Christianity

Pakistan Rights Groups Seek Answers On Christian’s Death

September 16, 2009

Author: Waqar Gillani and Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/world/asia/17pstan.html

A Christian man detained on blasphemy charges was found dead in his jail cell on Tuesday in eastern Pakistan. Human rights groups here said he appeared to have been killed, perhaps in collusion with the authorities.

The death of the Christian, Robert Fanish, 20, is part of a rising trend of violence against...

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Cuba OKs Organized Religious Services In Prisons

September 16, 2009

Author: Andrea Rodriguez

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jOxdvyM77ucRjd7ZjWLtgEjN8j3gD9AO1HLO0

Cuba will allow inmates to attend Roman Catholic Mass and Protestant services inside prisons, a top religious leader said Tuesday, in a significant easing of the communist government's policy toward organized religion.

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Bewitched, Without Incident

September 13, 2009

Author: Mandy Stoltzfus

Source: Lancaster Online

http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/242200

Witches and pagans who traveled to Adamstown on Saturday for a festival "Celebrating Earth Spirituality" were greeted by a steady rain and praying Christians in a silent protest.

The gathering held at Stoudtburg Village and hosted by Reading Pagans & Witches proved to far less controversial than the debate that brewed in the days...

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Some Pa. Shops Close Doors to Pagan Festival

September 11, 2009

Author: Ron Todt

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4n1LLmQm_9M6UcVQdozlNOd0JAAD9ALB34O0

In the rolling hills of deeply religious rural Pennsylvania sits Stoudtburg Village, a tiny hamlet modeled on a German town. On weekends, tourists come here to visit shops on the ground floors of closely set three-story houses painted bright...

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4 Militants Held In Fatal Attack On Christians In Pakistani Town

September 9, 2009

Author: Salman Masood and Waqar Gillani

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/world/asia/10pstan.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Police officials said Wednesday that four militants belonging to two banned groups had been arrested and accused of involvement in the killings of Christians and riots in a Punjabi town on Aug. 1.

At least seven people were killed when armed mobs of...

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State Tells Schools to Teach Bible Literacy But Not How

September 6, 2009

Author: Jessica Meyers Jessica Meyers

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/090609dnmetbibleteach.3ff862f.html

Vanda Terrell is still getting used to saying it.

"Let's open our Bibles," the veteran Plano ISD teacher tells students daily at two public high schools in the district. And it's legal for her to do it. A new state law...

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Students Must Learn About Other Religions: Judge

September 2, 2009

Author: Graeme Hamilton

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1956333

Christian parents who objected to their children being taught about other religions in a mandatory new Quebec school course have suffered a serious setback with a ruling this week that the teachings do not infringe their religious freedoms.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Guy Dubois dismissed a bid by parents in Drummondville, Que., who...

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Richardson Mosque Invites Churches to Share In Fast-Breaking Dinners During Ramadan

August 29, 2009

Author: Jeffrey Weiss

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/082909dnmetrichramadan.3d3c14d.html

Members of the Dallas Islamic Center plan to break their daylong Ramadan fast today with traditional foods in an untraditional setting: a social hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

The mostly Turkish mosque, Richardson-based...

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Faith Groups Grapple With Role In Reform

August 20, 2009

Author: Robert King

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090820/NEWS05/908200448/

The Rev. John Hay Jr. reads the parable of the Good Samaritan -- who bandaged the wounds of an injured stranger and paid to have him cared for -- and sees a biblical basis for supporting universal health care, even if it means a greater government role.

Curt Smith reads the same passage and sees an example of someone who...

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