No thanks, say Floridians to Jesus video mailing

"We've never had as many people call or as many returns in the 22 years I've worked here," says the United States Postal Service's Cecile Sasso. He's talking about the 400,000 videos Campus Crusade for Christ mailed out to Palm Beach County residents over Holy Week. Some residents taped them to bricks and marked them "return to sender" so Campus Crusade would have to pay extra shipping costs.

IRS OK in revoking church's tax exemption for political activity, court rules

The IRS was justified in revoking the tax-exempt status of a church that took out full-page newspaper ads in 1992 urging Christians not to vote for Bill Clinton, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. There are avenues for Christians—and even churches—to act politically, the court ruled (such as forming non-tax-exempt agencies), but directly participating in political campaigns violates churches' tax exemption. Branch Ministries was the first church to lose its tax-exempt status for political activity.

CBS affilates approve Christian Web site ads for Jesus

Though CBS banned from advertising during Jesus: The Epic Miniseries (see our earlier Weblog), local CBS affiliates (which control much of the advertising slots) have approved the Web site's spots for the Wednesday-night conclusion of the show.

Jesus crucifixion difficult for actors

"To see Jeremy [Sisto, who plays Jesus] up there, it doesn't matter what religion you are, it was absolutely devastating," says Debra Messing, who plays Mary Magdalene in Jesus: The Epic Miniseries and one of the leads in the NBC series Will & Grace. "We cried for three days." Three days, eh?

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