Christianity

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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All-Faith Temple "Upholds the Spirit of Ayodhya"

July 10, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On July 10, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "A kilometre away from the ravaged grounds where the Babri mosque once stood, curious visitors trooped into Satya Mandir. On Wednesday, a special prayer for peace was held in this all-faith temple, which was built after the mosque was brought down in 1992. As political shrapnel flies in the wake of the terror attack on the makeshift Ram temple, priests in this ancient town have taken it upon themselves to preserve social and communal harmony. Guchi, who has been living in...

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Opinion: Americans Should Display God's Law on Heart, not on Courthouse Lawn

July 10, 2005

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/12094322.htm

On July 10, 2005 the Star-Telegram ran an opinion piece by Charles Foster Johnson, senior pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church of San Antonio. He reflects on American civil religion in light of the current public debate on the display of the Ten Commandments. Johnson says, "today religion in the public square has been stripped of its civility. A disease of uncivil religion has infected our...

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After Bombings, Faith Leaders Stand Together with Joint Statements, Joint Services

July 10, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4668835.stm

On July 10, 2005 BBC News reported, "UK religious leaders have issued a rare joint statement condemning Thursday's 'evil terrorist' attacks in London. Leaders of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths each read out parts of the statement...

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks said the leaders had come together to commemorate the end of World War II and the 'courage, commitment and sacrifice by which the evil of...

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San Bernardino Cable Program Explores Religious Diversity

July 10, 2005

Source: San Bernardino County Sun

http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208~12588~2959722,00.html

On July 10, 2005 the San Bernardino County Sun reported, "Starting tonight, San Bernardino will launch a series on cable-access KCSB Channel 3 that aims to expose [religious] stereotypes and explore different denominations and religions. Programs will focus more on religious practices and experiences than theology. The 18 half-hour episodes that will air during...

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Toledo’s “Summer Church Tours” Includes Mosque, Temple

July 9, 2005

Source: toledoblade.com

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050709/NEWS10/507090338/-1/NEWS

On July 9, 2005 toledoblade.com reported, "It's known as the Summer Church Tours, but the popular event that begins Tuesday has expanded over the years into a multifaith event with visits to a Muslim mosque, a Hindu temple, and Jewish synagogues. This year, the seven stops on the summer tour will include five churches, one Jewish...

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In San Francisco, Muslim and Interfaith Groups Condemn Bombings

July 9, 2005

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_2848821

On July 9, 2005 the San Mateo County Times reported, "Muslim and interfaith groups from across the Bay Area gathered at the Islamic Society of San Francisco Friday to send a clear message to those responsible for the 'heinous' and 'barbarous' London subway bombings Thursday...

Many from Islamic organizations felt that a quick response to...

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Melbourne Muslims Organize Interfaith Vigil to Show Diverse Faiths Are United After Bombings

July 9, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News/AsiaNet

On July 9, 2005 AsiaNet reported, "In the wake of the London bombings, representatives of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Young Muslims of Australia, the Australasian Union of Jewish Students and Young Christian Workers have organised an interfaith vigil in Federation Square, Melbourne. The gathering will be held on Sunday 10 July 2005 between 4-5 pm. ICV President Malcolm Thomas said: 'This gathering is intended to show that people of diverse faiths are united in friendship and cooperation, in the face...

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Imam and Minister Offer Condemnation and Caution After Attacks in London

July 9, 2005

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2849782

On July 9, 2005 The Denver Post reported, "Shiite cleric Ibrahim Kazerooni and the Very Rev. Peter Eaton, dean of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, didn't know each other when the two were teenagers in London. But both can recall living in the English capital when bombs set off by the Irish Republican Army prompted citizens to live with a little extra vigilance... 'Everybody's sensitivities' are heightened, he said...

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