Christianity

France Refuses Demands of Hostage-Takers, Ban of Religious Symbols Goes Into Effect

September 2, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040902_586.html

On September 2, 2004 the Associated Press reported, 'Millions of French students returned to school Thursday as a new law that bans Islamic head scarves from classrooms went into effect amid demands by Islamic radicals holding two French hostages in Iraq that the law be scrapped. Muslim leaders in France, who had largely opposed the law, urged calm for...

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Opinion: Pakistani Christians Considered "Second Class Citizens"

September 1, 2004

Source: Independent Press Association-NY/Pakistan Post

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1620

On September 1, 2004 the Pakistan Post ran an opinion piece by Manzoor Ejaz in which he argues, "Whether in Pakistan or in North America, there’s a dilemma for Pakistan’s Christian community members; although they are as much Pakistani as their Muslim compatriots, they still are considered second class citizens. They can be prosecuted under...

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Catholic Priest Murdered in Kerala

September 1, 2004

Source: Zenit

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On September 1, 2004 Zenit reported, "The Catholic community of India is in shock over the brutal murder of Father Job Chittilappilly whose body was found dead with knife wounds early Saturday morning. Father Job, 71, who served the Syro-Malabar community for 45 years, lived in the parish residence of Our Lady of Grace church in Thuruthiparambu in the Southwestern state of Kerala. Although the motive for the murder is still unknown, the investigators...

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In TX, Battle Over The Bible Becomes Threatening

August 30, 2004

Source: Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/stories/MYSA083004.1B.biblebattle.309fd485.html

On August 30, 2004 Express-News reported, "given the ferocity of the ongoing battle over the Bible at the Harris County Courthouse, it is perhaps not surprising that the woman seeking to remove it should receive a death threat amid the hate mail... Two weeks ago, following a short trial, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake — a...

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Los Angeles Dioceses Ally Themselves With Ugandan Bishops Over Gay Issue

August 28, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1292756,00.html

On August 28, 2004 The Guardian reported, "The leader of the US Episcopal Church told Ugandan Anglican bishops yesterday to keep out of its affairs after three Los Angeles parishes decided to ally themselves with an African diocese in the row over homosexual clergy. The parishes, in Newport Beach, Long Beach and North Hollywood, are the first to seek oversight from a bishop overseas...

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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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