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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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  • Suffering was 'beyond imagination,' Chen tells CNN

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- In one of his first televised interviews since seeking refuge in the United States, former Chinese prisoner Chen Guangcheng told CNN's Anderson Cooper "the brutality was beyond anyone's imagination."

    "I want to correct one thing here," Chen told CNN. "When we talk about my situation in the future, let's not use the word 'house arrest' but instead let's use the term 'illegal detention.' It's hard for me to describe what it was like during that time. But let's just say that my suffering was beyond imagination."

    Chen, a blind self-taught human rights lawyer, was imprisoned for four years for helping to expose the cruelty of China's one-child policy and then was placed under strict surveillance in his home. Chen's investigation uncovered women being forced to have abortions. He escaped in April and now is in New York, where he will study law at New York University.

    Recently, Chen had an opportunity to sit outdoors in freedom for the first time in several years.

    "I haven't been able to feel the nature for a long time," he told CNN. "On that day I had some time to soak in the sun and feel the breeze. I just felt I hadn't been able to do that in so long. I have missed out for too long."

    Chen is scheduled to speak Thursday (May 31) at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York alongside his mentor, New York University law professor Jerome Cohen, whom he met in 2003 when Chen traveled to the United States.

    Bob Fu, president of the Texas-based ChinaAid Association, met with Chen in his New York apartment May 23. The two hugged tightly for a long time and spoke for three hours, ChinaAid said. The aid organization asked for prayer for Chen's family "to overcome new tough challenges after their arrival" in the United States.

    In the CNN interview May 24, Chen declined to speak further about the brutality he and his wife experienced at the hands of authorities in their home village. He realizes people are concerned about him, he said, but he still needs time to gather his thoughts. Read More

  • Shorter affirms new direction as faculty resign

    by Joe Westbury/The Christian Index, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Sherri Brown/Christian Index
    ROME, Ga. (BP) -- Shorter University President Don Dowless is defending the university's renewed commitment to Christian principles amid the departure of at least 36 faculty members, a number of whom have refused to sign Shorter's new lifestyle statement. Read More

  • Gay marriage at issue in Pentagon budget bill

    by Edward Lee Pitts, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- President Obama told the graduating class of U.S. Air Force Academy cadets May 23 that they are starting their service at a time when the burden of national security no longer falls so heavily on the military's shoulders.

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  • Gladly reach nations, Mohler tells grads

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- More than 270 Southern Baptist Theological Seminary students received degrees ranging from certificates to doctorates during commencement exercises on the seminary's lawn. Read More

  • Southern sends out 4th-generation graduate

    by Josh Hayes, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The old maxim "like father, like son" possesses a core truth: Sons tend to resemble their fathers on some detectable level, whether it is their appearance, behavior or vocation. Read More

  • FROM THE STATES: N.C., Ky. evangelism/missions news

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: From the States, published each Tuesday by Baptist Press, relays news and feature stories from state Baptist papers and other publications on initiatives by Baptist churches, associations and state conventions in evangelism, church planting and Great Commission outreach, including partnership missions. Reports about churches, associations and state conventions responding to the International Mission Board's call to embrace the world's 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups also ... Read More

  • BP Ledger, May 29 edition

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 (6 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.

    Today's BP Ledger includes items from:

    Josh McDowell/Just1ClickAway.org

    Campbellsville University

    Exodus International

    Answers in Genesis

    Josh McDowell's "Just 1 Click Away.com" Video, Website and Articles Offer Families Refuge From Growing Threat of Online Pornography

    ... Read More