Interfaith

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

December 8, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43967-2003Dec7.html?referrer=emailarticle

On December 8, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "H. James Towey, director of the White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, has stirred up a pot of trouble by suggesting that pagans don't care about the poor. Wiccans, Druids and other pagans across the country, along with the Washington-...

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Interfaith Forum Says Human Failings Responsible for Lack of Peace

December 7, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http://www.emedia.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20031208074840/Article/

On December 7, 2003 the New Straits Times reported on a forum on "Religion and Violence: The Spiritual Response to Terrorism" held by the Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN): "Speaking as chairman [of the MIN], [Datuk Anwar Fazal] saw much of the world not being at peace with itself because people were not at peace with themselves and...

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Editorial: Marginalized Christians Should Embrace "Pluralism by Providence"

December 6, 2003

Source: World on the Web

http://www.worldmag.com/world/issue/12-06-03/closing_2.asp

On December 6, 2003 the evangelical Christian magazine World on the Web published an editorial by Marvin Olasky on the "providential" nature of religious pluralism in American society. According to the article, today "we have pluralism by providence, an abundance of factions religious and temporal. Some of us might wish that we lived in a different time, but that is coveting a...

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A Diverse Society Rings in the "Season of Tolerance"

December 5, 2003

Source: Independent

http://www.theindependent.com/stories/120503/opi_letheby05.shtml

On December 5, 2003 the Independent published an article celebrating the diversity of religious holidays that take place during the months of November and December. Some notable holidays include the Day of the Covenant -- the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith, the holy month of Ramadan, the birthday of Sikh founder Guru Nanak, Hindu Diwali...

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London Rabbi Wins Religion Award from U.S. Presbyterians

December 4, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03524.htm

On December 4, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service (Office of Communication of the Presbyterian Church-USA) released a press release stating that Professor Jonathan Sacks, London's chief rabbi, had been awarded the 2004 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his book, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid...

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Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians Recognized by Government; Baha'is Not

December 4, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/12/04/MNG0Q3FQD31.DTL

On December 4, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Among its population of 70 million, Iran has about 25,000 Jews, 100,000 Christians and 60,000 adherents of Zoroastrianism, which was the religion of the Persian Empire before the Muslim conquest in the seventh century...Despite their small numbers, the three groups...

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Non-Christian Religious Leaders Say Christmas Programs in Schools Okay

December 4, 2003

Source: The West Australian

http://www.thewest.com.au/20031205/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116654.html

On December 4, 2003 The West Australian reported, "Non-Christian religious leaders yesterday joined the outcry over moves to play down Christmas celebrations in State schools, saying they had no problem with Nativity plays and carols. Representatives of the Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish communities in Perth said Christian...

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As Bush Pushes Faith- Based Initiatives, Concerns Over Church and State

December 2, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/334/nation/Bush_presses_funding_for_faith_groupsP.shtml

On December 2, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "Through executive orders, an aggressive wooing of religious groups, and his unflagging commitment to use the bully pulpit, President Bush has bypassed a reluctant Congress and is fulfilling his inaugural promise to bridge the historic separation of church and state and...

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Religious Leaders Mobilize to Support Middle East Peace

December 2, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03521.htm

On December 2, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service reported, "On the day after a new Middle East peace accord was signed in Geneva, 31 U.S. Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders today announced in Washington a new collaborative effort — 'Walk the Road to Peace'— to mobilize public and Bush Administration support for the plan. In a Dec. 2 press conference and letter to President...

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Pope Calls for Religions to Unite Against Terrorism

December 2, 2003

Source: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia

http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200312021437-1088-RT1-CRO-0-NF82

On December 2, 2003 Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reported, "The 'name of God' must not be used to incite violence and terrorism, to promote hatred and exclusion. The Pope asked this, on receiving various Muslim leaders who came for a meeting organised by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. According to the Pontiff, the dialogue...

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Sacramento University Finds Diversity of Religious Groups

December 2, 2003

Source: The State Hornet

http://www.statehornet.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/12/03/3fcd92480bd60

On December 2, 2003 The State Hornet published an article on religious organizations on Sacramento State University campus. Currently there are 12 religious organizations on campus that encompass many of the world’s faiths, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The Sikh Students Association began on campus as a response to the...

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Boston Interfaith Groups Create Social Action, Safer Neighborhoods

December 1, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/12/01/faith_group_a_catalyst_for_fall_river_new_bedford/

On December 1, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "The auditorium at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church was filled with the noise of some 750 people looking for seats and trying to figure out the headphones that would broadcast the night's speeches in Portuguese and Spanish. White-haired ladies...

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