Interfaith

"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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Texans Asked About First Amendment

September 22, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 22, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "four out of 10 Texans can't correctly name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a new statewide survey shows. When asked if they could name any of the specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, 6 percent of Texans surveyed answered incorrectly while 35 percent had no answer. 'The greatest ally of oppression is ignorance,' said Rob Wiley, a Houston lawyer who is president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. He...

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Interfaith Group Discusses Death Penalty

September 22, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On September 22, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "members of an 85-member interfaith group will gather at First United Methodist Church, 1630 Hinman, Evanston, for 'Death Sentence 2000,' a forum on the fairness of human executions. 'This is the largest interfaith (group that) has been gathered to address the whole death penalty issue. And it is unique in the response from all the faith communities,' said organizer Joe Monahan, a parishioner at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic church in Evanston...'We're hoping to ask people...

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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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Slumber Party's Goal is Unity

September 21, 2000

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On September 21, 2000, The Tampa Tribune published an article entitled, "Slumber Party Won't End Without Antihate Slogan." It reports on a slumber party held for Tampa area youths sponsored by the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice last year. Margarita Sarmiento, who works for the NCCJ, remembers that when she "looked around the room, she saw youths of different races, faiths, backgrounds and abilities: Christians and Buddhists, black and white, honor students, soccer stars, dropouts and those who...

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Clinton Signs Religious Liberty Bill into Law

September 21, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 21, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported on the bill passed by the House and signed by President Clinton which protects religious institutions in zoning issues. The "bill doesn't exempt churches from zoning regulations, but when religious groups show that the rules would create "a substantial burden," officials must show a compelling reason for doing so, and must do it in the least restrictive way. They must also treat religious applicants at least as well as they do secular ones. 'In the wake of...

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Kansas City Newspaper Reflects Community's Diversity

September 17, 2000

Source: The Kansas City Star

On September 17, 2000, The Kansas City Star reported that "Kansas City in many ways and on many levels is much more diverse than is often recognized. Starting this week, The Kansas City Star will better reflect this diversity by adding a feature to the editorial page. Each Saturday the paper "will publish a sacred text or saying from non-Christian religions alongside the daily Bible verse [which has been a standard feature of their editorial page]. The texts will be selected or approved by Gary Ebersole, director of the Center...

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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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Jews and Blacks March Together in St. Louis

September 10, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 10, 2000, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the article, "Jews and Blacks Relish Togetherness in Parade at Opening of City Temple; Emotional Rabbi, Leader of NAACP Say the Two Groups Must Stay United." It reported that in a "show of unity, hundreds of Jews and dozens of blacks on Saturday paraded behind Torah scrolls down Kingshighway to Sukkat Shalom, or Shelter of Peace -- the first synagogue to move into St. Louis in more than 70 years...'It's an analogy of the wandering Jew coming home,' said temple...

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Indian Festivals Raise Cultural Awareness

September 10, 2000

Source: The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star

On September 10, 2000, The Virginian-Pilot reported on "India Fest," an event held last weekend at Old Dominion University's Webb Center. "Papaiah Murthy, an anesthesiologist who founded the Asian Indians of Hampton Roads, which has organized the festival since 1996, said the organization's main focus is cultural awareness...'Our objective is to get the Indian community and the local community as a whole to attend this event,' he said...Some of the cultural activities included demonstrations of the Bharat...

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Controversy Over Prayers at Football Games

September 10, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 10, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article entitled, "Prayer Advocate Plots Plan; Public Proclamation: Stadium-Visiting Minister Says Fight is to Recognize Religious Freedom." It reports that the Rev. Curtis Turner "appeared at a high school football game in Jonesboro on Friday, urging the crowd to stay standing after the national anthem and recite the Lord's Prayer."

"We're not fighting to get prayer at games," Turner said. "It's to get the message out that for...

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Poll Shows Varied Opinions on the Appropriate Role of Religion in Politics

September 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On September 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the role of relgion in the 2000 Election. "A new Buckeye State Poll [showed that] almost three out of five respondents say a candidate's religious beliefs are at least somewhat important in deciding which person will get their vote...90 percent say a candidate's ability to improve the country's moral climate is important, a factor many link closely with religious beliefs." Individual respondents had various responses; some supported religion as an important part of...

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Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

September 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony sought Friday to reassure non-Catholic Christians and those of other faiths that the Roman Catholic Church remains committed to interfaith dialogue despite a strongly worded Vatican statement critical of other churches and religions...The Vatican statement, 'Dominus Iesus'--Lord Jesus--said this week that followers of non-Christian faiths have 'gravely deficient' chances for salvation. It also said that other Christian churches have 'defects' but...

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