Christianity

Pres. Bush Speaks on National Day of Prayer

May 6, 2004

Source: The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/05/20040506-10.html

On May 6, 2004 The White House published Pres. Bush's remarks on the National Day of Prayer: "A prayerful spirit has always been a central part of our national tradition, and it remains a vital part of our national character. Americans of every faith and every tradition turn daily to God in reverence and humility. We bring our cares to Him knowing He is our help in ages...

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Crosses Reappear in Classrooms of Catholic College

May 5, 2004

Source: The Journal News

http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/050504/b0105ionacrosses.html

On May 5, 2004 The Journal News reported, "Iona College students returned from spring break a few weeks ago to a subtle, unannounced change in their classrooms. 'Some people took a double-take, like 'There are crucifixes in our classrooms. When did that happen?' ' said Karol Markosky, 22, a senior from Bethel, Conn. "I think it's a nice addition. People are...

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ACLU Protests "Sectarian" Prayers at City Council

May 5, 2004

Source: Sign On San Diego

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040505-1551-aclu.html

On May 5, 2004 Sign On San Diego reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union sent a warning letter to the La Mesa City Council today, urging the panel to discontinue invocations that include specific references to Christianity. The letter asks Mayor Art Madrid and members of the council to adopt a policy ensuring that future invocations are non-sectarian, according...

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Muslims Say 300 People Killed in Attacks by Christian Militia

May 5, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040505/325/eswoz.html

On May 5, 2004 Yahoo! News posted a Reuters article that reported, "Nigeria's top Muslim leader says 300 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in Sunday's attacks by Christian militia in the town of Yelwa in the central Plateau state. Justice Abdulkadir Orire, secretary general of the Jama'atu Nasril Islam, described the killings in the remote farming town as 'genocide' and said they took the death toll...

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United Methodist Women Struggles Over Dispute on Interreligious Dialogue

May 5, 2004

Source: Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04126/311266.stm

On May 5, 2004 Post-Gazette reported, "One of the great Christian missionary movements of the 20th century began 135 years ago with members of a prayer circle giving 2 cents a week to help newly freed slaves. From that humble beginning, United Methodist Women now boasts 1 million members and an annual budget of more than $25 million. But the organization is a focus of conservative discontent in the 8.3...

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Drama Celebrates Common Story of "The Children of Abraham"

May 4, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0405/02/b03-139594.htm

On May 4, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Gary Gordon lives in Duluth, Minn., a community with a small number of Jewish and Islamic families. When he heard about a drama project being staged in Metro Detroit that explores the possibility of peace between the two religions’ followers through the story of the ancient religious leader Abraham, Gordon began raising money to...

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Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Group Forms at Univ. of Santa Barbara

May 4, 2004

Source: The Daily Nexus

http://www.ucsbdailynexus.com/news/2004/7418.html

On May 4, 2004 The Daily Nexus reported, "The Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Club met last night to explore Muslim and Jewish relations in its newly official and undergraduate format. Seven people attended the meeting, which touched on subjects ranging from the latest referendum vote in Israel, to a discussion of the Mexican population of Isla Vista, to reactions to American Students for Israel speaker...

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American-Born Christian Minister Addresses Social Action Through Faith

May 4, 2004

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fl20040501a1.htm

On May 4, 2004 The Japan Times ran a feature article on the Rev. Claudia Genung, pastor of West Tokyo Union Church in Mitaka: "From the San Francisco Bay area, Claudia first came to Japan in 1976 right after high school on an International Christian Youth Exchange...The couple [Genung and her Japanese-born husband, Toshi Yamamoto] studied for their masters of...

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Archbishop: Muslims' Request to Pray in Spanish Church is Not Permissible

May 2, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=52923

On May 2, 2004 Zenit reported, "Is it permissible to allow Muslims to worship in a Catholic church? The answer is no, according to Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The question, asked by a Spanish Muslim, had sparked a national debate in that country, as followers of Islam in Spain wish to be able to worship in the cathedral of...

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Under Pressure, City Removes Cross from Official Seal

May 2, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13266

On May 2, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "A Southern California city has agreed to remove a cross from its official seal under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.

For nearly 40 years, a shimmering cross hovering over a church steeple has been emblazoned on the seal of Redlands, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. It was to be removed by April...

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Religious Discrimination in Faith-Based Initiatives

May 2, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0405020434may02,1,7967770.column

On May 2, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported that a serious question arises "when it looks like politicians might have a religious test for deciding whom should receive government services. That question has arisen with new vigor lately, as the White House seeks additional funding for 'faith-based initiatives,' a jewel in...

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Hospital Chaplaincy Has Multi-Faith Approach

May 2, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3604775.stm

On May 2, 2004 the BBC News ran a feature article on Chris Johnson, a hospital chaplain, and the multi-faith approach of the chaplaincy. The article reported, "When Jackie Hill was forced to spend long periods of time as an in-patient at Bradford Royal Infirmary the last thing she thought she needed was spiritual counseling from a man of the cloth. Jackie, like many people, took the view that a visit...

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