Christianity

Court Ends Bible Distribution in School

January 9, 2008

Author: JIM SALTER

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iuWxzSvp6gUjpbkFiGf9PbXyV4PQD8U2IBB01

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A rural school district's long-standing practice of allowing the distribution of Bibles to grade school students is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.

An attorney for the southeastern Missouri school district said Wednesday he will appeal the judge's injunction against...

Read more about Court Ends Bible Distribution in School

British Airways Worker Loses Cross Row Case

January 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080108/wl_uk_afp/britainaviationreligion

A British Airways worker has lost her case for religious discrimination over wearing a cross to work, she said Tuesday.

Nadia Eweida, 56, took BA to an employment tribunal claiming it effectively discriminated against Christians because they were not allowed to...

Read more about British Airways Worker Loses Cross Row Case

Bible as Literature Class is Now Law

January 7, 2008

Author: Priscila Mosqueda

Source: San Antonio Express News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/stories/MYSA010608.05B.UJWRELIGION.293418f.html

A new law soon will require all Texas public school districts to offer a Bible as Literature course if 15 or more students express interest, but one San Antonio public school has been offering such a course for more than 30 years.

Churchill High School in...

Read more about Bible as Literature Class is Now Law

Christian Sites Targeted in Mosul

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7175021.stm

Iraq's minority Christian population has been targeted in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in Mosul.

Bombs exploded outside three churches and a monastery in the northern Iraqi city on Sunday, wounding four people.

The explosions struck on Epiphany Sunday - an important date in the Eastern Christian calendar.

Christians...

Read more about Christian Sites Targeted in Mosul

Afghan Clerics Warn Karzai Against Missionaries

January 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: New York Times

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/world/asia/06afghan.html

Afghanistan’s Islamic council has told President Hamid Karzai to stop foreign aid groups from converting local people to Christianity and has demanded the reintroduction of public executions.

The council, an influential group that lacks binding authority, is made up of the...

Read more about Afghan Clerics Warn Karzai Against Missionaries

Pope Calls for Religious Tolerance, but also Evangelization

January 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Inquierer.net/Agence France-Presse

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view_article.php?article_id=108259

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday called for "tolerance and mutual respect" among religions while stressing that the Roman Catholic Church should push forward in its battle to win souls.

"Is it still permissible to evangelize today? Shouldn't religions and conceptions of...

Read more about Pope Calls for Religious Tolerance, but also Evangelization

Malaysian Christian Challenges Islamic Authorities over Dead Wife's Faith

January 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/malaysian-christian-challenges-islamic/n20080103014309990005

The Christian husband of a dead Malaysian woman sought to stop Islamic authorities Thursday from giving her a Muslim funeral amid a dispute over whether she converted to Islam before her death.

The case is the latest in a series...

Read more about Malaysian Christian Challenges Islamic Authorities over Dead Wife's Faith

Indian Minister in Orissa Visit

January 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7166297.stm

Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil has visited part of the eastern state of Orissa which has seen recent fighting between hardline Hindus and Christians.

He is the first central minister to visit the state after violence last week killed at least four people.

Mr Patil visited the trouble-torn Kandhamal district, which was at the centre of the...

Read more about Indian Minister in Orissa Visit

India's Prime Minister Vows to Stop Religious Conflict after Hindu-Christian Clashes

December 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/indias-prime-minister-vows-to-stop/n20071231091509990007

India's prime minister has pledged to stem fighting between religious groups in the wake of Christian-Hindu violence that has left at least four people dead and hundreds of Christians seeking shelter in relief camps.

The violence, which...

Read more about India's Prime Minister Vows to Stop Religious Conflict after Hindu-Christian Clashes

Malaysia Renews Catholic Newspaper's Permit: Media

December 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071231/media_nm/malaysia_religion_dc

Malaysia has renewed the publishing permit of a Catholic newspaper, reversing an earlier ban forbidding non-Muslims from using the word Allah after the move stoked fears of a rise in hardline Islam.

The government had earlier ruled that the term Allah -- long used...

Read more about Malaysia Renews Catholic Newspaper's Permit: Media

Signs of Season Include Legal Spats Over Church-State Issues

December 21, 2007

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/20/AR2007122002114.html

It's the holidays, a busy time for Santa and shoppers.

And lawyers.

Attorneys who specialize in religious expression say they get a spike in calls in November and December, with people calling about everything from public school choirs singing religious songs...

Read more about Signs of Season Include Legal Spats Over Church-State Issues

Creation College Seeks State's OK to Train Teachers

December 19, 2007

Author: HOLLY K. HACKER

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/121507dnmetcreation.2b0d011.html

Texas' debate over teaching evolution is going to college.

The nonprofit Institute for Creation Research in Dallas wants to train future science teachers in Texas and elsewhere using an online curriculum. A state advisory group gave its approval...

Read more about Creation College Seeks State's OK to Train Teachers

Pages