Christianity

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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Group of Artists Charged With "Inciting Religious Hatred"

July 19, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0719/p06s02-woeu.html?s=hns

On July 19, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "On orders from Russia's parliament, Moscow prosecutors are probing a question that could create new limits on free speech: When does artistic expression cross the line into criminality? A group of artists are being charged with 'inciting religious hatred' for lampooning religious ideology in a controversial...

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Christians Celebrate Festival of Mass Baptisms With Water Balloon Fights

July 18, 2004

Source: Knight Ridder

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9185734.htm

On July 18, 2004 Knight Ridder reported, "Sunday was an Assyrian Christian festival commemorating mass baptisms by Jesus and the apostles. Iraq's approximately 180,000 Assyrians and a large number of their Muslim neighbors celebrate the festival, called Nusardil, by splashing, if not dousing, each other with water. Many children and young adults use the occasion to mount high-spirited water...

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Grand Sheikh and Alexandrian Pope Sign Christian-Muslim Dialogue Agreement

July 17, 2004

Source: ArabicNews.com

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/040717/2004071726.html

On July 17, 2004 ArabicNews.com reported, "The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi and Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese presided yesterday on the signing of an agreement on Muslim-Christian dialogue. Sheikh Hamid El-Rifae, Chairman of the International Islamic Forum and Gergis Saleh, Secretary General of the Middle East...

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American Prospects Debate Kerry's Alleged "Religion Problem"

July 16, 2004

Source: The American Prospect

http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=8125

On July 16, 2004 The American Prospect reported that, "if conventional wisdom is to be believed, John Kerry has a religion problem -- namely, that Americans think he’s insufficiently devout. From the inner circle of the Kerry campaign to the front page of the Washington Post, every pundit in America has advice for Kerry on how to...

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Court Ruling Prohibits Judge From Posting Ten Commandments in OH Courtroom

July 15, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13697

On July 15, 2004 The Associated Press reported that, "an Ohio judge cannot post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom because it violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold a lower court's decision that ordered Judge James DeWeese of Richland County Common Pleas Court in Mansfield...

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Saudi Textbooks Teach Anti-Western Rhetoric, Washington-Based Reform Group Says

July 14, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/saudi/story/0,11599,1260867,00.html

On July 14, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Saudi schoolchildren are being taught to disparage Christianity and Judaism in a textbook issued by the education ministry, a report said yesterday. The book forms part of the kingdom's revised curriculum - supposedly cleaned up after complaints that demonising the west had become endemic in Saudi schools. A lesson for six-year-olds reads...

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Protestant Celebration Sparks Catholic Protests in Northern Ireland

July 14, 2004

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=55C5237A-383D-4382-9C063652B9903509

On July 14, 2004 Voice of America reported, "British soldiers and police in Northern Ireland have clashed with protesters during a second night of violence following parades commemorating a 17th century Protestant victory over Catholic forces. Catholic protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks Tuesday night at a police station in Lurgan...

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