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Katrina:

  • Hurricane Katrina changes the pace and face of giving | Charities see a broader spectrum of donors digging into their pockets, among them minorities and young people. They note that the Internet is making it easier to give. And they see more donors wanting to play active, roll-up-your-sleeves roles in helping (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • Discovering poverty (again) | The leap from Katrina to broad generalizations about poverty involves considerable simplification (Robert J. Samuelson , The Washington Post)
  • Hurricane Katrina hits three campus ministries in the US | InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Southeast Regional Director says students are "shell-shocked" (Mission Network News)

Religion & politics:

  • Wisconsin weighs ban on cloning | Both sides accused of verbal dishonesty in stem cell debate (Chicago Tribune)
  • Boehner: Don't tie funding, hiring | Groups should not give up their rights, says Republican who chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Religious leaders endorse tax plan | Coloradans of faith have a new message coming from some pulpits, synagogues and mosques: Pass Referendum C on Nov. 1 (The Gazette, Colorado Springs)
  • Also: Clergy coalition backs ballot measures | Religious leaders urge their flocks to show support (The Rocky Mountain News, Denver)
  • Ontario's faith based initiative stirs debate | When is it proper for the government to dictate the rules by which adults of sound mind agree to resolve family disputes? (Fox News)
  • Priest avows right to meddle in politics | It was not good enough for the federal Government to "cherry pick" its church leaders, listening only to those who supported its policies while dismissing their views when they disagreed, a leading Catholic priest said yesterday (The Australian)
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