Christianity

Court Ruling Prohibits Judge From Posting Ten Commandments in OH Courtroom

July 15, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13697

On July 15, 2004 The Associated Press reported that, "an Ohio judge cannot post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom because it violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold a lower court's decision that ordered Judge James DeWeese of Richland County Common Pleas Court in Mansfield...

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Saudi Textbooks Teach Anti-Western Rhetoric, Washington-Based Reform Group Says

July 14, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/saudi/story/0,11599,1260867,00.html

On July 14, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Saudi schoolchildren are being taught to disparage Christianity and Judaism in a textbook issued by the education ministry, a report said yesterday. The book forms part of the kingdom's revised curriculum - supposedly cleaned up after complaints that demonising the west had become endemic in Saudi schools. A lesson for six-year-olds reads...

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Protestant Celebration Sparks Catholic Protests in Northern Ireland

July 14, 2004

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=55C5237A-383D-4382-9C063652B9903509

On July 14, 2004 Voice of America reported, "British soldiers and police in Northern Ireland have clashed with protesters during a second night of violence following parades commemorating a 17th century Protestant victory over Catholic forces. Catholic protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks Tuesday night at a police station in Lurgan...

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Fleeing Persecution, Christians Seek Refugee Status in Other Countries

July 13, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0713/p07s01-woiq.html?s=hns

On July 13, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Facing a rising tide of persecution, Iraq's tiny Christian minority has a terrible choice: stay and risk their lives, or leave and abandon those left behind. Afraid of an Islamic future in which they would be outcasts, thousands are trying to flee. 'It's like a huge amount of people lined up at the starting line...

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Jewish Interfaith Leaders and Vatican Officials Issue Joint Statement Condemning Anti-Semitism

July 12, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/4534_31.htm

On July 12, 2004 Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "For the first time a meeting of Jewish interfaith experts and worldwide representatives of the Holy See produced a joint declaration that expressed, 'the total rejection of anti-Semitism in all its forms, including anti-Zionism, as a more recent manifestation of anti-Semitism.'  Given the rise in global anti-Semitism...

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Editorial: Is the "Religion Gap" a Myth?

July 12, 2004

Source: Beliefnet/Slate

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/148/story_14856_1.html

On July 12, 2004 Beliefnet/Slate reported, "One of America's two political parties is extremely religious. Sixty-one percent of this party's voters say they pray daily or more often. An astounding 92 percent of them believe in life after death. And there's a hard-core subgroup in this party of super-religious Christian zealots. Very conservative on gay marriage, half of the members of this...

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Faith Groups Seek to Address AIDS Prevention and Care

July 12, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0712/p06s01-woap.html?s=hns

On July 12, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "As governments across Asia grapple with a rising tide of HIV/AIDS, attention is turning to the role that faith-based groups can play in combating the virus. Around 100 such groups are attending the 15th International AIDS Conference, which opened [in Bangkok] Sunday amid fresh warnings of an escalating epidemic....

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Smashed Statue of Mary Becomes a Lesson in Tolerance

July 11, 2004

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/07/11ky/B1-statue0711-4058.html

On July 11, 2004 The Courier-Journal reported, "Southeast Christian Church is pledging to emphasize the importance of religious tolerance in sessions with members, youth and staff, starting today, because of an incident in which teenagers from the church smashed an Indiana man's statue of the Virgin Mary. A 24-year-old church employee who...

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Muslims and Jews Fight a War of Values

July 11, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/editorial/9119785.htm

On July 11, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported, "Recent events have carved out two distinct sides, and they are not the West and Islam as it has been constantly portrayed. This has become a war of those who value human rights against those who do not believe those rights are applicable to all of humanity. There is the side that vehemently spoke out against prisoner...

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Muslim School Joins Theological Consortium in Washington, D.C.

July 10, 2004

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/living/religion/9103640.htm

On July 10, 2004 Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Va., has joined the Washington Theological Consortium, marking the first time that a Muslim school has become part of a major group of U.S. seminaries and schools of religion... The Washington consortium is one of 10 such cooperatives in...

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Government Says Only Christians Should Watch Gibson's "Passion"

July 10, 2004

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wire Service: AP

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/entertainment/movies/s_202689.html

On July 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Censors have approved Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" for screening in Malaysia, but the government says only Christians should watch it and only specially designated cinemas can show it. The film -- a huge hit in the...

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At Parliament, Debate Over Meaning and Definition of Religion

July 10, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0407100135jul10,1,1475107.story?coll=chi-printnews-hed

On July 10, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "In a quiet room, spiritual leader Hum Bui and his followers, women dressed in sky-blue tunics with cone-shaped headscarves, enlighten a mesmerized crowd about their Vietnamese faith. Their founder established the CaoDai movement in 1925 to...

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