NEWS STORY: Israel bombings draw condemnation from religious groups

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders affiliated with the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East Monday (Feb. 26) condemned Sunday’s two terrorist bombings in Israel that killed 25 and injured nearly 80 others. A committee statement said,”No matter what the cause, there is absolutely no moral justification for […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Clinton names his favorite preachers (RNS)-President Bill Clinton has named a half-dozen pastors, including his Southern Baptist minister in Little Rock, Ark., and the Methodist cleric he hears most frequently in Washington, D.C., as his favorite preachers. Clinton provided his list to Newsweek magazine for an article on Baylor University’s […]

COMMENTARY: Religious Right is a misunderstood political force

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Charles W. Colson, former special counsel to Richard Nixon, served a prison term for his role in the Watergate scandal. He now heads Prison Fellowship International, an evangelical Christian ministry to the imprisoned and their families. Contact Colson via e-mail at 71421,1551(at sign)compuserve.com.) (RNS)-Many voters are somewhat familiar with the […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Arab-American group decries accusations in wake of 1995 blast (RNS)-Early reactions to the April 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City blamed Arabs or Muslims for the blast, accusations that”made visible the negative feelings against Arabs which lie just below the surface of everyday life,”the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee […]

Pope revises rules on papal elections that could alter outcome

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Pope John Paul II has revised the way the next pope will be elected, allowing cardinals voting in secret ballot to abandon two-thirds majority approval and resort to a simple absolute majority if a stalemate is reached. The revision, outlined in a papal document, could affect the outcome […]

TOP STORY: CHARITIES: Charities worry that flat tax would slash donations

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-The candidacy of Steve Forbes may be limping but the proposal that propelled him forward in the GOP presidential field-the flat tax-is alive and well and striking fear into the hearts of charitable groups that depend on tax-deductible donations. If there should ever be a flat tax, charities wonder, […]

Church groups balk at potential CIA use of clergy in covert operations

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-Religious groups expressed concern Thursday (Feb. 22) about a loophole in CIA rules that allows the U.S. spy agency to use clergy and missionaries for covert work overseas. The rules forbid the CIA from hiring or establishing any intelligence relationships”with any U.S. clergy or missionary whether or not ordained, […]

COMMENTARY: Purim’s festivity masks a dreadful reality

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-The biblical Book of Esther is a literary gem, a sweeping study of monumental conflicts, tremendous courage and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. It tells the 2,500-year-old story of how a villainous prime minister, Haman, […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Rwanda war crimes trials may start in April (RNS)-War crimes trials against Rwandans accused of participating in the 1994 mass murder of up to 1 million people may begin in April, according to officials of the U.N. Tribunal charged with bringing them to justice. The trials will be held in […]