Christianity

Presbyterian Church Threatened Because of Stance on Middle East Conflict

November 14, 2004

Source: Chicago Sun Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-church14.html

On November 14, 2004 Chicago Sun Times reported, "the Presbyterian Church (USA) has stepped up security at its headquarters and advised its churches to be on alert after receiving a letter threatening arson attacks because of its policies on the Middle East. The handwritten letter, received Wednesday at the church's Louisville headquarters, threatened to set churches on fire with...

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Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy on ‘Values’

November 14, 2004

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=78071&ran=12970

On November 14, 2004 The Virginian-Pilot reported, "emboldened by the news that 22 percent of presidential voters put 'moral values' atop their election agenda, the Rev. Jerry Falwell announced last week that he’s returning to action. Having prematurely retired his 20th-century political action group, the Moral Majority, the Lynchburg preacher trotted...

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Voters’ Values, Common Ground, and Opportunity for Dialogue

November 13, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/10166855.htm

On November 13, 2004 Kansas City Star reported, "national and local religious leaders are examining the divisions so plainly evident among them in the presidential election and trying to decide where to go from here. So far, representatives of the theological and political left, center and right haven't found a lot of common ground as victors look for...

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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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Search for Common Ground at "IF" Interfaith Camp

November 10, 2004

Source: Town Online

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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 Anti-Defamation League's Boston Regional Director; the Rev...

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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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