Christianity

Judges Examine Use of Sacred Texts Other than Bible for Court Oath

July 20, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0720/p02s02-usju.html

On July 20, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "The recent refusal by a Guilford County, N.C. judge to allow a Muslim woman to swear upon Islam's holy text before testifying is, in part, a new First Amendment challenge. And here in the Tar Heel state, the idea of swearing on books other than the Bible has reinvigorated a debate on the relationship between faith and truth...

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ISKCON Files Amicus Brief in Support of Evolution Stickers in Textbooks

July 20, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/171/story_17136_1.html

On July 20, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Though debates over evolution, creationism, and Intelligent Design are usually framed as Christian vs. secularist struggles, most religions hold beliefs about the origins of the universe. Recently, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)--better known as the Hare Krishnas--joined the debate by filing an amicus curiae, or friend of the court...

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Air Force Academy Drafts Guidelines for Religious Respect

July 19, 2005

Source: The Christian Broadcasting Network

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/050718a.asp

On July 19, 2005 The Christian Broadcasting Network reported, "One of the biggest challenges for commanders here at the Air Force Academy is to understand what is and what is not permissible. There seems to be a fine line between sharing faith and being accused of religious insensitivity. 'Our cadets want, and even our commanders say, well, just give me a checklist and tell me what to do,' [...

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Habitat for Humanity Brings Together Four Faiths for Work, Visits to Houses of Worship in Dayton

July 19, 2005

Source: Dayton Daily News

http://www.daytondailynews.com/life/content/life/daily/0716faith.html

On July 19, 2005 the Dayton Daily News reported, "On June 5, Dayton Habitat staffers, the White family [a single mother caring for 9 children in Dayton's Hilltop Projects] and members of Interfaith Ministers for Reconciliation (IMFR) gathered... to perform a ground-blessing at the site where the family's new Habitat house will be constructed. The project...

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Conference Planned to Mobilize Political Activism Among Spiritual Progressives

July 18, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/171/story_17119_1.html

On July 18, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Smarting from criticism that liberals have lost touch with voters' religious values, faith leaders have organized a first-of-its-kind conference to mobilize political activism among spiritual progressives. The sold-out four-day activism conference set to begin Wednesday in Berkeley is expected to draw progressive religious leaders from all over the nation....

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Hindu Americans Protest Building Church on Temple Site in Tirumala Hills

July 18, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_1434098,001600060016.htm

On July 18, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Opposing the construction of a church at the sacred Tirumala Hills, as many as 23 Indo-American organizations based in Houston has urged the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to ask the Andhra Pradesh Government to maintain the sanctity of the religious place, which is a holy shrine for the Hindus world over. Agitated by...

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Opinion: Four Religious Leaders Weigh in On Faith in the Public Square

July 17, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050717/OPINION/507170312/1002/OPINION

On July 17, 2005 The Indianapolis Star ran an opinion piece featuring the opinions of four American religious leaders regarding faith in the public square. Carol Johnston of the Christian Theological Seminary states, "We believe that if more faith communities encouraged... public social discourse, instead of...

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Habitat for Humanity Brings Together Four Faiths for Work, Visits to Houses of Worship in Dayton

July 16, 2005

Source: Dayton Daily News

http://www.daytondailynews.com/life/content/life/daily/0716faith.html

On July 16, 2005 the Dayton Daily News reported, "On June 5, Dayton Habitat staffers... and members of Interfaith Ministers for Reconciliation (IMFR) gathered... to perform a ground-blessing at the site where [a] new Habitat house will be constructed... Members of IMFR are from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Bahai faiths. As a Habitat partner family, [Shirley...

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London Vigil for Bombing Victims Includes Hindu Mantra for Protection

July 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Council UK Press Release

http://www.hinducounciluk.org/pr51.htm

On July 15, 2005 a Hindu Council UK press release reported, "Yesterday's vigil at Trafalgar Square in London, marked by a two-minute silence at noon in honour of those who died in the terrorist bomb attacks last week, continued in the evening with a vigil of poems, messages and prayers from celebrities, and political and faith leaders... The Rt. Hon. Tessa Jowell gave a speech with the key word, 'love'......

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U.S. Expresses Concerns Over Forced Conversion Bill in Sri Lanka

July 15, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/missions/1699/section/uscirf.expresses.concern.over.sri.lankas.forced.conversion.bill/1.htm

On July 15, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed concern Wednesday about a proposed pending legislation in Sri Lanka and the climate of inter-religious conflict and...

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Minority Groups Concerned Over Iraqi Constitution's Lack of Protection for Religious Freedom

July 14, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050713-102505-4411r.htm

On July 14, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "A month before the debuting of a new Iraqi constitution, the country's religious minorities are worried the document may leave out any meaningful provisions for religious freedom. A panel representing three of those minorities called on the United States to ensure the constitution, to be revealed Aug. 15, benefits them as...

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"National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection" for Darfur Planned by U.S. Multifaith Coalition

July 14, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0714/p11s02-ussc.htm

On July 14, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "From July 15 to 17, thousands of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations will hold worship services, offer sermons and homilies, and engage in prayer for the people of Darfur, in western Sudan. Some 400,000 people in that region of Africa's largest country have died amid conflict over the past two years, and more than 2.5...

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