Christianity

Group Supports Bibles for Columbus Fifth-Graders

February 7, 2008

Author: Deuce Niven

Source: The Fayetteville Observer

http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=285051

Christian groups who support the distribution of Bibles by the Gideons in the Columbus County schools won’t oppose an equal access policy that would allow other groups to provide literature.

Members of the Columbus County Board of Education took no action Monday after hearing a presentation in front of more than 200 people at Cerro Gordo...

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India’s Christians See Rise in Hostility by Hindu Extremists

February 6, 2008

Author: Mian Ridge

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0206/p07s01-wosc.html

Radha Bai knew something was up when she heard the trucks thundering into Bothali, a bucolic village of low, whitewashed houses in the central state of Chhattisgarh. "They came into my house waving sticks and chanting," she says. "They were looking for me, saying they would cut me into pieces."

Ms. Bai, a Christian, was hosting a prayer...

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Raid and Beatings for "Illegal" Religious Meeting – But Police Deny it

February 6, 2008

Author: Felix Corley

Source: Forum 18

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1082

The police raid on a Jehovah's Witness meeting in a private home in Barda on 30 January is the latest attempt to suppress religious meetings in private homes, Forum 18 News Service has found. "If this was a religious group, why were they meeting in a private house?" Orhan Mansuzade of the Interior Ministry in Baku told Forum 18. "The Jehovah's...

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India's Christians See Rise in Hostility by Hindu Extremists

February 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News/The Christian Science Monitor

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/ochristian

Radha Bai knew something was up when she heard the trucks thundering into Bothali, a bucolic village of low, whitewashed houses in the central state of Chhattisgarh. "They came into my house waving sticks and chanting," she says. "They were looking for me, saying they would cut me into pieces."

Ms. Bai, a Christian, was hosting a prayer meeting...

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After Protests, Pope Changes Latin Prayer for Jews

February 5, 2008

Author: Philip Pullella

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL0585214420080205

Pope Benedict has ordered changes to a Latin prayer for Jews at Good Friday services by traditionalist Catholics, deleting a reference to their "blindness" over Christ, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

The Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano published the new version of the prayer in Latin and said it should be used by the...

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Court Rules Against Egyptian Convert

February 5, 2008

Author: Peter Lamprecht

Source: Christian News Today

http://www.christiannewstoday.com/Christian_News_Report_305.html

In a blow to religious freedom in Egypt, a Cairo court has ruled against a Muslim convert to Christianity who requested that his religious affiliation be changed.

Judge Muhammad Husseini said in a verdict on Tuesday (January 29) that it was against Islamic law for a Muslim to leave Islam, a legal representative...

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Bible Confiscation in Malaysia a Mistake

February 4, 2008

Author: JULIA ZAPPEI

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ignZX5fP9K2a13AoxI8UpQRK_F5gD8UJVJA80

A Malaysian government official said Tuesday that customs officers were wrong to seize 32 Bibles from a Christian traveler, after church groups alleged that it was another sign of religious intolerance in this Muslim-majority country.

Juliana Nicholas, a Malaysian national from whom the Bibles were taken on Jan. 28,...

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Church Group Slams Malaysian Airport Officials for Confiscating Bibles

February 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/04/asia/AS-GEN-Malaysia-Religious-Rights.php

A church federation slammed Malaysian customs officials Monday for seizing 32 Bibles, saying the confiscation shows the Muslim-majority country is becoming less tolerant of other religions.

The Royal Malaysian Customs...

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Some Non-Christians Feel Left Out of Election

February 3, 2008

Author: Ed Stoddard

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2365193920080203

DALLAS (Reuters) - In a U.S. election campaign where presidential candidates from both major parties have talked openly about their Christian faith, some non-Christians feel shut out or turned off.

Despite the constitutional separation of church and state, religion plays a big and sometimes decisive role in politics in America...

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German Kids' Book Ridicules Judaism, Christianity and Islam - Authorities Consider Ban

February 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Israel News

http://www.israelenews.com/view.asp?ID=907

The German Family Ministry is pushing to have a book it says slurs Judaism, Christianity and Islam labeled dangerous for children. The book's publisher says kids have a right to enlightenment.

The German Family Ministry is pushing for the children's book "How Do I Get to God, Asked the Small Piglet," by written by Michael Schmidt-Salomon and illustrated by Helge...

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Hindu Chants Invocation in Colorado Senate: Now Lawmaker Suggests 'Om' Opens Door for Prayers 'in Jesus Name'

January 31, 2008

Author: Bob Unruh

Source: World Net Daily

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=59960

A Nevada Hindu who has opened the U.S. Senate with a faith-specific chant now has provided the invocation to open the state senate in Colorado, and a senator is suggesting since "om" has been cited, perhaps prayers "in Jesus name" again should be allowed.

The comments came after Rajan Zed, a Hindu from Reno who is making a series of...

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Faith Schools to Get Own Vetting

January 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7219634.stm

Some private Muslim and Christian schools in England are to have their own joint inspection body.

The government has approved the setting up of a new independent inspectorate which will mean the schools involved will not be checked by Ofsted.

The body - called The Bridge Schools Inspectorate - will check 110 schools in the...

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Oxford Clergyman Attacks Muslim Plans for Calls to Prayer

January 30, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3278746.ece

The clergyman who runs one of Oxford’s largest and most successful churches has attacked Muslim plans to begin calls to prayer from the city’s Central Mosque.

The Rev Charlie Cleverley, Rector of St Aldate’s, a thriving charismatic evangelical church in the heart of Oxford, claims non-Muslim residents...

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