Some Sobering Facts Behind the Pomp and Circumstance

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I doubt that this year’s commencement speakers will venture too deeply into reality. Too depressing for a celebratory day. No one will address the study that showed only 18 percent of high school freshmen enter college and finish their degrees in less than six years. Too invisible. But let’s […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service American Legion, Legal Groups To Defend Religious Symbols on Memorials WASHINGTON (RNS) The American Legion has joined forces with two conservative legal groups in a campaign to defend religious symbols on veterans’ memorials. Reacting to suits by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that have challenged crosses at […]

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Comic Strip Artist Follows Faith to a Big Museum Honor

c. 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ When Jordan Gorfinkel got a call from the Munich Jewish Museum asking if his comic strip on Jewish life could permanently grace the entrance, he was taken aback. At first, he thought the museum wanted Art Spiegelman, the cartoonist who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for his Holocaust […]

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Muslim Hookah Bar Opens Its Stage to Christian Musicians

c. 2007 Religion News Service MORRISTOWN, N.J. _ Three Muslim brothers plan to open their cafe and hookah bar for Christian music nights starting next month. Every Thursday night from June 7 through July 26, Cafe Arabica will set up the stage for several Christian rock bands that have traveled from around the country. The […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Radio Station Refuses Ads About Female Pastor SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Mars Hill, a local Christian radio network, won’t accept paid advertising for an upcoming Christian crusade in Syracuse because a female pastor is participating. “We can’t comfortably promote women in the role of pastor,” said Wayne Taylor, the general manager. […]

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Photos Help Grieving Families Hold On to Lost Children

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Elizabeth McGuire will live forever in family photographs, a tiny girl with dark blue eyes and a full head of hair. Her family recently gathered in their New Jersey home to watch a computer slide slow of the portraits _ all the McGuires have left of their “littlest angel,” […]

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At 68, Grandfather Starts New Life as a Catholic Priest

c. 2007 Religion News Service ROCKAWAY, N.J. _ After three blissful Italian vacations, the striking scenery of Italy’s Amalfi Coast had settled snugly into Carmen Buono’s memory. Glorious sunsets off the hotel balcony in Sorrento, the woman he loved _ his wife, Barbara _ at his side. Then, in 2002, at age 63, Buono returned […]

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COMMENTARY: Vienna’s Anti-Semitism Provoked Two Very Different Jewish Responses

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Vienna is always associated with frothy Strauss waltzes and excellent chocolates. But Austria’s capital also has a darker side: a history of anti-Semitism that was especially virulent in 1897, when Karl Lueger, running on an openly anti-Semitic platform, became Vienna’s mayor. It was a post he held until his […]

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Internet Puts Son in Baghdad at Dad’s Funeral

c. 2007 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Raymond J. Gress was 6,500 miles away in Baghdad during his father’s recent funeral at Rockford United Methodist Church. And he hardly missed a thing. The entire service _ from the moment Raymond A. Gress’ flag-draped coffin was ushered into the church until the 21-gun salute […]

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COMMENTARY: The Measure of a Life

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Another school year closes and all teachers face the same event: grading. I’ve just turned in my grades for “Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest,” a cross-cultural course on great spiritual writing of history, including works so fine they qualify as literature. The Dhammapada. The Bhagavad-Gita. The Song of Solomon. […]

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