Christianity

Kerry's "Controversial" Catholicism Looks Much Like America's

May 2, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-kerrycath2may02,1,5020196.story?coll=la-news-religion

On May 2, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "One point was largely overlooked in the news reports and talk-show discussions about whether Sen. John F. Kerry should take part in the central rituals of his faith: The former altar boy is Roman Catholic the way many Americans are Roman Catholic. He...

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Rise in Anti-Semitism in Delaware Town Blamed on Gibson's "The Passion"

May 1, 2004

Source: The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2004/05/01groupssaypassio.html

On May 1, 2004 The News Journal reported, "A series of antisemitic acts in the Rehoboth Beach area since the release of the film 'The Passion of the Christ' on Feb. 25 have prompted members of the Christian and Jewish communities to come together to talk about how to prevent further incidents.

Members of Seaside Jewish Community...

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Two Voices on the Role of Religion in Democracy

May 1, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/8560007.htm

On May 1, 2004 The Kansas City Star published responses by a Buddhist monk and a Baptist Reverend to the question: "Should religion play a part in our democratic system of government?" The Rev. Tony Cobbins, pastor of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, said: "I personally feel that religion should definitely play a role in the democratic process......

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Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Severs Ties With Greek Orthodox Church

May 1, 2004

Source: CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/04/30/religion.orthodox.ap/index.html

On May 1, 2004 CNN.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians has suspended relations with the head of Greece's Orthodox Church -- a move that could lead to severed ties between the two churches. The decision by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I followed a dispute over control of...

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Through Abraham's Sacrifice, Faith Leaders Find Healing

May 1, 2004

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/lifestyle/story/9118323p-10043947c.html

On May 1, 2004 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Sunday, Sacramento area faith leaders will discuss Abraham's sacrifice and what it means at a special program sponsored by the Children of Abraham. 'We'll each talk about his sacrifice, but let's face it, we're not going to resolve the issue,' says Imam Metwalli Amer, chairman of SALAM, the Sacramento Area...

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Congressman Reprimanded for Omitting "Under God" in the Pledge

April 30, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13261

On April 30, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "In an unusual public reprimand, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi chastised Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington for omitting the words 'under God' while leading the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It is unusual for the leader of a political party to publicly chastise a member of the party's rank-...

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Pre-World Parliament of Religions Meeting in Jerusalem Addresses Religion and Violence

April 30, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

On April 30, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "We had gathered here March 2 and 3 at the Rachem Rachel Hotel on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the invitation of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. The parliament will hold a major convocation in July in Barcelona, Spain, expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people. One of the focuses of the event is religious violence, and the participants in Jerusalem, mostly Jewish and Muslim but also Christian, Buddhist and Hindu, were modeling an...

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Editorial: "Good Catholic" and "Good President" Are Not the Same

April 30, 2004

Source: The National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004b/043004/043004r.htm

On April 30, 2004 The National Catholic Reporter reported, "Assume for the moment that John Kerry’s Catholic critics are correct. That a Catholic legislator, or would-be president, cannot embrace abortion rights (or embryonic stem cell research, or gay rights or you name it) and be a 'good Catholic.' It’s an interesting debate, one in...

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Vatican's Vesakh Greeting to Buddhists Focuses on Need to Care for Childreen

April 30, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=52887

On April 30, 2004 Zenit distributed a statement by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to Buddhists on the occasion of Vesakh, a Buddhist religious holiday. The statement addressed the common need to address issues among children and youth: "I am writing to you again this year to express my heartfelt greetings on the occasion of your festival of Vesakh. I pray that each and every...

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Press Vietnam on Religious Freedom Issues

April 29, 2004

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.nccbuscc.org/comm/archives/2004/04-081.htm

On April 29, 2004 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a press release that reported, "Despite reported improvements in religious freedom in Vietnam, the 'violent repression' of some Vietnamese Christians and the detention of a Catholic priest are sources of 'grave concern,' according to the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops'...

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Citing Free Speech, Chicago Couple Can Buy a Brick for Jesus

April 29, 2004

Source: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

http://www.becketfund.org/press/2004/042904.html

On April 29, 2004 The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty reported, "Robert and Mildred Tong today won a decisive victory in their battle to 'buy a brick' in a Chicago park near their home that says 'Jesus is the Cornerstone.' U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo issued a broad and emphatically worded opinion and order in Robert Tong and Mildred Tong v. Chicago Park District in which...

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Center For Religious Tolerance Opens at Rice

April 29, 2004

Source: Rice News

http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~toler/information.html

On April 29, 2004 Rice News reported, "The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, which was formally announced April 22, was made possible by a gift from Dr. Milton Boniuk and his wife, Laurie. 'Advancing the cause of religious tolerance is surely one of the greatest challenges of our age,' said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. 'The Boniuk Center will be concerned with...

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Christians Plan to Evangelize in Response to Buddhist Rally

April 29, 2004

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2004/04/msg00242.html

On April 29, 2004 Worldwide Faith News reported, "Buddhist groups on Taiwan's offshore island territory of Kinmen (Quemoy) are planning a large-scale rally in June. Kinmen is currently the site of both a Buddhist studies center and some temples. The upcoming rally has spurred local Protestant churches to united prayer. On April 21st a call was issued to local Christians to engage their Buddhist neighbors in...

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