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President of Montreat College resigns as police investigate allegations
Last Wednesday, John S. Lindberg resigned as president of Montreat College, a North Carolina Christian school associated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He had held the job for only two months, so some suspicions were raised when a college press release said only that he was leaving "completely for personal reasons."

This week, those personal reasons were revealed: a 13-year-old girl has accused him of soliciting sex over the Internet.

"The individual that was communicating knew that the victim was 13, or less than 15," Stephen Hampton, Chief of the Statesville Police Department, told Charlotte television station WCNC. "There are no indications they knew one another prior to his contact with her via the Internet."

Police said they are convinced that the e-mail was sent from his Internet address, but no charges have yet been filed.

Yesterday, a judge sealed court documents related to the investigation, including the search warrant "until an arrest warrant is issued, or until a true bill of indictment is returned by the Grand Jury."

The college said they didn't know about the investigation. "We are learning of this investigation at the same time as everyone else," interim president Don King said.

Whether Lindberg is either arrested or cleared, Weblog will of course follow up on this very sad story.

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Franklin Graham:

  • Emergency relief | The embattled Franklin Graham sends aid to Iraq despite a welter of hand-wringing over what it will do to Muslim-Christian relations (World)

  • Franklin Graham's works defy anti-Muslim image | In the summer of 1999 in a boggy field on the Albanian coast, I saw a dozen Samaritan's Purse staffers build and run a small tent town for 2,000 mostly Muslim refugees who had fled ethnic violence in Kosovo (Van Kornegay, The State, Columbia, S.C.)

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Life ethics:

Faith-based initiative:

  • Faith, hope, and government | A former Bush adviser explains why the consensus favoring federal support for faith-based social services collapsed—and why it must be revived (John J. Diiulio Jr, The Boston Globe)

  • Bid to defund faith-based groups fails | Rep. Chet Edwards (D.-Tex.), offered a hastily crafted amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill that would ensure that none of the funds appropriated in the bill would go to any group that "discriminates in job hiring based on religion." (The Washington Times)

  • Head Start flim-flam | Thousands of Head Start workers and volunteers could be displaced as Bush Administration claims faith-based organizations have 'religious hiring rights' (Bill Berkowitz,

  • Not a leap of faith | The empirical case for faith-based social services (John J. DiIulio Jr., The Weekly Standard)

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  • Professor steeped in religion | Statues, crucifixes and other objects adorn every room of religious studies professor Susan Kwilecki's house (The Roanoke Times, Va.)


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Sexual ethics:

  • Clergymen threaten to shun first gay bishop | More than 30 church leaders, including five bishops from Britain and abroad, said last night that they would not recognise the authority of the first openly homosexual bishop in the Church of England if his appointment was confirmed. (The Daily Telegraph, London)

  • Dr. John: I am not driven by a liberal agenda | The full text of Canon Jeffrey John's statement on his nomination and appointment as Bishop of Reading, and the issues being hotly debated in the Church as a result (Reading Chronicle, Berkshire, England)

  • Gay rights law threatens holy row | Gay rights have been extended to the workplace under a new law … so long as your work is not with the Church. But you don't have to wear a dog-collar to be caught out by this exemption (BBC)

  • Lively debate on homosexuality shows Church far from outdated | The interpretation of biblical texts has rightly been a matter of debate (Peter Carnley, The Sydney Morning Herald)

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Other stories of interest:

  • Religion news in brief | Re-Imagining Community appears to be dissolving, Operation Rescue leader moves office, Louisiana court dismisses ACLU bid to end church sales tax exemptions, and other stories (Associated Press)

  • 'Christian terrorist' is oxymoron | To call Rudolph a "Christian terrorist" is like calling a dog a cat (Bill Graves, The Oklahoman)

  • For Shakers, elegance was plain | The 19th-century American religious sect that emphasized simplicity and plain living (The New York Times)

  • Science and religion cease fire | The Biotechnology Industry Organization and the National Council of Churches signed a pact here to open channels of communication between them about the promise and potential perils of biotechnology (Wired News)

  • Unsocial gospel | D.G. Hart on American Protestantism (Robert W. Patterson, The Weekly Standard)

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