Human Race

Human Race

Issue: "'To stay is to be killed'," Nov. 29, 2008

SENTENCED: Chinese pastor Zhu Baoguo was sentenced to one year of "re-education through labor" in October, ChinaAid announced it had learned Nov. 18, after officials accused the Henan church leader of being head of an "evil cult." Authorities sent Zhu immediately to a labor camp. His family and church members have not been able to determine where he is being held, and family members say he has heart disease.

HONORED: The Philanthropy Roundtable awarded Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, 87, the 2008 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership on Nov. 7. The honor included a $250,000 award, which Cathy donated to two Georgia-based Christian ministries, Southwest Christian Care and Christian City.

SELECTED: The Republican Governors Association announced Nov. 14 that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, 48, will serve as the group's new chairman. Sanford's selection positions him as a potential 2012 presidential contender.

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PINNED: After 33 years in the Army, Ann Dunwoody, 55, made history Nov. 14 by becoming the first woman in the U.S. military to reach the rank of four-star general.

RETAINED: By a 42-13 vote Sen. Joe Lieberman was allowed to keep his Homeland Security Committee chairmanship. The Democrat from Connecticut, who has served as an Independent since reelection in 2006 and endorsed Sen. John McCain for president, will continue to caucus with Democrats in the upcoming Congress.

BURIED: The remains of Elinana Jabi Ngalamu, the first archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, reached their final resting place Nov. 8 at All Saints Cathedral in Juba, Sudan. Tradition dictated that Ngalamu, who upon his death in 1992 was buried in Khartoum due to political instability, be reinterred at his diocese in Juba.

DIED: Libertarian activist Marshall Fritz, who founded Advocates for Self-Government and created the World's Smallest Political Quiz, died Nov. 4 of pancreatic cancer. Fritz, 65, was a leading critic of state-run schools, and in 1994 he established the Alliance for the Separation of School & State. As the main author of the widely endorsed "Proclamation for the Separation of School and State," Fritz believed ending government involvement in schools would improve education, strengthen the family, and reverse the decline of American society. Earlier this year, Fritz called his diagnosis "a gift" that helped him refocus: "I'm terminal. So are you. We need to sort out what's important and get it done."


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