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CULTURE DIGEST: Ga. school district drops fight for evolution stickers; doctor examines dangers of ‘sexual freedom’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Some thought the Cobb County school board in Georgia had a good chance at securing a significant victory in the struggle to teach the evolution controversy in public schools, but the board gave up the fight Dec. 19 after four years of legal battles.

CULTURE DIGEST: Congressional investigation finds Smithsonian guilty of discrimination in ID incident; …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A Congressional investigation has revealed that the Smithsonian’s top officials permitted the demotion and harassment of a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History for allowing an article supporting Intelligent Design to appear in the institution's peer-reviewed scientific journal.

CULTURE DIGEST: Key part in Pa. ruling on Intelligent Design copied from ACLU; voters want limits on eminent domain; …

"Judge John Jones copied ... virtually verbatim 90.9 percent of his ... section on whether intelligent design is science from the ACLU ..."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A close study of a popular court ruling on the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools revealed that the judge copied nearly word-for-word a document written by the ACLU and passed it off as his own opinion.
“Judge John Jones copied verbatim or virtually verbatim 90.9 percent of his 6,004-word section on whether intelligent design is science from the ACLU's proposed ‘Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law’ submitted to him nearly a month before his ruling,” John West, vice president for legal affairs at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, said Dec. 12 in a news release.

CULTURE DIGEST: Conservative Jews give in to homosexuals; La. board grants freedom to teach evolution controversy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Displaying indecisiveness amid the growing influence of the homosexual movement, the highest panel of leaders in Conservative Judaism voted Dec. 6 to allow the ordination of homosexual rabbis and the recognition of “gay marriage” in synagogues while simultaneously advising against it.

CULTURE DIGEST: ‘Rocky Balboa’ takes on Christian
theme; president-elect of Christian Coalition steps down

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Believe it or not, Sylvester Stallone says the infamous movie character Rocky was meant to reflect the nature of Jesus, and the sixth film in the series, “Rocky Balboa,” scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 22, carries an intentionally Christian theme.

CULTURE DIGEST: Conservatives give more than liberals, study says; NBC cuts back on editing ‘VeggieTales’

"For too long, liberals have been claiming they are the most virtuous members of American society ... they have nevertheless lambasted conservatives for their [supposed] callousness in the face of social injustice."
Arthur C. Brooks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Per capita, Americans give more money to charity in the month of December than most nations give all year long, and Americans who attend a house of worship weekly are 25 percent more likely to give than people who rarely attend, according to a Syracuse University professor.
      “For too long, liberals have been claiming they are the most virtuous members of American society,” Arthur C. Brooks writes in his book, “Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism,” released in November. “Although they usually give less to charity, they have nevertheless lambasted conservatives for their [supposed] callousness in the face of social injustice.”

CULTURE DIGEST: South Korean pastor faces
deportation; Catholic bishops advise on homosexuals; …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Moon Tak Oh is one of the few pastors in north Texas who leads Sunday services in Korean, and he may be forced to return to South Korea with his wife and three American-born sons if U.S. immigration officials don’t process the necessary paperwork to make him a citizen soon.

CULTURE DIGEST: Wal-Mart brings back ‘Merry Christmas’; new head of Episcopal Church rejects Jesus as only way to God; …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Wal-Mart, which recently upset some Christians over its partnerships with homosexual groups, has announced that it will use “Merry Christmas” in its stores again this year.

CULTURE DIGEST: Reality shows called better for kids than other TV fare; abstinence programs’ new target group; …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A new study finds that reality shows are among the cleanest options on television for children, considering that many scripted shows contain high levels of sex, violence and profanity these days.

CULTURE DIGEST: Evangelical feminism a new path to liberalism, book says; tension rises over Muslim veils

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Evangelical feminism, a movement that disregards unique leadership roles for men in marriage and in the church, is now one of the greatest threats to the survival of true evangelical Christianity, Wayne Grudem writes in a new book, “Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism?”