NEWS STORY: Report details abuse of missionaries children

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The screams from the first- and second-grade classroom could be heard throughout Mamou Alliance Academy. The teacher would fly into a rage _ sometimes toppling desks and children _ for infractions as small as a child not knowing how to pronounce the word vegetable. When Dorothy Wormley was […]

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COMMENTARY: McNally’s bleak `Corpus Christi,’ passion play ends with a whimper

c. 1998 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ “We’re all the son of God,” declares Judas, portrayed as an openly gay man. Spreading ideas like that is Jesus’ great blasphemy, remarks the High Priest, paying out those 30 pieces of silver. “Unless you’re looking for trouble, I would keep that to myself,” he advises Judas, […]

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NEWS STORY: Protesters accuse playwright McNally of `theatrical hate speech’

c. 1998 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ In the largest demonstration yet against the play”Corpus Christi,”some 2,000 protesters Tuesday night (Oct. 13) called down the wrath of God on the controversial work that suggests Jesus was a homosexual. The protesters, waving crucifixes and bearing signs with slogans such as”Blasphemous Filth is not Art,”were countered […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Thieves are looting Czech Republic’s historic churches

c. 1998 Religion News Service LITOMERICE, Czech Republic _ Two photographs of a church in northern Bohemia tell the familiar story. The first shows a resplendent, gold-leaf Baroque altar watched over by large statues of whirling saints. The second shows what happened after thieves finished ripping out anything they could carry. There was nothing left […]

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NEWS STORY: Congressional passage of religious freedom abroad act hailed

c. 1998 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Congressional passage of the compromise International Religious Freedom Act has been hailed by a broad spectrum of religious leaders, who generally view the measure as assuring that the treatment of religious believers overseas will become a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy. The House passed the measure Saturday (Oct. […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1998 Religion News Service Conservatives set up group to counter ACLU on civil liberties (RNS) Accusing the American Civil Liberties Union of failing to really protect civil liberties, a group of conservative activists has announced it will form a new rights organization _ the American Civil Rights Union.”We want to do what the ACLU […]

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NEWS FEATURE: After 20 years, John Paul II’s mixed legacy for the church

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ When the white smoke rose over the Vatican 20 years ago, few, even among the 111 cardinals casting votes, knew what sort of man they were choosing when on Oct. 16, 1978 they broke with more than 450 years of tradition and named Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, […]

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NEWS STORY: Hare Krishnas lift the lid on history of child abuse

c. 1998 Religion News Service (Ed. note: Photo to accompany this article is available from RNS Stock. To receive free software for downloading photos, call 800-767-6781.) UNDATED _ The Hare Krishna movement, one of the most controversial religious movements to emerge from the 1960s, has voluntarily detailed one of its darkest episodes _ the widespread […]

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COMMENTARY: Remembering Watergate and the costs of impeachment

c. 1998 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.) UNDATED _ As the nation prepares to endure the second presidential impeachment probe of this century, the sense of both anxiety […]

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NEWS FEATURE: One year after Stand in the Gap, mixed signals from Promise Keepers

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ A year after tens of thousands of men gathered on Washington’s National Mall to recommit themselves to God and family, the evangelical Christian ministry Promise Keepers is simultaneously showing signs of decline and evidence of continued strength. On the down side, leaders of the 8-year-old organization _ which […]

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