PORN DEEMED HEALTH HAZARD IN TENNESSEE

Baptist Press      

NASHVILLE — At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

A resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature declaring pornography a public health hazard was awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature April 21. Days earlier, Tennessee became the fourth state to adopt such a resolution, joining Utah, South Dakota, and Arkansas. [Read more…]

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TOP WEBSITE STORIES IN 2016

Baptist and Reflector

170110web-storiesBRENTWOOD — Interest in the Baptist and Reflector website (baptistandreflector.org) gained momentum in 2016.

During the past year the website had 147,536 visitor sessions with 84,450 visitors and 270,605 page views.

“One of the significant things  to  note about the stories listed is that many of them were breaking news stories where we were able to utilize the paper’s online version to quickly get news out to Tennessee Baptists,” said Chris Turner, director of communications for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

“This proved especially important in the case of the Gatlinburg fires where we were reporting news from Gatlinburg in real time.” [Read more…]

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INTERNET CHANGE POSES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY THREAT

Baptist Press

http, www, web, site, computer, screen, InternetNASHVILLE — When the U.S. government relinquishes control of a nonprofit organization that oversees Internet domain names, a California Baptist University software engineering professor says, the potential for religious liberty violations could increase.

Since 1998, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has coordinated and administered Internet domain names, with oversight from the U.S. Department of Commerce. But as of Oct. 1, when the government’s contract expires, ICANN will be governed entirely by an independent board — a move that has been decried by some commentators as dangerous and dismissed by others as innocuous. [Read more…]

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B&R DEFIES IDEA THAT PAPERS ARE DYING

By Chris Turner
Director of Communications, TBC

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The Baptist & Reflector web site, launched in 2015.

I hear the naysayers. They say newspaper is dead. Or, if not dead, is dying, or on life support, or limping to an inglorious death, or breathing its last, or turning blue. Or as one friend would say of newspaper’s current state, “It wouldn’t fog a mirror.”

As someone who loves newspapers and has been associated with newspaper production for the better part of 30 years, I agree, sort of. But not completely. [Read more…]

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SBC NOT BUILDING MOSQUES, LEADERS REPORT

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Parody-not-everything-trueBRENTWOOD – Simply put, neither the Southern Baptist Convention nor the Tennessee Baptist Convention are building mosques.

Yet, the false rumor that Southern Baptists are building mosques is running rampant on social media, particularly Facebook. TBC staff have received multiple inquiries regarding the rumor which is based on an article written for The End Times website, a self-described “news satire and parody site.” The title of the article written by The End Times editor Scott Alan Buss was “Southern Baptist Convention Launches Mosque Building Program to Promote ‘Religious Liberty’ and ‘Niceness.’ ” Attempts to contact Buss were unsuccessful.

“Neither the convention nor any of its entities promotes building houses of worship for any other religious group,” according to Frank Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee in a statement provided to the Baptist and Reflector. [Read more…]

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FOUNDATION DEVELOPS WEBSITE, LOGO

Baptist and Reflector

TBF-FoundationBRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist Foundation, based here, has developed a new website, updated its logo, and published new printed materials, announced Bill Gruenewald, president-treasurer.

The Foundation worked with 5by5 Marketing Agency in Brentwood, which was selected for their expertise in working with faith-based non-profits, said Gruenewald. [Read more…]

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