Christianity

Judge Orders S.C. to End Production of Religious-Themed License Plates

December 11, 2008

Author: Roddie Burns

Source: The Ledger-Enquirer

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/158/story/541966.html

A federal judge Thursday ordered South Carolina to freeze plans to produce a special "I Believe" license plate, refund motorists who have prepaid for the plates and direct them to make a different selection.

The plates, designed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, bearing a gold cross and a stained-glass window with the words "I Believe"...

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Christian Group's Poetry Protest

December 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7777157.stm

Around 250 Christian activists have protested outside the Welsh assembly building about a poetry reading.

Patrick Jones was invited by two assembly members to read from his collection Darkness Is Where The Stars Are, which has already led to claims it is "obscene and blasphemous".

Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, said: "This...

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Pakistani Christians, Service in the Midst of Conflict

December 10, 2008

Author: Henrik Hansson

Source: World Council of Churches News

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/pakistani-christians-ser.html

Pakistani Christian communities confronted with the presence of the Taliban and Al-Qaida serve their Muslim neighbours in an unfriendly environment.

Christians in the North Western Frontier Province of Pakistan find themselves in the...

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Religious Funds Draw Money In Difficult Market

December 10, 2008

Author: Tim Paradis

Source: Daily Breeze

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dailybreeze.com/business/ci_11187067

Sam Saladino's mutual fund wasn't even a year old when the stock market began slipping. But even through the punishing run in stocks this year, he's managed to attract investor dollars and beat his benchmark.

His Epiphany Fund, which invests according to Catholic principles, is among those that use religion...

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Muslims, Christians Hold Interfaith Rights Rally

December 9, 2008

Author: Al Jacinto

Source: GMA News

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/138459/Muslims-Christians-hold-interfaith-rights-rally

Muslim and Christian religious leaders held an interfaith prayer rally in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The organizers of the prayer rally also displayed several photographs of political activists and civilians, who...

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Hindus Greet Christians on Christmas

December 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20081207062830zzzz.nb/topstory.html

Hindus have sent early greetings to Christian communities worldwide for the upcoming Christmas celebrations.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a release in Nevada (USA) today, expressed his warmest greetings on the Christmas season, wishing that it would bring joy, happiness, blessings and cheer to all.

Zed, who...

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II, 79, Dies in Moscow

December 6, 2008

Author: Megan K. Stack

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-alexei6-2008dec06,0,2456000.story

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei II, the iconic religious leader who restored the church from a post-Soviet shell to an institution of privilege and power, died at his Moscow home Friday. He was 79.

The imposing, white-bearded Alexei had reigned in the Russian Orthodox Church's...

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Groups Counter Ads Questioning Belief in God

December 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Associated Press

http://www.examiner.com/a-1728471~Groups_counter_ads_questioning_belief_in_God.html

Metro officials say two groups have purchased advertisements to counter an ad campaign that asks "Why believe in a god?"

The ads by the American Humanist Association began appearing on buses last month. They proclaim "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake."
...

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The Muslims and Christians of Jos

December 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/mideast-africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12724903

The Katako market was still smouldering five days after it was razed to the ground by a mob of Christian youths. The bodies of ten people trapped in the fires that destroyed it had already been taken away and buried. Muslim men kicked up plumes of dust as they shuffled through the ashes of their...

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Nigeria: Religious Leaders Meet in Abuja

December 4, 2008

Author: Ise-Oluwa Ige

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200812040459.html

Religious leaders across the nation yesterday met in Abuja behind closed doors in search of peace for the crisis-ridden Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

The leaders who gathered under the name and style of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council of Nigeria, (NIREC) said the latest Jos mayhem which claimed hundreds of lives and property worth several millions of...

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Church Leaders Ask Obama for Action on Economy

December 4, 2008

Author: Brittney Bain

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17075

Church leaders from around the globe met Wednesday (Dec. 3) in Washington to discuss their hopes for an Obama administration and their wish for a new style of leadership in the Oval Office.

Leaders from U.S. churches gathered for a three-day summit convened by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches' U.S. division.

The Rev. John...

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ACLU Sues Over Inmate's Right to Preach

December 4, 2008

Author: Jeff Diamant

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17073

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of a New Jersey prison inmate who was ordained behind bars eight years ago and now contends his religious freedoms were violated when prison officials forbade him from preaching.

Howard N. Thompson Jr., convicted of murder in 1985 and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, was...

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Religious Debate Roils Capitol Visitor Center

December 3, 2008

Author: James Rosen

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008462123_center03.html

Protests by conservative lawmakers led architects to promise to add "In God We Trust" as the national motto and to engrave the Pledge of Allegiance in the new $621 million Capitol Visitor Center.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., had threatened to delay Tuesday's opening of the marble-and-stone center that...

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As Sectarian Tensions Spread, Cairo Muslims Riot Against a Christian Church

December 3, 2008

Author: Maggie Michael

Source: The Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/35472899.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DU2EPaL_V_9E7ODiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Early in the morning two Sundays ago, hundreds of Christian Egyptians quietly slipped into a former underwear factory where they had discreetly set up a church and held their first service. Bells...

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