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  • 2020 Legislative Agenda

    The second session of the 116th Congress is now underway, and the ERLC is active with the work of speaking from our Southern Baptist churches into the legislative process. Over the next year the ERLC will continue to work to make progress on core areas of our agenda, such as pro-life and religious liberty legislation. The ERLC will Continue…

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  • Faith and Healthy Democracy

    In June 2017 a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican Congressman, nearly killing one. Just over a year later, several pipe bombs were mailed to prominent Democratic officials, including former President Barack Obama. In recent years Americans have attacked and killed fellow Americans at synagogues in Pittsburgh and Poway, a gay nightclub in Continue…

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  • ERLC Supports Freedom of Religion in DPRK

    Executive Summary The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting human flourishing and justice around the world with a focus on freedom of religion. The ERLC is the public policy entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the United States’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.2 million members and over 46,000 churches. The ERLC Continue…

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  • Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith Supreme Court cert denied 2/19/19

    In February, the Supreme Court declined to review the petition for writ of certiorari in Whole Woman’s Health v. The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Supreme Court’s denial of review means the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith remains intact. The Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s decision and affirmed the Texas Conference of Catholic Continue…

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  • 2019 Legislative Agenda

    The first session of the 116th Congress is underway. The midterm elections in 2018 resulted in the Democratic Party taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. The 116th Congress commenced in the middle of a partial government shutdown, perhaps serving as an indication of the kind of gridlock and Continue…

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  • ERLC & RFI on the Hudud Law in Malaysia

    The history of Malaysia has long reflected a rich harmony of both religious and ethnic pluralism by upholding religious freedom as a fundamental human right. However, proposed legislation in Malaysia, known as the Hudud law, jeopardizes the religious liberties afforded to its citizens. In a joint letter submitted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Continue…

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  • ERLC & SCI on Forced Religious Conversions in Malaysia

    In a report addressed to the 2018 Universal Periodic Review, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the St. Charles Institute (SCI) document concerns of human rights violations regarding religious freedom in Malaysia. These violations are derived from Malaysians being prohibited or punished for changing their religion. While many Malaysians have never practiced Islam nor Continue…

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  • Religious Freedom and Liberty Partnership in Malaysia

    In a report conducted by the Religious Freedom and Liberty Partnership (RFL), a non-governmental organization in Kuala Lumpur promoting religious liberty for all Malaysians, numerous concerns are raised about the erosion of this freedom in Malaysia. While religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Malaysian Constitution, it is in jeopardy as the country Continue…

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  • 2018 ERLC Legislative Agenda

    In Washington, we are in the second session of the 115th Congress. This is an election year, which means the window for legislative activity is shorter than usual and tensions will heighten when voting on difficult issues. While 2017 was a year of many surprises and political uncertainty, we remained focused on our priorities and Continue…

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  • 2017 ERLC Legislative and Policy Agenda

    In Washington, the new year brings a new Congress, a new Administration, a new balance of power, and carries with it new opportunities to pursue legislation that will serve Southern Baptists and the common good. We are excited to release today the ERLC’s 2017 Legislative and Policy Agenda. The document lays out our priority legislative and Continue…

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