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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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National Council of Churches Summit Issues Multifaith Principles Toward Peace

April 30, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/03news51.html

On April 30, 2003 National Council of Churches reported that "as President Bush prepared his Thursday evening address to announce 'the end of the Iraq war,' more than 75 Muslim, Christian, Jewish and other faith leaders from across the United States converged on Chicago to issue a set of principles to lead toward a peaceful future. The summit addressed the humanitarian, spiritual and civil costs of war...

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Editorial: Religion and Public Policy

April 29, 2003

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/005/27.30.html

On April 29, 2003 Christianity Today printed an editorial stating that "many critics don't understand the complexity of religious and specifically Judeo-Christian language. Through religious language, as Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw recently put it, Bush 'has reintroduced into the culture the language of morality and moral distinctions...' This is not to defend...

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More Involvement by Laypeople Urged in the Catholic Tradition

April 27, 2003

Source: World-Herald

On April 27, 2003 the World-Herald reported that "speakers at a meeting of Catholic reformists Saturday in Omaha urged more involvement by laypeople in the face of a growing shortage of priests and in the wake of the denomination's sexual-abuse crisis... Georgia Keightley, a lay theologian from Crawford, Neb., told the 50 people at the Call to Action Nebraska Conference 2003 that laypeople must become more active in their local parishes' ministries. The group met at First United Methodist Church in Omaha... The message she delivered...

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Historical Markers Placed at Three Different Religious Sites

April 26, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20030426&Category=NEWS10&ArtNo=104260136&Ref=AR

On April 26, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "historical markers will be dedicated at three sites in northwest Ohio tomorrow as part of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission’s recognition of the state’s religious heritage... The area markers, which are among 12 in the state, are being...

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Interfaith Community Remembers the Holocaust

April 25, 2003

Source: The News-Times

http ://w ww.newstimes.com/cgi-bin/dbs.cgi?&db=news&view_records=1&id=49380&email=1

On April 25, 2003 The News-Times reported that "on Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church [in CT], the interfaith community will remember the Holocaust... and its meaning to all of humanity... The event, which will include a talk by United Jewish Center congregant and Holocaust survivor William Kaiser, is being sponsored by St. Gregory’s, the UJC, First Congregational Church,...

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