Christianity

Opinion: Charges Against Muslim Scholar Are "Groundless," Should Be Granted Visa

August 28, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40222-2004Aug27.html

On August 28, 2004 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Paul Donnelly about the U.S. government's revocation of Imam Tariq Ramadan's visa to teach at Notre Dame. (Ramadan is a Muslim scholar from Switzerland.) Donnelly writes, "Notre Dame officials insist that they have reviewed every charge against the Swiss scholar and agree with the likes of Scotland...

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Church's Outreach Program to Muslim Asylum Seekers Causes Controversy

August 27, 2004

Source: Aftenposten

http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article858141.ece

On August 27, 2004 Aftenposten reported, "The Pentecostal Church has created a controversial revival movement among Muslim asylum seekers in the greater Oslo area. In the past six years 16,000 refugees have visited the white wooden church in Sandvika, a suburb in Bærum just west of the capital. Some asylum center leaders say the church is tricking their visitors... Since 1998 over 16,000...

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Orthodox Church Dwindling Under Turkish Regulations

August 26, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0826/p14s01-lire.html?s=hns

On August 26, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Despite a 1,500-year history in Istanbul - and presiding over some 250 million believers worldwide, stretching from Russia and Romania to Greece and the United States - the Orthodox [Church] patriarchate [of Constantinople] tends a rapidly dwindling flock at home. To make matters worse, Turkish law stipulates...

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Iraqi Ambassador to Vatican Urges Iraqi Christians Not to Flee

August 26, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/151/story_15184_1.html

On August 26, 2004 United Press International reported, The designated Iraqi ambassador to the Vatican, Albert Yelda, appealed to his nation's Christian minority Thursday not to turn their backs on their country. Reached by telephone at his Baghdad office, Yelda pleaded with his co-religionists not to forget that 'we are the descendants of the...

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Concerns Raised Over Buddhist Temple's Proposed Expansion

August 26, 2004

Source: The Province/Global BC

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/theprovince/news/story.html?id=5f365ee4-25e9-4956-ba5a-9ecf0547a06a

On August 26, 2004 Global BC reported, "It could become one of the Lower Mainland's newest landmarks. But the expansion plans for a Buddhist temple in Richmond are raising some concerns. Worshippers at the temple on No. 5 Road in Richmond have approved a $50-million project, that would be built...

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Western Cape Premier Exhorts Christians, Muslims, Jews to Religious Tolerance

August 24, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com/Cape Argus

http://allafrica.com/stories/200408240670.html

On August 24, 2004 Cape Argus reported, "Fundamentalism, of whatever sort, is the greatest threat to world peace and co-existence. This was the message from Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool, when giving a welcoming address at a function at the weekend to celebrate the centenary of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council). After a warm reception, Rasool exhorted followers of...

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Baha'i Youth Conference Draws Participants from Multiple Religions

August 22, 2004

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?storyid=319

On August 22, 2004 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A Baha'i youth conference here attracted participants from Baha'i, Muslim, Christian, and traditional African religious backgrounds. They gathered at the University of N'Zerekore in the forest region of this French-speaking country to learn about the teachings, history, and administration of the Baha'i Faith through...

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Palos Heights Trial to Begin in November

August 22, 2004

Source: The Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/south/227syt3.htm

On August 22, 2004 The Daily Southtown reported, "a Nov. 15 trial date has been set in a $6.2 million federal lawsuit by the Al Salam Mosque Foundation that accuses Palos Heights of civil rights violations and discrimination in opposing a mosque in the city. In 2000, Al Salam created a major controversy by announcing its intent to buy the Christian Reformed Church of...

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NY Court Rejects Greek Orthodox Governance Case

August 22, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13899

On August 22, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by parishioners who want a greater say in how the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America operates. A New York State Supreme Court justice ruled Aug. 6 that secular courts have no authority to intervene in how the church is governed,...

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Indianapolis-Area Religious Leaders Speak Out for Sudanese

August 21, 2004

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/articles/2/171938-8292-047.html

On August 21, 2004 The Indianapolis Star reported on Indianapolis-area religious leaders involved in the national Interfaith Day of Conscience about the crisis in Sudan: "The Rev. Darren Cushman-Wood couldn't stand on the sidelines anymore -- not after hearing the stories of rape and murder, of nearly 30,000 people being killed and more than a million living in squalid refugee...

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American Muslim Groups Welcome Probe into Gen. Boykin Controversy

August 20, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-boykin20aug20,1,2972363.story?coll=la-news-religion

On August 20, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "American Muslim groups on Thursday welcomed initial results of an internal Defense Department probe that concluded that Army Lt. Gen. William G. 'Jerry' Boykin violated Pentagon rules when he spoke before Christian groups and cast the war on...

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Catholic Strategist for Bush Campaign Resigns As Controversal Allegations Resurface

August 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17087-2004Aug19.html?nav%3Dmost_emailed_emailfriend

On August 20, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Deal W. Hudson, publisher of the conservative Catholic magazine Crisis and a close ally of the Bush White House, has resigned as an adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign because of allegations that he sexually harassed a Fordham University...

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At the Olympics, Interfaith Center Provides Worship Space for Athletes

August 20, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/olympics2004/story/0,14912,1287178,00.html

On August 20, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Tucked away in a corner of the athletes' village is the Olympic Religious Services Centre, a spiritual escape for the competitors away from the prying eyes of journalists, a place where, in theory at least, they can let go of the impulses that got them here in the first place... Details of what exactly goes on inside...

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Episcopal Church to Offer World Religions Classes in Penn Yan, NY

August 19, 2004

Source: The Finger Lakes Times

http://www.fltimes.com/Main.asp?SectionID=38&SubSectionID=121&ArticleID=5548

On August 19, 2004 The Finger Lakes Times reported, "her idea is neither new nor profound, but in small-town America where Christianity remains the norm and church-goers often sit in the same pews as their grandfathers, the Rev. Denise Yarbrough’s proposed world religions class appears somewhat radical. The course, scheduled to begin...

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