Christianity

Justices to Decide If Vets Can Be Honored With Cross

May 25, 2009

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/25/aclu-dead-wrong-on-cross/#

Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans.

The cross was...

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Bible Texts Misused In Rumsfeld Reports, Religious Leaders Say

May 25, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bible25-2009may25,0,163380.story

One passage plucked from the New Testament's Epistle to the Ephesians instructs believers to "put on the full armor of God."

An excerpt from the Old Testament's Isaiah directs them to "open the gates that the righteous nation may enter."

As American troops...

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Black, White East Bay Churches Meld In Worship

May 23, 2009

Author: Matthai Kuruvila

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/23/BA0317MPAQ.DTL

The Rev. George Cummings looked out over his congregation in the Laurel District of Oakland and saw white faces sitting next to black ones. Piedmonters sat next to Oaklanders.

One of the most intractable racial divides in America - the self-segregation of churches - was being bridged...

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Religious Leaders Urge Middle East Peace In Letters to Obama

May 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/category/headlines/

Interfaith leaders are praising President Obama for trying to jump-start the Middle East peace process. As Obama met with Israel’s new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House Monday (May 18), a coalition of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders released a statement calling for new efforts to revive stalled peace talks.

Lawmaker Wants to Make 2010 'Year Of the Bible'

May 22, 2009

Author: Victoria McGrane

Source: POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22832.html

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you’ll be ringing in “the Year of the Bible.”

It’s probably just wishful thinking.

Broun’s simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with...

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Laid-Off Religious Workers Denied Jobless Benefits

May 20, 2009

Author: Steven G. Vegh

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/national_day_of_prayer_gets_a_political_makeover1/

God may provide, but the state may not when it comes to unemployment benefits for employees laid off by churches, synagogues and other religious groups.

Carol Bronson discovered that a few months ago after she lost her secretarial job at Temple...

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Episcopal Diocese Rejects Buddhist Bishop

May 19, 2009

Author: Ann Rodgers

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=60,8188,0,0,1,0

Leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh have unanimously voted against permitting a diocese in Michigan to consecrate a bishop who is also a practicing Zen Buddhist.

A spokesman for the diocese said the decision was not based on Bishop-elect Kevin Thew Forrester's Zen practices, but on changes he...

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A Practice During Bush Era, Quoting Religious Passages No Longer a Part Of Pentagon Reports

May 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/politics/45350957.html?elr=KArks:DCiUMEaPc:UiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

The Pentagon said Monday it no longer includes a Bible quote on the cover page of daily intelligence briefings it sends to the White House as was practice during the Bush administration.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he...

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Christian Women Face Unknown World In Pakistan

May 18, 2009

Author: Lys Anzia

Source: Women News Network

http://womennewsnetwork.net/2009/05/18/pcw812/

During the recent days of battle in the northwest region of the Swat Valley, minority groups are leaving as quickly as possible. Although the majority of religious minorities in the Swat Valley are ethnic Pushtuns, with Sunni religious beliefs, Christian minority women and their families are also part of the fleeing force of refugees.

As violence...

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Fire Breaks Out And Engulfs Mormon Church In Cambridge During Morning Meeting

May 17, 2009

Author: Daniel M. Peleschuk and Emma Rose Johnson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/05/fire_breaks_out_1.html

A fire broke out this morning during a meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints outside Harvard Square in Cambridge, sending members spilling out onto the street.

The blaze, which hit three alarms, began at 10:37 a.m. in the church at at 4...

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