Christianity

Emir Calls for Peaceful Coexistence of Religious Groups

February 27, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200402270532.html

On February 27, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a Daily Trust article that reported, "The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, has called for a peaceful co-existence and harmonious relations among the divergent ethnic and religious groups in the country, saying that it is Allah that made Nigeria with all her ethnic groups to be one country. The Emir in a statement issued to mark the bicentenary...

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Orthodox Christians Seek Reconciliation with Neighbors at Start of Lent

February 26, 2004

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2004/04111.htm

On February 26, 2004 the Presbyterian News Service posted an Ecumenical News International article that reported, "The Orthodox Christian Lent always begins on the Monday before the Sunday of Orthodoxy. In 2004 it falls on Feb. 29 and is a special day in the Orthodox calendar when the faithful are called to rededicate themselves...In Bulgaria, the Sunday before the beginning of Lent is a...

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Church Removes Sign Blaming Jews for the Death of Jesus

February 26, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_2683994,00.html

On February 26, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "A church sign that said 'Jews killed the Lord Jesus' ignited a national firestorm of outrage Wednesday and packed the church parking lot with a religiously diverse crowd of protesters. The message didn't survive the day. At noon a mother of four leaned a ladder against the...

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Editorial: Gibson's Film Won't Change Accomplishments of Religious Pluralism

February 26, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7201-2004Feb25.html

On February 26, 2004 The Washington Post published an editorial on Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ," noting that the film's "overall impression is neither subtle nor complicated: The Jews conned unwilling Roman authorities into killing Jesus.

With this unfortunate portrayal, Mr. Gibson sweeps away decades of serious efforts by Christian leaders...

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Winners Announced in Interfaith Space Competition

February 26, 2004

Source: Market Wire

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=63725

On February 26, 2004 Market Wire reported, "The Interfaith Sacred Space International Design Competition today announced four winning entries in the first competition in the history of religion designed specifically to identify concepts for truly interfaith sacred space. The competition's goal is to encourage creation of spaces designed for use by peoples of all faiths, as a...

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Forty-Eight Dead in Outbreak of Religious Violence

February 26, 2004

Source: News 24

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1489639,00.html

On February 26, 2004 News 24 reported, " Suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village in central Nigeria. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church, police said. The latest bout of Muslim-Christian violence in the region occurred on Tuesday night in Yelwa, a mainly Christian...

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Muslim Imam Responds to "The Passion"

February 25, 2004

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=82623

On February 25, 2004 The Orange County Register reported that "four Orange County spiritual leaders got together Monday for an early look at 'The Passion,' and, at the Register's request, described what they saw and how the movie affected them.

Each of the four - a Christian evangelist, a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Catholic priest - offered a personal...

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Religious Leaders in Rhode Island Back Same-Sex Marriages

February 25, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2004/02/25/several_religous_leaders_back_gay_marriage/

On February 25, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Members of the Rhode Island Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice said at a news conference Tuesday that religious doctrine should not be used to deny rights. The organization, which has about 70 members from six Unitarian...

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Employees Sue Salvation Army Over Religion Bias

February 25, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/25/nyregion/25salvation.html

On February 25, 2004 The New York Times reported that "eighteen former and current employees from the social services arm of the Salvation Army sued the organization in federal court yesterday, accusing it of imposing a religious veil over secular, publicly financed activities like caring for foster children and counseling young people with AIDS. Advertisement The plaintiffs...

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ACLU Applauds Court Ruling on Funding for Theology Students

February 25, 2004

Source: The American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=15078&c=37

On February 25, 2004 The American Civil Liberties Union reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union today welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court to let states decide for themselves whether to grant scholarship money to theology students, which the ACLU said undermines one of the core legal arguments in the President’s so-...

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Utah Panel Examines Diversity in a Homogenous Society

February 25, 2004

Source: The Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,590045643,00.html

On February 25, 2004 The Deseret Morning News reported, "On Tuesday night, local religious leaders came together at Utah Valley State College for a roundtable discussion, entitled 'Religious diversity in a homogenous culture.' The homogeneity, of course, is the result of a local community that is largely LDS. In Utah County alone 90 percent of the population is LDS. There is...

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Denver Sign Blames Jews for the Death of Jesus

February 25, 2004

Source: ABC News Denver

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/2873395/detail.html

On February 25, 2004 ABC News Denver reported, " A billboard unveiled on Ash Wednesday, the same day that a controversial movie depicting the last hours of Jesus Christ premiered, is sparking criticism from people of all faiths.

The large-size outdoor marquee, which sits on the property of the Lovingway United Pentecostal Church at Colorado and Mississippi, says, 'Jews...

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