Christianity

Supreme Court Lets Ban On Type Of School Prayer Stand

March 3, 2009

Author: Jesse J. Holland

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.law.com/jsp/scm/PubArticleSCM.jsp?id=1202428733739

Coach Marcus Borden used to bow his head and drop to one knee when his football team prayed. But the Supreme Court ended that tradition on Monday when it refused to hear the high school coach's appeal of a school district ban on employees joining a student-led prayer.

The decision on the case from New Jersey could...

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Video Of Harvard Panel Discussion Thriving

March 1, 2009

Author: Steve Fidel

Source: Mormon Times

http://www.mormontimes.com/people_news/people_church/?id=6515

The viral nature of a popular online video was not on Harvard undergraduate Rachel Esplin's mind when she participated in a campus panel discussion in September about faith.

A high school background in speech and debate, a service trip to Mexico last spring with Jewish campus organization Harvard Hillel and experience on Harvard'...

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Questions Raised Anew About Religion In Military

February 28, 2009

Author: Eric Lichtblau

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/washington/01church.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

Terry Bradshaw stared intently into the camera, his eyes moist, as the interviewer asked him if his faith in God had helped him through his bouts with depression.

“Oh, yeah,” answered Mr. Bradshaw, the Hall of Fame quarterback. “Well, I’m a Christian for one thing...

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MU Graduate Helps Bridge Religious Gap After Converting to Islam

February 26, 2009

Author: Jessica Nunez

Source: Columbia Missourian

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/media/multimedia/2009/02/26/media/Archive/index.html

When Katie Hurst moved to Columbia 10 years ago to study religion at MU, her intention was to work at a nonprofit or teach Christian education. She didn’t expect to have adopted an entirely new lifestyle and belief system by the time she graduated.

But that’s...

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'We Are Like Forgotten People,' Burma Minority Says

February 24, 2009

Author: Sarah Page

Source: Compass Direct News

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/11599939/

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released in January details serious and ongoing abuses against the Chin people, a minority group in Burma’s northwest who claim to be 90 percent Christian.

HRW’s research echoes a 2004 report by the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) that described targeted abuse of Christians in Chin state...

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Supreme Court to Hear Mojave Cross Case

February 24, 2009

Author: David G. Savage

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/business/careers/work/la-na-supreme-court-cross24-2009feb24,0,6413397.story

In a case that could reshape the doctrine of separation of church and state, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether a cross to honor fallen soldiers can stand in a national preserve in California.

The case will give the Roberts court...

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Indian Christians Afraid Again After New Slaying

February 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/article-25186?l=english

The slaying of another Christian in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa has rekindled fears among a population driven from their homes by a wave of persecution at the hands of Hindu extremists.

Hrudyananda Nayak, 45, was found dead last Thursday, showing signs of a violent end to his life, Aid to the Church in Need reported.

Ongoing Hindu-Christian tensions...

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Mormon Youths Dispel Falsehoods

February 23, 2009

Author: Julie Kippenbrock and Genna Yedlicka

Source: IndyStar.com

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090223/NEWS12/902230340

Misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church, have abounded since the Book of Mormon was first published in 1830. Since then, Mormons have suffered ridicule and persecution as they have defended their faith -- which was founded when Joseph Smith...

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Secular Push Upsets Spain's Traditionalists

February 21, 2009

Author: Christine Spolar

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.kansas.com/living/religion/story/707000.html

For a country steeped in Catholic tradition, these are alarming times.

Public schools are being told by judicial order to pull crucifixes from their walls. City buses with billboards espousing atheism are rumbling through the streets here, prompting yowls of blasphemy from Catholic leaders.

"Probably God Doesn't Exist...

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What Would Jefferson Do? Prayer Bill Roils Richmond

February 19, 2009

Author: Fredrick Kunkle

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/18/AR2009021803583.html?sub=new

As a former Virginia state trooper who has visited horrific crime scenes and notified families of the death of a loved one, Charles W. Carrico Sr. learned the value of prayer and turned to it many times, he says.

So Carrico, who now represents Grayson County...

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Muslim-Christian Relations Threatened By Spate Of Kidnappings In Mindanao

February 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Business World Online

http://www.bworldonline.com/BW021709/content.php?id=075

An interfaith group has warned that the series of kidnappings is threatening Muslim-Christian relations in Southwestern Mindanao.

The Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace, a loose movement of Islamic, Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders, said the abductions undermine inter-religious goodwill and solidarity from years of...

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Young Muslims, Jews Work Toward Peace

February 17, 2009

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090217/NEWS06/902170343/1017/NEWS03

Shoshana Jaffa sums up the conflict in the Middle East like this: "Everybody wants to meet halfway, but no one knows where halfway is."

Jaffa was one of about 45 Jewish and Muslim teens and young adults who met Sunday at Congregation Micah in Brentwood to discuss the recent fighting in Gaza.

It's...

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