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The [Tuesday] Papers

"The Chicago-based evangelical Moody Bible Institute has dropped its ban on alcohol and tobacco consumption by its 600-some faculty and staff, including for those who work in its radio and publishing arms," the Religion News Service reports.

"The change in August reflected a desire to create a 'high trust environment that emphasizes values, not rules,' said spokeswoman Christine Gorz. Employees must adhere to all 'biblical absolutes,' Gorz said, but on issues where the Bible is not clear, Moody leaves it to employees' conscience."


Students, however, are still not allowed to drink - or do much else.

"Students must abstain from tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and 'sexual promiscuity' for at least one year before they enroll and during their time at Moody."

Emphasis mine.

"In addition, students are to refrain from gambling, viewing obscene or pornographic literature, and patronizing pubs, bars, nightclubs, comedy clubs, and similar establishments."

Comedy clubs?

"Last year, the school lifted a ban on long hair for men and nose stud earrings for women."

Link mine.

"The change at Moody represents the latest shift in attitudes at different Christian institutions in recent years.

"Ten years ago in suburban Chicago, Wheaton College lifted the ban on student dancing and now allows faculty, staff and graduate students to drink, though not on campus."

Link mine.

"Other schools, including Huntington University and Asbury Seminary, have changed their stances on employees and drinking in the last five years, said Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History Magazine."

The validity of these rules is apparently cyclical.



"A Geneva bar and restaurant won't lose its liquor license, city officials decided, despite an admission by the owners' attorney that the booze kept flowing past city-mandated closing hours at a party that played host to celebrities including Jenny McCarthy and Dancing With The Stars cast members," the Tribune reports.

"EvenFlow Music and Spirits violated city code last month by serving and allowing the consumption of alcohol on the bar's premises between 2 a.m. and 5:45 a.m., said the owners' attorney, Thomas Scherschel."

Apparently the rules don't apply to everyone.


Not that I'm against after-hours drinking - except when Jenny McCarthy and dancing stars are involved. Then I believe in prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.

Spies Among Us
"Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used her position as the opening speaker at the U.N. General Assembly to accuse the United States of violating human rights and international law through espionage that included spying on her e-mail," Reuters reports.

"'Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations,' Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations."

Apparently the rules don't apply to everyone.

See also: UN Members Asked To End Unchecked Surveillance.

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Posted on September 24, 2013

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