Christianity

Good Friday a Family Day for Muslims

April 10, 2009

Author: Stuart Laidlaw

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/article/616530

It's not just Christians who flock to houses of worship at Easter.

Muslims do it, too.

"In Canada, Easter has become the third Muslim holiday, after the two Eids," says Nadir Shirazi, a Toronto multi-faith co-ordinator at the University of Toronto.

Friday is the traditional big day for Muslims to attend afternoon prayers, but the North...

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Iraqi Christians Remain Doubtful About Security

April 10, 2009

Author: Aamer Madhani

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-04-09-insideiraqchristians_N.htm

Salma Younan remembers the day when an al-Qaeda fighter came to her home and demanded she renounce Christianity and convert to Islam.

She told him she would rather die than turn her back on her faith. "My blood is not as precious as my savior's," she recalls saying.

Security in her Baghdad...

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Faith Groups Increasingly Lose Gay Rights Fights

April 10, 2009

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/09/AR2009040904063.html?hpid=topnews

Faith organizations and individuals who view homosexuality as sinful and refuse to provide services to gay people are losing a growing number of legal battles that they say are costing them their religious freedom.

The lawsuits have resulted...

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Group Seeks Chaplain's Court Martial

April 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.kansas.com/living/religion/story/766366.html

A group with a federal lawsuit in Kansas alleging widespread religious discrimination within the military called Wednesday for the Army to court martial its chief of chaplains.

But a spokesman said the Army respects soldiers' right to worship freely "at all times and in all locations."

The Military Religious Freedom...

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U-Md. Senate Votes to Eliminate Invocation

April 8, 2009

Author: Martin Weil and Susan Kinzie

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040704634.html

The senate at the University of Maryland at College Park has voted to eliminate the invocation from the school's commencement ceremony.

The recommendation, which must be approved by the university's president to take effect, was intended to be more sensitive...

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Army Chaplain Criticized for Fasting Call On Passover

April 7, 2009

Author: Karin Hamilton

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17858

The Army's top chaplain has come under fire from some Jews for issuing a call for a day of prayer and fasting that falls on the first day of Passover.

Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, a Southern Baptist and Army Chief of Chaplains, had issued the prayer call in response to the rising suicide rates among soldiers. Last year, the Army reported the...

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Group Concerned Prayer Policy Not Respectful to Range Of Religions

April 6, 2009

Author: Le Roy Standish

Source: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2009/04/06/040709_1a_Prayer.html

Those fighting to keep God out of public meetings have been attending the meetings themselves.

Armed with note pads, laptops and digital audio recorders, members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Free Thinkers have been filling the pews at Mesa County...

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Atheists' "De-Baptism" Popular In Britain

April 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/Religion News Service

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2009/4/5.shtml#1

A secular organization in Britain that backs an atheist ad campaign on London's buses is now producing "certificates of de-baptism" for people wishing to renounce their Christian faith -- and claims it is getting thousands of takers. The National Secular Society says more than 100,000 ex-worshippers have downloaded the de-baptism...

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One In 10 Americans Still Think Obama Is Muslim: Poll

April 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Agence France-Presse

http://www.canada.com/Life/Americans+still+think+Obama+Muslim+poll/1457376/story.html

More than two months after Barack Obama placed his hand on the Bible and was sworn in as president of the United States, 11 per cent of Americans still think he is a Muslim, a poll suggested on Thursday.

White evangelical Protestants and Republicans were the most likely to...

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Priest Who Professed Islam Defrocked By Episcopal Church

April 2, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17820

An Episcopal priest who professed two years ago that she was also a practicing Muslim has been defrocked by the Episcopal Church.

Rhode Island Bishop Geralyn Wolf informed Ann Holmes Redding, who lives in Seattle, of the decision on Wednesday (April 1). Although she lives outside the diocese, Redding was ordained in Rhode Island and...

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Hindus & Jews Want Restructuring Of Prayers At UK Parliament

March 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/hindus-jews-want-restructuring-of-prayers-at-uk-parliament_100173444.html

Hindus and Jews have asked the United Kingdom to re-evaluate the matrix of opening prayers in its Parliament, which probably date back from 17th century.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi...

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Muslim Priest And Buddhist Bishop-Elect Are Raising Questions About Syncretism

March 27, 2009

Author: George Conger

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/marchweb-only/112-53.0.html

Jesus saves, the Episcopal Church teaches, but a growing number of its clergy and leaders believe other faiths may lead to salvation as well. Long divided and distracted by questions of sexual ethics, the Episcopal Church (along with most mainline Protestant communities) are facing a cultural and theological shift...

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City's Fourth Sikh Temple Approved

March 25, 2009

Author: Joe Millican

Source: Abbotsford News

http://www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/abbynews/news/41861847.html

As he translated the words of Punjabi speakers unable to communicate in English, Abbotsford city councillor Moe Gill may not have been aware he was part of a historic occasion on Monday night.

However, a public hearing to debate the merits of Abbotsford’s fourth Sikh temple was considered just that by a...

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Denver Church Shows Good Faith to Iraqi Family

March 23, 2009

Author: Electa Draper

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11974138

Call it a leap of faiths — there's a reason a committed Muslim such as Emad Hussain attends a Methodist church and why he will raise his Muslim children in its sanctuary.

Hussain fled Iraq in 2007 after he survived an attack by militants on his workplace and became a target, but he left without his wife and two young sons.

It...

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