Christianity

Editorial on Teaching about Religion: "Faith, Fear and Public Schools"

March 17, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On March 17, 2002, The Denver Post featured the editorial "Faith, Fear and Public Schools" by Lori Colvin-Hobbs, a parent and business director at The Odyssey School in Denver, CO where middle school students are engaged in an Asian Studies program, which includes studying Asian religions. "For many families, both Christian and non-Christian, this learning expedition was an exciting opportunity for their students... But some Christian families in our school community saw the Asian studies curriculum as a threat - crossing...

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Memorial Garden Opens at New Jersey Museum

March 17, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 17, 2002, The New York Times reported that "from the 8th to the 14th centuries in Spain, Christians, Jews, and Muslims coexisted peacefully in an era that historians refer to as the "convivencia," or living together. On Thursday, the Newark Museum, [in Newark, NJ], will open a 'Garden of Remembrance: A Memorial to September 11,' inspired by the gardens of the convivencia. Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders will participate in the dedication... 'The garden was designed for...

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Long Island Home to Growing Asian-American Communities

March 17, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 17, 2002, The New York Times reported that "Indians are the fastest-growing Asian community on Long Island, nearly doubling in population from 17,523 in 1990 to 34,333 in 2000, according to the 2000 census. Asian Indians, who include Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, are now the largest Asian group on Long Island, followed by the Chinese and the Koreans... These Asian groups have grown enough in recent years to support their own supermarkets, language schools, churches, temples and mosques on Long Island,...

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Tape Recording of Anti-Semitic Remarks By Rev. Billy Graham Released

March 17, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 17, 2002, The New York Times reported that Rev. Billy Graham's "sterling reputation as a healer and bridge-builder" was shattered when the tape of a 1972 conversation with former President Nixon in the Oval Office was made public by the National Archives. "Three decades after it was recorded, the North Carolina preacher's famous drawl is tinny but unmistakable on the tape, denigrating Jews... Mr. Graham, who is now 83 and in poor health, quickly issued a four-sentence apology, but he did not acknowledge making the...

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Mayor of Florida Town Banishes Satan From City Limits

March 14, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 14, 2002, The New York Times featured an article on Carolyn Risher, the mayor of Inglis, Florida (population: 1,400), who "has made international news by banning Satan, by mayoral proclamation, from the Inglis city limits... She has drawn praise and condemnation and has become the butt of jokes. To some people, it is a most heinous violation of the separation of church and state. To others, there was too much separation there already, and it took Mrs. Risher, a 61-year-old from Florida's Gulf Coast, to pinch church...

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Muslim Scholar Works for Understanding of Pluralism Among Abrahamic Religions

March 13, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 13, 2002, The Plain Dealer reported that Islamic scholar Abdulaziz Sachedina, famous for his "interfaith work and advocacy for the rights of women,... packed local [Cleveland] mosques with eager listeners and attracted about 300 clergy to his lectures yesterday at Hiram College... Sachedina travels the West Bank and Israel, working for curriculum reform in Islamic and Jewish schools...But Sachedina's central endeavor, as a scholar at the University of Virginia and an adviser to the Center for Strategic and...

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Across Traditions

March 13, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 13, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "the scourge of clergy sexual abuse has afflicted virtually every religious denomination: In recent years rabbis, ministers, and gurus have all been charged with molesting children... But the Catholic Church has been hit with many more allegations of clergy sexual abuse than any other faith or denomination. Recent statistics on the Archdiocese of Boston show "at least 80 priests have been accused of child sexual abuse over the last 50 years, and scholars say as many as 2,000...

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Long Island Interfaith Couples Face Challenges

March 10, 2002

Source: Newsday

On March 10, 2002, Newsday featured an article on interfaith marriages in Long Island, New York. "For members of some faiths - particularly Catholics and Jews, whom clergy members say comprise the majority of Long Island's interfaith marriages - there are hard choices to be made... Msgr. Donald Beckmann, diocesan director of interreligious and ecumenical affairs for the Diocese of Rockville Centre... said, 'the most contentious issue becomes the issue of faith in raising the children.... These issues come up because they affect the wider...

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Christian Orthodox Patriarch Visits US

March 9, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 9, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that the Orthodox Christian "Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said he sees signs of increased openness toward religious tolerance in the Muslim world... As the 'first among equals' of Orthodox patriarchs, Bartholomew claims to be the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians... Bartholomew called the terrorist acts of Sept. 11 'exploitation of religion' and said religion must be a unifying force in society... Bartholomew's visit to the United States, which included stops in...

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Christian Orthodox Patriarch Visits US

March 9, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 9, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, concluding a three-day visit to Washington, told Cardinals William Keeler of Baltimore and Theodore McCarrick of Washington that... persistent and historic theological differences must not harm relations between the Eastern and Western churches... Bartholomew made clear that he did not intend to try to bridge those differences... But he said both sides must make distinctions between 'essential and nonessential differences so that the...

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Milwaukee Unitarian Society Celebrates Women's History Month

March 9, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On March 9, 2002, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the First Unitarian Society in Milwaukee is marking International Women's History Month by hosting "Standing Before Us," a travelling exhibit of 72 display panels. The exhibit is on influential women in American history who "were Unitarians, Universalists or members of the association that was formed by consolidating the two denominations... Long known as one of the most liberal denominations in the United States, the Unitarian Universalist Association...

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The Ten Commandments in the Public Square

March 7, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On March 7, 2002, The Denver Post reported that "a granite Ten Commandments tablet that has stood outside City Hall [in Grand Junction, CO] for 44 years will remain there after a legal challenge to the constitutionality of having the commandments on public property was dropped this week... The American Civil Liberties Union and five Grand Junction residents withdrew a lawsuit against the city of Grand Junction on Tuesday... Jeff Basinger, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, said they feared if they didn't drop the suit...

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Arab-Americans Eager to Discuss Love of Food

March 6, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0306/p11s02-lifo.html

On March 6, 2002, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "with heightened interest in the Arab-American community since Sept. 11, and with Middle Eastern immigrants more eager to tell their neighbors who they truly are, the time may be right for food to fulfill - once again - its role as the great door-opener between newcomers and mainstream America... In fact, by simply...

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California Parents File Complaints Over Teachings about Islam

March 4, 2002

Source: USA TODAY

On March 4, 2002, USA TODAY reported that "parents in two California school districts have launched an effort to have a seventh-grade social studies textbook altered or removed, charging that it contains Islamic information that amounts to proselytizing... The Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in religious issues and parental rights, filed two administrative complaints on behalf of parents in the San Luis Coastal Unified and Lemon Grove school districts. Complaints may be filed in at least...

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