U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Nov 27, 2007
The director of a unique federal panel charged with promoting religious freedom worldwide has died after a struggle with cancer.
Joseph Crapa, 63, executive director of the U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, died October 25. A onetime high-level staffer to congressional Democrats, Crapa was respected by Republican and Democratic appointees alike.
Male abuse? A prominent Muslim cleric in Malaysia has urged Malaysian women to stop wearing figure-hugging clothes. He calls the wearing of such clothing a form of emotional abuse of men, since it makes it hard for them to focus on their prayers and disturbs their sleep (UPI).
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has taken a big step out the door of the Episcopal Church, declaring itself at odds with the denomination’s more liberal view of scripture and homosexuality and paving the way to join a more conservative Anglican branch.
It’s going to take more than a $10.9 million jury award to stop pastor Fred Phelps and his Kansas church from picketing military funerals with antigay signs. In fact, his daughter said November 1 that the verdict will only push them forward.
Bowing to pressure, Republican senator David Vitter of Louisiana has backed off an attempt to steer $100,000 to a Christian group that supports teaching religious and alternative theories of creation alongside evolution in science classrooms.