Christianity

PC-USA to Host International Christian-Muslim Dialogue

March 24, 2004

Source: PCUSA news

http://www.wfn.org/2004/03/msg00201.html

On March 24, 2004 PCUSA news issued a press release that stated, "Acting on the belief that listening can promote better understanding, Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world will once again visit the United States to meet with Presbyterians and others through the Interfaith Listening Project (http://www.pcusa.org/listeningproject/). The program, which...

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Resort Town in Florida Caters to Amish

March 23, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/142/story_14277_1.html

On March 23, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted a Religion News Service article on an Amish resort town in Florida: "At first glance, it appears to be just another working-class neighborhood of tidy cottages and bungalows and sun-baked trailer courts just east of the Sarasota city limits. Behind that suburban facade, though, lies one of the most exclusive tourist resorts in the country. There is...

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"Sharing Our Faiths" Introduces Brandeis Students to Different Religious Services

March 23, 2004

Source: The Justice

http://www.thejusticeonline.com/news/2004/03/23/News/sharing.Our.Faith.Gives.Taste.Of.Different.Beliefs-638930.shtml

On March 23, 2004 The Justice reported, "'Sharing our Faiths,' a new series sponsored by the Religious Pluralism and Spirituality this semester, allows students to attend services or gatherings of different religions, including Buddhist meditation, Catholic mass and...

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Concerns About Cultural Conflict Persist Despite Proposed Peace Deal

March 22, 2004

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=6d1085738ef5bccfe04695f34ec369ed

On March 22, 2004 NCM reported, "Warring parties in oil-rich Sudan -- long branded a supporter of terror by the United States and even a temporary home base for Osama bin Laden -- may soon stop fighting. Tempted by promises of development assistance and investment, they're trying to finalize a deal in wavering peace talks in...

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Abraham Foxman Accuses Gibson of Anti-Semitism

March 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2003/09/20/actor_accused_of_anti_semitism/

On March 22, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "The head of the Anti-Defamation League accused Mel Gibson yesterday of holding anti-Semitic beliefs based on the actor's response to criticism of his upcoming movie depicting Jesus' death.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Jewish civil rights organization, insisted...

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Symbolic Peace Effort to Restore Religious Sites Reveals Difficulties in Uniting Island

March 22, 2004

Source: The Independent

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/story.jsp?story=503709

On March 22, 2004 The Independent reported on "how UN efforts to restore two historic religious sites have come to symbolise the difficulties" in uniting Cyprus: "Like its Orthodox counterpart [the Apostle Andreas monastery], the Tekke mosque is Islam's holiest site on the island and, like the monastery, it lies cut off from the bulk of the faithful on the other side of the...

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Statistics Show Ties Between Religion and Political Outlook

March 22, 2004

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040322/NEWS09/403220349/-1/NEWS

On March 22, 2004 The Toledo Blade published an article on the importance of religion in the upcoming presidential election. In the article, John Zogby, an independent pollster, says that "his polling data shows that Democrats are less apt to be weekly churchgoers than Republicans, and that there is a strong relationship...

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In Dallas, a Joint Muslim-Jewish-Christian Blood Drive

March 22, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/032204dnccodrive.142d4.html

On March 22, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Dispelling misconceptions can be a large task. But Lin Rosenquist wasn't intimidated when she set out to banish one recently. 'There was so much hoopla surrounding The Passion of the Christ ,' Ms. Rosenquist said of the Mel Gibson movie. 'I...

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The Dangers of Mixing Religion and Politics

March 21, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-0403210457mar21,1,5897013.column?coll=chi-news-col

On March 21, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported on the growing concern that religion will be misused by politicians in the upcoming presidential election. The Washington-based Interfaith Alliance sponsored a forum last week at the National Press Club on the role of religion in the 2004 political...

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Study Reveals Positive Impact of Religion on Children

March 21, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11789-2004Mar20.html

On March 21, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Late last year, a commission convened by Dartmouth Medical School, among others, studied years of research on kids, including brain-imaging studies, and concluded that young people who are religious are better off in significant ways than their secular peers. They are less likely than nonbelievers to smoke and...

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Scottish Church Leader Speaks Out Against French Ban of Religious Symbols

March 21, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=328032004

On March 21, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "One of Scotland’s leading churchmen has accused the French government of 'persecuting' its own citizens with new laws banning the wearing of religious head-gear in schools and their regulation in the workplace. The Right Reverend Professor Iain Torrance, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has written a strong letter of protest...

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Majority of Dutch Claim No Religious Affiliation

March 20, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=50957

On March 20, 2004 Zenit reported, "'Concern and hope' is how Dutch bishops sum up the Church's situation in their country. In a report presented during their recent five-yearly visit to the Vatican, entitled 'The Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands at the Start of a New Millennium,' the prelates paint a sobering picture. Data from parishes at year-end 2002 would suggest that the nation's...

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In Michigan, Teachers in Public Education Learn About Diversity

March 19, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/crumm19_20040319.htm

On March 19, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "In the middle of a keynote address to 200 Oakland County educators by Heather Neff, an expert on religious diversity from Eastern Michigan University, the conference suddenly was interrupted by a voice booming Arabic phrases. Neff stopped cold. Teachers looked around in surprise. Then, they recalled that their conference on...

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Minister and Rabbi Marry Same- Sex Couples in New York

March 18, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/18/nyregion/18gay.html

On March 18, 2004 The New York Times reported, "A minister and a rabbi plan to officiate same-sex marriages in front of City Hall in Manhattan today, and are asking other clergy members to attend to show their support. The event is also a show of solidarity for two Unitarian Universalist ministers who face criminal charges upstate for performing same-sex weddings. 'We're calling on...

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