Christianity

Christmas and the Question of Religious Pluralism in ME

December 5, 2004

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/viewpoints/mvoice/041205mainevoice.shtml

On December 5, 2004 Portland Press Herald reported, "every December, millions of Americans are busy not observing Christmas. Yet, they go through a dilemma that is as old as the first Christmas celebration in this country: They're left out of the big national party that celebrates a distinctly Christian event that also happens to be an official...

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Commentary on Debate Over Religious Holiday Decorations

December 5, 2004

Source: Daily News Transcript

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=46369

On December 5, 2004 Daily News Transcript reported, "the formerly innocent act of decorating the town square has inspired a new tradition of argument and litigation. In Norwood [MA], they've been fighting for years over a nativity scene that has long been placed in front of an elementary school. It won't be there this year both the law and common...

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Civil Rights Group Releases "Twelve Rules of Christmas" Guidelines

December 4, 2004

Source: CNS News

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200412%5CCUL20041202b.html

On December 4, 2004 CNS News reported, "a civil liberties organization has published a step-by-step guide to understanding what can and cannot be done to celebrate the holidays in public. The Rutherford Institute's 'The Twelve Rules of Christmas' was compiled because of a growing tendency among public schools and...

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

December 1, 2004

Source: Zenit

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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 is the first freedom of the human soul. America stands...

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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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Archbishop Urges Continuance of Interreligious Dialogue in Catholic Education

November 27, 2004

Source: Zenit

https://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=1556

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....

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