R&P – Religious Conservatives Won the Legal Battle Over COVID-19, But Not the War

„To understand how COVID-19 has created both a boon and a problem for religious conservatives, it is important to understand a few things about the legal landscape leading up to the year 2020. As I have explained elsewhere, the past few decades have been a time of instability where the Constitution’s religion clauses are concerned, particularly the clause safeguarding the free exercise of religion. This instability has sown confusion about what specific kinds of actions are, and are not, protected by the free exercise clause. Does the free exercise clause protect the use of an illegal drug if done so within a religious context? Does it protect a business owner’s refusal to serve people of a particular sexual orientation or gender identity? Does it protect an individual’s decision to forego a publicly beneficial vaccine?”

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John D. Wilsey: At Its Best, American Patriotism Is Blessed with Two-Dimensional Vision. A healthy love of country looks backward and forward, recognizes triumphs and failures, and flows from the head and the heart alike.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/july-web-only/reclaiming-patriotism-steven-smith-america-nationalism.html

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CT – How to Have Patriotism Without Nationalism

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/july-august/how-to-have-patriotism-without-nationalism.html

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The Conversation – White Gen X and millennial evangelicals are losing faith in the conservative culture wars

http://theconversation.com/white-gen-x-and-millennial-evangelicals-are-losing-faith-in-the-conservative-culture-wars-162407

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CP – SBC becomes first US denomination to condemn China’s genocide of Uyghurs

http://www.christianpost.com/news/sbc-passes-resolution-condemning-chinas-genocide-of-uyghurs.html

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R&P – The Tragedy of Russell Moore

„Moore, previously the doctrinal defender of the SBC, has become a Baptist apostate, leaving not only his powerful perch but the denomination itself. While there is a temptation to preach an extended sermon about the biblical admonition that one will reap what they sow, no one deserves the self-described “psychological terror” Moore endured in recent years. Moreover, his moral consistency in opposition to Bill Clinton and Donald Trump remains a shining exception in a world of partisan hypocrisy. His advocacy for religious liberty for Muslims, for racial justice, for immigration reform that welcomes the stranger, and for victims of sexual abuse are all worthy of praise.”

The Tragedy of Russell Moore

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CP – ‘My job is to represent Jesus Christ’: 6 things to know about SBC President Ed Litton

http://www.christianpost.com/news/6-things-to-know-about-sbc-president-ed-litton.html

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RNS – Southern Baptist Convention resolutions reflect passion on issues of race, abortion

Southern Baptist Convention resolutions reflect passion on issues of race, abortion

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Patheos – Northern Baptists (Not Just the Southern Baptist Convention) Define American Evangelicalism

Northern Baptists (Not Just the Southern Baptist Convention) Define American Evangelicalism

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CT – Southern Baptists Elect Ed Litton as New President

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/june/southern-baptist-president-sbc-ed-litton-alabama-nashville.html

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