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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Evangelicals Choose Bassett for Key Post

The National Association of Evangelicals has chosen W. Todd Bassett, a former top official of the Salvation Army, to serve as its executive director.

NAE officials said Bassett is not succeeding the Rev. Ted Haggard, who resigned in November as president amid a sex and drug scandal.

"This is a new role that we used to have in years gone by and we now have," said the Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs.

Bassett was national commander of the Salvation Army from 2002 to April 2006. His role with NAE will include oversight of its administrative, communications and financial activities.

-- Religion News Service

Driver: Bus Policy Barred Muslim's Veil

Bus driver Gene Bandlow says he was just following policy when he asked a woman with an Islamic veil to step off his bus last July.

He didn't believe passenger Tasha Douglas was a terrorist, nor did he intend to discriminate against her religion, said Bandlow, who has been driving a city bus for 6 1/2 years in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"I'm not an idiot," Bandlow said. He said he decided to come forward after letters to the editor in the Grand Rapids Press suggested that he believed she was a terrorist.

Bandlow, 37, said he would not have told her she could not wear the veil had he known she was wearing it for religious reasons.

Since September, attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, working on Douglas's behalf, have been in talks with transit officials about the incident. Douglas's attorney, Miriam Aukerman, said she finds it hard to believe that Bandlow did not recognize Douglas's garb as being religious.

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