- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 16, 2001

Protesters ask Bush to resist force
ATLANTA — Anti-war activists in Atlanta demanded yesterday that President Bush rule out military retaliation for the terrorist attacks this week that left thousands of Americans dead or missing.
Carrying signs that read "Stop The U.S. War Machine" and "No More War," about 100 protesters said the blood of innocent people would be on the U.S. government if it launched military strikes on Afghanistan and other countries believed to harbor suspected terrorist networks.

Evangelical Christians pray together
ATLANTA — Heads bowed, men, women and children sobbed quietly yesterday as evangelical Christians led more than 1,500 churches in a televised, nationwide prayer vigil for victims of the terrorist attacks.
The 90-minute vigil was led by several evangelical leaders, including Franklin Graham and "Prayer of Jabez" author Bruce Wilkinson.
The service was broadcast from the Glad Tidings Church in Lake Charles, La., where Mr. Graham, Mr. Wilkinson and others spoke.
Mr. Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and president of Samaritan's Purse, told the audience of about 155,000 people that he felt Christianity itself was under attack.
"We're fighting an enemy that is elusive," Mr. Graham said. There are groups of these Muslim extremists "that hate the United States because they see us as a Christian country."

Gabrielle heads out after drenching Florida
MIAMI — Tropical Storm Gabrielle headed out to sea yesterday after a drenching, daylong passage across the Florida Peninsula that at its peak left a half-million homes and businesses in the dark.
Nearly 350,000 homes and businesses remained without power yesterday afternoon. Utilities said they expected to have most service restored last night.

Child molester banned from parks
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — City officials did not violate the rights of a convicted child molester when they banned him from the city's parks, a federal judge ruled.
The man, identified in court documents only as John Doe, is not on probation and his last conviction was 10 years ago.
Lafayette officials banned the man from city parks in January 2000 after his former probation officer received a tip that the man had told a therapy group that he had sexual fantasies while watching children at a city park.

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