Christianity

Navy Chaplain Begins Hunger Strike Over Prayer Policy

December 21, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/181/story_18161_1.html

On December 21, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "A U.S. Navy chaplain has begun a hunger strike in Washington to protest a military policy that bans mentioning Jesus in Christian prayer. Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt believes he may lose his job next month and be evicted from military housing, because during the summer of 2004 aboard the USS Anzio, he preached an evangelistic sermon at the funeral of a...

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Court Rejects Teaching of Intelligent Design

December 21, 2005

Source: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life/The New York Times

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=5935

On December 21, 2005 The New York Times reported, "A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that it was unconstitutional for a Pennsylvania school district to present intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in high school biology courses because it is a religious viewpoint that advances 'a particular version of Christianity.' In the nation's first case...

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Americans United Hails Federal Court Ruling on Intelligent Design

December 20, 2005

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/site/News2?abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=7725&JServSessionIdr005=qfxruxug91.app7b

On December 20, 2005 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported, "Today’s federal court decision against the teaching of 'intelligent design' in Dover, Pa., is a significant blow to Religious Right-led efforts to sneak fundamentalist dogma into...

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Imam Promotes Interfaith Harmony in Washington, D.C. and Abroad

December 18, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/17/AR2005121701008.html

On December 18, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "At a time when his adopted country is engaged in a struggle with terrorism driven by Islamic extremists, [Yahya] Hendi, senior imam of the Islamic Society of Frederick County, preaches interfaith understanding and calls on fellow Muslims to rescue their religion from...

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Opinion: "Happy Holidays" Is Not A "War Against Christmas"

December 18, 2005

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-1937430,00.html

On December 18, 2005 The Sunday Times ran an opinion piece by columnist Andrew Sullivan, former editor-in-chief of The New Republic, on the December Dilemma. Sullivan writes, "[I]f a friend of mine is Jewish, I tend to shy away a little from wishing him 'Happy Christmas.' I’ve learnt to say 'Happy Hanukkah' or 'Happy Holidays.' I’m not being PC. I’m just...

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Protestors Decry Wal-Mart’s Use of “Happy Holidays”

December 18, 2005

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5487814,00.html

On December 18, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A group of religious protesters demonstrated outside a Wal-Mart superstore Saturday, hoping to turn away customers by calling attention to the retailer's decision to use 'Happy Holidays' rather than 'Merry Christmas' in its seasonal advertising... Controversy over...

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New Book Maps Spiritual Landscape of Maine

December 17, 2005

Source: Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=125338

On December 17, 2005 the Bangor Daily News reported, "Ever feel tempted to consult a shaman? Or learn how to be a shaman? Interested in finding out about solstice celebrations conducted by local pagans? Wondering what Swedenborgianism is all about? Curious about the much-persecuted Baha'i Faith? Looking to find a compatible meditation group? Information on these topics and many, many more can...

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Americans United Issues Report on Alito’s Track Record on Religious Liberties

December 16, 2005

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/site/News2?abbr=pr&page=NewsArticle&id=7705&security=1002&news_iv_ctrl=1241&JServSessionIdr005=wpzkkdkhk2.app5b

On December 16, 2005 Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported, "Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. harbors a narrow view of religious liberty and would likely join the Supreme Court’s most...

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Christian, Muslim and Jewish Leaders Teach Tolerance to High Schoolers

December 16, 2005

Source: Courier-Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/NEWS01/512160364/1006

On December 16, 2005 the Courier-Post reported, "A priest, a Muslim, a pastor and a rabbi walk into a high school auditorium. But this isn't the start of a joke. The Rev. James Maggart, a pastor at the Assumption parish in Atco, Muslim American Community Association Managing Director Zia Rahman, Rabbi Richard Levine of...

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Churches Become Targets in Sydney's Race Riots

December 15, 2005

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/viewstory.asp?Page=%5CForeignBureaus%5Carchive%5C200512%5CFOR20051215b.htmlq

On December 15, 2005 CNSNews.com reported, "As police in Sydney brace for the possibility of more street brawls this weekend, Christian symbols have become a new target following last Sunday's clashes between white Australians and ethnic Arab gangs.

Four such attacks were reported in...

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Jews, Muslims Defend “Christian” Christmas

December 15, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/180/story_18045_1.html

On December 15, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "The movement defending Christmas as a Christian holiday has attracted some unlikely allies: religiously observant Jews and Muslims. Their support bucks the assumption that religious minorities prefer a neutral approach to the season, desiring 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas' at...

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House Members to Protest Rules for Military Chaplains

December 15, 2005

Source: LA Daily News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.dailynews.com/santaclarita/ci_3309465

On December 15, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "House lawmakers concerned that proposed military guidelines are restricting some Christian chaplains' abilities to pray said Wednesday they will deliver a 6-inch-thick petition to President George W. Bush this week asking him to intervene.

The Pentagon is finalizing guidelines to help...

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Indiana Legislature Ordered to Stop Using Jesus’ Name in Opening Prayer

December 15, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/12/15/limits_on_prayer_spark_protests_in_ind/

On December 15, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "A federal judge's order that the Indiana Legislature stop using the name Jesus Christ in its 188-year practice of holding an opening prayer has sparked protests from residents, politicians, and clergy. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said yesterday that he will...

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Opinion: "Respect Religious Diversity During This Holidays Season"

December 14, 2005

Source: The Decatur Daily

http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/opinion/other/051214.shtml

On December 14, 2005 The Decatur Daily ran an opinion piece by J. Brent Walker, an executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. "Are 'Christian haters' and 'professional atheists' engaged in an all-out war on Christmas, as FOX News' anchor John Gibson claims? I don't think so — unless one is prepared to say that...

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