Pentagon debunks media reports of anti-Christian military policies

By Religion News Service, Associated Baptist Press, and BJC staff reports
Widely circulated reports in conservative media outlets that Christian soldiers could be court-martialed for sharing their faith have alarmed some Christians in recent weeks. But the Department of Defense on May 2 sought to debunk that speculation, saying that while aggressive proselytizing is barred, evangelization is still permitted and the rights of all believers — and non-believers — are secure.

From the May 2013 Report from the Capital

15 countries cited for religious freedom violations

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service, with BJC staff reports
For its annual report of violators, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom counts 15 nations where abuse of religious liberty is “systemic, egregious, and ongoing.”

From the May 2013 Report from the Capital

Reaching out to our Muslim neighbors

By J. Brent Walker, BJC Executive Director
A more mature understanding of Islam must be accompanied by a better relationship with Muslims. Here, it seems to me, Baptists are making major strides.

From the May 2013 Report from the Capital

County boards in Md., N.C. challenged over prayer

By Robert Dilday, The Religious Herald
County governing boards in Maryland and North Carolina are under fire for giving preference to Christian prayers in opening official meetings, joining a growing number of others in the region whose official prayer practices have been challenged.

From the May 2013 Report from the Capital