Christianity

White Evangelical Voters Swing Towards Republicans

July 27, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040726-103059-4476r.htm

On July 27, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The party of John Kerry and John Edwards is improving its standing with minorities, but losing ground to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney among white evangelicals, a new survey found. Those findings are bad news for Democrats assembled in Boston for their national convention, because white...

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Progressive Priest Offers Prayer at DNC

July 27, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20040726-103051-5337r.htm

On July 27, 2004 the Washington Times reported, "Sen. John Kerry's campaign has asked a Paulist priest, and not the archbishop of Boston, to give an invocation later this week at the Democratic National Convention being hosted here. The prayer is expected to be offered Thursday -- the culmination of the convention -- by the Rev. John B. Ardis, director of the Paulist...

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How Receptive Are Americans to the Idea of a Christianized Nation?

July 26, 2004

Source: The Barna Group

http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=168

On July 26, 2004 The Barna Group reported, "A new nationwide survey by The Barna Group explored the boundaries of how far adults are willing to inject the Christian faith into the nation’s culture. Examining six possible changes in public policy or social activity, the survey reveals that there are tens of millions of Americans who would go as far as...

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Youth Become Focus of Innovative Religious Tolerance Video

July 26, 2004

Source: Marin Independent Journal

http://www.marinij.com/Stories/0,1413,234~24409~2295265,00.html

On July 26, 2004 Marin Independent Journal reported, "[Ruby] Unger, a Mill Valley educational filmmaker who specializes in videos for school-age kids, made 'Respecting Beliefs,' a 25-minute production explaining the religious tenets of Muslims, Christians, Jews and others. Finished in March, it's now heading for distribution to schools all over the country....

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Editorial: Candidates Ask, How Would Jesus Vote?

July 26, 2004

Source: The Journal Gaze

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/9245655.htm

On July 26, 2004 The Journal Gazette reported, "How would Jesus vote? That appears to be the great unspoken question as President Bush and Sen. John Kerry engage in a culture war for the hearts and minds of the elusive mainstream voter. Livening up the midsummer preconvention doldrums, Bush’s campaign leveled a new charge at his Democratic challenger...

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Tension Swells Between Jews and Presbyterians over "Messianic Congregations"

July 25, 2004

Source: Time Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040802-672597,00.html

On July 25, 2004 the reported, "A sense of betrayal is building among Jewish groups over two votes at the Presbyterians' recent General Assembly. The first tally sustained funding for 'Messianic Jewish' congregations like Avodat Yisrael, a Philadelphia-area Presbyterian gathering that meets Saturdays and gives every appearance of being a synagogue but...

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Interfaith Assembly Fosters Abrahamic Dialogue in NJ

July 25, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=300

On July 25, 2004 Muslim American Society reported, "The Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) [Morristown, NJ] hosted a Special Assembly, entitled: 'Children of Abraham: Journeys to God.'   The milestone event, attended by more than 700 people, featured renowned leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths promoting the need for peace and solidarity among the...

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Churches Avoid Promoting Political Parties in Conn.

July 24, 2004

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-churchcampaign.artjul24,1,2881682.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On July 24, 2004 The Hartford Courant reported, "This week the Republican National Committee asked Roman Catholics who back President Bush to provide copies of their parish directories, to help register Catholics to vote. And earlier this month, the Bush-Cheney campaign wrote to volunteers asking...

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Kerry Campaign Increases Religious Rhetoric

July 23, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week747/cover.html

On July 23, 2004 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "Many Democrats were hoping John Edwards would bring the ticket more comfort in dealing with religion. Edwards is a United Methodist who has been active in the National Prayer Breakfast. So far, on the stump he's been talking a lot about values, but not explicitly tying those values to religion. Both...

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Government Eases Restrictions on Religious Freedom; Minority Religions Still Uneasy

July 23, 2004

Source: The Journal Gazette

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/9225588.htm

On July 23, 2004 the Associated Press reported, " Pastor Pavel Fedotov was in church leading services when the bulldozers and wrecking balls showed up. Over the next week, they razed his house of worship as part of the authoritarian Turkmen government's crackdown on minority religions. That was November 1999. Now, Fedotov's small group...

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Members of VHP Attack Catholic Church in Gujurat

July 23, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=57289

On July 23, 2004 Zenit reported, "After a recent episode in Hyderabad, in southeastern India, where a group of 100 extremists attacked several priests and Catholic faithful, Hindu agitators have attacked another Christian community. The latest incident of religious intolerance occurred in Gujarat state, in western India, well-known for its extremist backers of the nationalist ideology of 'hindutva...

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Democratic Party Hires First Director of Religious Outreach

July 23, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15003_1.html

On July 23, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "The Democratic National Committee, believing President Bush's support among moderate religious voters may be growing soft, has hired its first director to specifically reach out to faith groups. The Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson was named senior adviser for religious outreach on Friday. She will serve at least through the November elections... Peterson is the...

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Newly Rebuilt Bridge Seen as Unifying Symbol in Ethnic-Religious Conflict

July 23, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2004/07/23/old_bridge_seen_as_new_symbol_of_ethnic_tolerance/

On July 23, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "When Nedzad Kasumovic filmed Croatian tank shells pounding into Mostar's Old Bridge until its 400-year-old white marble stones plunged deep into the Neretva River's emerald waters a decade ago, he did so through tear-filled eyes. And...

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