Christianity

Memorial Planned for Birthplace of Pentecostal Movement

June 2, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on Azusa Street in L.A., where the Pentecostal movement started in 1906. "This week, as thousands of believers gathered again in Los Angeles for the World Pentecostal Conference, a long-stalled effort to give the site its due took a significant step forward. In a ceremony...a multicultural memorial committee brought together Pentecostal and Japanese American leaders...Project members envision a mural and computerized kiosk that would tell of Azusa Street's rich and dramatic history......

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Religious Leaders in New York Protest Taliban's Dress Code for Hindus

June 1, 2001

Source: The Jerusalem Post

On June 1, 2001, The Jerusalem Post reported that "lined up along the Holocaust Memorial Wall across from the United Nations headquarters, Jewish, Christian, and Hindu leaders wore yellow stickers and spoke out in solidarity with Afghan Hindus, who are being forced by the nation's ruling Taliban movement to wear saffron- colored garments...Jewish and Israeli leaders condemned the [Taliban's dress-code] ruling, declaring it reminiscent of the Nazi era and the Holocaust."

Students and Parents Object to Religious Songs in Ohio Public Schools

June 1, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On June 1, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "some students and parents object to the singing of explicitly religious lyrics in public schools. These critics -- including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which filed a lawsuit against Columbus schools last month on behalf of three families -- think the practice violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause." The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Ohio chapter's president said he has no problem with the songs as long as they are initiated by students...

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Many Try to Get Around Rulings that Ban the Public Display of the Decalogue

May 31, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On May 31, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that officials in Harlan County [Kentucky] have found a way around the ACLU injunction forcing them to take down copies of the Ten Commandments that were posted in public places. "They simply bundled the Commandments with other classic texts, such as the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence, and reposted them as 'historical documents.' It's just one of several recent actions that have shown how determined some in the Bible Belt are to reintroduce...

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Religious Leaders Celebrate Anniversary of Armenian Orthodox Church in D.C.

May 31, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On May 31, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church that suffered under 70 years of Communist rule is celebrating the [1700th] anniversary of its homeland's conversion to Christianity...In an ecumenical ceremony yesterday rich in pomp at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception [in Washington, D.C.], national religious leaders prayed in thanksgiving for the survival of the church and for the road that lies ahead."

Sacred Dance Part of Many Different Religions

May 30, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On May 30, 2001, The Denver Post reported on "sacred dancers [who] praise God through movement...Some dance for their congregations, others as a private form of prayer...They share a conviction that movement deepens the spiritual experience...Sacred dance...has a place in many religions and was part of the early Jewish and Christian church."

Florida Pagan Protests Christian School Board Prayer

May 30, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On May 30, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "community activist Charles Schrader, who was ejected from a School Board meeting last week for praying a pagan prayer over Chairwoman Patience Nave's invocation, asked...whether he can lead the prayer at the next regular board meeting June 12" in the spirit of religious diversity. Nave responded that "it was the board's meeting. So they should be the ones conducting the prayers."

Supreme Court Decides Not to Review Indiana Ruling over Ten Commandments

May 30, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 30, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "a hotly contested ruling that an Indiana city must remove a statue containing the Ten Commandments from outside City Hall will not face Supreme Court review, a divided court said." A lawyer supporting display of the Commandments said that the high court's decision not to review the case would "only add to the confusion surrounding the displays of Ten Commandments in communities across the country." His opponents, however, said that "the Supreme Court decision not to review...

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Louisiana Festival Celebrates Greek Culture

May 28, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 28, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the biannual West County Greek Festival. "'These events are really important for us because they celebrate Greek culture and really bring our people together,' said the Rev. Joseph Strzelecki. 'Greece is predominately Orthodox, and the church is the center of the social life. To Greeks, culture and faith are one.' Reflecting that union, the festival included traditional food, dance and music, as well as lectures in the church's 40-pew sanctuary."

Armenians Gather in New York City to Hear Leader of Armenian Church

May 28, 2001

Source: Newsday

On May 28, 2001, Newsday reported that "Armenians from throughout the Northeast and beyond converged on Central Park [in New York City] to welcome His Holiness Karekin II, leader of the Armenian Church, on his first pontifical visit to the United States." The role of Karekin II "is analogous to that of the Roman Catholic pope...The Armenian Church is an independent Christian church... The service -conducted in K'rapar, a medieval dialect of Armenian - represented the highlight of a weekend-long celebration."

School Board Criticized for Mishandling Suit over Religious Songs Sung by School Choir

May 27, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 27, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch published an opinion piece that charges the Columbus school district with being "seriously out of tune on the issue of religion in the schools...Last June student choirs at Columbus Alternative High School and Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School sang songs with a Christian theme...As a result, several parents complained that the performances amounted to school sponsorship of religion...School board members didn't want to come up with a policy" limiting the religious content of choral...

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Church May Become First in Wisconsin to Test New Federal Zoning Law

May 27, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On May 27, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "legislation passed by Congress last year now tips the scale in favor of religious institutions in many land use disputes. And a Franklin church is on course to become the first in Wisconsin to test the law in court...Rev. Ardyth Johnson's Faith Community Church wants to build a meeting house and fellowship hall on 10 acres zoned residential...Johnson...has told the city her church may file suit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act if...

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Buddhist Festival in Washington, D.C., Reflects Religion's Growth in the Region

May 27, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On May 27, 2001, The Washington Post reported on "an all-day Buddhist festival celebrated...by an estimated 2,000 people at the Fauquier County Buddhist temple...As Buddhists from across the region streamed into the Wat Lao Buddhavong center yesterday, organizers said the attendance was a sign that their religion is growing and has become a united community of many nations...[The] Buddhist festival was just one of three Asian religious festivals this weekend, a sign of the growing religious and ethnic diversity in the Washington...

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Protestors Demand Catholic Church Allow Women to Be Ordained

May 27, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 27, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that opponents of the Catholic Church's ban on the ordination of women protested outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, where seven men were recently ordained as priests.

In Spite of Christian Worries, Pagans Describe Themselves as Ordinary

May 27, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On May 27, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on "the Spring Gathering of the Tribes here, on a remote wooded farm where hundreds of Pagans from Virginia and the East Coast have set up camp...Gathering attendees portrayed themselves as normal Americans who hold spiritual beliefs in the power of nature and in male and female sources of divinity...Some area ministers said earlier this week that they might organize a protest against the weekend gathering, but little has materialized."

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