Christianity

Religious Minorities In Indonesia Push Back

August 16, 2010

Author: Irwan Firdaus

Source: Google News

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gsC9iYzKsPiBLkLIoRDH1N55Zk4gD9HKBG380

Tired of government inaction, Christians and other religious minorities in Indonesia are pushing back against rising violence by Islamic hard-liners.

For months, Christians in the industrial city of Bekasi have been warned against worshipping on a field that houses their...

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Couple's Religion, Vermont Land-Use Ruling At Odds

August 15, 2010

Author: Dave Gram

Source: The Connecticut Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Couple-s-religion-Vermont-land-use-ruling-at-odds-616611.php

To Richard and Joan Downing, the 24-foot-tall cross on a hilltop on their property is an expression of their faith. To a state commission that regulates land use, it is out of character with the natural beauty of the...

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As the Observance Of Ramadan Begins, a Call for Respect for Muslim Neighbors

August 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: National Council of Churches News Service

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/100811ramadanrespect.html

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, its Interfaith Relations Commission and the Christian participants in the National Muslim-Christian initiative, have issued the following statement:

As our Muslim neighbors begin their observance of Ramadan with fasting, re-dedicating themselves to God and God's...

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In Montana, a Fight Over Separation Of Church And Fairgrounds

August 11, 2010

Author: Tess Civantos

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/08/11/montana-church-service-moved-liberal-ville-county-fair-grounds-complaints/

Leaders of a Christian organization are convinced a group of atheists were successful in getting annual fellowship services moved from the Missoula County Fair, but church organizers say they’re determined to make the best of their new...

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Sharing the Faith, Splitting the Rent

August 6, 2010

Author: Sarah Maslin Nir

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/realestate/08cov.html?emc=eta1

Apartment hunters always have a wish list of things that will help them call a new place home — doormen, laundry rooms, southern exposures.

But for some people, faith guides real estate choices. Instead of bay windows and an in-house gym, their must-have may be a kosher kitchen, a short walk to church, room...

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In Saudi Arabia, a Landmark Welcome Of a Christian Scholar

August 3, 2010

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0803/In-Saudi-Arabia-a-landmark-welcome-of-a-Christian-scholar

In a country that endorses Islam as the official religion, bans conversion to other religions, and forbids Christian proselytizing, Saudi Arabia's recent welcome of an American Christian scholar is a landmark.

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Woodruff Council Holds Firm On Prayers

July 27, 2010

Author: Jason Spencer

Source: The Spartanburg Herald-Journal

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20100727/ARTICLES/7271013/1051/NEWS01?p=all&tc=pgall

In his prayer opening the City Council meeting here Monday night, Pastor Randall Parnell of Northside Baptist Church proclaimed, “Let it be known that right here in Woodruff, South Carolina, we believe in Jesus Christ our savior.”

Nearly all of the 30...

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Fight Over Evolution Still Simmers 85 Years After Scopes Trial

July 23, 2010

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100723/NEWS06/7230335/Fight+over+evolution+still+simmers+85+years+after+Scopes+trial

Rachel Held Evans had a choice while growing up in 
Dayton, Tenn., site of the 1925 Scopes Monkey 
Trial. Believe the Bible or believe evolution.

"I was taught that if you don't interpret...

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Religious Leaders And the EU Take Tentative First Steps

July 23, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/07/23/religious-leaders-and-the-eu-take-tentative-first-steps/

Top European Union officials held talks this week with religious leaders, part of a policy of holding consultations with religious groups that was enshrined in the EU’s Lisbon reform treaty, which came into force last December. But not everyone...

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Beijing Finds Common Cause With Chinese Buddhists

July 22, 2010

Author: Louisa Lim

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128691021

Four years ago, eight senior monks, clad in scarlet-and-saffron-robes, filed in front of a golden Buddha and began chanting on stage in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. It marked an important turning point in China's attitude toward religion.

This was the first World Buddhist Forum, attended by more than 1,000 monks, and held in...

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