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Trump administration protects Christian foster agencies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/23/19, 02:40 pm

In a resounding victory for faith-based child placement agencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday said a South Carolina adoption and foster care agency can continue to work only with families that share its Christian beliefs. A letter from HHS to South Carolina Gov.

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Senate considers dueling budget bills

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/23/19, 11:41 am

WASHINGTON—The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on competing measures to reopen the parts of the federal government affected by the partial shutdown, but neither is likely to win enough support to pass. Senators face a choice between President Donald Trump’s proposal that combines $5.7 billion for a wall at the U.S. southern border with some protections for young illegal immigrants and Democrats’ stopgap measure that provides no money for the wall but funds the government through Feb. 8.

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Persecution mounting

International | A new report finds increasing worldwide oppression of Christians, especially women
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/22/19, 03:20 pm

Authoritarianism, religious nationalism, and spreading Islamic extremism fueled the unprecedented growth of persecution against Christians last year, according to a new report from Open Doors. The organization released its annual World Watch List on Wednesday.

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