Christianity

Muslim Converts in Chiapas, Mexico

June 27, 2003

Source: Knight Ridder

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6182920.htm

On June 27, 2003 Knight Ridder reported that Juan "Gómez, 26, a former Protestant who became a Muslim in 1996, is learning the language as a convert to Islam. He embodies a religious phenomenon in Chiapas [Mexico], where one-quarter of the 3.9 million people are poor Maya peasants who practice myriad religions, often blending ancient rituals with Roman Catholicism... The religious conquest...

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Teacher's Aide Reinstated after being Sent Home for Wearing Cross

June 26, 2003

Source: Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20030626crossrulingr5.asp

On June 26, 2003 the Post-Gazette reported that "Indiana County teacher's aide Brenda Nichol, suspended for wearing a cross in school, won the first round in her federal court battle yesterday when a judge said her employer must reinstate her... In granting a request for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab said Nichol, 43, of Glen Campbell, must be...

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Spirituality in Black America

June 24, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/entertainment/local/newyork/ny-p2tube3343440jun24,0,6928585.story

On June 24, 2003 Newsday reported on "Spirituality in Black America, a six-hour PBS series explores religion from slavery to the present... This is the larger story told in 'This Far by Faith,' in effect a 'prequel' to 'Eyes on the Prize,' Henry Hampton's acclaimed history of the civil rights movement, which first aired...

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Catholic Diversity Evident in Educational Offerings

June 24, 2003

Source: The Syndey Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/23/1056220542342.html

On June 24, 2003 The Syndey Morning Herald reported that "one in four Australians is a Catholic, but within this dominant religion there are schools to suit every sub-set of believer. Where Catholic schools once divided between rich schools run by religious orders and the cheaper "systemic" school, Sydney now has schools for Maronite, Melkite and Armenian Catholics...

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Diverse Catholic Schools Signal "Growing Religious Pluralism" in New South Wales

June 24, 2003

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/23/1056220542342.html

On June 24, 2003 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that "The Maronites (Lebanese Catholics), Melkites (mainly Syrians who follow the Byzantine rite) and Armenian Catholics join other ethno-religious schools for Islamic, Jewish, Greek and Coptic Orthodox students in Sydney's diverse educational offerings. Brian Croke, executive director of the Catholic Education...

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Interfaith Group Supports Muslims in Building a Mosque

June 24, 2003

Source: Marshfield News Herald

http://www.wisinfo.com/newsherald/mnhlocal/278100915729824.shtml

On June 24, 2003 Marshfield News Herald reported that "members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths who have joined together to advocate for tolerance of different cultures, races and religions say they are backing an effort by Muslims in Marshfield to build a mosque to serve north central Wisconsin... Members of Marshfield Social Justice, which was formed...

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Interfaith Discussion of Abrahamic Faiths

June 21, 2003

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/6152367.htm

On June 21, 2003 The Kansas City Star reported that "not long after 9/11, evangelist Franklin Graham stated publicly that in his opinion Muslims worship a god different from the one worshipped by Christians or Jews. The national debate set off by those remarks continues today... This discussion is limited to these faiths because each believes there is only one God, and all...

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Polling Data Shows Religion Not a Major Factor in Upcoming Presidential Elections

June 21, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

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On June 21, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the religion of neither Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), an observant Jew, nor President Bush, a born-again Protestant, will have much effect on voters in the 2004 election, according to a nationwide poll by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut... Most respondents, 85%, said Lieberman's religion would make no difference in voting decisions...

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The Pluralism Project Recognized by Webby Awards

June 21, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/6136000.htm

On June 21, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "in recognition of the radical changes in the American religious landscape of the past 30 years, [The Pluralism Project, Webby-award winning Web site developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University] was initiated to study and document religious communities, particularly those of immigrant communities... Through...

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First African-American Pastor to Serve Congress

June 21, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

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On June 21, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "for a quarter-century, and most recently as the U.S. Navy's chief of chaplains, [Pastor Barry C.] Black has led interfaith services on aircraft carriers and destroyers and counseled sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel on spiritual and personal matters. Now, after retirement from the military Aug. 15, the rear admiral is set to become spiritual counselor to power constituents of a...

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ADL Condemns Southern Baptist Leader for Comparison of Judaism to " Deadly Tumor"

June 19, 2003

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

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On June 19, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League reported that "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned as 'outrageous and offensive' the remarks of a Southern Baptist leader who, in calling for renewed attempts to proselytize Jews, compared Judaism to a potentially 'deadly tumor...' In a speech June 16 to the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a gathering of Messianic Jews, Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary...

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Interfaith "Abrahamic Dialogues" Occur across the Nation

June 19, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0619/p17s01-lire.html

On June 19, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "since Sept. 11, most Americans have become starkly aware of the great gaps in understanding and heightened tensions among Muslims, Christians, and Jews at home and abroad. Recognizing the need to build bridges and to strengthen moderate voices, many are experimenting with new forms of what some call 'Abrahamic...

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