Author Archives: Bernie Davidow

Neighbor Of Proposed Church Site: ‘I Have Nightmares About It’

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Plans to put a Pentacostal church at the end of a residential street in East Hartford worries neighbors.

Courant Staff Writer Hilda Muñoz reports:

The Pentecostals of Greater Hartford have applied for a special permit to build a 14,000-square-foot house of worship and a lot with 337 parking spaces at 57 Christopher Court, according to town documents. The main entrance and exit would be on Christopher Court.

“We’re fighting this because it’s going to completely change the neighborhood,” [one neighbor] said. “There are a lot of younger kids. Kids play here. I have a special needs child.”

“I have nightmares about it, Nancy,” said [another neighbor]. “Why can’t they leave us alone?”

Read Muñoz’sl story here.



Photos From Capitol Tribute To The Rebbe

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hc-tribute-to-the-rebbe-20140709-001Courant photographer Stephen Dunn dropped by Wednesday’s ceremony at the State Capitol to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Above, Rabbi Joseph Gopin sings and claps along to some traditional Jewish songs. At left, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman welcomes Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Joseph Gopin. Click here to see more photos from the event.


Report: Synagogue Suing Greenwich

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Citing violation of its right to free exercise of religion, a Greenwich synagogue in suing the town, the Greenwich Time reports:

Greenwich Reform Synagogue has filed a lawsuit alleging that its civil rights were violated when the town shot down its controversial plan to build a new house of worship.

The full story, in Wednesday’s paper, is available here.



Capitol Ceremony To Mark 20th Anniversary Of Rabbi’s Death

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(Credit: Chabad-Lubavitch of Connecticut)

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. (Credit: Chabad-Lubavitch of Connecticut)

Hasidic rabbis from around Connecticut will gather in the Senate chambers on Wednesday afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

To read more, go to the full story.

Fine more on his life and times here.


Trinity Professor: ‘The Secular Are Skeptics’

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SkepticalInqurierJulyAugustBarry A. Kosmin, a Trinity College professor and founding director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture, has an article in the Special Issue on Science and Religion of the Skeptical Inquirer magazine, just out.

His piece, “The Secular Are Skeptics: the Worldviews of Today’s University Students,” centers on the  2013 American Religious Identification Survey, conducted by the institute. The survey found that 31.8 percent of students surveyed described themselves as religious, 32.4 percent as spiritual but not religious, and 28.2 percent as secular but not religious. (The rest said they didn’t know.)

Kosmin writes: “The secular worldview prototype adheres closely to naturalism and Enlightenment ideology with strong support for science, reason, empiricism, and evidence-based medicine. … among the three worldviews, the secular worldview group emerges as the most intellectually coherent and unified and with the greatest potential for solidarity.”