Prison Fellowship founder hospitalized after surgery
LANSDOWNE, Va. (AP) - Evangelical leader Chuck Colson remains
hospitalized and heavily sedated after surgery Saturday to remove a
pool of clotted blood from the surface of his brain.
Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske, who heads one of the
ministries founded by the former Watergate figure, says the
80-year-old Colson fell ill Friday evening while speaking at a
conference in northern Virginia.
In a statement, Liske says the surgery was a success and doctors
determined that Colson did not suffer a stroke. He adds that
Colson's family is with him and that they appreciate people's
The conference where Colson fell ill gave disability advocate
Joni Eareckson Tada its annual Wilberforce Award, which is
presented to a Christian who fights to remedy social ills.
Judge tosses challenge to NC marriage license laws
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit
challenging North Carolina's marriage license laws as a violation
of religious liberties.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports that Superior Court
Judge Judson DeRamus issued his ruling Friday. The 11 plaintiffs -
local ministers, area residents and Guilford County register of
deeds Jeff Thigpen - say they will appeal the decision to the state
Court of Appeals.
The lawsuit was filed in December in Guilford County Superior
Court. It asserts that no compelling reason exists for the state to
require religious leaders or court magistrates to perform
ceremonial marriages or for the state to require registration.
It also says prohibiting religious leaders from solemnizing
marriages of same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution and
the principle of separation of church and state.
Romney faces question about Mormon faith
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt
Romney has sidestepped a question about his Mormon faith while
campaigning for the Wisconsin primary.
A Ron Paul supporter asked Romney if he agreed with a passage
from the Book of Mormon that describes a cursing of people with a
"skin of blackness." Romney's staff took the microphone away from
the 28-year-old Green Bay man before he could read the passage.
Romney said didn't want to discuss religion, but he returned to
the subject later in the event.
Romney talked about serving as a Mormon pastor for more than a
decade in Boston. He said the experience taught him that most
people have personal problems. He says he's running for president
because he wants to lighten those burdens.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SHOOTING
Cops ID college shooting suspect as One Goh, 43
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police say the suspect in a shooting
attack at a California Christian college is a 43-year-old Oakland
Police Chief Howard Jordan says One L. Goh is in custody after
surrendering at a shopping center about an hour after the shooting
at Oikos University on Monday morning.
Authorities say he was a former student at the Christian school.
Seven people were killed, and three other injured when a gunman
opened fire into classrooms.
Trial: Priest joked about abusing 3 boys in week
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jurors in a Philadelphia priest-abuse trial
have heard startling testimony about a priest who allegedly bragged
about having sex with three boys in one week.
Monsignor William Lynn is on trial for child endangerment and
conspiracy. He is the first Roman Catholic church official in the
U.S. charged for his handling of priest-abuse complaints.
Prosecutors say he helped the church bury the complaints in secret
On the stand Monday, a detective read internal church memos
about a priest who allegedly "joked about how hard it was to have
sex with three boys in one week." His accuser also stated that the
priest had a "rotation process" of boys spending time sleeping
Testimony earlier Monday included a 1992 complaint about a
priest who allegedly molested boys at a church-owned camp in the
Austrian cardinal OKs gay man for parish council
VIENNA (AP) - Austria's cardinal has overruled one of his
priests and is allowing a gay Catholic to serve on a parish
Florian Stangl lives in a registered domestic partnership. The
26-year-old was overwhelmingly elected to the council recently, but
his election was overruled by the priest - a decision initially
backed by the archdiocese.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn changed his mind over the weekend
after hosting Stangl and his partner for lunch, declaring Stangl to
be "at the right place."
Despite his close ties to Pope Benedict, Schoenborn has
expressed an open mind on such taboo issues as priestly celibacy.
Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are "intrinsically
disordered," but that gays should be treated with dignity and
US official: Violence in Nigeria isn't about religion
WASHINGTON (AP) - A top U.S. State Department official says
attacks by an Islamist sect in Nigeria aren't mainly about
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson
testified at a Senate hearing about the violence instigated by Boko
Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the
Hausa language of Nigeria's Muslim north.
Boko Haram is blamed for more than 360 killings this year alone,
employing suicide bombers and shootouts in attacks on both
Christians and Muslims, as well as the United Nations' headquarters
Carson told a Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee, "Religion is
not driving extremist violence in Nigeria."
Instead, he cited "the underlying political and social economic
problems in the north."
Egypt's Coptic Church out of constitution body
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's official news agency says the country's
Coptic Church is withdrawing from a committee to draft the nation's
The state news agency MENA reported Monday that the church
called its participation "futile" under the current makeup of the
panel, dominated by Islamists. Out of 100 committee members, only
two were chosen from the church among six Christians.
Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population. Most
The Muslim Brotherhood's party and a smaller ultraconservative
faction control the parliament, and have staked out a clear
majority on the constitutional panel.
Some 25 public figures and liberals have pulled out of the body,
saying it is fails to represent the country's diversity and does
not have enough constitutional experts.
Prosecutors want JetBlue captain held without bond
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors are asking that a
JetBlue captain who left the cockpit of a Las Vegas-bound flight
screaming about religion and terrorists be held without bond.
Pilot Clayton Osbon smiled Monday at his wife and JetBlue
employees who came to his first federal court appearance. The
49-year-old is charged with interfering with a flight crew for his
bizarre unraveling on Flight 191 last Tuesday.
Osbon was not asked to enter a plea during the 10-minute
hearing. A federal judge is expected to rule on the bond issue
during a detention hearing Thursday.
Passengers wrestled Osbon to the ground after witnesses said he
ran through the cabin screaming about Jesus and al-Qaida. They tied
him up with seat belt extenders until the plane made an emergency
landing in Amarillo.
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