Christianity

Supreme Court Hears School Voucher Case

February 20, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0220/p01s02-ussc.html

On February 20, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "by focusing on the concept of government neutrality toward religious groups rather than mandating a hands-off relationship between church and state, the [Supreme] Court has blurred the line barring tax revenues from flowing to faith-based schools... Today, the nation's highest court takes up a case involving a...

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"In God We Trust" to be Posted at Schools

February 20, 2002

Source: USA TODAY

On February 20, 2002, USA TODAY reported that "patriotic fervor in the wake of the terrorist attacks has helped revive an effort to post the words 'In God We Trust' in every school in the nation... 'This has exploded because of 9/11,' says Donald Wildmon, president of the American Family Association... Leaders of the fundamentalist Christian group have been working for three years to persuade states to display the national motto in school libraries, cafeterias and classrooms. The group even pledged to defend in court any legal...

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Uproar Over Ashcroft's Statements About Islam

February 20, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On February 20, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "contrasting 'the way of God and the way of the terrorists,' [Attorney General] Ashcroft's speech to a group of Christian broadcasters in Nashville included some of the most explicitly religious remarks from the attorney general since he was confirmed amid controversy over his views more than a year ago... 'Civilized people -- Muslims, Christians and Jews -- all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator,' Ashcroft said in prepared...

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Church of Latter Day Saints Receives Olympic Attention

February 19, 2002

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On February 19, 2002, The Baltimore Sun reported that "as Salt Lake City welcomes the world during the Winter Olympics, the world is taking a look at an institution that permeates the history, culture and politics of the region: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, popularly known as the Mormons... And the dominant architectural symbol of the city and the church is the Salt Lake Temple, its six stately spires reaching toward the heavens... Temples are not places where Mormons worship on a weekly basis. All...

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Neighborhood Supports New York Couple's Right to Religious Lawn Statue

February 18, 2002

Source: Newsday

On February 18, 2002, Newsday reported that "when Manny and Kathy Koukoulas moved into their new house in Commack [New York] four months ago, they put out their statue of the Virgin Mary The 3-foot-tall porcelain figure of the Madonna stood in the front lawn... Kathy Koukoulas, 38, was surprised when she shuffled through her mail one night last month and found an official-looking letter apparently sent by a local community organization asking her to remove the statue... 'Perhaps you will understand that this has become an annoyance to...

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Hostility at Missouri PTA Meeting Distresses Muslim Speaker and Students

February 17, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 17, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Sheila Musaji and a group of parents in the Pattonville School District planned an evening to promote understanding of the Islamic faith. And they expected to find a sympathetic audience in the Pattonville PTA... But the evening took a hostile turn when some people who don't routinely attend PTA sessions showed up. One called Islam a violent religion and suggested Musaji was lying about her faith... Musaji is a longtime parent and volunteer in the district....

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Day of Interfaith Chanting Becomes Annual Event in Seattle

February 16, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 16, 2002, The Seattle Times reported that Joy Carey, a founder of Mystical Chant, expected about 400 people to attend the first daylong interfaith chanting event in 1999. However, "about 800 people came to St. Mark's Cathedral to watch and participate in Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist chants. "We were absolutely amazed at the number of people who showed up," said Carey, a counseling psychologist and Sufic Muslim. "I never expected this to be an annual event." Indeed, next Saturday marks the third...

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Ash Wednesday Takes on New Meaning

February 12, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 12, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "the ancient Ash Wednesday rite reminding Christians that their bodies are dust, or ash, and that they will return to dust may have new intensity Wednesday as Western Christians begin Lent... The ashes of those killed in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 remind Americans how fragile and sacred life is, said Bishop Timothy M. Dolan, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis."

Naval Academy to Build Jewish House of Worship

February 10, 2002

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On February 10, 2002, The Baltimore Sun featured an article on Judaism at the Naval Academy. The history began to change when "a Supreme Court ruling in 1972 ended mandatory Sunday prayer. An All Faiths Chapel was built on campus nearly a decade after that. And before long, the academy hired a full-time Jewish chaplain... But the quest for Jewish belonging at the officer-training school will reach its largest milestone next year, when workers are to break ground for the first Jewish chapel in the academy's 157-year history...

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Jewish Congregation Sues for Right to Use Former Convent

February 10, 2002

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On February 10, 2002, The Jerusalem Post reported that "the state attorney general's office and the American Civil Liberties Union are asking a suburban community to let a congregation of Reform Jews turn a former Roman Catholic convent into a synagogue... Congregation Kol Ami has been trying to move into the Abington Township site for two years. The group hopes to start a synagogue and school in the community north of Philadelphia... Its efforts have been held up by neighbors and officials, who argue the plan would...

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Utah Interfaith Council Unites for Olympics

February 9, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 9, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that "at first glance, Salt Lake City could seem a one-faith kind of town: Mormon... But as athletes, their families and spectators arrived from around the world for the Olympic Winter Games that began yesterday, other faiths are cooperating to make sure visitors find the religion of their choice in Salt Lake City, whether it be Catholic or Baha'i... the official Olympic organizing committee has gathered an interfaith council of 45 city religious leaders charged with...

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Children's TV Show Builds Bridges Between American Christians and Muslims

February 9, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 9, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported on "a special episode of the Noggin channel's empathy-building children's series, 'A Walk in Your Shoes,' [that] gives viewers a glimpse into the post-Sept. 11 life of a Muslim American teenager through the eyes of a Protestant teen... In the 30-minute show, which will be simulcast on Noggin and Nickelodeon... the cameras are running as Nancy, a 15-year-old Protestant from a Boston suburb, spends two days with 13-year-old Mariam, a Muslim teenager in New Jersey, during the...

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