Christianity

Editorial: Boroughs Should Not Have Zoning Rules That Discriminate on Religious Grounds

January 20, 2004

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/story.asp?id=4B5AA9C1-379E-4E3B-9E51-EF46F1033558

On January 20, 2004 the Montreal Gazette ran an editorial that argued, "Public hearings resume this week into the fate of what must be Montreal's most unusual mosque. The Canadian Islamic Centre Al-Jamieh, in Dollard Des Ormeaux, is situated in what used to be the Adat Reim synagogue...

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Church Destroyed by Arsonists in Wake of Death of Buddhist Monk

January 19, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3641372,00.html

On January 19, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Arsonists set fire to a Roman Catholic church in mostly Buddhist Sri Lanka early Sunday, the second such attack in four days, police said. Only part of the building was damaged, and there were no injuries. Sunday's attack in the village of Hokandara occurred before scheduled worship services. The attacks come amid calls by...

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Priest Found Guilty of "Provoking Discrimination, Hatred or Violence" Against Muslims

January 19, 2004

Source: Al-Jazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BE9C25A5-BC4F-4B26-A67C-1946F8BD8F07.htm

On January 19, 2004 Al-Jazeera posted an Agence France Presse article on their website that reported, "A French priest has been fined 800 euros ($990) for describing the Quran as a handbook for the devil. Philippe Sulmont, 82, was found guilty of 'provoking discrimination, hatred or violence' for comments he made in a letter to his...

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San Francisco Rally Against French Ban

January 18, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7739835.htm

On January 18, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "About 250 Muslims, Christians and Sikhs marched on the streets of San Francisco on Saturday to protest a proposed ban of religious symbols in French public schools, including the hijab, the Muslim head scarf that many of the protesting women wore. The Bay Area protest, which started in front of City Hall and culminated...

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Vietnamese New Year in Kansas

January 17, 2004

Source: Kansas.com

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/7729787.htm

On January 17, 2004 Kansas.com reported that the Vietnamese New Year will be celebrated in Wichita by at least two congregations this week with events open to the public. The Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple will have an event to "welcome the ancestry spirits" on Wednesday. The Vietnamese Roman Catholics will also take part in a special Mass at the Church of the Magdalen.

Update: Palm Beach Officials Give Up Public Holiday Display

January 17, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12477

On January 17, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "Palm Beach officials have decided to do away with all holiday decoration in a town park after being sued by two women who wanted to display a Nativity scene alongside a menorah and a Christmas tree. The town council voted unanimously to give a menorah back to its donor, and merchants decided to move a Christmas tree from...

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Alliance of Christian Churches to Form

January 17, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23788-2004Jan16.html

On January 17, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Fifty-three leaders from numerous denominations announced plans to create Christian Churches Together, an alliance of major branches of U.S. Christianity, as early as next year. The leaders, who met last week in Navasota, Tex., achieved 'consensus on all major issues related to the founding document' and 'a...

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Diversity at Pasadena Seminary

January 17, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs17jan17,0,5270711.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 17, 2004 the Los Angeles Times published an article on the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. The article notes that "hundreds of international scholars make the small evangelical seminary campus, a stone's throw from Pasadena City Hall, at times seem like a spiritual United Nations...

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Vietnamese New Year in Mississippi

January 16, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/7722724.htm

On January 16, 2004 The Sun Herald reported, "The Year 4701 is the Year of the Monkey, and for millions of Asians around the world, it will begin on Thursday. Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and other Asians living in South Mississippi will celebrate privately and with special services at Vietnamese Christian churches and the Buddhist temple on Biloxi's Point Cadet. Throughout the day,...

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World Religions Day in Redlands, CA

January 15, 2004

Source: Redland Daily Facts

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/Stories/0,1413,209~22484~1893532,00.html

On January 15, 2004 Redland Daily Facts reported that "a local observance of World Religion Day is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 18. The program will include representatives from major world religions, including Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha'i faith. 'The aim of World Religion Day is to foster the...

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Catholics Must Reach Out to Islam

January 14, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004a/011604/011604l.php

On January 14, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "The Roman Catholic church has the opportunity to clarify the relationship among the three Abrahamic faiths by making a minor change within its administrative structure. Currently, Catholic-Jewish relations are handled by the Council for Promoting Christian Unity, while Catholic-Muslim relations...

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Catholic Church in Colorado Town Burnt and Vandalized

January 13, 2004

Source: Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%7E53%7E1887319,00.html

On January 13, 2004 the Denver Post reported that St. Catherine of Siena church in Burlington was set on fire and vandalized, causing an estimated $400,000 in damages. "The statue of St. Catherine, the patron saint of firefighters, was knocked from its stand in the rear of the church early Friday morning after vandals set fires inside the church. They also destroyed...

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