Christianity

Chambersburg Borough Council Decides Nativity Scene Must Be Removed From Memorial Square Fountain Area

December 3, 2009

Author: Rob Luff

Source: Public Opinion

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_13854798?source=most_viewed

An atheistic and agnostic group plans to seek legal action against the Borough of Chambersburg following a decision Monday night that bans anything other than flags and flowers from adorning the Memorial Square fountain war memorial.

The unanimous decision from Chambersburg Borough Council came after Carl Silverman,...

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Missionaries Face Fines for Sharing Their Faith

December 3, 2009

Author: Alexander Bratersky

Source: The Moscow Times

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/missionaries-face-fines-for-sharing-their-faith/390816.html

Ordinary believers face fines for sharing their faith with strangers in the metro or on the street under amendments drafted by the Justice Ministry that are stirring worries among Protestant groups about a clampdown on religious freedom.

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China Sentences 5 Church Leaders to Labor Camp

December 1, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gcwPZdgx2c7bPVLxm71nb1xl11ZQD9CB13S00

Five members of an unregistered Chinese Protestant congregation have been sentenced to two years in a labor camp following a police raid on their church, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The report comes less than a week after...

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Not So Jolly: Loudoun Reins In Its Holiday Display

December 1, 2009

Author: Derek Kravitz

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/30/AR2009113003974.html

Carrying coal and wearing Christmas red, dozens of Loudoun residents stormed into a county meeting Monday night to protest a new policy barring structures, religious or otherwise, from the lawn of the century-old courthouse in Leesburg. The county's new rule, residents say...

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Happy Holidays: Board Overturns Committee Decision

December 1, 2009

Author: Erika Jacobson Moore

Source: Leesburg Today

http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2009/12/03/news/9970display120109.txt

Taking the Grinch out of Loudoun's holiday season, the Board of Supervisors today voted to overturn the decision of the Courthouse Grounds and Facility Task Force to prohibit displays of all kinds on the grounds of the historic courthouse in Leesburg.

The decision to allow all religious...

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Caseworker: Runaway, Parents Must Talk Religion

December 1, 2009

Author: Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/641/story/1731279.html

A runaway Christian convert and her Muslim family must listen to each other's views about religion if they are to reunite, a possibility that appears in jeopardy since the girl continues to refuse any contact with her parents or siblings, a caseworker says.

A case-management plan filed Monday said Rifqa Bary and her parents should hear what each...

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Private Group's Request Might Open Door to ‘I Believe' License Plates

November 27, 2009

Author: The (Columbia) State

Source: The Columbia State

http://www.heraldonline.com/120/story/1771812.html

South Carolinians might get a chance to buy a Christian “I Believe” license tag after all.

The plaintiffs who won the lawsuit this month that killed the General Assembly-sanctioned “I Believe” license tag are saying they won't protest a private group's request that the state make the same tag for them.

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Greek Orthodox Church Sues Turkey Over Access to Religious Sites In Cyprus

November 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/greek-orthodox-church-sues-turkey

The Greek Orthodox church of Cyprus has taken Turkey to the European court of human rights over allegedly preventing the 500 Greek Cypriots living in the Turkish north worshipping at religious sites there, a church lawyer said...

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Catholic Teachers Find Themselves Intensely Immersed In Jewish History

November 23, 2009

Author: Corina Knoll

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs23-2009nov23,0,4185069.story

The challah was blessed, the Manischewitz wine was poured, the candles were lighted. It could have been any Shabbat dinner in Los Angeles, were it not for the fact that it took place midweek and the room was full of Catholic schoolteachers.

The 34 teachers were participants in Bearing Witness...

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Nativity Scene Proposed In Clarksville Draws Ire

November 22, 2009

Author: Jake Lowary

Source: The Leaf-Chronicle

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20091122/NEWS01/911220334

The pastor at Grace Church of the Nazarene says he and his congregation will present their "Christmas on the Cumberland" Nativity scene despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Steve Estep, the church's pastor, said Saturday the church went through all the proper channels to present the display,...

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Muslims And Hindus Find Common Ground In College

November 18, 2009

Author: Courtney Bowerman

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/Features/Culture_Society/2009/11/18/Muslims-and-Hindus-find-common-ground-in-college/12584872894928/

Despite a long history of political and religious strife in India, Hindus and Muslims studying at Michigan State University say ethnic similarities are helping them overcome traditional differences....

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Faith Schools Attacked Over Staff

November 14, 2009

Author: John McManus

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8359414.stm

The government is facing criticism over claims that it allows faith schools to refuse jobs or promotion to staff with different, or no, spiritual beliefs.

The National Secular Society is arguing at its conference that current legislation discriminates against well qualified, non-religious teachers,

The Department for Children, Schools...

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