Christianity

Editorials on Rod Paige and the Separation of Church and State

April 11, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On April 11, 2003 The New York Times published an editorial stating that "Dr. Paige insists that he is a strict observer of the separation of church and state. But too many in the administration seem more interested in fostering a divisive competition between church and state at taxpayers' expense through proposals to bolster, with public subsidies, religion's role in prisons, housing construction and other sensitive areas. Routine statements of belief in pluralism sound hollow coming from public servants who make a habit of...

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Government Officials Dismayed by Pentagon's Sponsorship of Franklin Graham

April 11, 2003

Source: MPACnews

http://www.mpacnews.org/

On April 11, 2003 MPACnews reported that "religous members within the Department of Defense are protesting the Pentagon Chaplain's group sponsorship of an appearance by Franklin Graham at a Good Friday Prayer service scheduled for April 18th.� Graham, a Christian fundamentalist, has repeatedly insulted Islam, calling it a 'wicked religion.'� He is also planning to evangelize Iraqis under the cover of bringing humanitarian aid into the country...

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Education Secretary Rod Paige Will Not Resign

April 10, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On April 10, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that " U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said Wednesday that he will not resign his post despite a growing furor about an interview in which he praised Christian values over public schooling... In a hastily organized news conference, Paige attempted to clarify remarks he made Monday to the Baptist Press, the national news service of the Southern Baptist Convention... The news conference was intended to stem growing criticism by the American Civil Liberties Union, the...

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First Unitarian Universalist Church in Louisiana

April 10, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On April 10, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "members of First Unitarian Universalist Church are celebrating their congregation's 170th year in New Orleans as a small bastion of spiritual liberalism embedded in conservative New Orleans... Continuing a recent tradition, members of the congregation of 100 or so ended a regular Sunday service March 23 by laying a wreath on the grave of the Rev. Theodore Clapp, a robust, colorful figure who in 1833 founded what would become First Unitarian Universalist after being expelled as a...

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Texas Requires Minute of Silence for Public Schools

April 9, 2003

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On April 9, 2003 the San Antonio Express-News reported that "the Texas Senate voted Tuesday to require the state's 4.1 million public school students to pause for a daily minute of silent prayer, meditation or reflection... The measure, by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, also mandates that school districts require students to recite the Texas and U.S. pledges of allegiance before the minute of silence... Students could be excused from the pledge recitals upon written notice from a parent or guardian, but they wouldn't be...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Apr. 2003

April 8, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 8, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "eight central Ohio United Methodists have joined with other denomination members from across the nation in calling on President Bush to repent for waging war in Iraq... A full-page ad in the current edition of Christian Century magazine calls on Bush -- a United Methodist -- to repent for pursuing policies 'that are incompatible with the teaching and example of Christ.'"

Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 5, 2003

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20030405toplo067.shtml

On April 5, 2003 the Record Searchlight reported that "Sikhs are welcome to cook and serve food at the Good News Rescue Mission and the media can cover it. The Rev. Jim Dahl, the mission director, said that was the essence of a Friday afternoon telephone conversation between him and Kawaljit Singh... 'I let him know the door is wide open for them to serve and that any...

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Multifaith Group Films Commercial to Prevent Hate Crimes

April 5, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On April 5, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "twenty-nine-year-old Anjum A. Ali has two very distinctive looks - that of an American patriot and that of a Muslim... Dressed in her traditional head garb, the American-born Muslim has struggled to make more traditional citizens understand that she, too, is a patriot... With the help of her friend Neil Kuchinsky, a well-known Jewish lawyer who often serves as an advocate for people of the Jewish religion, and local real estate investor Vince Ferranti, a Christian Italian-...

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Evangelical Christians On the Front Lines

April 4, 2003

Source: The Guardian

On April 4, 2003 The Guardian reported that "poised behind the troops, waiting for a signal that Iraq is safe enough for them to operate in, are the evangelical Christians - carrying food in one hand and the Bible in the other... All the groups, generously funded by American churchgoers, are likely to do a magnificent job in offering water, food, medical help and comfort to a traumatised population. But they are causing alarm among Muslims, who fear vulnerable Iraqis will be cajoled into conversion, and Christians, some of whom...

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Update: Ventura, CA Landmark Cross Up for Debate

April 3, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 3, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the 91-year-old cross overlooking Ventura is being targeted by a group that contends the city has run afoul of 1st Amendment guarantees against establishment of a state religion... The cross is on public land in Grant Park, a rambling, sage-studded expanse atop 800-foot-high Mission Hill. The cross will be at the heart of a meeting next week between city officials and an attorney for three Ventura County residents upset by its religious symbolism... A member of Americans United...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 3, 2003

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20030403toplo035.shtml

On April 3, 2003 the Record Searchlight reported that the "Good News Rescue Mission has notified local Sikhs that their services are no longer welcome... A March 27 letter from mission director the Rev. Jim Dahl to Kawaljit Singh followed an earlier conversation between the men. Singh said Dahl's message was clear in the two-page...

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Minister Barred from Giving Prayer in Maryland Senate

April 3, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 3, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "a Frederick County minister was barred from giving the opening prayer in the Maryland Senate yesterday after he refused to do so without invoking the name of Jesus - and violating the body's guidelines for public prayer... The move revived a debate over the invocations that begin each legislative day and whether the prayers should include references to Christianity or other specific religious deities... After several prayers early in the session included Jesus Christ, Senate...

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Military Archbishop Assures Catholics

April 2, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On April 2, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the archbishop responsible for Roman Catholics in the U.S. military has assured them that they can serve 'in good conscience' despite opposition to the war in Iraq from Pope John Paul II, his cardinals and many U.S. bishops... The March 25 message to Catholics in uniform from Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, was prompted by a letter from the bishop of a tiny branch of the church who said fighting in Iraq is a mortal sin... The...

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Bloomberg Condemns Anti-Semitic and Anti-Christian Books in Muslim Private Schools

April 2, 2003

Source: Daily News

On April 2, 2003 the Daily News reported that New York mayor "Bloomberg condemned yesterday anti-Semitic and anti-Christian school books in use at a number of Muslim private schools in the city... 'Personally, I find it disgraceful,' Bloomberg said when asked about a Sunday Daily News story reporting the schools' use of the books in their Islamic studies programs... The mayor made his comments while appearing with local Jewish leaders at 1 Police Plaza to discuss public safety concerns for the upcoming Passover holiday... The most...

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