Battle For The Children

Both charities say all they want is to help needy children, and that they respect the other’s work. But nonsectarian Save the Children is suing evangelical Feed the Children for having a similar-sounding name.

James Bausch, president of Connecticut-based Save the Children, which works in 20 states and 37 other countries, says his donors have been confused. “People don’t know which organization they are giving to,” Bausch told CT.

Evangelist Larry Jones, president of Oklahoma-based Feed the Children,which works in the U.S. and about 30 countries, says there was no intent to play off the other organization. Jones said his group was named in a five-minute brainstorming session in 1981: “We said, ‘We are feeding children, so let’s call the group, ‘Feed the Children,’ ” recounts Jones. “We’re going to end up with ‘feed the attorneys.’ ”

Bausch says the groups’ logos are also confusing. “I’d be very surprised that people are not giving to Larry Jones with the thought they are giving to us,” he says.

Church State
In Court …

A federal judge has ruled that two large crosses situated on mountains near San Diego and the cross blazoned on the insignia of the La Mesa (Calif.) Police Department must all be removed by this month. U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson said the crosses violate the principle of separation of church and state.

• A California appeals court voted 2 to 1 recently that a Downey, California, couple were within their rights to refuse to rent a residence to an unmarried man and woman. The ruling reversed an earlier decision by the California Employment and Fair Housing Commission that went against the landlord couple, John and Agnes Donahue, who are devout Roman Catholics. The Donabues said they ...

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