BP Ledger: Jan. 24 edition

EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each Monday from various Southern Baptist-related entities. The items are published as received.

Today's BP Ledger includes items from:

World Congress of Families

East Texas Baptist University/Louisiana College

World Congress of Families Releases '10 Best and Worst Developments for the Family in 2010'

In the January issue of its newsletter, World Congress of Families News, the international family-values group published its list of "The 10 Best and Worst Developments for The Family in 2010."

The 10 Best Developments are:

1. The U.S. elects a pro-family House of Representatives

2. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev begins discussion of his nation's demographic crisis

3. California voters reject marijuana legalization

4. Canadians refuse to legalize euthanasia

5. Spain holds huge pro-life rallies challenging expansion of abortion

6. U.K. plans to block children's access to Internet porn

7. Developing nation reject E.U. "sexual orientation" mandate

8. Regarding abortion, Europe preserves right of conscience for medical professionals

9. Hungary's new government considers pro-life/pro-marriage constitution and

10. U.N. members reject special rapporteur's recommendations on sexuality education.

Here are The 10 Worst Developments for the Family:

1. Ontario court tries to legalize prostitution in Canada

2. Mexico City institutes same-sex marriage

3. New Kenyan Constitution undermines right to life

4. Ted Turner calls for worldwide one-child policy

5. Hollywood is sexualizing teen girls

6. In U.S., high levels of out-of-wedlock birth among less educated

7. Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

8. Planned Parenthood says abortion and contraception are economic stimulus

9. Growing anti-Christian bigotry in Europe and

10. EU tries for stealth recognition of same-sex marriage.

Go to www.worldcongress.org/wcfnl/wcfnl.cur.pdf, page 3, for the list and explanations of why these particular developments or trends were chosen.

WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs observed: "Anyone can draw up a list of 10 best or worse trends. Ours is validated by the Congress's experience and expertise. We've been dealing with family issues internationally for the past 14 years. Last year, World Congress of Families was directly involved in fighting same-sex marriage in Mexico City, legalization of marijuana in California and Kenya's pro-abortion Constitution."

World Congress of Families V was held in Amsterdam in 2009. Pro-Family groups in Spain, India and Australia have submitted bids for World Congress of Families VI in 2012 or WCF VII (in 2013).

For more information about the Congress, go to www.worldcongress.org.

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois (www.profam.org). To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families -- Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, Netherlands (2009). For more information, visit our website: www.worldcongress.org.

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ETBU players pay tribute to late LC coach

PINEVILLE, La. (BPSports)--Players from the East Texas Baptist University women's basketball team honored the memory of their opponents' late coach prior to a Jan. 13 game.

The Tigers presented each member of the Louisiana College team with a gray T-shirt with the word "Remember" on the front, in blue letters with an orange outline, the school colors of LC.

On the back was the number 42, the jersey number worn by Janice Joseph-Richard, the Lady Cats' coach who passed away Dec. 1 after a long battle with breast cancer.

It was the first meeting between the two teams since Richard's death.

"We found out about (Richard's passing) on the road and wanted to do something," ETBU coach Lane Lloyd said. "Janice had an amazing personality and had a huge impact on our girls. We talk to these kids about living a life of significance. We thought this was a way to do so in respect to Coach Richard."

It was a gesture much appreciated by the LC women's basketball family.

"It was very special to our girls," LC coach Jason Tinsley said. "We appreciated the thought of another school doing something like that."

The game itself was all Louisiana College, as the Lady Cats rolled to a 91-65 win.


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