Christianity

Government Orders Christians to Renounce Their Faith

April 26, 2004

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=113-04262004

On April 26, 2004 U.S. Newswire reported, "Approximately 35 Christian families in the village of Nam Thuam, Nambak District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos, have been ordered to renounce their Christian faith by district government officials...In March, 2004, Nambak District officials ordered Christians in the village of Nam Thuam to reject their faith or face consequences. Upon...

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Arab-Americans Support Kerry in Swing States

April 26, 2004

Source: Reuters

http://www.uticaod.com/archive/2004/04/17/opinion/30247.html

On April 26, 2004 Reuters reported, " Arab-Americans in four battleground U.S. states would choose Democrat John Kerry by a wide margin if the presidential election were held now, a shift from their strong support of George W. Bush in 2000, a new poll showed on Wednesday. The tracking poll, released by the Arab American Institute, looked at Arab-Americans in Michigan, Florida, Ohio...

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Muslim Group Warns Against Government Funding of Religious Centers

April 26, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200404270053.html

On April 26, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Vanguard article that reported, "A pressure group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has warned the federal government against funding churches and mosques in the country, saying that may set Nigeria on the path of strife caused by religious differences. The group's warning came against the backdrop of government's plans to fund, particularly, the completion of...

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Opinions: Students Argue For and Against Elimination of Graduation Prayer

April 26, 2004

Source: Edinburgh Student Newspaper

http://www.studentnewspaper.org/view_article.php?article_id=20040427160744

On April 26, 2004 Edinburgh Student Newspaper ran two opinion pieces by students regarding the recent decision by the university to remove Christian prayers from the graduation ceremony. One student, Helen Brown, argued against the decision, writing, "Thus a belief in the innate goodness of religious diversity is equivalent to stating...

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Christian-Muslim Violence Kills 22

April 26, 2004

Source: Radio Netherlands

http://www.rnw.nl/hotspots/html/ind040426.html

On April 26, 2004 Radio Netherlands reported, "At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Indonesian city of Ambon. The violence is reminiscent of the bloody chaos that engulfed the Mollucan islands five years ago, and is seen as a major setback to the reconciliation process under way since 2002. The fighting began after Christian separatists raised their banned...

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VMI Appeal for Prayer Ruling Denied by Supreme Court

April 26, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13239

On April 26, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "The Supreme Court said today that it wouldn't consider reinstating mealtime prayers at a state-funded military college, turning aside an appeal from Virginia officials who wanted to preserve the tradition. Justice Antonin Scalia blasted his colleagues for refusing to hear the case, arguing that it raised important church-...

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Renewed Christian-Muslim Violence Kills 10 in Moluccan Islands

April 25, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3657101.stm

On April 25, 2004 the BBC News reported, "At least 10 people have died in renewed fighting between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia's Moluccan islands, police and witnesses say. People fought with knives and stones, buildings were set alight and an Associated Press reporter says he saw two men hacked to death in the street. It came as separatist Christians paraded in the capital, Ambon, to mark a...

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In New York, Churches Struggle to Make the Rent

April 25, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/realestate/25COV.html

On April 25, 2004 The New York Times reported, "The beliefs they espouse may be eternal, but the grip that churches and synagogues have on their property can be transitory. With shrinking memberships and demographic shifts as ethnic groups move out of neighborhoods and others move in, houses of worship can be filled to capacity and financially comfortable in one decade and struggling...

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Assyrian Diaspora Lobbies for Change from CA

April 24, 2004

Source: The Los Angeles Garment and Citizen

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=074c9392c49e003dfab8455e3919d660

On April 24, 2004 The Los Angeles Garment and Citizen published a profile of Pierre Toulakany, a Los Angeles property owner who traces his family roots to the Assyrians, an ethnic Christian group located primarily in modern day Iraq. "The waves of Assyrians immigrants to the U.S....

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Methodist Builds Buddhist Temple Replica in Honor of All Faiths

April 24, 2004

Source: The Daily Press

http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/dp-96441sy0apr26,0,1574966.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

On April 24, 2004 The Daily Press reported, "People wonder what that blue thing with all the wooden scaffolding is in Samuel Glasscock's Chuckatuck back yard. 'Some of them come right out and ask me,' said Glasscock, the 72-year-old chairman of the board of the Louise Obici Hospital and a former state delegate...

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Islamic Group Joins Jews and Christians to Lobby Social Justice in Minn.

April 23, 2004

Source: The Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4738045.html

On April 23, 2004 The Star Tribune reported, "The Islamic Center of Minnesota joined with Jews, Catholics and mainline Protestants on Tuesday to lobby for certain social justice issues in the state. The center, one of the state's most influential Islamic organizations, signed on as a member of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) in a ceremony attended by 75 of the state's religious...

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African Churches Reshape New York's Religious Worship

April 23, 2004

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001906397_churches18.html

On April 23, 2004 The Seattle Times reported, "About 500 worshippers, many from Ghana, filled the Church of the Pentecost in the Bronx on Palm Sunday. Each Sunday, in more than 100 New York churches, pastors preach the Gospel in languages such as Ibo, Twi and Ga. Conga drums drive songs of praise. Swaths of kente cloth cover bodies swaying in...

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Muslims Urge Christians to Engage in Dialogue in Kentucky

April 23, 2004

Source: The Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2004/04195.htm

On April 23, 2004 The Presbyterian News Service reported, "A group of 15 Muslim scholars and preachers said during a visit here last week that mainstream Islam is widely misunderstood in the United States. A Christian theologian challenged the group to engage Christians in dialogue that does not avoid the hard questions posed by either faith. 'We need serious, ongoing, in-depth discussion with...

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Responding to Controversy, Kerry Says Religion Should Stay Out of Politics

April 23, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/latestnews/pm19496_20040423.htm

On April 23, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign said Friday that religion should not be an issue in U.S. politics after a top Vatican official said Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied communion. Cardinal Francis Arinze would not comment specifically about Kerry, who is Catholic and...

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Government Watchdog Urges Public Schools to Teach About Religious Diversity

April 23, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://education.independent.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=514328

On April 23, 2004 The Independent reported, "Schools will be urged to teach their pupils about a broad range of religious faiths - not just Christianity - in new guidance to be published next week. The guidance, from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), the Government's exams watchdog, will suggest that pupils should be given an understanding of Islam,...

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