COMMENTARY: Mississippi Muslims

c. 2003 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author most recently of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) I would not recommend traveling in the United States on Sept. 11, especially if your […]

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NEWS STORY: Military Official Requests Investigation Into His Remarks

c. 2003 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The defense undersecretary whose recently revealed views on terrorism and religion sparked controversy and charges of religious intolerance has requested that an inspector general investigate the situation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced Tuesday (Oct. 21). Meanwhile, reaction to Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin’s reported remarks in speeches […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Mending Mezuzahs: Rabbis Make a Mission of Checking Doorpost Prayers

c. 2003 Religion News Service EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. _ With the care of a jeweler, Rabbi Yossi Hirsch began inspecting the tiny mezuzah parchment, searching for errors in minuscule Hebrew letters that were supposed to spell Judaism’s most important prayer. An error, however small, would mean the mezuzah _ the term for an encased parchment […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Service NCC Leader Rebukes Malaysian Prime Minister (RNS) Recent anti-Semitic comments by the Muslim prime minister of Malaysia endanger Islam’s claims to peace and threaten Jews with violence, the head of the National Council of Churches said. The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the ecumenical body of 36 mainline and […]

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COMMENTARY: Competition Corrupts

c. 2003 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas _ My corner of the world is sleeping when I drive to the airport for my flight to Texas. The airport, by contrast, is bustling at 5:30 […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Adventist `Whitecoats,’ Volunteers for Military Experiments, Hold Reunion

c. 2003 Religion News Service FREDERICK, Md. _ Ivan Belko still remembers how he willingly inhaled Q fever, a biological agent that was the focus of a military experiment he volunteered for in the 1950s. “I was one of the ones that got pretty sick,” recalled the 69-year-old who participated in “Operation Whitecoat,” a special […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Service Griswold’s Comments on Gay Bishop Cause Flap with Florida Catholics (RNS) Episcopalians may not use a Catholic church for a bishop’s installation ceremony if the nation’s top Episcopal bishop intends to preside at the service, a Catholic bishop said Thursday (Oct. 2). Roman Catholic Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine, […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Service NCC Financial Health Recovers, Reserve Funds Tripled (RNS) The National Council of Churches has improved its financial health by paying off all debts, doubling its net worth and tripling the amount of reserve funding, its top officer said Wednesday (Oct. 1). The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the NCC, […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Rabbi, Pastor Study Conflict, Reconciliation During Asian Sabbatical

c. 2003 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ So this rabbi and this Baptist pastor from Alabama were walking in downtown Hanoi, and they kept seeing motorbikes carrying cages full of dogs on their way to be slaughtered for someone’s supper. No joke. “In Vietnam, they believe it’s good luck to eat dog at the […]

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