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Chitwood Part of Panel Discussing Religious Freedom Act

KBC Executive Director-Treaser Paul Chitwood was among the panel members discussing the implications of the passage of the Religious Freedom Act in March of this year. See news coverage here: WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community The text of the law: Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right […]

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Kentucky House, Senate Vote to Override Veto of HB 279

Tonight, the Kentucky House voted 79-14  and Senate voted 32-6  to override Gov. Steve Beshear’s veto of the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279). The bill is now law. The text of the law: Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated […]

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Steve Weaver: Baptists and Religious Liberty: A Call for Action

Steve Weaver, church historian and pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, recently posted the following on his blog: Baptists have historically defended the principle of religious liberty. Since Baptists have always believed in churches made up only of professing, baptized believers, they have always rejected the idea of a state church union which results […]

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Catholic Conference of Kentucky Makes Strong Arguments in Favor of the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279)

In their March 12 letter to Gov. Steve Beshear urging him to sign the Religious Freedom Bill (HB 279) into law, the leaders of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky put forth several strong arguments in support of the bill. Their first point is that the “strict scrutiny” standard is not new, and has been the […]

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Is the Religious Freedom Bill in Danger of Being Vetoed by Gov. Beshear?

House Bill 279 sailed through both the Kentucky House and Senate this session, but now may be in danger of being vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear. Dr. Paul Chitwood, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, wrote a letter to Gov. Beshear this week urging him to sign the bill and protect religious liberty in […]

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Religious Freedom Act Passes the House, Headed to the Senate

The Religious Freedom Act (HB 279) passed the House this morning and is now headed to the Senate. If it passes the Senate, the act will restore the “compelling interest/least restrictive means” as a legal test the government must pass before restricting religious freedom, bringing Kentucky in line with federal judicial standards. Currently, Kentucky courts […]

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Religious Freedom and Americans of African Descent

This post by Curtis Woods, Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations & Communications, originally appeared at http://www.paulchitwood.com on November 13, 2012. In his classic work, City of God, Augustine reminds readers that even though this world is not our ultimate home, Christians have the responsibility to stand up for truth no matter the cost. Simply […]

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