RNS Daily Digest

c. 2000 Religion News Service Episcopal Church pulls out of convention hotel over racial claims (RNS) The Episcopal Church will pay a $1.2 million penalty and break a contract with Denver’s Adam’s Mark Hotel because the hotel chain has been sued for racial discrimination. The denomination had planned to use more than 1,000 rooms and all of the hotel’s meeting rooms during its General Convention this July. About 10,000 people are expected to attend the meeting.”We were disturbed to learn just prior to Christmas that the United States Department of Justice had filed suit against the hotel chain in federal court in Florida alleging a broad pattern of racial discrimination in providing a variety of guest services,”wrote President Bishop Frank T. Griswold and House of Deputies President Pamela P. Chinnis in a joint statement. They said their subsequent discussions with hotel officials in Denver and at the chain’s St.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2000 Religion News Service Episcopal Church pulls out of convention hotel over racial claims (RNS) The Episcopal Church will pay a $1.2 million penalty and break a contract with Denver’s Adam’s Mark Hotel because the hotel chain has been sued for racial discrimination. The denomination had planned to use more than 1,000 rooms and all of the hotel’s meeting rooms during its General Convention this July. About 10,000 people are expected to attend the meeting.”We were disturbed to learn just prior to Christmas that the United States Department of Justice had filed suit against the hotel chain in federal court in Florida alleging a broad pattern of racial discrimination in providing a variety of guest services,”wrote President Bishop Frank T. Griswold and House of Deputies President Pamela P. Chinnis in a joint statement. They said their subsequent discussions with hotel officials in Denver and at the chain’s St.

NEWS FEATURE: Author Wants to Rescue `America’s Most Dangerous Negro’

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Michael Eric Dyson is on a rescue mission, a mission to deliver Martin Luther King Jr. from his holiday, his halo and the hollow hero worship of a nation that has forgotten how much better it likes him dead than alive. King, Dyson argues in his new book, “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.” (Free Press), was “the greatest American in our history.” But to understand why, Dyson says, Americans must recall and reclaim the King whom FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called “the most dangerous Negro in America.” “I have a problem with the namby-pamby, we-are-the-world, Michael-Jackson King _ I could probably add Quincy Jones,” says Dyson, kicking off a national book tour before a small, rapt audience at a Washington bookstore. “I am tired of the representation of King as basically this safe Negro. I think he was a very radical brother.

COMMENTARY: Off the Rocker

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Eugene Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author most recently of”My Brother Joseph, published by St. Martin Press.) UNDATED _ Nothing brings out the brave moralist in American observers as much as a safe and vulnerable target. A critic attacking Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who recently made headlines with controversial comments on racial minorities and immigrants, is not exactly Hemingway squinting into his rifle sight while a rhino thunders toward him. Rhetorically shooting Rocker resembles more being on an African safari with a camera instead of a gun, peering out of a Range Rover from a safe distance at a slow moving and decidedly dumb creature.

COMMENTARY: Off the Rocker

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Eugene Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author most recently of”My Brother Joseph, published by St. Martin Press.) UNDATED _ Nothing brings out the brave moralist in American observers as much as a safe and vulnerable target. A critic attacking Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who recently made headlines with controversial comments on racial minorities and immigrants, is not exactly Hemingway squinting into his rifle sight while a rhino thunders toward him. Rhetorically shooting Rocker resembles more being on an African safari with a camera instead of a gun, peering out of a Range Rover from a safe distance at a slow moving and decidedly dumb creature.

NEWS STORY: FCC Rule Alarms Religious Broadcasters

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In a move causing alarm among religious broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission has issued expanded guidelines on programming requirements of applicants for noncommercial educational television licenses. In a December order concerning the transfer of licenses among stations in the Pittsburgh area, the commission determined that”not all programming, including programming about religious matters, qualifies as `general educational’ programming.” The National Religious Broadcasters has sent an”urgent memorandum”to its members saying the order”singles out religious programming for special scrutiny.” The order, approved Dec.

NEWS STORY: FCC Rule Alarms Religious Broadcasters

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In a move causing alarm among religious broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission has issued expanded guidelines on programming requirements of applicants for noncommercial educational television licenses. In a December order concerning the transfer of licenses among stations in the Pittsburgh area, the commission determined that”not all programming, including programming about religious matters, qualifies as `general educational’ programming.” The National Religious Broadcasters has sent an”urgent memorandum”to its members saying the order”singles out religious programming for special scrutiny.” The order, approved Dec.

NEWS STORY: FCC Rule Alarms Religious Broadcasters

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In a move causing alarm among religious broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission has issued expanded guidelines on programming requirements of applicants for noncommercial educational television licenses. In a December order concerning the transfer of licenses among stations in the Pittsburgh area, the commission determined that”not all programming, including programming about religious matters, qualifies as `general educational’ programming.” The National Religious Broadcasters has sent an”urgent memorandum”to its members saying the order”singles out religious programming for special scrutiny.” The order, approved Dec.

NEWS STORY: FCC Rule Alarms Religious Broadcasters

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In a move causing alarm among religious broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission has issued expanded guidelines on programming requirements of applicants for noncommercial educational television licenses. In a December order concerning the transfer of licenses among stations in the Pittsburgh area, the commission determined that”not all programming, including programming about religious matters, qualifies as `general educational’ programming.” The National Religious Broadcasters has sent an”urgent memorandum”to its members saying the order”singles out religious programming for special scrutiny.” The order, approved Dec.

NEWS STORY: Clinton, Marking End of Post-Ramadan Feast, Urges Prayers for Peace

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Clinton, in a first-time event Monday (Jan. 10), marked the festival celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by greeting Muslim leaders and seeking their prayers for the Middle East peace process.”This will be a time of great tension where all people will have to search for wisdom and understanding, where there will be great reluctance to open the closed fist and walk out into a new era,”he said.”And I think that the prayers of Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of goodwill all over the world will be needed for us to get through these next several weeks.” The president, who spoke for about 15 minutes, addressed about 110 people _ Muslim leaders and their family members _ at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House. For the last three years, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has held a similar event to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival that follows the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, but this year’s event marked the first time the gathering was hosted by the president.

NEWS STORY: Clinton, Marking End of Post-Ramadan Feast, Urges Prayers for Peace

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Clinton, in a first-time event Monday (Jan. 10), marked the festival celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by greeting Muslim leaders and seeking their prayers for the Middle East peace process.”This will be a time of great tension where all people will have to search for wisdom and understanding, where there will be great reluctance to open the closed fist and walk out into a new era,”he said.”And I think that the prayers of Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of goodwill all over the world will be needed for us to get through these next several weeks.” The president, who spoke for about 15 minutes, addressed about 110 people _ Muslim leaders and their family members _ at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House. For the last three years, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has held a similar event to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival that follows the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, but this year’s event marked the first time the gathering was hosted by the president.

NEWS FEATURE: Analysis: Assessing the Future Shape of Christianity

c. 2000 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Given that the world did not end in a spectacular Y2K or an apocalyptic Second Coming and that Jan. 18 marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it may be a good time to ask: In Christianity’s third millennium, what will Christianity in America look like? The short answer is: different. Maybe very different.

NEWS FEATURE: Analysis: Assessing the Future Shape of Christianity

c. 2000 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Given that the world did not end in a spectacular Y2K or an apocalyptic Second Coming and that Jan. 18 marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it may be a good time to ask: In Christianity’s third millennium, what will Christianity in America look like? The short answer is: different. Maybe very different.

NEWS FEATURE: Virgin Mary _ New Jersey real estate mogul?

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. _ By all accounts, she died almost 2,000 years ago and never set foot in the Western Hemisphere. But somehow the Virgin Mary suddenly appeared in Middlesex County’s computerized land records as a real estate mogul. The files report the Virgin Mary sold 248 properties between 1946 and 1972, including deals with B&E Liquors Inc., the Hungarian Boy Scout Association, Union Carbide Corp. and Clover Leaf cemetery.

NEWS FEATURE: Virgin Mary _ New Jersey real estate mogul?

c. 2000 Religion News Service NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. _ By all accounts, she died almost 2,000 years ago and never set foot in the Western Hemisphere. But somehow the Virgin Mary suddenly appeared in Middlesex County’s computerized land records as a real estate mogul. The files report the Virgin Mary sold 248 properties between 1946 and 1972, including deals with B&E Liquors Inc., the Hungarian Boy Scout Association, Union Carbide Corp. and Clover Leaf cemetery.