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While we have come far to welcome and affirm members of the LGBTQ community with public events, other churches are determined to blunt that progress with their own subtle underlying protest to communicate doctrine and dogma. […] Read More

Through the actions of one reprehensible person, our nation has been reminded that evil is alive and well. Understandably, this unconscionable act of killing nine people during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has shaken many people. When senseless violence occurs, it’s natural for us to respond with […] Read More

Santos is a fifth-grader at my school. When he was in second grade, he was in my classroom for the first half of the school year. His parents are migrant workers, so when the spring, summer and fall work on South Carolina farms slows and stops with the winter winds, they take their family to […] Read More

Nikki Haley easily captured the Republican nomination for South Carolina governor on June 22 after facing weeks of personal attacks, including questions about her conversion to Christianity. Several Baptists in the state joined other conservatives in stirring up controversy about the religious faith of Haley, who grew up Sikh but converted as an adult to […] Read More

In South Carolina a U.S. district judge ruled on Nov. 10 that it was illegal for the state to promote Christianity on license plates. At issue was a plan by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer to offer a car tag with the words, “I Believe.” The tag would also feature a large cross and a replica […] Read More

The day Southern Baptist Convention leaders discussed in Nashville, Tenn., how well the nation’s second-largest faith group is handling the problem of clergy sex abuse, a congregation in South Carolina was shocked to learn its pastor was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex on-line from a police officer he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Deputies […] Read More

A movement that wants to disassociate from the federal government and form a sovereign state built on Christian principles is focusing efforts on a South Carolina county the next two years. Christian conservatives have tried for more than 20 years to reform America at the national level and failed, ChristianExodus.org founder Cory Burnell says in […] Read More

A Baptist association in South Carolina averted a public battle over gay marriage when its executive committee reversed an earlier recommendation to remove a church whose pastor created controversy by testifying before legislators opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. According to news reports, Robert Shrum, pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C., […] Read More