RNS Daily Digest

c. 2003 Religion News Service Orthodox Jewish Leader Declares Support for Bush Against Iraq (RNS) The top executive of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America has voiced strong support for the policies of the Bush administration concerning Iraq. “President Bush speaks with great clarity, not only in moral terms, but in religious terms as well in distinguishing between good and evil and seeing Saddam Hussein as `evil personified,”’ said Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, at an observance of a “National Day of Prayer” on Thursday (Feb. 20). Weinreb said leaders of his organization “pray for a peaceful solution” but would stand by Bush “100 percent” if he determined that military action was necessary.

NEWS FEATURE: Evangelicals’ Man in Washington Relishes Walking Church-State Line

c. 2003 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Rev. Richard Cizik relishes his walk along the line between church and state. As vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, Cizik serves as a key representative of the evangelical community in Washington. “I believe that God has given me a call to serve his church in this, the capital of the free world,” Cizik, 51, said in a recent interview. “It’s a spiritual calling.

NEWS STORY: Education Department Issues `Guidance’ on Religion in Schools

c. 2003 Religion News Service WASHINGTON The Department of Education has issued new “guidance” on prayer in schools, drawing a mixed reaction from legal groups that keep a close eye on church-state issues. Education Secretary Rod Paige said the new guidance meets a requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. “Public schools should not be hostile to the religious rights of their students and their families,” said Paige in a Feb. 7 letter to public elementary and secondary schools accompanying the new document.