Christianity

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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Editorial: Schools Must Be Allowed Flexibility in Religious Observances

April 28, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/14906.html

On April 28, 2004 The Herald ran an editorial on the lack of a response from Peter Peacock, Member of the Scottish Parliament and Minister for Education and Young People, to the report from the religious observance review group, which examined religious observation in schools in the UK. The editorial board wrote, "If, as is strongly hinted at, the executive [Peacock] insists that religious observance must...

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MN Council of Churches Work With Hmong American Partnership to Aid Refugees

April 28, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0428/p02s01-ussc.html

On April 28, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported on the 15,000 Hmong refugees in Wat Tham Krabok, an unofficial refugee camp some two hours from Thailand, who have languished, largely forgotten, since the UN closed its last Hmong refugee camps in the mid 1990s. "Now, the United States is offering to resettle all who want to come, provided they aren't criminals and can...

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Call to Prayer Verdict Provokes Outrage in Hamtramck

April 28, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/pray28_20040428.htm

On April 28, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reportedm "The Hamtramck City Council's unanimous approval Tuesday night of a plan to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast on loudspeakers five times a day in Arabic has outraged many of the city's Polish Catholic residents. They said they'll start a petition drive to bring the issue to a vote. Others have said they'll file lawsuits...

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Editorial: OR Mayor Demonstrates the Power of Taking a Stand

April 28, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/editorials/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1083153773240511.xml

On April 28, 2004 The Oregonian published an editorial noting, "Tuesday, the organizers of the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast of Washington County canceled the event, which had been planned for May 5. The event's demise this year is a small, and potent, demonstration of what can happen when good people refuse to...

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Government Leaders Stress Importance of Interfaith Dialogue for Peace

April 28, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200404280495.html

On April 28, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Daily Trust (Abuja) article that reported, "Secretary General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Dr. Lateef Adegbite and Kano State governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau have stressed the importance of dialogue in promoting peace and religious harmony. Speaking during separate interviews, both Adegbite and Shekarau who were at the State House to brief President...

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Increasing Religious Diversity as EU Accepts New Member States

April 28, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1433_A_1183522_1_A,00.html

On April 28, 2004 Deutsche Welle reported, "With the 10 new EU member states, the religious map of Europe is also changing dramatically, bringing aboard Catholics, the Orthodox Church and Protestants...'As we build the new, enlarged Europe, we cannot marginalize religions and the movements that have played a part in European integration and Europe's cultural development...

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Editorial: Bridges, Not Roadblocks, Will Build Tolerance Among Abrahamic Faiths

April 27, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/commentary/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1083067061140131.xml

On April 27, 2004 The Oregonian reported, "After reading Richard Colby's report about this controversy within the Portland area's religious community, I was truly shocked. In a time when we are supposed to be teaching religious tolerance and understanding, it is sad to see the organizers of the "Mayors' Prayer...

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