"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 2, No. 7:  April 26, 2001.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: PROGRESS WITH WORD4WORD PROJECT
2. TRINITY HYMNAL, TRINITY PSALTER: WEB RESOURCES (PART 1)
3. YAHOO!: IN AND OUT OF THE PORN BUSINESS: YAHOO!
4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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Copyright (C) 2001 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  For
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1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: PROGRESS WITH WORD4WORD PROJECT

Sorry for the delay in publication, but I've been continuing
work on the Word4Word program mentioned in the previous issue
of CATI:

Editor's Letter: Help with Word-for-Word Memorization?
  http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati51.htm#1

As I indicated there, Word4Word is designed to help people
memorize whatever they want to memorize word-for-word, but
especially Bible passages and catechism answers.  I'm still
looking for more beta-testers, so if you're interested, send
an email to me at cati@traver.org.

If you're interested in knowing more about Word4Word, keep
reading this opening letter.  If not, skip down to the next
article (or to the article after that).

One way to give a brief overview of Word4Word might be to
list the current menu commands (with added comments):
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FILE:

KJV: 40 Scripture passages from the King James Version: New
Testament

NASB: the same 40 Scripture passages from the New American
Standard Bible: New Testament

NIV: the same 40 Scripture passages from the New International
Version: New Testament

NKJV: the same 40 Scripture passages from the New King James
Version: New Testament

HC: the Heidelberg Catechism (129 questions) (note well: there
are other translations of the Heidelberg Catechism available)

WSC: the Westminster Shorter Catechism (107 questions) (note
well: there are other translations of the Westminster Shorter
Catechism available)

OTHER: same as File/Open in many other programs -- allows you
to open other Word4Word files

EXIT: exit (close down) the program
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OPTIONS

CHOOSE MUSIC: allows you to choose a .MID or .MP3 file to use
with Word4Word (it plays while you're being quizzed)

MUSIC ON: toggle to show whether you want music to play with
Word4Word (some people prefer to turn it off)
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PREVIEW ON: toggle to show whether you want the answers to
be displayed while you are looking through the catechism
questions or Scripture text to choose one to be tested on
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AUTO NEXT: toggle to show whether you want to go on to the
next question or Scripture verse automatically after you get
perfect the one you are working on

SKIP SCORE: toggle to show whether you want your score to be
displayed after you get the question or Scripture verse you
are working on perfect
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HELP

ABOUT WORD4WORD:  tells basic facts about the Word4Word beta
version (a more extensive help resource is expected to be
added later)
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Recently added (but not yet) fully debugged are the following
features:

AUTO RANDOM: toggle to show whether you want to go on to a
random question or Scripture verse automatically after you
get perfect the one you are working on

EDIT MODE: create, edit, modify, save a Word4Word file (in
other words, you will have a built-in text editor that is
specifically intended for Word4Word!)

Here's how "Edit Mode" works.  When you've finished adding
a question and want to add another, just press the right arrow
key.  If you want to go back and check or revise an earlier
question, just press the left arrow key.  If you want to save
the file, just choose "Save" on the "File" menu.  Couldn't be
simpler!

After beta-testing is finished, Word4Word will be available
for download by all CATI subscribers (and by anyone else who
may be interested in such a program).

Again, if you're interested in helping out by beta-testing the
program, please let me know.  Thanks!
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2. TRINITY HYMNAL, TRINITY PSALTER: WEB RESOURCES (PART 1)

If you use a different hymnal and/or psalter than the Trinity
Hymnal and Trinity Psalter, you may still find much of the
material in this article to be useful, since there is a great
deal of overlap of contents in various church hymnals and
Psalters.  The Trinity Hymnal and Trinity Psalter are a great
resource that lead to Web resources that may be often helpful
to those who may be accustomed to using different books of
praise.

The Trinity Hymnal is much-loved collection of hymns published
by Great Commission Publications (GCP):

GCP: Trinity Hymnal
  http://www.gcp.org/trinityhymnal.html

It is available in two editions:

GCP: Original Trinity Hymnal (1961) (730 hymns)
  http://www.gcp.org/trinityold.html

GCP: New Trinity Hymnal (1990) (742 hymns)
  http://www.gcp.org/trinitynew.html

Both editions include Psalter readings (KJV in the original
edition, NIV in the new one) and the Westminster Confession
of Faith and Westminster Shorter Catechism.

For those who like to sing the Psalms (and that should include
all of us!), Great Commission Publications also publishes a
Trinity Psalter:

GCP: Trinity Psalter (150 Psalms, words only)
  http://www.gcp.org/trinitypsalter.html

Regrettably, there appears to be little information about
the Trinity Hymnal or the Trinity Psalter on the GCB Web
site.

Incidentally, although the GCP Web site only mentions the
words-only edition, it should be mentioned that Crown and
Covenant Publications offers a music edition of the Trinity
Psalter:

C & C Publications: Trinity Psalter (Music Edition)
  http://www.psalms4u.com/specials.html

This edition "Contains music for each suggested tune listed in
the words-only edition.  Also includes helpful introduction
and ... 12 meditations on the psalms."

The Trinity Hymnal -- either the original or the new version
-- is used in many conservative Presbyterian or Reformed
congregations as well as other churches.  There is, in fact,
a special edition for Reformed Baptists, based on the old
Trinity Hymnal:

Trinity Book Service: Trinity Hymnal (Baptist Edition)
  http://www.trinitybookservice.org/09001.html

Voice of the Reformation: Trinity Hymnal (Baptist Edition)
  http://www.vor.org/truth/trnhym/trinityh.html

That edition includes over forty new hymns as well as the
London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.

We'll look more at both the Trinity Hymnal and the Trinity
Psalter (and the general topics of the singing of hymns and
Psalms) in future issues of CATI (D.V.), but for this issue
my primary focus will be on one very helpful Web site, which
contains a lot of useful material especially relating to the
original Trinity Hymnal:

Orthodox Presbyterian Church: Trinity Hymnal
  http://opc.org/books/TH/

Ever remember a word or phrase from a hymn but can't remember
the hymn from which it came?  Well, the Web page that I just
mentioned allows you to search the 730 hymns in the original
Trinity Hymnal for a particular word or phrase.  That's a
lot of hymns!  Even if you regularly use a different hymnbook,
there is probably a good likelihood that the same hymn may be
included in the Trinity Hymnal.

That same Web page contains links to all of the following:

Alphabetical list of all hymns, with links to the individual
    hymns (i.e., the words with musical accompaniment)
  http://opc.org/books/TH/ (then click on "Hymn List")

Alphabetical list of all tunes, with links to the individual
    hymns using them
  http://opc.org/books/TH/ (then click on "Hymn List")

Complete Trinity Hymnal lyrics (a 638K Web page in HTML!),
    arranged numerically
  http://opc.org/books/TH-orig.html

Index of first lines of refrains (prepared by me for people
    like me who can remember how the refrain begins but not
    how the first verse begins)
  http://opc.org/books/TH/refrains.html

Links to all MIDI files (piano accompaniment for the hymns,
    arranged numerically)
  http://opc.org/books/TH/MIDI/

Numerical list of all hymns, with links (the "Blue" you see in
    the filenames refers to the fact that the original Trinity
    Hymnal ordinarily had a blue cover, while the new Trinity
    Hymnal ordinarily has a red cover)
  http://opc.org/books/TH/old/

The MIDI files, by the way, can also be downloaded as a single
file in either .exe or .sit format.

All of these resources relate to the original ("old") Trinity
Hymnal.  The main Trinity Hymnal Web page on the OPC Web site
also contains this note:  "No concordance is planned for the
revised Trinity Hymnal (1990) at this time, because over 150
of its hymns are still under active copyright."  (Don't give
up entirely on this, however, because I believe it would be
possible to set up a search engine where you could search for
a word or phrase and be told without violating copyright the
places in the new Trinity Hymnal where it occurs.)

Stephen Pribble, Webmaster of the OPC Web site, is to be much
commended for the excellent resources he has made available
on this Web site.  (A future CATI article may tell you more
about some of them.)  Since the original Trinity Hymnal was
produced by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, it is natural
that the OPC Web site should serve as a place where a great
number of resources related to that hymnal may be found.

There are other good resources available on the Web, and I
plan to share some of them in the next article in this
series on the Trinity Hymnal and Trinity Psalter (and I
hope to include other material related to the singing of
hymns and of Psalms).

It should be noted that some people believe that only Psalms
should be sung in the public worship of God, while others hold
that other hymns (if true to the content of Scripture) may be
used as well.  Although I have my own personal feelings on the
subject, I do not see it as my place to argue strongly for one
position over another.  At most I may refer you to worthwhile
presentations from both perspectives which you may read and
judge for yourselves.

I do know people from both positions who hold to the following
convictions:  (1) Whether or not they are suitable for public
worship, hymns such as those found in the Trinity Hymnal may
be appropriately used for spiritual benefit on various other
occasions, and (2) Whether or not we believe Psalms and only
Psalms ought to be used in public worship, the singing of
Psalms such as those found in the Trinity Psalter ought to
be sung more frequently to the enrichment of God's people and
to the glory of God.
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3. YAHOO!: IN AND OUT OF THE PORN BUSINESS: YAHOO!

"Help Stop Yahoo Porn!"  That was the subject and headline of
the April 12, 2000 "AFA Action Alert" from the American Family
Association.

Yes, Yahoo -- one of the most respected names on the Internet
-- had apparently entered the pornography business <sigh>.
Here are some comments from that "AFA Action Alert":

"Attorney General John Ashcroft is being urged to prosecute
Yahoo, Inc., one of the world's largest Internet companies,
for its direct involvement in the sale and distribution of
obscene material and child pornography.  In a letter, written
by ... Patrick Trueman, former official in the Reagan and Bush
Administrations who was responsible for the prosecution of
illegal pornography, Ashcroft was told that it is urgent that
Yahoo be investigated immediately."
  http://www.afa.net/activism/aa041201.asp

Trueman, by the way, "was chief of the Child Exploitation and
Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of
Justice, in Washington from 1988 to 1992," and "now serves as
legal counsel and director of governmental affairs for AFA."
But let's get back to the Alert:

"'News reports this week indicate that Yahoo has begun to
offer thousands of hardcore pornographic videos and DVDs in
its online store and receives "a percentage of each sale"
from merchants working with Yahoo,' Trueman said in the
letter. 'Because Yahoo has such a dominant presence on the
Internet, it must not be allowed to flaunt federal law. To
allow it to do so will surely encourage many more mainstream
companies with a dot-com presence to also embrace the
obscenity industry.'"
  http://www.afa.net/activism/aa041201.asp

An example of such a news report is P.J. Huffstutter's article
"Yahoo's Search for Profit Leads to Pornography," an article
which appeared April 11, 2001 in the L.A. Times.  Here's some
of what that article had to say:

"Yahoo Inc., struggling for profit amid a shaky dot-com
marketplace, has become the first top-tier Internet company
to embrace the porn industry, opening an online store stocked
with thousands of hard-core DVDs and video tapes.... [N]o
other Internet titan has jumped into bed with the adult
entertainment industry. Because of Yahoo's dominant online
presence, the company immediately emerges as a behemoth in
the online pornography business, industry experts say. An
estimated 185 million people worldwide access Yahoo each month.
'The push into porn is a departure for ... Yahoo, which has
long cultivated a Main Street reputation in its bid to become
the window to the online world.'"
  http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/lat_yahoo010411.htm

According to the L.A. Times article, Yahoo's decision to push
porn was not without hazards:

"Yahoo's rush for revenue is a risky gamble and could easily
backfire by alienating advertisers, its main source of
revenue, analysts said. 'This is a company that has posted
losses because ad sales are down,' said Van Baker, vice
president of the e-business group at research firm Dataquest.
'This won't hurt them with advertisers in the young male
demographic. But to everybody else--and certainly anyone who's
advertising to the Christian or kids market--this is going to
be shocking.'"
  http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/lat_yahoo010411.htm

That prediction was indeed fulfilled.  The AFA Action Alert
was one significant response to Yahoo's decision.  The Alert
recommended this action:

"Contact Yahoo, Inc. and politely express your outrage that
they are now mainstreaming and profiting from pornography in
order to boost sagging profits. If you have a Yahoo account,
tell them that you plan on canceling and let them know why."
  http://www.afa.net/activism/aa041201.asp

Many people apparently did that, including some subscribers of
CATI.  Here's the report from the April 23, 2001 issue of the
Internet for Christians newsletter as summarized in an article
entitled "YAHOO! Pulls the Plug for Online Pornography Sales":

"After years of pedaling adult-oriented materials online,
Yahoo! has decided to remove itself from the business of
selling these products. An April 11 article in the Los
Angeles Times, later picked up by other national media,
focused on just how much of this type of material was
offered on Yahoo! The resulting uproar in protest from
individuals and groups such as the American Family
Association caused the Internet's top search engine and
directory to discontinue the sale of the products by
associated vendors hosted on Yahoo's 'Shop Yahoo!'
section."
  http://www.gospelcom.net/ifc/ifc134/ifc134pg3.php#5

Note:  Yahoo! had already been involved in the pornography
business quietly for years, but it wasn't brought to public
attention until the most recent decisions of Yahoo! to
increase that involvement.

Thanks to public action and reaction, Yahoo! -- who was
earlier in the porn business -- seems now to be out of the
porn business.  Though Yahoo! apparently does not admit
that the change was due to such things as Christian action
in response to the "AFA Action Alert," most people believe
that such was a significant factor.

Here are some places where you can read more about this
interesting story:

Yahoo Pulls the Porn (The Standard, April 13, 2001)
  http://www.thestandard.com/article/0,1902,23692,00.html

Yahoo Moves to Eliminate Sexually Explicit Content (Associated
    Press, April 13, 2001)
  http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/ap_yahoo010413.htm

Public Outcry Scuttles Yahoo’s Plans for Porn (L.A. Times,
    April 14, 2001)
  http://www.latimes.com/business/updates/lat_yahoo010414.htm
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This is the fifty-second issue of a free newsletter devoted
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Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is
Copyright (C) 2001 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  For
permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact
Barry Traver at cati@traver.org.  Permission is hereby granted,
however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1)
no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety.