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Southern Baptists elect reformer

Wed., June 14, 2006

The conservative Southern Baptist Convention took a populist turn Tuesday, electing as its president a small-town, reform-minded pastor over candidates endorsed by the denomination’s establishment.

Delegates to the SBC’s annual meeting chose Frank Page of First Baptist Church of Taylors, S.C., on the first ballot, with just over 50 percent of the votes.

Page, 53, immediately promised to open up the appointments process for key boards and encourage Southern Baptists toward greater cooperation with other Christians in spreading the Gospel.

“For too long Baptists have been known for what we’re against,” he said. “It’s time to say, ‘Please let us tell you what we’re for.’ “

Theological conservatives began in 1979 to assert tight control over the SBC which, with 16.3 million members, is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Page declared himself fully a part of the conservative movement, but said he would work to change the Baptists’ tone.


Study: Prozac no anorexia help

The antidepressant Prozac works no better than a placebo in preventing relapses in patients with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, according to a study released Tuesday.

The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association sent researchers back to square one in the search for drugs to treat the intractable disorder, which affects mostly women and adolescent girls.

People with anorexia are obsessed with their body weight and diet to the point where they become dangerously thin.

The disorder affects 1 percent to 2 percent of females in the U.S. and leads to death in an estimated 10 percent of cases.


Panel advises scholar’s firing

A University of Colorado committee recommended on Tuesday firing a professor who called some of the World Trade Center victims “little Eichmanns,” citing repeated research misconduct.

The panel’s recommendation now goes to university officials for a final decision.

Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, denied the allegations. He has vowed to fight his dismissal with a lawsuit.

The school’s investigation focused on allegations that Churchill committed research misconduct and plagiarism.

The panel did not address his essay relating the 2001 terrorist attacks to U.S. abuses abroad. The essay referred to some World Trade Center victims as “little Eichmanns,” a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who carried out Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate European Jews during World War II.


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