Evangelicals press Congress on immigration

WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelical activists are pressing Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan — a tricky election-year issue that conservatives' GOP allies have been reluctant to take up. By Chris Lisee.

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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.

Southern Baptists’ Richard Land loses show, keeps job

(RNS) A top Southern Baptist official who was accused of plagiarism while blasting civil rights leaders and President Obama for exploiting the Trayvon Martin case will lose his weekly radio show but can keep his job, a church panel announced Friday (June 1). By David Gibson. 700.

Richard Land accused of lifting Trayvon Martin comments

(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.

Christians join fight against cockfighting

(RNS) Christian leaders are joining with animal rights defenders to advocate against cockfighting, calling the sport antithetical to biblical values. By Chris Herlinger.