Baptist Press Archive

Monday, November 07, 2005

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Jimmy Carter's endangered values

    by R. Albert Mohler Jr., posted Monday, November 07, 2005 (13 years ago)

    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.

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  • ELECTION 2005: Turnout key in Texas marriage amend. vote

    by Staff, posted Monday, November 07, 2005 (13 years ago)

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    God's plan
    Supporters of a marriage amendment in Texas have launched an advertising campaign, quoting Genesis 2:24 as God's plan for marriage. Texans go to the polls Tuesday to vote on the amendment, known as Proposition 2. Conservative leaders say turnout could be the difference. Photo courtesy of Texans for Marriage.

    AUSTIN, Texas (BP)--Less than 24 hours before Election Day, supporters of a state constitutional marriage amendment in Texas are not assuming victory.

        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."

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  • Tornado kills 23 in Indiana; disaster relief units activated

    by Staff, posted Monday, November 07, 2005 (13 years ago)

    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.

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  • After the hurricane, they come with prayer & financial aid

    by Eva Wolever, posted Monday, November 07, 2005 (13 years ago)

    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.

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