GAYS IN MILITARY-CHAPLAINS
Chaplains unsure how gay ban's repeal will impact them
WASHINGTON (AP) - Now that the ban on openly gay military
service has been repealed, some chaplains are bracing for conflicts
with their faith.
Ron Crews, whose Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
represents 2,000 active-duty chaplains, says one of them who
expressed "biblical views concerning homosexuality" was told by a
general to either "get in line" or resign his commission.
Crews, a retired Army colonel, says he's advising chaplains to
continue doing their best to minister to all troops, but to make
clear they're doing so in accordance with the Bible's teachings.
A move by the Navy earlier this year to train chaplains about
same-sex civil unions in states where they're legal was shelved
after more than 60 lawmakers objected. The Pentagon is reviewing
FLORIDA CHURCH SHOOTING
Church shooting suspect ordered held without bond
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man accused of killing his
wife and critically wounding two church ministers has been ordered
to remain in jail without bail.
Fifty-seven-year-old Jeremiah Fogle is accused of killing his
wife, Theresa, at their home on Sunday. Authorities say he then
went to a church about a block away, stormed through the front
doors and shot the pastor and associate pastor. The two men remain
According to court records, Fogle also killed a previous wife
more than two decades ago. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and
was sentenced to probation in 1987.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says Fogle has had seven wives
and has "managed to kill two of them."
Presbyterians want to make pro-Palestine statement
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A committee of the Presbyterian Church
(USA) says the denomination should dump investments in three
American companies it says profit from Israel's occupation of
A report from the PCUSA's Committee on Mission Responsibility
Through Investment says Caterpillar produces bulldozers and
Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions produce technology used to
bolster the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and Jewish
settlements on them.
The divestment recommendation must be approved by the church's
2012 General Assembly to take effect.
Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan said the bulldozers are provided
to Israel through the U.S. government-run Foreign Military Sales
Motorola and Hewlett-Packard declined comment.
US religious envoys say hikers' release 'imminent'
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - A delegation of U.S. Christian and Muslim
leaders has returned from Iran saying the release of two Americans
The Americans have been jailed for more than two years as
The delegation, which included Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, arrived Monday at Dulles Airport following a meeting
Saturday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The group had hoped to bring home Americans Shane Bauer and Josh
Fattal who say they were hiking in northern Iraq in
2009 and accidentally strayed into Iran.
The clerics predict the two will be released in a matter of
days. They say the Iranians are hopeful that the U.S. will
reciprocate and review the cases of Iranians jailed in the U.S.
Bishop John Bryson Chane
Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane of Washington says Iran's
president called for regular non-governmental meetings between
Americans and Iranians.
Review sought in school's religious banner case
POWAY, Calif. (AP) - A public interest law center says it will
request a full appellate court review of a ruling prohibiting the
display of banners referring to God in a San Diego County
The Thomas More Law Center says it will ask a full bench of 11
judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a
three-judge panel's decision.
The panel ruled that Poway Unified School District could force
math teacher Bradley Johnson to take down class banners saying "In
God We Trust," "One Nation Under God," and "God Bless
America." The panel says the district had the right to regulate
the workplace speech of an employee.
A trial court had upheld Johnson's First Amendment right to hang
Appellate court clears rescue mission in bias case
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected a
religious discrimination lawsuit against a Christian homeless
shelter in Idaho.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a lower court
ruling that found the Boise Rescue Mission wasn't subject to the
federal Fair Housing Act.
The case arose after the Intermountain Fair Housing Council and
two people who stayed at the mission's homeless shelters sued,
saying the mission coerced residents into taking part in Christian
services by giving preferential treatment to those who
The appeals court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have a
protected right to be treated the same as residents who participate
in Christian programs.
Charitable agencies urge compassion for poor
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Rev. Larry Snyder says the notion
that poor people are lazy and don't deserve help must be changed if
society and the economy are going to improve.
Snyder is president of Catholic Charities USA, which is hosting
a two-day National Poverty Summit in Fort Worth, Texas. About a
dozen nonprofit organizations are discussing ways to aid the poor,
from helping single mothers to homeless veterans to laid-off
workers who can't find other jobs.
Snyder says, "When you put a face on poverty, you have a whole
David Beckman, president of Bread for the World, said it will
take a grass-roots effort to stop Congress from cutting programs
that help the poor.
Insurance co. doesn't want to pay for pastor's death
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An insurance company specializing in policies
for churches is asking a federal court to absolve it from paying a
claim by the widow of a Nebraska pastor who died of carbon monoxide
poisoning in a house owned by the church he led.
John Green had been pastor of Clay Center Christian Church for
23 years when he was found dead in the home on Nov. 19, 2009. His
wife, Cheryl, was found unconscious and was flown to an Omaha
hospital. Authorities said the pair had been poisoned by a carbon
monoxide leak from the home's heating system.
Cheryl Green sued the church, hoping its insurer would pay
nearly $260,000 in lost wages, as well as more than $55,000 for
medical bills and $10,000 for funeral expenses.
A lawyer for Church Mutual Insurance says the church's policy
excludes coverage for carbon monoxide.
Traveling evangelist sentenced in Ky. for scheme
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A traveling evangelist has been sentenced
to four years in prison after pleading guilty in an oil and gas
scheme. In some cases, he met potential investors through church.
The U.S. attorney's office says 60-year-old Ernest Cadick of
Elizabethtown, Ky., was ordered to pay almost $720,000 in
Court records say from 1994 through 2008, Cadick fraudulently
solicited money from 17 people, representing himself as owner and
operator of Kingdom Oil. He met potential investors at church
functions or through contacts with churches.
Cadick pleaded guilty in June to 17 counts of wire fraud.
Philadelphia Catholic school teachers end strike
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Students can return to Roman Catholic high
schools in the Philadelphia area now that their teachers have ended
a two-week strike by agreeing to a new contract with the
Lay teachers voted overwhelmingly on Monday to accept a deal
that the union said provides better job protection for instructors
jeopardized by school closings. It also includes pay increases
totaling about 8.3 percent over the three-year contract.
The 17 Catholic high schools serving about 16,500 students were
closed for four days.
Church education officials describe the agreement as a watershed
contract that will allow for innovative academic offerings, more
instructional time and increased use of technology.
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