TOP STORY: RELIGION IN AMERICA: At 30, Krishna movement seeks to overcome its past

c. 1996 Religion News Service ALACHUA, Fla. (RNS)-At 44, David Jakupko is a successful real estate agent specializing in”country homes and large properties.”He drives a late-model Jeep Cherokee and lives with his wife and two children in a five-bedroom house complete with a swimming pool and six wooded acres. A self-described”social conservative”who reads Forbes magazine […]

Hare Krishna: A modern offshoot of an ancient movement

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-The Hare Krishna sect is a modern offshoot of a 16th-century Hindu devotional movement. The sect traces its theology to the Bhagavad-gita, a 5,000-year-old Sanskrit text, and worships the Hindu deity Lord Krishna as the”supreme personality of the Godhead.” Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), as Hare […]

NEWS FEATURE: Dockside chaplain works to keep sailors’ faith afloat

c. 1996 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. (RNS)-Keeping up a brisk line of chatter, the Rev. Mario Balbi tooled his big red Dodge van through the truck-choked streets of Port Newark-Elizabeth, heading for the big Taiwanese container ship, Ming America, tied up at the Maher Terminal. On this clear, wind-whipped day, the Ming America was […]

COMMENTARY: One family’s loss of unexpected life

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)-We have been blessed in our marriage with two beautiful daughters. We were unaware that we had created another life until […]

COMMENTARY: Remembering my father, with sadness and joy

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, of Sudbury, Mass., is the author of nine books. The following commentary, suitable for Father’s Day, is taken from his latest book,”Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary,”published by Jewish Lights Publishing of Woodstock, Vt. (RNS)-My father was, among many things, a sign painter. I […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Treasury department releases seized Cuba-bound computers (RNS)-The U.S. Treasury Department late Friday (May 24) released some 374 Cuba-bound computers seized earlier this year from Pastors for Peace, a clergy and lay activist group that opposes U.S. policy toward Cuba. The computers, to be used in Cuba’s faltering health-care system, were […]

TOP STORY: SOUTH AFRICA: Once backer of apartheid, South African party now espouses family values

c. 1996 Religion News Service JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (RNS)-A few days after it announced it was withdrawing from the coalition government formed with the African National Congress, the National Party and its leader, F.W. de Klerk, uttered a message central to its new opposition stance: Family values. What emerged from the collapse of the coalition, […]

New book on the Holocaust stirs angry debate among scholars

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-To author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, it seemed like common sense: The Germans who participated in the deaths of 6 million Jews in Germany were not a small or coerced group of killers. Challenging the work of his fellow scholars and invigorating the Holocaust debate with his first major publication,”Hitler’s Willing […]

One man’s fight against child porn on the Internet

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-It was a scene Kurt Vonnegut could have written. Barry Crimmins, a bearded, 42-year-old, left-wing political satirist from Lakewood, Ohio, was testifying before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee investigating child pornography on the Internet. To make matters richer, he had been invited to testify by his newfound ally, the very […]