Christianity

Controversy Over Tenn. Schools' "Christmas Break"

January 30, 2004

Source: The Commercial Appeal

http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_2615673,00.html

On January 30, 2004 The Commercial Appeal reported that "Shelby County school officials will ditch political correctness and call a midyear vacation Christmas break. The name change is either a nonissue or a sign of religious insensitivity, depending on whom you ask. Tim Wildmon of the Tupelo-based American Family Association said...

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With End to Civil War in Sight, Religious Tolerance a Key Issue for Future

January 28, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0128/p06s01-woaf.html

On January 28, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "[A]n end to Sudan's 20-year civil war - between mostly Muslim northerners and Christian and traditional southerners - is in sight. Conciliation is in the air. Officials appear to be moderating their religious policies. Now the test is whether Sudan can morph from an ethno-religious killing ground into a modern melting pot...

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Buddhist Government Outlaws All Other Religions and Missionaries

January 28, 2004

Source: Zenit

http ://w ww.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=48120

On January 28, 2004 Zenit reported, "In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Christians are forbidden to celebrate or pray in public and priests are denied visas to enter, says a bishop in neighboring India. Bishop Stephen Lepcha, whose Diocese of Darjeeling includes the kingdom, explained that Buddhism is the official religion of Bhutan, and every other form of religion and mission is prohibited. Until a few years ago, Christians who had emigrated there...

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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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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.

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