Saturday, January 21, 2012

Suit over Bible Club

The Dysart Unified School District is facing a lawsuit over its refusal to allow a Christian club at West Point Elementary, in Surprise, Arizona. Child Evangelism Fellowship wanted to give out a flier and permission slips for after-school meetings for one of its Good News Club. The problem started when the school wanted to give out fliers about the after-school program but the school district said "no" because the religious nature of the information. The Alliance Defense Fund filed the suit and says that courts have consistently ruled that such a policy is discriminatory because the decision is based solely on it having religious content.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pagan Mom Wants to Hand out Literature at School

A North Carolina school is refusing to allow the mother of a student to give out pagan spell books at the school. Ginger Strivelli, who practices Witchcraft, wanted to hand them out at North Windy Ridge intermediate school in Asheville. She was upset that her son came home with a Bible given out by the Gideons International at the school. The Buncombe County school board is reviewing its policies on allowing groups to distribute religious literature on campuses. A decision is expected at its next meeting, scheduled for February 2nd.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Christian Radio Station expands

KSBJ radio in Houston is buying another station in the market for more than $2 million. The noncommercial Christian station is taking over KNTE at 96.9 on the FM dial, which currently carries a Spanish contemporary format. KSBJ already owns six FMs and has the construction permit for another.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Robbery at AOG Credit Union

The Assemblies of God Credit Union, just a few miles from the denominations headquarters, was robbed this morning by a man claiming to have a gun. Local paper the News-Leader has this video report.

Monday, January 16, 2012

John 3:16 ad

Here's the video of the Focus on the Family ad that ran during the Denver Broncos playoff game. The ad focuses on the favorite Bible verse of Bronco's quarterback, Tim Tebow.

The Con Man turned Inmate turned Pastor turned Fraud Fighter turned Movie Maker turned Con Man

Read the remarkable saga of Barry Minkow from Fortune magazine here. Below is the video 60 Minutes did on Minkow in 2005 related to his scams and work for the FBI. A CBS article titled Barry Minkow: 3 Lessons from Fraud-Fighter's Fraud Arrest is here.

Focus On The Family Spot During NFL Playoff

Focus on the Family ran a 30 second ad during the second quarter of the Denver-New England playoff game. It showed children reciting Bible verse John 3:16. Denver quarterback Tim Tebow has been associated with the verse. The children appeared against the same type of white background that Tebow and his mom did during a 2010 Super Bowl ad. The organization said the money to buy the spot came from donors and not from its operating budget, which was just over $102 million.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Evangelical Leaders Throw Support to Santorum

Some 150 influential Evangelical leaders meeting in Texas have endorsed the presidential bit of Rick Santorum shortly ahead of the South Carolina primary. The group met at a ranch outside of Houston in an effort to consolidate their support behind one candidate rather than splinter the conservative vote. Evangelicals and social conservatives make up more than half of the Republican electorate in South Carolina. Those attending include Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, American Family Association founder Don Wildmon, and American Values president Gary Bauer.