Christianity

Russian Officials Oppose Building of $10 Million Hindu Temple

October 22, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/russia/article/0,2763,1067931,00.html

On October 22, 2003 The Guardian [UK] reported that "Alfred Ford, a great-grandson of the motoring legend, Henry, has outraged the conservative Russian Orthodox Church with his plans to build a huge centre for Hare Krishna and Vedic religion worshippers in the centre of Moscow. The Orthodox Church, whose influence in Russia is rocketing since the fall of Communism eased...

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President Mbeki Meets With Religious Working Group

October 21, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

http://allafrica.com/stories/200310210471.html

On October 21, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media posted a BuaNews article that reported, "President Thabo Mbeki is meeting with the representatives of the Presidential Religious Working Group in Pretoria today. The Presidency said the meeting sought to promote meaningful interaction between the government and religious communities. President Mbeki has met with the religious group before and a...

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Rhetoric of Iraq War Reveals Religious Tensions

October 19, 2003

Source: Boston Herald

http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/international/anal10192003.htm

On October 19, 2003 the Boston Herald reported that the rhetoric of the war with Iraq shows a focus on religious issues, citing comments alledgedly made by Osama bin Laden on an audio tape, U.S. Lt. Gen. William "Jerry'" Boykin's derogatory comments about Islam and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed's anti-Semitic comments at an Islamic summit. The article quoted...

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Boykin Editorials

October 19, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-livit193499803oct19,0,7735642.column

On October 19, 2003 Newsday published an editorial responding to the Boykin controversy and to the proliferation of hate speech against Muslims by born-again Christian preachers associated with the White House. According to the editorial, "it has sometimes seemed during the last two years that Sept. 11 amplified those voices so that now they are...

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U.S General Boykin's Remarks Called Offensive to Islam

October 16, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/134/story_13423_1.html

On October 16, 2003 The Associated Press discussed the claims published by the Los Angeles Times against U.S. General Boykin, who is accused of publicly casting the war on terrorism as a religious war between Judeo-Christian values and Satan. "Senators who appeared before reporters at the Pentagon Thursday on another matter were asked about the reports. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, R-R.I., said...

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Residents Protest Building of Mosque in Athens

October 14, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1014/p07s02-woeu.html

On October 14, 2003, The Christian Science Monitor ran an article on the controversy surrounding the proposal to build a mosque in Peania, a suburb of Athens [Greece], to serve the country's Muslim population and visitors during the 2004 Summer Olympics. The article highlighted the mayor of Peania's resistance to the plan: "[local mayor Paraskevas] Papacostopoulos has sought court...

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Oregon Interfaith Conference Celebrates "Golden Rule"

October 13, 2003

Source: The Daily Barometer

http://barometer.orst.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/10/13/3f8accda74b15

On October 13, 2003 The Daily Barometer announced that the Second Annual Community Interfaith Conference was held this year in Corvallis under the theme "Living the Golden Rule." The event was sponsored by the Interfaith Committee of Corvallis. "'Every major religion and philosophical following in the world understands the value of treating people as you...

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Catholic Priest of Universal Solidarity Movement Visits Schools Worldwide

October 12, 2003

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=65473

On October 12, 2003 The Indian Express ran a feature article on an interfaith activist Roman Catholic priest in Mumbai: "Armed with books, audio cassettes and his laptop, [Varghese] Alengaden—the director of Indore-based Universal Solidarity Movement — visits schools all over the world. He talks to teachers, students and parents to spread his message of peace and harmony....

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Update: Ten Commandments Monument in Alabama Judicial Building

October 10, 2003

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.townhall.com/news/politics/200310/CUL20031006b.shtml

On October 10, 2003 CNSNews.com reported that "hundreds of Christians chanted, sang and prayed for the Ten Commandments on Monday, bringing their eight-day, five-state campaign to Washington, D.C., where they called on lawmakers to pay homage to the role of religion in the United States. The morning rally brought together some of the leading figures in the fight to preserve...

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Christian and Muslim Leaders Protest Ordinance Banning "Forced Conversions"

October 10, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2318001.stm

On October 10, 2003 the BBC News reported that "Christian and Muslim leaders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are planning a day of protest and fasting later this month, over new rules banning what are termed 'forced religious conversions.' The ordinance prohibits conversions under inducements including the offer of cash, or the threat of divine displeasure...After an emergency meeting of...

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Activists and Advisors of Unofficial Christian Church Arrested

October 10, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2003/10/10/china_arrests_church_leaders_adviser/

On October 10, 2003 The Boston Globe ran an Associated Press story that reported, "The legal adviser to an imprisoned leader of China's unofficial Christian church has been arrested along with a prominent church activist and his wife, international human rights groups reported Friday. Xiao Biguang, a...

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Shi'ite Theology School Teaches About Abrahamic Faiths

October 7, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1007/p01s04-woiq.html

On October 7, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported on a school in Iraq teaching about the three Abrahamic faiths: "Founded six months ago by a Shiite scholar, the institution bills itself as the Arab world's only school of theology, teaching Muslim, Christian, and Judaic texts...About 250 students of all ages have descended on the experimental school in search of a broader...

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Fasting Helps Diverse Faiths "Focus on the Spirit"

October 7, 2003

Source: Alameda Times-Star

http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E1549%257E1679937,00.html

On October 7, 2003 Alameda Times-Star took the Jewish Festival of Yom Kippur as an occasion to describe the ritual of fasting in many religions. The article notes that "fasting has traditionally had a part in many religious traditions... Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fast on the first Sunday of every month. Muslims fast...

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Episocopal/Muslim Dialogue Resumes After Controversy Over Robinson's Election

October 7, 2003

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2003/10/msg00076.html

On October 7, 2003 Worldwide Faith News posted an Episcopal News Service article that reported, "Christians and Muslims are back on track discussing the 'heavenly religions,' as the Sunni Muslim leader put it. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams played a key role in reestablishing the dialogue that was disrupted in the wake of the election of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man living in a committed...

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