Christianity

Bigotry Alive for Christian Dalits

June 12, 2009

Author: Sunil Raman

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8090009.stm

Centuries ago, as their forefathers faced social and economic deprivation, many low-caste Hindus embraced Christianity.

But in one corner of southern India, their hopes for equality remain unfulfilled hundreds of years on. Called "pariahs", hundreds of Dalit Christians continue to face discrimination - not from Hindus but fellow Christians.

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Anti-Faith, Anti-Government Violence a Toxic Mix

June 11, 2009

Author: Kevin Eckstrom

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18245

In 1981, white supremacist James W. von Brunn tried to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve in a bid to overthrow a financial system he believed was controlled by Jews.

Experts say violent anti-Semitic outbursts, like von Brunn's shooting Wednesday (June 10) that killed a security guard inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, are often...

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Sikhs Continue to Face Conflict At the Hands Of the Taliban

June 10, 2009

Author: Aftab Mughal

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=5554

Sikhs and other non-Muslims living in Pakistan are facing huge challenges at the hands of the Taliban,

The Bara-based Lashkar-e-Islam (LI, an Islamic militant group) has imposed jizya, an Islamic tax, on the non-Muslim communities, including Sikhs, Hindus and Christians living in the Khyber Agency, a tribal region of North West Frontier Post (NWFP) near...

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Third US Sikh-Catholic Dialogue Retreat

June 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=5560

Representatives of the World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) met May 29-31, 2009 at St. Therese’s Retreat Center in Columbus, Ohio for a three-day Sikh-Catholic bilateral national interreligious retreat.

The objective of the retreat was for the Sikh and Catholic communities to further...

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Okla. Braces for Challenge to Ten Commandments Law

June 9, 2009

Author: Sean Murphy

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6467815.html

Backers of a new law authorizing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Oklahoma's Capitol didn't get good news this week.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a similar display at the Haskell County...

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Recent Violence In Churches Exposes Lack Of Security, Experts Say

June 8, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-church-safety-08-jun08,0,5828362.story

Dr. George Tiller wore a bulletproof vest as he handed out bulletins in his church's lobby on May 31. But it wasn't enough to save the abortion provider when a man aimed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.

Fortunately for the other members of Reformation...

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Episcopal Bishop Appears Headed for Defeat

June 5, 2009

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/the_election_of_an_episcopal_bishop_who_has_practiced_zen_buddhism060509/

The election of an Episcopal bishop in Michigan who has practiced Buddhist meditation and changed traditional church prayers appears headed for defeat, according to an unofficial tally kept by a newspaper reporter...

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Judges: No Bible At Pa. Kindergarten Show And Tell

June 1, 2009

Author: Maryclaire Dale

Source: Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12496269

A kindergartner's mother cannot read Scripture during show and tell, even if the Bible is the boy's favorite book, a U.S. appeals court said Monday in the latest challenge over religion in public schools.

The Marple Newtown School District in suburban Philadelphia told plaintiff Donna Kay Busch in October 2004 that she could not read the Bible...

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Kansas Abortion Doc Targeted, Killed In 'Place Of Peace'

May 31, 2009

Author: Roxana Hegeman

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6451857.html

Services were just starting Sunday morning at Reformation Lutheran Church when members heard a pop. Someone thought it sounded like a balloon bursting.

A gunman's single shot had mortally wounded Dr. George Tiller, an usher at the church and one of a few U.S....

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Southwest Families Discover Hidden Jewish Roots

May 27, 2009

Author: Amy Klein

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/southwest_families_discover_hidden_jewish_roots/

Growing up in Wyoming to Catholic and Protestant parents, Isabelle Medina-Sandoval watched the women in her family practice strange customs—washing off babies’ baptismal water and setting aside some dough when they made tortillas.

“As a...

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