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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #207

This episode began with a report on religion in the news, covering the 2,000 demonstrators who were on hand this week during the opening of "Corpus Christi," the controversial off-Broadway play featuring a gay Christ-like figure; and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), who held a press conference strongly objecting to the negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in the soon-to-be-released motion picture "The Siege." The report also focused on a rallying call for Catholics and Muslims to join forces to combat this new "racism." Following the report, correspondent Kim Lawton spoke to CAIR spokesperson Mohamed Niemer and Kenneth Whitehead, board chair of the Catholic League for Religion & Civil Rights, on this new trend and the importance of presenting a united front. Next was the first of a two-part report on Peru's severe monetary problems. It has been reported that forty years ago half of Peru's population lived below the poverty line; it's the same today, except the country's population has soared to 26 million. Juan Vasquez reported on the devastating stories of these young victims in this poverty-stricken region. The program concluded with a discussion with Archbishop Tutu about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, scheduled to be announced Wednesday, October 28. Topics included what effects the findings will have on South Africa, his experience with confession and forgiveness, and lessons that might be applied to the United States. [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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