Christianity

Malaysia Closes Jesus Row Paper

August 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6963391.stm

Malaysia has shut down a newspaper for a month after it published a picture of Jesus holding a cigarette and what appears to be a can of beer.

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi himself stepped in to admonish the editors of Makkal Osai, a Tamil-language paper.

The country's publishing laws allow politicians to close any publication...

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United Nations: Church Fulfills Needs of American Indian Christians

August 24, 2007

Author: LOUIS MEDINA

Source: The Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/138/story/220523.html

Bakersfield has a rare collective living treasure that is both religious and cultural: The Gathering of First Nations Sacred Circle, a monthly intertribal, Christian service that honors the Bible as much as it does age-old American Indian worship traditions.

“There are only a few sacred gatherings like this around the U.S.,” said the Rev....

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"Reclaiming Christian Values," a Commentary by Corinne Whitlatch, Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace

August 23, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/opinion/?id=21839

Some churches and denominations in the United States have direct partner ties with Palestinian churches and to churches in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Israel. All feel a strong attachment to the Holy Land and long for peace and reconciliation with all members of the Abrahamic family of faiths - Jews, Christians and Muslims, says...

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US Judge Rules Public Funds Can be Used for Church Renovations

August 23, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0823/p14s01-lire.html

Should citizens' tax dollars be spent to renovate houses of worship?

The answer to that question used to be a resounding "No, it's unconstitutional." But Aug. 8, a federal judge broke new ground. He ruled that the city of Detroit could partially reimburse three churches for renovations they made to their buildings to make the...

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India Hindu Militants Threaten To "Burn" Pastor And Family

August 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BosNewsLife News Center

http://www.worthynews.com/christian/india-hindu-militants-threaten-to-burn-pastor-and-family/

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- Hindu militants have threatened to burn to death an Indian evangelical pastor and his family if they don't close their Pentecostal church and leave a suburb of Bangalore, India's third largest city, Christian supporters said Monday...

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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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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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