Religious leaders ask HHS to broaden birth control exemption

(RNS) A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid the controversial policy mandating that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. By David Gibson.

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Southern Baptist heavyweight Richard Land in the fight of his life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For the past 24 years, Richard Land has used his folksy charm and fiery rhetoric to become the public face of Southern Baptists. Now his future is in doubt, pending a probe of his remarks about the Trayvon Martin shooting and for alleged plagiarism. By Bob Smietana.

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Southern Baptists to probe Richard Land’s Trayvon Martin remarks

(RNS) Southern Baptist leaders say they will investigate whether their top ethicist and public policy director plagiarized racially charged remarks about the Trayvon Martin case that many have said set back the denomination's efforts on racial reconciliation. By Adelle M. Banks.

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Richard Land accused of lifting Trayvon Martin comments

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(RNS) Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy ethicist, has been accused of plagiarism after he criticized Democrats and civil rights leaders for exploiting the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. By Greg Horton.

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Southern Baptists won’t vote on name change

(RNS) When Southern Baptists gather for their annual meeting this June, they will not be asked to create a new official name after top leaders decided it was not worth pursuing. By Adelle M. Banks.

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