August 9, 2005

John C. Green, an often-quoted expert on the intersection of religion and politics, will be a senior fellow with the nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life for the 2005-2006 academic year. Green teaches political science and heads the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Green, who has done several studies for the Washington-based Pew Forum, is coauthor most recently of The Values Campaign: The Christian Right in American Politics,, published this year by Georgetown University Press.

Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, the former U.S. director of interfaith relations for the American Jewish Committee and a veteran navy chaplain, has been tapped by the air force to help oversee religious tolerance in the “religious climate” at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Resnicoff was named June 27 as special assistant to the secretary of the air force and chief of staff for values and vision. A rabbi in the Conservative branch of Judaism, Resnicoff retired in 2001 as command chaplain for the armed services in Europe. He also served as principal adviser to General Wesley Clark, NATO’s former supreme allied commander, on issues of religion, ethics and morals.

Evangelist Morris Cerullo, a religious broadcaster with an international ministry, has been indicted on charges of filing false income tax returns. While president of San Diego–based Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, Cerullo misstated his income from 1998 and 2000 by a total of more than $550,000, the U.S. attorney of the Southern District of California announced July 12. He has been charged with three counts of falsely filing tax returns. Each count has a maximum penalty of $100,000 and three years in prison. Cerullo’s lawyer, Gregory Vega, said the evangelist will fight the charges, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.