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Vietnam making progress, but still has a long road to religious freedom

Vietnam's designation as a "country of particular concern" (CPC) was removed a decade ago as the U.S. State Department began to further normalize relations with its former enemy. Since then, Vietnam has become a significant trade partner with the U.S. and an ally over Chinese military expansion. But the country still lags behind in the area of religious freedom.

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Election exposes widening chasm among Southern Baptist evangelicals

In a startling turn around late last month, prominent evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem — once slammed for supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump for president and then dumping him over allegations of sexual impropriety —abruptly announced yet another change of heart weeks before the presidential election. His actions stood in stark contrast to "Never Trumpers" R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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Rabbi: Church should apologize for Luther's anti-Semitism

Associate dean of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, Calif., says he believes next year's anniversary of the birth of Protestantism, the 500th, would be "the perfect time" to publicly renounce the church's history of anti-Semitism and Martin Luther's role in it.

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Presbyterians support black reparations, free education, income guarantees

The PCUSA's Israel/Palestine Mission Network sees a connection between the Palestinians and blacks in America. Group endorses platform of The Movement for Black Lives, which includes abolition of the death penalty, prisons, bail and private schools, as well as a call to pay reparations to blacks for past abuses. It also calls for free education, income, and special rights for blacks who are transgender, gay or "queer."

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Gay man starts social media campaign over church dismissal for unrepentant homosexuality

Jason Thomas, who was removed from the membership of Watermark Community Church a year ago, posted the letter informing him of the elders' decision to remove him from the membership roll. Church claims it met with Thomas repeatedly but he rejected biblical counseling and said he believed Jesus approved of his same-sex relationship. He claims the church is tarnishing the name of God.

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Fla. Gov. Scott thanks faith-based ministries for help in Hurricane Matthew

Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited morning worship at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville Oct. 9 following Hurricane Matthew. He assured congregants he was working with officials to get power restored to all parts of the state as soon as possible. Later, he also took time to recognize two faith-based ministries he said who have stepped up to care for their neighbors in the face of Hurricane Matthew's damaging forces – Florida Baptist Disaster Relief ministries and The Salvation Army.