Christianity

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

http ://w ww.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1718186&nav=0RceLb9M

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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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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