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c. 1996 Religion News Service National Catholic Reporter faces $30 million libel suit for labor story (RNS) Briggs & Stratton, the Milwaukee, Wis.-based manufacturer of lawn mower and other small engines, has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the independent National Catholic Reporter (NCR), alleging the newspaper defamed the company and some of its top […]

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COMMENTARY: In defense of Gypsies

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. His home page on the World Wide Web is at http://www.agreeley.com. Or contact him via e-mail at agreel(AT)aol.com.) (UNDATED) Victor Hugo would not see much connection between his […]

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TOP STORY: THE METHODIST CHURCH: Congregations seek to make a difference with `Holy Boldness’

c. 1996 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ The Rev. Dennis O. Rinehart feels trapped. As pastor of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Warren, Ohio, he watched his operating costs jump 250 percent when he traded rented school space for a church building. Now, instead of writing the school one check that covered heat, light, parking, […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Ancient Buddhist scrolls obtained by the British Library (RNS) What are believed to be the earliest surviving Buddhist texts, dating back to the first century A.D. and written on pieces of brittle bark, have been acquired by the British Library and are in the process of being translated. The texts, […]

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NEWS STORY: `United Religions’ summit shows signs of division

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ As delegates assembled here this week (June 24-28) for meetings to create a global, interfaith”United Religions”organization, three conference participants showed just how difficult a task they are confronting. California Episcopal Bishop William Swing, who is hosting the United Religions summit, said the initiative aims to establish a […]

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NEWS STORY: `United Religions’ summit shows signs of division

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ As delegates assembled here this week (June 24-28) for meetings to create a global, interfaith”United Religions”organization, three conference participants showed just how difficult a task they are confronting. California Episcopal Bishop William Swing, who is hosting the United Religions summit, said the initiative aims to establish a […]

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COMMENTARY: Southern Baptists will fail in their attempt to convert Jews

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (UNDATED) It’s too bad Andrew Marvell, the 17th-century English poet, wasn’t in New Orleans recently when the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution calling for an active conversion campaign aimed at the Jewish people. Had the poet […]

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TOP STORY: ETHICS AND SOCIETY: Idaho prosecutor’s use of fornication law to fight teen pregnan

c. 1996 Religion News Service EMMETT, Idaho _ A note arrived from the principal’s office as Amanda Smisek, great with child, sat in class this spring at her high school here. The message: A detective at the city police station wanted to speak with her. “I thought someone must have got into trouble and they […]

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NEWS ADVANCE: Sex, money top Presbyterian assembly agenda

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) After three years of keeping the volatile issue of homosexuality off the agenda of the national church, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) next week faces another critical decision point on the role of gays and lesbians in the denomination. When the 568 elected commissioners, as delegates […]

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NEWS ADVANCE: Sex, money top Presbyterian assembly agenda

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) After three years of keeping the volatile issue of homosexuality off the agenda of the national church, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) next week faces another critical decision point on the role of gays and lesbians in the denomination. When the 568 elected commissioners, as delegates […]

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