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Pew: More Sermons Endorse Clinton

Fewer pastors are politically engaged this election; fewer still are speaking for Trump from the pulpit.

The candidate behind the biggest Republican push to allow pastors to back politicians from the pulpit has received fewer sermon endorsements than his presidential opponent, who favors the current ban.

According to a new Pew Research survey, 1 percent of churchgoers said their ...

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Pro-Life Democrats Struggle with Clinton Challenging Status Quo

Hyde Amendment joins Johnson Amendment in no longer being sacrosanct.

Not much about the 2016 presidential campaign has been business as usual. In addition to nominating two divisive candidates, both parties are challenging major political measures that have long been off the table.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump promises to repeal the Johnson ...

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Trump’s ‘Greatest Contribution to Christianity’: Pastors Preaching Politics

Republican nominee pledges to repeal Johnson Amendment. But pastors debate endorsing politicians from pulpits.
Trump’s ‘Greatest Contribution to Christianity’: Pastors Preaching Politics
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Last night in his speech accepting the Republican party nomination for president, Donald Trump again called for a repeal of Lyndon B. Johnson’s ban on tax-exempt groups endorsing political candidates.

“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community, ...

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Ken Ham's Enormous Ark Park Open for Business

(UPDATE) The boat's big debut comes five months after the park won up to $18 million in tax breaks.
Ken Ham's Enormous Ark Park Open for Business
Ark Encounter

Update: The Ark Encounter, a six-year, $100 million project by Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry, opened its doors today. The 510-foot long, seven-story high boat is built to biblical proportions and sits on 800 acres in Williamstown, Kentucky.

Thousands came for the ...

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Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters Case Back to Lower Courts

(UPDATE) Justices don’t have a final answer for religious organizations that oppose Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters Case Back to Lower Courts
Becket Fund

Update (May 16): The Supreme Court announced today that it would not rule on a case involving Little Sisters of the Poor, the group of Catholic nuns leading the challenge against contraception requirements for religious nonprofits. Instead, justices unanimously decided to send ...

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The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Move over, 'Fun Home.' More people asked American schools and libraries to remove Scripture last year.
The Bible Joins Fifty Shades Among Top 10 Most Challenged Books
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Last year, the American Library Association (ALA) fielded 275 formal challenges to materials in schools and libraries—a record low.

Making the top 10 list of challenges for the first time: the Bible.

The reason: “religious viewpoint.”

But the ideological grounds ...

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More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It

Survey suggests tone matters when advocating for religious liberty.
More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It
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A growing number of Americans believe religious liberty is on the decline and that Christians face growing intolerance in the United States.

They also say American Christians complain too much. In agreement: two out of five evangelicals, both when measured by beliefs and by self-identity. ...

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8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday

Leaders seem to have little influence on voters. Church attendance might have much more.
8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won't) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday
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Why are many self-identified evangelicals selecting Donald Trump as their presidential candidate of choice?

Some, like Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr., have revealed their reasons. But for the overall “evangelical vote,” the only clear trend is that it’s ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

The 50 countries where it's most difficult to be a Christian, 'The Boy from Heaven' retracts his story, Elisabeth Elliot passes through gates of splendor, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2015

What do ISIS, Tullian Tchividjian, YWAM, and Family Christian Stores have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2015.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) Kenji Goto, Christian Journalist, Beheaded By Islamic State

ISIS releases ...

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Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections

Inspired by subpoenaed sermons, conservative Christians overturn HERO.
Goodbye 'Bathroom Bill': Houston Voters Reject New LGBT Protections
Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle / AP

By a 3 to 2 margin, Houston voters rejected an anti-discrimination law yesterday that would extend protections for LGBT residents among other groups.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was branded the “bathroom bill” by opponents who feared accommodation ...

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First Day of Prayer Draws Debate in One of Africa's Christian Nations

President of Zambia seeks solution to economic problems. Christians debate whether motive matters.
First Day of Prayer Draws Debate in One of Africa's Christian Nations
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Home of the “world’s worst currency” and a sputtering economy, Zambia needed a national day of prayer. At least, its new president decided it did. So last Sunday, the southwestern African nation had its first.

"I wish to thank the Almighty God for ...

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66 Missionaries Must Leave UK after Operation Mobilization Loses License

Same visa problem almost led YWAM to lose hundreds of workers last year.
66 Missionaries Must Leave UK after Operation Mobilization Loses License
Alison Ralph / Operation Mobilization

One of the world’s largest missions agencies will lose 66 staff members from its British office after United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) officials stripped away its license to sponsor visas.

Following an inspection by the UKVI office earlier this year, Operation ...

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Physician-Assisted Suicide in California Becomes Legal as Gov. Brown Signs Bill

(UPDATED) Controversial law, inspired by Brittany Maynard, allows physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill.
Physician-Assisted Suicide in California Becomes Legal as Gov. Brown Signs Bill
Church Militant

Update (Oct. 5): California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a controversial physician-assisted suicide bill despite concerns among conservative Christians and disability advocates that the terminally ill elderly, poor, and disabled will feel pressure from their families to ...

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Yes, the US Is Deporting Iraqi Christians. Here's Why.

Would-be asylum seekers admit lying to Homeland Security.
Yes, the US Is Deporting Iraqi Christians. Here's Why.
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A federal immigration judge has ordered 15 Iraqi Chaldean Christians deported for immigration fraud.

The Chaldeans have been held for more than six months in detention by Homeland Security. They were arrested earlier this year for using false documents to enter the United ...

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March for Life Exempt From Birth Control Mandate

Judge accepts secular pro-life group’s moral, not religious, rationale.
March for Life Exempt From Birth Control Mandate
Monica Elizabeth

At least one secular nonprofit has been allowed to opt-out of the Obamacare birth control mandate.

A federal judge on August 31 ruled that the March for Life, a secular organization that stages the annual January Roe v. Wade protest in Washington, is exempt from offering ...

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