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Friday, December 07, 2007

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  • Congress drops hate crimes from military legislation

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    "This is a big win for the cause of religious freedom and freedom of speech." -- Richard Land
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Congress will not vote to expand hate crimes protections to homosexuals and transgendered individuals as part of a military authorization bill for next year, it was announced Dec. 6.

          Supporters of the controversial legislation in the House of Representatives were so short of a majority if the Department of Defense authorization bill reached the floor with the hate crimes language included that they chose not to even have a vote. House leaders estimated the bill would have been about 40 votes short of passage, Congressional Quarterly reported.

          The House had approved the hate crimes expansion in May as a stand-alone bill, and the Senate had passed it in September as part of the Defense measure. A conference committee of senators and representatives worked on a version to report to both chambers for passage, but Senate conferees chose to drop the hate crimes language when it became clear the House would not approve it.

          The White House had indicated President Bush would veto the hate crimes expansion, even if it were part of the Defense legislation.

          Current hate crimes law protects traits such as race, religion and national origin, but the bill's opponents say the new legislation is unnecessary and would grant protection based on lifestyle. They also warn it would move federal law toward punishing thoughts and beliefs, since the motivation of a person charged with a hate crime would have to be evaluated. In addition, some critics warn it could lead to suppression of speech that describes homosexual behavior as sinful. Supporters of the bill, however, contend it would only cover violent criminal conduct. Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: Hotels ban Gideon Bibles; some Christian groups oppose 'cable choice'

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Each Bible placed in a hotel room has the potential to reach up to 2,300 people in its estimated six-year life span, and about 25 percent of travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms, according to The Gideons International, a group that has been placing Bibles in hotel rooms since 1908. Read More

  • Is Mormonism Christian? (part 3)

    by Mike Licona, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    "Mormonism is a theological cult, since the Mormon church holds doctrines that differ fundamentally from Christian orthodoxy."

    -- Mike Licona

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In the past two days we have taken a look at the basic history and beliefs of the Mormon church as well as the nightmarish problems it faces when the claims of its prophet Joseph Smith are checked against the facts. Read More

  • N.O. emergency homeless shelter opening

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Where will you sleep tonight? About 12,000 people in greater New Orleans don't have a definite answer to that question. Read More

  • Paul Pressler endorses Thompson

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Paul Pressler, who played an instrumental role in the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence, endorsed Fred Thompson for president Dec. 7.

    The former Texas Court of Appeals judge said he believes Thompson is a true conservative and can win.

    "Fred Thompson has the experience, convictions and dedication to make him a great candidate and a great president," Pressler said in a statement released by the Thompson campaign. "He knows Washington but is not... Read More

  • Violin-flute artists on faith adventure

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. (BP)--Bruce and Lisa Wethey had never done a Christmas CD.

    As the violin-and-flute Bruce & Lisa duo, they often fielded the question, "Do you have a Christmas album?" after their concerts during the holiday season.

    "We had been holding off on doing one," Lisa says.

    Sales were not to be the motivation for any recording, the husband-and-wife artists had resolved in leaving the world of classical music five years ago.

    "It's not about us, it's about Him," the... Read More

  • Another shooting rampage

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--It has happened again. A troubled young man has taken a gun and vented his anger on innocent bystanders. Read More

  • Romney presenta sus argumentos ante los conservadores

    Por Michael Foust, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (BP)--El candidato republicano a la presidencia Mitt Romney buscó calmar la preocupación de algunos conservadores sobre sus creencias mormonas el 6 de diciembre. Dijo que él comparte los mismos valores que ellos y que todos los norteamericanos deberían adoptar lo que él llamó "la sinfónica nacional de la fe."

          "Hace casi 50 años otro candidato de Massachussets explicó que él era un norteamericano buscando la presidencia no un católico buscando la presidencia" afirmó Romney refiriéndose al famoso discurso de John F. Kennedy. "Como él, yo soy un norteamericano buscando la presidencia. Yo no defino mi candidatura basado en mi religión. Una persona no debería ser elegida o rechazada por su fe.

          "Permítanme asegurarles que nunca ninguna autoridad de mi iglesia o de ninguna iglesia ejercerá autoridad sobre mis decisiones presidenciales. Su autoridad es de ellos dentro de su provincia o asuntos religiosos y termina cuando los asuntos de la nación comienzan. Read More

  • COMPENDIO CULTURA: Hoteles prohíben las Biblias de los Gedeones al seguir nuevas tendencias

    Por Erin Roach, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Cada Biblia que se coloca en un cuarto de hotel tiene el potencial de alcanzar hasta 2,300 personas en sus seis años de uso promedio y el 25 por ciento de los viajeros leen las Biblias que encuentran en sus cuartos de hotel de acuerdo al grupo internacional de los Gedeones quienes se han dedicado a colocar Biblias en cuartos de hoteles desde 1908. Read More

  • ¡Dime! la historia de Cristo

    Por el Staff, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--La Semana de Oración por Misiones Internacionales 2007 dirige la atención a la gente que vive en la antigua Unión Soviética y los misioneros que sirven allí. Read More

  • Para lograr una ofrenda dadivosa de Navidad

    Por Elizabeth (Liz) Rosales, posted Friday, December 07, 2007 (10 years ago)

    "Pues doy testimonio de que con agrado han dado conforme a sus fuerzas, y aun más allá de sus fuerzas" (2 Corintios 8:3).

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Comience con anticipación reuniendo los materiales de promoción (en español o inglés). Así tendrá la oportunidad de dar la información en el tiempo adecuado. De la UFM de su estado pida gratuitamente las guías de oración, cartelones y sobres de ofrenda. La Junta de Misiones Internacionales le provee materiales de promoción, folletos, CD-ROM y DV... Read More