Christianity

Air Force Struggles with Religious Diversity

December 3, 2004

Source: The Gazette (Colorado)

http://www.gazette.com/display.php?sid=1366225

On December 3, 2004 The Gazette (Colorado) reported, "some Air Force members keep God as their co-pilot. Some do not. One airman says being an atheist at the Air Force Academy made him feel 'like less of a person' than other cadets and officers. The second lieutenant filed a complaint with the Air Force Inspector General’s Office a week before his June graduation documenting four years of...

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Bishop Backs Proposed Law Banning "Incitement to Religious Hatred"

December 3, 2004

Source: The Church of England Newspaper

http://www.churchnewspaper.com/news.php?read=on&number_key=5746&title=Bishops%20back%20new%20Bill%20against%20religious%20hatred

On December 3, 2004 The Church of England Newspaper reported, "The Bishop of Manchester gave the backing of the bench of bishops to the Government’s controversial proposals to outlaw ‘incitement to religious hatred...

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Controversy Over Turkish Treatment of Minorities On Eve of EU Talks

December 3, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fresnobee.com/24hour/world/story/1889136p-9821391c.html

On December 3, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A furor in Turkey ignited by the title of a Christian spiritual leader on a U.S. embassy invitation has underscored concerns about the largely Muslim country's treatment of minorities two weeks before the European Union decides whether to open membership talks with...

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Faiths Come Together to Fight AIDS Epidemic

December 1, 2004

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=26501

On December 1, 2004 Inter Press Service News Agency reported, "Fear of a rapidly spreading HIV/AIDS epidemic in India has resulted in a rare coming together of the country's several religious faiths that are known to have a tremendous influence on their respective flocks. Much of the credit for the new initiative must go to Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy, chairperson of the Synodical Board...

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U.S. Embassy to Holy See Sponsoring Conference on Religious Freedom

December 1, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=62889

On December 1, 2004 Zenit reported, "This Friday the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is sponsoring a conference on 'Religious Freedom: The Cornerstone of Human Dignity.' U.S. Ambassador Jim Nicholson spoke with ZENIT about the event and its context. [When asked,] 'Where did the idea for this conference come from and what are its aims?' [Nicholson said,] President Bush has said that religious liberty...

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Christianity Flourishing in China, Number As Many as 90 Million

November 28, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15762-2004Nov26.html

On November 28, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "On Sundays, the capital's government-registered Protestant churches overflow with as many as 5,000 worshipers each. Some are so crowded that believers who don't arrive early must huddle in the basements, watching services on closed-circuit televisions. And, since the Chinese government has limited the...

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Franklin Graham’s Rhetoric on Islam

November 27, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs27nov27,1,5645353.story

On November 27, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Franklin Graham called Islam 'an evil and wicked religion.' The remark, made during an interview on 'NBC Nightly News,' created a furor. Some said it endangered Christians working in Muslim countries. American Muslim leaders denounced Graham's statement as...

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Christmas and Buddhism Meet in Bangkok

November 27, 2004

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2004/11/30/opinion/rthai.html

On November 27, 2004 International Herald Tribune ran a feature article/opinion piece , "At every turn in this ancient citadel of Buddhist culture [Bangkok, Thailand], a visitor is struck by the contrast of non-material ascetism and material delight. This is especially the case when White Christmas arrives through the airwaves of tropical Bangkok's department stores in...

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Archbishop Urges Continuance of Interreligious Dialogue in Catholic Education

November 27, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=62652

On November 27, 2004 Zenit reported, "Archbishop Michael Miller, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, delivered an address last month on the Second Vatican Council declaration 'Nostra Aetate' at the Lay Center at Foyer Unitas. Below is an excerpt...'I would submit to you that the world of Catholic education has taken more than the first steps in 'receiving' the call for...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving in Denver

November 26, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/religion/article/0,1299,DRMN_61_3355695,00.html

On November 26, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "nearly 600 people gathered Thursday to break bread, pray, sing America the Beautiful and laugh at Rabbi Steven Foster's vintage quips. Once again, Denver's long-running interfaith service helped launch Thanksgiving in multicultural style... Started in the 1880s, this year'...

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Florida Muslims to Help Rebuild Iraq Churches

November 25, 2004

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-smuslims25nov25,0,6835697.story

On November 25, 2004 the Sun-Sentinel reported, "When he read about the bombings of five Catholic churches in Baghdad on the dawn of the first day of Ramadan, the Rev. Paul E. Edwards cried. Then the pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Weston appealed for help. In response, leaders from two South Florida Muslim...

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Sharing Thanksgiving and Diversity in CA

November 24, 2004

Source: Merced Sun-Star

http://www.mercedsun-star.com/local/story/9498083p-10391278c.html

On November 24, 2004 Merced Sun-Star reported, "the [Livingston, CA] Thanksgiving celebration didn't look anything like the iconic image of pilgrims and American Indians sharing crops centuries ago. Instead, it put the spotlight on 60 people who practice eight different faiths and speak a half-dozen languages, all holding hands, dancing and chanting hymns for peace...

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Evangelicals Eager to Parade Republican Victory

November 22, 2004

Source: MSNBC

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6479271/site/newsweek/

On November 22, 2004 MSNBC reported, "realizing that conservative religious leaders like [Pat] Robertson have been so demonized that they're lightning rods even among evangelicals, the Bushies relied on less divisive lieutenants to get the faithful to the voting booth. But if the big-name evangelicals lay low before the election, they have since begun a very public victory dance. Pointing to the wave of anti-gay-...

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