Christianity

Malaysia's Minority Religious Leaders Condemn 'Allah' Ban

March 9, 2009

Author: Michelle Green

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2797

Leaders of Malaysia's minority religious groups have criticised the country's government for restricting the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in Bibles, a Catholic newspaper and other texts.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism said in a statement made available on 6 March that...

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Clergyman Defends His Zen Buddhist Practices

March 8, 2009

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5869562.ece

An Anglican clergyman elected as a bishop has defended his right to use the practices of Zen Buddhism to deepen his Christian faith.

Conservatives in The Episcopal Church of the US are demanding that Rev Kevin Thew Forrester, a priest in the diocese of Northern Michigan, be barred from the episcopate because he received...

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Defending the Faith

March 7, 2009

Author: Andrew Higgins

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123638477632658147.html

Christians have lived in these parts since the dawn of their faith. But they have had a rough couple of millennia, preyed on by Persian, Arab, Mongol, Kurdish and Turkish armies. Each group tramped through the rocky highlands that now comprise Turkey's southeastern border with Iraq and Syria.

The current menace is less...

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Appeal Court Set to Rule On British Airways Worker's Crucifix

March 6, 2009

Author: Steve Doughty

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1159863/Appeal-Court-set-rule-British-Airways-workers-crucifix.html

A British Airways check-in worker's fight to wear a crucifix is being taken to the Appeal Court in a test case for religious freedom.

Judges are to decide whether Nadia Eweida, 57, was treated unfairly when BA suspended her in 2006 for...

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Nigeria: Onaiyekan, Sultan Preach Religious Tolerance

March 5, 2009

Author: Taye Obateru

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200903050017.html

The co-chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), who is also the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rt. Rev. John Onaiyekan has advocated sanctions for religious leaders who preach inciting messages as a way of curtailing incessant religious crisis in the country.

Similarly, the Sultan of Sokoto and co-Chairman of the same council...

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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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