Robertson Warns Bush

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has warned President Bush that any attempt to change the political status quo in Jerusalem would mean the loss of evangelical support at the ballot box.

Speaking at a news conference this week, Robertson insisted that Bush must not give in to international pressure to make half of Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state. He was in Israel as the guest of the International Christian Embassy, a pro-Israel evangelical organization.

Robertson said that "the president has backed away from" the peace plan known as the "road map" but that if he was to touch Jerusalem, "he'd lose all evangelical support."

The Palestinians claim eastern Jerusalem as a capital, while Israel insists that both eastern and western parts of the city must remain under Israeli sovereignty, as they have been since 1967. Robertson and other evangelicals called "Christian Zionists" say the Old Testament contains a mandate from God to support Israel. They consider any deviation from that support at odds with God's plan.

-- Religion News Service

Moore Case Declined

Former Alabama chief justice Roy S. Moore's efforts to return to office reached the end of the line this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment to hear his case.

Attorneys for Moore asked the nation's highest court two months ago to rule that he was denied due process of law and subjected to an unconstitutional religious test when he was removed from office Nov. 13 by the state Court of the Judiciary.

Moore was ousted for refusing to obey an order from U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson. The judge had told Moore to remove his monument to the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building because it violated the First Amendment's ban on state-established religion.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit had affirmed Thompson's decision.

The Supreme Court also declined to consider a ruling that requires some California religious organizations to cover birth control under employees' health plans. Justices chose not to hear an appeal from Catholic Charities of Sacramento.

-- Religion News Service