Christianity

Shared Protestant-Catholic School Campuses in Scotland Provoke Controversy

January 28, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/8782.html

On January 28, 2004 The Herald reported, "The worrying news that the Catholic Church may pull out of a £150m flagship project for seven joint-faith [Catholic-Protestant] school campuses in North Lanarkshire if its demands for separate entrances and separate staffrooms are not met has re-ignited the debate about the validity of segregated schools in a tolerant, diverse and forward-looking nation. The threat,...

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Orthodox Church: French Ban of Religious Symbols is "Ideological Dictatorship"

January 28, 2004

Source: Interfax

http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/0/28.html?id_issue=8180559

On January 28, 2004 Interfax reported, "The Russian Orthodox Church disagrees with the decision made by the French authorities to ban religions symbols in schools and universities. 'All this very much resembles the Soviet system, where children could not wear crosses in schools, but only pioneer ties could be worn,' Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the External Relations Department of the Moscow...

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Arsonists Destroy Catholic Church in Firebombing

January 27, 2004

Source: The Star

http://thestaronline.com/news/story.asp?file=/2004/1/27/latest/15704Cath

On January 27, 2004 The Star ran an Associated Press article that reported, "Arsonists firebombed a Roman Catholic church near the Sri Lankan capital in the third attack on a Christian place of worship in this predominantly Buddhist country in two weeks, officials said Tuesday. Nearly 20 unidentified men attacked the church late Monday in the village of...

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In Lehigh Valley, Interfaith Dialogue on The Passion

January 25, 2004

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/opinion/all-editorial2jan25,0,6806728.story?coll=all-newsopinion-hed

On January 25, 2004 The Morning Call reported on efforts to educate movie viewers in the wake of the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion. In Pennsylvania, "the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, based at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, plans a public forum Tuesday. The forum will feature Mary Boys...

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More Attendees at Mosques Than Churches in Britian

January 25, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/444572.cms

On January 25, 2004 The Times of India reported, "Attendance at Britain 's mosques has outstripped the number of regular worshippers in the Church of England for the first time, media reported on Sunday. Figures compiled from government and academic sources show that 930,000 Muslims attend a place of worship at least once a week, as against 916,000 Anglicans, The Sunday Times...

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History of Diversity in Southern New Jersey

January 24, 2004

Source: The Press of Atlantic City

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/lifestyle/012404J24OLDCHURCHES.html

On January 24, 2004 The Press of Atlantic City reported on the diverse history of religious migration to Southern New Jersey. The article traces the migration of Quakers, Baptists and "Separatists" from the Church of England in the late 17th century, Welsh Baptists, Presbyterians, African-American Christians, Catholics, Jews, and the...

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Jewish Groups Call Gibson Film Anti-Semitic

January 23, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.indystar.com/articles/2/113969-8752-010.html

On January 23, 2004 The Associated Press reported that "representatives of two Jewish groups who attended screenings of Mel Gibson's upcoming movie 'The Passion of the Christ' said Thursday it contained offensive stereotypes about the Jewish role in the crucifixion. The American Jewish Committee said the movie contained 'unnecessary and destructive imagery of Jews' and 'represents a...

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Vietnamese New Year in Wichita

January 22, 2004

Source: Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/7765731.htm

On January 22, 2004 the Wichita Eagle reported on local celebrations of the Vietnamese New Year. Special religious services will be held at the Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple and the Church of the Magdalen. About 6,860 Vietnamese live in Wichita, making up 2 percent of the population, according to 2000 census figures. They are the largest group among the Asian population in Wichita.

UCLA Hosts Student Interfaith Dialogue

January 22, 2004

Source: Daily Bruin

http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/articles.asp?id=27009

On January 22, 2004 the Daily Bruin reported, "With religious strife prevalent across the world, a group of students has come together to offer a possible solution to seemingly perpetual conflict – mutual understanding. The first of four interreligious dialogues was held Wednesday evening at the University Religious Conference. The event brought together students of several...

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Report: Growing Christian Population Will Influence Country's Future

January 22, 2004

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/01/22/special_reports/religion/1_22_0413_21_00.txt

On January 22, 2004 the North County Times ran an Associated Press article that reported, "China boasts one of the world's biggest and fastest-growing Christian movements, an often overlooked phenomenon. China had only a few million Christians when communists took power in 1949, but officials there privately put...

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Interfaith Delegation Denied Access to Guantanamo

January 21, 2004

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/04guantanamoaccess.html

On January 21, 2004 the reported, "The U.S. Department of Defense has denied a written request from the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) for permission to send a small interfaith delegation to visit detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay later this month. NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar made the request in a Dec. 8, 2003, letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell...

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Radio Station Banned for Hate Speech Against Christians

January 21, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3418483.stm

On January 21, 2004 the BBC News reported, "An alternative radio station in Hungary has been banned from broadcasting for 30 days by the state media watchdog for insulting Christians. During a live programme on Christmas Eve a presenter from Tilos Radio, based in Budapest, suggested that all Christians should be exterminated. The affair is unusual because the majority of people in Hungary are Roman Catholics and...

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Episcopalians Dissent Over Gay Bishop

January 21, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2363375

On January 21, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported that "dissident Episcopalians upset over the consecration of a gay bishop formed an unprecedented national protest group Tuesday -- a network of conservatives who pledged to work with each other and oppose church leadership. Yet the creation of the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes stopped short of a schism...

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