Interfaith

Pope Praises Singapore's Flourishing Religious Diversity

December 14, 2003

Source: Zenit News Agency

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=46168

On December 14, 2003 Zenit News Agency released the text of an address Pope John Paul II delivered to Walter Woon, the new ambassador of Singapore, on the occasion of Woon's visit to the Vatican: "The time I spent in Singapore allowed me the opportunity to experience at first hand a culture shaped by the influence of so many different ethnic and religious groups, which have for years...

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Sikhs Act as Mediators Between Hindus and Muslims in Nanded

December 14, 2003

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=37174

On December 14, 2003 The Indian Express reported, "Last month the bombing of a mosque [in the North Indian city of Nanded] triggered riots that went on for a week. In a place where Hindus and Muslims clash at the drop of a grenade, the Sikh community plays the all-important role of the neutral party that often mediates and mends. They enjoy a peaceful existence away from the...

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"Festival of Festivals" Promotes Peace Between Christians, Jews and Muslims in Haifa

December 14, 2003

Source: Cleveland Jewish News

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2003/12/22/news/israel/rparty1215.txt

On December 14, 2003 Cleveland Jewish News reported, "Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan...Now in its 10th year, The Festival of...

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One Season, Many Holidays; One Nation, Many Faiths

December 13, 2003

Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel

http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/religion/article/0,1406,KNS_315_2499777,00.h

On December 13, 2003 the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that "the Knoxville office of the National Conference for Community and Justice and the East Tennessee Interfaith Alliance sponsored the interfaith dialogue, 'One Season, Many Holidays; One Nation, Many Faiths,' Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Magnolia Avenue campus of Pellissippi State Technical...

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For Interfaith Families, the Holiday Season is Not Always Festive

December 13, 2003

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/7483256.htm

On December 13, 2003 the San Jose Mercury News reported on the problems that plague interfaith relationships during the holiday season. The article notes that "childhood memories, religious faith and pressure from in-laws all can add layers of complication to the task of developing new traditions as a couple and family. Even partners who come from different denominations can clash: Do...

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Film Documents the Road to Trust at Interfaith Camp

December 13, 2003

Source: Raleigh News and Observer

http://www.courierpress.com/ecp/religion/article/0,1626,ECP_782_2499592,

On December 13, 2003 Raleigh News and Observer reported that "Trust Me," a documentary on the first Elk Shoals Interfaith Camp, organized in response to 9/11, will soon be aired on Showtime. The summer camp "brings together 32 boys, ages 9 to 13 - Christians from Ashe County and environs, Jews from Charlotte, Muslims from Greensboro. But the...

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Idaho Interfaith Rally Protests Against Preacher's Message of Hate

December 12, 2003

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=56317

On December 12, 2003 The Idaho Statesman reported that "Catholics, Protestants, Jews, evangelical Christians, gays, toughs, peace advocates, and passers-by in cars quietly countered a protest in Boise by a handful of relatives of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Nine Westboro church members picketed churches Sunday and marched along Capitol Avenue to spread his...

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Bush Official Suggests that Pagans and Other "Fringe" Groups Won't Benefit from Faith Based Initiative

December 12, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/1203/12faith.html

On December 12, 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an editorial taking a stand against recent comments by H. James Towey that pagans and other "fringe groups" won't benefit from the Bush Administration's Faith- Based Initiatives. The Journal-Constitution comments that "it's unclear what the president and governor's faith-based initiatives hope to...

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After Initial Refusal, South Carolina Gov. Endorses Local Religious Diversity

December 12, 2003

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3124008p-2828730c.html

On December 12, 2003 The Herald reported, "Gov. Mark Sanford has bestowed the state's official blessings on Parrotheads, the martial arts, poultry and former President Ronald Reagan, so his refusal to issue a proclamation celebrating the state's religious diversity mystified a University of South Carolina professor. At a public forum earlier this week, Dr. Carl Evans, chairman...

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Bush Official Suggests that Pagans and Other "Fringe" Groups Won't Benefit from Faith Based Initiative

December 12, 2003

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr031202.htm

On December 12, 2003 Americans United for Separation of Church and State published an article criticizing "White House 'Faith Czar' James Towey for suggesting that 'fringe' religious groups won’t get funding under the Bush administration’s 'faith-based' initiative. During a Nov. 26 online 'Ask the White House' question-and-answer session, Towey was asked about the possibility...

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Nativity Play at British School Reflects Religious Diversity

December 11, 2003

Source: The Independent

http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=472036

On December 11, 2003 The Independent reported, "At Cranford Infant and Nursery School, the rehearsal for the nativity play is going well. The shepherds look a little nervous, the angels a little boisterous - it is no different here from hundreds of schools up and down the land as the nativity season gets under way. It is not every school, however, in which Mary will...

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Navy Chaplain's Program Embraces Diversity of Faiths Among Militairy Moms

December 11, 2003

Source: Sightings

On December 11, 2003 Sightings published an article by Rev. William E. Middleton, a Chaplain in the United States Navy, on his new program Baby's First Scripture. The program provides mothers of all faiths at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton a book of scriptures for their new-born children. The program seeks to be sensitive to "the rich variety of faiths in our pluralistic military" and provides Bibles as well as Korans, copies of the Book of Mormon, and Buddhist Scriptures to mothers and their children. Middleton writes, "There can...

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Princeton Celebrates Interfaith Holidays

December 11, 2003

Source: Daily Princetonian

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2003/12/11/news/9354.shtml

On December 11, 2003 the Daily Princetonian reported that "the Religious Life Council sponsored an Interfaith Holiday Exhibit and information table featuring different religious holiday traditions. 'I think its really important to make sure all holidays are acknowledged,'said Ellen Horrow '04, an RLC member. 'Members of minority religions can sometimes feel...

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