Christianity

Study Shows Growth in Fundamentalism

May 24, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/23/1085250867903.html

On May 24, 2004 The Age reported, "Fundamentalist religion is here to stay, an interfaith conference of Christians, Jews and Muslims in Melbourne was told yesterday. Professor Des Cahill, head of intercultural studies at RMIT, told the Abraham Conference that a new Christianity was emerging that would be much more conservative. He said fundamentalism was 'religion's revenge...

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Progressive Catholic Community Ordains Woman

May 24, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR052504B.html

On May 24, 2004 the Religion News Service reported that "James H. Burch, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit will ordain Penelope Ann Thoms to the Catholic priesthood at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 13, 2004 at One Spirit Catholic Community, 13900 Stonefield Drive, Clifton, VA... The Catholic Diocese of One Spirit is part of a group of ecumenical Catholic faith communities across the...

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"Papa Married a Mormon": Play Explores Religious Intolerance in Utah

May 23, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/May/05232004/arts/168846.asp

On May 23, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "A play opening at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University this week takes on Utah's 'elephant in the room' -- friction between members of Utah's dominant faith and their neighbors. 'Papa Married a Mormon' confirms what we already knew: religious tolerance -- and the lack of it -- have been issues in Utah for a long time. The play...

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Michigan Sees Intersection of Religion with Election Issues

May 23, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/politics/0405/23/a01-160992.htm

On May 23, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Politics and religion are co-mingling on a massive scale this year, setting up what increasingly looks like a November referendum on changing American morality. Nowhere is this intersection of church and state more evident than in Michigan, where experts can’t recall a similar time of constant debate over morally tinged issues...

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Editorial: Is God Being Left Out of the Classroom?

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13377

On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "Parents of America, beware. Did you know that your children are getting an 'anti-Christian education' in schools 'run by the enemies of God?' That’s the apocalyptic assertion made by lay Baptist leaders T.C. Pinckney and Bruce Shortt in a resolution they’ll submit to the Southern Baptist Convention...

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At Abrahamic Conference, Former Governor Calls for Cooperation Among Faiths in Fighting Terror

May 23, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/22/1085176042272.html

On May 23, 2004 The Age reported, "Former state governor Sir James Gobbo yesterday criticised people who supported suicide bombing. 'Those who link deliberate suicide to divine approval and reward, whatever the cause, are distorting religion, not preaching it,' Sir James, chairman of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, told the weekend's third international Inter-Religion...

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Manatee School Board Settles on School Prayers

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13394

On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The Manatee County School Board has settled a federal lawsuit against its practice of saying Christian prayers before meetings. The agreement, which only one member voted against, mirrors guidelines the board set in August. It allows the board to open meetings with a nonsectarian invocation. A court must approve the...

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Leaders of Ecumenical Think Tank Retire

May 22, 2004

Source: The Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4786621.html

On May 22, 2004 The Star Tribune reported, "After decades of service to the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, a Christian theological think tank better known nationally than locally, Patrick Henry and Sister Dolores Schuh are retiring. They take with them a bounty of institutional memory and ideas about the ecumenical movement. Schuh, 71, has been with the institute since 1974;...

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Editorial: Catholic Bishops Lack Consistency in Moral Stances on Social Issues

May 22, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0405210348may21,1,6913407.story

On May 22, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "For Catholics, there is no bright line separating 'private'faith from 'public'action. Within the Catholic tradition, the decision whether to vote for one politician or another is as fraught with religious significance as the decision whether to go to church on Sunday. Consequently,...

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Texas Officials Say Unitarian Church Not a Religious Organization

May 22, 2004

Source: The Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/living/religion/8726242.htm

On May 22, 2004 The Tallahassee Democrat reported, "Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone. But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian church isn't really a religious...

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Chinese Church Opens Doors to Everyone

May 21, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2584643

On May 21, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "As leaders at Houston Chinese Church started a new congregation in Fort Bend County, they decided to leave ethnicity out of the title. The result was Fort Bend Community Church. The name signaled change. 'We took the `Chinese' out,' said Robert Lay-Su, a church deacon. 'We inserted the `community.' We were thinking, `Open the...

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"Traditional Values Coalition" Forms to Oppose Gay Marriage

May 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41187-2004May19.html?referrer=email

On May 20, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Opposing the 'homosexual agenda,' as it's known in their circle, is on the priority list for most Christian conservative groups. But for the Traditional Values Coalition, founded in 1980 by the Rev. Lou Sheldon and based in Anaheim, Calif., it is a singular obsession. 'They're the...

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Opinion: In Kosovo, U.S. Not Living Up to Its Foreign Policy on Protecting Religious Freedom For All

May 20, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0520/p09s02-coop.html

On May 20, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Lawrence A. Uzzell, president of International Religious Freedom Watch, about the lack of attention to "ethnic cleansing" of Christian Serbs in Kosovo. Uzzell writes, "Six years ago the US launched a noble experiment, becoming the first nation to proclaim international religious freedom...

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Catholic Congress Members Warn Against Bishop Intervention

May 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41041-2004May19.html?referrer=email

On May 20, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Forty-eight Roman Catholic members of Congress have warned in a letter to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington that U.S. bishops will revive anti-Catholic bigotry and severely harm the church if they deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights. The letter's...

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