Lewis G. Clinton Jr., the CFO of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from his own church, the powerful and prestigious Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif.
The revelation has shocked both his church and professional family who learned that he bilked money meant for the poor to pay personal expenses, including golf club memberships, a luxury car, his mortgage and private school for his children, according to CBS San Francisco.
"Extreme surprise," said AC Transit's board president Greg Harper. "Never has there been any thought from any board member or any staff member that he might not be completely ethical." more >>
Colorado legislators are currently debating a controversial "reproductive health bill" that has attracted the attention of pro-life supporters in the state, including the Archbishop of Denver, who sent an open letter to dioceses this past Sunday encouraging Catholics to contact their congressperson or local media about their opposition to the bill.
The highly-debated piece of legislation is Senate Bill 175, also known as the "Reproduction Health Freedom Act." The legislation, described by some as the "anti-personhood bill," prohibits state or local governments from interfering with "reproductive health care," meaning "treatments related to services, procedures, supplies, products, devices, or information related to human sexuality, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, or assisted reproduction."
The bill also states that any newly enacted policies relating to reproductive health must be in line with "current evidence-based scientific data and medical consensus." more >>
If you are a recent college graduate, or you are looking for a graduation gift, Charles Murray's new book may be for you. The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life compiles many pieces of advice for young adults entering the workforce.
Murray, a political scientist and W. H. Brady scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, initially wrote many parts of the book for AEI's young interns through its internal electronic communication board. He was eventually encouraged to collect all of those thoughts for the book.
The book includes a wide variety of topics, including language and writing, personal appearance, manners and etiquette, the types of jobs to look for, what to do about an incompetent boss, and when and who to marry. more >>
The mother of the teen killed in the tragic Kansas Jewish community center shooting over the weekend said her Christian faith and prayer have helped guide her through this time of suffering. She also stressed her belief that God did not cause the tragedy.
"People keep saying, how come you're so strong? I'm strong because I have family, I'm strong because I have faith," Mindy Corporon, who lost her son and father in Sunday's shooting, told reporters. "I know that God did not do this. I know that there are evil, evil actions. But what we do have is each other, we have love and we have prayer, and we have friends and family. ... Our phone's been ringing off the hook."
"You have to reach to God," she said. "You have to reach to your friends and search your soul and that's what it's about. It's about us who are living and it's about loving and caring for one another." more >>
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal sister imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript paradoxically titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.
Is the Christian world about to suffer through another World Vision moment?
The book's author, Matthew Vines, is a homosexual activist and Bible revisionist known for manipulating Christian terminology to advance the counter-Christian homosexualist agenda. more >>
A new Danish statistical study finds that "Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first." While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam-such as attacks on Muslim apostates to Christianity-others, such as rampant theft of non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder is justified by Islamic doctrine-as one UK Muslim cleric once clearly said.
The interesting question here is why are second generation Muslims, who are presumably more Westernized than their Muslim parents, also more "radical"? Lest one dismiss this phenomenon as a product of economics or some other "grievance" against European host nations, the fact is, even in America, where Muslims are much better assimilated than in Europe, they too are turning to "radicalism."
For example, some time back, Attorney General Eric Holder said that "the threat [of terrorism] has changed … to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens-raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born." more >>