Today's Top Five

1. Taylor University students, staff in fatal accident
Classes have been cancelled at Taylor University after four students and a school employee were killed in a car crash last night. The school says that the weekend's planned inauguration of former American Bible Society president Eugene Habecker as president will continue with some schedule revisions.

2. Evangelicals and others will protest Darfur violence
As major rallies are planned for Sunday in Washington, D.C., and 17 other cities against the violence in Darfur, Sudan, The Washington Post reports on conflict within the Save Darfur Coalition. "Tensions have arisen, in particular, between evangelical Christians and immigrants from Darfur, whose population is almost entirely Muslim and deeply suspicious of missionary activity," writes Alan Cooperman. "Organizers rushed this week to invite two Darfurians to address the rally after Sudanese immigrants objected that the original list of speakers included eight Western Christians, seven Jews, four politicians and assorted celebrities—but no Muslims and no one from Darfur."

3. Evangelical political groups still mostly quiet on immigration The other big rally planned in the next few days is Monday's "Day Without Immigrants" — a work stoppage and boycott that is opposed by Roman Catholic leaders who have been prominent in other pro-immigrant demonstrations. Meanwhile, evangelical groups known for political activity are still remarkably silent on the issue, to the dismay of both sides of the debate. Family Research Council held a panel discussion today with a surprising diversity of opinions. Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs, told The Denver Post that the group is "trying to find common ...

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