Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

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  • Mystery surrounds suspects in killing of Tajik pastor

    by Igor Rotar, posted Tuesday, June 01, 2004 (14 years ago)

    ISFARA, Tajikistan (BP)--Despite intense media speculation, mystery surrounds a group of men arrested in April in northern Tajikistan and charged with various crimes, including the murder of local Baptist pastor and missionary Sergei Besarab last January. Read More

  • 'Gay Day' at Dollywood brings 'red shirts' to Smoky Mtns.

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, June 01, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Tracy Poarch (left) and his partner Keith Inman shopped for souvenirs at Dollywood while participating in "Gay Day 2004." Photo by Stanley Leary

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (BP)--Add Dollywood to the theme parks across the country where annual "Gay Days" are being held.

          The theme park owned by country singer Dolly Parton in the Smoky Mountains was advertised as the site of "Gay Day at Dollywood" earlier this year. But the May 22 gathering's name was changed to "Gay Day 2004" when Dollywood officials asked the sponsor, Tri-Cities Pride, to stop using the Dollywood name and remove the trademarked logo from a website promoting the event. A Dollywood spokesman said the park was not trying to stop anyone from attending but was trying to prevent trademark violations. Read More

  • Texas convention to escrow Houston Baptist Univ. funds

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, June 01, 2004 (14 years ago)

    HOUSTON (BP)--Houston Baptist University officials entered the Memorial Day weekend not having received notice from Baptist General Convention of Texas officials about its executive board’s action May 25 to escrow nearly $500,000 in funding because of the university’s relationship with the conservative Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Read More

  • Writer, missions advocate Marti Hefley, dies at 70

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Tuesday, June 01, 2004 (14 years ago)

    HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP)--Known for her lively storytelling, author Marti Lou Smedley Hefley, 70, died May 30 at her home in Hannibal, Mo., after a lengthy illness. Hefley was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Hefley Jr., a key chronicler of the conservative resurgence in the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention, who died March 20. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Pluralism personified

    by Samuel Smith, posted Tuesday, June 01, 2004 (14 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Adam Yahiye Gadahn -- one of seven individuals named in late May as a suspected al Qaeda terrorist -- is the latest poster child for the insidious effects of empty-headed religious pluralism. The 25-year-old’s journey from California teenager to FBI fugitive highlights, once again, the enormous impact parents have on their children. Read More