Christianity

Church Leaders Ask Condoleezza Rice to Address Gaza Crisis

February 29, 2008

Author: PRESS RELEASE

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2008/02/msg00232.html

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State United States Department of State Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Rice,

As you prepare to return to the Middle East, we - the leaders of U.S. Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches and church-related organizations that make up Churches for Middle East Peace - are writing to ask you to take...

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New Warning to Faith Charities

February 29, 2008

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/29/religion

Faith charities encouraging or promoting violence or hatred risk losing their charitable status as part of a radical overhaul proposed by the Charity Commission.

For the first time all charities - including those advancing religion - must show that their aims are for the benefit of the public. Draft guidance, issued today, will explain to the...

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Air Force Grants Equal Time to Critics of Alleged Ex-Terrorists

February 28, 2008

Author: Robert Weller

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20080228-1513-wst-academy-islam.html

The Air Force Academy has invited three speakers to give their vision of Islam after remarks made by three self-described former terrorists that some in the audience believed were condemnations of all Muslims.

Mikey Weinstein,...

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NCC Sets Middle East Peace as a Top Priority

February 27, 2008

Author: Linda Bloom

Source: Worldwide Faith News/UMNS

http://www.wfn.org/2008/02/msg00191.html

A focus on the Middle East will be among the social priorities for the National Council of Churches over the next few years.

But the council also will look at strengthening the relationships among its 35 member communions, including The United Methodist Church, and re-energizing the ecumenical movement as a whole.

Those were among the topics...

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Remarks Stir Flap over Faith at Capitol

February 27, 2008

Author: Jim Sanders

Source: Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/742653.html

God is disgusted with California legislators – at least some of them, according to an evangelical chaplain who ruffled feathers this week in the same Capitol where he leads Bible studies for lawmakers.

Ralph Drollinger, who played basketball at UCLA in the 1970s and now heads Capitol Ministries, criticized lawmakers who participate in a separate fellowship...

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43% of Hindus in US Earn Above USD100,000 Per Yr: Survey

February 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indians_Abroad/43_of_Hindus_in_US_earn_above_USD100000_per_yr_Survey/articleshow/2815752.cms

Hindus in the US are better educated, most likely to be married and earn more than the members of most other faiths, reveals a new survey.

Nearly half (48 per cent) of Hindus in the country have...

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HAF Attends Attorney General Mukasey's Faith Leaders Roundtable Conference

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_mukasey.html

The Hindu American Foundation was invited by the Department of Justice to attend the Faith Leaders' Roundtable Conference. Attended by Attorney General Mukasey, the invitation-only meeting gathered eleven organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the United States Conference of...

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IRS Investigates Obama's Denomination

February 26, 2008

Author: RACHEL ZOLL

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jlQQQuZKZmCSwpSPaZL-1qFIFX8QD8V2C8NO1

The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Sen. Barack Obama gave at its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president, the denomination said Tuesday.

Obama, an Illinois Democrat, belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation.
...

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Hindu American Foundation Joins in Historic Hindu-Jewish Summit Held in Israel

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_israel.htm

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was represented in a delegation of Hindu spiritual and lay leaders that visited Israel last week to attend the Second International Hindu-Jewish Summit organized by the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) in conjunction with the American Jewish...

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Poll: American Adults Claiming no Specific Religion at Record High

February 25, 2008

Author: JEFFREY WEISS

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/021908dnmetreligion.29309ac3.html

A major new measure of religious belief in the United States confirms trends shown in earlier polls: The percentage of adult Americans claiming no particular religion is at an all-time high. The percentage of Protestants is dropping. And the percentage of...

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Episcopal Christians Apologise to Hindus for Discrimination, Proselytisation

February 25, 2008

Author: Arthur J. Pais

Source: Rediff

http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/feb/25apology.htm

An unqualified apology from a Christian community to Hindus worldwide, which also denounced proselytisation by Christian missionaries, has triggered a debate among pastors across the United States.

The apology, tendered by Right Reverend J Jon Bruno, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is arguably the first of its kind by a major Christian...

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Bishop of Rochester Reasserts 'No-Go' Claim

February 24, 2008

Author: Jonathan Wynne-Jones

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/24/nchurch124.xml

In his first interview since his controversial comments, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali vows not to be forced into silence.

The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who received death threats for airing his views on Islamic issues, has vowed that he will continue to speak out.

His claim that...

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