Christianity

Russian Orthodox Church Reaches Out to Muslims in Persian Gulf

August 4, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15070_1.html

On August 4, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Russian Orthodox Church said Wednesday that it hopes to develop closer ties with the predominantly Islamic Persian Gulf region, the Interfax news agency reported. Metropolitan Kirill, who heads the church's foreign relations department, said the decision to boost cooperation is based on the...

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Bible Displayed in Courthouse Monument Causes Controversy in TX

August 4, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2717598

On August 4, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "A businessman who helped erect a courthouse monument featuring an open Bible and an ex-judge who rescued it from neglect testified Tuesday about their Christian faith and their belief that America is a Christian nation.

Both also said their intent was not to convert passers-by but to honor deceased...

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Worker Fired for Eating Pork at Company With Muslim Ties

August 4, 2004

Source: Central Florida Local 6 News

http://www.local6.com/money/3614199/detail.html

On August 4, 2004 the Central Florida Local 6 News reported, "A Central Florida woman was fired from her job after eating 'unclean' meat and violating a reported company policy that pork and pork products are not permissible on company premises, according to Local 6 News... Lina Morales was hired as an administrative assistant at Rising Star -- a Central Florida telecommunications company...

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Kerry's Director of Religious Outreach Resigns After Controversy

August 4, 2004

Source: Religious News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15074_1.html

On August 4, 2004 Religious News Service reported, "After less than two weeks on the job, the Democratic Party's first-ever director of religious outreach resigned on Wednesday after her public positions came under fire. The Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson said it was 'no longer possible for me to do my job effectively' after the New York-based Catholic League issued three blistering...

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Inclusive Graduation Ceremonies in Delaware

August 4, 2004

Source: Delaware Wave/USA Today

http://www.delmarvanow.com/bethanybeach/stories/20040804/976620.html

On August 4, 2004 Delaware Wave/USA Today reported, "Board members of the Indian River School District have a tough task before them. Following a decision made reluctantly at last week's board meeting, the policy committee is charged with developing a new policy regarding what can be said at future high-school graduations. Once that policy is in draft...

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Joint Vatican-Muslim Statement Condemns Attacks on Civilians in Places of Worship in Iraq

August 3, 2004

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0404238.htm

On August 3, 2004 the Catholic News Service reported, "Terrorist acts of violence waged against places of worship offend the name of God and religion, said an interfaith Vatican committee. In a joint statement released Aug. 3 by the Vatican, the two co-presidents of the Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee condemned all 'terrorist acts that continue to be perpetrated in Iraq and...

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PM: Muslims Fear Christians are Waging "War Against Islam" Worldwide

August 3, 2004

Source: Free New Mexican

Wire Service: AP

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/2588.html

On August 3, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Muslims worldwide fear Christians are waging a 'war against Islam,' Malaysia's leader said Tuesday, blaming the campaign against terror on increased tensions between the religions. In an emotional speech to the World Council of Churches, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the events that followed...

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Save Darfur Coalition Declares Aug. 25 "Sudan: Day of Conscience"

August 3, 2004

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/04sudanconscienceaug25.html

On August 3, 2004 the National Council of Churches issued a press release that reported, "The Save Darfur Coalition, composed of National Council of Churches and 70 other faith-based, humanitarian and secular civic organizations, has identified Wednesday, August 25, 2004 as Sudan: Day of Conscience. On that day, communities across North America are urged to engage in interfaith...

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Evangelicals Urge Bush to Take Action in Sudan

August 3, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35223-2004Aug2.html?referrer=email

On August 3, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Thirty-five evangelical Christian leaders have signed a letter urging President Bush to provide massive humanitarian aid and consider sending U.S. troops to stop what they called the "genocide" taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Aug. 1 letter marks a shift in focus for...

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Christian Community Has Deep Roots in Iraq

August 2, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3526386.stm

On August 2, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Christians have inhabited what is modern day Iraq for about 2,000 years, tracing their ancestry to ancient Mesopotamia and surrounding lands. Theirs is a long and complex history. Before the Gulf War in 1991, they numbered about one million, but that figures is now put at about 800,000 and falling. Under Saddam Hussein, in overwhelmingly Muslim Iraq, some...

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Vatican Letter Condemns "Distortions" of Feminism, Details Proper Man-Woman Relationships

August 1, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30761-2004Jul31.html?referrer=email

On August 1, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "The Vatican issued a letter Saturday attacking the 'distortions' and 'lethal effects' of feminism, which it defined as an effort to erase differences between men and women -- a goal, the statement said, that undermines the 'natural two-parent structure' of the family and makes '...

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