Christianity

In Middleborough, Controversy Over Holiday Display Rages On

March 4, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/03/04/board_considers_adding_menorah_to_town_display/

On March 4, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Even with spring approaching, controversy continues over a holiday display outside Middleborough Town Hall.

The First Unitarian Universalist Society has for two years been trying to get more secular elements...

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Quakers on U.S Tour Speak About Experience Living in Iraq

March 3, 2004

Source: MPAC

On March 3, 2004 MPAC issued a press release that reported, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) will be hosting Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iraq Country Representatives, [in Los Angeles] for one leg of their national tour...Since May 2003, Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iraq Country Representatives, have lived in a neighborhood of Baghdad. They have witnessed nights of terror; days of profound sorrow, hope, and anger. They have seen inspiring...

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Court Rules: Catholic Charities Must Pay for Birth Control

March 2, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/02/national/02CHAR.html

On March 2, 2004 The New York Times reported that "the California Supreme Court ruled Monday that Catholic Charities must provide its employees in California with medical coverage for birth control, in spite of its religious objections to contraception. The ruling has sweeping implications for religion-based nonprofit organizations and hospitals throughout the state and could influence...

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Catholics Not Included in Religious Tolerance Meeting

March 2, 2004

Source: WPXI

http://www.wpxi.com/news/2888754/detail.html

On March 2, 2004 WPXI ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A meeting to promote religious tolerance in Russia isn't off to a very good start. It seems Catholics aren't invited. More than 300 religious leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose grouping of most of the former Soviet republics, are to participate in the conference beginning Tuesday. But the conference will only include...

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Religious Leaders Join ACLU and Others to Urge Fair Trial of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

March 1, 2004

Source: Guantanamo Human Rights Commission

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/04guantanamoschedule.html

On March 1, 2004 the Guantanamo Human Rights Commission issued a press release that reported, "On March 6, the London-based Guantanamo Human Rights Commission, founded by Corin and Vanessa Redgrave, is taking a delegation from Europe to the United States to put pressure on President George Bush, the U.S. Government and American lawmakers to treat the Guantanamo Bay...

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Editorial: If God Calls in Public, Silence Your Phone

March 1, 2004

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/8074967.htm

On March 1, 2004 The Miami Herald published an editorial on the intersection of religion and politics, noting that Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, introducing President Bush at a recent benefit, pretended to take a phone call from God. "During the 'conversation,' Huckabee said that while he knew that the Lord couldn't take sides in a partisan way and support Bush, ''We're...

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Volunteers Help Repair Vandalized Baptist Church in Virginia

February 29, 2004

Source: Roanoke.com

http://www1.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story163424.html

On February 29, 2004 Roanoke.com reported that neighbors have pitched in to help members of Mount Moriah Baptist church repair damages after they were recently vandalized. "It's been six weeks since Mount Moriah members discovered their house of worship in the 3500 block of Orange Avenue Northeast in Roanoke had been ransacked, causing about $50,000 in damage. Windows and bathroom mirrors...

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Faith Leaders Discuss Religion and the Press

February 29, 2004

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/articles/8/124947-8428-131.html

On February 29, 2004 The Indianapolis Star published an editorial by Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Star. Ryerson wrote concerning a recent discussion about religion and the press he held with a group of 30 individuals including conservative evangelicals and moderate to liberal Methodists, Jews, Muslims, Catholics and Baptists. They asked that the Star remain a secular newspaper...

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Interfaith Leader Fights Against Discrimination of Same-Sex Marriages

February 29, 2004

Source: The Northwest Indiana Times

http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2004/02/29/news/region_and_state/3c692497dad1297986256e490013a337.txt

On February 29, 2004 The Northwest Indiana Times reported, "As much as many people would like to sweep it back into the closet, the gay marriage debate has swept the nation -- and the fallout didn't spare Northwest Indiana this week... On Thursday, Jeff Miner, an...

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In the Gay Marriage Debate, Both Sides Seek Support From Black Clergy

February 29, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/01/national/01CHUR.html?pagewanted=1

On February 29, 2004 The New York Times reported, "As debate escalates around same-sex marriage, advocates on both sides are busily seeking support from the same source: black clergy members. Though their pitches are polar opposites, their motives are largely the same. Each seeks the perceived moral authority and the sheen of civil rights that black religious...

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On Bay Harbor Islands, A Woman Fasts While a Region Struggles With Competing Decorations

February 29, 2004

Source: The Miami Bureau

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-dholiday29feb29,0,7016171.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

On February 29, 2004 The Miami Bureau reported,"In an effort to maintain harmony between two dominant religions, the Bay Harbor Islands town council sparked a battle that has lingered long after the holiday decorations came down. For years the 5,000-member community lined...

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on the Pledge of Allegiance

February 27, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week726/cover.html

On February 27, 2004 the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "In late March the Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments in the case of an atheist, Michael Newdow, who wants the words 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge was written in the late nineteenth century, but it wasn't until 1954, during the Cold War against communism, that...

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