Christianity

North Carolina Judge Wants a Religion-Neutral Court

March 12, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://newsobserver.com/nc24hour/ncnews/story/3411782p-3032544c.html

On March 12, 2004 The Associated Press reported, " A district court judge has asked local officials to remove religious references, including oaths that end "so help me God" and a traditional blessing for the state and court, in courtrooms when he presides. Judge James M. Honeycutt said in a letter that the court system is seeing an increasing number of...

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Opinion: A "Secular Image" the Way to Overcome Religious Divides

March 12, 2004

Source: The Daily Star

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/12_03_04_e2.asp

On March 12, 2004 The Daily Star ran an opinion piece by Rabih Khoury, a journalism student at the Lebanese American University, in which he discusses the religious divisions in the country: "Lebanese stereotypes function almost entirely through religion. Now here is the reality of the situation: there are 18 official religions in Lebanon. If we retackle this issue, a second civil war is not that...

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Evangelical Christians Back Bush

March 11, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-03-11-bush-christians_x.htm

On March 11, 2004 USA Today reported, "President Bush told evangelical Christians what they wanted to hear Thursday, ticking off highlights of his 'compassionate conservative' agenda, from halting late-term abortions to banning gay marriage. Evangelical Christians represent a core constituency for the president. Self-described Christian conservatives...

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In California, A Library's Name Reveals Tensions in a Diverse Community

March 11, 2004

Source: The Mercuy News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/8165736.htm

On March 11, 2004 The Mercuy News reported, "The skeleton of a new library is taking shape on Tully Road while a debate over the building's name has pitted longtime residents against their newer, Vietnamese-American neighbors. A diverse mix of older, largely white and Latino residents in the south central enclave see the $11 million city library as a proud achievement and want...

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Police: Arson at Catholic Church an "Act of Religious Intolerance"

March 11, 2004

Source: News 24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1496860,00.html

On March 11, 2004 News 24 reported, "Arsonists set fire to a Roman Catholic Church in central Zanzibar, burning chairs and chests filled with clothes in 'an act of religious intolerance,' a police official said. Authorities believe unidentified assailants broke into the church early on Wednesday and started the fire by igniting cloth sacks that had been soaked in...

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Columnist Ann Coulter Makes Islamophobic Remarks

March 10, 2004

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=139-03102004

On March 10, 2004 U.S. Newswire reported, "A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on major media outlets to end their association with a controversial conservative pundit who recently suggested that Muslims 'smell bad.' The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said syndicated columnist Ann Coulter, who frequently...

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Bishop Compares Gay Marriage to Union of People With Pets

March 10, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/10/nyregion/10bishop.html

On March 10, 2004 The New York Times reported, "Cardinal Edward Egan and other senior Roman Catholic clerics traveled to Albany yesterday to meet with Gov. George E. Pataki and top lawmakers to convey their church's staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, who discussed the church's position in a radio interview, condemned same-sex marriage as...

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In California, Zen-Catholic Dialogue Forms Over Meditation

March 10, 2004

Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.nccbuscc.org/comm/archives/2004/04-047.htm

On March 10, 2004 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reported, "Catholic and Buddhist priests, monastics, teachers and community leaders have participated in the second of an anticipated four annual dialogues. The series is sponsored by the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, the San Francisco Zen Center, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The...

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Senator Calls for Dialogue and Reconciliation Amongst Religions

March 8, 2004

Source: Western Catholic Reporter

http://www.wcr.ab.ca/news/2004/0308/roche030804.shtml

On March 8, 2004 the Western Catholic Reporter ran an excerpt from a talk by Senator Douglas Roche to the Canadian Egyptian Society of Edmonton and the Canadian Arab Professional and Business Club on Feb. 7, in which he said, "My message to you tonight is that all of us - Muslim, Christian, Jew and beyond - must reach out in dialogue and reconciliation in these new and dangerous...

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In Mass., Church Groups on Both Sides Speak Out on Gay Marriage

March 8, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/03/08/church_groups_rally_on_gay_marriage/

On March 8, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Religious groups on opposing sides of the gay marriage debate held prayer services to rally supporters and promote their causes yesterday on the last Sunday before the Legislature reconvenes to try to resolve an issue that has focused the nation's...

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Government More Tolerant of Christianity--As Long as Followers Are Loyal to the State

March 8, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0308/p01s03-woap.html

On March 8, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "[D]espite the challenges of practicing Christianity in China, there are signs that the once near pariah faith is being given more latitude. Most striking is what appears to be a public admittance by Beijing that Christianity is not only on the rise but is growing rapidly - and that the church is benefiting a spiritually...

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Unitarians in Utah Offer a Place for Pluralism

March 8, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Mar/03082004/utah/145757.asp

On March 8, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Utah's Unitarian community is but a small blip in a state dominated by one religion -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- and populated by several smaller, but significantly sized sects... But in pulling their five state congregations together for the first time ever Sunday at the University of Utah, the Unitarians...

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Hundreds Wash Away Synagogue Graffiti in Colorado

March 8, 2004

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/framework/0,1413,36~53~2003227,00.html

On March 8, 2004 The Denver Post reported, "What might have been a lasting symbol of hate was washed away Sunday as a crowd of about 300 gathered to erase anti-Semitic graffiti at a Denver synagogue.

Such a throng showed up at BMH-BJ Congregation, where vandalism was discovered Saturday, that people had to stand in line for a turn at a brush or a can of...

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