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FIRST-PERSON: Jimmy Carter's endangered values
By R. Albert Mohler Jr.
‘Our Endangered Values' is … a political and theological call to arms. … it does serve to illustrate the chasm that now grows ever larger between conservative Christians and those who would offer a more ‘moderate’ understanding of the Christian faith. … [O]ur values are endangered. We just disagree about what those values are and how they are endangered. That's no small disagreement. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Former president Jimmy Carter has written yet another book -- his 20th -- and he has hit the media circuit in order to promote his latest project. "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis" represents the former president's return to familiar themes, even as it will add new layers of confusion concerning his actual beliefs and values.
Jimmy Carter makes one central argument in this new book, and that is that America (indeed civilization itself) is under attack by a sinister force. In effect, he argues that a new specter now haunts civilization -- the specter of Christian fundamentalism.
After tracing a series of crises faced by the United States and the larger world, Mr. Carter places the blame squarely upon conservative Christians: "The most important factor is that fundamentalists have become increasingly influential in both religion and government, and have managed to change the nuances and subtleties of historic debate into black-and-white rigidities and the personal derogation of those who dare to disagree. At the same time, these religious and political conservatives have melded their efforts, bridging the formerly respected separation of church and state." That's quite an argument, but those familiar with Jimmy Carter's mode of public engagement will understand that this is merely the expansion (and repetition) of what the former president has been saying ever since the American people denied him a second term in the Oval Office.
ELECTION 2005: Turnout key in Texas marriage amend. vote
Known as Proposition 2, the amendment would protect the natural definition of marriage from rulings by state courts.
“Last week we spoke to a group of retired teachers, who were a pretty savvy group. Some of them didn’t know there was an election, much less anything about the significance of Proposition 2 being [on the ballot]," state Rep. Warren Chisum, a Republican and the amendment’s author, told the Southern Baptist TEXAN. "I’m afraid at this point we don’t have the word out adequately."
Tornado kills 23 in Indiana; disaster relief units activated
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (BP)--The deadliest tornado to hit Indiana in more than 30 years killed at least 23 people and cut a path 20 miles long in the early morning hours Nov. 6, and the same storm system spawned a tornado that damaged much of downtown Munfordville, Ky., and one that wrought havoc on a Churchill Downs-affiliated racetrack in Henderson, Ky.
New Baylor president has been a Presbyterian elder
WACO, Texas (BP)--Baylor University’s board of regents has selected alumnus John Lilley, president of the University of Nevada, Reno, as Baylor’s next president.
Sandy Creek: Tributary of Baptist life celebrates 250 years
SANDY CREEK, N.C. (BP)--When the bells chimed at 10 a.m. Nov. 6, Sandy Creek Baptist Church near Liberty, N.C, inaugurated its 250th year in ministry.
After the hurricane, they come with prayer & financial aid
HALLANDALE, Fla. (BP)--Shaking her head in disbelief as tears ran down her wrinkled face, Dottie Trull, an 83-year-old resident of north Miami’s working-class suburb of Hallandale hugged the man and woman who gave her and her daughter a small amount of money.
LIFE DIGEST: Alito’s colleagues think he won’t vote to overturn Roe; Carter expresses his distaste for abortion - again
WASHINGTON (BP)--When Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is the subject, nearly everyone wants the answer to one question: What would he do about Roe v. Wade?