NEWS STORY: French Reopen Case into Murdered Monks

c. 2004 Religion News Service TIBEHIRINE, Algeria _ The seven French monks lived in a stone farmhouse fringed with pine and apple trees outside this small village, tucked into the soaring hills of northern Algeria. As Islamist violence tore the country apart, they cared for the sick and visited their Algerian neighbors. When the village […]

COMMENTARY: Where’s George Washington When We Really Need Him?

c. 2004 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. Visit his Web site at (UNDATED) Happy birthday, America! Where are Washington, Madison and Jefferson when we need them? Where I live, government is paralyzed by bickering among officials. […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Mayors Create Network for Faith, Government Leaders to Aid Ex-Offenders (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Mayors has approved the creation of a “national re-entry consortium” that will bring government and religious leaders together to help people leaving prison readjust to society. A resolution calling for the consortium was proposed after […]

NEWS FEATURE: For New Junior Miss, Faith Is `Leading Factor’

c. 2004 Religion News Service MOBILE, Ala. _ Some parents have trouble trying to tote young children to church. But young Shannon Essenpreis helped get her family focused on faith. Essenpreis, now 18, said she discovered Christianity at about the time she was a third-grader. “I actually wasn’t raised that way,” the new America’s Junior […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service CAIR, NCC Praise Supreme Court Ruling on Detainees WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday (June 28) that “enemy combatants” and foreign nationals detained by the United States must be permitted to challenge their detention in U.S. courts. The rulings in two separate cases were applauded by religious groups […]

NEWS STORY: Palestinian Pastor Pushes Plight of Holy Land Christians

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Mitri Raheb recalled a lecture he recently gave in Chicago. After the talk, a man asked Raheb why he had converted to Christianity. The Palestinian Lutheran pastor considered the question. “It was like this man thought I had been converted by missionaries from the Midwest,” Raheb, […]

COMMENTARY: Shadows on the Wall

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Les Kaye is the abbot of Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center in Mountain View, Calif., and author of “Zen at Work.” He is the founder of Meditation at Work, an awareness training program for businesses.) (UNDATED) If you didn’t know better, you might think that they had collaborated in a […]