Christianity

Controversy Over Public Christmas Display

November 8, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 8, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "if religious-themed ornaments for the state Capitol holiday tree are submitted, they are as likely as any others to be displayed on the tree, Department of Administration Secretary George Lightbourn said Wednesday. 'We're not in the censorship business,' Lightbourn said in response to the filing of a federal lawsuit trying to overturn what some residents say is the state-guided refusal to accept ornaments with a religious theme for display on the tree......

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Controversy Over Public Christmas Display

November 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a compromise has been reached that will likely keep a traditional Christmas display on public view, but privately controlled...Selectmen voted unanimously last week to give up town ownership of two creches...According to the plan, two churches in Norwood would accept joint ownership of the creche formerly displayed at Town Hall...The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts had been considering a lawsuit against the Town of Norwood, on the grounds that town-owned displays...

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Center for Religious Inquiry Offers Variety of Classes

November 6, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 6, 2001, The Plain Dealer featured an article on the Center for Religious Inquiry in New York City, which is run by a Reform Rabbi in close partnership with the rector of New York's Episcopal St. Bartholomew's Church where the center has been housed since its founding in 1999. The center offers a "catalog of courses, seminars, lectures and foreign tours."

Jewish Women Perform Shmira, Sitting with Dead

November 6, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 6, 2001, The New York Times reported that the Orthodox Jewish ritual known as sitting shmira has taken on new dimensions in the wake of Septeber 11. In New York at the makeshift morgue for victims of the terror attacks, students from Stern College for Women fulfill the Jewish comandment "to keep watch over the dead, who must not be left alone from the moment of passing until burial... working in shifts from Friday afternoons until nightfall on Saturdays, the holiest part of the week. The rest of the time, the task is...

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Rochester Interfaith Gathering: To Remember, To Unite

November 5, 2001

Source: The Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesternews.com/1105story3.html

On November 5, 2001, The Democrat and Chronicle reported, "Many faiths seek unity amid conflict: Special rite in Rochester draws 120 worshippers." The event "began with the blowing of a Jewish shofar, followed by Buddhist bells and a Muslim call to prayer. They were at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church yesterday -- Christians, Jews, Muslims and representatives of other faiths -- to remember...

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Mexican-American Festival Helps Kids Cope with Terror Attacks

November 2, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On November 2, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the festival "Dia de los Muertos combines Mexican folk culture with Roman Catholicism to mark All Saints and All Souls days with colorful altars decked with flowers, art and photographs of loved ones who have died. But this year St. Procopius' [Catholic School in Chicago] celebration was particularly special. In addition to carrying photos of loved ones...some of the children carried photocopied photos and posters bearing the names and faces of victims of the Sept. 11...

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Arson at Church that Condemned Islam

November 2, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 2, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a fire at a church in Pennsylvania was intentionally set. "Old Paths Baptist Church in North Codorus Township [posted] a roadside sign that [said] 'Trust Mohammed to be damned'...The Rev. Matthew Jarrell said 'Somebody has to be right. Somebody has to be wrong,'...'We think the Bible is right and Koran is wrong. We think Jesus is right and Mohammed is wrong.'"

Cardinal Fears Vandalism Intended to Cause Rift

November 1, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Cardinal Roger Mahony cautioned against a rush to judgment...after three Roman Catholic parishes were vandalized and a stolen statue of Father Junipero Serra was found at a mosque...The vandals could be taking advantage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to cause rifts within the two religions, the cardinal said at a press conference with Maher Hathout, director of the Islamic Center of Southern California."

Religious Websites Revived in Aftermath

November 1, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 1, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "for-profit religious Web sites appeared headed for the dot-com graveyard before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sparked a nationwide spiritual revival, boosting attendance in churches and delivering millions of new visitors to God-focused Web sites." The article continued by addressing the question: "can the revival bring salvation to online religion?"

Ringgold, GA: City Hall Hangs Religious Display

October 31, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 31, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that officials in the town of Ringgold, GA "have hung the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and an empty frame in City Hall...fulfilling a unanimous City Council vote last month...The ACLU has submitted its own document --- a letter threatening a lawsuit...The empty frame, City Councilman Bill McMillon has said, is 'for those who believe in nothing. If they don't believe in [the other two], they can go stand in front of it and believe anything...

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Christian-Jewish Council Expands Membership to Include Muslims

October 30, 2001

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/stamford/2001-10-30/article9.shtml

On October 30, 2001 The Stamford Advocate reported, "Council to admit two Muslim organizations, change name." The article noted, "To help promote understanding and tolerance after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut has admitted two Muslim organizations and intends to change its name to...

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Memorial Service at "Ground Zero"

October 29, 2001

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/10/29/national0440EST0462.DTL

On October 29, 2001 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Families of World Trade Center victims attend memorial service at ground zero." The article quoted Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of the fire department: "Death will not conquer our love. We will hold on to the memory, we will hold on to this moment,...

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Religious Leaders Gather at "Faith in the Face of Terror" Conference

October 25, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.faithandvalues.com

On October 25, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported on a conference in Washington, DC entitled 'Faith in the Face of Terror.'The article reported that "representatives of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (with its major denominations) convened in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to place the terrorist attacks within a broader moral context and discuss how the faithful ought to respond...Each of the presentations at...

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Chapel-to-Go for Diverse Military

October 25, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Army's Natick Labs designs Chapel-to-Go for all faiths." The article reports that "the 'containerized chapel,' as it is formally known, can be dropped out the back of a cargo plane and within six hours be transformed into a multi-denominational religious center catering to Christians, Jews, and Muslims." The article continued, "According to the latest Defense Department statistics, of the 470,000 soldiers in the Army, about 40 percent are Protestant, 20 percent are Catholic, while...

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