Christianity

Irish PM: EU Constitution Recognizes Inspiration in "Religious Inheritance" of Europe

June 20, 2004

Source: EU Business.com

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040620201140.n1n7j3va

On June 20, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern stressed on Sunday that leaders of the 28 current and future EU members agreed to include in the preamble that they 'drew their inspiration from the religious inheritance of Europe'. Ahern was responding to a communique by the Vatican saying it regretted that the...

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Dalits Convert to Christianity, Islam in Protest to Hindu Caste System

June 19, 2004

Source: Frontline

http://flonnet.com/fl2113/stories/20040702002204500.htm

On June 19, 2004 Frontline reported, "Ever since Dr. B.R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with about five lakh Dalits in 1956, mass conversion has become a form of collective protest for Dalits across the country, a willing abandonment of what they consider an oppressive hierarchical social system. The rejection of a system as a form of protest gets reinforced by necessarily choosing one of...

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Christians Mobilized to Pray for Toronto During Dalai Lama's Visit

June 18, 2004

Source: Christian World News

http://www.cbn.com/CBNNews/CWN/061804toronto.asp

On June 18, 2004 Christian World News reported, "When the news broke that the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual leader, was planning to visit Toronto, Mission GTA kicked into gear. Mission GTA is a network of Christian pastors and leaders representing a variety of denominations and cultures. They saw this event as serious cause for concern. 'The prime mission of the Dalai Lama's visit,'...

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Interfaith Worship? Christian Groups Proceed With Caution.

June 17, 2004

Source: Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-15/10874837581663

On June 17, 2004 Grand Rapids Press reported, "Interfaith discussions are great, but pray with caution. That was the upshot of a Christian Reformed Church policy on interfaith worship adopted by the CRC Synod on Wednesday. While encouraging CRC ministers to take part in interfaith dialogue, delegates cautioned they should be 'especially discerning...

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Children Expelled from Schools Due to Catholic/Protestant Conflict

June 17, 2004

Source: Contra Costa Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/8944038.htm

On June 17, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Thousands of children have been forced to leave their schools as a new form of segregation takes root in rebellion-racked southern Mexico, with conflicts in Indian communities pitting Catholics against Protestants and traditionalists against the political...

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Moscow Court Upholds Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses' Religious Activites

June 17, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1087471824168140.xml

On June 17, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Reflecting increased pressure on religious minorities in a country dominated by the Russian Orthodox Church, a Moscow court Wednesday upheld a ban on activities by Jehovah's Witnesses in the capital. The ruling by the...

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Interfaith Group Runs Ad Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8931909.htm?1c

On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad...

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Philadelphia-Based Interfaith Group Runs Ad on Arab-Speaking TV Stations Condeming Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

June 16, 2004

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/8931909.htm?1c

On June 16, 2004 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "A month after President Bush appeared on Arabic television to express regret for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, a U.S. interfaith group yesterday began running an independent ad on the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya TV stations condemning 'the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name.' The 30-second ad...

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Catholics Meet to Discuss Strategy for Combatting Threat of "New Age" Religions

June 16, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=531952

On June 16, 2004 The Independent reported, "Catholics from more than 25 countries are in Rome this week to hammer out a strategy for combating the threat posed to Christianity by 'New Age' religions and fads. 'Astrologers believe that the Age of Pisces - known to them as the Christian age - is drawing to a close,' explained an exhaustive report on the New Age produced by the...

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Southern Baptists Vote to Leave Baptist World Alliance

June 16, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44658-2004Jun15.html?referrer=email

On June 16, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "The Southern Baptist Convention voted yesterday to pull out of the Baptist World Alliance, accusing the worldwide organization of a drift toward liberalism that included growing tolerance of homosexuality, support for women in the clergy and 'anti-American' pronouncements. The...

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Court Dismisses Pledge Case on Technicality

June 15, 2004

Source: CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/06/14/scotus.pledge/

On June 15, 2004 CNN reported, "The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a California father could not challenge the Pledge of Allegiance, a decision that sidestepped the broader question of the separation of church and state. The 8-0 ruling by the high court reversed a lower-court decision that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional. The case had been...

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Some Christians Expect Backlash After BJP's Defeat

June 15, 2004

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/007/6.15.html

On June 15, 2004 Christianity Today reported, "India's general election was expected to tighten the grip of Hindu nationalists on the world's largest democracy and lead to escalating persecution of religious minorities. Instead, the results, announced in May, are being hailed with headlines reading 'shock and awesome.' Despite pre-election polls predicting a comfortable victory for the...

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Court to Rule on Final Appeal to Shut Down Jehovah's Witnesses

June 14, 2004

Source: Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8921557.htm

On June 14, 2004 Knight Ridder Washington Bureau reported, "They don't believe in abortion, homosexuality, blood transfusions or the fires of hell. But some hellish portents are facing the Jehovah's Witnesses in a Moscow courtroom this week. Moscow city prosecutors have been trying to shut down the church for nearly six years, charging that the Witnesses are subversive...

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