Religion: Of Bombs and Bishops

At Manhattan's federal courthouse last week, Raisa Nemikin, 27, secretary at the Episcopal Church's national offices, read a statement: "The FBI and U.S. government are attempting to destroy the Hispanic community and the Puerto Rican independence movement. By cooperating, the church has destroyed whatever credibility and trust it had with the oppressed." With that, Nemikin began serving up to 14 months in prison for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.

The grand jury is investigating the F.A.L.N., a radical Puerto Rican independence group that claims responsibility for 49 U.S. bombings. At...

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