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1. Sun Myung Moon behind most U.S. sushi
The Chicago Tribune has a long, in-depth exposé of Unification Church head Sun Myung Moon's connection to and control of the American sushi industry. Moon and his church "created an enterprise that reaped millions of dollars by dominating one of America's trendiest indulgences: sushi," the Tribune reports. "Adhering to a plan Moon spelled out more than three decades ago in a series of sermons, members of his movement managed to integrate virtually every facet of the highly competitive seafood industry. The Moon followers' seafood operation is driven by a commercial powerhouse, known as True World Group. It builds fleets of boats, runs dozens of distribution centers and, each day, supplies most of the nation's estimated 9,000 sushi restaurants." Even Christian restaurateurs who don't want to support Moon—who calls himself "humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord, and True Parent"—say they have to use his company if they want to serve sushi.

2. Gay student now out
Back when University of the Cumberlands was Cumberland College, the Southern Baptist school's code of conduct forbade "lewd and indecent conduct." The school now has a policy that "any student who engages in or promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles (including sex outside marriage and homosexuality) may be suspended or asked to withdraw." Sophomore Jason Johnson's MySpace blog is very gay, so he was disciplined by the school. Now Kentucky papers are wondering if the school's decision puts its plans for an accredited pharmacy school—funded in part with $11 million in state dollars—in jeopardy. There's a bit of discussion at GetReligion.

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