PERRY-BIBLE BOOK SALESMAN
Rick Perry friend sold Bible books with him in 1969
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - One of Republican presidential candidate
Rick Perry's strongest supporters has known the Texas governor
since they were teenagers selling Bible reference books in 1969.
John Brieden is now the county judge -- or chief
executive -- of Washington County, Texas, not far from Texas A&M
University, where he and Perry met.
After their freshman year, Brieden and Perry signed up to sell
Bible encylopedias and commentaries door-to-door and were dropped
off in Festus, Mo., where they roomed together for the summer.
Brieden says while they weren't expected to be giants of the
faith, they were both Christian teens who believed in what they
were doing. He believes Perry always has been "a genuine person."
Brieden says Perry organized last month's prayer rally in
Houston because that's just "who he is."
College prof. tells students how to keep the faith
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The author of "How to Stay Christian in
College" says it's hard these days.
University of Texas Prof. J. Budziszewski says the atmosphere on most campuses is aggressively agnostic and
hedonistic, and many young Christians aren't well grounded in the
He says that makes it easy to slip into bad behavior and then
claim to have doubts about God.
Budziszewski says a young Christian starting college should
first find a good local church and then join an on-campus Christian
fellowship as well.
He says, "The best defense against bad peer pressure is to get
a more appropriate set of peers."
EAST COAST QUAKE-NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
Safety nets going up in DC's National Cathedral
WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety nets are being installed along the
ceiling of the Washington National Cathedral to guard against
falling debris after it was damaged by an earthquake last week.
The 5.8-magnitude quake that hit the East Coast on Aug. 23
caused three of the four spires of the cathedral's central tower to
break off, sending stonework crashing into the building's roof.
Major cracks also appeared in some of the flying buttresses.
A spokesman for the cathedral says the overall structure of the
cathedral remains sound, but repairs will likely cost millions.
The cathedral plans to re-open the weekend of Sept. 11.
WEDDING DISPUTE DEATH
Man dies following scuffle with pastor
PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a Tennessee man died after
hitting his head in a scuffle with the pastor who presided at his
Decatur County District Attorney Hansel McCadams says police
were called twice to a dispute between 58-year-old Joseph Tucsnak
and Pastor Chris Warren at the wedding on Saturday.
Then on Monday, the prosecutor says Tucsnak returned to the
church in Parsons, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville. McCadams
said Tucsnak went to his vehicle and came back with a hand in his
pocket and lunged at the pastor.
Police say the pastor then pushed Tucsnak, who fell and hit his
head on the pavement. He died Tuesday.
No charges have been filed.
Defrocked priest loses bid to keep Pa. parish
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A judge has denied a former Episcopal
priest's effort to remain the leader of his suburban Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a judge ordered David
Moyer to vacate the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont after a
long-running dispute with a denomination he decried as too liberal.
Moyer was defrocked in 2002 after agreeing to become a bishop in
a small, conservative Anglican denomination. He continued to preach
and say Mass at Good Shepherd with the support of its board.
Moyer told the Inquirer he plans to petition the Vatican for
admission to the Roman Catholic priesthood, despite being married.
Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 approved a system allowing disaffected
Anglicans to convert and retain their liturgical heritage.
Florida family charged in $40 million psychic scam
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Rose Marks and her family of
fortunetellers offered people hope. Prosecutors say it came at a
The Florida family claimed to confer with gods, spirits and even
Michael the Archangel to cure diseases and break curses, asking for
and accepting jewelry, gold coins and luxury cars in return.
In all, authorities say, the family amassed a $40 million
fortune from a psychic scam dating back 20 years. The victims
included a best-selling author who gave them $20 million.
Marks and eight family members pleaded not guilty last week.
Their lawyers said they believe their Gypsy religion gave them the
ability to heal psychically and that their business was legitimate.
FORT HOOD SHOOTING-CHARITY
Cousin of accused Fort Hood shooter starts Muslim charity
WASHINGTON (AP) - A relative of the Army psychiatrist accused in
a shooting rampage at an Army post has created a Muslim charity
Nader Hasan says he set up the Nawal Foundation to unite people
against violence committed in the name of Islam and to promote
His cousin is Maj. Nidal Hasan, who's charged with 13 counts of
premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder
in connection with the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood in Texas. Nidal
Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted by a military jury.
The charity is starting up just days before the 10th anniversary
of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Nader Hasan says the Fort Hood attack is one reason he founded
Iran irked by errors in Qurans from China
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian publishers say cost-saving plans to
print Qurans in China are yielding embarrassing results: A slew of
The head of Iran's Quran oversight office says some of the
Chinese-printed versions of Islam's holy book are littered with
Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency quotes Ahmad Haji-Sharif as
warning Muslims that low-cost Qurans may contain mistakes. He noted
earlier this week that Iranian-produced Qurans cost more, but have
passed a careful inspection for any flaws.
Officials are now discussing a ban on Chinese-printed Qurans.
The Qurans used in Iran often have both Farsi and the original
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