Christianity

Mormon Church's Role in Utah Games Stirs Controversy

August 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on the debate in Utah "over the Salt Lake [Mormon] Temple being the literal backdrop of the Olympics and over the extensive involvement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in hosting them. Critics fear that the state's dominant institution intends to use the Olympics as a public relations tool to carry its mission around the globe in search of converts." The Mormon Church has about 11 million members. "While the church's president... has banned proselytizing on the...

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Religious and Ethnic Backgrounds Exploited in Investment Scams

August 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "fraud artists increasingly are preying on people based on their religious and ethnic backgrounds, members of the North American Securities Administration Association said at a press conference in Washington. The news came on the heels of prison sentences...for two former members of a Tampa church, who bilked fellow churchgoers of nearly $580 million on 'divinely inspired investments.'...'I've seen more money stolen in the name of God than in any other way,' said...NASAA...

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Cabinet at Prayer: Letters to the Editor

August 7, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 7, 2001, The New York Times published a letter to the editor that said, "I was very pleased to see the... front-page photograph of President Bush and members of his cabinet in prayer at the beginning of a meeting...This attitude shows the intelligence of people who know that the help of God is necessary for solving the most important problems of the world."

Cabinet at Prayer: Letters to the Editor

August 7, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 7, 2001, The New York Times published a letter to the editor about a photograph of the cabinet at prayer before a meeting, which said the photograph removes "any remaining doubt that this administration has no qualms about eliminating the separation of church and state. The photo also strongly indicates that this administration has no qualms about coercing others into religious displays...We can assume the values the administration will be emphasizing are not tolerance, diversity, open-mindedness."

Nominee for International Post Under Scrutiny for Religious Views

August 7, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 7, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on Bush's new nominee for a top international aid post. As "president of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, he instituted a policy that permitted only 'committed Christians' to be hired to teach in the school's adult education program...Two civil rights groups...called on the US Senate to question...Kent R. Hill...about the hiring criteria and whether he would favor international religious groups in his new job."

Diversity in Workplace Requires Adjustments for Religious Beliefs

August 6, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 6, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "all kinds of people have come into the workplace from such far-flung countries as Somalia, Bosnia, Pakistan, Malaysia and India, bringing their religious beliefs with them. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that they be accommodated, if reasonably possible...For example, observant Jews can be expected to leave work early on Fridays...to acelebrate the Sabbath." Some employers are more accommodating than others.

Survey Gages Reactions of California and Utah Clergy to LDS

August 4, 2001

Source: deseretnews.com

August 4, 2001, deseretnews.com reported that "a cross-section of Utah clergy hold basically the same views about the LDS Church as their California counterparts, and nearly half say they are 'very knowledgeable' about Latter-day Saints. Yet the majority believes members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are misguided in their faith. The attitudes are reflected in the results of a recently released survey conducted by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), a group of Latter-day Saint scholars...

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Baptist Leadership Summit and Buddhist Celebration in Kansas

August 4, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On August 4, 2001, The Kansas City Star. reported that "Chuck Colson, syndicated columnist, author and founder of Prison Fellowship, will be a speaker at the 2001 Willow Creek Leadership Summit, which will be broadcast live via satellite...at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church...Across the country...more than 10,000 people are expected to gather for the event. It is designed to help pastors, volunteer leaders, church staff, board members and emerging leaders in business and the church to develop their leadership gifts, skills...

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Catholic Priest Opposes Negative Depictions of Jews

August 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 4, 2001, The Boston Globe interviewed the Rev. Robert W. Bullock, a Catholic priest who "has spent many o his 72 years thinking about Judaism...He has become a voice on the impact of the Holocaust on Catholocism and Christianity." He wrote that "the problem is not in the classroom; it is in the church." In the interview he explained that "primarily [these problems] arise in the lectionary...[For example,] there is the problematic depction of Jews as the mob crying out for the death of Jesus."

40 Chaplains Hired for 2002 Olympics

August 4, 2001

Source: deseretnews.com

On August 4, 2001, deseretnews.com reported that "to make sure everyone is taken care of, Olympic organizers have chosen 40 spiritual advisers to be on call during the 17 days of competition [at the 2002 Winter Games]. Their duties will range from hosting regular worship services at the Olympic Village to being available for any athlete, any time...The chaplains ...come from nearly every sect imaginable...There are Catholic priests, a Jewish rabbi, an Islamic imam and Protestant ministers from several denominations. [A chaplain]...

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Senator Demands God's Name Be Used in Oaths

August 3, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 3, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama "scolded Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, for leaving out 'so help me God' when swearing in nominees and others who testify in front of his panel." The Constitution does not require an oath invoking God's name. "Sessions said that traditionally the reference to God has been included and he is considering an effort to make the language part of Senate rules."

Justice Displays Ten Commandments in Montgomery Court Building

August 2, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 2, 2001, The New York Times reported that "Chief Justice Roy Moore unveiled...in the judicial building in Montgomery a...display of historical quotations that was topped by carved tablets of the Ten Commandments. The display fulfills a campaign pledge the judge made last year to acknowledge in a public place God's influence on the law."

Neighbors Take Issue with Religious Lawn Statue

August 2, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 2, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on Jamal Saba of Canton, Mich. "When Saba moved his family into a $500,000 dream house," he included a statue of the Virgin Mary in the $10,000 landscaping design. "He was shocked recently to find an anonymous letter in his mailbox, telling him that religion should stay inside the home, and later to discover that he faces a legal challenge from his homeowners association over the statue...'They hate me because the Virgin Mary went up,' said Saba."

Justice Displays Ten Commandments in Montgomery Court Building

August 2, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in the wee hours of the morning when nobody was looking, [Chief Justice Roy] Moore and a couple of workmen sneaked a 5,280-pound granite monument to the Ten Commandments into the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court...Moore paid for it with 'private contributions,' he said, and didn't tell any of the other eight justices...Predictably, the monument has caused a stir. Several Christian groups immediately voiced support, while the Alabama chapter of the American Civil Liberties...

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Mormon Denomination Changes Name

July 31, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On July 31, 2001, The New York Times reported on a Mormon denomination in Missouri that was called, until April 6, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. "Now it is the Community of Christ -- the same organization, rechristened...The Community of Christ and the Mormons...trace themselves to the church begun on April 6, 1830, by Joseph Smith...Some [Mormon church members] regrouped and formally began the Reorganized Church on April 6, 1860." The church has changed its name to better reflect its current...

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