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Greg Horton

The word “plagiarism” originated as a word for kidnapping. That’s the takeaway from a Baptist ethicist called to comment on plagiarism. The idea of passing someone else’s work off as your own has moved into popular discussion after a Southern Baptist Convention official was found to have quoted material verbatim and at length, without citing […] Read More

Did Southern Baptist Convention agency head Richard Land write the apology statement for racially charged remarks issued under his name, or was it written by African-American Baptist clergy? When asked Dwight McKissic, a Land critic, if Land had written the apology himself or if he took input from others at the meeting, McKissic answered, […] Read More

Are standards different between journalism and talk radio when it comes to plagiarism? An ad hoc committee investigating the plagiarism of a Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land seemed to suggest so. “Though the source citation standards prevailing among talk radio shows are different from those applicable to journalistic work or to scholarly work in […] Read More

A Southern Baptist Convention agency board announced last week plans to investigate charges of plagiarism against Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). “[W]e are reverently mindful of our obligations to the ERLC, Southern Baptists and, most importantly, to our Lord Jesus Christ, to ensure no stone is left unturned in […] Read More

More than 600 people attended “ChristattheCheckpoint,” a conference on Christian Zionism, at Bethlehem Bible College in early March. Conference organizer and Baptist minister Alex Awad said the participants came from more than 20 different countries. Awad is pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church and is also dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College. He said […] Read More

Nonprofit and faith-based organizations have asked governors to avoid working with one of the largest prison corporations due to clauses the for-profit company is demanding. A coalition of some two dozen nonprofit organizations sent aletter to state governors on March 1 recommending the states refuse to work with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The governors […] Read More

A prominent climatologist has confessed to releasing internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a conservative lobbying organization that denies a link between carbon emissions and climate change. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security in Oakland, Calif., admitted to using a fake identity to obtain the documents. The […] Read More

Several Missouri churches received a letter in January from a Texas law firm warning that the churches might be jeopardizing their nonprofit status. The letter from Grapevine, Texas-based Anthony & Middlebrook said, “…a church or religious organization that engages in activities that attempt to influence legislation (i.e., lobbying) may lose their tax-exempt status.” The letter […] Read More

One of the primary emphases of the New Baptist Covenant II meeting in Oklahoma was a push for economic reforms related to “payday lending” – industry terminology for the practice of extending short-term, high-interest loans with no credit checks. Typically, the borrower gives the payday lending firm a signed check for the amount that will […] Read More

As state legislatures around the country consider expanding or introducing gambling in their respective states, speculation abounds that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will soon introduce federal legislation allowing for online poker. In light of the JusticeDepartment’sdecision that legalized some forms of online, non-sport gaming in December, Reid has said he wants to work on federal […] Read More