Christianity

As Tensions Rise for Egypt’s Christians, Officials Call Clashes Secular

August 2, 2008

Author: Michael Slackman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/world/middleeast/02egypt.html?hp

A monastery was ransacked in January. In May, monks there were kidnapped, whipped and beaten and ordered to spit on the cross. Christian-owned jewelry stores were robbed over the summer. The rash of violence was so bad that one prominent Egyptian writer worried it had become “open season” on the nation...

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Pastor Learns About Islam, Tries to Bridge Gap with Christians

August 1, 2008

Author: John Christensen

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/stories/2008/08/01/ben_johnson_christianity_islam.html

During lunch 18 months ago, Dr. Ben Johnson had an epiphany as Dr. Aisha Jumaan, a Muslim, spoke to him about her faith and her experience of God.

"It came to me that this woman loves and worships the same God I do," says Johnson, a...

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Federal Judge Says Cross Can Remain on San Diego's Mt. Soledad

July 31, 2008

Author: Jia-Rui Chong

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-cross31-2008jul31,0,6069679.story

A controversial cross on Mt. Soledad in San Diego can stay as part of a federally owned war memorial, a federal judge ruled.

"The court finds the memorial at Mt. Soledad, including its Latin cross, communicates the primarily nonreligious messages of military service, death and...

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Faith Groups Push Minimum Wage Hike to $10

July 31, 2008

Author: Ashly McGlone

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=16188

A nonpartisan coalition of more than 90 faith, community, labor and business organizations has launched an ambitious "$10 in 2010" campaign to raise the federal minimum wage within two years.

The Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign announced the "$10 in 2010" crusade with support from various denominations, including American Baptist...

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US Commission Urges Bush to Speak Out on Religion in China

July 31, 2008

Author: Chris Herlinger

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2137

An independent U.S. commission that has government backing has urged President George W. Bush to speak out publicly on religious freedom and human rights when he attends the forthcoming summer Beijing Olympic Games.

Officials of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued the call on Wednesday 30 July, and said the...

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Hindu Leader Zed to Inaugurate and Bless a Christian Church with Sanskrit Shlokas

July 30, 2008

Author: Rajan Zed

Source: Media for Freedom

http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=10638

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, acclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed has been invited to inaugurate and bless the Unity Center in Nevada's capital Carson City, which houses a Christian church named Unity Church of Today (UTD), with Sanskrit shlokas from ancient Hindu scriptures, next month.

Zed, who is president of the...

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Religious Coexistence Promoted in Children's Book

July 30, 2008

Author: Sharon J. Doyle

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=27170

Was there ever a "once upon a time" when we were more tolerant and open towards those we perceive as different?

There was a golden age in Spain 1,000 years ago when Jews, Christians and Muslims lived in mutual harmony. Now, however, there are indications of an increasing global intolerance within and between nations. We are...

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Bulgaria Prosecutors Office Asks Termination of Five Religious Organizations

July 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Novinite.com

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=95646

The Supreme Administrative Prosecutor's Office has submitted to the Court five claims to terminate the activities of five religious organizations in Bulgaria because they have been preaching contrary to the law.

The news was announced by the Prosecutor's Office press-center. The claims have been submitted as result of materials published in Bulgarian media....

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Anti-Christian Violence Up in Pre-Election Indian State

July 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One News Now

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Persecution/Default.aspx?id=197022

As elections approach in Madhya Pradesh state, Christian leaders say their community is increasingly targeted as part of an effort by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to consolidate Hindu nationalist (Hindutva) votes.

“This year alone, since January we have recorded 35 major incidents of atrocities against the Christian...

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School and Religious Symbol Cases

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7530726.stm

A teenager from south Wales has won her claim that she was discriminated against because she was not allowed to wear a religious bangle to school.

Sarika Singh was told she was breaking the uniform's 'no jewellery' policy, and had been excluded from school for nine months.

But the High Court agreed with her that it was an expression of her Sikh faith...

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Religious Groups Give New Students Support

July 28, 2008

Author: Annie Meredith

Source: The Missourian

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/07/28/religious-groups-give-new-students-support/

Settling in a new town usually calls for a search for new services and new acquaintances. In your quest for new hangouts, new friends and teachers, a new bank or a new doctor, you might discover that you no longer have a church or worship service to attend. Don't...

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Lambeth Conference: Interfaith Dialogue a New Reality in 21st Century World

July 28, 2008

Author: Marites N. Sison

Source: The Anglican Journal

http://www.anglicanjournal.com/100/article/lambeth-conference-interfaith-dialogue-a-new-reality-in-21st-century-world/

The world changed dramatically after 9-11. So, too, have the relationships between churches of the Anglican Communion and other faiths, with inter-faith dialogue now figuring in their agenda like never before. That...

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Revered by the Castros and Their Opponents

July 28, 2008

Author: Marc Lacey

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/world/americas/28cuba.html?em&ex=1217390400&en=cc3ea75cbba2e93c&ei=5087%0A

The most bizarre offering that the Rev. Jorge Alejandro has witnessed at Cuba’s most cherished shrine came from the man who bent down and began clipping his toenails. One by one, the man deposited them at the altar, among the many other...

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