SOUTHERN BAPTIST-PINK BIBLES
Southern Baptist publisher recalls pink Bibles
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention's
publishing division is recalling pink Bibles it sold to support
breast cancer research, after it says some money went to Planned
Lifeway Christian Resources no longer markets the pink-bound
version of The Holman Christian Standard Bible and is recalling
copies it sold, because a portion of the purchase price went to
Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The Komen foundation issued a statement in which it said all
proceeds from the Bible sales were going to breast cancer
screenings and expressed disappointment in Lifeway's decision.
Lifeway's move came after complaints that some local Komen
affiliates were helping fund cancer screenings at Planned
Parenthood, which also provides abortions.
The pink Bibles were not sold in Lifeway stores, but had been in
other retail outlets since October.
TEN COMMANDMENTS SCROLL
Ancient Ten Commandments scroll on display in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) - A scroll of the Ten Commandments written before
the birth of Christ is on display through Jan. 2 at the Discovery
Times Square museum in New York.
Exhibit curator Risa Levitt Kohn says the fragile parchment is
one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and is exceptional "because of its
contents, its age and the fact that it's in amazingly good
It's being displayed in a light and humidity-controlled
environment to avoid deterioration.
Written in Hebrew, the scroll contains the text of the Ten
Commandments from Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Old Testament,
and is considered to be the best preserved artifact of the
It's on display with hundreds of other ancient scrolls that were
discovered by Bedouin shepherds between 1947 and 1956.
The exhibition is the largest collection of biblical artifacts
ever displayed outside of Israel.
Muskegon church offers free condoms
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A liberal church in western Michigan is
offering free condoms to the public.
They're available in the bathrooms at Harbor Unitarian
Universalist Congregation in Muskegon. The Rev. Bill Freeman says
the condoms aren't meant to encourage sex, but to protect people
from disease. He says sex shouldn't result in a death sentence.
The Muskegon Chronicle says the condoms will be distributed with
information about sexually transmitted diseases.
Harbor Unitarian promotes itself as a church for people seeking
their own spiritual truths.
Atheists counter nativity scene in Wis. Capitol
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An atheist group has countered a nativity
scene in Wisconsin's state Capitol with one depicting Charles
Darwin and Albert Einstein.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation installed its display
Wednesday, a few days after the conservative group Wisconsin Family
Action put up a display depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Both
groups were granted permits by the state Department of
Annie Laurie Gaylor is president of the atheists' group. She
says there shouldn't be any religious displays in the rotunda, but
if other displays are allowed then her group will have one too.
Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action says there's room for
a number of different voices. She says she hopes people come to the
Capitol to enjoy the Christmas messages on display there.
The nativity gets updated for the modern age
LONDON (AP) - There's a beautifully groomed Mary in a blue party
dress, a fashionable Joseph gazing adoringly at the baby, and wise
men carrying a Faberge egg, a crystal bottle of perfume and a
With only twelve days to go until Christmas, a church group
unveiled a poster Thursday to remind people of the religious aspect
of the holiday - while making a statement about modern-day
The poster, deliberately designed to look like a fashion
photograph, has the words: "However you dress it up, Christmas
starts with Christ."
Francis Goodwin, chairman of multi-denominational religious
group ChurchAds that organized the poster campaign, said the image
is meant to remind people of the origins of Christmas.
Goodwin said he hoped the poster would also modernize the
traditional Christmas image.
Palestinians light Christmas tree in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Hundreds of Palestinians have
gathered in Bethlehem to light a Christmas tree, beginning holiday
festivities in the town where Jesus was born.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad pressed a button
lighting up the decorations on the 50-foot tree Thursday, along
with the lights illuminating the rest of the square outside the
Church of the Nativity.
Christmas brings the world's attention every year briefly to the
West Bank town south of Jerusalem.
Fayyad said Christmas is a time to "celebrate the Palestinian
identity of Jesus Christ."
Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh said this year's Christmas theme
is "Palestine celebrating hope." because of the approaching birth
of an "independent Palestinian state."
With Palestine now recognized by the U.N.'s cultural body,
Palestinians hope the Church of the Nativity, revered by Christians
and Muslims alike, will receive World Heritage status.
IMMIGRATION LAW PROTEST
Group to protest SC immigration law with prayer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An interfaith coalition of Christians,
Jews and Muslims plans prayer vigils and protests over South
Carolina's new immigration law.
The newly-formed South Carolina Immigrants Rights Coalition said
the rallies will take place Sunday in Columbia, Charleston,
Greenville, Spartanburg and Hilton Head Island.
The protesters are upset with part of the new law, which
requires law enforcement officers to call federal immigration
officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally. The
law goes into effect on Jan. 1.
Organizers of the vigils say they will offer scriptural support
for immigrants and point out the real-life consequences of the new
Somali pirates sentenced to life in prison
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A former Somali police officer and another
man have been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the
hijacking of a yacht that left all four Americans on board dead.
Mohamud Hirs Issa Ali and Jilani Abdiali were sentenced in
federal court in Norfolk on Thursday. They are among 11 men who
have pleaded guilty to piracy for the February hijacking of the
Ali was considered a pirate leader. The other men believed
Abdiali was psychic and he was brought along to bless the
The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey,
Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle,
were shot to death several hundred miles south of Oman. The Adams
used their yacht do deliver Bibles to far-flung regions.
Three other men face murder charges.
ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES
Angel Food Ministries founders plead not guilty
MACON, Ga. (AP) - The founders of Angel Food Ministries have
pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in Macon,
The federal indictment charges that Joe and Linda Wingo used the
charity's funds for personal use, including purchasing real estate
and supporting a candidate for Walton County sheriff.
Angel Food Ministries was based out of Monroe, Ga. It provided
discounted groceries to needy families through local churches.
The organization shut down its operations in September. The
organization's offices were searched by the FBI in 2009.
Two other ministry officials charged in the case pleaded not
guilty this week to fraud charges.
Ky. convicts 5 Amish men for not displaying emblem
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Five more Amish men have been convicted in
western Kentucky of not displaying orange triangles on their
buggies as required for slow-moving vehicles.
The action came Monday after bench trials in Graves County. The
men said that they do not plan to pay their fines and court costs,
an action that has led to jail time for others convicted of the
Members of the conservative Amish sect refuse to display the
orange triangle because they say it violates their religious
prohibitions against displaying bright colors and trusting in
A state law requires the emblem for safety. However, state Rep.
Ron Crimm of Louisville is proposing legislation that would allow
white or silver reflective tape to be used instead.
Franciscan friars leave Ohio church after 105 yrs.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Roman Catholic Franciscan friars are giving up
the historically Polish church they've led on the southeast side of
Cleveland for more than a century.
The Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus will be turned over to the
Cleveland Catholic diocese next summer.
Church pastor Rev. Michael Surufka told The Plain Dealer that
his diminishing Franciscan order doesn't have the men to maintain
the parish. Surufka is being sent to Chicago to work on recruiting
more men to the priesthood.
St. Stanislaus was founded in 1873 and was taken over by the
Franciscans in 1906.
The religious order was founded by St. Francis of Assisi.
Jewish radicals get off hook in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) - A rash of audacious attacks on mosques, Muslim
cemeteries and Israeli military bases have trained a light on the
rising threat of Jewish extremists - and the country's long history
of failing to rein them in.
Over the past two years, few extremists have been arrested and
fewer still prosecuted in dozens of assaults. This week alone,
extremists were blamed for a pair of mosque burnings as well as an
attack on a West Bank military base that injured a top Israeli
The violence has prompted rare attention from Israeli leaders,
who have begun to call the perpetrators "terrorists" - a term
usually reserved for Palestinian militants.
Hard-line settlers believe Israel has a God-given right to the
West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in 1967,
and reject Palestinian claims to those lands.
Son of Unification Church founder visits NKorea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The youngest son of Unification Church
founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon has met with North Korea's ceremonial
head of state.
Footage Thursday from Associated Press Television News in
Pyongyang showed Moon Hyung-jin speaking with North Korea's
parliamentary head Kim Yong Nam.
Moon's 91-year-old father maintains links with Pyongyang and the
church owns Pyeonghwa Motors in the North.
The 32-year-old son is an ordained minister who is expected to
take over the multibillion-dollar religious and business empire.
His father calls himself a messiah sent to complete Jesus Christ's
Moon's trip coincides with the 20th anniversary of a visit by
his father to North Korea and a meeting with founder Kim Il Sung.
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