Christianity

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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Muslims, Mormons Join Forces for Airlift of Tsunami Aid

January 1, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2507136

On January 1, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "A plane carrying more than 70 tons of relief supplies for tsunami-devastated Asia is slated to lift off from Salt Lake City early today, thanks to a joint effort by Mormons and Muslims. About 143,000 pounds of medical supplies and hygiene items provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were loaded Friday onto an Indonesia-bound MD-11 cargo plane...

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Rev. Jacques Dupuis, Noted Theologian on Religious Pluralism, Dies at 81

January 1, 2005

Source: Grand Forks Herald

Wire Service: AP/Reuters

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/world/10544622.htm

On January 1, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Rev. Jacques Dupuis, a Belgian theologian whose book on religious plurality exploring salvation through non-Christian faiths was attacked by the Vatican, has died in Rome. He was 81. Dupuis collapsed Monday night after dinner and was taken to a hospital,...

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Tsunamis Challenge Faith of Many South Asians

December 31, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10538253.htm

On December 31, 2004 the Kansas City Star reported, "Not only did the tsunami drown southern Asia; it challenged its soul. When the waves washed over India's coastal villages Sunday, thousands of pilgrims to a Marian shrine were washed away while paying homage and attending mass. Bodies were scattered and buried in the sand, and the shrine suddenly became a morgue...

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More Muslim, Christian Women Wearing Headscarf for "Protection"

December 30, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35086-2004Dec29.html

On December 30, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "This is the new reality for many women in Iraq, Muslims and Christians alike. As the months have passed since the U.S.-led invasion, fewer women are daring to venture out without wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, called a hejab in Arabic. In Baghdad, moderate Muslim women used to feel they had a choice...

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Interfaith Service for Tsunami Victims Held in Nebraska

December 29, 2004

Source: KETV

http://www.theomahachannel.com/family/4032305/detail.html

On December 29, 2004 KETV reported, "At least 150 Omahans gathered Tuesday night to grieve and marshal help in the wake of the Asian tsunami. An interfaith prayer service at the Hindu Temple focused on victims of the disaster. Many people at the prayer service had a direct connection to the disaster. Some lost friends or family and some are still waiting to find out... Hindus, Muslims and...

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Sikhs, Christians Protest Play About Rape and Murder in Sikh Temple

December 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15869_1.html

On December 29, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The violent clash of views sparked by a dark comedy depicting rape and murder in a Sikh temple shows that art and religion still often fail to understand each other.

Some British Sikhs feel 'Behzti,' or Dishonor, is offensive to their religion - an opinion shared by a Roman Catholic...

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