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c. 1998 Religion News Service Update: Christian protest over Pakistan’s blasphemy law turns violent (RNS) Some 600 people were arrested as thousands of Christians protested Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law Friday (May 15). Protesters torched businesses and cars after police tried to disperse the mob with tear gas and steel-tipped batons, according to witnesses. Scores were […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Dutch Christians ask for Bosnian `disappeared’ accounting (RNS) Some 60,000 Dutch Christians have signed a petition calling on the Muslim, Croatian and Serbian leaders of Bosnia for a”clarification”on the status of the nearly 20,000 people still unaccounted for following the end of the war in Bosnia.”In spite of the international […]

NEWS STORY: Jewish, evangelical leaders voice support for Netanyahu

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ American Jewish and evangelical Christian leaders have rallied to the defense of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the White House should desist from pressuring Netanyahu into ceding another 13 percent of the Israeli-controlled West Bank to Palestinian control. The support for Netanyahu came as the Israeli leader […]

COMMENTARY: Where have all the unisexuals gone?

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the publisher of RNS and the mother of two sons who prefer to be called”manly men.”) UNDATED _ I’m so old, I remember when unisex was a new, risque term. Back in those days, we ducked into shops promising unisex fashions and stuffed our newly rounded […]

NEWS FEATURE: Habitat’s Fuller plans big Houston push

c. 1998 Religion News Service HOUSTON _ Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, has never been intimidated by big names or big money. After all, he’s working to build _ literally _ the kingdom of God. And in a recent visit here, Fuller said he wants to do something his famed housing program […]

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c. 1998 Religion News Service Bishop, religious, peace activists call for end to Iraq sanctions (RNS) Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, joined by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and some 80 other religious and peace activists, have delivered some $4 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq.”We have come in defiance of our own […]

NEWS FEATURE: Preaching as a `precise tornado’

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, for the last 28 years the minister at Harvard University’s Memorial Church, has become an American expert on preaching. Gomes, 55 (he turns 56 on May 22), was ordained in the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and became assistant minister at Harvard […]

COMMENTARY: `If your enemies are hungry, feed them’

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Timothy Dearborn is chief of staff for World Vision, United States). UNDATED _”If your enemy is hungry, feed them.” These words from Scripture still ring with challenge. A deadly famine has been stalking for more than two years a part of the world unseen and ignored by most. Innocent men, […]

COMMENTARY: Preaching lifestyle rather than proclaiming God

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is the author of”On a Journey,”daily meditations available through Journey Publishing Co. If you have feedback or want to suggest a question for a future column, e-mail him at journey(AT)interpath.com) UNDATED _ It was a preacher’s dream: Mother’s Day and a Scripture reading admonishing to”love one another.” To […]