COMMENTARY: Striking a balance between security and freedom

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) (UNDATED) President Clinton is fighting crime by calling […]

NEWS STORY: Hillary urges AME Zion delegates to see Jesus in every child

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Quoting the Gospel of Mark, Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday (July 29) urged members of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church to see the face of Jesus in every child. Mrs. Clinton addressed a packed hotel ballroom, where about 1,500 delegates and visitors were attending the 1.7 million-member denomination’s […]

Orthodox Christians say goodbye to a man for all seasons

c. 1996 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ The memorial service had just concluded for the Rev. James Reeb, a Boston minister beaten to death in 1965 by white toughs in Selma, Ala., who could not abide the idea of a white man defending a black man’s cause. Standing beside Martin Luther King, Jr. and […]

COMMENTARY: Rather than rage, crash victims’ kin should strive to forgive

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 Or contact him via e-mail at agreel(AT) (UNDATED) Whenever something terrible happens, media vultures descend on the […]

NEWS STORY: Jewish leaders miffed at Clinton’s avoidance of Pollard denial

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Clinton’s decision to again deny clemency to convicted spy Jonathan Pollard surprised and angered American Jewish leaders Friday (July 26), who were meeting with Clinton even as spokesman Mike McCurry was announcing the decision to reporters elsewhere on the White House grounds. Clinton never mentioned his decision […]

COMMENTARY: An exercise in political correctness taken to extremes

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (UNDATED) For far too long, college and university courses about Jews, blacks, women, Hispanics and American Indians were systemically excluded from the academic scene. While members of these communities have often been a visible presence as students, […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: GOP moderates seek to ignore platform abortion rhetoric

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Republicans seem sure to emerge from the upcoming San Diego convention with their party’s tough anti-abortion stand intact, including the call for a constitutional amendment that would outlaw virtually all abortions. That’s because Bob Dole _ no matter how much he may want to broaden his support among […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service World Council of Churches urges international action on Burundi (RNS) A top World Council of Churches official Thursday (July 25) called on the United Nations, the European Union (EU) and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to”speed up their efforts to provide the protection for the most vulnerable people”in Burundi […]

TOP STORY: Religion or ethics: German schools in a quandary

c. 1996 Religion News Service POTSDAM, Germany _ High school students beginning a new academic year here this fall will be studying ethics and philosophy in a controversial course that has become a battleground between secularists and the nation’s established churches. The Evangelical Church of Germany and the Roman Catholic Church have joined forces with […]