Christianity

Christian Youths Turn to Militancy

October 11, 2008

Author: Shaikh Azizur Rahman

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081011/FOREIGN/254874587/1015/SPORT

Christian youths in the eastern state of Orissa have turned to militancy by teaming up with local Maoists. Police are concerned that if anti-Christian riots continue, the Christians may also join forces with Muslim militants to take on Hindus.

The shift follows seven weeks of violence triggered by the...

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22 Arrested in TN for Damaging Religious Institutions

October 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/22_arrested_in_TN_for_damaging_religious_institutions/rssarticleshow/3581492.cms

The Tamil Nadu police detained 22 people for desecrating Christian institutions, even as there were reports of further attacks against select targets.

While two Bibles embedded in the outer walls of...

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Egyptian Killed in Sectarian Row

October 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7658355.stm

Egypt's occasionally fragile sectarian ties have been shaken by the murder of a Muslim whose wife converted to Islam against her Christian family's wishes.

Police said Mariam Khilla's brother, Rami, broke into their Cairo home and opened fire, killing her husband and injuring Mrs Khilla and their daughter.

Mr Khilla had been searching for...

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3rd Time Not Charm for Suit over Jesus Poster

October 7, 2008

Author: David L. Hudson Jr.

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20654

For the third time, a federal judge has rejected a lawsuit over a kindergartner’s religious-themed poster, ruling New York school officials didn’t violate the First Amendment by censoring the boy’s work.

The nearly decade-long dispute began in 1999 at Catherine McNamara Elementary School in New York when...

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Freedom From Religion Group to Sue President Bush

October 6, 2008

Author: Laura Jean Karr

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/x-774-Religion-and-Spirituality-Examiner~y2008m10d6-Freedom-From-Religion-group-to-sue-President-Bush

The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a claim last week that President Bush in conjunction with the Evangelical based Focus on the Family group who runs the National Day of Prayer Task Force is breaking...

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The Stunning Growth of Christianity in China

October 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12342509

Zhao Xiao, a former Communist Party official and convert to Christianity, smiles over a cup of tea and says he thinks there are up to 130m Christians in China. This is far larger than previous estimates. The government says there are 21m (16m Protestants, 5m Catholics). Unofficial figures, such as one given by the Centre...

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India's Conversions Controversy

September 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7641247.stm

Anti-Christian riots have rocked several parts of India over the past month. The BBC's Soutik Biswas travels to a remote region in the eastern Orissa state, where it all began, to explore the touchy issue of religious conversions.

Sixty-year-old Indian farmer Kanduri Digal says he converted to Christianity a decade ago because he found "it a very useful...

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Iraqi Christians Protest End to Legislative Quotas

September 29, 2008

Author: Sameer N. Yacoub

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080929/NEWS01/809290320/1002/NEWS01

raq's prime minister sought safeguards Sunday for small religious communities in this mainly Muslim country as Christians protested parliament's decision to stop setting aside seats for minorities on provincial councils.

In Baghdad, a series of explosions...

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Buddhists and Catholics Pray Together for Hanoi Catholics

September 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: VietCatholic News Agency

http://www.vietcatholic.net/News/Html/59351.htm

In a massive candlelight vigil protest at Orange County, California, Buddhist monks, Catholic priests, and leaders of other faiths led thousands of faithful to pray for Hanoi Catholics asking the Vietnam government to stop persecuting them and respect human rights.

Great Buddhist Venerable Thich Nguyen Tri, Chairman of Bat Nha Buddhist Temple...

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'Pulpit Initiative' Challenges IRS Rules

September 26, 2008

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/11582198/

Pastor Gus Booth remembers when he used to simply encourage his congregation of 150 in Warroad, Minn., to vote each Election Day. Now, he thinks it's important to tell them which candidate should get their vote.

On Sunday (Sept. 28), as part of the "Pulpit Initiative" organized by an Arizona-based conservative Christian legal group...

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