Christianity

2001 Census Shows Growing Religious Diversity

November 28, 2003

Source: The West Australian

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On November 28, 2003 The West Australian reported, "The most comprehensive profile of WA's religion, language and birthplace - launched this week - reveals there are five main religions and more than 30 minor ones flourishing in WA. The profile is based on results from the 2001 census.More than 63 per cent of the population identified themselves as Christians...Buddhism is the next most practised religion, with 1.6 per...

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To Neighbors' Disdain, Michigan Couple Writes their Religion in Stone

November 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12271

On November 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "an Oakland County couple didn’t need divine intervention to retain the religious message written with stone on their house — just judicial intervention. The state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision to have the couple remove the message 'Jesus is King' from the three-story turret on their Heather Lake Estates...

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Pompano Beach Commissioners to Allow Religious Invocations

November 27, 2003

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pcgod27nov27,0,6606803.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

On November 27, 2003 Sun-Sentinel reported that "a majority of commissioners say they will accept references to specific religions and deities in invocations before commission meetings. 'We are going steadfast on the issue of them allowing us to pray in the name of Jesus,' O'Neal Dozier, pastor of...

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Government Leaders Urge Nigerians to Avoid Violence During Ramadan/Eid

November 24, 2003

Source: AllAfrica Global Media

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On November 24, 2003 AllAfrica Global Media reported, "As Moslems in Nigeria join millions of others worldwide to celebrate this year's Eid-el-Fitri from today, Senate President, Chief Adolphous Wabara; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari; Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other leaders have urged Nigerians to eschew violence particularly during this festive season. In his sallah message in Abuja yesterday,...

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Proposed Laws Would Recognize Non-Christian Faiths

November 24, 2003

Source: Neue Z�rcher Zeitung

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On November 24, 2003 Neue Z�rcher Zeitung reported, "Voters in Zurich are set to decide on controversial new laws that would lead to the official recognition of non-Christian faiths, including Islam...One of the most controversial parts of the new legislation, which is due to be voted on in a referendum on November 30, is a move towards recognising faiths other than the three official religions in the canton. At the moment, canton Zurich...

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Florida Church Can Proclaim: Jesus is the Reason for the Season

November 22, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12256

On November 22, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a church can display a cross and a sign reading 'Jesus is the reason for the season' in a holiday lights attraction at a Broward County park, a federal judge ruled on Nov. 19. Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale claimed unconstitutional censorship after months of wrangling with county officials over its plans to join...

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

November 22, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

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On November 22, 2003 The Washington Post reported on the backlash among evangelical Christian leaders over President Bush's statement that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. "At a news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair in England on Thursday, a reporter noted that Bush has often said that freedom is a gift from 'the Almighty' but questioned whether Bush believes that 'Muslims worship the same Almighty' that he...

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Witch Sues Christians for Anti-Wiccan Comments

November 21, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

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On November 21, 2003 Cybercast News Service reported, "Controversial new hate legislation already being applied against two Australian pastors accused of vilifying Islam, is now being used by a witch who objected to warnings made by elected officials about occult activity. Christians in the state of Victoria, many of whom opposed the law when it was being drafted, say their fears are being...

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Yale Chaplain Strives to Foster Religious Pluralism

November 21, 2003

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=24175

On November 21, 2003 the Yale Daily News published a profile of Rev. Frederick "Jerry" Streets DIV '75. "As University Chaplain, Streets is responsible for facilitating the religious life of the Yale community. Practically, he aims to combine efforts to increase dialogue between the myriad campus faiths while actively agitating for social progress. 'Yale has always been aware of and valued the...

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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

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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. Among his finds were that Montana hosts several Baha'i communities, 13 Buddhist Sanghas...

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