Christianity

Christian Activist Seeks to Remove "Pagan" Statue from Courthouse

January 6, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/13561066.htm

On January 6, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "A lawsuit against a UND [University of North Dakota] law clinic brought by a Fargo Christian activist trying to remove a 'pagan' statue from atop the Grand Forks County courthouse should not have been dismissed so quickly, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed a district court...

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Bloggers’ Threats Force Muslim Retreat to Relocate

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/01/Tampabay/Blogs__threats_force_.shtml

On January 1, 2006 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Chantal Carnes didn't recognize herself. A friend had e-mailed her a blogger's article. It described Carnes as a supporter of terrorists, a fan of suicide bombing... Carnes, a Chicago resident who converted to Islam 11 years ago, was scheduled to speak at a spiritual retreat for Tampa Muslims this...

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Bloomberg Hosts Annual Interfaith Breakfast

January 1, 2006

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/church/2457/section/ny.mayor.hosts.annual.interfaith.breakfast.looks.for.spiritual.guidance.in.2006/1.htm

On January 1, 2006 The Christian Post reported, "Leaders from different faiths including Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism and Buddhism attended the Fifth Annual Interfaith Breakfast hosted by Mayor...

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Court Finds GM Prohibition of Religious Group Not Discriminatory

December 30, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/182/story_18217_1.html

On December 30, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A General Motors Corp. program that lets Hispanics, blacks or lesbians - but not Christians - organize in employee groups does not commit religious discrimination, a federal court ruled. The company's Affinity Group diversity program treats all religions equally because no groups are allowed to...

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Interfaith Leaders Inject Morality into Massachusetts Healthcare Debate

December 29, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/12/29/interfaith_leaders_invoke_morality_in_healthcare_debate/

On December 29, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Let the politicians and lobbyists argue about copayments and premiums. The Rev. Hurmon Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner are waging their fight to expand healthcare coverage on a different, higher plane...

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Students Make T-Shirts Messengers of Religious Tolerance

December 29, 2005

Source: Islamic Society of North America/Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.isna.net/index.php?id=35&backPID=1&tt_news=532

On December 29, 2005 the Lincoln Journal Star reported, "Some local high school kids spell tolerance like this: The 'T' is the cross of Christianity. The 'A' is the six-pointed Star of David, a symbol of Judaism. The 'C' is the crescent moon, a symbol of Islam. The kids, students at Lincoln’s Pius X High, had the word put onto 50 black T-...

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Ohio Could be Next Battleground in Intelligent Design Debate

December 28, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/182/story_18209_1.html

On December 28, 2005 Religion News Service reported, " Now that a Pennsylvania ruling has been made on intelligent design, Ohio could become the next legal battleground over the critical [issue of] teaching of evolution in public schools. U.S. District Judge John Jones III ruled Dec. 20 that intelligent design is creationism in disguise and cannot...

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Navy Chaplain Begins Hunger Strike Over Prayer Policy

December 21, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/181/story_18161_1.html

On December 21, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "A U.S. Navy chaplain has begun a hunger strike in Washington to protest a military policy that bans mentioning Jesus in Christian prayer. Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt believes he may lose his job next month and be evicted from military housing, because during the summer of 2004 aboard the USS Anzio, he preached an evangelistic sermon at the funeral of a...

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Court Rejects Teaching of Intelligent Design

December 21, 2005

Source: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life/The New York Times

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=5935

On December 21, 2005 The New York Times reported, "A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that it was unconstitutional for a Pennsylvania school district to present intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in high school biology courses because it is a religious viewpoint that advances 'a particular version of Christianity.' In the nation's first case...

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Americans United Hails Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design

December 20, 2005

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/site/News2?abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=7725&JServSessionIdr005=qfxruxug91.app7b

On December 20, 2005 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported, "Today’s federal court decision against the teaching of 'intelligent design' in Dover, Pa., is a significant blow to Religious Right-led efforts to sneak fundamentalist dogma into...

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Protestors Decry Wal-Mart’s Use of “Happy Holidays”

December 18, 2005

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5487814,00.html

On December 18, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A group of religious protesters demonstrated outside a Wal-Mart superstore Saturday, hoping to turn away customers by calling attention to the retailer's decision to use 'Happy Holidays' rather than 'Merry Christmas' in its seasonal advertising... Controversy over...

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Opinion: "Happy Holidays" Is Not A "War Against Christmas"

December 18, 2005

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1937430,00.html

On December 18, 2005 The Sunday Times ran an opinion piece by columnist Andrew Sullivan, former editor-in-chief of The New Republic, on the December Dilemma. Sullivan writes, "[I]f a friend of mine is Jewish, I tend to shy away a little from wishing him 'Happy Christmas.' I’ve learnt to say 'Happy Hanukkah' or 'Happy Holidays.' I’m not being PC. I’m just...

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