Christianity

Reinstated Invocation at Escondido City Council Meeting Proves Problematic

June 3, 2005

Source: Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050603-9999-1mi3prayer.html

On June 3, 2005 the Union-Tribune reported, "for the second time since the city revived invocations before council meetings, a religious leader invoked Jesus in his prayer, violating city guidelines and a recent court decision. Pastor Vincent Xavier said he gave Wednesday night's invocation with full knowledge that his words violated the...

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US Jewish and Christian Groups Plan Middle East Trip in Aftermath of Divestment Row

June 2, 2005

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/articles/display.shtml?05-0410

On June 2, 2005 Ecumenical News International reported, "Representatives of a number of US Protestant denominations and Jewish groups are planning a joint visit to the Middle East after criticism of plans of some churches to consider divestment from companies in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories...An agreement by the various organizations to travel together to the Israeli and the...

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Separation of Church and State Contested in Walnut Creek Mission Restorations

June 2, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/11796350.htm

On June 2, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "as worries mount over crumbling walls at California's 21st Spanish-era missions, one man says another historic wall deserves equal preservation. The Rev. Barry Lynn claims that spending $10 million in taxpayer money to renovate the structures would breach a constitutional barrier against government funding for religion...

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Islam and State Collide in Moderate Country

June 2, 2005

Source: The Economist

Wire Service: AP

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4033968

On June 2, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "[R]eligion remains an awkward subject in Malaysia. Malay Muslims have lived in the area and practised Islam for centuries. During the colonial period, however, large numbers of Chinese and Indians, non-Muslims for the most part, settled in the country. The authors of...

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Top Air Force Cadet Sends Out Religious Email as Controversy Continues

June 1, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20050601/NEWS/50601004/0/FRONTPAGE

On June 1, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "on the eve of graduation, the top cadet at the Air Force Academy sent out an e-mail to fellow cadets that includes religious themes in apparent violation of rules against using government channels for sectarian messages. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the e-mail sent Tuesday by Wing Commander...

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In an English Village, Anglican Chapel Becomes a Buddhist Meditation Center

June 1, 2005

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/issues/inthenews/399-1.html

On June 1, 2005 Tricycle reported, "A long-disused Anglican chapel is being converted into a Buddhist temple in the English village of Knaphill. Knaphill is located in the borough of Woking, about 25 miles southwest of London. The group renovating the chapel is the Dhammakaya International Society of the United Kingdom (DISUK). The temple will be one of 16 Thai Buddhist temples in the UK serving a Thai...

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Hindu American Foundation Expresses Concern Over Religious Freedoms at Air Force

May 31, 2005

Source: Hindu American Foundation Press Release

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/Content/Achievements/media_press_release_usairforce.html

On May 31, 2005 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed serious concern over multiple reports that many in the faculty and staff at the Colorado Springs U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) are abetting the spread of evangelical...

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Bush Administration Teams Up with Black Pastors to Create HIV/AIDS Strategy in Africa

May 29, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-na-ministers29may29,1,1269719.story

On May 29, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Escalating its courtship of a politically powerful constituency, the Bush administration is teaming up with some of the nation's best-known and most influential black clergy to craft a new role for U.S. churches in Africa. The effort was launched last week, when more than two dozen...

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Christian Leaders Offer Support to American Muslims After Qur’an Desecration Report

May 27, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050527/NEWS01/505270525/1006/NEWS01

On May 27, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "American Muslims are deeply concerned and hurt by allegations that military guards and interrogators may have desecrated the Quran at Guantanamo Bay, said Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America. But, he added, the...

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Judge Orders Pagan Divorcees to Avoid Exposing Son to Religious Rituals

May 26, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2005505260481

On May 26, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "an Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to 'non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.'

The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth...

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North Carolina Pastor Apologizes for Offensive Sign

May 25, 2005

Source: WFMY News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local_state/local_article.aspx?storyid=41815

On May 25, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A North Carolina pastor is apologizing to Muslims for a sign in front of his church that said, 'The Koran needs to be flushed.' A now-retracted Newsweek story alleging US interrogators flushed Islam's holy book down a toilet triggered demonstrations in...

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"In God We Trust" Takes its Place as the Next Church-State Debate

May 25, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0523/p02s02-uspo.html

On May 25, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "the words appear on every dollar bill and US coin. They are displayed at the entrance to the US Senate and above the Speaker's chair in the House. But when local officials in North Carolina placed 'In God We Trust' on the front of the Davidson County Government Center, they soon found themselves in federal court facing a...

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Inquiry to be Launched After Air Force Chaplain's Dismissal

May 24, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/24/politics/24academy.html?oref=login

On May 24, 2005 The New York Times reported, "the Department of Defense inspector general's office is looking into accusations that a chaplain at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs was dismissed from her administrative job and given orders to transfer to a base in Japan because she had criticized the religious proselytizing of academy cadets. An Air...

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