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Greensboro pastors take ‘protestant’ to another level

News & Record religion reporter Nancy McLauglin posted a press by Pulpit Forum, an organization of African-American pastors in Greensboro, on Monday. It seems the Pulpit Forum held a demonstration outside of Shiloh Baptist Church on July 10. The church recently fired its pastor, the Rev. Willis Johnson. Johnson played a key role in organizing the Interactive Resource Center, a homeless day center that celebrates its six-month anniversary on Friday. Once an anchor of the civil rights movement, Shiloh Baptist Church has developed a track record of kicking pastors to the curb. The Rev. Gregory Headen, the current president of the Pulpit Forum, is himself a former pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. Headen took a group of parishioners with him, and established Genesis Baptist Church in the 1990s. The Pulpit Forum statement acknowledges the novelty of a group of pastors protesting outside of a church. “In times past, we have made our way to those places where there was a concern,” the statement reads. “When it was government, we gathered at Governmental Plaza. When it was K-Mart, we make our way to the Super K. We did this to call public attention to something that we felt was wrong. Today, it happens to be a church that has acted more than once in ways that we find unacceptable to the body of Christ.” The pastors said Johnson’s termination might have conformed with the strictures of contract law, “but it does not stand up under the light of eternity.” The statements continues, “Four times in the past 13 years, Shiloh has gotten rid of pastors after bringing them and their families here from other places and other fields of labor where they had been effective and accomplished great things. These are the kinds of pastors that Shiloh seeks and pretends to want, but when they have come, a few in the congregation want them to become little puppets, and when they exercise strength, these few take steps to control or get rid of them.” — JG

WXII, Que Pasa contributed to Joines’ 2005 campaign

Michael Pulitzer, station manager for WXII- TV — Winston-Salem’s NBC affiliate station, contributed $400 to Mayor Allen Joines’ 2005 campaign. Jose Isasi, the owner of Que Pasa Media Network, the largest Hispanic Media company in the state, contributed $1,000 to Joines’ 2005 campaign. Isasi’s company owns three Spanish-language newspapers in Charlotte, Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad; four AM radio stations; a Hispanic marketing and communications company; and a number of other related Hispanic businesses around the state. The media industry represented a small fraction of the $95,327 Joines raised for his 2005 mayoral run, according to records at the Forsyth County Board of Elections. Employees of the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice contributed nearly $10,000 to Joines’ 2005 campaign. — KTB

Eagle Times becomes extinct

The Eagle Times daily newspaper in Claremont, NH distributed its final edition on July 12. The 175-year-old newspaper’s death had a significant effect on the Claremont community and left many in shock. Eagle Publications, the parent company for Eagle Times, filed for bankruptcy on July 10; 66 full-time and 29 part-time employees lost their jobs. Eagle Publications was one of the largest employers in Sullivan County and other publications under its umbrella to suffer included the Weekly Flea, a classified listing; the Connecticut Valley Spectator, a Lebanonbased weekly; and The Message in Ludlow, Vt. Reporters for Eagle Times said they didn’t see the demise coming despite internet competition and low ad sales. Eagle Times publisher Harvey D. Hill said that he couldn’t afford to continue making up the company’s losses from his own pocket. The Eagle Times was the only daily newspaper in the town and residents must now count on the dailies in surrounding counties to get their local news. — LC

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