Christianity

Churches Avoid Promoting Political Parties in Conn.

July 24, 2004

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-churchcampaign.artjul24,1,2881682.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On July 24, 2004 The Hartford Courant reported, "This week the Republican National Committee asked Roman Catholics who back President Bush to provide copies of their parish directories, to help register Catholics to vote. And earlier this month, the Bush-Cheney campaign wrote to volunteers asking...

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Members of VHP Attack Catholic Church in Gujurat

July 23, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=57289

On July 23, 2004 Zenit reported, "After a recent episode in Hyderabad, in southeastern India, where a group of 100 extremists attacked several priests and Catholic faithful, Hindu agitators have attacked another Christian community. The latest incident of religious intolerance occurred in Gujarat state, in western India, well-known for its extremist backers of the nationalist ideology of 'hindutva...

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Kerry Campaign Increases Religious Rhetoric

July 23, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week747/cover.html

On July 23, 2004 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "Many Democrats were hoping John Edwards would bring the ticket more comfort in dealing with religion. Edwards is a United Methodist who has been active in the National Prayer Breakfast. So far, on the stump he's been talking a lot about values, but not explicitly tying those values to religion. Both...

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Newly Rebuilt Bridge Seen as Unifying Symbol in Ethnic-Religious Conflict

July 23, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2004/07/23/old_bridge_seen_as_new_symbol_of_ethnic_tolerance/

On July 23, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "When Nedzad Kasumovic filmed Croatian tank shells pounding into Mostar's Old Bridge until its 400-year-old white marble stones plunged deep into the Neretva River's emerald waters a decade ago, he did so through tear-filled eyes. And...

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Democratic Party Hires First Director of Religious Outreach

July 23, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15003_1.html

On July 23, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "The Democratic National Committee, believing President Bush's support among moderate religious voters may be growing soft, has hired its first director to specifically reach out to faith groups. The Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson was named senior adviser for religious outreach on Friday. She will serve at least through the November elections... Peterson is the...

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Government Eases Restrictions on Religious Freedom; Minority Religions Still Uneasy

July 23, 2004

Source: The Journal Gazette

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/9225588.htm

On July 23, 2004 the Associated Press reported, " Pastor Pavel Fedotov was in church leading services when the bulldozers and wrecking balls showed up. Over the next week, they razed his house of worship as part of the authoritarian Turkmen government's crackdown on minority religions. That was November 1999. Now, Fedotov's small group...

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Anti-Arab Discord Divides City in MI

July 22, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040722-014826-8551r.htm

On July 22, 2004 The Washington Times reported, "The suburban Detroit city of Dearborn Heights is struggling to suppress anti-Arabic sentiment in a community split geographically. The city's dividing line is an east-west route called Ford Road, south of which a steadily growing number of Arabic families live, the Detroit News said Thursday. In the suburb, the...

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Democrats Seek to Narrow the "God Gap"

July 22, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/149/story_14990_1.html

On July 22, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "As Democrats gather in Boston next week for their convention, progressives are planning a serious effort to reclaim religion. They also want to narrow the 'God gap' that puts frequent church-goers in the GOP column and paints Democrats as snidely secular.'We who would see the triumph of Democratic ideals will have to become more explicit about the values that...

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Growth in Christian "Home Based Observances"

July 21, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0721/p01s01-ussc.html?s=hns

On July 21, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported that, "for many Americans, worship is no longer centered exclusively under a steeple. In an era of long commutes, overloaded schedules, and made-to-order spirituality, religious experience increasingly means venturing into someone's home for refreshments and a taste of God on far more personal terms... Though...

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Catholic Church Encourages Spaniards to Vote Against Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

July 21, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-fg-spain21jul21,1,3933534.story?coll=la-news-religion

On July 21, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Uneasy over the new government's liberal social agenda and its own declining influence, the Roman Catholic Church in Spain urged followers Tuesday to do their utmost to block Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's plan to legalize same-sex...

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Presbyterian Clerk Gives Statement Concerning Messianic Churches and Interfaith Relations

July 21, 2004

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2004/04029b.htm

On July 21, 2004 Presbyterian News Service reported that, "responding to widespread public criticism from a number of Jewish groups, the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has issued a statement to 'clarify the actions of (the recent 216th) General Assembly' on Israel and on the PC(USA)’s commitment to dialogue with people of other faiths." In this statement...

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