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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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Interfaith Tour of Biblical Sites Spurs Dialogue

June 4, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050604/LIVING/506040340/1007/LIVING

On June 4, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "In late June and early July, [Kazim] Eldes plans to lead two interfaith journeys to Turkey, this time with groups from the Indianapolis area. Sponsored by an organization called the Holy Dove Foundation, Eldes hopes the Biblical Treasures of Turkey tour will create...

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In London, Ritual Abuse of Children Linked to African Spiritual Practices

June 4, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/4608943.stm

On June 4, 2005 BBC News reported, "Hundreds of central African children living in the UK may have suffered abuse or even been killed after being accused of witchcraft, charities say. The warning follows the conviction of three people over the torture of an eight-year-old girl. Four London charities, working with people from central Africa, told BBC News this was not an...

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Leicester Hospitals Consider Removing Bibles Citing Health Risks, Religious Pluralism

June 3, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4605827.stm

On June 3, 2005 BBC News reported, "Hospitals in Leicester have denied they are preparing to remove copies of the Bible from their wards. NHS trust spokesperson Anne McGregor said they were considering where to store the books and would consult staff on the possible risk of MRSA infection. But Gideons International, which distributes Bibles, said claims of a possible health...

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Probe Ordered Over Murder of Missionaries Underway

June 3, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4607221.stm

On June 3, 2005 BBC News reported, "An official investigation has been ordered into the recent murders of two Christian missionaries in southern India, officials said. Two preachers, K Issac Raju and K Daniel, were found dead within days of going missing in Hyderabad, capital of Andhra Pradesh state. Attacks against Christian missionaries in India are not uncommon. In 1999, an Australian missionary...

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Republicans Block Two Measures Aimed at Creating Environment of Religious Respect at Air Force Academy

June 3, 2005

Source: The Forward

On June 3, 2005 The Forward reported, "House Republicans have killed two measures aimed at requiring the Air Force to submit a plan for ensuring religious tolerance at its academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The measures come in the wake of allegations of religious intolerance and coercion directed by evangelical Christians at the academy against Jews, Catholics and others. The measures, proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, were submitted to the House Rules Committee and the House Armed Services Committee...

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Christian Mother, Muslim Daughter Create Another Kind of Interfaith Family

June 3, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/3210512

On June 3, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "the history of disagreement between mothers and daughters can be chronicled in volumes covering topics such as nose rings, career choices and the proper method for potty training a toddler. For Patricia and Alana Raybon, their central disagreement is about nothing less than eternal salvation... Alana Raybon, a 24-year-old elementary...

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