Christianity

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

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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 population of 16.2 million includes more than 5 million...

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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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Church Rankings Show Baptist Churches on the Rise

March 17, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/141/story_14195_1.html

On March 17, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "The nation's 10 largest churches remain unchanged from last year, according to the 2004 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, with the American Baptist Churches in the USA reporting the fastest growth of any Protestant denomination. The annual report of church membership figures, compiled by the National Council of Churches, found 161 million adherents...

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Bush Finds Following in Young Conservative Christians

March 17, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/s/nationworld/washington/031504cccapolchristiankids.8d0d7766.html

On March 17, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Early in his campaign for the presidency four years ago, George W. Bush was asked in a debate which political philosopher he most admired. He replied: Jesus Christ "because he changed my heart." At the time, his answer caused a stir. Christian...

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Ten Commandments to be Removed From Minn. City Hall

March 17, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12882

On March 17, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The City Council voted March 15 to remove a controversial Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of City Hall.

The council voted 5-4 not to fight a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union. The MnCLU had filed a federal lawsuit to get the city to remove the monument because it was an...

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South African Cosmologist Awarded Templeton Prize for Advancing Understanding of Religion

March 17, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/142/story_14232_1.html

On March 17, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted a Religion News Service article that reported, "George F.R. Ellis, a South African cosmologist and mathematician who is equally at home in the realm of social criticism and political activism, is the winner of the 2004 Templeton Prize, arguably the most prestigious award for advancing understanding of religion and spirituality. Ellis, a Quaker...

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Pastor Won't Apologize for Interrupting Tibetan Concert

March 17, 2004

Source: News 8

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On March 17, 2004 News 8 reported, "The leader of an Allendale church that interrupted a performance of Tibetan Monks says he has no reason to apologize... The monks were performing at the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids when members of the St. Margaret Mary Church in Allendale started a prayer protest. Members of St. Margaret Mary, who call themselves traditional Catholics but are not recognized by the diocese, were unhappy that...

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Evangelical Church Divided Over Headscarf Ban

March 16, 2004

Source: Lutheran World Information

http://www.wfn.org/2004/03/msg00158.html

On March 16, 2004 Lutheran World Information reported, "There is increasing disagreement within the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) concerning the ban on the wearing of head scarves by Muslim teachers at public schools. EKD Council Chairperson Bishop Dr Wolfgang Huber, Bishops Dr Margot Kdssman (Hanover), Dr Johannes Friedrich (Bavaria), or Dr Gerhard Maier (Wirttemberg), are among those favoring a ban...

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W. Virginia Church Dedicates Abraham Tapestry

March 15, 2004

Source: West Virginia Gazette

http://www.wvgazette.com/section/News/Other%20News/200403159

On March 15, 2004 the West Virginia Gazette reported, "Members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths came together Sunday at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral to celebrate a story of hospitality common to all three religions. Sacred Heart held a special Mass on Sunday, and invited members of the Jewish and Islamic faiths to dedicate a new tapestry in the church's addition...

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