Christianity

Growth of Islam Due Largely to Converts from Christianity

November 18, 2003

Source: Syndey Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/11/17/1069027046245.html

On November 18, 2003 the Syndey Morning Herald ran a feature article on several Australians who have converted to Islam, summarizing their conversion stories and reporting on the phenomena of conversion in Australia: "Islam is among NSW's [New South Wales] fastest-growing religions, the numbers of adherents increasing by 40 per cent since the 1996 census when 102,288...

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Montana Student Maps Local Religious Diversity

November 18, 2003

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2003/11/17/news/montanabzbigs.txt

On November 18, 2003 the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported on Scott Hyslop, a religious studies and math major from Montana who recently mapped the state's religions for Harvard University's Pluralism Project. Hyslop was one of two-dozen university students from across the United States charged with seeking out religious diversity....

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Opinion: Synagogue Bombings an Attack on Hope and Tolerance

November 17, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/turkey/story/0,12700,1086870,00.html

On November 17, 2003 The Guardian [UK] ran an opinion piece by Fiachra Gibbons, an author currently writing a book on minorities in the Ottoman empire, in which she argued that the synagogue bombings in Turkey were an attack on tolerance itself. She writes, "The Jews of Turkey, and the survival of their precious and unique culture, are one of the few enduring examples of...

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Sulawesi Increases Security After Outbreak of Religious Violence

November 17, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3276173.stm

On November 17, 2003 the BBC News reported that "Indonesia has stepped up security in its central province of Sulawesi after a fresh outbreak of religious violence at the weekend. A Christian minister and his driver were found dead in a river near Poso, and Muslim crowds surrounded a police station to protest at recent killings...A crowd of several hundred people took to the streets on Sunday to...

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Boykin Editorials

November 16, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~75~1764874,00.html

On November 16, 2003 an editorial in The Denver Post by Carl Raschke reported that "the American press - and, to a certain extent, American pundits and policymakers - have had a difficult time dealing with the kind of incendiary rhetoric about other people's religion that has come from the likes of Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin and outgoing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir...

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Editorial: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Needs to Rediscover Compassion

November 16, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/7269886.htm

On November 16, 2003 the Star-Telegram published an editorial by Akbar S. Ahmed on the need to improve the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations. Ahmed writes, "A historical conjunction of factors has created a global situation where several world civilizations feel simultaneously besieged and where hatred and anger readily turn into violence. Perhaps what makes all this even more dangerous is...

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Columbia Interfaith Center Ignites Controversy

November 16, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-te.ho.messianic16nov16,0,1473065.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

On November 16, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "Columbia's four interfaith centers embody the planned community's vision of bringing together diverse groups, providing a place to worship in a tolerant environment. More than 5,000 congregants - including Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and...

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Baptist Churches Pass Resolution on Inter- Religious Prejudice

November 15, 2003

Source: American Baptist News Service

http://www.wfn.org/2003/11/msg00134.html

On November 15, 2003 the American Baptist News Service reported that the General Board of American Baptist Churches USA yesterday affirmed an "American Baptist Resolution on Inter - Religious Prejudice." The report calls on American Baptists to "encourage dialogue with Americans of other religions to promote peace and justice in the U.S. and around the world; and in particular with American Jews and...

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Photos Capture Religious Diversity in the City of Angels

November 15, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs15nov15,1,4138019.story?coll=la-headlines-california

On November 15, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported on the book "Sacred Spaces: Historic Houses of Worship in the City of Angels," a collection published this month of 54 photographs by Los Angeles architectural photographer Robert Berger. In preparing the collection, Berger "visited more than 300...

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Maine Religious Groups Collaborate to Embrace Religious Pluralism

November 15, 2003

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://www.pressherald.com/religion/stories/031115interfaith.shtml

On November 15, 2003 the Portland Press Herald reported that "two Maine religious groups are becoming neighbors so they can work more closely together on peace and social justice issues. Interfaith Maine is moving into the same Pleasant Avenue building as the Maine Council of Churches so the groups can do more collaborative projects. The groups already...

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Judge Rules: National Day of Prayer Should Receive Fee Waiver

November 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12207

On November 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "National Day of Prayer events on city property should be treated like those of other groups, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata ruled yesterday that the city’s policy barring organizers of events in direct support of religious organizations from receiving fee waivers granted to other...

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