Christianity

Fleeing Persecution, Christians Seek Refugee Status in Other Countries

July 13, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0713/p07s01-woiq.html?s=hns

On July 13, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Facing a rising tide of persecution, Iraq's tiny Christian minority has a terrible choice: stay and risk their lives, or leave and abandon those left behind. Afraid of an Islamic future in which they would be outcasts, thousands are trying to flee. 'It's like a huge amount of people lined up at the starting line...

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Jewish Interfaith Leaders and Vatican Officials Issue Joint Statement Condemning Anti-Semitism

July 12, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/4534_31.htm

On July 12, 2004 Anti-Defamation League issued a press release that reported, "For the first time a meeting of Jewish interfaith experts and worldwide representatives of the Holy See produced a joint declaration that expressed, 'the total rejection of anti-Semitism in all its forms, including anti-Zionism, as a more recent manifestation of anti-Semitism.'  Given the rise in global anti-Semitism...

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Editorial: Is the "Religion Gap" a Myth?

July 12, 2004

Source: Beliefnet/Slate

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/148/story_14856_1.html

On July 12, 2004 Beliefnet/Slate reported, "One of America's two political parties is extremely religious. Sixty-one percent of this party's voters say they pray daily or more often. An astounding 92 percent of them believe in life after death. And there's a hard-core subgroup in this party of super-religious Christian zealots. Very conservative on gay marriage, half of the members of this...

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Faith Groups Seek to Address AIDS Prevention and Care

July 12, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0712/p06s01-woap.html?s=hns

On July 12, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "As governments across Asia grapple with a rising tide of HIV/AIDS, attention is turning to the role that faith-based groups can play in combating the virus. Around 100 such groups are attending the 15th International AIDS Conference, which opened [in Bangkok] Sunday amid fresh warnings of an escalating epidemic....

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Smashed Statue of Mary Becomes a Lesson in Tolerance

July 11, 2004

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/07/11ky/B1-statue0711-4058.html

On July 11, 2004 The Courier-Journal reported, "Southeast Christian Church is pledging to emphasize the importance of religious tolerance in sessions with members, youth and staff, starting today, because of an incident in which teenagers from the church smashed an Indiana man's statue of the Virgin Mary. A 24-year-old church employee who...

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Muslims and Jews Fight a War of Values

July 11, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/editorial/9119785.htm

On July 11, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported, "Recent events have carved out two distinct sides, and they are not the West and Islam as it has been constantly portrayed. This has become a war of those who value human rights against those who do not believe those rights are applicable to all of humanity. There is the side that vehemently spoke out against prisoner...

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Government Says Only Christians Should Watch Gibson's "Passion"

July 10, 2004

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wire Service: AP

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/entertainment/movies/s_202689.html

On July 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Censors have approved Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" for screening in Malaysia, but the government says only Christians should watch it and only specially designated cinemas can show it. The film -- a huge hit in the...

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Muslim School Joins Theological Consortium in Washington, D.C.

July 10, 2004

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/living/religion/9103640.htm

On July 10, 2004 Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Va., has joined the Washington Theological Consortium, marking the first time that a Muslim school has become part of a major group of U.S. seminaries and schools of religion... The Washington consortium is one of 10 such cooperatives in...

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Maine Bishop Refuses to Deny Communion

July 9, 2004

Source: Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangornews.com/editorialnews/article.cfm?ID=425493

On July 9, 2004 the Bangor Daily News reported,"The spiritual leader of Maine's 234,000 Roman Catholics has never denied Holy Communion to anyone - and he doesn't intend to start now. That includes elected officials who don't vote according to church teachings on controversial issues such as abortion and assisted suicide, Bishop Richard Malone said recently... Malone was...

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Call to Dialogue in Hamtramck, Mich

July 9, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/call9_20040709.htm

On July 9, 2004 Detroit Free Press reported, "Dozens of people came together Thursday evening at the Al-Islah Islamic Center in Hamtramck to talk about what they have in common in the religiously divided city.

They talked about being immigrants or the children of immigrants. They talked about how Christians, Muslims and Jews all believe in one God... Hamtramck has been divided...

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