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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Some communities come together to force hate groups to hit the road

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (JTA) – Last July one of Matthew Hale’s neighbors in East Peoria, Ill., tacked up a simple sign: “Hate Has No Home Here.” That appeared to be the consensus of the 200 local residents who gathered for a prayer vigil outside the headquarters of the World Church of the Creator, which Hale…

  • Supreme Court refuses to tamper with church-state separation rulings

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (JTA) – The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to sidestep several mines on the church-state battlefield. In a flurry of action Tuesday, the justices let stand Maine’s school voucher program, left intact a ruling striking down New York’s attempt to create a special school district for a community of Chasidic Jews and…

  • Jewish groups criticize as ‘pittance’ German offer to former slave laborers

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (JTA) – After months of painstaking deliberations aimed at creating a compensation fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers, German and Jewish negotiators are finally talking numbers. The two sides, however, remain billions of dollars apart. Germany’s largest companies and the German government last week offered $3.3 billion to settle the claims…

  • Once again, Jewish lobbyists urge Congress to protect religious workers

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (JTA) – For 10 years, Jewish lobbyists have been urging Congress to enact legislation that would protect religious practice in the workplace. But the measure has failed to advance or win significant backing from lawmakers, largely due to opposition from business and labor communities. Those interest groups have argued that altering current…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Christian Coalition loses influence, but could get second wind for election

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (JTA) – As the Christian Coalition faithful gathered here for their annual “Road to Victory” conference, Republican presidential hopefuls took to the dais one by one. With the exception of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who declined an invitation to speak, each of the candidates took a turn courting votes from the nation’s…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Cases before U.S. Supreme Court could provide hint on voucher views

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (JTA) – An important church-state case on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court could serve as a bellwether for the justices” stance on the controversial issue of taxpayer aid to religious schools. The high court, which began its new term this week, is slated to hear arguments in a case concerning…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish officials critical of Bush for urging Buchanan to stay in GOP

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (JTA) – With a maelstrom swirling around Pat Buchanan and the views he espouses on Hitler and World War II in his latest book, the last thing Texas Gov. George W. Bush wanted to do was become ensnared in the controversy. But in asking the Republican firebrand not to leave the GOP,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish officials critical of Bush for urging Buchanan to stay in GOP

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (JTA) – With a maelstrom swirling around Pat Buchanan and the views he espouses on Hitler and World War II in his latest book, the last thing Texas Gov. George W. Bush wanted to do was become ensnared in the controversy. But in asking the Republican firebrand not to leave the GOP,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish groups drop out of coalition for Religious Liberty Protection Act

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (JTA) – There was a time when the task of securing greater protections for religious freedom in America seemed relatively unobjectionable. A diverse coalition of religious and civil liberties groups formed to pursue that goal following a landmark 1990 Supreme Court decision that struck down key protections for free religious practice. Congress…

  • Congressman again introduces defeated school-prayer amendment

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (JTA) – Church-state watchdogs were caught off guard and somewhat baffled by the reintroduction this week of a school prayer amendment to the Constitution. Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), who has tried unsuccessfully over the past several years to win passage of the controversial proposal, said on Wednesday he believes there is now…