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c. 2003 Religion News Service Conservative Christians Hail Upholding of Anti-Porn Filters WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christian groups hailed the Supreme Court decision Monday (June 23) that upholds a law requiring public libraries to include anti-pornography filters in their computers. In a 6-3 ruling, the justices upheld the Children’s Internet Protection Act. “Libraries should be safe-zones […]

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NEWS STORY: Harvard Divinity Student Accused of Smuggling for Church in Russia

c. 2003 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Andrew Okhotin, a Baptist youth pastor, took the 10-hour flight from New York to Moscow in late March on a quick and joyful mission. He was going to deliver a $48,000 cash gift from American believers to Russian Baptists, visit for a few days with relatives and then […]

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NEWS STORY: Church Conference Urges Lowered Rhetoric, New Negotiation on Korea Crisis

c. 2003 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ As tensions between the Bush administration and North Korea’s Communist regime continue to escalate, church leaders and policy experts called for a lowering of the confrontational rhetoric and stepped-up negotiations to defuse the crisis. “We need to advance a view not of pre-emptive war, but of diplomatic priorities,” […]

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NEWS STORY: Baptists End Annual Meeting Pondering Mission Challenge

c. 2003 Religion News Service PHOENIX _ Southern Baptists closed one of their most slimly attended and least-contentious conventions in decades Wednesday (June 18) after focusing on issues they’ve long cared about _ supporting traditional families, opposing homosexuality and sending missionaries. But messengers, as delegates are called, were also told that because of money woes […]

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NEWS STORY: Baptist Focus on Family Revives Conservatives View of Role of Women

c. 2003 Religion News Service PHOENIX _ As Southern Baptists devoted time to the family, complete with a “stroller seating” section at their annual meeting here June 17-18, some of their leaders used the family focus to reiterate conservative views on traditional roles of wives and husbands. Throughout the convention and in the pastors’ conference […]

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RNS Daily Digest Southern Baptists Link with `Ex-Gay’ Ministries PHOENIX (RNS) A Southern Baptist task force has formalized the denomination’s interest in working with so-called “ex-gay” ministries by launching an initiative called “The Way Out.” Announced Tuesday (June 17) during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the initiative is a joint project of […]

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NEWS STORY: Baptists Adopt Resolution Opposing Gay Partnerships

c. 2003 Religion News Service PHOENIX _ Spurred on by new and proposed laws allowing gay civil unions, Southern Baptists overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Wednesday (June 18) opposing homosexual marriage. “We continue to oppose steadfastly all efforts by any court or state legislature to validate or legalize same-sex marriage or other equivalent unions,” the resolution […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Opera Singer Denyce Graves Sparks `Songs of Soul’ CD Project

c. 2003 Religion News Service (UNDATED) After opera singer Denyce Graves performed in Chicago a couple of years ago, a young fan asked her some questions. Did she grow up in church? Did she sing in the church choir? The mezzo-soprano told him yes, an answer he fully expected. “I can hear the church in […]

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