Christianity

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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Interfaith Calendar

January 22, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http ://w ww.dallasnews.com/s/dws/dn/religion/stories/010304dnrelcalendar.7706.html

On January 22, 2004 The Dallas Morning News published an interfaith calendar marking the most important holidays of the world's major religions.

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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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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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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