Christianity

In New York, Los Angeles, Crowds Flock to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 5, 2003

Source: Public Broadcasting Service

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week316/profile.html

On December 5, 2003 Public Broadcasting Service reported on the history of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe by Latinos in America. The article comments that "in a country where devotion conjures images of prayer indoors, at home, or at church, Latino Catholics in ever-increasing numbers celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe in massive public...

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A Diverse Society Rings in the "Season of Tolerance"

December 5, 2003

Source: Independent

http://www.theindependent.com/stories/120503/opi_letheby05.shtml

On December 5, 2003 the Independent published an article celebrating the diversity of religious holidays that take place during the months of November and December. Some notable holidays include the Day of the Covenant -- the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith, the holy month of Ramadan, the birthday of Sikh founder Guru Nanak, Hindu Diwali...

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Community Responds to Vandalism of Boise Synagogue and Church

December 4, 2003

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=55331

On December 4, 2003 The Idaho Statesman reported that spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs were discovered Wednesday morning at the Jewish Education Center and neighboring Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Boise. As children attended their Hebrew School classes in the evening, nearly 80 people stood outside in support as volunteers washed away the hateful messages.

Bush Faces Criticism Over Statement that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

December 4, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/136/story_13658_1.html

On December 4, 2003 Beliefnet published an editorial by Jack Miles on the current controversies concerning Pres. Bush's comments that Muslims and Christians worship the "same god." Miles puts forward the opinion that Bush was quite correct in asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same god, adding that Jews should be added to the list. The difference between religions is not about the...

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London Rabbi Wins Religion Award from U.S. Presbyterians

December 4, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03524.htm

On December 4, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service (Office of Communication of the Presbyterian Church-USA) released a press release stating that Professor Jonathan Sacks, London's chief rabbi, had been awarded the 2004 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his book, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid...

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Non-Christian Religious Leaders Say Christmas Programs in Schools Okay

December 4, 2003

Source: The West Australian

http://www.thewest.com.au/20031205/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116654.html

On December 4, 2003 The West Australian reported, "Non-Christian religious leaders yesterday joined the outcry over moves to play down Christmas celebrations in State schools, saying they had no problem with Nativity plays and carols. Representatives of the Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish communities in Perth said Christian...

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Teacher Sues School Over Biased Curriculum

December 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.pressherald.com/news/state/031204teachersues.shtml

On December 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a seventh-grade social studies teacher in Presque Isle who said he was barred from teaching about non-Christian civilizations has sued his school district, claiming it violated his First Amendment right of free expression. Gary Cole of Washburn, a teacher at Skyway Middle School, sued School Administrative District...

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Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians Recognized by Government; Baha'is Not

December 4, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/12/04/MNG0Q3FQD31.DTL

On December 4, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Among its population of 70 million, Iran has about 25,000 Jews, 100,000 Christians and 60,000 adherents of Zoroastrianism, which was the religion of the Persian Empire before the Muslim conquest in the seventh century...Despite their small numbers, the three groups...

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Govt Minister Encourages Christians to Celebrate Christmas Without Concern for Offending Others

December 3, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200312\CUL20031203a.html

On December 3, 2003 Cybercast News Service reported that "a member of the Australian cabinet has urged people in his country to celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas during this festive season. 'Many kindergartens, schools and businesses have decided they have to ban things because they might offend others,'...

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Buddhists and Christians Maintain California Shelter

December 3, 2003

Source: The Ukiah Daily Journal

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/Stories/0,1413,91~3089~1806566,00.html

On December 3, 2003 The Ukiah Daily Journal reported that "help has finally arrived for those grappling with homelessness in dismal weather, with Tuesday evening's opening of the Emergency Winter Shelter at the Ukiah United Methodist Church. Since the efforts of the Ford Street Project to construct its permanent winter shelter fell through this...

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Religious Leaders Mobilize to Support Middle East Peace

December 2, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03521.htm

On December 2, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service reported, "On the day after a new Middle East peace accord was signed in Geneva, 31 U.S. Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders today announced in Washington a new collaborative effort — 'Walk the Road to Peace'— to mobilize public and Bush Administration support for the plan. In a Dec. 2 press conference and letter to President...

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