A state appeals court upheld in mid-August a lower court’s ruling that Florida’s school-voucher program violates the state constitution because it allows government-funded scholarships to be spent at religious schools.
Army Captain JamesYee, a Muslim chaplain who was cleared after an espionage investigation that drew national attention, has submitted his resignation from the military. Yee, 35, who was imprisoned for 76 days during the probe, said August 2 that even after lesser charges against him were dropped, officials never apologized to him, the Associated Press reported.
Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry of Massachusetts capped a political convention that saw Democrats emphasizing faith and moral language. “In this campaign, we welcome people of faith,” Senator Kerry told a cheering crowd of about 20,000 delegates, guests and journalists in his acceptance speech at the late July convention in Boston.
Jerry Falwell is misleading churches into thinking they can endorse political candidates, two Washington-based watchdog groups warned in complaints to federal agencies. One critic noted that a Falwell associate declared that the IRS lacks the bite to prosecute churches that step over the line.