Lunchtime Links: April 15, 2010

With Tax Day upon us, increasing numbers of Americans are preparing their own taxes rather than turning to an accountant or tax preparation agency. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who are writing a check to Uncle Sam is shrinking. As for a Christian perspective on Tax Day, According to Luke 20:25 we are to “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Have you been procrastinating? Have you waited until the last minute?

An Associated Press investigation revealed a pattern of the Catholic Church regularly shifting priests around the world who had been accused of sexual misconduct. The AP found 30 cases of priests accused of abuse who were transferred or moved abroad. Some escaped police investigations. Many had access to children in another country, and some abused again.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has long been a credible source for in-depth analysis of how people view faith, and a new survey released today continues that pattern with interesting findings about the religious views of sub-Saharan Africans.

A dramatic volcanic eruption in Iceland does not pose a danger to many residents, but it is causing travel chaos in Europe as London’s Heathrow Airport has suspended flights.

Iraqi security forces disrupted a 9/11-style plot by al-Qaida in Iraq to fly hijacked planes into Shiite religious shrines, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday.

An immigration law making its way through the Arizona legislature which would criminalize being in the U.S. illegally is drawing a great deal of attention.

Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens were both eliminated from “American Idol” last night.

The field for the NBA Playoffs is set. While the Los Angeles Lakers look to defend their title as the top seed in the Western Conference, the field features two first-time entrants in the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Bobcats.

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