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November 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
A lawyer for an Orthodox Jewish couple from Los Angeles claimed Monday that the Internal Revenue Service has violated the 1st Amendment by refusing to allow tax deductions for their children's religious schooling. The IRS should allow the deductions because it permits members of the Church of Scientology to write off the cost of spiritual counseling sessions, attorney Jeffrey Zuckerman said during the first day of a nonjury trial in U.S. Tax Court.
February 26, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that college students who are preparing for the ministry do not have a right to state scholarship aid on the same basis as other students. The 7-2 decision, written by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, rejected the notion that divinity students are entitled to equal treatment when it comes to receiving state money.
November 23, 2003 | Alan Rifkin, Alan Rifkin is the author of "Signal Hill," a collection of short stories published by City Lights in October. He last wrote for the magazine about former UCLA football coach Bob Toledo.
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November 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Andy Morgan can't dance, but he figured he was in no danger of embarrassing himself. After all, he went to a high school that did not permit dancing. And when it came time for college, he settled on a Christian school that had not allowed social dancing since the war. The Civil War. "I've had a great excuse all my life," Morgan said. Not anymore.
July 26, 2003 | From Religion News Service
A coalition of liberal groups has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Washington state policy that prohibits state scholarships from being used for theological studies. The four groups -- the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund -- said a student's religious freedom rights are not violated under the policy. The high court agreed May 19 to hear an appeal after the U.S.
July 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
At a site of Orthodox Christian study for more than 1,000 years, desks are kept dusted and ancient manuscripts carefully preserved. There is everything except students. The Halki Theological School -- on an island off Istanbul -- was closed in 1971 by Turkish authorities in a huge blow to the spiritual heart of Orthodoxy. Without the seminary, the Orthodox are denied a center for theological study and clerical training in what was the ancient Byzantine capital.
June 28, 2003 | Jay Mathews, Washington Post
The Bush administration has joined with a national religious group in an attempt to force the Montgomery County, Md., school district to put recruitment fliers for an after-school Bible club in children's backpacks, school officials said. The U.S.
May 20, 2003 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court took up a case Monday that will test how far the government can go in funding religion, agreeing to decide whether states that give college scholarships must pay for a student's training to become a cleric. The outcome could redraw the line separating church and state in the area of education. Last year, the justices said states may subsidize children who attend religious schools through voucher programs.
April 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Eager for a stronger voice and to foster a better understanding of Islam, French Muslims elected a national body aimed at bringing their community of 5 million out of the shadows. Participants hope the French Council of the Muslim Faith will achieve better relations with mainstream France and provide a platform for talks with the government on building mosques and Muslim cemeteries.
February 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Vatican will close its institute for Jewish studies in Jerusalem and transfer the program to a similar center at the Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A statement in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano made no reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but cited "increasing financial problems of several years' standing." It also said the move would give the Jewish studies program greater stability and visibility, and permit it to offer an academic degree.
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