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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #152

In this episode, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly reports on the ongoing conflict between Catholics and Jews in Poland over the placement of crosses outside Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp. It was reported this week that the Council of the Episcopate, the highest body of Poland's Catholic Church, called for a large cross near the camp to stay in place but for other smaller crosses to be removed. The group also appealed for people to stop planting additional crosses. But Poland's chief rabbi, Pinchas Menachem Joskowicz, rejected the proposal, stating that any number of crosses near the site would denigrate the memory of those Jews who perished in the camp during World War II. Next was a segment about the rise of violence in public schools across the country last year. One of the areas most affected by the violence was Springfield, Oregon, where a 15-year-old student took the lives of two students and wounded 22 others during a rampage at a local high school. Correspondent Tom D'Antoni reports from Oregon on how its religious community is helping students and residents recover and move on from this devastating act of violence. In this week's Perspectives segment, Professor R. Scott Appleby from the University of Notre Dame and Professor Azizah al-Hibri, from the University of Richmond discuss the nature of the Islamic religion and talk about the differences between the Islamic mainstream and the Islamic extreme factions. Finally, a segment about religious summer camps - Anisa Mehdi goes to camp and looks at a Muslim, Jewish and Christian summer getaway for kids designed to reinforce and fortify religious and ethical values they learn throughout the year. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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