Christianity

Obama Gains Evangelical Allies On Immigration

July 19, 2010

Author: Laurie Goodstein

Source: The New York Times/MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38303952/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/

At a time when the prospects for immigration overhaul seem most dim, supporters have unleashed a secret weapon: a group of influential evangelical Christian leaders.

Normally on the opposite side of political issues backed by the Obama White House, these leaders are aligning with the president to...

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Chinese Turn to Religion to Fill a Spiritual Vacuum

July 18, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128544048

Alongside China's astonishing economic boom, an almost unnoticed religious boom has quietly been taking place.

In the country's first major survey on religious beliefs, conducted in 2006, 31.4 percent of about 4,500 people questioned described themselves as religious. That amounts to more than 300 million religious believers, an...

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Hindu Statesman Zed Lauds Church Of England for Allowing Female Bishops

July 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sify News

Wire Service: ANI

http://sify.com/news/hindu-statesman-zed-lauds-church-of-england-for-allowing-female-bishops-news-international-khosOcdjgij.html

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has extolled Church of England for its decision to allow women bishops, calling it a 'step in the right direction'.

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Protestant, Catholic Teens From Northern Ireland Find Common Ground During Visit to Arlington

July 11, 2010

Author: Eric Aasen

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/071110dnmetulster.1b2422e.html

For far too long, Protestants and Catholics didn't mingle in Northern Ireland. Violence tore them apart.

But this month, 16 teenagers from the Belfast area – eight of them Protestant, eight of them Catholic – are side by side and...

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'99 Names Of God' And the Glassmaker

July 10, 2010

Author: Emily Schmuhl

Source: Mormon Times

http://www.mormontimes.com/article/15730/99-Names-of-God-and-the-glassmaker

Glass. It attracts fingerprints, invites dust and cracks under pressure.

While we're tiptoeing to the dinner table carrying Grandma's heavy tartan pitcher, Andrew Kosorok could literally consult a recipe and cook you up a fresh batch of glass. No problem.

He could then turn around and fashion,...

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Pride And Concern Follow Success Of Indian-Americans

July 9, 2010

Author: Samuel Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/us/10religion.html?_r=1&ref=religion_and_belief

When Barry Goldwater mounted his campaign for the White House in 1964, the Jewish humorist Harry Golden took notice. “I always knew the first Jewish president of the United States,” Mr. Golden put it, “would be an Episcopalian.”

On the surface, Mr. Golden...

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Third-Grader's Parents Challenge On-Campus Religious-Ed Program

July 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The First Amendment Center

Wire Service: AP

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=23139

A Fort Wayne third-grader’s parents have sued the school district, claiming she was sent to a religious instruction program on school grounds without their permission.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which filed the lawsuit for the parents this week in federal...

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An Armada Of Faith Leaders Tours the Gulf Spill Zone

July 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/08/an-armada-of-faith-leaders-tours-the-gulf-spill/

There were only five small boats, 20 to 25 feet long, quietly moving through the water, barely making a ripple in the area designated as a “No Wake Zone." 

It was part show and tell, part media circus, part holy pilgrimage. On board the boats were a dozen high-profile...

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Kenya's Constitutional Vote On Sharia Courts Pits Muslims Against Christians

July 7, 2010

Author: Sudarsan Raghavan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/06/AR2010070605449.html?hpid=moreheadlines

For 13 years, Judge Mudhar Ahmed has worked in relative obscurity, issuing Muslim marriage certificates, divorcing Muslim couples and weighing in on Muslim inheritance disputes. Now, he's facing an issue unlike any he has seen. He has one...

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