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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...

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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...

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Malaysia Renews Catholic Newspaper's Permit: Media

December 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

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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 by Christians in Malaysia to refer to God -- could no...

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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...

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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...

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Catholic Priest Stabbed in the Latest Attack on a Christian Cleric in Turkey

December 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: cnews World Watch

Wire Service: AP

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2007/12/16/4727402-ap.html

A Catholic priest was stabbed in the stomach and hospitalized Sunday in the latest in a series of attacks on Christians in Turkey, officials said.

The priest, Adriano Franchini, was in surgery, Italian Embassy official Antonino Maggiore said. Maggiore had no immediate...

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Nativity Back at Ohio Parks

December 13, 2007

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Wire Service: AP

http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/2988492

COLUMBUS -- Under an order from Gov. Ted Strickland, Nativity scenes removed from two state parks have been put back up.

The Christmas manger displays in Shawnee State Park in Scioto County and Malabar Farm in Richland County had been taken down after a complaint from a Shawnee visitor. He argued that large figures representing the Hindu and...

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China Arrests 270 Underground Protestant Pastors

December 13, 2007

Author: Michelle Vu

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20071213/30488_China_Arrests_270_Underground_Protestant_Pastors.htm

Chinese police forces recently arrested 270 Protestant house church pastors in an eastern province, reported a Chinese Christian human rights organization.

The pastors were gathering in the district of Hedeng in Shandong province when...

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Christians in Basra Told Not to Celebrate

December 11, 2007

Author: LEILA FADEL AND ALI AL-BASRI

Source: Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/AP/story/341050.html

The Christian archbishop of Basra on Tuesday canceled the celebration of Christmas in that southern city to protest the deaths of a brother and sister, both Christians, as bombings and mayhem struck at cities throughout Iraq.

Archbishop Imad al-Banna said Christians in Basra should still pray to mark Christmas, but...

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Islamic Militants Get up to 19 Years in Prison for Killing Christians

December 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: San Diego Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20071211-1702-indonesia-militants.html

An Indonesian court sentenced four Islamic militants Tuesday to sentences of up to 19 years in prison for terrorist acts including the beheadings of three Christian schoolgirls and a deadly market bombing.

The men – Muhammad Basri,...

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Equality Chief in Nativity Call

December 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7136166.stm

All primary schools should hold a nativity play regardless of the religion of their pupils, according to the equality chief Trevor Phillips.

Last week, a Sunday Telegraph poll indicated that only one in five primary schools was planning a nativity play.

Mr Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, told BBC Radio 4's Today...

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Archbishop Makes Zimbabwe Protest

December 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7135087.stm

The Archbishop of York has cut up his dog collar and said he will not replace it until Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is out of office.

Dr John Sentamu made the symbolic protest gesture live on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show.

He said Mr Mugabe had "taken people's identity" and "cut it to pieces", prompting him to do the same.

Prime Minister...

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