Christianity

Top-Level Presbyterians and Jews Hold Dialogue on Israel

October 1, 2004

Source: PCA USA News

http://www.wfn.org/2004/10/msg00006.html

On October 1, 2004 PCA USA News reported, "Top-level Jewish and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders held strained but polite dialogue here Tuesday about the PC (USA) General Assembly's decision earlier this summer to divest from companies who profit from Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. While the two parties agreed on a mutual commitment to peace in the Middle East, there was little yielding on divestment...

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Increasingly Powerful Church Prosecutes Museum Artist for "Inciting Religious Hatred"

September 30, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-fg-church30sep30,1,2911424.story?coll=la-news-religion

On September 30, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "When the well-known Sakharov Museum broached the subject of religion in an art exhibit, no one was surprised that an outcry followed... Followers of a local priest vandalized the exhibit with spray paint. The Russian parliament voted to condemn...

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Pope Urges Pakistani President to Work for Dialogue and Tolerance

September 30, 2004

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2004/10/01/top4.htm

On September 30, 2004 Dawn reported, "Pope John Paul II urged President Pervez Musharraf to work for dialogue and tolerance in the sub-continent during an audience at the Vatican on Thursday. 'In these times of turmoil and violence, I encourage you and your fellow citizens to continue to foster a spirit of dialogue and tolerance in your region,' the pope said in an address to the visiting Pakistani leader and his entourage. 'It...

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Thousands of Christians Flee, Fearing Rising Islamic Fundamentalism

September 30, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15343_1.html

On September 30, 2004 the Religion News Service reported, "Iraqi Christians flocked to the Latin Catholic church in the Hashmi district of the Jordanian capital, a drab working-class area, where they celebrated Mass in the ancient Chaldean language. On a recent Sunday, some 200 worshippers packed the sanctuary, which is adorned with a simple wooden cross and a picture of...

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Leaders in Edmonton Say City is Model of Religious Cooperation

September 27, 2004

Source: CANOE/Edmonton Sun

http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/EdmontonSun/News/2004/09/27/645239.html

On September 27, 2004 the Edmonton Sun reported, "Leaders of the city's various religious communities said yesterday that Edmontonians bucked a trend toward religious intolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. And Sen. Doug Roche - who is recognized for his international work with the United Nations to promote peace - said the co-operation between...

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New Faith-Based Group Supports Integrating Biblical Values in Politics

September 27, 2004

Source: Agape Press

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1286926.html

On September 27, 2004 Agape Press reported, "in a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, several weeks ago, Oliver Kellman introduced a new coalition that he hopes will change the direction of the faith community throughout black America in the near and distant future. The National Faith Based Coalition (NFBC) was formed this year as a '527' political...

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BJP and RSS Suspected in Attacks on Christian Priests and Nuns

September 26, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3691786.stm

On September 26, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala have detained 15 people following two attacks on nuns and priests of the Missionaries of Charity. The three priests and six nuns were reportedly attacked in separate incidences on the outskirts of Kozhikode on Saturday. A representative of Indian Christians has blamed the attacks on members of right-wing Hindu...

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GOP Asks Voters to Question Kerry's Alliance With Catholic Views

September 26, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/09/26/gop_urges_catholics_to_shun_kerry/

On September 26, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "the Republican Party is attempting to convince Roman Catholics that Democratic nominee John F. Kerry is 'wrong for Catholics' and at odds with his church. Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee launched a website called 'KerryWrongForCatholics.com' that...

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Catholic Church Losing Members Over Sex Scandals

September 25, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/153/story_15328_1.html

On September 25, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Austrians disgusted by a summer of scandal involving child pornography at a seminary and a prominent priest accused of sexual abuse are leaving the Roman Catholic church in significant numbers, church leaders said Friday. Applications to withdraw from parishes in the Archdiocese of Vienna...

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Church Gives "Qualified Support" to Proposed Anti-Religious Hatred Law

September 24, 2004

Source: Church Times

http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/80256E4E00384246/httpPublicPages/C65BC7ABF733007880256F18004F5D28?opendocument

On September 24, 2004 the Church Times reported, "The Church of England has warned the Government that community relations are threatened not only by terrorists who claim to be defending Islam, but by some of the measures being taken against them. But the Church continues to give '...

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Interfaith Service Held to Remember Hostage Killed in Iraq

September 24, 2004

Source: News 11

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=52309

On September 24, 2004 News 11 reported, "An interfaith candlelight prayer vigil was held Thursday evening for executed American hostage Jack Hensley. About 250 people attended the service held on the square in Marietta, [Georgia]. Hensley's family was not in attendance. They are expected to attend a service scheduled for this Saturday. The leaders of the First Baptist church...

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Liberals Want to Ban the Bible?

September 24, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/24/politics/campaign/24bible.html

On September 24, 2004 The New York Times reported, "the Republican Party acknowledged yesterday sending mass mailings to residents of two states warning that 'liberals' seek to ban the Bible. It said the mailings were part of its effort to mobilize religious voters for President Bush. The mailings include images of the Bible labeled 'banned' and of a gay marriage...

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Interfaith Members Support Each Other's Holiday Celebrations

September 23, 2004

Source: yorkregion.com

http://www.yorkregion.com/yr/opinion/letter/story/2228323p-2582634c.html

On September 23, 2004 yorkregion.com ran a letter to the editor from Ghulam Abbas Sajan, co-chairperson of Mosaic, an interfaith organization. Sajan writes, "The goal of Mosaic is to learn and respect each other's religion. This way there is no hate if we co-exist. In line with that goal, we have instituted social action activities, among which is one...

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BBC Decides Not to Air Controversial "Popetown" Show

September 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3684464.stm

On September 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "BBC Three has decided not to show a cartoon set in a fictional Vatican over concerns it would offend Catholics. The channel's controller said the comic impact of Popetown did 'not outweigh the potential offence it will cause'. 'There is a fine judgement line in comedy between the scurrilously funny and the offensive,' Stuart...

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