Christianity

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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Experts Warn Marriage Amendment May Threaten Religious Liberties

March 15, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0315/p02s02-ussc.html

On March 15, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "As the question of gay marriage flares across the US, pressure has mounted on state legislatures to pass constitutional amendments that define marriage as only between a man and a woman. In Massachusetts, the only state where the court has already mandated same-sex marriage, the deliberations have a particular urgency:...

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School Trustees Oppose Anti-Discrimination Law on Religious Grounds

March 14, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-gender14mar14,1,7569074.story?coll=la-news-religion

On March 14, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Citing their Christian principles, trustees of a small Orange County school district are defying a state anti-discrimination law that allows students and school staff to define their own gender. A refusal by a three-trustee majority of the five-...

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In Florida, an Interfaith Group Forms in Response to Exclusivism

March 13, 2004

Source: The Herald Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040309/NEWS/403090556/1060

On March 13, 2004 The Herald Tribune reported, "Some two dozen members of the South County religious community took a first step Monday morning toward establishing a new ministerial association open to all faiths. The gathering was a response to the Venice Ministerial Association (VAMA), which is considering limiting membership...

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Former Members of Khmer Rouge Converting to Christianity

March 12, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2446589

On March 12, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "The 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime, implicated in the deaths of at least 1.7 million Cambodians from disease, starvation and executions, also preached atheism and sought to eradicate all traces of religion. The ultra-communists converted Buddhist pagodas into prisons, pig sties and armories, tore down Phnom Penh's imposing Roman...

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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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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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