Christianity

Christian Scientists' Attitudes to Healing Create Controversy

February 23, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On February 23, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "the Christian Scientists are bringing out their powerful lobby as HB 1286...moves through the Colorado legislature." This legislation would remove "an exemption in the state's child-abuse statutes that essentially makes Christian Scientists not liable for death or disability that might result if they choose to treat their children with Christian Science practices rather than medical treatments." Christian Scientists distinguish themselves from other faith-healing groups...

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Pope Selects New Cardinals with Eye to Global Survival of Catholic Church

February 22, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 22, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the 44 new cardinals that were installed last week by Pope John Paul II. "The number of cardinals installed was a record," as was the geographical diversity of the group. "The new cardinals reflected the pope's strategy for the church of 1 billion adherents in the new millennium. John Paul beefed up the Latin American contingent, elevated prelates from the Middle East, where the church is struggling to survive, and installed two Ukrainians, a new...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 21, 2001

Source: South Bend Tribune

On February 21, 2001, the South Bend Tribune reported that, "while not opposing Bush's initiative outright, Lutheran, Catholic and Jewish groups are raising concerns about potential religious discrimination and coercion, echoing arguments from civil libertarian quarters." Other concerns include the theoretical issue of the separation between church and state, government infringement on churches' freedom, and worries "about government funding of religious groups outside the mainstream, such as the Church of Scientology and the...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 21, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 21, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article that brings up one of the biggest problems with Bush's faith-based initiative. "The state cannot be in the business of deciding which faiths pass muster and which do not. If they are law-abiding and their programs are effective, it would seem you have to take them all or take none. You allow proselytizing in all or in none." For example, the Salvation Army "injects its Christian philosophy deep into its programs." If the Salvation Army can do this, the article asked...

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Small Iowa Town Makes Steps Toward Acceptance of Jewish Residents

February 19, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 19, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the 150 to 200 Hasidic Jews who live in Postville, Iowa, "may finally be on the verge of gaining acceptance in this predominantly Christian community of 1,600 residents." The first Jews arrived from New York in 1987. "Last month, in one of the most significant developments yet, the town council appointed its first Jew." Several residents then signed a petition objecting to the appointment. The petition has "forced everybody off the fence" about their position toward Jewish...

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Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese Appoints First Latino Provost

February 19, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 19, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that in January the Los Angeles diocese became the first in the Episcopal church to appoint a Latino provost in the United States. The provost is "the person responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration of a diocese's cathedral center...The Los Angeles diocese has the church's highest concentration of Latinos. They make up 10,000 of the 85,000 Episcopalians in the diocese," but only 20 of the 510 priests are Latinos. The new provost, Ernesto Medina, is one of only 275...

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Chicago Catholics Discuss Needs of Hispanic Community

February 19, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On February 19, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "more than 80 Roman Catholic priests who serve predominantly Hispanic parishes plan to meet today with Cardinal Francis George to discuss what some view as the failure of the Archdiocese of Chicago to meet the needs of Hispanic Catholics." Three Hispanic employees of the archdiocese recently complained of discrimination, and many more have complained that "the archdiocese isn't doing enough to keep up with the fast-growing Hispanic Catholic population in Chicago...One-third...

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Sacred Flame Arrives at Armenian Church in Atlanta

February 19, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 19, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that the symbolic "Light of St. Gregory" was brought to members of the Armenian Church of Atlanta in a celebration of the 1,700th anniversary of the Christianization of Armenia. The flame used in the celebration originated in Armenia and has been distributed to Armenians all over the world. About 1,100 Armenians live in metro Atlanta.

Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 18, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 18, 2001, the Los Angeles Times published an article about the Jewish response to Bush's new faith-based initiative. Many Jewish leaders "remain guarded with Bush, who has...made his Christian faith a prominent part of his political platform. Both the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress oppose the president's plan... Yet, there is a growing minority of American Jews who... are 'pleased that President Bush is committed to increasing the partnership between government and faith and community-based...

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Church Plans Give Neighbors Concerns about Traffic, Greenery

February 18, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/News/021801/Northoftampa/Residents_confront_ch.shtml

On February 18, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on a public meeting where Lutz residents brought up concerns about Idlewild Baptist Church's plans to build a 5,600 seat church on Lake Reinheimer. "The forum was the monthly meeting of the Lutz Civic Association, renowned for its tenacious fights against overdevelopment and the traffic...

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Pre-School Provides Example on How Groups with Many Faiths Should Interact

February 18, 2001

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-02-18/News_and_Views/City_Beat/a-100266.asp

On February 18, 2001, the New York Daily News reported on the the Treasure Island Pre-School in Brooklyn, New York, where love is "expressed daily among children whose families are Jewish, Muslim and Christian." In a community "where tensions have run high because of strains in the Middle East, an emphasis is being placed on unity among people...

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Ohio Interfaith Association Works for Peace and Human Rights

February 16, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On February 16, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, which has 350 members from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'ism, Islam and Judaism. All are volunteers. "The missions of the association...are to educate its members and the public about customs of different faiths and to provide interfaith public worship and ceremonies related to local and global concerns." The association's projects, which range from peace-training programs in public schools to the creation of...

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Minister Claims Orthodox Christians and Jews Reject Inclusive Approach

February 16, 2001

Source: Capital Times

On February 16, 2001, the Madison Capital Times published an article by Rev. Michael A.Schuler of the First Unitarian Society, in which he warns that, under the Bush administration, "conservative Christians [will] try to halt the current drift toward pluralism...Orthodox Christians and Jews reject a more inclusive and open-minded approach to religion because, for them, to be religious means to be sectarian as well." Schuler says that, globally, they have begun to "redouble their efforts to defend the old order," in response to...

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Guiliani Takes Issue with Brooklyn Museum of Art Exhibits

February 16, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 16, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on conflicts between New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The mayor is upset with the museum "for displaying a painting of an African Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung." and more recently "a color photograph that parodies the Last Supper with a naked woman, her arms outstretched, standing in the center of the picture instead of Jesus." Guiliani says he is offended by the images, which he considers "anti-Catholic." The debate continues about the...

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