The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 6
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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 NATION THE SAUNA JOURNAL RELIGION iteed prescribes antidote for racism Christian Coalition <3ader is critical of white evangelical Christians Py 'Cox News Service BALTIMORE ~~ Ralph Reed, •••rtnding more like an old-time ispel preacher than a modern po- tical power-broker, Saturday : : escribed repentance by white .'angelical Christians and the Onoinic and spiritual revival of Minority communities as an anti'•'te for racism in America. At a rare meeting of Christian /alition leaders and scores of .'rican American church leaders ISLAMIC MILITANTS Militant eclares oly War on U.S. lin Ladin says he aims > drive U.S. troops rom Saudi Arabia ' / The Associated Press WEW YORK — A leading fi- ! ancier of Islamic militants says i . r.S. troops in Saudi Arabia are i.'ow the main target of his "holy. v/n'r" against the United States. ;"We have focused our declara- ; ion of jihad on striking at the U.S. : .'Idiers. inside Saudi Arabia," '„ J.sama Bin Ladin said in an inter\ lew to be broadcast today on •' 'JSIN's Impact news show. ;l3in Ladin also warned the estimated 40,000 American civilians I iving in Saudi Arabia to leave the i jountry, although he said they are ) ijt targets. ,""We do not guarantee their safe!y," he said from an undisclosed ' ication in Afghanistan. At least 5,000 U.S. military per- vimel are stationed in Saudi Ara•'i i, a key U.S. ally in the region ;'>i(l the site of Mecca and Medina, v.o of Islam's holiest sites. • "In our religion, it is not permissible for any non-Muslim to (ay in Arabia," said Bin Ladin, fS:|)laining his aim to drive Americans from the country. ; The State Department calls Bin Iiatlin "one of the most significant i'lnancial sponsors of Islamic ex! i enlist activities in the world to•lay." Officials estimate his war t iiest, drawn from a family fortune, at between $50 million and :;:i'.50 million. I Bin Ladin denied any involve- liX'iit in 1995 and 1996 bombings in ttmdi Arabia that killed 24 U.S. I loops. ' 13 ut, he said, "I have great respect for the people who did this. T.hpy are heroes. What they did is a; liig honor that I missed partici- in." ; U.S. SECURITY I J.S. detains raqis for security Fj/The Associated Press i ^— '; WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is detaining as many as '£> asylum-seekers evacuated from UHI northern Kurdish region of Iiaq last year because of fears '/i'.;y may pose a national security I lireat. . ''They were people who under US. law were believed to repre- (•nt a security risk if allowed to i f'lhain in the United States," Clin- ini) spokesman David Johnson fiiid Saturday. The New York Times reported Saturday that some of the Iraqis \vere once paid by the CIA in a failed attempt to oust Saddam Hussein and now face possible deportation. Justice Department spokeswoman Carole Florman sjiid she could not confirm the CIA link, but added, "I believe that is what they claim." i Florman said the detainees vfere among hundreds of Iraqis ajr'lifted to Guam last year after Iraqi troops invaded their home in the northern Kurdish regions of the Persian Gulf country. During asylum hearings and the accompanying FBI background checks, Florman said information was revealed that complicated sunie of the refugees' cases, presenting a "reasonable suspicion that these people could present a .1, iiional security risk." She would a;jt elaborate, but said those n.lugees deemed a risk were held in custody and moved to Southern California to await full hearings. from throughout the country, Reed, the coalition's executive director, declared that racial reconciliation defies government intervention or political activism. "The thing that is going to combat the social pathologies and the evils and the national sins ... isn't going to be any political party," he said. "It's going to be the church of Jesus Christ on its knees praying, with a sword and a spear in one hand and a breastplate of righteousness and a helmet of salvation and a revival that sweeps across the nation." Reed, in one of his final appearances as the leader of the Christian Coalition before starting a po- litical consulting firm in Atlanta, singled out white evangelical Christians for special criticism. "The while evangelical church was. sadly and painfully, the picket fence that once sustained Jim Crow and segregation," he said, suggesting that only "a spirit of repentance" could lead to absolution. He added, "What we need in our inner-cities ... is not another government program or a 'War on Poverty.' We need God's spirit to come crashing down." Reed's comments came at the Congress on Racial Justice and Reconciliation, a one-day revival- like conference hosted by the Samaritan Project of the Christ- ian Coalition. The coalition, which is largely white and conservative, created the Samaritan Project earlier this year to broaden its political mission to bring spiritual and financial aide to America's inner-cities. Both Reed and the Samaritan Project's director, the Rev. Earl Jackson, insisted Saturday that the project has nothing to do with politics. The Samaritan Project's objectives closely resemble proposals of the Republican Party, with which the Christian Coalition has been allied since its creation by the Rev. Pp.t Robertson, a GOP presidential candidate in 1988. pj Now Accepting Applications for Enrollment for Summer Day Oanijp Camp begins May 30 thru August 18 Boys & Girls - 1st thru 6th grade Monday thru Friday Call or Stop by The Salvation Army 913-823-3441 from 1 pm to 8 pm Monday thru Friday 1137 N. 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