Baptist church bans interracial couples
A small white-only church in Kentucky banned interracial couples from being accepted into the fold. Members of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted on the resolution not to support any interracial couple, no exceptions. The member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, said he is not a racist and called the vote an “internal affair.” However, the church’s secretary, Dean Harville, said the measure was targeted toward his daughter, who brought her black boyfriend to the congregation to sing in the choir.
School denies admission to HIV-positive applicant
The Milton Hershey School, founded by the chocolate tycoon, has a stated mission that says it “nurtures and educates children in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.” However, for one 13-year-old Delaware applicant, that mission didn’t necessarily hold true. The young man, whose identity is withheld, is pressing charges against the school saying he was not admitted because he is HIV positive. The school is not denying the allegation, and school officials said the decision was made to protect the health of other students and administration.
Gingrich doesn’t lobby
In a front-page article, the New York Times drags out in great detail the lobbying activities of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who continues to claim he is not a lobbyist because he is not registered as one. However, he has made a small fortune helping companies promote their services and gain access to state and federal officials and elected representatives. Gingrich is moving toward the top of the pack in the Republican race, and he claims he supports “traditional marriage.” Gingrich has engaged in multiple admitted adulteries and three marriages.