Confusion about exodus from seminary
THE Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary in New
York has accepted the "resignations" of eight full-time professors,
amid confusion about whether their resignations had been offered.
In a letter to students last Friday, the professors said that "the
working environment that the Dean and President has created has
become unsustainable." They spoke of "a number of very serious
incidents and patterns of behavior which have over time caused
faculty, students, and staff to feel intimidated, profoundly
disrespected, excluded, devalued, and helpless". The Board said it
accepted the "resignations" with "great regret" and said that it
would conduct "an internal investigation into certain allegations
of statements made by the Dean and President".
Man with schizophrenia on death row shot and hospitalised
A BRITISH man, Mohammad Asghar, was shot by a police officer
last week, in the Pakistani jail where he was being held after
being sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy (News, 31
January). Mr Asghar, who is 70 and suffers from paranoid
schizophrenia, was shot by a guard on Thursday of last week and
transferred to hospital. Reprieve, which is representing him, has
written to David Cameron asking him to ensure that Mr Asghar is not
returned to the jail but to a "secure medical facility where he can
receive the treatment he so desperately needs".
Warning of increase in attacks on Egyptian Copts
POLICE raids on the homes of Copts, conducted last week in
al-Minya, Egypt, must be investigated by the Egyptian Ministry of
the Interior, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said on Friday.
It reported that members of the community were "harassed and
assaulted, their homes and property destroyed, and 12 people were
detained". The raids followed a protest by Copts demanding that the
police address the abduction of a Christian woman. CSW has reported
an increase in kidnappings, intimidation, abuse and killings of
Christians in Egypt.