Christianity

HAF Attends Attorney General Mukasey's Faith Leaders Roundtable Conference

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

[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 Catholic Bishops, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation of America, the Seventh Day...

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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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Malaysian Churches are Taking a Stand for Religious Freedom

February 23, 2008

Author: SEAN YOONG

Source: The Providence Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.projo.com/religion/content/LB_malaysian_church_02-23-08_N8935P1_v7.1d60d26.html

Malaysia’s churches are wading cautiously into politics by urging Christians to vote for candidates in next month’s general elections who champion religious freedom in the Muslim-majority society.

The...

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Religious Leaders in US Stress for Interfaith Dialogue

February 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/religious-leaders-in-us-stress-for-interfaith-dialogue_10020518.html

Two prominent religious leaders concluded that interfaith dialogue could bring lasting harmony and peace among the communities.

Rajan Zed, well known Hindu leader, and Reverend Alexander Joseph Brunett, Catholic...

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Florida Schools Will Teach Evolution, but with 'Theory' Caveat

February 22, 2008

Author: Adnaan Wasey

Source: PBS Press Release

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/science/jan-june08/evolution_02-22.html

The Florida Board of Education has approved new science standards that explicitly include the word 'evolution' for the first time, but last-minute revisions kindled controversy over religious and political tinkering in the science classroom.

The board voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve a broad set of...

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Bulgaria Debates Bringing Religious Studies Back into Schools

February 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jaagAk_W4--fhhzdOqLwq22CuDwg

Almost 20 years after the fall of communism, Bulgaria wants to reverse widespread ignorance about religion fostered under the old regime by making religious studies compulsory in schools.

The government's proposal, however, has churned up some stormy opposition to this long-time taboo.

Georgy Bakalov, who heads a team...

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'Most Britons Belong to No Religion'

February 22, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3412734.ece

Freedom from religion in Britain is becoming as important as freedom of religion, according to a United Nations investigation.

A 23-page report by Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, says that the 2001 census findings that nearly 72 per cent of the population is Christian can no...

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Church Gives Generously to a Centre for all Faiths

February 22, 2008

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3412722.ece

A diocese of the Church of England is giving an unprecedented £250,000 towards a multifaith building in which the largest amount of worship space will be reserved for Muslims.

The Guildford diocese is one of the wealthiest in the UK. The Bishop of Guildford, the Right Rev Christopher Hill, gave the £250,000 cheque...

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