Christianity

Man Shot 'for Christian Beliefs'

April 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7349142.stm

A man killed by Islamist fighters in Somalia was shot because he had converted from Islam to Christianity, his widow has claimed.

Daud Hassan Ali, 64, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, was found dead at the school his charity had built in Beledweyne on Monday.

Margaret Ali said she was "certain he was killed...

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US Muslim Group Declines to Meet Pope

April 15, 2008

Author: RACHEL ZOLL

Source: The Charlotte Observer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.charlotte.com/nation/story/582077.html

Unease with Pope Benedict XVI's approach to Islam has led a U.S. Muslim group to decline joining in an interfaith event with him later this week.

Several other U.S. Muslim leaders expressed similar concerns about the pope, but pledged to participate in the Washington gathering, saying the two...

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Concerns Raised as Cross Approved for Columbia Interfaith Center

April 14, 2008

Author: Sara Michael

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/a-1339117~Concerns_raised_as_cross_approved_for_Columbia_interfaith_center.html

A 16-foot cross planned for the outside of a Columbia interfaith center has some residents lamenting a shift away from the multifaith vision of the town’s religious centers — and of Columbia itself.

The Wilde Lake Architectural...

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Muslim Civil Liberties Group Seeks FBI Probe of School Threats

April 14, 2008

Author: SARAH LEMAGIE

Source: Star-Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/17673284.html

The Minnesota chapter of a national Islamic civil liberties group has asked the FBI and local law enforcement officers to investigate reported threats against a Twin Cities charter school as possible hate crimes, while a Jewish organization deplored the threats.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) made the request Monday after the...

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Religous Diversity New Test for Catholic Colleges

April 13, 2008

Author: KARLA SCHUSTER

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-liedu0414,0,4171059.story

On Mohammed O. Sheikh's first weekend on campus at St. John's University, he did what most new freshmen do. He went to Mass.

The Sunday night service is an annual tradition to welcome students, and for Sheikh, a Muslim whose choice of a Catholic college initially set his parents on edge, the event was fraught with uncertainty....

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Muslim Leaders Eager to Hear What Pope Has to Say in U.S. Visit

April 12, 2008

Author: GARY STERN

Source: The Journal News

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080412/NEWS02/804120347

The new pope could hardly have gotten off to a rockier start with the Muslim world.

It was September 2006. Regensburg, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI was giving a speech about the need for balance between faith and reason, a talk that would likely have attracted little worldwide attention.

But...

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Sect's Ways Defended as Religious Expression

April 9, 2008

Author: MICHELLE ROBERTS

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Wire Service: AP

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/358470_retreat10.html

Lawyers for a polygamist sect that is the subject of a massive child-abuse investigation argued in court Wednesday that although its members' multiple marriages and cloistered ways may be unusual, they have a right to their faith and privacy.

Gerry Goldstein, a San...

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Earth Healing Initiative: Faith Groups Face Tipping Point; Learn Native American Respect for Planet

April 9, 2008

Author: Greg Peterson

Source: Gather

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977305742

The new non-profit Earth Healing Initiative, based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is honoring faith-based and Native American environmental projects across the Great Lakes.

The interfaith Earth Healing Initiative (EHI) is currently collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the Great Lakes 2008 Earth...

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AFA Refuses to Show Film Clips Called Anti-Catholic

April 9, 2008

Author: MARK BARNA

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazette.com/articles/academy_35099___article.html/war_military.html

Air Force Academy officials declined to show clips from a documentary critical of Christian proselytizing in the U.S. military at a seminar Wednesday on war and religion.

Footage from "Constantine's Sword," a documentary premiering April 19 in New York, was scheduled to be shown to cadets during...

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Ten Commandments Back in Court

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-ed-religion8apr08,1,2718355.story

When the Supreme Court ruled 46 years ago that official prayers in public schools violated the 1st Amendment, it infuriated those who claimed that public institutions should reflect the fact that this is "one nation, under God" -- the God of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, that is.

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Tamil Tigers Appeal Over Shrine

April 8, 2008

Author: Frances Harrison

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7336855.stm

Sri Lankan rebels have asked Norwegian peace brokers to pressurise the government to end violence near the country's most revered Catholic shrine.

The rebels say the army has been shelling the church compound in Madhu in Tamil Tiger-controlled territory near the frontline in the fighting.

But the army blames the Tigers for taking up...

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