Christianity

Volunteers Help Repair Vandalized Baptist Church in Virginia

February 29, 2004

Source: Roanoke.com

http://www1.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story163424.html

On February 29, 2004 Roanoke.com reported that neighbors have pitched in to help members of Mount Moriah Baptist church repair damages after they were recently vandalized. "It's been six weeks since Mount Moriah members discovered their house of worship in the 3500 block of Orange Avenue Northeast in Roanoke had been ransacked, causing about $50,000 in damage. Windows and bathroom mirrors...

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In the Gay Marriage Debate, Both Sides Seek Support From Black Clergy

February 29, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/01/national/01CHUR.html?pagewanted=1

On February 29, 2004 The New York Times reported, "As debate escalates around same-sex marriage, advocates on both sides are busily seeking support from the same source: black clergy members. Though their pitches are polar opposites, their motives are largely the same. Each seeks the perceived moral authority and the sheen of civil rights that black religious...

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on the Pledge of Allegiance

February 27, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week726/cover.html

On February 27, 2004 the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "In late March the Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments in the case of an atheist, Michael Newdow, who wants the words 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge was written in the late nineteenth century, but it wasn't until 1954, during the Cold War against communism, that...

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Emir Calls for Peaceful Coexistence of Religious Groups

February 27, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200402270532.html

On February 27, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Daily Trust article that reported, "The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has called for a peaceful co-existence and harmonious relations among the divergent ethnic and religious groups in the country, saying that it is Allah that made Nigeria with all her ethnic groups to be one country. The Emir in a statement issued to mark the bicentenary...

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Forty-Eight Dead in Outbreak of Religious Violence

February 26, 2004

Source: News 24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1489639,00.html

On February 26, 2004 News 24 reported, " Suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village in central Nigeria. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church, police said. The latest bout of Muslim-Christian violence in the region occurred on Tuesday night in Yelwa, a mainly Christian...

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Church Removes Sign Blaming Jews for the Death of Jesus

February 26, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_2683994,00.html

On February 26, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "A church sign that said 'Jews killed the Lord Jesus' ignited a national firestorm of outrage Wednesday and packed the church parking lot with a religiously diverse crowd of protesters. The message didn't survive the day. At noon a mother of four leaned a ladder against the...

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Editorial: Gibson's Film Won't Change Accomplishments of Religious Pluralism

February 26, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7201-2004Feb25.html

On February 26, 2004 The Washington Post published an editorial on Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ," noting that the film's "overall impression is neither subtle nor complicated: The Jews conned unwilling Roman authorities into killing Jesus.

With this unfortunate portrayal, Mr. Gibson sweeps away decades of serious efforts by Christian leaders...

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Orthodox Christians Seek Reconciliation with Neighbors at Start of Lent

February 26, 2004

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2004/04111.htm

On February 26, 2004 the Presbyterian News Service posted an Ecumenical News International article that reported, "The Orthodox Christian Lent always begins on the Monday before the Sunday of Orthodoxy. In 2004 it falls on Feb. 29 and is a special day in the Orthodox calendar when the faithful are called to rededicate themselves...In Bulgaria, the Sunday before the beginning of Lent is a...

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Growing Religious Diversity in South Carolina: Implications for the Palmetto State (2003)

Abstract

This paper documents the growth of religious diversity in South Carolina, drawing on interviews with members from the traditions represented, previous scholarly research on religion in South Carolina, newspaper articles, census data and interviews with religion reporters and educators across the state. After presenting basic outlines and historical sketchs of each faith in South Carolina, the paper goes on to explore the implications of this growing diversity for a Southern "Bible Belt" state like South Carolina, highlighting controversies over...

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Winners Announced in Interfaith Space Competition

February 26, 2004

Source: Market Wire

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=63725

On February 26, 2004 Market Wire reported, "The Interfaith Sacred Space International Design Competition today announced four winning entries in the first competition in the history of religion designed specifically to identify concepts for truly interfaith sacred space. The competition's goal is to encourage creation of spaces designed for use by peoples of all faiths, as a...

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