Christianity

Ulema Council Condemns Forced Closure of Churches in West Java

September 1, 2005

Source: The Muslim News/Xinhua

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9828

On September 1, 2005 Xinhua reported, "The Indonesian Ulema Council, the highest Islamic body, has condemned the much-criticized forced closure of dozens of neighborhood churches in West Java province, saying that such acts were intolerable, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday. But the council has no plans to issue an edict against the violence. The head of the council Umar...

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Christian Women Sentenced for Allowing Muslim Children to Attend Sunday School

September 1, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/174/story_17431_1.html

On September 1, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Three Indonesian women who ran a Christian Sunday school program were convicted and sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for allowing Muslim children to attend their school. The judges cited the Child Protection Act of 2002, which forbids "deception, lies or enticement" of children that...

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Muslim Leaders to Speak at Bangor Cathedral

August 30, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9822

On August 30, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "A policeman and religious leader will become the first Muslim to take a service at a North Wales cathedral. Moroccan-born PC Mohammed al-Arabi Lachiri regularly leads Friday prayers at Bangor's Islamic Centre, attracting Muslim worshippers from Anglesey and Gwynedd. The Llangefni-based officer is now taking up an offer to take the pulpit...

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Modesto County Lawyer Questions Legality of Christian Prayers Before City Council Meetings

August 30, 2005

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/11151123p-11904665c.html

On August 30, 2005 The Modesto Bee reported, "An attorney says the long-standing practice of invoking Jesus Christ in prayers before Modesto City Council meetings offends other faiths and violates constitutional law separating church and state.

While Richard Herman, a Modesto criminal defense lawyer, supports the idea of prayer at government meetings, specific Christian...

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Air Force Issues New Guidelines on Religion

August 30, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/national/30religion.html

On August 30, 2005 The New York Times reported, "The Air Force issued new religion guidelines to its commanders yesterday that caution against promoting any particular faith - or even 'the idea of religion over nonreligion' - in official communications or functions like meetings, sports events and ceremonies. The guidelines discourage public prayers at official Air Force events...

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Watchdog Group Says Roberts is a Threat to Church-State Separation

August 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/173/story_17392_1.html

On August 29, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "A leading church-state watchdog group said Monday that Judge John Roberts would allow public life 'to be hijacked by those with a religious agenda' if he is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Roberts' judicial philosophy -- gleaned...

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Coalition of Christian Schools Files Suit Claiming Bias at the University of California

August 27, 2005

Source: Daily Bulletin

http://www.dailybulletin.com/Stories/0,1413,203~26127~3029826,00.html

On August 27, 2005 the Daily Bulletin reported, "A group representing religious schools in the state is suing the University of California admissions officials for allegedly discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints. The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800...

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Editorial: "Don’t Judge Islam, Christianity by Extremists"

August 26, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/editorial/12480532.htm

On August 26, 2005 the Lexington Herald-Leader ran an editorial stating, "Few conservative political and religious leaders have condemned the Rev. Pat Robertson's call for assassinating Venezuela's leader to prevent him from using the country as a 'launching pad for communistic infiltration and Muslim extremism.' The televangelist first denied saying it and...

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Interfaith Center to Be Built at University of Chicago

August 26, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0508260265aug26,1,6588026.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

On August 26, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "With its neo-gothic majesty and its conspicuous location on the University of Chicago campus, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel was designed as an unavoidable reminder to students that faith was a central part of their education...

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Third Annual Muslim Festival to be Held in Salt Lake

August 25, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_2971367?rss

On August 25, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "In hopes of educating people about Islam and the religion's followers, [Ghulam Hasnain, 59, of Salt Lake City] is organizing the third annual Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival, which includes a public forum with journalists Saturday and ends with an outdoor event Sunday. Hasnain, who moved to the United States to attend college almost 40 years ago, says...

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Vilification of Other Religions in Pakistani Textbooks Catches the Attention of US Policymakers

August 23, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1208153.cms

On August 23, 2005 The Times of India reported, "Pakistan's state-sponsored bigotry and vilification of other religions has caught the attention of US policy makers following a raft of articles in the American media about the intolerance the country's formal education system is breeding. In an unusually tough statement recently, the US state department said reports...

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