Christianity

Independent Protestant Church Activists Imprisoned for Leaking State Secrets

August 6, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/08/06/international0708EDT0491.DTL

On August 6, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A Chinese court on Friday sentenced three activists in the independent Protestant church to up to three years in prison for leaking state secrets, a court official and overseas church activist...

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Muslims to Purchase Methodist Church in Ocoee FL

August 6, 2004

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locchurch06080604aug06,1,6091489.story

On August 6, 2004 Orlando Sentinel reported, "The Foundation of Lights, a Muslim organization, has signed a contract to buy the Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church for $600,000 and has raised about half the $200,000 down payment needed to seal the deal, said foundation board member Naeem Nasir. The mosque, which...

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NYC Sikh Train Operator Fighting for Religious Rights is also Irish-American

August 6, 2004

Source: Irish Echo

http://www.irishecho.com/newspaper/story.cfm?id=14984

On August 6, 2004 Irish Echo reported that, "Kevin Harrington has been labeled everything from "the turban guy" to an example of religious freedom since his name was splashed across the news last June. The subway operator for New York City's Transit Authority was the center of a fight over the right for municipal workers to wear religious headgear on the job. One thing many people did not know...

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Catholic Bishops Take Stances on Banning Politicians From Communion

August 6, 2004

Source: Charlotte Observer

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15088_1.html

On August 6, 2004 Charlotte Observer reported, "Roman Catholics took sides Thursday, the day after three Southeastern bishops barred politicians who support abortion rights from receiving Holy Communion... Bishop Peter Jugis of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte joined Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston and Archbishop John Donoghue of Atlanta in denying communion to Catholic...

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Government Begins Formal Discussions on Financing Religious Institutions

August 5, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/03/international/asia/03spai.html?pagewanted=all

On August 5, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The Spanish government has begun formal discussions on a proposal to expand financing to religious institutions, and security officials say that one intention is to subsidize mosques to make them less dependent on money from militant groups abroad. The Justice Ministry proposal, which legal...

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Interfaith Alliance Challenge Push Polls in Colorado

August 5, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/election/article/0,1299,DRMN_36_3088084,00.html

On August 5, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "A group of religious leaders condemned a poll that they said attacked a candidate as 'anti-Catholic,' denouncing such tactics Wednesday as un-American and un-Christian. The Rev. Dr. Phyllis Taylor, of the United Church of Christ, joined the Rev. Jim Sunderland, a Jesuit priest, and...

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Christians Fleeing Iraq, Many Seek Refugee Status in Neighboring Syria

August 5, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/05/international/middleeast/05syria.html

On August 5, 2004 The New York Times reported, "[A]ttacks on Iraq's tiny Christian minority have been steadily increasing since late spring, culminating in the bombing of five Christian churches in Baghdad and Mosul on Sunday. As a result, according to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Christians are now fleeing the country in record...

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Bible Displayed in Courthouse Monument Causes Controversy in TX

August 4, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2717598

On August 4, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "A businessman who helped erect a courthouse monument featuring an open Bible and an ex-judge who rescued it from neglect testified Tuesday about their Christian faith and their belief that America is a Christian nation.

Both also said their intent was not to convert passers-by but to honor deceased...

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Russian Orthodox Church Reaches Out to Muslims in Persian Gulf

August 4, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15070_1.html

On August 4, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Russian Orthodox Church said Wednesday that it hopes to develop closer ties with the predominantly Islamic Persian Gulf region, the Interfax news agency reported. Metropolitan Kirill, who heads the church's foreign relations department, said the decision to boost cooperation is based on the...

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Worker Fired for Eating Pork at Company With Muslim Ties

August 4, 2004

Source: Central Florida Local 6 News

http://www.local6.com/money/3614199/detail.html

On August 4, 2004 the Central Florida Local 6 News reported, "A Central Florida woman was fired from her job after eating 'unclean' meat and violating a reported company policy that pork and pork products are not permissible on company premises, according to Local 6 News... Lina Morales was hired as an administrative assistant at Rising Star -- a Central Florida telecommunications company...

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Kerry's Director of Religious Outreach Resigns After Controversy

August 4, 2004

Source: Religious News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15074_1.html

On August 4, 2004 Religious News Service reported, "After less than two weeks on the job, the Democratic Party's first-ever director of religious outreach resigned on Wednesday after her public positions came under fire. The Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson said it was 'no longer possible for me to do my job effectively' after the New York-based Catholic League issued three blistering...

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