Religion Briefs

Temple Emanu-El to hold outdoor worship service

Temple Emanu-El will take its weekly worship service outdoors Friday.

"Shabbat and Sunset" at Kakaako Waterfront Park will begin at 6 p.m. on the grass Ewa of the parking lot on Olomehana Street. Cantor Ken Aronowitz will lead the service and singing.

The service is open to the public. Participants are urged to bring a picnic support and something to sit on.

ACLU sues Louisiana over abstinence outreach

NEW ORLEANS >> Louisiana's abstinence education program uses taxpayer money to promote religion by teaching that sex outside marriage is sinful, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit.

According to the suit, program administrators gave students literature that blames the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on removal of prayer from public schools. The program also spent $30,000 on a theatrical group that visits schools and says sex outside marriage is "offensive to God," the ACLU said.

"The governor's office has to get out of the pulpit and stop putting taxpayers' money in the collection plate," ACLU spokesman Joe Cook said.

Gov. Mike Foster defended the approach, saying "abstinence is a program that has to do with morals. Morals usually have a lot to do with religion."

Polish judge tells editor to apologize over pope jab

WARSAW, Poland >> A Warsaw court ordered the daily Trybuna on Monday to print an apology and pay a fine for a 1997 article calling Polish-born Pope John Paul II a "coarse vicar" whose speech was "slovenly and mumbling."

The newspaper must print a front-page apology and donate the fine to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas, the judge ordered, because "religious feelings of many people were hurt" by the story.

The verdict resulted from a private lawsuit filed by the Rev. Zdzislaw Peszkowski, 84, a noted Polish priest. Trybuna Editor Wojciech Pielecki contends the language appeared by mistake, and apologized to Peszkowski, but he has refused to apologize in print.

Clown's wife runs weekly Bible class for the circus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. >> As part of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus troupe, Jenny Nock has no regular church to attend. So for the past year she has run nondenominational Bible studies each Friday for clowns, trapeze artists, animal handlers and concession workers.

"It's like any walk of life: You need support," said Nock, the wife and manager of clown Bello Nock. "We were on the road 49 weeks last year."


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