Christianity

Advocacy Group Accuses Judicial Nominee of Subverting Religious Pluralism

June 9, 2005

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State press release

http://www.civilrights.org/issues/nominations/details.cfm?id=32172

On June 9, 2005 an Americans United for Separation of Church and State press release reported, "the Bush administration's crusade to pack the federal courts with extremists scored another victory today with the Senate's confirmation of William Pryor, said Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Quickly...

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Removal of Cross from Crematorium Hall Stirs Controversy

June 9, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/09/ncrem09.xml

On June 9, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "A wooden cross has been removed from the wall of a crematorium chapel 'to cater for everyone in a diverse multi-faith society.' Torbay council, in Devon, has also renamed the building a 'ceremony hall.' The Rev Anthony Macey, vicar of nearby Cockington and Chelston, discovered that the 5 ft cross had been...

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Religious Hatred Bill Reintroduced

June 9, 2005

Source: 4NI

http://www.4ni.co.uk/nationalnews.asp?id=41389

On June 9, 2005 4NI reported, "The government has published a bill aimed at protecting individuals from religious hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, which is being reintroduced to Parliament today, would protect members of all faiths from incited hatred. The Bill would create a new offence of Incitement to Religious Hatred, which would carry a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. The government says...

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New Dialogue Aims to Repair Christian-Jewish Relations

June 8, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0608/p15s01-lire.html?s=hns

On June 8, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "In the post-9/11 world, where religion infuses events with more intensity, the demands on interfaith dialogue are rising. For American Jews and mainline Christians who have worked during the past year to renew a dormant national dialogue, the stakes are especially high. They are seeking to come to terms with major...

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Orange County Public School Graduation Moved from Megachurch After Complaints

June 8, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/state/la-me-saddleback8jun08,1,2612556.story?coll=la-news-state

On June 8, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "two Orange County public schools canceled this month's graduation ceremonies at a Lake Forest church after complaints they were violating the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. Marc Lipoff, a senior at Northwood High School...

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Tulsa Zoo Exhibit Adds Creation Display Near Image of Ganesh

June 8, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/168/story_16811_1.html

On June 8, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the Tulsa Zoo will add a display featuring the biblical account of creation following complaints to a city board about other displays with religious significance, including a Hindu elephant statue.

The Tulsa Park and Recreation Board voted 3-1 on Tuesday in favor of a display depicting God's creation of the world in six days and...

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Persecution of Christians Denied by Saudi Officials, Citing Islamic Tolerance

June 7, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050608/ap_on_re_mi_ea/saudi_christians

On June 7, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A Saudi official denied allegations that the kingdom has arrested and tortured Christians, saying such actions run counter to Islamic tolerance. The remarks to the official Saudi Press Agency came in response to reports in Iranian papers of recent arrests. The official,...

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At the National Cathedral, an Interfaith Event Calls for the End of Hunger

June 7, 2005

Source: National Council of Churches News Service

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/050608EndHunger.html

On June 7, 2005 the National Council of Churches News Service reported, "With fervor and conviction, religious leaders from Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist traditions, urged more than 1,000 participants in yesterday’s first Interfaith Convocation on Hunger at the Washington National Cathedral to advocate for the end of hunger in the...

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WCC Conference Aimed at Translating Interreligious Dialogue into Action

June 6, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/church/2107/section/translating.inter-religious.dialogue.into.action/1.htm

On June 6, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "Representatives from the major faith communities will gather in Geneva, Switzerland this week for a Critical Moment Conference that will address the difficulties facing interreligious relations in the globalized world....

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Directive at Robins Air Force Base Re-emphasizes Official Policy

June 5, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/local/states/georgia/counties/houston_peach/11818094.htm

On June 5, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "Air Force officials have taken steps to ensure airmen - particularly senior leaders - exercise freedom 'from' religion along with the more familiar freedom 'of' religion. The action flows from a faith flap at the Air Force Academy, where some cadets claim Christianity was...

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Governor Holds Controversial Bill-Signing Event in Evangelical School Gymnasium

June 5, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/06/national/06texas.html?

On June 5, 2005 The New York Times reported, "making good on a Republican campaign call to celebrate with 'Christian friends,' Gov. Rick Perry traveled to an evangelical school here on Sunday to put his signature on measures to restrict abortion and prohibit same-sex marriage. About 100 protesters lined the street outside the school, Calvary Christian Academy, denouncing the...

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Buddhist and Christian Centers Offer Peaceful Retreats

June 5, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/11822130.htm

On June 5, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "more people are taking advantage of a growing number of retreat centers in the area to take time out, to take stock of their lives, to find spiritual perspective and renewal... It's a national phenomenon, according to the Christian Camp and Conference Association, a nonprofit organization of Christian retreat...

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Superintendent of the Air Force Academy Receives Words of Support from the ADL

June 4, 2005

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3829680,00.html

On June 4, 2005 the Rocky Mountain News reported, "the superintendent of the Air Force Academy explained his commitment to ending religious intolerance so candidly Friday that he earned a pledge of support from one of the nation's leading civil rights groups. 'What we did not hear is what we so frequently hear: denial,' said Abraham...

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Charlotte Gathering Discusses "Climate of Intolerance"

June 4, 2005

Source: Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/11813073.htm

On June 4, 2005 the Charlotte Observer reported, "Area leaders representing Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths united Friday and denounced what one described as a 'climate of intolerance' in the Charlotte area in recent weeks. 'We are seeing a trickle-down effect of an Islam-phobic climate that is allowed to flourish,' said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic...

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