Christianity

Survey Reports Two Moralities, Two Americas

February 13, 2004

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2399986

On February 13, 2004 Newhouse News Service reported that "results of a recent Zogby poll portray not only separate nations -- the blue states of the upper, outer rim that Al Gore won in 2000 and the red states of the South and heartland won by President Bush -- but also distinct moral world views... The blue states have more singles, college graduates, union members,...

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Update: American Airlines Investigates Pilot Misconduct

February 12, 2004

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Mise_00/4450_00.htm

On February 12, 2004 The Anti-Defamation League reported that "American Airlines has assured the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that it is conducting a 'thorough investigation' into allegations that one of its pilots encouraged Christian passengers on a New York/JFK-bound flight from Los Angeles to identify themselves and to use the flight time as an opportunity to engage in conversation about...

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New Jersey Pastor Promotes the Needs of Immigrants

February 11, 2004

Source: The Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2004/02/msg00083.html

On February 11, 2004 The Worldwide Faith News reported, "Concerned about a growing backlash against immigrants, a United Methodist pastor is leading a clergy effort in New Jersey to focus on discussion instead of discrimination. The Rev. Myrna Bethke, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Freehold, said the community has become increasingly polarized since local government officials shut down a 'muster...

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Greek Orthodox Leaders Sue Main Church

February 11, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-orthodox4feb04,1,927071.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

On February 11, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "A group of Greek Orthodox lay leaders in the United States sued the church Tuesday, charging that it had violated its own charter by allowing the Istanbul, Turkey-based ecumenical patriarch to exercise too much power over the...

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Buddhist Monks' Visit to Catholic Church Met by Protests

February 11, 2004

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=6067

On February 11, 2004 The Grand Rapids Press reported, "Those who came to hear harmonious chants and prayers of Buddhist monks at the Basilica of St. Adalbert instead found themselves ousted from the sanctuary by a conservative Catholic splinter group bent on disrupting the performance. The Catholic parish on Grand Rapids' West Side allowed seven Tibetan Buddhist monks into the church Tuesday...

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First Filipino American Bishop Ordained

February 11, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-solis11feb11,1,1958356.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

On February 11, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the first Filipino American bishop in the United States was ordained Tuesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The ordination of Oscar Azarcon Solis, 50, was attended by...

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Editorial: Is John Kerry Catholic Enough?

February 11, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/139/story_13980_1.html

On February 11, 2004 Beliefnet published an editorial by Tom Bethell on John Kerry and Catholicism: "Forty-four years ago, the controversy about Kennedy's Catholicism centered on whether his faith would unduly influence U.S. policy. Then, abortion was illegal in all 50 states. Today, when abortion is widespread and vigilantly defended, and, thanks to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, same-...

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Democrats Move From Skepticism to Scripture

February 10, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040205-120813-3550r.htm

On February 10, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Americans prefer at least a whiff of religion in their politicians, according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll conducted in July. Sixty-two percent of the 2,002 adults polled said the president mentions his faith in just the right amounts, compared with 14 percent who said he mentions it too much...

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Planned Cartoon Show About Pope Causes Controversy

February 10, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/arts/entertainment-religion-cartoon.html

On February 10, 2004 The New York Times ran a Reuters article that reported, "Thousands of angry Roman Catholics have written to Britain's BBC complaining about a planned cartoon show mocking the pope as a puerile preacher on a pogo stick, the broadcaster said Tuesday. Petitions are circulating in parishes and some Catholics are even risking jail...

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Editorial: Nigerian Politics Should Take Cue from Opening of Mosque by Christian Leader

February 10, 2004

Source: Vanguard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200402110131.html

On February 10, 2004 the Vanguard ran an editorial on the recent opening of a mosque in Umuahia by Uzor Orji Kalu, governor of Abia State, who is a Christian. The editorial commented, "His critics do not know what to make of this unusual gesture so they have gone to town to say what the governor has done has political undertones. And we ask: What in this country does not? Or to put it in reverse: What can we not...

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Parents Sue Over Right to Distribute Religious Jellybeans

February 9, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12633

On February 9, 2004 the The First Amendment Center reported that "parents have sued a suburban school district because a kindergarten teacher stopped their daughter from distributing bags of jellybeans with an attached prayer to her classmates. Allen and Sheila Wuebben of suburban Kettering say the school's policy of prohibiting students from distributing religious literature...

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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Increase in Perth

February 9, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,234248,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Straits Times ran an Agence France Presse article that reported, "Perth's ethnic communities say worsening racial violence in which three Chinese restaurants were firebombed last week has led to fearful parents in Asia stopping their children from travelling to the city...Mr [Suresh] Rajan, [chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council...

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Airline Pilot Asks Christians to Identify Themselves

February 9, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-02-08-pilot-religion_x.htm

On February 9, 2004 The Associated Press reported that "an American Airlines pilot asked Christians on his flight to identify themselves and discuss their religion with non-Christian passengers, the airline said. The case was handed over to the airline's personnel department for an investigation, spokesman Tim Wagner said Sunday... Wagner said the pilot had...

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Religious Leaders Join Rally to Oppose Gay Marriage

February 9, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0402/29/a03-58833.htm

On February 9, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Boisterous opponents of same-sex marriage sang, cheered and chanted Sunday at a rally to build support for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The demonstration on the Boston Common, a short distance from the Massachusetts Statehouse, broke out into chants of 'Let the people vote!'...

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