Christianity

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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At First Christian Church, Regular Interfaith Service a "Model for Humanity"

July 12, 2005

Source: Oregon Daily Emerald

On July 12, 2005 the Oregon Daily Emerald reported, "First Christian Church held its 46th consecutive interfaith prayer and reflection service Monday. Nearly 200 community members met this month to 'pray for peace' and 'reflect upon the interconnectedness of all beings,' according to a First Christian Church pamphlet.

The service has been held on the 11th of every month since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Followers of any and every faith are invited to come together as a community to '...

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After London Bombings, Interfaith Dialogue Held in Church Partially Destroyed by Terrorists in 1993

July 12, 2005

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/news/society/interfaith.dialogue.to.be.held.in.bombed.church.after.london.attacks/381.htm

On July 12, 2005 Christian Today reported, "Members of the Christian community will meet on Tuesday night with members of other faiths in an historic Anglican church in Bishopsgate for a discussion to find a suitable response to the recent bomb attacks in London...

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Growing Influence of Evangelicals in the Air Force Chaplaincy

July 12, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00715FE38590C718DDDAE0894DD404482

On July 12, 2005 The New York Times reported, "Evangelical Christians are growing force in Air Force chaplain corps, illustrated by recent government-financed 'Spiritual Fitness Conference' at which hundreds of chaplains held evangelical services and workshops and scanned material from organizations like Focus on the Family; photos;...

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Opinion: Fundamentalism is Often "Nationalism in a Highly Unorthodox Religious Guise"

July 11, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1525895,00.html

On July 11, 2005 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by religion scholar Karen Armstrong, in which she argues that we should be careful in labeling terrorism as "Muslim terrorism." She writes, "We rarely, if ever, called the IRA bombings 'Catholic' terrorism because we knew enough to realise that this was not essentially a religious campaign. Indeed, like the Irish republican...

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Opinion: U.S. Armed Forces Should Defend the Separation of Church and State

July 11, 2005

Source: Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/opinion/12103364.htm

On July 11, 2005 the Charlotte Observer reported, "As they defend the nation, the U.S. armed forces should also protect the separation between church and state. Several military leaders have lately been using their positions of authority to promote a specific religious point of view. This threatens the very idea of religious freedom. The latest case involves the Air...

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Commentary: Supreme Court Decision on Ten Commandments is Messy but Necessary

July 10, 2005

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=15530

On July 10, 2005 the First Amendment Center reported, "It only took two cases, 10 opinions and 136 pages. But on June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court finally answered the question about the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays with the two words neither side wanted to hear: It depends.

Unable to agree on any bright lines, a divided court handed down split...

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