conservatives and liberals has become a reality in federal law.

    The First Step Act to promote the rehabilitation and societal re-entry of prisoners while maintaining public safety was signed by President Trump on Friday (Dec. 21). The measure provides training for inmates and reforms some sentencing requirements, including certain drug offenses.

    Trump's action followed the House of Representatives' passage of the bill Thursday (Dec. 20) ... Read More

  • Repeal of tax on churches appears to fail in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday (Dec. 20) to reverse a year-old law that calls for churches to file tax returns for the first time in American history, but it appears unlikely the effort will go any further in this Congress.

    The House voted 220-183 in a nearly party-line vote for a bill that included repeal of a 2017 tax cut's provision -– Section 512(a)(7) -- that required houses of worship and nonprofit organizations to pay a 21 percent tax on such employee benefits as parking and transportation. Only Republicans voted in favor of the proposal, and all but three of those opposing the legislation were Democrats. Read More

  • ERLC focuses on human dignity, family in 2018

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Human dignity and the family occupied much of the Gospel focus of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during 2018.

    The ERLC co-hosted a racial reconciliation conference attended by about 4,000 people on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., again co-sponsored Evangelicals for Life (EFL), and addressed the Gospel and the family in its annual national conference. The entity with offices in Nashville and Washington, D.C., also continued its advocacy for religious freedom domestically and internationally. Read More