Christianity

New Orleans Mayor Apologizes for Divine Retribution Comments

January 18, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4622038.stm

On January 18, 2006 BBC News reported, "New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has apologized for comments suggesting that the savage hurricanes of 2005 were divine retribution for the war in Iraq. On Monday, Mr Nagin had said God must be 'mad at America... for being in Iraq under false pretenses.' However, outrage forced a retraction, and he described some of his remarks as 'totally inappropriate.' He also said he had...

Read more about New Orleans Mayor Apologizes for Divine Retribution Comments

California School Drops Intelligent Design Course, Settles Suit

January 17, 2006

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7795&news_iv_ctrl=1241&abbr=pr

On January 17, 2006 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported, "Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it has settled a lawsuit over a California school district’s decision to teach a course promoting creationism.

Americans United, with...

Read more about California School Drops Intelligent Design Course, Settles Suit

Celebration of MLK Day and Baha'i "World Religion Day" Coincide in Portsmouth

January 16, 2006

Source: Portsmouth Herald

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/01162006/news/83082.htm

On January 16, 2006 the Portsmouth Herald reported, "Standing in what once was the center of the People’s Baptist Church, Valerie Cunningham shared her memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and her experiences growing up in Portsmouth during the civil rights movement... The church where King spoke as a young minister and Boston University student... was the location of a...

Read more about Celebration of MLK Day and Baha'i "World Religion Day" Coincide in Portsmouth

Friends of South Asia Speaks Out Against “Hindutva Assault” on California History Books

January 16, 2006

Source: FOSA

http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org/textbook/

On January 16, 2006 Friends of South Asia ran an editorial regarding the current controversy over the content of sixth grade history textbooks in California. "We in California are facing a Hindutva assault on school history textbooks of the kind that went on a few years ago in India. This is an issue of rising concern in the California community, and we at Friends of South Asia, as a group of Hindus, Muslims, Christians...

Read more about Friends of South Asia Speaks Out Against “Hindutva Assault” on California History Books

Univ. of Wisconsin Facing Lawsuit Over Dorm Bible Study Policy

January 13, 2006

Source: TownHall.com/CNSNews.com

http://www.townhall.com/news/ext_wire.html?rowid=46414

On January 13, 2006 CNSNews.com reported, "With the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire facing a federal lawsuit over alleged religious discrimination, the president of the state's university system this month will develop a system-wide policy regarding student employees who lead Bible studies on campus. Lance Steiger, a Christian and a resident assistant (RA) at one of the...

Read more about Univ. of Wisconsin Facing Lawsuit Over Dorm Bible Study Policy

Opinion: "Interfaith, Not Infidel"

January 12, 2006

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/faith/ci_3395002

On January 12, 2006 the San Mateo County Times ran an opinion piece by Iftekhar Hai, president of the United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance. "In my 15 years as an interfaith peace activist, I have been asked one question over and over again: Who are the 'kafirs' — 'infidels' — condemned in the Qur'an? Are they Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists,...

Read more about Opinion: "Interfaith, Not Infidel"

Opinion: �Beyond Scopes�

January 12, 2006

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/0112.shtml

On January 12, 2006 the Martin Marty Center ran an opinion piece by John Witte Jr., the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. "Eighty years ago, the nation stood transfixed by the spectacle of two giants, William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, fighting valiantly over the place of...

Read more about Opinion: �Beyond Scopes�

Fayetteville Muslims Seek a Role in King Celebration Planning

January 12, 2006

Source: Fayettville Observer

http://www.fayettevillenc.com/article?id=224143

On January 12, 2006 the Fayettville Observer reported, "Thirteen years ago, a small group met at the Four Flames restaurant one chilly January morning to prayerfully celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Much has changed since then: the size of the group, the meeting spot, certainly the diversity of those attending. And a group of Fayetteville Muslims would like to see next year’s...

Read more about Fayetteville Muslims Seek a Role in King Celebration Planning

Pluralism Project Film Acting on Faith Screened at Glastonbury Abbey

January 12, 2006

Source: The Hingham Journal

http://www2.townonline.com/hingham/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=407805

On January 12, 2006 The Hingham Journal reported, "Glastonbury Abbey's Inter-Religious Lecture Series, 'Listening to Other Voices: Religion and the World We Live In,' continues Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:15 p.m. at Glastonbury Conference Center... The program features 'Acting on Faith: Women and New Religious Activism in America,' a documentary...

Read more about Pluralism Project Film Acting on Faith Screened at Glastonbury Abbey

Interfaith Choir Celebrates MLK Day in Everett

January 11, 2006

Source: The Seattle Times/Times Snohomish County Bureau

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/2002731833_kingday11n.html

On January 11, 2006 the Times Snohomish County Bureau reported, "From Baha'is to Baptists, the Martin Luther King Celebration Choir is composed of all races and many faiths, from most parts of Snohomish County. And county residents are invited to the choir's once-a-year concert Sunday in honor of the...

Read more about Interfaith Choir Celebrates MLK Day in Everett

Editorial: “Teaching Religion in Schools: A More Intelligent Course”

January 8, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/13573410.htm

On January 8, 2006 The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial stating, "The 'intelligent design' trial, which concluded with a resounding anti-ID ruling, has exposed a surprising, yawning gap in American education. There's a workable solution - but, alas, you won't be seeing it anytime soon. Problem is, there's no place to put ID in our present public school...

Read more about Editorial: “Teaching Religion in Schools: A More Intelligent Course”

Christian Activist Seeks to Remove "Pagan" Statue from Courthouse

January 6, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/13561066.htm

On January 6, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "A lawsuit against a UND [University of North Dakota] law clinic brought by a Fargo Christian activist trying to remove a 'pagan' statue from atop the Grand Forks County courthouse should not have been dismissed so quickly, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed a district court...

Read more about Christian Activist Seeks to Remove "Pagan" Statue from Courthouse

Bloggers’ Threats Force Muslim Retreat to Relocate

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/01/01/Tampabay/Blogs__threats_force_.shtml

On January 1, 2006 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Chantal Carnes didn't recognize herself. A friend had e-mailed her a blogger's article. It described Carnes as a supporter of terrorists, a fan of suicide bombing... Carnes, a Chicago resident who converted to Islam 11 years ago, was scheduled to speak at a spiritual retreat for Tampa Muslims this...

Read more about Bloggers’ Threats Force Muslim Retreat to Relocate

Pages