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The Baptist Center for Ethics’ board of directors is pleased to announce R. Mitch Randall as BCE’s new executive director. Randall will begin his tenure Jan. 1, 2018, becoming only the second executive director in the organization’s 26-year history. He follows the tenure of BCE’s founder, Robert Parham, who died in March 2017. After a […] Read More

The European refugee situation is settling down. There are no more masses arriving, many procedures are in place, and quarrels over the quota are given to the European Court of Justice to solve. Is the crisis over? This was one of the questions asked at the annual meeting of the European Council on Refugees and […] Read More

U.S. support for stricter regulations on firearm sales now stands at 60 percent (a 5-point increase from 2016), according to Gallup survey data released on Oct. 16. This matches the support level from 2004 and continues a rising trend that began in 2014. Those affirming the need for stricter laws on firearm sales saw an […] Read More

A majority (56 percent) of U.S. adults do not think belief in God is necessary for morality, according to a Pew Research Center study released Oct. 16. This is an increase of 7 percentage points since 2011. Over the same time, those who think belief in God is necessary for good values and moral behavior […] Read More

A majority (60 percent) of U.S. adults want the government to create a legal avenue for Dreamers (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children) to remain in the country, according to a recent survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By comparison, 22 percent oppose a legal means for Dreamers to […] Read More

“How much do you know about your favorite cotton T-shirt’s journey to your closet?” This question opened the Department of Labor’s annual “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” report released last week, emphasizing the importance of monitoring supply chains to ensure that consumers do not unknowingly support worker exploitation and child labor through […] Read More

A strong majority of U.S. adults (72 percent) affirmed that climate change is taking place, with 61 percent saying the U.S. government should be working to address climate change. These are two findings from a recent poll conducted by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […] Read More

Baptist leaders praised the final version of a rule, released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Oct. 5, that seeks to end “debt traps” within the payday loan industry. Stephen K. Reeves, associate coordinator of partnerships and advocacy at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, called it “a momentous step forward in the fight to […] Read More

Forty-three nations have an official state religion and 40 nations give preference or favoritism to a religious tradition, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of 199 nations released on Oct. 3. Of the remaining 116 nations included in the assessment, 106 (53 percent) have no official or preferred religious tradition and 10 (5 percent) […] Read More

There were 1,196 human trafficking offenses in the U.S. reported to law enforcement in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual “Crime in the U.S.” report released on Sept. 25. The majority (1,007) of reported trafficking incidents involved commercial sex acts, with the remaining 189 cases related to involuntary servitude. The trafficking data in the annual […] Read More