Top Five Stories of the Day
1. Evangelical statement on global warming is a media sensation
Christianity Today Online yesterday covered the Evangelical Climate Initiative's Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, but CT certainly isn't the only news outlet with interest in this subject. Dozens of newspapers and other media around the world are picking up the story with original reporting, and many others are picking up wire service stories. But it's also interesting that the D.C. media doesn't find the story newsworthy. There's no story at all in The Washington Times, which is usually better than most on covering evangelical political actions. And The Washington Post, which a week ago ran a full story under the headline, "Evangelicals Will Not Take Stand on Global Warming," only took note of the Evangelical Climate Initiative as a related item to the White House's action yesterday on global warming and polar bears.
2. NAE seeks to join Air Force lawsuit At the same time that the National Association of Evangelicals was making news for not taking part in the Evangelical Climate Initiative, the association was also in the news for taking a position in a Jewish Air Force Academy graduate's lawsuit against the military branch. The NAE, which sponsors many military chaplains from smaller denominations, would enter the case as a party, rather than simply filing a friend of the court brief. Mikey Weinstein says the NAE's involvement is itself evidence that the government is seeking to "collaborate with fundamentalist Christians to convert members of the armed forces to evangelical Christianity." The American Jewish Congress sees things differently, and is applauding the NAE's actions. The AJC especially likes the NAE's statement ...1
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