Christianity

Town Councils Debate Public Prayer After Great Falls Ruling

January 23, 2006

Source: WCNC.com

http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/stories/wcnc-ad-1_23_06-prayer.3144c8ab.html

On January 23, 2006 WCNC.com reported, "The York County Council will discuss the issue of referring to God in prayers at the start of public meetings. This comes months after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a case involving prayer at public meetings and the battle over keeping those prayers continues. Ironically, Monday night...

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Archbishop Hosts Opening of Christian-Muslim Forum

January 21, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-20/0601212132153202.htm

On January 21, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is to host the inaugural meeting and formal launch of the Christian Muslim Forum next Tuesday, his office at Lambeth Palace in London has announced. The spiritual leader of the Church of England is to address the first meeting of the new interfaith group,...

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Military Chaplains Controversy Continues

January 20, 2006

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week921/feature.html

On January 20, 2006 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly ran a feature article on chaplains in the U.S. Military. Deborah Potter reports, "At Dallas Theological Seminary, it's recruiting day... Students at this evangelical Protestant seminary are prime targets for groups like the National Association of Evangelicals that endorse, or recommend, future military...

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Opinion: "Religion is Alive and Well in the Public Square"

January 18, 2006

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/opinion/stories/DN-north_goyal_18edi.ART.North.Edition2.136275cf.html

On January 18, 2006 The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion piece by Madan Goyal, chairman of the Plano National Day of Prayer Committee and a member of Thanks-Giving Square and the Texas Faith Network. "Too often lost in the debate...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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