News Headlines

Catch up on our curated list of headlines for today, hand-picked from across the Web by Bruce Gourley.

July 15, 2014

  1. Church of England to Allow Female Bishops (CNN)
  2. Pope Francis: ‘About 2% of Catholic Clergy Pedophiles (BBC)
  3. Tweeting in Church? Sacred, Social Media Worlds Blend (Raleigh News Observer)
  4. Survey: Republicans Confuse ‘Atlas Shrugged’ for the Bible (Salon)
  5. Mesa Charter School Teaches Religion, Group Says (Arizona Central)
  6. The Science-Religion Crisis at Christian Colleges (Huffington Post)
  7. Science Vs. Religion: Beyond the Western Traditions (National Public Radio)
  8. Supreme Court Ruling Gives Atheists a Prayer (Wall Street Journal)
  9. At Zion Baptist, a Pastor is Dismissed (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  10. Campbellsville University, Kentucky Baptist Convention at Odds Over Selection of Trustees (Lexington Herald-Leader)
  11. Kentucky Baptist Convention Leaders, Campbellsville University Trustees
  12. Clash (ABP)
  13. Major Doctors’ Group Endorses Hobby Lobby Override (Huffington Post)
  14. Experts Grapple to Find a Balance Between Optimism and Pessimism in Future of Congregations (Associated Baptist Press)
  15. Richard Land Says Transgenderism ‘Ultimate Rebellion’ (Associated Baptist Press)

July 12, 2014

  1. Urban Poverty, in Black and White (CNN)
  2. ‘We Just Need to be the Church,’ Says Anti-Poverty Activist (ABP)
  3. Southern Baptists Join Other Conservatives in Calling for Repeal of Houston’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance (Biblical Recorder)
  4. SBC Leader Opposes Legislation to Reverse Hobby Lobby Ruling (ABP)
  5. Why Every American Should Worry About the Hobby Lobby Ruling (Univ. of Texas)
  6. Right-Wing Media’s Fan Fiction on Hobby Lobby And the War on Women (Media Matters)
  7. Law Prof: Hobby Lobby a Boon for Lawyers (Review Journal)
  8. The Most Partisan Supreme Court Justice of All (Bill Moyers)
  9. Monks Brew Beer to Keep Abbey Open (CNN)
  10. South African Tapped to Lead Baptist World Alliance (Associated Baptist Press)

July 11, 2014

  1. WV Mom Sparks Backlash for Posing on Twitter with Bible, Gun, and American Flag (New York Daily News)
  2. How America’s Biblical Ignorance Enables the Christian Right (Salon)
  3. Crafty Activists are Trolling Hobby Lobby by Rearranging In-Store Craft Displays to Spell ‘Pro-Choice’ (Washington Post)
  4. The Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods (Daily Beast)
  5. Disaster Relief Groups Challenged by Border Crisis (Associated Baptist Press)
  6. Baptist Church Ordains Transgender Woman (Associated Baptist Press)
  7. Baptists Represented in Presidential Meeting on Child Immigrant Crisis (ABP)
  8. Australia: King James Bible from 1669 is a Holy Book at the Lifeline Book Fair (Daily Telegraph)
  9. Northern Ireland: Catholic-Protestant Feud Flares Anew (USA Today)

July 10, 2014

  1. The Evangelical Crusade Against Immigration (Mashable)
  2. Christian Bookstores are the Next Gay-Marriage Battleground (The Week)
  3. Legal Battle Over North Carolina Town’s Sectarian War Memorial to go to Trial (Americans United)
  4. Historic Cincinnati Church to Become Event Space, Bar (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  5. Vatican Turns to Wall Street to Fix Bank (CNN)
  6. Meet the ‘Evangelical’ Catholics Remaking the GOP (National Catholic Reporter)
  7. Senate Democrats Unveil Bill to Override Hobby Lobby Decision (Washington Post)
  8. Clergy Divided Over Religious Exemption to Discrimination Ban in Upcoming Executive Order (Associated Baptist Press)
  9. Anti-Trafficking Campaigner Recognized with Human Rights Award (ABP)
  10. Disaster Relief Groups Challenged by Border Crisis (Associated Baptist Press)
  11. Iraq: Christians Flee to Safety (Newsweek)
  12. Iraq: Inside an Iraqi Christian Ghost Town (Al Jazeera)

July 9, 2014

  1. Turkey: Baptist Church Leaders From 120 Countries Gather in Izmir for Congress (Hurriyet Daily News)
  2. Poll: GOP ‘Support Wealthy/Business/Not for the People’ But ‘Religious’; Democratic Party For ‘the People’ and ‘Social Justice’ and ‘Cares for the Poor’ (AP-GfK Poll)
  3. A Senator Turns His Bible into a Political Tool (National Public Radio)
  4. Democrats Fast-Track Bill to Override Hobby Lobby Decision (Huffington Post)
  5. Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support of EDNA After Hobby Lobby Decision (Washington Post)
  6. For a Business Built ‘On a Bended Knee,’ Hobby Lobby Ruling is a Boon (National Public Radio)
  7. Hobby Lobby Hobbles Worker Voice (Public Broadcasting Service)
  8. The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment into a Weapon for Corporations (Daily Beast)
  9. Obama’s Evangelical Gravy Train (The Nation)
  10. LDS Church Publishes New Essay on Book of Abraham (Deseret News)
  11. – Alternative View: Ex-Mormon’ Scholar’s Testimony about Book of Abraham
  12. Victims Say Pope’s Apology on Sex Abuse Still Doesn’t Cut It (CNN)
  13. Lawsuit Against Catholic Diocese Questions Confidentiality of Confessional (WAFB)
  14. Hispanic Baptists Seek Ways to Help Border Crisis (Associated Baptist Press)
  15. Publisher to Correct ‘Errors’ in Vines Autobiography (Associated Baptist Press)
  16. Central African Republic: Dozens of Christians Killed by Muslim Fighters (National Turk)
  17. Syria: Christian Militias Lend Muscle to Syrian Regime in Ongoing Battle Against Rebels (Irish Times)
  18. Israel: Eye for an Eye: The Bible’s Role in Revenge Attacks (CNN)
  19. Indonesia: Religion Dark Horse in Election (Al Jazeera)

July 8, 2014

  1. Man Dies After Walking into Dallas Church (NBC DFW)
  2. Billionaire Pastor Farris Wilks and Brother Throw Fortune Behind Getting Bible Back in Schools and Other Conservative Causes (Christian Post)
  3. Many Members of a NY Church, Now Transplanted Southerners, Will Reunite at West Columbia’s Brooklyn Baptist Church Reunion (The State, SC)
  4. Vatican: Pope Begs Forgiveness for ‘Sacrilegious Cult’ of Church Sexual Abuse (Reuters)
  5. Iraq: ISIS is About to Destroy Biblical History (Daily Beast)
  6. With Florida Camp, Passport Returns to its Birthplace (Associated Baptist Press)
  7. Bluefield College Suspends Dental School Project Until Funded is Secured (ABP)
  8. From Minority to Majority: Are Baptists Living Up to Their Heritage? (ABP)
  9. SACS Commission Releases Statement on Brewton-Parker Accreditation Woes (ABP)

July 7, 2014

  1. The New Law of Religion: Hobby Lobby Decision Supersedes First Amendment (Slate)
  2. Where Will the Slippery Slope of ‘Hobby Lobby’ End? (The Nation)
  3. Protestors Picket Madison Hobby Lobby Over Supreme Court Ruling (Madison Cap Times)
  4. Tulsa Protestors Rally Against Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court Decision (NewsOn6)
  5. ‘A Craft Store is Not a Church,’ Protesters Demonstrate at Hobby Lobby in Mobile (
  6. Hobby Lobby Ruling Crafts Protest (
  7. Obama Weighs Steps to Cover Contraception (New York Times)
  8. Brazil: Child Healers Earn Big Bucks in Booming Business of Evangelical Christianity (ABC News)
  9. China: Christians Fear New Persecution After Latest Wave of Church Demolitions (Guardian)

July 5, 2014

  1. Supreme Court Ruling Legalizes Religious Discrimination (Associated Baptist Press)
  2. Hobby Lobby Angers Some Christians With ‘Hypocrisy’ (Guardian Liberty Voice)
  3. Critics of Hobby Lobby Ruling Call for RFRA Appeal (Baptist Standard)
  4. Christian Conservatives are Trying to Use Hobby Lobby to Discriminate Against Gays (Politics USA)
  5. Supreme Court Sides With Christian College in Birth Control Case (Washington Post)
  6. High Court Blocks Contraception Mandate for Wheaton College (Politico)
  7. Women on Supreme Court Blast Wheaton College Ruling (Chicago Daily Herald)
  8. Judge Approves Settlement in Baptist Children’s Home Case (Religion News Service)

July 3, 2014

  1. Cultural Shifts and Brain Scans: Is Searching for Spirituality the New American Dream? (CNN)
  2. 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act, Archiving the Story of the Courageous Four (Washington Post)
  3. Hobby Lobby Does Invest in Birth Control (CNN)
  4. Hobby Lobby Still Covers Vasectomies and Viagra (Huffington Post)
  5. In the Hobby Lobby Decision, What About the Beliefs of Employees? (Fox News)
  6. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling a Free Pass to Discriminate (
  7. Longest-Serving CBF Staff Member Retires (Associated Baptist Press)
  8. Did Birmingham Baptist Association Director Cover up Sex Abuse of Boys by Youth Pastor? Victim Says Yes (Birmingham News)