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Southern Baptist Convention Leader Under Fire for Criticizing Trump

A Southern Baptist Convention leader who criticized members of the Religious Right for supporting Donald Trump for president now faces a backlash from some conservative evangelicals.

Russell Moore, who leads the convention’s policy-making and lobbying arm known as the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), cautioned conservative Chris­tians that Trump’s words and actions relating to women, families, minorities and other issues were inconsistent with their values.

Obama Signs Modified Religious Freedom Law

In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Barack Obama signed the newly-amended Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (IFRA), legislation that now includes protections for atheists, agnostics and other non-religious people worldwide. 

The original version of IFRA has been in place since 1998 and resulted in the establishment of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which monitors multiple countries’ religious-freedom violations against religious minorities.

The Truth Leaks Out: Top Southern Baptist Official Admits Churches Won’t Be Forced To Marry Same-Sex Couples

For years now, Religious Right leaders have been whipping up hysteria by claiming that, should marriage equality become the law of the land, conservative churches will be forced to host same-sex marriage ceremonies.

They Can’t Have It Back: Southern Baptist Leader Seeks To ‘Reclaim’ Church-State Separation

If there were a prize for unmitigated gall, it would be awarded today to Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Moore, speaking during a recent panel discussion at the Evangelical Leadership Summit, an event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., told the crowd that they need to “reclaim” the phrase separation of church and state, a term he admitted that “we long ago tossed overboard.”

Retreating Or Repositioning?: Southern Baptists And The ‘Culture War’

When the Religious Right started to become a prominent force in American politics in the late 1970s, its advocates had a major impact on the country’s largest Protestant denomination: the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

Younger readers may be surprised to read that the SBC, which claims 16 million members, used to be fairly moderate on social issues. It strongly supported the separation of church and state, citing historical Baptist leaders like John Leland and Isaac Backus.

Persecution Complex: Catholic Hierarchy, Religious Right Continue Heated Attack On Birth Control Mandate

A claim that someone is being persecuted by a government is not something to be taken lightly, but that accusation rings hollow when it comes to the Roman Catholic hierarchy and Religious Right’s fight for exemption from the Obama administration’s birth control mandate.

Berry Good: Kentucky Poet Tackles Church, State And Marriage Equality

Wendell Berry is a Kentucky farmer, poet and essayist best known for his advocacy of responsible stewardship of the environment. He has offered compelling critiques of strip mining and other excesses of our over-industrialized, war-mad planet.

Some folks consider Berry a modern-day Henry David Thoreau, but last week he sounded more like an Old Testament prophet railing against injustice. Addressing a Baptist pastors’ conference at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., he took on the issue of marriage equality for gay couples.

Land’s End (Sort Of): Beleaguered Southern Baptist Lobbyist Heads For Retirement

Notorious Southern Baptist lobbyist Richard Land has announced his retirement. I’d break out the champagne, but I fear that this is a mere change of personnel, not policy.

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was once a staunch supporter of church-state separation. But in 1979, fundamentalists orchestrated a takeover that moved the nation’s largest Protestant denomination in exactly the opposite direction.

Amen Averse: Record Number Of Americans Want Less Religion In Politics

It seems that Americans have heard just about enough about religion in political campaigns.  

A new survey released by the Pew Forum On Religion & Public Life found that 38 percent of Americans said politicians have spent too much time expressing their religious faith and praying. That’s up from 2010, when 29 percent of Americans said there was too much religious expression by political leaders.

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