Christianity

Honolulu Allows Diversity of Religions to Display Holiday Spirit

December 6, 2003

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/06/features/adamski.html

On December 6, 2003 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported that a nativity scene is on display in front of the Oahu City Hall and is drawing little criticism from those who advocate the separation of church and state. Other religious and secular institutions are permitted to take part in the Honolulu City Lights show, a massive holiday spectacle has seen participation from the Baha...

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

December 5, 2003

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/okeefe120503.html

On December 5, 2003 The Newhouse News Service published an articled collecting responses from leaders of various faith traditions to President Bush's recent comments that Muslims and Christians "worship the same god." The article finds that representatives from several faiths, such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam itself, find Bush's comments to be on target. For example,...

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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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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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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 ://w ww.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 winter, there was only one option left -- a concerted, last-minute struggle...

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