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American Bible Society reviewing link to e-commerce tycoon

Posted by: Gary Stern - Posted in American Bible Society, Paul Irwin, Richard J. Gordon on May 21, 2008

I got this ominous-sounding press release today from the American Bible Society, a NYC-based group, nearly 200 years old, that tries to make the Bible available to everyone:

New York – May 20, 2008 – The American Bible Society Board Chairman, Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson, announced today that two American Bible Society executives, Dr. Paul Irwin, President, and Richard Stewart, Chief Financial Officer, have been placed on leave at the request of the Board of Trustees.

The Board has committed to a full and independent review of the financial stewardship of the American Bible Society.

The American Bible Society’s Executive Vice Presidents, Dr. R. L. Vest and The Reverend Simon Barnes, will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations, reporting to the American Bible Society Board of Trustees Chairman, Dr. Dennis C. Dickerson.

On Sunday, the NYT ran a lengthy story about a guy named Richard J. Gordon, an “electronic commerce” tycoon who has had a wide range of clients — from porn companies to, you guessed, it the American Bible Society.

The Times reported that the American Bible Society paid $5 million to Gordon’s company between 2005 and 2007 for several projects, including digitizing the Bible.

“I have absolutely no knowledge of Richard Gordon’s involvement in pornography,” Paul Irwin told the Times.