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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #248

NEWS: Chinese Crackdown - An arrest order for the leader of an outlawed religious movement in China has been issued by that country' s government. All security departments and border posts are on the lookout for Li Hongzhi, founder and head of Falun Gong, the meditation group banned recently by Chinese authorities. With a membership totaling 70 million worldwide, China has deemed Falun Gong a serious threat to communist rule. RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY correspondent Kim Lawton examines the religious organization that believes in improving health through exercise and meditation with excerpts from an earlier interview with Hongzhi and talks to a human rights expert and practitioners of Falun Gong. NEWS: Kosovo - An Update - This week more than two billion dollars was pledged to rebuild Kosovo by governments and relief aid agencies around the world. The United States, which pledged $500 million, joined Japan, Germany, Britain, and various aid agencies in promising funds to repair and restore order to the war-torn area. This announcement comes on the heels of last week's discovery of 14 Serbian farmers massacred reportedly in retaliation by ethnic Albanians. RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY reporter Chris Roberts brings us up-to-date on recent developments and efforts to bring peace to the region. COVER STORY: Hinduism in America - RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY beginsit two-part look at Hinduism in America. Currently, there are approximately one million Hindus in the United States and the number of new temples being consecrated and dedicated has increased in the last decade. What are the fundamental beliefs of the religion? Is Hinduism practiced in the United States different from Hinduism practiced in India? In our first report, R & E contributing correspondent Monika Samtani follows the Harnal family from northern Virginia, who immigrated to the U.S. from south India 21 years ago and reports on how they built a home for their faith. FEATURE: Jewish Jordan - Is it possible to juggle sports and faith? "I'm just trying to be the best basketball player and the best Jew I can be at the same time." That is the tall goal for Tamir Goodman, the 6-foot-three, 17-year-old, Orthodox Jewish high school basketball wonder from Baltimore, Maryland who has already been awarded a full basketball scholarship from the University of Maryland. Conflicts between the two worlds have recently forced Goodman to leave rabbinical school for a new high school his senior year. RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY correspondent Paul Miller takes a look at this possible future NBA star and reports on Goodman's efforts to score in the temple and on the court. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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