Christianity

Court Bans Religious Activities of Jehovah's Witnesses

March 27, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2471046

On March 27, 2004 The Houston Chronicle ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A Moscow court has banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Russian capital in a move that critics called a step back for democracy and religious freedom. Prosecutors claimed Jehovah's Witnesses destroys families and fosters hatred. Moscow's Golovinsky district...

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Refuses to Apologize for Remarks on Islam

March 27, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3575255.stm

On March 27, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The former Archbishop of Canterbury has defended a speech made in Rome in which he accused Islamic societies of contributing little to the world. Lord Carey said his lecture on Thursday also contained criticisms of Western culture and was a balanced appraisal of Islam and Christianity's relationship. The former Anglican Church head told BBC's Newsnight: 'I do not...

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"Children of Abraham Project" Brings Teens Together for Theatre Performance

March 26, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/crumm26_20040326.htm

On March 26, 2004 the Detroit Free Press reported, "At 8 p.m. Saturday, "The Children of Abraham Project" will debut with a diverse troupe of young performers at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre at Maple and Drake roads in West Bloomfield. This drama, written partly by Muslim, Jewish and Christian kids, is expected to spark fresh dialogue across old barriers. From the premiere, the project...

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Jews and African-American Christians Hold Interfaith Seder, Discussion of Slavery

March 25, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0403/30/d01-102802.htm

On March 25, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "The issue of slavery is one that both Jews and African-Americans relate to on a personal and painful level. Tonight, more than 400 Jews and Christians from several synagogues and mostly black congregations in Metro Detroit will come together in fellowship and to hear the histories of the Exodus as well as the enslavement of the...

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Oregon Court Affirms City's Denial of LDS Church Building Plans

March 25, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13016

On March 25, 2004 the First Amendment Center website posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The city of West Linn's denial of a church's plan to build a meeting place in a residential zone is consistent with federal land-use laws, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The opinion reversed the state Land Use Board of Appeals. The appeals board had...

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PC-USA to Host International Christian-Muslim Dialogue

March 24, 2004

Source: PCUSA news

http://www.wfn.org/2004/03/msg00201.html

On March 24, 2004 PCUSA news issued a press release that stated, "Acting on the belief that listening can promote better understanding, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world will once again visit the United States to meet with Presbyterians and others through the Interfaith Listening Project (http://www.pcusa.org/listeningproject/). The program, which...

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"Sharing Our Faiths" Introduces Brandeis Students to Different Religious Services

March 23, 2004

Source: The Justice

http://www.thejusticeonline.com/news/2004/03/23/News/sharing.Our.Faith.Gives.Taste.Of.Different.Beliefs-638930.shtml

On March 23, 2004 The Justice reported, "'Sharing our Faiths,' a new series sponsored by the Religious Pluralism and Spirituality this semester, allows students to attend services or gatherings of different religions, including Buddhist meditation, Catholic mass and...

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Resort Town in Florida Caters to Amish

March 23, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/142/story_14277_1.html

On March 23, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted a Religion News Service article on an Amish resort town in Florida: "At first glance, it appears to be just another working-class neighborhood of tidy cottages and bungalows and sun-baked trailer courts just east of the Sarasota city limits. Behind that suburban facade, though, lies one of the most exclusive tourist resorts in the country. There is...

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Statistics Show Ties Between Religion and Political Outlook

March 22, 2004

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040322/NEWS09/403220349/-1/NEWS

On March 22, 2004 The Toledo Blade published an article on the importance of religion in the upcoming presidential election. In the article, John Zogby, an independent pollster, says that "his polling data shows that Democrats are less apt to be weekly churchgoers than Republicans, and that there is a strong relationship...

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Concerns About Cultural Conflict Persist Despite Proposed Peace Deal

March 22, 2004

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=6d1085738ef5bccfe04695f34ec369ed

On March 22, 2004 NCM reported, "Warring parties in oil-rich Sudan -- long branded a supporter of terror by the United States and even a temporary home base for Osama bin Laden -- may soon stop fighting. Tempted by promises of development assistance and investment, they're trying to finalize a deal in wavering peace talks in...

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In Dallas, a Joint Muslim-Jewish-Christian Blood Drive

March 22, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/032204dnccodrive.142d4.html

On March 22, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Dispelling misconceptions can be a large task. But Lin Rosenquist wasn't intimidated when she set out to banish one recently. 'There was so much hoopla surrounding The Passion of the Christ ,' Ms. Rosenquist said of the Mel Gibson movie. 'I...

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Symbolic Peace Effort to Restore Religious Sites Reveals Difficulties in Uniting Island

March 22, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=503709

On March 22, 2004 The Independent reported on "how UN efforts to restore two historic religious sites have come to symbolise the difficulties" in uniting Cyprus: "Like its Orthodox counterpart [the Apostle Andreas monastery], the Tekke mosque is Islam's holiest site on the island and, like the monastery, it lies cut off from the bulk of the faithful on the other side of the...

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Abraham Foxman Accuses Gibson of Anti-Semitism

March 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/09/20/actor_accused_of_anti_semitism/

On March 22, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "The head of the Anti-Defamation League accused Mel Gibson yesterday of holding anti-Semitic beliefs based on the actor's response to criticism of his upcoming movie depicting Jesus' death.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Jewish civil rights organization, insisted...

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Scottish Church Leader Speaks Out Against French Ban of Religious Symbols

March 21, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=328032004

On March 21, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "One of Scotland’s leading churchmen has accused the French government of 'persecuting' its own citizens with new laws banning the wearing of religious head-gear in schools and their regulation in the workplace. The Right Reverend Professor Iain Torrance, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has written a strong letter of protest...

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The Dangers of Mixing Religion and Politics

March 21, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0403210457mar21,1,5897013.column?coll=chi-news-col

On March 21, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported on the growing concern that religion will be misused by politicians in the upcoming presidential election. The Washington-based Interfaith Alliance sponsored a forum last week at the National Press Club on the role of religion in the 2004 political...

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