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Published: Saturday, 4/7/2001

United Jewish Council names chief executive

BLADE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

The United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo, formerly known as the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, has announced the appointment of Marvin A. Goldberg as its first chief executive officer.

Mr. Goldberg, a native of Cleveland, joined the UJC the first of the year. His most recent previous post was executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, North Carolina.

The UJC, located at 6505 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, is the parent organization for the Jewish social service agencies including the Jewish Community Center, the Toledo Board of Jewish Education, the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Service, and the Jewish Senior Service.

It is just a rumor, but it is an incredibly stubborn one: There is no truth to reports that atheists are petitioning the FCC in an effort to remove the TV show Touched by Angel and other religious programs from the nation's airwaves.

Audrey Spivac, a spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, said the rumor changes slightly over time but has been circulating steadily for more than 25 years. The late atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair and a petition number RM-2493 are usually mentioned in the false alerts, now making the rounds by e-mail, warning that the atheists' ultimate goal is to ban all religious programming from TV and radio.

“Since 1975 ... the FCC has received and responded to millions of inquiries about these rumors. Many efforts have been made by the FCC to advise the public of their falsehood,” the FCC states on its Web site (www.fcc.gov).

A current version of the electronic petition, with the words “God Ban” in the e-mail subject field, urges recipients to add their name to the list and forward the alert to others to “stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard.”

The FCC site explains, in a page headlined “Religious Broadcasting Rumor Denied,” that it is “is required by the First Amendment to observe a stance of neutrality toward religion, acting neither to promote nor to inhibit religion.”

The Southern Baptist Convention is halting 30 years of doctrinal talks with the U.S. Roman Catholic Church, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

Two denominations, with 78 million members combined, share belief in central Christian doctrine but ecumenical contacts have been a “sore point” for some Southern Baptists, the report said.

The talks began in 1971 as an opportunity to understand agreements and differences.

Catholic Radio Weekly, a half-hour program produced by the U.S. Bishops' Catholic Communication Campaign, made its nationwide debut tomorrow in a pilot program involving 20 diocese.

The program is hosted by Johnny Holiday and Carol Lehan and includes such guests as sports analyst Billy Packer; the Rev. Michael Burgarin, executive director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, and Dick Gregory, activist and comedian.

Details are pending for the show to be broadcast in the Toledo area.



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