POLITICAL STORY: MUSLIM VOTERS: For Muslim voters in presidential race, party lines are nothing sacr

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Ask Earl El-Amin about his choice for president and he’s quick to say that party labels have little to do with his selection process.”I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I’m a Muslim. That means if the candidate is aligned with my religious beliefs, I vote for them,”said […]

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Best-selling religion books

(Editor’s note: This list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of June. Copyright 1996 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service. Check RNS Online for the list in a graphic format.) HARDCOVER 1. The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris. (Riverhead, $23.95) […]

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FEC sues Christian Coalition for election law violations

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Federal Election Commission (FEC) filed suit Tuesday (July 30) against the Christian Coalition, accusing the political organization of breaking the law by giving improper aid to Republican candidates for office. Citing examples of the coalition’s work with prominent Republican candidates such as former President George Bush, former […]

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TOP STORY:An American-born archbishop signals new era for Orthodox church

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In an historic move Tuesday (July 30) that signals a new era for Orthodox Christians in the West, leaders of the Orthodox Church reached into the ranks of American-born prelates and elected an Ohio native, Metropolitan Spyridon of Italy, to head the newly created Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Praise for broadcasters’ pledge on children’s television (RNS) Advocates of better television programming for children Tuesday (July 30) generally voiced support for the agreement President Clinton wrung from broadcasters to provide three hours a week of children’s educational broadcasting. The compromise pact, which came out of a White House meeting […]

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BODY & SOUL: Winning isn’t necessarily good for the soul

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Body & Soul is a regular column exploring the interplay between spirituality and psychology. Pythia Peay is the author of”Putting America on the Couch,”to be published by Riverhead Books in 1997.) (UNDATED) Athletic excellence never fails to inspire awe. Everyone loves a winner, whether it’s the image of an ancient […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Catholic bishops call for welfare veto (RNS) U.S. Roman Catholic bishops Friday (July 26) called on President Clinton to veto welfare overhaul legislation, saying that, “Sadly, this legislation falls far short of the U.S. bishops’ criteria for reform.” On Tuesday (July 23), the Senate passed its version of welfare reform. […]

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NEWS FEATURE: AME ZION CHURCH: AME Zion bishops address `forces of good and evil’

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, one of the nation’s oldest African-American denominations, meeting here for its quadrennial conference, weighed in on issues from Congress’ conservative political agenda to same-sex marriages and the role of women in their church. The bishops’ message, read Thursday (July 25) to […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Buddhist monk urges end to `land mines of the heart’ (RNS) A Cambodian Buddhist monk and a prominent Lutheran pastor joined Monday (July 29) in calling for a total ban on the production, export and use of anti-personnel land mines.”We come here to pray for peace and a world free […]

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TOP STORY: PASTORS WHO PREY: A new breed of predatory preachers in Zaire

c. 1996 Religion News Service KINTAMBO, Zaire _ A hymn-singing crowd of some 3,000 spills into the dusty streets around a former brothel that is now an Assemblies of God church in this suburb of Zaire’s capital city of Kinshasa. Across the main highway, another Pentecostal congregation packs the abandoned auditorium of an agricultural college; […]

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