Louisiana Considers Holy Bible as State Book

Apr 16, 2014 by

Louisiana Considers Holy Bible as State Book

Written by Don Byrd
Over the years writing this blog, I have seen several state and local governments memorialize the Ten Commandments through monuments, posters and other government displays. But a recent effort in Louisiana is a new misguided way to promote Scripture through government: legislators there are pushing to name the Holy Bible as the state’s official book.

Louisiana’s Advocate has more…

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Church-state news digest: April 16, 2014

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Church-state news digest: April 16, 2014

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Church-state news digest: April 15, 2014

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Religious Groups File Brief in Clergy Housing Exemption Appeal

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Religious Groups File Brief in Clergy Housing Exemption Appeal

Written by Don Byrd
Last year, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled unconstitutional the tax exemption for clergy’s housing costs. The parsonage allowance, Judge Barbara Crabb held, favors religion over non-religion in violation of the First Amendment. Her surprising decision is being appealed to the 7th Circuit. Religious organizations and advocates are making their views known to the court.

A brief filed by the Church Alliance makes the central case this way…

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President Obama: Religious Hatred Has No Place in Society

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President Obama: Religious Hatred Has No Place in Society

Written by Don Byrd
At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast today, President Obama discussed the recent tragic shootings at a Jewish Synagogue and Community Center in Kansas City. Here is an excerpt from his remarks…

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Church-state news digest: April 14, 2014

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SBC’s Russell Moore: Southern Baptist View of Religious Liberty Too Narrow

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SBC’s Russell Moore: Southern Baptist View of Religious Liberty Too Narrow

Written by Don Byrd
The Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore, who took over for Richard Land as the head of the Ethics and Liberty Commission, says Southern Baptists have strayed from the historic Baptist principles and have gotten religious liberty wrong the last several years. ABP’s Bob Allen reports on the remarks, made in a recent podcast.

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Church-state news digest: April 11, 2014

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