Christianity

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Bible Distribution to Fifth-Graders

August 21, 2007

Source: The Kansas City Star

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/241060.html

ST. LOUIS | A federal appeals court today upheld a lower court ruling that prohibited the distribution of Bibles to grade school students in a southern Missouri school district.

At issue was a long-held practice at South Iron Elementary School in Annapolis, 120 miles southwest of St. Louis, in which Gideons...

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Evangelicals Join Interfaith Effort to Write Rules for Conversions

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/16/world/europe/16convert.html

GENEVA, Aug. 15 — Evangelical Protestant churches have joined an effort by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Protestant churches to create a common code of conduct for religious conversions to preserve the right of Christians to spread their religion while avoiding conflict...

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St. Danilov Bells to Ring in Russia Once More

August 15, 2007

Author: Ken Gewertz

Source: Harvard University Gazette

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2007/08.23/99-bells.html

Nearly 80 years after they were rescued by plumbing magnate Charles R. Crane, the Lowell House bells are returning to their original home in the St. Danilov Monastery in Moscow.

Crane bought the bells for the cost of the 26 tons of bronze of which they were made. Ranging in size from the 13-ton Bell of Mother Earth...

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Religious Group Softens Image of Grim Reaper

August 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: MSNBC

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20255042/

MEXICO CITY - Death just isn’t what it used to be.

A small religious group that worships the grim reaper and is fighting for government recognition unveiled a softer image of its so-called Death Saint on Sunday: a woman with a porcelain face, brown, shoulder-length hair and long thin fingers.

Hundreds of [...

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Egyptian Muslim Who Converted to Christianity Goes into Hiding

August 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune/The Associated Press

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/12/africa/egypt.1-113336.php

CAIRO: An Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity and then took the unprecedented step of seeking official recognition for the change said he has gone into hiding following death threats.

The man, Mohammed Hegazy, who sparked controversy when pictures of him posing with a poster...

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Californian Catholics Against Teaching of Meditation in Public Schools

August 6, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,4611,0,0,1,0

Oakland, CA (USA) -- At Oakland’s Emerson Elementary School, students may not be able to say a public “Our Father,” but they can publicly practice “mindfulness” techniques, adapted from Buddhism, in which “the children learn to follow their breath, watch their thoughts and focus their attention by listening to the tone of a Tibetan singing bowl...

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Officers' Roles in Christian Video Are Called Ethics Breach

August 4, 2007

Author: Josh White

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/03/AR2007080301907.html

The Defense Department's inspector general has found that four generals and three other military officers improperly participated in a fundraising video for an evangelical Christian group, inappropriately offering support for the religious organization while appearing to operate within the...

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Christians to Seek Converts at Mosques' Doorsteps

August 3, 2007

Author: Lornet Turnbull and Janet I. Tu

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003819538_muslimconvert03m.html

Led by a California pastor, a group of Christians will gather outside some Seattle-area mosques today in hopes of winning converts among Muslim worshippers coming to midday prayer.

They will also take their message of salvation to those attending this weekend's Arab...

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Romney: Faith Shouldn't Count in Race

August 3, 2007

Author: M.E. Sprengelmeyer

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5656860,00.html

URBANDALE, Iowa - Everywhere he goes, people keep asking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney about his Mormon faith.

But applying religious tests to the presidential race would be like "what you see in countries in the Middle East," and shouldn't be a factor in 2008,...

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Methodists Concerned with Israeli Occupation

July 31, 2007

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/31/methodists_concerned_with_israeli_occupation/

Ratcheting up the simmering debate over how Protestant denominations should express their concern about Israel, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church is advising congregations and individuals to divest their holdings from a wide variety of...

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Evangelicals Try to Correct 'Misperception' on Middle East

July 31, 2007

Author: Michelle Rindels

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14021

A broad coalition of evangelical leaders is attempting to "correct a serious misperception" that all evangelicals oppose creating a Palestinian state.

Led by Ron Sider, a professor at the American Baptist-affiliated Palmer Theological Seminary and head of Evangelicals for Social Action, the coalition sent a letter to President Bush...

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