Christianity

Opinion: "Walk in Each Other's Shoes"

February 28, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1719418,00.html

On February 28, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Rabbi Tony Bayfield, the head of the Movement for Reform Judaism in Britain and a co-president of the Council of Christians and Jews. Bayfield writes, "Sir Jonathan Sacks, leader of Britain's orthodox Jewish community, and Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, have found themselves at the centre of what is, I hope,...

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In Paris, a Grassroots Backlash Against Multiculturalism: "Identity Soup"

February 28, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50A13FB3D550C7B8EDDAB0894DE404482

On February 28, 2006 The New York Times reported, "More than 200 political demonstrators defied a police ban here on Thursday, scurrying across Boulevard St.-Germain and under the sycamore trees of Place Maubert to engage in their forbidden action: eating 'pig soup'' in public.

With steaming bowls of the fragrant broth...

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Baltimore County Muslims Express Concerns About School System Calendar Recommendations

February 27, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.calendar27feb27,0,4844129.story

On February 27, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "A Baltimore County school board committee has made recommendations about religious holidays for the school system's calendar, and a leader of the Muslim community said he is disappointed that it didn't suggest closing for two Islamic holy days. One of the recommendations is to allow...

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Speaks to Need for Dialogue, Faithfulness

February 24, 2006

Source: Church Times

http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/80256FA1003E05C1/httpPublicPages/9C1D7796B2EE30FA8025711E0052BD2B?opendocument

On February 24, 2006 the Church Times reported, "Christians were not called to win competitions or arguments in favour of their 'product' in some religious marketplace, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the WCC Assembly in his opening address. Speaking on 'Religious Identity and...

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Ongoing Religious Riots Plague Country

February 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4749534.stm

On February 24, 2006 BBC News reported, "Violence is continuing across Nigeria where religious riots have claimed more than 100 lives this week. A number of deaths were reported and churches and shops burned on Friday in the towns of Kontagora and Potiskum in the north and Enugu in the south-east. Some 10,000 people are still sheltering in barracks in the south-east town of Onitsha after violence...

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Faith Schools to Educate About Other Religions

February 23, 2006

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,173-2053482,00.html

On February 23, 2006 The Times reported, "Faith schools are to be instructed to teach pupils about other religions besides their own. Leaders from the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths have signed a joint statement backing the teaching of an awareness of the 'tenets' of other faiths in schools. The declaration, made jointly with the Department for...

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Coptic Christians Struggle in a Muslim-Majority Country

February 23, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/22/AR2006022202437.html

On February 23, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The sectarian battle [a recent event in which Muslim rioters attacked a Christian church in Odayssat] was one of a series that have recently pitted the minority Coptic Christians, an ancient community in Egypt, against the majority Muslims. Repeated instances of violence have...

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Catholicism Increasingly Popular Amongst Urban Youth

February 22, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0222/p06s01-woap.html?s=hns

On February 22, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "New churches are mushrooming in this corner of northern Vietnam where Catholicism has sunk deep roots. Fr. [Peter] Phuc is amazed at the rapid growth. 'In the past 10 years, almost every year a new church is built. I can't keep track,' he says. Religion is still a sensitive subject in Vietnam. The US accuses...

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Editorial: Council for Interfaith Harmony Holds First National Conference

February 21, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_25797.shtml

On February 21, 2006 The New Nation ran an editorial that commented, "The Council for Interfaith Harmony, Bangladesh held its first ever 'National Conference 2006' in the capital city last week when noted religious leaders and scholars of the four religious communities of the country highlighted the teachings of all the religions for maintaining harmony in the society as well as...

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Religious Leaders from Asia and Australia Issue "Ten Commitments"

February 21, 2006

Source: UCA News

On February 21, 2006 UCA News reported, "Religious representatives from Asia and Australia have committed to use the "peaceful" elements in religion to counter violence and terrorism. The 200 participants from 17 countries, who met Feb. 12-13 in Jakarta, also said at the end of their meeting that they are committed to uprooting 'all kinds of corruption by upholding moral legitimacy.' The Bahai, Buddhist, Catholic, Confucian, Hindu, Muslim, Protestant, Sikh, Taoist and Zoroastrian representatives issued 'Ten...

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Wiccan Sues State Over Sales-Tax Exemption for Bibles

February 20, 2006

Source: Agape Press

http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/2/202006d.asp

On February 20, 2006 the Agape Press reported, "Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based organization that defends the constitutional rights of Christians, has filed a brief with the state supreme court defending a law that provides a sales tax exemption for Bibles and other religious publications. Recently, the Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida sued the state department of revenue claiming...

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Pope Urges Respect, Condemns Violence

February 20, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4734454.stm

On February 20, 2006 BBC News reported, "The Pope has said that it is necessary to respect the world's religions and avoid harming religious sensibilities. Pope Benedict XVI was speaking after deadly protests in Libya and Nigeria over cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.

But the head of the Catholic Church said that violence could not be justified as a response to offences.

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