Christianity

China Confiscates Bibles from American Christians

August 18, 2008

Author: Gillian Wong

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080818/LIFESTYLE04/808180373/1041

A group of American Christians who had more than 300 Bibles confiscated by Chinese officials when they arrived in China is refusing to leave the airport until they get the books back, their leader said Monday.

Pat Klein said he and three others from his Vision Beyond...

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Ashram Merges Architectures of Temple, Church and Mosque

August 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200808181551.htm

With its structures reflecting a mixed architecture of a temple, church and a mosque, here is a unique ashram in the lush green landscape of this small town, showcasing secular values for its potential to attract people of all faiths.

The entrance of the ashram has a chapel built in the shape of a temple tower (gopuram) and a Cross on top...

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Evangelist Worries About Religious Intolerance in China

August 13, 2008

Author: Kevin Pates

Source: Duluth News Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/articles/index.cfm?id=72040&section=sports

Evangelist Steve McConkey isn’t at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, however, his thoughts and prayers are with America’s athletes.

The part-time Superior resident and president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics hopes United States...

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Judge Rules Against Christian Schools in UC Suit

August 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Mercury News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10179716

A federal judge has ruled that the University of California did not discriminate against two Christian high schools in Southern California when it refused to honor some of their courses when considering students' eligibility for admission to UC campuses.

U.S. District Judge S. James Ortero...

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As Tensions Rise for Egypt’s Christians, Officials Call Clashes Secular

August 2, 2008

Author: Michael Slackman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/world/middleeast/02egypt.html?hp

A monastery was ransacked in January. In May, monks there were kidnapped, whipped and beaten and ordered to spit on the cross. Christian-owned jewelry stores were robbed over the summer. The rash of violence was so bad that one prominent Egyptian writer worried it had become “open season” on the nation...

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US Commission Urges Bush to Speak Out on Religion in China

July 31, 2008

Author: Chris Herlinger

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2137

An independent U.S. commission that has government backing has urged President George W. Bush to speak out publicly on religious freedom and human rights when he attends the forthcoming summer Beijing Olympic Games.

Officials of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the call on Wednesday 30 July, and said the...

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Religious Coexistence Promoted in Children's Book

July 30, 2008

Author: Sharon J. Doyle

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=27170

Was there ever a "once upon a time" when we were more tolerant and open towards those we perceive as different?

There was a golden age in Spain 1,000 years ago when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in mutual harmony. Now, however, there are indications of an increasing global intolerance within and between nations. We are...

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School and Religious Symbol Cases

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7530726.stm

A teenager from south Wales has won her claim that she was discriminated against because she was not allowed to wear a religious bangle to school.

Sarika Singh was told she was breaking the uniform's 'no jewellery' policy, and had been excluded from school for nine months.

But the High Court agreed with her that it was an expression of her Sikh faith...

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Religious Groups Give New Students Support

July 28, 2008

Author: Annie Meredith

Source: The Missourian

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/07/28/religious-groups-give-new-students-support/

Settling in a new town usually calls for a search for new services and new acquaintances. In your quest for new hangouts, new friends and teachers, a new bank or a new doctor, you might discover that you no longer have a church or worship service to attend. Don't...

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Lambeth Conference: Interfaith Dialogue a New Reality in 21st Century World

July 28, 2008

Author: Marites N. Sison

Source: The Anglican Journal

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/100/article/lambeth-conference-interfaith-dialogue-a-new-reality-in-21st-century-world/

The world changed dramatically after 9-11. So, too, have the relationships between churches of the Anglican Communion and other faiths, with inter-faith dialogue now figuring in their agenda like never before. That...

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Revered by the Castros and Their Opponents

July 28, 2008

Author: Marc Lacey

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/world/americas/28cuba.html?em&ex=1217390400&en=cc3ea75cbba2e93c&ei=5087%0A

The most bizarre offering that the Rev. Jorge Alejandro has witnessed at Cuba’s most cherished shrine came from the man who bent down and began clipping his toenails. One by one, the man deposited them at the altar, among the many other...

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Yale Hosts High-Level Christian-Muslim Dialogue

July 27, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL748164520080727

Senior Christian and Muslim scholars and leaders are meeting in the United States this week seeking common ground in their different faiths to foster better understanding between Islam and the West.

Hosted by Yale University Divinity School, the conference is the first public dialogue launched by Muslim intellectuals in the...

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Vatican Hopes Indian Bible Will Translate into Surge of Converts

July 26, 2008

Author: Jeremy Page

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4402482.ece

Barefoot and wearing a sari, with a bindi on her forehead and a naked baby on her shoulder, the woman in the picture is unmistakably Indian. So is the man behind her, clad in a loincloth and turban.

They could be any poor family in an Indian village, or at one of the country's teeming railway stations. This, however,...

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