Christianity

Iraqi Christians Feel Threatened by Growing Religious Tensions

November 12, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44507-2004Nov12.html

On November 12, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Some Christians in Mosul feel say they are being subjected to threats that have escalated during Ramadan and that may be designed to drive them out of the country, create religious tensions, or at least make life difficult. Even those who haven't received threats swap stories of anonymous phone calls and...

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Pope Offers Condolences to Arafat's Family, Prays for Peace in Israel

November 11, 2004

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0406197.htm

On November 11, 2004 Catholic News Service reported, "Pope John Paul II expressed his closeness to the family of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and to the Palestinian people and prayed 'that the star of harmony soon shine on the Holy Land.' The pope's message followed the Nov. 11 announcement of Arafat's death in a Paris military hospital. The pope prayed that Israelis and...

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Through Abrahamic Initiative Denver Church Staff Now Includes Imam

November 11, 2004

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2527260,00.html

On November 11, 2004 The Denver Post reported, "a Muslim imam will join the staff of a Christian church, a first in Denver and perhaps nationally. Ibrahim Kazerooni, a Shiite cleric, will direct the church's fledgling Abrahamic Initiative, a bridge-building effort among Christians, Jews and Muslims. He will continue to head the Islamic Center of Ahl Al-Beit in west Denver...

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Religious Leaders' Responses to Arafat's Death Vary

November 11, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=245402

On November 11, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Upon Yasser Arafat's death, the Vatican and religious leaders worldwide issued heartfelt pleas for renewed peace efforts. But their reactions reflected long-standing disagreements about both the Palestinian leader himself and the intractable Mideast situation. Arafat 'will be remembered in...

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Bush Victory “A Reprieve From the Agenda of Paganism”?

November 11, 2004

Source: Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20041111-1736-bobjones-bush.html

On November 11, 2004 Associated Press reported, "Bob Jones III, president of the fundamentalist college that bears his name, has told President Bush he should use his electoral mandate to appoint conservative judges and approve legislation 'defined by biblical norm.' 'In your re-election, God has graciously granted America – though she...

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WCC Official Encourages Harmony Between Christians and Followers of Afro-Brazilian Religions

November 11, 2004

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www2.wcc-coe.org/pressreleasesfr.nsf/index/pu-04-55.html

On November 11, 2004 the World Council of Churches issued a press release that reported, "'Christians and followers of Candomblé and other Afro-Brazilian religions need not be strangers to each other,' but rather must realize that they are 'neighbours one to the other, and (...) must strive to forge good neighbourliness characterized by tolerance and mutual...

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Episcopal Priests Involved in Druid Rites Avoid Suspension

November 10, 2004

Source: Associated Press

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/10145957.htm

On November 10, 2004 Associated Press reported, "two Episcopal priests who led Druidic activity will not be suspended, said a bishop, who blamed the local scandal on conservative groups out to destabilize the Episcopal Church USA. The Rev. William Melnyk and his wife, the Rev. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk, had participated only in 'exploratory thinking' with Druid circles as students of pre-...

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Liberal Christians Argue for Broader Understanding of Moral Values

November 10, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38001-2004Nov9.html?referrer=email

On November 10, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "liberal Christian leaders argued yesterday that the moral values held by most Americans are much broader than the handful of issues emphasized by religious conservatives in the 2004 presidential campaign. Battling the notion that 'values voters' swept President Bush to victory...

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Presbyterian Church (USA) Goes Ahead With Divestment in Israel

November 10, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0411100156nov10,1,3231913.story

On November 10, 2004 Chicago Tribune reported, "Despite an outcry from American Jews, a Presbyterian Church (USA) committee has taken its first steps toward a process of selective divestment of it's financial stake in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. On Tuesday, the church announced the...

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Search for Common Ground at "IF" Interfaith Camp

November 10, 2004

Source: Town Online

http://www2.townonline.com/weston/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=122988

On November 10, 2004 Town Online reported, "Christian, Jewish and Muslim teens who participated in Camp IF (an acronym for 'interfaith' as well as an expression of the sentiment 'if we could make the world better') this past summer shared their experiences and their visions for the future. Camp IF is the product of a joint effort by Robert Leikind, the...

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President Receives African Inter-Religious Peace Award

November 10, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com/The Independent

http://allafrica.com/stories/200411100521.html

On November 10, 2004 The Independent reported, "The Governing Council of the Ecumenical Apostolic Church Diocese has selected the president of the West African state of Sierra Leone Ahmad Tejan Kabbah for the African Inter-Religious Peace Award. He won the award for the religious tolerance that exists in the country. Sierra Leone was also recently nominated by the US as one of the most...

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At Ashland University, Only Christian and Jewish Faculty Need Apply

November 9, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/156/story_15609_1.html

On November 9, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "trustees at Ashland University in Ohio have decided full-time faculty members must be Christian or Jewish, and only a Christian can be the school's president. The policy is meant to reinforce the university's historical ties to the Brethren Church, whose followers founded the private school in 1878, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Tuesday. Current...

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Persecution of Chinese Christians Increasing, Expected to Continue Rising

November 9, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3993857.stm

On November 9, 2004 BBC News reported, "'They hung me up across an iron gate, then they yanked open the gate and my whole body lifted until my chest nearly split in two. I hung like that for four hours.' That is how Peter Xu Yongze, the founder of one of the largest religious movements in China, described his treatment during one of five jail sentences on account of his belief in...

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Evangelical Vote: Critical to GOP's Win

November 8, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32793-2004Nov7.html?referrer=emailarticle

On November 8, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "as the presidential race was heating up in June and July, a pair of leaked documents showed that the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign was urging Christian supporters to turn over their church directories and was seeking to identify 'friendly congregations' in...

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