FEBRUARY 11, 2017 News Journal of North Carolina Baptists VOLUME 183 NO. 3 BRnow.org
Pro-life events draw evangelicals to D.C.
N.C. Baptists celebrate record year in missions giving, expaND discipleship strategy
eligious liberty and pro-life advo- cates warmly welcomed President Trump's nomination of Neil Gor- such to the U.S. Supreme Court as the Senate prepares for what is expected to be a hard-fought confirmation battle. Trump announced his selection of Gorsuch, 49, a federal appeals court judge, during prime-time television Jan. 31 to fill the seat created by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last February. In Gorsuch, Trump nominated a judge who - like Scalia - has a philosophy and record of interpreting the Constitution and laws based on its original meaning and their text, respectively. A judge for the last 10 years on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Gorsuch agreed with others on the court that the Obama administration's abor- tion/contraception mandate violated the free exercise of religion rights of Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor among other religious groups. Although he apparently has not ruled on abortion rights, Gorsuch wrote a 2006 book "The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia" before becom- ing a judge, arguing against legalization of the end-of-life practices. Based on his judicial philosophy, however, Gorsuch has pledged to apply the law rather than his beliefs. Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore called Gorsuch "an exceptional choice."
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By SETH BROWN BR Content Editor
our hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to temporarily close the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, five Christian leaders took the stage Jan. 27 at the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss how church- es and individuals can respond to the complex issues surrounding refugee and immigrant ministry. "The 81 percent of evangelicals that elected Donald Trump now carry the moral and biblical responsibility to advocate for the 'least of these,'" said Samuel Ro- driguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who read from the Sermon on the Mount at Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony.
Panelists address Trump's immigration policies
The president's order shuttered the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, suspended immigra- tion from seven Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - for 90 days and blocked immigration from Syria indefinitely. The order also decreased the potential number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in 2017 by more than half, from the previously declared 110,000 to 50,000. Trump's executive order is meant to allow federal agencies time to review immigration and refugee ad- mission policies and procedures. It requires periodic reports and recommendations for additional security measures. Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at
Panelists discuss immigration and refugee ministry at the 2017 Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, D.C. (Rocket Repub- lic photo by Josh Shank)
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