COMMENTARY: Yasser Arafat’s carefully calculated Big Lie

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-About 15 years ago the Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, began a propaganda campaign by describing Jesus as”a Palestinian.” At first, I thought he was kidding. Surely, I naively believed, no one would swallow Arafat’s utter […]

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TOP STORY: BUDDHISM IN AMERICA: Buddhist Churches of America roiled by change, dissension

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO (RNS)-Since it was established here 97 years ago, the Buddhist Churches of America has provided cultural shelter, and a religious center, to four generations of Japanese-Americans. At the religious center has been Japan’s Jodo Shinshu Buddhism-an Americanized stepsister of Zen Buddhism. But it was the BCA’s sponsorship of […]

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NEWS STORY: Appeals court rules Religious Freedom Restoration Act constitutional

c. 1996 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS)-City government said the old Spanish-style Catholic church that held only 350 worshipers was too beautiful to replace, even though the 1,300 families of St. Peter’s in growing Boerne, Texas, were having to gather for Mass in a nearby meeting hall. But in a religious liberty case with […]

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TOP STORY: RELIGION IN INDIA: Sunset falls on an ancient Jewish community

c. 1996 Religion News Service COCHIN, India (RNS)-“There was no need for it to come to an end, but now the party’s over,”Lily Koder said as she stood looking down Jewtown, a narrow lane leading to one of Asia’s oldest synagogues. Koder’s father, Samuel, who started Cochin’s first electric company and ferry service, was a […]

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NEWS STORY: Pope urges media to foster improved image of women

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Pope John Paul II has called on the mass media to cease their”exploitation of women”in print, broadcast and cinema portrayals, and promote the rights and”dignity”of women by accurately depicting their lives. The pope wrote in a message prepared for the Vatican’s 30th World Communications Day, on May 16, […]

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Former Episcopal treasurer admits to embezzling more than $1.5 million

c. 1995 Religion News Service (RNS)-The former treasurer of the Episcopal Church admitted Wednesday to a federal court in Newark, N.J., that she embezzled more than $1.5 million from the church and evaded income taxes on part of the stolen money. Ellen F. Cooke, 52, who served as the church’s top financial officer from 1986 […]

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National Religion Report

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Following is a collection of domestic religion stories compiled from RNS staff, wire and denominational reports). Supreme Court allows $1.5 million judgment against Christian Scientists (RNS)-The Supreme Court Monday (Jan. 22) let stand a Minnesota appeals court’s $1.5 million damage judgment against four Christian Scientists, including the mother of a […]

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TOP STORY: JUDAISM IN AMERICA: Synagogues reward Jewish families willing to relocate

c. 1996 Religion News Service LOWELL, Mass.-“WANTED,”said the ad, published in a regional Jewish newspaper.”$2,500 reward. Pioneering families to revitalize the Jewish community in Lowell.” With car-dealer flair and Wild West drama, a rabbi here is beckoning Jews to a new frontier, urging them to settle in a city that he said is a worthy, […]

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COMMENTARY: The murky waters of `parental rights’ legislation

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) (RNS)-It’s an idea that has some merit. But the real key to parental responsibility is morals, not laws. A bill called […]

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NEWS STORY: Christian leaders urge new mobilization against religious persecution

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-Leaders of more than 40 evangelical and Catholic organizations Tuesday (Jan. 23) urged the federal government to take up the cause of persecuted Christians around the world. At the same time, the leaders, representing churches, mission agencies and political advocacy groups, conceded that the Christian community itself has not […]

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