Christianity

Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

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On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In Greensboro, North Carolina, a suit was filed [by the ACLU] recently stating that denying the use of other religious books in court would go...

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Dearborn brings the Arab World to America

July 28, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

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On July 28, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "About 300 miles northeast of Indy, Dearborn is home to the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East. Thirty percent of Dearborn's residents are of Arab origin, as are half the kids in its public schools... The Arab population is Christian and Muslim, Sunni and Shia, pious and secular, and they live, work and eat side by side... The largest Arab community...

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N.C. Congressman Re-Introduces Bill to Protect Prayer at Military Academies

July 27, 2005

Source: Army Times

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On July 27, 2005 the Army Times reported, "A North Carolina congressman re-introduced legislation July 26 that would authorize the superintendents of West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy to offer a voluntary, nondenominational prayer as part of their activities. In a press release, Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., sponsor of legislation called the Military Academy First Amendment Protection Act, described it as an effort to protect the religious rights...

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Update: Other Holy Books and Scriptures May Soon be Used for Court Oaths

July 27, 2005

Source: TheBostonChannel.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/irresistible/4774439/detail.html

On July 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union said witnesses in North Carolina courtrooms should be allowed to swear to tell the truth on scriptures other than the Bible. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to permit oaths to be taken on the holy books of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and...

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Non-Muslims Push for Religious Education During School Hours

July 25, 2005

Source: Daily Express

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On July 25, 2005 the Daily Express reported, "The Consumer Association of Sabah and Labuan (Cash) hopes the State Education Department will respect the wishes of non-Muslim parents who want their children to be allowed to learn their respective religions during school hours. At the moment, religious education is only allowed for Muslim students while students of other faiths have to take Moral lessons. Its President, Patrick Sindu... [said he] believed...

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San Bernardino County One of Most Religiously Diverse in Nation

July 24, 2005

Source: The Press Enterprise

On July 24, 2005 The Press Enterprise reported, "A decade of explosive growth in the Inland area has created one of the most religiously diverse regions in the nation, experts say. Nearly 1 million people have moved to the Inland area in the past 10 years, many of them immigrants who are building ethnic churches, mosques and temples as they settle in new neighborhoods. Today, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are home to a dozen mosques, nearly two dozen Buddhist temples, more than a dozen churches...

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Muslim Mothers Against Violence Group Grows in Greater Cincinnati

July 23, 2005

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050723/NEWS01/507230391/1056/NEWS01

On July 23, 2005 The Enquirer reported, "They're mothers; they're Muslim. Now, after the terrorist attacks in London, they've joined to take a stand against violence, abroad and at home... As a mother of three and a member of the Greater Cincinnati Islamic community for 30 years, Ahmad of Mason decided to tackle that sense...

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World Sikh Council Meets With European Churches to Discuss Hate Crimes

July 21, 2005

Source: Interfaithnews.net

http://www.interfaithnews.net/wp/2005/09/01/wsc-ar-meets-with-conference-of-european-churches-to-discuss-hate-crimes/#more-73

On July 21, 2005 Interfaithnews.net reported, "The Secretary General of World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR), Dr. Tarunjit Singh, met with the President of the Conference of European Churches, Rev. Jean-Arnold de Clermont, on July 11, 2005...

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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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