Christianity

Update: String of Fires Burn Religious Centers in Los Angeles Area

May 8, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org/

On May 8, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "on Wednesday, May 7, an Encino synagogue was the fourth house of worship to be set on fire in 11 days. Los Angeles police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes and believe that they have been committed by a single arsonist. The attack on the synagogue follows three other Los Angeles area attacks on an Iranian synagogue, a Bahai community center and a Presbyterian church."

Update: String of Fires Burn Religious Centers in Los Angeles Area

May 7, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-fires8may08001420,0,1291851.story

On May 7, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a fire at a Ventura Boulevard synagogue early Wednesday was the fourth to strike houses of worship in Encino, starting with a Presbyterian church 11 days before and including an Iranian synagogue and a Bahai community center... The fire, possibly ignited by a pedestrian hurling a Molotov cocktail, at the Valley Beth...

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Update: Evangelical Leaders Denounce Anti-Islamic Remarks

May 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/5808251.htm

On May 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "leading evangelical Christians condemned derogatory statements about Islam by the Rev. Franklin Graham and others among their fellow religious conservatives. They also pledged to improve relations with Muslims... The evangelicals meeting Wednesday said the derisive comments endangered Christian...

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Separation of Church and State in the Mojave National Preserve Debate

May 6, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0506/p02s02-usju.html

On May 6, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "perched on a wind-swept rock jutting 30 feet above the Mojave National Preserve, the monument looks like a headless man in an ugly suit. It's actually a six-foot cross - covered, by court order, with brown canvas - at the root of a debate over the separation of church and state... The Mojave Cross has sparked a First...

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Muslims and Mormons Join Forces to Deliver Personal Hygiene Kits to Iraq

May 6, 2003

Source: MPAC News

On May 6, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "the Southern California Muslim community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also know as the Mormons or LDS) have joined forces to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits to be shipped to the families of Iraq... The initiative, called 'Project Iraqi Relief', will bring together members of the Mormon and Muslim communities to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits consisting of soaps, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and combs, among other items. The...

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New Greek Orthodox Church in Brookville, NY

May 5, 2003

Source: Newsday

On May 5, 2003 Newsday reported that "tradition holds that, when building a new Greek Orthodox church, a small stone is to be placed in the earth before construction can begin. And with great pomp and gravitas, that's just what Archbishop Demetrios, the spiritual leader of all Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States, did in Brookville yesterday... [It was part of] the groundbreaking for the new Church of the Resurrection, tentatively scheduled to open in about 14 months at Route 107 and Northern Boulevard. The building, a Byzantine-...

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Editorial: the Federal Government and the Construction of Religious Centers

May 5, 2003

Source: Oregon Live

http://www.oregonlive.com/public_commentary/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1052049473241131.xml

On May 5, 2003 Oregon Live printed an editorial by Patrick Korten stating that "sadly, local governments throughout the United States have gotten into the habit of using just about any excuse to prevent the construction, remodeling or expansion of churches, synagogues and other religious buildings......

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"Building Bridges" Interfaith Dinner Links Muslims with African and Latino-Americans

May 4, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-nyarab043267911may04,0,7416986.story

On May 4, 2003 Newsday reported that "on the evening of April 24, a group of local Arabs held a special 'Building Bridges' dinner to create friendships and alliances with activists in the African-American and Latino communities... 'We have more in common and we must come together,' said Bishop Vincent Cooper, an African-American and pastor of White Rock...

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Prayers Offered on Capitol Hill for National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=2203

On May 2, 2003 Religion News Service reported that "religious and political leaders joined together for a National Day of Prayer observance Thursday (May 1) on Capitol Hill as similar gatherings were held across the nation in locations ranging from the White House to stadiums to office buildings... Hundreds of Christians meeting at the Cannon House Office Building were urged by speakers to...

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