Christianity

Bush to Address Christian Coalition

September 30, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On September 30, 2000, The New York Times reported that "after some prominent Christian conservatives grumbled about Gov. George W. Bush's decision to skip the Christian Coalition's annual conference this weekend, the Bush campaign reversed itself today and announced that the governor would address the convention by videotape on Saturday. The announcement of Mr. Bush's change of heart came after Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition chairman and founder, had complained earlier this week, and again today, that Mr. Bush was "taking...

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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

September 30, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On September 30, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "the Defense Department has agreed to rehire a Lake Ridge woman who lost her job at the Fort Belvoir Commissary when she refused to sign a loyalty oath for religious reasons, her attorneys said yesterday. Michelle Hall, 37, had filed suit in U.S. District Court in Alexandria last December saying that an affidavit required of almost all 1.8 million executive branch employees violated the First Amendment's protections of free speech and free exercise of religion. But she and...

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A Buddhist in a Presbyterian World

September 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times told the story of Ai Tasedan. She has "attended services at St. Mark Presbyterian Church faithfully for the past 25 years. She got married there. She goes on church-sponsored mission trips and volunteers wherever needed." And, surprising to some, she is a Buddhist. "It's an ecumenical twist that doesn't bother the liberal Newport Beach congregation very much, if at all. St. Mark's elders decided in 1975 to help rescue Tasedan and her family, Vietnamese refugees who were in living in a...

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Image of Virgin Mary Appears on New York City Window

September 27, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On September 27, 2000, The New York Times reported that "not every pedestrian on Washington Street here sees an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the smudgy colored streaks of the thermal pane window. But just as in the miracles frequently reported in small Southern towns, or the one that played out for months in a suburban yard in Marlboro, N.J., a few years back, none of the faithful here are demanding unanimity. The streaks in the window, in Ramona and Marcelino Collado's second-floor apartment, started changing colors and...

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"Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web"

September 23, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 23, 2000, The Plain Dealer published an article entitled, "Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web." It reported that "some members of a Christian conservative group apparently believe Congress erred when it allowed a Hindu priest from Parma to give a historic invocation before the House of Representatives last week. But the Family Research Council, best known for its former leader, one-time presidential candidate Gary Bauer, backed away yesterday from its criticism that Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala's prayer in the Capitol...

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Retired NCCJ Secretary Moves on the Other Projects

September 21, 2000

Source: USA TODAY

On September 21, 2000, USA TODAY reported on Joan Brown Campbell. "'I face the future,' says Campbell, recently retired general secretary of the National Council of Churches. Her last public role: assisting Elian Gonzalez during the Cuban boy's tempestuous months in America. Campbell found an American lawyer for Elian's father and later waved farewell when the U.S. legal system permitted the boy's return to Havana." During the nine years she was at the National Council of Churches, she "pushed the 35 denominations of the NCC to be 'the...

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Pagan Pride Celebrated, 2000

September 21, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 21, 2000 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "more than 300 pagans gathered Wednesday to dispel myths about their ancient religion, which they say has been unfairly demonized by Christians pushing for prayer in public schools. 'Our point is, you can have no religions in the public schools or you can have all religions in the public schools, but you are not going to have just the Christian religion in the public schools,' said rally organizer Ginger Strivelli. She is a co-founding...

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Temple to Open Amid Controversy

September 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on a controversy brewing in a Boston suburb over the construction of a Mormon temple. The dispute has been in and out of the courts for over four years, with local residents contending that the "three-story temple threatens the character of a bedroom community known for decades as 'a town of homes.'" Opposition to the temple came from some residents of Belmont who "forced the Mormon Church to scale back a design featuring six golden spire towers--the main one 13 stories tall...

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Shrine Erected for Our Lady of Guadalupe

September 17, 2000

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 17, 2000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that 500 people recently gathered at a Milwaukee street corner to "dedicate a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico... With a Catholic Mass, mariachi music and cries of 'Viva!', the 5- foot-4-inch statue created by Mexican muralist and sculptor Alejandro Romero was unveiled in the grotto surrounded by rocks, roses, chrysanthemums and greenery that now dominate the street corner. Weighing 1 1/2 tons, the statue is made of reinforced...

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Antiochian Orthodox Church in California Celebrates Anniversary

September 16, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on the 50th anniversary of the St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. Begun in "1950 when a handful of Lebanese and Syrian immigrants in Los Angeles came together to build an Orthodox church of their own...the congregation has multiplied to more than 800 families--2,000 members of ethnicities that include Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Russian and Ukrainian...Additionally, as the gritty downtown Los Angeles neighborhood known as Westlake was transformed in...

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Catholic Nun, Hindu Priest Offer Prayers Before the House of Representatives

September 16, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the "House of Representatives welcomed the first Roman Catholic nun to open the body with prayer" last week. "Sister Catherine Moran, a member of the Dominican Sisters in New Jersey for 55 years, served as guest chaplain and offered the opening prayer at the start of the session, according to the Associated Press...The House chaplain, the Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, said Moran was the first non-ordained woman to offer the opening prayer in the House. Coughlin is the first...

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Enrollment in Faith-Based Colleges on the Rise

September 14, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 14, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that enrollment in faith-based colleges is on the rise in the United States. It reported that between the years "1990 and 1998, the student population at the 100 member schools of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) jumped 35 percent. It rose 12 percent over the same period for all institutions with religious affiliations. That compares with a 5 percent increase at private colleges and 4 percent at public universities." Robert Andringa...

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