Tuesday Briefing: Evangelicals offered models for political engagement at ERLC conference

Lisa Misner Sergent —  August 11, 2015

The_BriefingTHE BRIEFING | More than 600 attendees gathered last week in Nashville to learn about the models of political engagement evangelical Christians could adopt in current American culture.

“The Gospel and Politics,” a national conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission took place Aug. 5.

It is a new day for evangelicals and other religious conservatives in the United States, conference presenters said. The “illusion of a Christian majority is now gone,” said ERLC President Russell Moore.

It is fair to say conservative Christians “have lost the debate basically” about sexuality, said Ross Douthat, columnist for The New York Times. Religious conservatives “have become a sort of cultural or sociological minority whose view of sex is regarded at best as antique and at worst as potentially noxious,” he said. Read the full report at BPnews.net.


Black pastors demand bust of PP founder Margaret Sanger from Smithsonian exhibit

Black pastors are calling on the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice Exhibit” in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian has fallen victim to the propaganda of abortion supporters, according to the group of black pastors who assert that while pro-choice activists praise Sanger as a hero, she was instead a woman who spoke at KKK rallies, advocated for “black eugenics” and wanted to “eliminate black births.”


Target removes gender based signage

Target has become the next corporate power, after Amazon, to rid themselves of all gender designations and labels for children’s toys and bedding. Grant Castleberry writes how the company missed the target.

“As guests have pointed out, in some departments like toys, home or entertainment, suggesting products by gender is unnecessary,” reads a statement from Target. “We heard you, and we agree. Right now, our teams are working across the store to identify areas where we can phase out gender-based signage to help strike a better balance.”


After miscarriage, couple has no regrets about YouTube pregnancy announcement

Posted on Aug. 5, “HUSBAND SHOCKS WIFE WITH PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT!” has received more than 11 million hits on YouTube. The same night they posted the video, Sam said, his wife had a miscarriage at six weeks. The couple announced her miscarriage on Aug. 8 in a video titled, “Our Baby Had a Heartbeat” that has nearly a million views.

“God’s ready to use us in a big way,” Sam said as the video starts. The couple highlights their faith, describing themselves and their children as “a small family of four pointing to a big God and vlogging it all… daily.”


Creditors approve plan to keep Family Christian stores open

Family Christian Stores (FCS) entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year with more than $100 million in debt. After several failed attempts to get court-approval for a quick buyout, FCS submitted a plan to its creditors for their approval. Under the plan, a sister company called FC Acquisition will buy the company for between $52.4 and $57.5 million.

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Lisa is IBSA Director of Communications. A Missouri native, she moved to Illinois 22 years ago and arrived at IBSA a few years later.