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The Secret’s Out #2: Churches Mum About LGBTQ Affirmation

By Merianna Harrelson | July 19, 2019

Even churches on the progressive end of the Baptist spectrum, who are open to the LGBTQ community being members, still prefer that their welcoming stance and support of same-sex marriage aren’t too widely broadcast.

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Dimitrina (Didi) Oprenova, minister of Sofia Baptist Church in Bulgaria and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance, is interviewed by EthicsDaily.com executive director Mitch Randall about living out Galatians 3:28.

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Bible Belt Executes More Mentally Retarded Inmates; States Debate Such Judicial Morality

By Jared Porter | July 31, 2001

Bible-Belt states have been more likely to execute mentally retarded defendants than other states, according to data compiled by the publication Mental Retardation and the Death Penalty Information Center. Thirty-two of the 35 mentally retarded defendants given the death penalty between 1984 and 2000 were executed in southern states, statistics show. “The fact that so […]

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Making the Crooked Straight In Moral Debate about Death Penalty

By Robert Parham | July 31, 2001

Two Southern Baptist Convention officials recently made crooked moral arguments to justify the death penalty. They twisted the biblical witness and expressed a shallow view of sin’s power. “The Scripture clearly calls for the death penalty,” said Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on CNN’s “Larry King Live” June 11. “Jesus Christ never […]

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Tennessee Reverses Half of Death Sentences Since 1977

By Jared Porter | July 31, 2001

A special report by the Tennessean found that half of the 151 death sentences of Tennessee defendants since 1977 have been overturned after appeal. The sentences were overturned primarily because of trial errors or incompetent defense attorneys, the article read. “Those figures should be disturbing to anyone,” a lawyer for the Southern Center for Human […]

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Carter Says Guantanamo ‘Disgrace’ to U.S.

By EthicsDaily.com Staff | July 30, 2001

This story updates and replaces an earlier report posted Friday as part of developing coverage of the 2005 Baptist World Congress this week in Birmingham, England. “I think what’s going on in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />GuantanamoBay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.,” he told a news conference at […]

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Senate Stem Cell Hearing Echoes with Scriptural References

By Cliff Vaughn | July 24, 2001

Senators and scientists debated stem cell research last Wednesday with one eye on science and another on scripture. “At many points in our history, religion and science have intersected,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee. “And at every point, we have paused to measure our morality and the ancient lessons […]

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