June 2005: Journalist.
Role Name Type Last Updated Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Christian Science Monitor Source Mar 31, 2009
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 31, 2009 On divisive issue of gay clergy, two churches weigh softer stance
QUOTE: Lutherans and Presbyterians may allow local congregations to choose people in same-sex relationships as pastors.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 31, 2008 Wealthy women give to women: Helen LaKelly Hunt of Women Moving Millions aspires to raise $150 million by next spring.
QUOTE: Women Moving Millions...is to inspire high-net-worth women to write checks for $1 million or more to improve the lives of women and girls – and their communities – around the world...Yet globally, women face tremendous challenges. They constitute 70 percent of those living on less than a dollar a day, 75 percent of refugees and the displaced, and 80 percent of those trafficked across borders for sexual or forced-labor purposes. In America, two-thirds of the poor are female.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 16, 2008 Beyond Episcopal theological split, a property fight: The Episcopal Church is battling breakaway parishes over who owns the local assets.
QUOTE: On Wednesday, Anglican bishops from around the world gather in Britain to discuss their differences over scriptural interpretation and homosexuality at the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference. But in America, those differences are already ending up in court. The stakes are high. Not only are some of the properties valuable, the legal battle over them is wrenching apart close-knit religious communities. Presbyterians and other denominations are keeping a close eye on the wrangling because they also have conservative congregations that are trying to pull out in response to actions of their denominations.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 27, 2008 Ban torture for security's sake, coalition tells Bush
QUOTE: A bipartisan coalition of elder statesmen, military and national security honchos, and religious leaders is calling on the president to return to pre-9/11 standards for the treatment of prisoners. An executive order to ban torture is essential, they say, to improve national security, shore up alliances in the war on terror, and recommit to American values.
Christian Science Monitor May 08, 2008 Faith groups mount campaign against torture: They're protesting Bush administration policies. But polls show Americans are split on the issue.
QUOTE: More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Their aim is to build a moral consensus among Americans on the issue and to bring government policies in line with US law and international norms.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 02, 2008 Muslim reformer's 'heresy': The Islamic state is a dead end: From Nigeria to Indonesia, Sudanese law professor spreads ideas of a secular state and human rights.
QUOTE: "My motivation is in fact about being an honest, true-to-myself Muslim, rather than someone complying with state dictates," says Mr. Naim, a professor of law at Emory University in Atlanta since 1999. "I need the state to be neutral about religious doctrine so that I can be the Muslim I choose to be."
Christian Science Monitor Jan 16, 2008 U.S. religious freedom is being eroded, advocates say: Misconceptions and ignorance are weakening the Constitution's 'first freedom.'
QUOTE: "A great many Americans don't define religious liberty as a universal right for everyone,"...a weakening in federal courts in recent years of the First Amendment provisions relating to religion, a development that could endanger the rights of minority faiths.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 11, 2007 Signs of a truce in America's divisive culture war? A group with Evangelical and progressive members released proposals Wednesday.
QUOTE: Now, calls for a truce are coming from a group of leaders from the Evangelical and progressive communities, long at odds with each other. They're pointing the way toward common ground on the most polarizing issues, with aims of a new civility and concrete progress.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 19, 2007 Tension as Episcopal bishops meet: Starting Thursday in New Orleans, they'll discuss communion demands over gay issues.
QUOTE: Many are calling it "a watershed moment," as the bishops decide how to respond to requests from global Anglican leaders for "unequivocal assurances" that they will not approve another gay bishop and won't authorize or permit blessing of same-sex unions.
Christian Science Monitor May 10, 2007 Christians and atheists start a calmer dialogue: Atheist militancy followed Christian vehemence; now some on both sides see the need for cooler rhetoric.
QUOTE: Amid the rising heat of this latest culture clash, though, a few people on both sides are finding calmer ways to engage, seeking to build bridges and even learn from one another. Some Christians, concerned that millions of Americans never cross the threshold of a church, want to understand why, as well as learn what it is in evangelistic efforts that turns people off. Some atheists, worried that polls show they are the least accepted social group in the country, want to break down stereotypes and change people's attitudes.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 28, 2007 'The Secret,' a phenomenon, is no mystery to many: Many say the book and DVD contain the key to unlimited happiness, health, money, and relationships. Others call the message misleading.
QUOTE: The book is small, like a diary or personal journal, with a cover that evokes parchment and a brilliant red seal. Just the kind of thing that might hold secrets or treasured thoughts...Yet along with the spiraling sales has come significant criticism for what some say is simply a cleverly repackaged message – and one that is misleading in its claims.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 22, 2007 Once a slave in the US, still fighting for her freedom: María Suárez survived life as a sex slave for five years in Los Angeles. There are thousands more like her.
QUOTE: Human trafficking is fast approaching drugs and the illegal arms trade as the most profitable criminal activities globally. In 2000, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), to enlist the government in prosecution of traffickers and provision of victim services. At least 22 states have passed laws, but law enforcement is scrambling to train their people about the problem and how to identify situations correctly.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 21, 2007 New fight, old foe: Slavery. Some 27 million men, women, and children are in unpaid servitude, the UN says – 200,000 of them in the US.
QUOTE: While slavery takes different forms today, the impact remains devastating to lives around the globe, according to UN and US government statistics. An estimated 300,000 children have been forced to serve as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts. Each year, human trafficking for sexual servitude or forced labor moves 800,000 people across international borders, including some 17,500 foreigners trafficked into the United States.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 04, 2007 Atheists challenge the religious right: Growing religious influence in the US government has led some nontheists to take positions some describe as 'secular fundamentalism.'
QUOTE: In bestselling books, on websites, and with a national lobbying effort, atheists and other nontheists are challenging the growing religious influence in government and public life. Some are attacking the foundations of religion itself. Two particularly provocative books, in fact, hit the top of Publishers Weekly's religion bestseller list in December.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 07, 2006 At swearing in, congressman wants to carry Koran. Outrage ensues.
QUOTE: When America's first Muslim congressman, a Democrat from Minnesota, let it be known he will carry a Koran to his swearing-in ceremony....The US Constitution says nothing about swearing on the Bible. But some commentators insist the US is a Christian nation, and the proposed act goes against its values and tradition.
Christian Science Monitor May 11, 2006 Uncle Sam doesn't want you: Foreign scholars denied visas say they are still waiting to hear why.
QUOTE: Since passage of the USA Patriot Act after Sept. 11, 2001, a number of academics have been denied visas or had them revoked...Universities and scholarly associations have written letters to the government to no avail.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 06, 2004 From churches, a challenge to Israeli policies: Some may wield an old financial tool - divestment - to register concern about peace prospects.
QUOTE: "A vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to use economic sanctions against certain companies doing business with Israel - namely those that profit from the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza - has set off a quiet firestorm within the American religious community."
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