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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Religious Freedom

Religious liberty as a two-way street – A response to the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

Religious liberty as a two-way street – A response to the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

Religious liberty is a two-way street. This is a point that far too many conservative Christian leaders can't seem to grasp. Rep. Raul Labrador - a Republican who has represented the 1st Congressional District of Idaho since 2011 - recently introduced a bill called the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" to protect individuals and organizations "from discrimination by the federal government" when it comes to viewpoints about same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Baptists

Baptists and Immigration Reform

Baptists and Immigration Reform

Throughout the 1970s, an increasing number of Mexican nationals entered illegally into Texas in search of higher-paying jobs and a better life. This influx of immigrants posed significant challenges, especially to the state’s schools and hospitals. In Fort Worth, public school officials refused to enroll the children of these new immigrants and, in 1977, the Ku Klux Klan announced plans to patrol the Texas border, stoking fears of violence.

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Payday

The problem of predatory lending — Baptists confront a neglected justice issue

The problem of predatory lending — Baptists confront a neglected justice issue

When his wife Linda fell and broke her leg, Elliott panicked. With Linda unable to work, how would they make the next mortgage payment? To save their modest home, Elliott took out a $500 “payday” loan. But that small payday loan proved to be a bad decision, if he even had a real choice. One loan led to another and then another. Elliott was forced to take out additional loans, a loan to pay for the last loan. Two years later, he was trapped, paying the lender $450 every two weeks, never able to touch the principal for all the interest.

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