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Opinion: Secularism Essential for a Cohesive Society; Religious Symbols Promote Individualism

January 30, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/30/opinion/30COQ.html

On January 30, 2004 The New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Guy Coq, author of a book on secularism in France, in which he argued for the value of laïcité, the closed French word to "secularism." Coq writes, "Our uneasiness about head scarves and other religious symbols in schools is a result of our long, often painful, history. If we bow to demands to allow the practice of religion...

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Controversy Over Tenn. Schools' "Christmas Break"

January 30, 2004

Source: The Commercial Appeal

http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_2615673,00.html

On January 30, 2004 The Commercial Appeal reported that "Shelby County school officials will ditch political correctness and call a midyear vacation Christmas break. The name change is either a nonissue or a sign of religious insensitivity, depending on whom you ask. Tim Wildmon of the Tupelo-based American Family Association said...

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Pope Issues Statements to Sikhs on French Religious Symbols Ban

January 30, 2004

Source: SikhNetwork

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/PopeMessage

On January 30, 2004 the SikhNetwork reported, "[T]he Vatican issued a message from His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Tarlochan Singh, Chairman National Commission for Minorities in India in response to Tarlochan Singh's previous communication to the Vatican regarding the proposed ban on the turban for Sikhs in the schools of France...[The Pope writes,] 'Communities of believers, an expression of the religious dimension of the...

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Christian Coalition Serves the President

January 30, 2004

Source: BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3445229.stm

On January 30, 2004 the BBC reported, "An increasingly polarised presidential election appears to be in the offing. One of the fault-lines is religion and, in particular, President George W Bush's evangelical faith and how that guides his political beliefs." The article outlines the muscle of the Christian coalition, many of whom are hoping that President Bush will help "keep the deterioration of society at bay...

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With End to Civil War in Sight, Religious Tolerance a Key Issue for Future

January 28, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0128/p06s01-woaf.html

On January 28, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "[A]n end to Sudan's 20-year civil war - between mostly Muslim northerners and Christian and traditional southerners - is in sight. Conciliation is in the air. Officials appear to be moderating their religious policies. Now the test is whether Sudan can morph from an ethno-religious killing ground into a modern melting pot...

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Buddhist Government Outlaws All Other Religions and Missionaries

January 28, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=48120

On January 28, 2004 Zenit reported, "In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Christians are forbidden to celebrate or pray in public and priests are denied visas to enter, says a bishop in neighboring India. Bishop Stephen Lepcha, whose Diocese of Darjeeling includes the kingdom, explained that Buddhism is the official religion of Bhutan, and every other form of religion and mission is prohibited....

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Shared Protestant-Catholic School Campuses in Scotland Provoke Controversy

January 28, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/8782.html

On January 28, 2004 The Herald reported, "The worrying news that the Catholic Church may pull out of a £150m flagship project for seven joint-faith [Catholic-Protestant] school campuses in North Lanarkshire if its demands for separate entrances and separate staffrooms are not met has re-ignited the debate about the validity of segregated schools in a tolerant, diverse and forward-looking nation. The threat,...

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Orthodox Church: French Ban of Religious Symbols is "Ideological Dictatorship"

January 28, 2004

Source: Interfax

http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/0/28.html?id_issue=8180559

On January 28, 2004 Interfax reported, "The Russian Orthodox Church disagrees with the decision made by the French authorities to ban religions symbols in schools and universities. 'All this very much resembles the Soviet system, where children could not wear crosses in schools, but only pioneer ties could be worn,' Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the External Relations Department of the Moscow...

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Arsonists Destroy Catholic Church in Firebombing

January 27, 2004

Source: The Star

http://thestaronline.com/news/story.asp?file=/2004/1/27/latest/15704Cath

On January 27, 2004 The Star ran an Associated Press article that reported, "Arsonists firebombed a Roman Catholic church near the Sri Lankan capital in the third attack on a Christian place of worship in this predominantly Buddhist country in two weeks, officials said Tuesday. Nearly 20 unidentified men attacked the church late Monday in the village of...

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More Attendees at Mosques Than Churches in Britian

January 25, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/444572.cms

On January 25, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Attendance at Britain 's mosques has outstripped the number of regular worshippers in the Church of England for the first time, media reported on Sunday. Figures compiled from government and academic sources show that 930,000 Muslims attend a place of worship at least once a week, as against 916,000 Anglicans, The Sunday Times...

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In Lehigh Valley, Interfaith Dialogue on The Passion

January 25, 2004

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/opinion/all-editorial2jan25,0,6806728.story?coll=all-newsopinion-hed

On January 25, 2004 The Morning Call reported on efforts to educate movie viewers in the wake of the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion. In Pennsylvania, "the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, based at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, plans a public forum Tuesday. The forum will feature Mary Boys...

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History of Diversity in Southern New Jersey

January 24, 2004

Source: The Press of Atlantic City

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/lifestyle/012404J24OLDCHURCHES.html

On January 24, 2004 The Press of Atlantic City reported on the diverse history of religious migration to Southern New Jersey. The article traces the migration of Quakers, Baptists and "Separatists" from the Church of England in the late 17th century, Welsh Baptists, Presbyterians, African-American Christians, Catholics, Jews, and the...

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