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c. 2000 Religion News Service Political Training Center to Be Launched for Muslims (RNS) A leading Muslim advocacy group will inaugurate a first-of-its-kind political training center for American Muslims, signaling the growing clout and influence of the Muslim community across the country. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which monitors anti-Muslim bias and lobbies on behalf of the 6 million U.S. Muslims, will formally announce the Leadership Training Center for American Muslims on Wednesday (June 14). The Washington, D.C., center will train Muslims in community activism, lobbying, public relations and organizational management. A rotating class of activists, students and leaders will be trained at the center.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Political Training Center to Be Launched for Muslims (RNS) A leading Muslim advocacy group will inaugurate a first-of-its-kind political training center for American Muslims, signaling the growing clout and influence of the Muslim community across the country. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which monitors anti-Muslim bias and lobbies on behalf of the 6 million U.S. Muslims, will formally announce the Leadership Training Center for American Muslims on Wednesday (June 14). The Washington, D.C., center will train Muslims in community activism, lobbying, public relations and organizational management. A rotating class of activists, students and leaders will be trained at the center.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Catholic Family Radio Network Faces Financial Woes (RNS) A year after taking to the nation’s airwaves with Catholic-friendly programming, the Catholic Family Radio Network may go off the air if investors cannot come up with more funding. The San Diego-based network was launched in January last year with great fanfare, promising to offer a Catholic alternative to Christian talk radio that has traditionally been dominated by evangelicals. Its investors included Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza. The network hoped to establish a presence in 40 of the 50 largest radio markets in the country, and lured Catholic luminaries to host talk shows.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Catholic Family Radio Network Faces Financial Woes (RNS) A year after taking to the nation’s airwaves with Catholic-friendly programming, the Catholic Family Radio Network may go off the air if investors cannot come up with more funding. The San Diego-based network was launched in January last year with great fanfare, promising to offer a Catholic alternative to Christian talk radio that has traditionally been dominated by evangelicals. Its investors included Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza. The network hoped to establish a presence in 40 of the 50 largest radio markets in the country, and lured Catholic luminaries to host talk shows.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Judge Roy Moore Wins Primary Race for Alabama Chief Justice (RNS) An Alabama judge who became famous for his decision to post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom has won a Republican primary for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Judge Roy S. Moore, who sits on the Circuit Court in Gadsden, Ala., defeated three other judges in the primary race on Tuesday (June 6). “Of course, we give our first recognition to God,” Moore said in an interview with The New York Times. “He has providence over us, and his will is something that can’t be thwarted.” Moore, 53, will face Judge Sharon Yates, a Democrat who sits on the Court of Civil Appeals, in the November general election.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Judge Roy Moore Wins Primary Race for Alabama Chief Justice (RNS) An Alabama judge who became famous for his decision to post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom has won a Republican primary for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Judge Roy S. Moore, who sits on the Circuit Court in Gadsden, Ala., defeated three other judges in the primary race on Tuesday (June 6). “Of course, we give our first recognition to God,” Moore said in an interview with The New York Times. “He has providence over us, and his will is something that can’t be thwarted.” Moore, 53, will face Judge Sharon Yates, a Democrat who sits on the Court of Civil Appeals, in the November general election.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Vatican Gives Approval to Bishops’ Guidelines for Catholic Colleges (RNS) A plan to tighten control of the country’s 230 Catholic colleges and universities has received official approval from the Vatican, the nation’s Catholic bishops announced Wednesday (June 7). The controversial document, “Ex corde Ecclesiae,” gives the church greater control over colleges and universities and requires, among other things, that theologians receive permission to teach from local bishops. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in November to submit the plan to the Vatican for approval, and Wednesday’s announcement signals the Vatican’s official blessing. The document is an outgrowth of Pope John Paul II’s 1990 guidelines for Catholic higher education.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Vatican Gives Approval to Bishops’ Guidelines for Catholic Colleges (RNS) A plan to tighten control of the country’s 230 Catholic colleges and universities has received official approval from the Vatican, the nation’s Catholic bishops announced Wednesday (June 7). The controversial document, “Ex corde Ecclesiae,” gives the church greater control over colleges and universities and requires, among other things, that theologians receive permission to teach from local bishops. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in November to submit the plan to the Vatican for approval, and Wednesday’s announcement signals the Vatican’s official blessing. The document is an outgrowth of Pope John Paul II’s 1990 guidelines for Catholic higher education.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Christian Scientists Plan to Build $50 Million Boston Library (RNS) The Christian Science Church announced plans Monday (June 5) for a 75,000-square-foot, $50 million library dedicated to its founder, Mary Baker Eddy. The church said the library will be built on the campus of its Boston headquarters and $25 million will be spent on construction, with an additional $25 million to be spent on exhibits, publications, programs and operations. The museum is scheduled to open in 2002. In addition, the church plans to open a satellite branch in 2003 in Seneca Falls, N.Y., the site of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Christian Scientists Plan to Build $50 Million Boston Library (RNS) The Christian Science Church announced plans Monday (June 5) for a 75,000-square-foot, $50 million library dedicated to its founder, Mary Baker Eddy. The church said the library will be built on the campus of its Boston headquarters and $25 million will be spent on construction, with an additional $25 million to be spent on exhibits, publications, programs and operations. The museum is scheduled to open in 2002. In addition, the church plans to open a satellite branch in 2003 in Seneca Falls, N.Y., the site of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Atheists’ President Hopes O’Hair Case Conviction Brings Closure (RNS) The president of American Atheists said the jury decision convicting a man of extorting money from group founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair and two of her children is a “major step forward” toward closure in the case of their disappearance in 1995. “Despite the tragic circumstances, we feel that the trial and conviction is a major step forward in (bringing) resolution and justice in this case,” said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists. “We look forward to indictments of any other individuals who are linked to the disappearance and possible murder of the Murray O’Hair family.” A jury in Austin, Texas, convicted Gary Paul Karr, 52, of extortion and three other charges on Friday (June 2). He was acquitted of kidnapping conspiracy charges.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Atheists’ President Hopes O’Hair Case Conviction Brings Closure (RNS) The president of American Atheists said the jury decision convicting a man of extorting money from group founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair and two of her children is a “major step forward” toward closure in the case of their disappearance in 1995. “Despite the tragic circumstances, we feel that the trial and conviction is a major step forward in (bringing) resolution and justice in this case,” said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists. “We look forward to indictments of any other individuals who are linked to the disappearance and possible murder of the Murray O’Hair family.” A jury in Austin, Texas, convicted Gary Paul Karr, 52, of extortion and three other charges on Friday (June 2). He was acquitted of kidnapping conspiracy charges.

NEWS FEATURE: Modern Army Continues to Struggle With Combat Ethics

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The story, a cruel morality play, will haunt him forever. On a combat sweep through rural hamlets of South Vietnam, U.S. Marines accidentally wounded a 4-year-old child, torn by shrapnel from a hand grenade. James Webb, then a 23-year-old company commander: “My medic came up to me carrying the boy in his arms and said, `Skipper, we gotta get this kid medevacked in 20 minutes or he’s gonna die.”’ Daylight fading into deadly shadow. Webb, holding two radio mikes, struggling to get his men safe for the night.

COMMENTARY: A Sense of Humor, A Sense of Life

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’s Press.) (UNDATED) It is hard even to imagine what could be scandalous in a culture that gives a pass to a president famous for making passes at young interns and who still maintains lies under oath are “technically correct” statements. In the ensuing morality vacuum, some people resort to a fix of false scandal to get their high of moral superiority. In Roman Catholic tradition that is known as pharisaic scandal, named after the hypocritical religious leaders who pretended to be upset because Jesus mixed with prostitutes, tax collectors and other sinners.

COMMENTARY: A Sense of Humor, A Sense of Life

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’s Press.) (UNDATED) It is hard even to imagine what could be scandalous in a culture that gives a pass to a president famous for making passes at young interns and who still maintains lies under oath are “technically correct” statements. In the ensuing morality vacuum, some people resort to a fix of false scandal to get their high of moral superiority. In Roman Catholic tradition that is known as pharisaic scandal, named after the hypocritical religious leaders who pretended to be upset because Jesus mixed with prostitutes, tax collectors and other sinners.