Christianity

America’s Faiths Rally in Tsunami Relief Effort

January 13, 2005

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20050113-9999-1c13wrapup.html

On January 13, 2005 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, "In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami has come a faith-based response of unprecedented aid, ongoing prayers and questions of why. The outpouring includes millions of dollars from Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews and other faiths touched by this catastrophe and...

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Tsunami Unites But Also Divides People Along Religious and Ethnic Lines

January 12, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/12/international/worldspecial4/12religion.html?pagewanted=all

On January 12, 2005 The New York Times reported, "Across nations and religions there has been a search for explanations of not only why the tsunami came but why it killed some and not others - and a vibrant, sometimes virulent cottage industry is supplying them. Some discern a lesson that humanity should unite...

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'Bible As Literature and History' Course Dropped from High School Curriculum

January 11, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15926_1.html

On January 11, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "a rural school district will not offer a religious group's Bible class as an elective high school course, ending a yearlong debate. The school board in Frankenmuth, about 75 miles north of Detroit, decided with one dissenting vote Monday to not offer the 'Bible As Literature and History' class at Frankenmuth High School, following the recommendation of...

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Christian Groups Protest Banning of Crosses Along Inaugural Parade Route

January 11, 2005

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/10617038.htm

On January 11, 2005 the Star-Telegram reported, "secret Service agents protecting President Bush along the inaugural-parade route Jan. 20 will be on the lookout not only for guns and explosives but also for coffins and crosses. The ban on crosses is drawing criticism from the director of the Christian Defense Coalition, which has carried large wooden crosses in pro-life demonstrations. 'It is...

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Newdow's Inaugural Prayer Lawsuit Snubbed by Bush Team

January 11, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050110-095925-1503r.htm

On January 11, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "a California atheist's lawsuit to prevent Christian clergy from praying in the presidential inauguration should be dismissed because it is a recycled case about an issue that does not violate the U.S. Constitution, attorneys for President Bush said. 'There is no reason to 'reverse course' and abandon a widely accepted,...

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NY Church Holds Interfaith Service for World Peace

January 10, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011005/b05w10dedication.html

On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags...

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Religion Goes to Work with Interfaith and Immigrant Religions

January 9, 2005

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/charlotte/business/special_packages/newbank/10602085.htm

On January 9, 2005 The Charlotte Observer reported, "through a seminar series called Leaders Lighthouse, [Glenn] Love teaches companies to practice 'servant leadership' and to identify employees' individual talents... Love and legions of believers like him are marching their religious beliefs, and practices, into the...

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Evangelical Groups Mix Humanitarian Aid and Missionary Work

January 8, 2005

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.md.missionary08jan08,1,6917267.story

On January 8, 2005 The Baltimore Sun reported, "Some evangelical groups are mixing Christian missionary work with humanitarian aid in countries ravaged by the tsunamis and earthquake, a provocative approach shunned by the majority of faith-based relief organizations. Spreading faith this way can antagonize the people...

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Atheists Indignant Over Ten Commandments Monument in La Crosse Park

January 7, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15915_1.html#cont

On January 7, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "an atheist group is considering an appeal after a federal appeals court ruled that a Ten Commandments monument may remain in a La Crosse, Wis., park. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday (Jan. 3) that the city was within its rights to sell the monument and the property around it to...

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Debate Over Whether to Specify Religion on Passports Highlights Tensions

January 7, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/07/international/asia/07pakistan.html?oref=login

On January 7, 2005 The New York Times reported, "A heated dispute over whether new Pakistani passports should specify the bearer's religious affiliation has underlined the problems President Pervez Musharraf faces in projecting Pakistan as a moderate Islamic state. The controversy is the latest between Mr. Musharraf and hard-line...

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Tsunami Interfaith Service Near D.C. Builds Community

January 5, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48988-2005Jan5.html

On January 5, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "The faithful of many faiths gathered last night in Montgomery County to speak words of peace and welcome in Arabic, to chant Buddhist prayers and read Old Testament Psalms. They spoke in many tongues, but all called out to God for the same purpose: relief for the victims of the deadly South Asian tsunami....

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Christians, Jews Reach Out to Muslims After Mosque Fire in Springfield

January 3, 2005

Source: The Republican

http://www.masslive.com/hampfrank/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1104742146166280.xml

On January 3, 2005 The Republican reported, "the Al-Baqi Islamic Center ended the year in flames, but yesterday a different fire burned for the mosque as some 50 people from all denominations showed support for the Muslims who lost their house of worship. The mosque was severely damaged by fire Dec. 8. Seven youths have...

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Tsunami Victims Held in New Delhi

January 2, 2005

Source: Central Chronicle

http://www.centralchronicle.com/20050102/0201011.htm

On January 2, 2005 Central Chronicle reported, "Heads of various religions gathered here today to offer joint prayers for the victims of Tsunami tragedy. Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Zorastrian and Jew leaders took part in an interfaith prayer meeting held at Gandhi Smriti Bhavan and expressed solidarity and empathy with thousands of affected people. The religious heads said people of every...

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Removal of Ten Commandments from Cumberland Courthouse Sparks Controversy

January 2, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41580-2005Jan1.html

On January 2, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "when word got out in October that public officials had removed a 47-year-old stone engraving of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, people in this small mill town [Cumberland, MD] took action. The protest by Edward Taylor Jr., the Rev. Ronald Yost and others over removal of the monument, on display in...

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