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Hobby Lobby to forfeit Bible artifacts, pay $3M fine

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Hobby Lobby Stores will forfeit thousands of improperly acquired ancient biblical artifacts and pay a $3 million fine in a civil settlement the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced July 5. The settlement closed a federal investigation …

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Louisiana sued for pro-life laws

Louisiana Walk for Life

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in Baton Rouge last week targeting Louisiana’s abortion facility licensing law and other health and safety regulations. The group sued on behalf of Hope Medical Group for Women …

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‘Chaplain of Bourbon Street’ dies at 89

Bob Harrington

NEW ORLEANS — Famed New Orleans evangelist Bob Harrington, known by many as “the Chaplain of Bourbon Street,” passed away of kidney failure on July 4 in Stigler, Okla., where he had lived the last seven years with family. He …

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Gay marriage gains favor of younger white evangelicals

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Young white evangelicals — both Millennials and Gen-Xers — born after 1964 are among societal groups increasingly approving of same-sex marriage, according to new Pew Research Center figures. Homosexual marriage is supported by 47 percent of younger white evangelicals today, …

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Reaching the unchurched key to small church growth

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WHEATON, Ill. — Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Christian denominations. “These churches are places of invitation, …

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Arkansas Ten Commandments monument smashed

Ten Commandments monument smashed

LITTLE ROCK — City workers have removed pieces of the newly installed Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds after a Van Buren man apparently smashed it with his car. The 6-foot-tall stone monument was installed Tuesday (June 27) …

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Court upholds North Carolina religious liberty law

Religious liberty

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 27th in favor of a North Carolina religious liberty law protecting county magistrates. The law allows the public officials to recuse themselves from performing marriage ceremonies for or issuing marriage licenses to …

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Americans’ views on sex, religion studied

From cohabitation and same-sex marriage to birth control and bathrooms, Americans can’t seem to agree about what is right and wrong regarding sex. Their views are often rooted in faith, according to a study released June 27. Those disputes can …

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Trump urged to address India’s religious repression

Compassion International

WASHINGTON — United States senators urged President Trump to address India’s deteriorating religious freedom conditions — including its discrimination against foreign humanitarian organizations — when he met with that country’s prime minister Monday, June 26. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and …

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