Christianity

ACLU Contests Cross in LA's Historic Symbol

May 27, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13425

On May 27, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the removal of a tiny cross that is among historic symbols on Los Angeles County’s official seal. The seal 'prominently depicts a Latin cross, a sectarian religious symbol that represents the beliefs of one segment of the county’s diverse population' and...

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Government Official Calls for Interreligious Committees at State and Local Levels

May 27, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200405270406.html

On May 27, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a This Day article that reported, "The Tor Tiv Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula has called for the establishment of joint committees of Muslims and Christians at the State and Local government levels, even as the nation grapples with the pervasive problem of religious intolerance. Dr. Torkula spoke in Makurdi at an expanded State Security Council meeting, chaired by the...

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Muslim Request to Pray in Cordoba Church Prompts Examination of Spanish Identity

May 26, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0526/p01s04-woeu.html

On May 26, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Ever since Charles V erected an altar and choir stall in the middle of this city's Great Mosque five centuries ago - clearing out many of the mosque's emblematic red-and-white-striped arches in the process - Córdoba's Mezquita has symbolized Spain's divisive past. But now, Muslim immigrants and Spanish converts to Islam are...

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Editorial: Nigeria Should Look to the Indian Example of Government and Progress

May 26, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200405260485.html

On May 26, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted an editorial from the Vanguard arguing that Nigeria should learn from India, the world's largest democracy. The editorial board writes, "India is the world's largest democracy. It has a population of over one billion people of diverse ethnicity and of diverse religions; among their religions are some of the world's oldest. Numbering among these religions are two...

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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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