c. 1997 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at http://www.agreeley.com or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at)aol.com.) UNDATED _ Item: The villain in the new film”Breakdown”is a rapist and a murderer. Yet on the dashboard of his 22-wheeler he displays a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus. He’s an evil man, but a”devout Catholic”nonetheless.
c. 1997 Religion News Service Update: Religious, humanitarian activists rally for landmine ban (RNS) Some 175 religious and humanitarian activists Friday (May 16) rallied near the White House to hear testimony from an American and a Cambodian landmine survivor and to urge President Clinton to lead the way toward a global ban on the weapon. The rally fell on the first anniversary of Clinton’s still unfulfilled pledge to work for a comprehensive ban of landmines, which kill or maim 26,000 people worldwide each year.”Let’s let the United States be one of the signatures, along with 41 other countries, to ban the sale and production of landmines,”said the Rev. Rodney Page, executive director of Church World Service (CWS), the humanitarian relief arm of the National Council of Churches. The second of two days of lobbying Congress and the White House, Friday’s rally was sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines, in partnership with CWS and Lutheran World Relief. The groups are urging Clinton to commit the United States to a proposed international, comprehensive landmine ban set to be signed in December in Ottawa, Canada.”As concerned religious Americans, we ask: Will we be among the legion of nations next December?”said Rabbi Amy Klein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.