"We believe for the boycott to be effective, it had to have a beginning and an ending."

Gene Mims, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's resolutions committee, on the denomination's nearly unanimous vote to end its eight-year boycott of the Walt Disney Company, which plans to release The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in December.

"I do not return their calls. We are not their allies."

Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, on traditional environmental groups. NAE officials have been pressing the U.S. government to combat global warming.

"The stories … may not include alcohol consumption by Christian characters, dancing, card playing, gambling or games of chance (including raffles), explicit scatological terms, hero and heroine remaining overnight together alone, Halloween celebrations or magic, or the mention of intimate body parts."

Writer guidelines from Steeple Hill, the Christian imprint of romance novel giant Harlequin.

"Let's pretend that you are someone who might be willing, in theory, at some point, possibly, to consider maybe doing something that, while not 'evangelism'-type evangelism, still could be in some way construed as a sort of sharing of hope. Kind of."

From A Shy Person's Guide to the Practice of Evangelism, a booklet for Episcopalians, by Steven C. Bonsey.

Sources: The Orlando Sentinel, The Telegraph, Reuters/Steeple Hill, The Boston Globe

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Sources: The Orlando Sentinel, The Telegraph, Reuters/Steeple Hill, The Boston Globe.

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