The week in Pa. religion news: Jan. 30, 2011

Chick-fil-A is catching heat from gay-rights groups over a Pennsylvania outlet’s sponsorship of marriage seminars in Camp Hill and Reading next month by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which has spoken out against homosexuality. “If you’re eating Chick-fil-A, you’re eating anti-gay,” one headline read, according to the NYT.
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote was among 400 rabbis who signed a public letter to Fox News and conservative host Glenn Beck asking them to stop their talk about Nazis and the Holocaust.
“We share a belief that the Holocaust, of course, can and should be discussed appropriately in the media. But that is not what we have seen at Fox News,” said a full-page ad in the WSJ on Thursday, which was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A former Pennsylvania high-school teacher is challenging the teaching of evolution in the Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, alleging it promotes atheism and, therefore, amounts to the teaching of religion.
Orthodox Christians in Pittsburgh are opening a center in the Hill District to give food and other assistance to the poor. The sponsoring organization, FOCUS North America, is a nationwide pan-ethnic effort by the Orthodox to provide social services. (Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and wife Theodora are big supporters).
Thousands from Pennsylvania took buses to D.C. for the March for Life on Monday.
A United Methodist panel is reviewing an appeal by Evangelical Theological Seminary, which objected to the UMC’s decision to cut ties with the Myerstown school last year.
A 30-year-old priest from Wilkes-Barre has been tapped for a position with the Holy See’s Secretariat of State in Rome.
A Pittsburgh rabbi was to receive a papal medal today for his work promoting interfaith relations.
And an aid worker from Red Lion who works for the faith-based IMA World Health was in Haiti during the commotion caused by the return of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s exiled dictator.

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