Christianity

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

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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 in federal court. Some plan to move... Two police officers tried...

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Editorial: OR Mayor Demonstrates the Power of Taking a Stand

April 28, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

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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 participate in religious intolerance. Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake didn't intend to lead a revolution when he...

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Government Leaders Stress Importance of Interfaith Dialogue for Peace

April 28, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

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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 Obasanjo on the forthcoming celebrations marking 50...

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Increasing Religious Diversity as EU Accepts New Member States

April 28, 2004

Source: Deutsche Welle

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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 and that are showing renewed interest and desire for dialogue with the Union...

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

April 27, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

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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 Breakfast of Washington County" acting in such an uncivilized manner. Unfortunately, even though Islam is...

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Curriculum Watchdog Recommends Teaching About UK's Six Major Religions in Public Schools

April 27, 2004

Source: The Independent

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On April 27, 2004 The Independent reported, "Children should begin to learn about another religion alongside Christianity from the age of five, according to new government guidelines on teaching religious education published yesterday. By the time they have finished compulsory education, they should have learnt about the six principal religions represented in the UK - Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. A report...

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The Methodist Vote Reflects Diversity of American Opinion

April 27, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

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On April 27, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "In the midst of a controversial war and a hotly contested election year, the global leaders of President George W. Bush's church will gather today in Pittsburgh for their first legislative conference in four years.

Delegates to the United Methodist General Conference say they are determined to send a strong message about terrorism and the war in Iraq to their church's most famous member...

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Southern Baptists Join Muslims and the NCC to Help the Uninsured

April 27, 2004

Source: The Associated Baptist Press

http://www.abpnews.com/abpnews/story.cfm?newsId=4235

On April 27, 2004 The Associated Baptist Press reported, "Perhaps only a problem as daunting as the 40-plus million Americans lacking health insurance could bring together officials from groups as diverse as the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Council of Churches, and the Islamic Society of North America. Those groups as well as Catholic, Jewish, Pentecostal and other...

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