NEWS STORY: Being Jewish No Longer a Hindrance in Politics, But Some Jews Remain Wary

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ There is growing evidence that a candidate’s religion is of diminishing importance in national politics and that religious prejudice is in decline as a factor in elections and high appointive office, particularly for Jewish candidates. But many Jews don’t believe it, and they fear awakening latent anti-Semitism should they become too politically powerful. All of that could change with Vice President Al Gore’s decision to name Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate. Even Republican Jews are praising Gore’s choice of Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew.

NEWS STORY: Being Jewish No Longer a Hindrance in Politics, But Some Jews Remain Wary

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ There is growing evidence that a candidate’s religion is of diminishing importance in national politics and that religious prejudice is in decline as a factor in elections and high appointive office, particularly for Jewish candidates. But many Jews don’t believe it, and they fear awakening latent anti-Semitism should they become too politically powerful. All of that could change with Vice President Al Gore’s decision to name Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate. Even Republican Jews are praising Gore’s choice of Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service AME Zion Church Moves Back Decision on Merger With CME Church (RNS) The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has voted to extend its time line for possible merger with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church from 2004 to 2008. “There was a plan that was adopted as a framework or foundation for continuance and they’re going to continue dialogue and they’ve agreed to extend the time frame to 2008,” said the Rev. Kathryn Brown, assistant to the convention manager of the AME Zion Church. The decision was made at the AME Zion Church’s quadrennial General Conference, which ended Friday (Aug. 4) in Greensboro, N.C. Originally, it had been hoped that merger could be achieved by 2004, but discussions about the name of a merged body and other issues prompted the delegates to extend the dialogue.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service AME Zion Church Moves Back Decision on Merger With CME Church (RNS) The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has voted to extend its time line for possible merger with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church from 2004 to 2008. “There was a plan that was adopted as a framework or foundation for continuance and they’re going to continue dialogue and they’ve agreed to extend the time frame to 2008,” said the Rev. Kathryn Brown, assistant to the convention manager of the AME Zion Church. The decision was made at the AME Zion Church’s quadrennial General Conference, which ended Friday (Aug. 4) in Greensboro, N.C. Originally, it had been hoped that merger could be achieved by 2004, but discussions about the name of a merged body and other issues prompted the delegates to extend the dialogue.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Pro-Creationism Candidates Lose in Kansas School Board Primary (RNS) Kansas voters on Tuesday (Aug. 1) rejected three Board of Education candidates who support removing evolution from the state’s science curriculum and replacing it with an emphasis on creationism. In the GOP primary elections, two incumbent board members and one other candidate lost their races to opponents who favor removing the voluntary evolution standards passed by the board last year. The standards, which won praise from religious conservatives and scorn from church-state watchdog groups, omit the big-bang theory of the creation of the universe and downplay the role of evolution.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Pro-Creationism Candidates Lose in Kansas School Board Primary (RNS) Kansas voters on Tuesday (Aug. 1) rejected three Board of Education candidates who support removing evolution from the state’s science curriculum and replacing it with an emphasis on creationism. In the GOP primary elections, two incumbent board members and one other candidate lost their races to opponents who favor removing the voluntary evolution standards passed by the board last year. The standards, which won praise from religious conservatives and scorn from church-state watchdog groups, omit the big-bang theory of the creation of the universe and downplay the role of evolution.

NEWS STORY: GOP Jews Say They Feel at Home Despite Christian Emphasis

c. 2000 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA _ For a long time, Jewish Republicans were to electoral politics what the quark was to particle physics: They existed in theory but no one had really seen one. Or, as one lonely Jewish Republican said a few years ago, all the Jewish Republicans in the country would fit into a telephone booth. It was a joke, but no one in the party was laughing. Time and again, when an electoral cycle rolled around, Jewish voters could be relied upon to go solidly, sometimes overwhelmingly, for Democrats, often delivering the margin of victory.

NEWS STORY: GOP Jews Say They Feel at Home Despite Christian Emphasis

c. 2000 Religion News Service PHILADELPHIA _ For a long time, Jewish Republicans were to electoral politics what the quark was to particle physics: They existed in theory but no one had really seen one. Or, as one lonely Jewish Republican said a few years ago, all the Jewish Republicans in the country would fit into a telephone booth. It was a joke, but no one in the party was laughing. Time and again, when an electoral cycle rolled around, Jewish voters could be relied upon to go solidly, sometimes overwhelmingly, for Democrats, often delivering the margin of victory.