Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tennessean (TN): Residents of Blackman, TN are considering a proposal to build a $150-200 million "Bible Park USA." Marcille Durham, a spokeswoman for SafeHarbor, said the park would emphasize "the history and archeology of Biblical times." A similar park called "The Holy Land Experience" is already in operation in Florida.

News Leader (MO): "Sex has never been more important to the national [U.S.] conversation, with such issues as gay marriage and abortion playing significant roles in political debate. The Bible is often used to defend each side of any sexual issue, but most people really don't know what the Bible says specifically about sex." Drury University professor Theresa Hornsby hopes that her new book, 'Sex Texts from the Bible' could change that. "If you look at the section of the book on marriage ... I really don't think people would want to make the argument that we want to use the Bible as a model for modern marriage," Hornsby pointed out.
On a related note, Salema Hayek recently told the magazine Marie Claire that although she believes in God and Jesus Christ, she does not like the Bible because of the way it portrays women.

Houston Chronicle (TX): The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of a man on death row who believes his impending execution is a satanic conspiracy to prevent him from preaching the gospel. Scott Panetti was sentenced to the death penalty after shooting his mother and father in-law in September 1992. After three years in confinement, Panetti believes God cured him of his mental illness and he now preaches the gospel to fellow inmates. The Supreme Court will consider whether or not to execute a man who does not connect the crime he committed to the punishment.

WCCO (MN): Minnesota's U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose is answering questions regarding her qualifications amid the controversy surrounding the removal of several U.S. attorneys and their replacement with what critics are calling GOP "cronies." Among other allegations, Paulose has come under fire for quoting the Bible in her opinions and urging staff to attend Bible study.

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