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Baptists help persecuted Christians rebuild lives
ORISSA, India (BP)--Christians in the Kandhamal district of India's Orissa state will not soon forget the atrocities of August 2008 when angry Hindu mobs made a bloodbath of their people and destroyed their homes, but today, thanks to Southern Baptist giving, these Christians are looking toward their future with hope.Hindu extremists blamed Christians for the assassination of a Hindu leader on Aug. 23, 2008, in Orissa. Although Maoist rebels, an extreme Marxist political group, claimed responsibility for the assassination, Hindu extremists killed about 70 Christians and destroyed 4,640 houses, 252 churches and 13 educational institutions, according to news stories published by Baptist Press, Compass Direct News and local sources.
Christians fled from their villages, seeking refuge first in the jungle and then in displaced-person camps that the government opened for them. For a long time, Christians would not return to their homes because they feared further backlash from Hindu extremists.
"Some of the Kandhamal victims of the religious violence have enough courage that they are returning home," Southern Baptist humanitarian worker Cole Elbridge* said. "But their ravaged homes cannot be lived in ... Read More
Orissa's Christians recount 2008 suffering
ORISSA, India (BP)--Persecution against Christians in India's Orissa state has a long history, but it escalated in August 2008 when Hindu extremists blamed Christians for the murder of a Hindu leader. Read More
Child pornography trafficked on Facebook
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Facebook houses a subculture dedicated to trafficking child pornography and interacting with potential victims, according to an investigative report by FoxNews.com. Read More
Study: Teens able to get M-rated games
WASHINGTON (BP)--Days before the U.S. Supreme Court will examine a law related to violent video games, a new study shows that nearly one in five unaccompanied teens is able to purchase mature-rated video games, even though self-imposed store rules require parental consent. Read More
Ark. Baptist budget holds steady
JONESBORO, Ark. (BP)--Messengers to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention approved a 2011 Cooperative Program (CP) budget of nearly $21.5 million during their 157th annual meeting, Oct. 26-27 at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
The 2011 CP budget of $21,496,500 was the same amount as the 2010 budget due to the level CP receipts during the past year.
Bob Hall, pastor of First Baptist Church in Beebe who was completing his second term as ABSC Executive Board president, noted it was a... Read More
White House criticized for 'politicizing' faith-based office
WASHINGTON (BP)--The Obama administration has come under criticism for using its faith-based office to push the president's political agenda.
"The government -- and especially those who lead the faith-based initiative -- ought to do everything they can to avoid the appearance and reality of politicizing the initiative," said Stanley Carlson-Thies, a former staff member with President Bush's faith-based office.
A conference call hosted by President Obama and Josh DuBois, director of the... Read More
Obama: I could evolve on 'gay marriage'
WASHINGTON (BP)--President Obama told a group of liberal bloggers Oct. 27 that he struggles with the issue of "gay marriage" and suggested his stance could "evolve," and he added that the "trendlines" are on the side of marriage redefinition.
Ever since he announced his candidacy for president, Obama has frustrated both sides of the issue, opposing "gay marriage" but also opposing every effort to keep it from being legalized. For instance, he opposed California Proposition 8 and he wants to... Read More
'Silent Solidarity' reports lives saved
WASHINGTON (BP)--Thirty-four unborn children reportedly were saved from abortion through this year's Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity.
Students on more than 3,800 campuses in 29 countries participated in the annual pro-life event Oct. 19, said Bryan Kemper, president of Stand True Ministries, the sponsoring organization.
The event, held for the seventh consecutive year, gives young people the opportunity to identify with the victims of abortion by fulfilling a vow of silence for a da... Read More