Today's Top Five
1. Connecticut churches face tax penalties for ministries
Sunday's The New York Times has a troubling story on how costly it can be for a church to serve the needy. Definitely worth a read.
2. 7th Heaven ends its run tonight
The Times has an interesting review, in part criticizing the show for moralizing against premarital sex, but also for being duplicitous: "As distasteful as the series might seem to liberal sensibilities, it is arguably more offensive still to conservative ones, because of the sleaziness with which it puts across the Christian values to which it halfheartedly aspires. It revels in the illicit behavior it condemns and takes pleasure in its own creepy innuendos." Slate agrees: "For all its conservative sexual mores, 7th Heaven is one of the most sexually frank shows on television. So does The Denver Post: "Just read any '7H' plot summary and tell me it isn't as trashy as The O.C. ('Virgin Martin impregnates Hilary Duff's slutty older sister on the day he meets her.')" Not revealed in the final episode: the actual denomination that the pastor dad actually belongs to.
3. AIDS groups shunning Saddleback
The front page of today's San Francisco Chronicle reports on Saddleback Church's plan to help people with HIV and AIDS. But the plan may not come into fruition because other AIDS groupsthough desperate for volunteersare suspicious of the conservative church. Joe Garofoli reports:
[S]ome secular HIV care providers are wary of Saddleback's motives. They don't trust them. Not yet.
After decades of hearing evangelical Christian leaders demonize homosexuals for their "sinful" lifestyle or criticize the risky behavior that led people to contract HIV, some care providers are leery of ...1
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