Christianity

Few Orthodox Priests Concerned About Pagan Roots of Olympic Games

August 15, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/151/story_15148_1.html

On August 15, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "In the weeks before these Summer Games began, a few outspoken and fundamentalist-minded priests preached that old-time religion, complaining --- in print --- that the Olympics were sacrilegious. 'We're reveling too much in the pagan pastimes. I don't approve,' Father Peter, a priest in Marathon,...

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"Generation Joshua" Teaches Conservative Campaigning

August 15, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2004/08/15/readingwriting_right_wing_politics/

On August 15, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "this election season, one segment of the homeschool population aims to turn its students into a political force. Last February, a predominately conservative Christian homeschooling organization called the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) launched '...

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NY Judge Leaves Decision to Greek Orthodox Church Concerning Internal Dispute

August 14, 2004

Source: Religious News Service

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/109249021032460.xml

On August 14, 2004 Religious News Service reported, "A New York state judge has sided with the Greek Orthodox Church in a fight over its constitution, ruling that the court has no authority to interfere in an internal church dispute. State Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman on Aug. 6 dismissed a suit brought by lay...

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Some Evangelical Leaders Yet to Receive Invitation to Republican Convention

August 14, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002005269_gopreligion14.html

On August 14, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson say they have yet to be invited to this year's convention, only three weeks before the event. Could it be that in a race so tight that every swing vote is being chased like the most popular kid in school, Republicans don't want to...

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Followers of Many Religions Flock to Church for its "Miraculous Powers"

August 14, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20040813-095345-7816r.htm

On August 14, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "Sri Lanka is a seat of conservative Buddhism, but a church here visited out of the blue by the pope is standing out as a symbol of religious harmony amid a heated debate on conversions. Devotees of different creeds flock to St. Anthony's Church even as the predominantly Buddhist nation grapples with proposals to outlaw 'unethical...

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Jews, Christians and Muslims from Atlanta Visit Sites of Ancient "Al-Andalus"

August 14, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/saturday/content/epaper/editions/saturday/faith_values_14d19512e3d0a1980050.html

On August 14, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "This summer, 32 Atlantans took a 10-day journey together through Andalusia --- the region of southern Spain that includes Grenada, Seville and Toledo --- and to Morocco, to see remnants of a distinctive way of life that...

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To Show Openness, Greek Orthodox Church to Hold Services for All Athletes

August 14, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1441_A_1297523_1_A,00.html?mpb=en

On August 14, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "As the Olympics return to their home country, the Greek Orthodox Church and the government are making an effort to show the country is cosmopolitan when it comes to religion... More than 95 percent of the Aegean nation's 10.5 million citizens belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. But only 2 percent of them go to...

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Queen Praises Country's Religious Tolerance

August 13, 2004

Source: Borneo Bulletin

http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/aug13w12.htm

On August 13, 2004 the Borneo Bulletin reported, "Thai Queen Sirikit, who turned 72 on Thursday, lauded Thailand's traditional values of generosity and tolerance for different religions in a speech delivered on the eve of her birthday. Thursday is a national holiday, marking Thailand's Mother's Day to honour the queen's birthday. The day was marked by celebrations and special events to commemorate the...

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Interfaith Conference Examines "Religion, Peace and the Olympic Ideal"

August 11, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/4547_31.htm

On August 11, 2004 the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) participated in a gathering of religious and interfaith leaders from around the world in Athens in the run up to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The Interreligious Conference in Athens, August 10 – 11, 2004, was hosted by the Greek Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in...

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"Religions for Kerry": Democrats Seek Religious Voters

August 11, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-faith8aug08,1,3897896.story?coll=la-news-religion

On August 11, 2004 the the Los Angeles Times reported that,"hoping to loosen President Bush's hold on voters who regularly attend church, Sen. John F. Kerry's campaign has launched what many observers say is the most ambitious Democratic effort in recent times to reach people of faith... The Kerry...

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Pagan's Charge of Vilification Against Christian City Councilors Headed to Court

August 10, 2004

Source: Crosswalk.com/CNSNews.com

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1278310.html

On August 10, 2004 CNSNews.com reported, "A long-running dispute between two Christian city councilors and pagans in Australia is heading for the courts, where the public officials face complaints of vilification under a law which some Christians fear is being used to stifle free speech. Rob Wilson, the mayor of a city on the edge of Melbourne, will defend himself Thursday...

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Kerry's Religious Background

August 10, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15043_1.html

On August 10, 2004 Beliefnet reported that, "for Americans who have grown accustomed in the last four years to a certain kind of spiritual biography, Kerry's will seem starkly different. He uses different language, has a different connection to ritual, and most likely a different relationship with Jesus. His faith life illustrates not only the stylistic and theological differences between...

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Anti-Kerry Author Apologizes for Frequent Disparaging Remarks About Muslims and Catholics

August 10, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/10/politics1722EDT0695.DTL

On August 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported that, "one of the authors of a new anti-John Kerry book frequently posted comments on a conservative Web site describing Muslims and Catholics as pedophiles and Pope John Paul II as senile. But as he...

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Christian Groups to Charge Government With Discrimination Against Church-Building

August 10, 2004

Source: The Age/AAP

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/10/1092102444233.html?oneclick=true

On August 10, 2004 Australian Associated Press reported, "Christian groups in mainly-Muslim Indonesia are planning legal action over laws barring them from building new churches. They plan to lodge a class action against Indonesia's government, accusing it of discrimination by continuing to enforce a decades-old decree governing construction of new...

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Christians Fight Anti-Conversion Laws

August 10, 2004

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/009/2.23.html

On August 10, 2004 Christianity Today reported, "Christians are fighting attempts by Buddhist nationalists to stem the growth of Christianity. A political party for Buddhist monks, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), introduced the 'Prohibition of Forcible Conversions of Religions Bill' in Parliament on July 21. The bill bans religious conversions obtained by force or fraud. Christians oppose...

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