Christianity

Ulema Council Condemns Forced Closure of Churches in West Java

September 1, 2005

Source: The Muslim News/Xinhua

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9828

On September 1, 2005 Xinhua reported, "The Indonesian Ulema Council, the highest Islamic body, has condemned the much-criticized forced closure of dozens of neighborhood churches in West Java province, saying that such acts were intolerable, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday. But the council has no plans to issue an edict against the violence. The head of the council Umar...

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Air Force Issues New Guidelines on Religion

August 30, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/national/30religion.html

On August 30, 2005 The New York Times reported, "The Air Force issued new religion guidelines to its commanders yesterday that caution against promoting any particular faith - or even 'the idea of religion over nonreligion' - in official communications or functions like meetings, sports events and ceremonies. The guidelines discourage public prayers at official Air Force events...

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Muslim Leaders to Speak at Bangor Cathedral

August 30, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9822

On August 30, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "A policeman and religious leader will become the first Muslim to take a service at a North Wales cathedral. Moroccan-born PC Mohammed al-Arabi Lachiri regularly leads Friday prayers at Bangor's Islamic Centre, attracting Muslim worshippers from Anglesey and Gwynedd. The Llangefni-based officer is now taking up an offer to take the pulpit...

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Modesto County Lawyer Questions Legality of Christian Prayers Before City Council Meetings

August 30, 2005

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/11151123p-11904665c.html

On August 30, 2005 The Modesto Bee reported, "An attorney says the long-standing practice of invoking Jesus Christ in prayers before Modesto City Council meetings offends other faiths and violates constitutional law separating church and state.

While Richard Herman, a Modesto criminal defense lawyer, supports the idea of prayer at government meetings, specific Christian...

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Poll Shows Americans' Preference for Individual Spirituality Over Organized Religion

August 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet / Newsweek. Jerry Adler. August 28, 2005

https://www.newsweek.com/search-spiritual-117833

On August 29, 2005 Newsweek reported, "Only a generation ago it appeared from some vantage points... that Americans were on their way to turning their backs on God. In sepulchral black and red, the cover of Time magazine...

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Watchdog Group Says Roberts is a Threat to Church-State Separation

August 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/173/story_17392_1.html

On August 29, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "A leading church-state watchdog group said Monday that Judge John Roberts would allow public life 'to be hijacked by those with a religious agenda' if he is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Roberts' judicial philosophy -- gleaned...

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Coalition of Christian Schools Files Suit Claiming Bias at the University of California

August 27, 2005

Source: Daily Bulletin

On August 27, 2005 the Daily Bulletin reported, "A group representing religious schools in the state is suing the University of California admissions officials for allegedly discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints. The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court claiming UC officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin's theory...

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Editorial: "Don’t Judge Islam, Christianity by Extremists"

August 26, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/editorial/12480532.htm

On August 26, 2005 the Lexington Herald-Leader ran an editorial stating, "Few conservative political and religious leaders have condemned the Rev. Pat Robertson's call for assassinating Venezuela's leader to prevent him from using the country as a 'launching pad for communistic infiltration and Muslim extremism.' The televangelist first denied saying it and...

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Third Annual Muslim Festival to be Held in Salt Lake

August 25, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_2971367?rss

On August 25, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "In hopes of educating people about Islam and the religion's followers, [Ghulam Hasnain, 59, of Salt Lake City] is organizing the third annual Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival, which includes a public forum with journalists Saturday and ends with an outdoor event Sunday. Hasnain, who moved to the United States to attend college almost 40 years ago, says...

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Huntingdonshire District Council Releases Guide to Area Religions

August 24, 2005

Source: The Evening Telegraph

On August 24, 2005 The Evening Telegraph reported, "Council staff have been taught about world religions to help them deal with people from different faiths. Huntingdonshire District Council has produced a handbook which contains information on everything from dress codes to dietary requirements of various religions. It includes information such as the fact that in many Orthodox Christian churches, the congregation will stand throughout the service, that Hindus observe a 13-day mourning period for their...

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Muslim Boy Scouts Find Their Place in the Troop

August 23, 2005

Source: TIME Magazine

On August 23, 2005 the TIME Magazine reported, "Most people probably think of the Boy Scouts of America as a Christian group--and not a particularly inclusive one, a reputation earned in part through its efforts to keep out gays, atheists and agnostics. But the Scouts insists it is open and diverse, especially in matters of faith... There are Jewish, Hindu, Mormon and Baha'i scouts. There are Muslim scouts too, and for at least 20 years there have been all-Muslim troops in the U.S... There are now all-Muslim scout packs and...

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Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Muslim Leaders in Cologne

August 20, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4168042.stm

On August 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to Muslims to help combat the 'cruel fanaticism' of terrorism. At a meeting with Germany's Muslim leaders in Cologne, the pontiff said Islamic teachers had a 'great responsibility' to educate the young... The meeting with some 30 Muslim leaders follows the Pope's earlier pledge to build 'bridges of friendship' with other faiths. He urged...

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