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November 21, 2002
Martin Marty's report of PBS's "America in the World" and the conversations at the Wye Plantation (November 11) raised some significant issues. I was particularly struck by the report of Nathan Baxter's assertion that religious communities are among the more alert communities in respect to world affairs and the apparent concurrence with this view on the part of the participants.
November 18, 2002
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George wryly but very sadly told the press at the Catholic bishops' meeting in Washington, "At this moment you probably have more credibility than I have. They'll believe you rather than believe me, so I would ask you to continue your efforts, which I know are there, to be as accurate as possible..." in their coverage of abuse, victimization, and bishops' policy.
November 14, 2002
George Will's recent, crabbed critique of Jimmy Carter's reception of the Nobel Peace Prize, in Newsweek (October 28, 2002) contrasts remarkably with the agenda of Carter's own civil Christianity -- and thus ironically highlights how worthy Carter is of the award.
November 11, 2002
"By the People," a sixteen-month initiative from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, is designed to encourage citizen involvement in a conversation on "America in the World." Preparing for a National Issues Convention of randomly-chosen citizen-delegates, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, and their PBS staff called together about sixty "foreign policy, media, civic group, and academic community" leaders to s
November 7, 2002
Judge Myron Thompson of the U.S. Middle District Court of Alabama may have one of the trickiest jobs in America right now.
November 4, 2002
Who's counting? Answer: the United Jewish Communities, through the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01, which has been counting Jews and measuring Judaism in the United States. Sponsors and commentators use superlatives: largest, most detailed, etc. among surveys of Jews or any religious group in America. Needless to say, controversy followed the release. 
October 31, 2002
Reinhold Niebuhr, the great American theologian, had many and varied things to say about the use of military force. A pacifist early in his life, he supported our involvement in World War I, became a pacifist again in response to Versailles, and later was one of the first voices to encourage our entry into World War II.
October 28, 2002
Thursday's Sightings by John P. Crossley (October 24, 2002) reviewed well the status of debates on how courts handle "under God" clauses and other issues on the frontline of "church-state" issues. Reading it called to mind the fact that whiners about the secularization of American life so regularly argue that the courts "take God out" of national life.
October 24, 2002
If the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the decision of its three-judge panel regarding the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, I believe the Supreme Court would do the nation a favor by refusing to hear the inevitable appeal.
October 21, 2002
Given the many and lively reactions to recent "Sightings" that report on the absence and then the presence of, and sometimes the conflict among, religious voices in respect to the impending Iraq War, let's talk this week about the nature and intentions of this e-mail column.


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