Methodist Bishops Table Policy Change on Homosexuality United Methodist bishops have tabled a proposal that would have loosened restrictions in the church's mostly conservative policies on homosexuality. --by Kevin Eckstrom of Religion News Service at the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly website 5.10.07
Sadly, that’s no longer the case as was proven Saturday night during the Fox broadcast of the NFL playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.
During a cutaway shot to the stadium spectators, the camera focused directly on a woman wearing a t-shirt clearly inscribed with words… (that are unnecessary and inappropriate to list here, Ed.). The shot stayed focused on the woman and her shirt for several seconds. There can be no doubt that this was an intentional airing of patently offensive language on the public airwaves, as the person wearing the profane t-shirt was chosen by Fox Network’s broadcast crew from more than 70,000 spectators in the stadium. The camera operator selected that particular woman and the director and/or producers of the event made an affirmative and conscious decision to air the shot from that particular camera, forcing the f-word into millions of homes. –from an American Family Association Action Alert e-mail 01.16.07
Just the facts… occasionally
This is a world in which facts always bow to feelings. What matters is not so much that you do good, but that you feel virtuous, or perhaps more to the point, are seen to be virtuous. –Mona Charen, as quoted at The Patriot Post Vol. 07-04
Keeping an Eye on the Collection Plate
This month marks five years since the curtain went up on what would become a national drama over the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. Since then, the episcopacy has taken many praiseworthy steps toward making Catholic parishes the safe havens for children that they should have been all along.
But while the focus on child welfare is primary, there is also a secondary scandal that continues to afflict the church — this one the scandal of financial malfeasance. Almost every day, it seems, stories emerge of priests who have pilfered from the collection plate, usually to finance a lifestyle not quite in keeping with what is expected of a faithful Catholic. Just this week, the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., announced that the pastor of a Greenwich, Conn., parish was being removed over the disappearance of some $500,000 in donations. That follows the revelations last year that a prominent Darien, Conn., priest, Michael Jude Fay, had walked off with $1.4 million to bankroll a luxe lifestyle of New York trips and Florida vacations with a male friend… –excerpted from an article by David Gibson in The Wall Street Journal Houses of Worship column 1.26.07
School Issues New Guidelines on Preaching in the Classroom
Kearny, N.J. In response to allegations that a high school history teacher told students they belonged in hell if they did not accept Jesus, school officials will start a new training program to ensure that educators understand legal boundaries about voicing personal religious beliefs in the classroom. — from a Reuters News Service article by Rose Duger found at the PBS Religion and Ethics News Weekly website.
Pigs Get the Ax In China TV Ads, In Nod to Muslims – Porcine Prohibition Sends Marketers Scrambling; A New Year Complication
Shangai — Next month, China will ring in the Year of the Pig. NestlÃ© SA planned to celebrate with TV ads featuring a smiling cartoon pig. “Happy new pig year,” the ads said.
This week, China Central Television, the national state-run TV network, banned NestlÃ©’s ad — and all images and spoken references to the animal in commercials, including those tied to the Lunar New Year, China’s biggest holiday.
The intent: to avoid offending Muslims, who consider pigs unclean.
China is a multiethnic country,” the network’s ad department said in a notice sent to ad agencies late Tuesday. “To show respect to Islam, and upon guidance from higher levels of the government, CCTV will keep any ‘pig’ images off the TV screen.” —excerpted from an article by Gordon Faircloth and Geoffrey A. Fowler in The Wall Street Journal 1.25.07