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c. 1997 Religion News Service High Court reverses on aid to parochial schools (RNS) The Supreme Court, overturning a decision it rendered in 1985, said Monday (June 23) it is constitutionally permissible for public school teachers to offer remedial aid at church-run schools. In a 5-4 ruling written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the court said that “a federally funded program providing supplemental remedial instruction to disadvantaged children on a neutral basis is not invalid.” O’Connor’s opinion stated the program did not run afoul of the court’s three-pronged test for judging whether government programs advance religion. She said it did not result in government indoctrination, did not define recipients by reference to religion or create an excessive entanglement between religion and government. The ruling overturned a 1985 decision by the court, called Aguilar vs.

The long arms of Disney

c. 1997 Religion News Service Here’s a partial list of the holdings of the Walt Disney Co., which the Southern Baptist Convention voted to boycott June 18: Theme parks/Vacation entertainment: Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. Disney Cruise Line Disney Vacation Retail stores: The Disney Store, more than 535 stores. Movie Studios, with selected releases: Walt Disney Pictures: “The Lion King,” “Hercules,” and “101 Dalmatians.” Touchstone Pictures: “Con Air” and “Phenomenon” Hollywood Pictures: “The Rock,” and “Evita.” Caravan Pictures: “Powder” Miramax: “The English Patient,” “Sling Blade” and “Pulp Fiction.” Broadcast: ABC television and radio networks Individual shows, including “Home Improvement,” “Ellen,” “Live!

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Pope firmly calls on Poland to outlaw abortion (RNS) Pope John Paul II, no stranger to entanglement in Polish politics, told his countrymen Wednesday (June 4) they should outlaw abortion not just on moral grounds but as a matter of human rights.”The right to life is not a question of ideology, not only a religious right _ it is a human right,”John Paul told a crowd of 150,000 in Kalisz, Poland.”A nation which kills its own children is a nation without a future,”the pontiff added.”Believe me, it is not easy to say that, especially thinking about my own nation. I desire a future for it, a great future.” John Paul made his comments on the fourth day of an 11-day visit to Poland, a visit many observers believe could be the 77-year-old pontiff’s last visit to his native land. Poland has been gripped in a bitter debate on abortion since the collapse of communism in 1989.

COMMENTARY:

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is an Episcopal priest in Winston-Salem, N.C., an author and former Wall Street Journal reporter. E-mail him at journey(at)interpath.com) UNDATED _ I worked hard yesterday. My day started at 5 a.m. with prayer and writing, then eight hours at the office, a meeting on ministry, an hour of research and an hour of phone calls. So it wasn’t until today that I opened a thick letter from something called the American Anglican Council.