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Bus, gutted of seats, is ministry tool

GALLUP, N.M. (BP)–When most people think of a bus, they envision kids loading up for a day of school, but Mark Chandler, a principal and a pastor in New Mexico, sees a bus as more than just a transportation vehicle. In fact, Chandler’s church — First Indian Baptist in Gallup, N.M., — has never used […]

PTA turns down exhibitor request from ex-gay group

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--The National Parent Teacher Association has denied a pro-family organization that advocates for the ex-gay community, Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays, the right to exhibit at the PTA's national convention, June 10-13, in Memphis, Tenn. [QUOTE@right@120='Why is it gay groups meet the PTA Diversity and Inclusion Policy but our families do not?' -- PFOX executive director Regina Griggs]      PFOX was told in a letter from the PTA's president, Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors, that PFOX's mission, goals and objectives were "not in harmony with the National PTA's Diversity and Inclusion Policy." Saylors, the first male national PTA president, is a member of Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. He served a two-year term, 2003-2005, as the South Carolina PTA president.