COMMENTARY: Scholars of Islam and Judaism Find Common Ground

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s Senior Interreligious Adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) It was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in beautiful Santa Barbara, Calif. Challenging hiking trails in the nearby mountains and lovely beaches on the Pacific Ocean beckoned to the city’s residents along with […]

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NEWS DIGEST: Religion in Canada

c. 2004 Religion News Service Islamic Leaders in Trouble Over Comments TORONTO (RNS) Pressure is building on a Canadian Muslim leader to resign after comments he made about killing Israeli civilians, and at the same time police are probing a Vancouver Islamic cleric for calling Jews “the brothers of monkeys and swine.” Mohamed Elmasry, the […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Pagans Come of Age and Find Comfort in Their Beliefs

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Judy Harrow, a self-described witch, remembers dancing in the woods of New Jersey with a circle of young pagans back in 1979. That group still meets, and this year members with stiff joints called ahead to reserve the lower bunks. Pagans _ those who practice a variety of nature-based […]

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NEWS STORY: Religious Leaders Frustrated That Poverty Goes Unnoticed in Election

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Bob Vitillo has heard a lot of talk about swing states, blue states and red states, but the one state no one is talking about this election year is what he calls America’s “51st state” _ the 36 million Americans living in poverty who, grouped together, […]

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COMMENTARY: Church Leaders Should Butt Out of the Ballot Box

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Frances Coleman is editorial page editor of the Mobile (Ala.) Register.) (UNDATED) I am a lifelong Roman Catholic and proud of it. I love my church. But I have a message for some of the men who are running its American branch these days: Cut it out, guys. You heard […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Vatican Warns of New Forms of Religious Intolerance VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has warned that new forms of religious intolerance are arising in the age of globalization as the right of religious communities to take part in democratic debate is being challenged. Archbishop Celestino Migliore delivered the warning in […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Muslim Political Action Committee Gives Kerry `Qualified Endorsement’ (RNS) A political action committee representing major U.S. Muslim advocacy groups has given a “qualified endorsement” to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. The American Muslim Taskforce-Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC), which is affiliated with an umbrella organization representing the American Muslim Alliance, Council […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Study Links College Students’ Religious Involvement to Emotional Health (RNS) College students with significant religious involvement report better emotional health than those with no involvement, new research from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute shows. The results, drawn from a national study of 3,680 college students, indicate that students who are […]

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NEWS STORY: Bush’s Religiosity Turns Off Some Voters in All-Important Pennyslvania

c. 2004 Religion News Service MACUNGIE, Pa. _ President Bush’s public profession of his faith as a born-again Christian plays well with his conservative base, but it troubles some voters here in the Lehigh Valley, a critical section of this critical state. With a heavy Democratic vote likely to come out of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and […]

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NEWS STORY: Christian Tourists Overcome Fear, Return to Israel

c. 2004 Religion News Service JERUSALEM _ After a nearly four-year hiatus sparked by the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, Christian tourists are coming back to the Holy Land. Their presence can be felt on the streets of downtown Jerusalem, where tour buses are again making an appearance; in large restaurants that can accommodate tour groups; […]

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