Christianity

Religious Groups Protest Proposed Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

June 4, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/8841405.htm

On June 4, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A grouping of Christian, Jewish and Sikh organizations is urging Congress to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Twenty-six organizations, ranging from the 2.3-million-member Episcopal Church, USA, to the 60,000 represented by the...

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Rep. Moran Accused of Anti-Semitic Remarks

June 4, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A14002-2004Jun3?language=printer

On June 4, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "A longtime adviser to Rep. James P. Moran Jr. has lodged about the most damaging allegation that could be made about the congressman from Northern Virginia at this point in his reelection campaign: that he heard him make an anti-Semitic remark. Last night, the seven-term congressman said he is '...

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Seventh-Day Adventists Given State Registration, Baha'is May Be Recognized Also

June 3, 2004

Source: Forum 18

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=333

On June 3, 2004 Forum 18 reported, "Seventh Day Adventists have confirmed that, on Monday 1 June, they were given state registration, the first religious group to be registered under the new state registration rules, and Bahai's are likely to be confirmed later today (3 June) as the next group to be registered. Other religious groups have expressed cautious optimism that they too may be registered, however...

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Bush Addresses Conference on Faith-Based Initiatives

June 2, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7952-2004Jun1.html?referrer=email

On June 2, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "More than 1,600 religious leaders and social workers from across the country converged on the Hilton yesterday for the first White House National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. It followed 12 regional conferences that drew more than 15,000 people. Bush spoke to the...

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In Florida, the Nation's First Faith-Based Prison

June 2, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0406/04/a07-171264.htm

On June 2, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "The 30-year-old, minimum-security state penitentiary in Lawtey, Florida is the nation’s first entirely 'faith-based' prison, where every inmate has signed up for intensive religious instruction. Enthusiastic state officials believe this novel arrangement will reduce recidivism and save taxpayers’ money. But some civil...

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Protestors of Orland Park Mosque Want Vote

June 2, 2004

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/south/021syt4.htm

On June 2, 2004 the Daily Southtown reported, "Opponents of a planned Orland Park mosque want village trustees to delay a final decision until after a non-binding referendum on the issue in November. An organized petition drive for a referendum has not yet begun, but mosque foes contend that trustees have not heeded the concerns of many residents who have attended two...

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Majority-Muslim Province Also Includes Buddhists, Christians and Taoists Living in Harmony

June 2, 2004

Source: Xinhuanet

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-06/02/content_1504671.htm

On June 2, 2004 Xinhuanet reported, "The Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Linxia in northwest China's Gansu Province is known as the 'little Mecca' in China for the existence in peace and harmony of residents of different ethnic groups and different faiths. The prefecture has a population of 1.92 million. People of Hui ethnicity constitute 56 percent of the total population....

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Presbyterians Debate Interfaith Relations

June 1, 2004

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2004/04258.htm

On June 1, 2004 the Presbyterian News Service reported, "How Presbyterians should relate to people of other faiths — Jews in particular — is a fractious issue before the General Assembly this year. Commissioners will be asked to address the question: Should the Presbyterian Church (USA) engage in dialogue with people of other faiths — or evangelize them? The issue moved to the front burner last year...

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Nigerian Conflict Tied More to Money and Politics Than Religion

June 1, 2004

Source: TIME Europe

http://www.time.com/time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901040531-641105,00.html

On June 1, 2004 TIME Europe ran a feature article examining the roots of conflict between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria: "Many Nigerians argue that the real reason for the violence is not ethnic or religious division — most Nigerians have peacefully coexisted for centuries — but the scramble for scarce resources and political clout....

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Pope Commends Interfaith and Ecumenical Work in Suriname

May 31, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=54552

On May 31, 2004 Zenit released the text of the address John Paul II gave on Thursday, May 27, when he met Suriname's new ambassador to the Holy See, Edgard Stephanus Ragoenath Amanh. In his speech, the Pope addressed Suriname's religious diversity as follows: "in situations of cultural and religious pluralism, it is increasingly apparent that mutual understanding and respect for differences play a...

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Editorial: Freedom of Religion, or Freedom From Religion?

May 31, 2004

Source: GOPUSA

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/guest/2004/cm_0531.shtml

On May 31, 2004 GOPUSA, a conservative political website, published an editorial noting: "'The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the removal of a tiny cross that is among historic symbols on Los Angeles County's official seal,' reports Fox News. 'The seal 'prominently depicts a Latin cross, a sectarian religious symbol that represents the beliefs of one segment of the county's...

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