May 7, 2013 |
HERBERT AND Catherine Schaible don't object to the city providing their seven surviving children with immunizations and other medical care, their attorneys said in court yesterday. The Rhawnhurst couple are being investigated for the April death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon. The child died at home after becoming ill days earlier with breathing problems and diarrhea. Instead of calling a doctor, the parents prayed for their son, just as they did in 2009 when another son died.
May 6, 2013 |
First of six parts. Joseph Davis was born a few weeks before Thanksgiving in 1972, better off than most. His father worked in a chocolate factory. His mother counseled troubled kids and drug addicts. In his crayon-colored memories, he conjures a happy boyhood in Germantown. He cannot say exactly when or why his parents broke up. All he knows is that the corrosive aftermath splattered him with hurt. Even so, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. His mother raised him to play by the rules.
May 3, 2013 |
Some think I have a cushy job. After all, what could be easier than teaching the founding religion at a faith-based institution? Actually, it's more complicated than that. Because I am an academic, my task is more rigorous than merely reviewing the ideals of our religion, and because I embrace the Christian virtues of truth, accuracy, and fairness, I must engage my students with the complete story of our faith. This includes Christianity's glorious chapters when it has made positive contributions to humanity, but also the darker episodes when our religion is linked to some of history's most violent and barbaric events.
April 29, 2013 |
Rita Swan's 16-month-old son, Matthew, was dying of meningitis in the family's Michigan home in 1977. Swan never called a doctor. Instead, as Matthew screamed in pain, Swan and her husband, then Christian Scientists, who eschew medical help, summoned church healers to pray over the boy. He was sick, they said, because the Swans lacked sufficient faith in God. When nothing changed, maternal instinct overwhelmed piety, and Swan rushed Matthew to...
April 23, 2013 |
BOSTON - The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by their religious faith but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating the severely wounded younger man. He was charged with federal crimes that could bring the death penalty. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged in his hospital room with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. He was accused of joining with his older brother Tamerlan - now dead - in setting off the pressure-cooker bombs that killed three people and wounded more than 200 a week ago. The brothers, ethnic Chechens from Russia who had been living in the U.S. for about a decade, practiced Islam.
April 22, 2013 |
BOSTON - As churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Sunday, the city's police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks. The surviving suspect remained hospitalized and unable to speak with a gunshot wound to the throat. After the two brothers engaged in a gun battle with police early Friday, authorities found many unexploded homemade bombs at the scene, along with more than 250 rounds of ammunition.
April 18, 2013
I KNOW that people are always searching for truth and often try to find it in a trendy, cool, new religion. The central tenet of this hot new religion in Pennsylvania appears to be that the PSSA and other standardized tests are the Devil's work. Does this bold new claim come from Pope Francis, seeking a return to Catholic orthodoxy? Does it come from any of the Protestant sects that broke with the Catholic Church during the Protestant Reformation? Maybe Jews or Muslims have discovered this in a sacred text?
April 11, 2013
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, will speak at Plumstead Christian School's annual Founder's Day Forum April 15 in Souderton. Tebow will deliver a message of "faith, family and football," at two events at Calvary Church. The New York Jet quarterback has been outspoken about his Christian faith which is a focus of Through My Eyes , Tebow's best-selling memoir published last year. Tebow will be the first professional athlete to speak at the annual event which has featured several high profile figures including President George W. Bush, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Vice President Dan Quayle.
April 8, 2013
J. David Kuo, 44, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative who drew wide attention when he publicly accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died Friday in Charlotte, N.C. He was diagnosed a decade ago with brain cancer, his wife, Kimberly, said. After leaving his post as deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2003, Mr. Kuo became an open critic of that operation.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Joe Mihalich was surprised by a phone call Monday morning from a good friend who "is not a phone guy. " Once the basketball season begins, John Beilein is hard to get on the line. He gets locked in and stays locked in. But it was Beilein, the Michigan coach, on the phone to the Niagara coach not 18 hours after his team smacked Florida to get Beilein to his first Final Four after 35 years as a head coach. Beilein did not want to talk about how brilliantly his team had played against the Gators.