October 14, 2004 Print Edition

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PLATFORM COMPARISON

The following are excerpts from the Political Party Platform Comparison, a resource produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s iVoteValues.com initiative.

Floridians turn attention to election issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—As America draws closer to Election Day, some voters may be questioning the $270,000 the government has earmarked for potato storage research in Madison, Wis., or the $50 million approved for an indoor rainforest project in Iowa—both federal entitlements cited by the advocacy group Citizens Against Government Waste in its most recent report.

PLATFORM COMPARISON: REPUBLICANS

The following are excerpts from the Political Party Platform Comparison, a resource produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s iVoteValues.com initiative.

PLATFORM COMPARISON: DEMOCRATS

The following are excerpts from the Political Party Platform Comparison, a resource produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s iVoteValues.com initiative.

IS IT LEGAL?

Many are confused about what is and what is not legal given the IRS restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt organizations. While it is impossible to lay out a definitive list of do’s and don’ts since the IRS interprets what is and isn’t legal, the resource below is offered for general guidelines compiled by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission:

Florida anti-gambling forces face ‘Goliath’ in Amendment 4 contest

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Having failed three times in as many decades to win approval for casinos, gambling forces hope they will finally hit the jackpot next month with a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the approval of Floridians across the state to allow two south Florida counties to introduce slot machines at seven pari-mutuel facilities.

Florida disaster relief giving exceeds $1.2 million

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Though the “ravages” of four hurricanes have spurred a wounded sense of security in many Floridians, $1 million in donations to the Convention’s disaster relief fund illustrates the faith of God’s children in the weather-beaten state.

CP giving grows by 3.64 percent, best one-year gain in four years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Cooperative Program giving in the 2003-04 fiscal year reached a record level, increasing more than 3.64 percent, compared to a 0.48 percent increase recorded in 2002-03.

Point of View

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Point of View

Your beloved pastor needs your encouragement! And what better time to do it than October, designated Pastor Appreciation Month. A small acknowledgement can make a big difference. Need ideas to get started? Try one of these, or create one even more personal for your church’s pastor.

Point of View

By far the number one rule of reducing consumer debt is to not give in to despair and keep hope alive. There are several ways to accomplish this.

Point of View

If someone had suggested a year ago that cash-strapped California would be asked to amend the state constitution to siphon $6 billion (yes, $3 billion in principle and $3 billion in interest) into the biotech industry and its university affiliates, people would have laughed. But they would not have been reckoning with the power of the embryo stem-cell research hype. Millions of dollars have already been spent to get the signatures needed, and millions more are being raised for a TV ad campaign. Perhaps the most bizarre proposition in American history will be on California’s November ballot.

Bibliocipher

Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

BCF students help pick up pieces in aftermath of Ivan

PENSACOLA (BCF)—As tears streamed down his weathered cheeks from eyes tired with age and labor, 88-year-old Ivan Taylor thanked God for the clean-up taking place in his yard on a hot October 2 morning by faculty, staff, and students of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF).

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