Christianity

Anti-Arab Discord Divides City in MI

July 22, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040722-014826-8551r.htm

On July 22, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The suburban Detroit city of Dearborn Heights is struggling to suppress anti-Arabic sentiment in a community split geographically. The city's dividing line is an east-west route called Ford Road, south of which a steadily growing number of Arabic families live, the Detroit News said Thursday. In the suburb, the...

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Democrats Seek to Narrow the "God Gap"

July 22, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/149/story_14990_1.html

On July 22, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "As Democrats gather in Boston next week for their convention, progressives are planning a serious effort to reclaim religion. They also want to narrow the 'God gap' that puts frequent church-goers in the GOP column and paints Democrats as snidely secular.'We who would see the triumph of Democratic ideals will have to become more explicit about the values that...

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Presbyterian Clerk Gives Statement Concerning Messianic Churches and Interfaith Relations

July 21, 2004

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2004/04029b.htm

On July 21, 2004 Presbyterian News Service reported that, "responding to widespread public criticism from a number of Jewish groups, the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has issued a statement to 'clarify the actions of (the recent 216th) General Assembly' on Israel and on the PC(USA)’s commitment to dialogue with people of other faiths." In this statement...

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Growth in Christian "Home Based Observances"

July 21, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0721/p01s01-ussc.html?s=hns

On July 21, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported that, "for many Americans, worship is no longer centered exclusively under a steeple. In an era of long commutes, overloaded schedules, and made-to-order spirituality, religious experience increasingly means venturing into someone's home for refreshments and a taste of God on far more personal terms... Though...

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Catholic Church Encourages Spaniards to Vote Against Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

July 21, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-fg-spain21jul21,1,3933534.story?coll=la-news-religion

On July 21, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Uneasy over the new government's liberal social agenda and its own declining influence, the Roman Catholic Church in Spain urged followers Tuesday to do their utmost to block Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's plan to legalize same-sex...

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Group of Artists Charged With "Inciting Religious Hatred"

July 19, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0719/p06s02-woeu.html?s=hns

On July 19, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "On orders from Russia's parliament, Moscow prosecutors are probing a question that could create new limits on free speech: When does artistic expression cross the line into criminality? A group of artists are being charged with 'inciting religious hatred' for lampooning religious ideology in a controversial...

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Christians Celebrate Festival of Mass Baptisms With Water Balloon Fights

July 18, 2004

Source: Knight Ridder

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9185734.htm

On July 18, 2004 Knight Ridder reported, "Sunday was an Assyrian Christian festival commemorating mass baptisms by Jesus and the apostles. Iraq's approximately 180,000 Assyrians and a large number of their Muslim neighbors celebrate the festival, called Nusardil, by splashing, if not dousing, each other with water. Many children and young adults use the occasion to mount high-spirited water...

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Grand Sheikh and Alexandrian Pope Sign Christian-Muslim Dialogue Agreement

July 17, 2004

Source: ArabicNews.com

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040717/2004071726.html

On July 17, 2004 ArabicNews.com reported, "The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi and Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese presided yesterday on the signing of an agreement on Muslim-Christian dialogue. Sheikh Hamid El-Rifae, Chairman of the International Islamic Forum and Gergis Saleh, Secretary General of the Middle East...

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American Prospects Debate Kerry's Alleged "Religion Problem"

July 16, 2004

Source: The American Prospect

http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=8125

On July 16, 2004 The American Prospect reported that, "if conventional wisdom is to be believed, John Kerry has a religion problem -- namely, that Americans think he’s insufficiently devout. From the inner circle of the Kerry campaign to the front page of the Washington Post, every pundit in America has advice for Kerry on how to...

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