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Spring 2000, Vol. 3, No. 1
Charitable Choice and the New Religious
The once obscure "charitable choice" provision of the 1996 federal welfare
reform legislation is reshaping religious politics in America.
by Dennis R. Hoover
From the Editor: Wars of Religion
The journalistic common wisdom is that the worlds "ethnic" conflicts have
nothing to do with religion. But journalists may not be looking closely enough.
by Mark Silk
Religious Ironies in East Timor
Last falls reign of terror in East Timor was not an example of Muslim repression of
a Christian minority-as the world press correctly reported. But religion nevertheless
played an important role and overlooked part in the story.
by Robert W. Hefner
George W. Bushs memorable citation of Jesus as his favorite philosopher sets liberal
journalists to thinking: What Would Jesus Do?
by Thomas Hambrick-Stowe
Faithless in Seattle? The WTO Protests
Coverage of the mass protests at the World Trade Organization meeting last fall in Seattle
gave ample space to the anarchist and eco-carnival strains of protest, but may have missed
a significant "Northwest" religious element.
by Patricia OConnell Killen
Whats in a Name? The EgyptAir 990 Crash
Widespread media speculation that a Muslim pilots brief prayer to Allah signaled
intent to commit suicide stirred up deep resentment over American press stereotypes of
by William K. Piotrowski
Waiting for the Shoe To Drop
After almost a decade of squirming, the nations Catholic bishops approved a policy
document required by the Vatican that moves to tighten church control over Catholic higher
education in general, and Catholic theologians in particular.
by Andrew Walsh
The NCCs Near-Death Experience
The National Council of Churches approached its 50th anniversary convention
facing deep debt and radical reconstitution. But it may yet live to fight another day.
by Andrew Walsh
On the Beat: Condoms and Constitutions
As conflict rises between the government and religious organizations pressing for reform,
covering religion isnt a cushy assignment in Kenya.
by Mark Fackler
Letters to the Editor
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