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Denzel Washington greets a group of children from the Boys & Girls Club of America at the kickoff of the organization's Be Great national youth advocacy campaign. (Associated Press/File)

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The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State claim the Central Mission requires the homeless to participate in Christian religious activity.

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** FILE ** Rep. Nancy Pelosi's views on abortion have brought criticism from the Catholic Church. (The Washington Times)

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Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley (above, center) congratulates the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, Vice President Hubert J. Humphrey, at the 1968 convention. At right, Chicago Police use nightsticks and tear gas to break up protests at the '68 convention.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani will give the keynote address on Sept. 2, the second night of the four-day Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn.

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Dozens of youths from different parts of the country rally around an upheld Bible signaling a silent pro-life prayer in front of the Supreme Court.

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Musician Moby plays a DJ set at the Dance Tent during the Virgin Mobile Festival on August 10, 2008. (John Tully/The Washington Times)

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After peering into the U.S. from atop the U.S.-Mexico border fence, a man returns to the Mexican side in Tijuana, Mexico. But Indian tribes are calling for a halt to building the fence, arguing it will destroy their traditions and religious practices. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Abortion protesters in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2008, call on politicians to reject donations from Planned Parenthood and other such groups. (The Washington Times)

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Students passing through metal detectors is a common ritual in inner-city schools. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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** In this June 18, 2008, file photo, the Rev. John McLaughlin, of St. Monica Parish in Methuen, Mass., is the first national vocations director at the Archdiocese of the Military in Washington. This month, Father McLaughlin begins traveling the country to recruit members of the military into the Catholic priesthood and sisterhood. (Associated Press)

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Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Seoul protesters demand the resignation of government officials. Some scholars say the mixed focus of the protests indicate citizens merely seek group experience, and that this urge dangerously usurps their loyalty to the democratic process. Elected by a record margin, the president's approval rating is now less than 20 percent.

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**FILE** Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan in this photo from March 1, 2003. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI, seen here in the popemobile, will travel in a similar vehicle during his visit to the District. Benedict has one public event in the city, a Mass on April 17 at the Nationals' stadium.

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President Obama, shown in this 2008 photo, acknowledges the crowd as he leaves First Emanuel Baptist Church in New Orleans during his presidential campaign.

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** FILE ** People enter the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Catholic University in Washington. (The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** In this 2008 file photo, Assyrian Christians Isaac Samow and his wife, Ziada, say their children, including Hala (center) still speak their language, but they fear the loss of their culture in their grandchildren in asylum in Modesto, Calif., and among other Assyrians fleeing the violence and persecution in the ancient homeland of Mesopotamia. (Associated Press)

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An antique handwritten Koran is displayed inside the museum in Harar, Ethiopia, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006. ** FILE **

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Christian Kersey (left), David Sabre (center) and Pablo Piggott race to finish their pies during a pie-eating contest at the Fauquier County Fair in Warrenton, Va., Saturday, July 21, 2007. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)