ACORN received PCUSA grants

By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman ACORN, identified by the Associated Press as “a scandal-tainted” community organizing group that has been denied federal funding by the U.S. Congress, has received multiple grants from agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The ACORN acronym stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. A 2008 grants... Continue Reading

MySpace Entry Admitted as Murder Evidence

By Amanda Bronstad The National Law Journal October 19, 2009 The Indiana Supreme Court, addressing a “novel question,” ruled that prosecutors properly introduced electronic evidence from an accused murderer’s MySpace page. In so doing, the court upheld the conviction of Ian Clark, who was found guilty of murdering his fiancee’s 2-year-old daughter. Clark objected to... Continue Reading

Notre Dame feels political heat again

A surprise decision by the University of Notre Dame to send five students to last weekend’s gay rights march in the District has produced fury among alumni still smarting from the Catholic institution’s invitation to President Obama in May. Five students belonging to the school’s Progressive Student Alliance were given an undetermined amount from the... Continue Reading

Federal Court of Appeals to Hear Kentucky Ten Commandments Case

Cincinnati, OH – On Oct 20, Liberty Counsel will present oral argument at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in defense of the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display, which includes the Ten Commandments. Liberty Counsel represents McCreary and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky. These are the same cases Liberty Counsel argued at the U.S.... Continue Reading

Bishops may pull health care support over abortion, immigrants

By Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The nation’s Catholic bishops have threatened to pull their support for health care reform unless their concerns about abortion and access for immigrants are addressed by lawmakers. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which supports universal access to health care as a “basic human right,” had been... Continue Reading

NAE Deals with Criticism After Immigration Statement

By Michelle A. Vu Christian Post Reporter Leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals have issued several clarifications on the group’s stance on immigration reform in the days since it released its resolution on the issue. [Editor’s note: the original URL (link) referenced in this article is no longer valid, so the link has been removed.]... Continue Reading

No sausages at Palestinian Oktoberfest, but plenty of beer

Taybeh, West Bank (ENI). There was barely a knackwurst sausage, Wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut, or accordion and tuba in sight. Yet the tantalising smell of grilled meats wafted through the air and the music of a traditional dabkeh dance performed on the stage blasted through loudspeakers as the West Bank’s Taybeh village celebrated its fifth annual... Continue Reading

Historic Carrolton Presbyterian Church, New Orleans Lawsuit May Bankrupt Presbytery

The Presbytery of South Louisiana (PSL) will be out of money sometime during the year 2010, according to the Rev. Theodore Roeling, Sr., former treasurer of the organization. At a presbytery meeting on Oct. 9 and 10, the finance committee announced that its deficit for the first eight months of 2009 had grown to $244,000... Continue Reading

Rev. Moon turning control of Unification Church over to his 3 sons

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, now approaching 90 and still one of the world’s most controversial religious figures, is handing over day-to-day control of his Unification Church to three U.S.-educated sons. There are some changes afoot in fundraising and boosting membership, the sons say. But Moon — who will preside... Continue Reading

The Impact of Technology on Bible Translation

Bible translation has always been painstaking, laborious work. It is not just the difficulty of the work itself; there are also the technical challenges translators face. In the old days each draft had to be typed manually—four or five times!—before the project was completed. And once the text had received final approval, the entire manuscript... Continue Reading