STATE LEGISLATORS OK POST-VIABLE ABORTION BAN

By Tom Strode
Baptist Press

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved a ban on post-viability abortions, drawing praise from the president of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity.

The House of Representatives voted 69-18 in favor of the Tennessee Infants Protection Act May 3, two days after the Senate passed the legislation in a 27-3 vote. Gov. Bill Haslam, who is considered pro-life, signed the bill into law on May 12. [Read more…]

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PORN DEEMED HEALTH HAZARD IN TENNESSEE

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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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POLYGAMISTS APPEAL TO S. COURT

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scales-of-justice-legalWASHINGTON — Polygamy is knocking at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court.

A polygamous family featured in the reality television show “Sister Wives” asked the justices Sept. 12 to review a lower-court ruling that had reversed a federal judge’s decision in favor of the polygamists. The high court will decide in the months ahead whether to grant review and rule on the case.

Defenders of the biblical and historic view of marriage already were following the case and will continue to do so to see if the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage will extend beyond its incorporation of same-sex relationships. The justices legalized gay marriage in 2015.

Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, pointed out during his Sept. 13 podcast there “isn’t any great groundswell of support” for legalizing polygamy but that could change quickly. [Read more…]

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A SLIPPERY SLOPE GETS SLIPPERIER

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

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When the United States Supreme Court redefined the biblical definition of marriage slightly more than a year ago to allow for homosexual marriage, some Christians thought it couldn’t get any worse.

They were wrong. The slippery slope continues to get more slippery with each passing day. [Read more…]

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A COURT CASE CHRISTIANS NEED TO MONITOR

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

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It’s well documented that courts in the United States (including the highest court in the land) have not been very favorable to Christians and/or Christian-based beliefs when rendering verdicts in recent months.

The best example occurred slightly more than a year ago when the Supreme Court took the biblical definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman and redefined it to satisfy gay activists.

Whereas religious liberty used to be considered a given in our nation, it no longer can be taken for granted. In fact, there are documented cases where religious liberty has been stripped from citizens of this great country.

Just ask the Christian baker who was sued because he refused to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple or the florist who did not want to use her floral talents for a same-sex wedding. [Read more…]

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Churches Can Address Political Issues

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

140923electionBRENTWOOD — To hear the other side tell it, abortion will be illegal in Tennessee if voters approve Amendment 1 of the state ballot on Nov. 4.

There is also a rampant myth that churches can’t legally encourage people to vote for or against public policy issues.

Nothing can be further from the truth.

Such statements are “scare tactics” offered by opponents of Amendment 1 to confuse the issues, say leaders in the state who support efforts to pass Amendment 1 in November.

Abortions are now legal in Tennessee and will continue to be legal the day after the election regardless of the outcome of the vote on Amendment 1, observed Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, based in Nashville. [Read more…]

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