Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, November 06, 2008

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  • 'Historic' campaign scored Prop 8's win in California

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--Back in July, when a Field Poll was released showing that California Proposition 8 was trailing 51-42 among likely voters, the Election Day outlook for supporters of traditional marriage wasn't too bright. Two months later, when a mid-September Field Poll showed Prop 8 backers behind 55-38, the outlook turned grim.

    "That [tying 'gay marriage' to public schools] was certainly a good strategy, because people don't want their children being taught that same-sex marriage is the norm."

    -- ADF's Glen Lavy

          So, how did supporters of Proposition 8 manage, in a mere seven weeks, to turn a 17-point polling deficit into a five-point Election Day victory? It had even trailed in the final three pre-election polls.

          Experts and supporters of Prop 8 -- the constitutional amendment which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling and banned "gay marriage" -- point to a number of factors ... Read More

  • 3-minute testimony leads 1,600 to Christ

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--More than 1,600 people have indicated online that they prayed to receive Christ for salvation after watching a three-minute video of evangelist Ronnie Hill's testimony, which starts by recounting his birth to a 17-year-old rape victim ... Read More

  • Seminary serves as voting location

    by Michael McCormack, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary served as a polling place in the presidential election Nov. 4 as numerous voting precincts cast their ballots in the Hardin Student Center ... Read More

  • S. Baptists in Congress return to D.C.

    by Staff, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--No Southern Baptist members of Congress lost their seats in voting Nov. 4.

          Both senators and all 23 representatives who are members of Southern Baptist churches and were on the general-election ballot gained victories.

          Six Southern Baptists who are in the current Congress will not return to office ... Read More

  • Court weighs 'fleeting' obscenities fines

    by Elizabeth Wood, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The federal government asked the Supreme Court Nov. 4 to allow the punishment of broadcast TV stations for the use of "fleeting expletives."

    The oral arguments in FCC v. Fox Television Stations focused on whether the use of "fleeting expletives" in prime-time television broadcasts violated federal restrictions.

    In 2004, the FCC decided the one-time use of certain words, such as the f-word and s-word, would be illegal to use on air. The decision was made after the comm... Read More

  • Hawkins: Markets' mountaintops, valleys

    by Hawkins: Markets have mountaintops, valleys, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins discussed the recent volatility in the financial markets during the Southern Baptist entity's Nov. 3-4 trustee meeting in Dallas.

    During the sessions, trustees also were updated on the launch of GuideStone's property and casualty program and its plans to offer financial advice to participants beginning next year.

    "Through the last 90 years GuideStone has had many mountaintop experiences," Hawkins said. "We also have exp... Read More

  • Young people & the '08 election

    by Richard Ross, posted Thursday, November 06, 2008 (10 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--It's been fascinating to see a presidential candidate capture the loyalty of young people. Read More