Guest / Limited Access /

Legal Beat


In March a federal appeals court ruled the AmeriCorps funding programs that place volunteers into Catholic schools do not violate the separation of church and state. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the government is not promoting religion in such situations. Judge A. Raymond Randolph said volunteers may teach religious subjects at such schools so long as they do not wear the AmeriCorps logo. Last July, a U.S. district judge agreed with the American Jewish Congress that such funding of programs at the University of Notre Dame is unconstitutional. Less than 1 percent of AmeriCorps's 75,000 participants teach in religious schools.

Churches Under Fire


For the third year in a row, North Korea has been named the worst persecutor of Christians, according to the Open Doors International "World Watch List." North Korea is followed by Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Laos, Iran, Maldives, Somalia, Bhutan, China, and Afghanistan. Open Doors estimates that tens of thousands of Christians are languishing in North Korean prison camps. At least 20 Christians were killed in such camps last year.

Related Elsewhere:

CT coverage of the Americorps case includes:

Weblog: Federal Appeals Court Says Americorps Can Fund Catholic School Teachers | Religious neutrality beats hostility again (March 09, 2005)
Charitable-Choice Battle Brewing | Jewish group sues over AmeriCorps support for religious groups. (Feb. 26, 2003)

Open Door's World Watch List explains in detail the top 10 of the 50 nations on its list.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedBiblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge
Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge
How well do American Christians know their Bibles? Hint: not well.
TrendingMark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill
Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill
"I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission."
Editor's PickBless This Tackle? Not a Prayer
Bless This Tackle? Not a Prayer
Christians’ misguided fight for football devotions isn’t working.
Comments
Christianity Today
Christianity Today News Briefs
hide thisMay May

In the Magazine

May 2005

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.