Friday, March 8, 2013

NYT: Focus on the Family Transforms Its Message

The New York Times profiles what Focus on the Family has become since the departure of James Dobson - here.

Pastor on O'Reilly Factor

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas appeared on Fox News The O'Reilly Factor. Jeffress has been in the news lately because NFL quarterback Tim Tebow withdrew plans to appear at the church in April for the dedication of a multimillion dollar building.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Christian University Setting Records

Liberty University is now the largest university in Virginia. The university founded by Jerry Falwell ended last year with more than $1 billion in net assets for the first time. And it's online head count has grown an average of about 8,000 students a year. Find out more in a Washington Post profile of the school here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Atheists apologize for misquote of Sarah Palin

American Atheists is apologizing for misquoting Sarah Palin on a billboard in Texas--but at the same time defending it. The billboard says, “We should create law based on the God of the Bible." While being interviewed by Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Palin referenced the founding fathers, saying that they gathered and decided “we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments.” The atheist billboard says "should" but Palin actually said "would" and it was in reference to the founding of America, not today's political landscape. American Atheists first declared in a tweet that “Sarah Palin was NOT Misquoted” but later admitted it was wrong--saying it would change the wording but still insisting that even the mistake reflects Palin's view. There are a half-dozen other billboards going up around the Dallas and Austin area.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians

An atheist organization known for being provocative plans to take that reputation to the next level this week by putting up seven billboards that call out prominent politicians and religious leaders. Read more at CNN here.

Florida College Shuts Down Bible Study

Rollins College in Winter Park has shut down a Bible study that was taking place in one of the dorm rooms, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports. The school says the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship informal Bible study held in the common area of a dorm suite violated its policy. An RA told the study leaders to leave and were banned from the dorm - even though the students wanted to hold the Bible study. The school recently recognized ICF because the group requires its leaders to be professing Christians. Here's a video report from WOGX-TV about the controversy.