Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

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  • Cheney says same-sex 'marriage' should be states' issue

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

    DAVENPORT, Iowa (BP)--Distancing himself from President Bush and disappointing social conservatives, Vice President Dick Cheney said Aug. 24 that he personally believes the issue of same-sex "marriage" should be decided by the states. ERLC President Richard Land called Cheney's position "flawed" because it fails to recognize the threat that courts pose. Read More

  • GOP platform panel supports marriage amendment plank

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP)--A Republican platform panel endorsed language supporting a constitutional marriage amendment Aug. 25 and sent it to the full platform committee, which was scheduled to tackle the issue later in the day. Read More

  • New reality TV show promotes virtues of traditional marriage

    by Shannon Baker, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Telling the story

    Jeff Higgins, associate worship pastor at Faith Baptist Church, Glen Burnie, Md., and Jennifer Fuqua, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant stationed at Fort Meade, Md., shared how they met through on the new counter-cultural, celebrity-laden reality show, "An American Wedding," set to air in fall 2004 and early spring 2005. Photo courtesy of BaptistLIFE

    WASHINGTON (BP)--When Jennifer Fuqua and Jeff Higgins said, "I do," they did so in the presence of their family and friends -- and with the help of a camera crew -- before a projected two million families who are expected to watch a new counter-cultural, celebrity-laden reality show called "An American Wedding."

          Targeting networks such as FamilyNet, The Travel Channel, The Total Living Network, Good Life TV and PBS, the program celebrates the beauty and romance of a wedding while presenting the truth in a marriage based on a covenant.

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    Advice during golf

    Footage for "An American Wedding" included a Marriage Boot Camp led by Smalley Marriage Institute therapist Christine Arnzen, who shared principles of teamwork, honor and romance in an experiential counseling session on the golf course. Photo courtesy of BaptistLIFE

    "The popularity of reality and lifestyle programming present us with a unique opportunity to present marriage as an adventure and as a positive way of life. It's about strong community, commitment and bringing the family back," explain executive producers Barbara Lindorme and Maureen Tokeson. "With value based programming, we have the rare opportunity to become a conduit for inspiring our culture."

    Hosted by internationally renowned soap opera actress Hunter Tylo, who has been chosen twice by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, "The D.C. Event" was filmed Aug. 14 at Evermay, a privately-owned Federal-style home in the heart of Georgetown. Read More

  • 3 marathoners for U.S. fueled by their faith

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

    ATHENS (BP)--Dan Browne missed out on a medal in the 10,000 meters in Athens by finishing 12th, but he remains optimistic about the marathon Aug. 29. Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: Schwarzenegger pushes casino gambling

    by Erin Curry, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--With the state's budget still in trouble, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced a deal with a group of Pomo Indians to plant a casino larger than any in Las Vegas or Atlantic City in an economically struggling town near San Francisco. Read More

  • Speaking at SWBTS, Falwell unashamed of Bush endorsement

    by Samuel Smith, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Jerry Falwell refused to back down from his endorsement of President Bush's re-election bid in his first-ever speaking engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 24. He also said that Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization that has attacked Falwell for his support of the president, was targeting conservative churches. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: ‘Reefer Madness’

    by Ted G. Stone & Philip Barber, posted Wednesday, August 25, 2004 (14 years ago)

    DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--Often, we are asked for our opinions about marijuana. At times, these solicitations come from individuals seeking validation for their use of the drug. Unfortunately, there are many in our society who view “pot” as benign. But our own tragic experiences and a mountain of research indicate otherwise. Read More