Christianity

Prayers Offered on Capitol Hill for National Day of Prayer

May 2, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=2203

On May 2, 2003 Religion News Service reported that "religious and political leaders joined together for a National Day of Prayer observance Thursday (May 1) on Capitol Hill as similar gatherings were held across the nation in locations ranging from the White House to stadiums to office buildings... Hundreds of Christians meeting at the Cannon House Office Building were urged by speakers to...

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Spiritual Journeys at Yale University

May 2, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8111-2003May2.html

On May 2, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Isaac Chung and Richard Harvell both can trace their young careers to spiritual journeys they made while they were roommates at Yale University... Chung, who is Korean American, started down a new path when he joined Yale's chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ. By the time he graduated, he felt that God was calling...

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Dickinson College Students Map Religious Diversity of Pennsylvania

May 2, 2003

Source: Penn Live

http://www.pennlive.com/living/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/living/1051781819113460.xml

On May 2, 2003 Penn Live reported that "students in a New American Religious Diversity class at Dickinson College [PA] this semester did fieldwork just a short ride from their dorms in Carlisle... The students were welcomed as Muslims prayed at a mosque in Steelton,...

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Multifaith Group Calls on Bush to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq

May 1, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/01/MN284310.DTL

On May 1, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "top religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths have called on President Bush to renounce 'first strike war,' end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and let the United Nations lead reconstruction efforts there... Their statement was released in Chicago on Wednesday at the end of a two...

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Religious and Civic Leaders Debate about National Day of Prayer

May 1, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/5759119.htm

On May 1, 2003 Contra Costa Times reported that "some critics contend the [National Day of Prayer], which marks its 52nd year today, has become co-opted in recent years by evangelical Christians, who have transformed the national day into an event meant to further a socially conservative agenda... Even within the Christian community, some theologians contend that the day excludes those who don't...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

May 1, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/9/039773-9429-009.html

On May 1, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "a decision to ban Jews, Muslims and others who don't pray in the name of Jesus from fully participating in a National Day of Prayer service in downtown Muncie today has turned a communal expression of civic pride into a symbol of religious division... Even though everyone is welcome to pray outside City Hall at noon today, the evangelical...

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Polling Shows Discrepancies between Church Leaders and Congregants Regarding War in Iraq

May 1, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/bal-op.religion01may01.story

On May 1, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "as a poll conducted on the eve of the war makes clear, a significant gap exists between the views of many Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders and those of their people in the pews... While the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Churches all have roundly condemned the American military action in Iraq...

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Rick Santorum Dubbes Bush the "First Catholic President of the United States"

April 30, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62924-2003Apr30.html

On April 30, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "in an attempt to reassure those Americans who thought a Catholic president would take orders from the Vatican or somehow impose Catholic doctrine on a majority Protestant nation, Kennedy not only said he believed that 'the separation of church and state is absolute' but added something else as well: 'I...

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Virginia Court Bars Prayer at Public College

April 30, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 30, 2003 the Boston Globe reported that "in a precedent-setting ruling against prayer at a state college, a federal appeals court has barred the Virginia Military Institute from writing and reciting a prayer before cadets eat their evening meals. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, was the first court at its level to extend to public colleges and universities a series of Supreme Court rulings against prayers at public elementary and high schools... 'VMI's supper prayer exacts an unconstitutional toll on...

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