Christianity

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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Catholics and Muslims Forge Interfaith Bonds

February 14, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 14, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on the second annual meeting between top West Coast Catholic and Muslim leaders. The meeting "was designed to promote better understanding between the faiths and forge partnerships to counter what they see as the evils in secularized society, including abortion and pornography." It is a chance for those attending to build friendships that will lead to "local interfaith cooperation and action," and to deepen their understanding of spiritual matters by engaging in dialogue with...

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Florida School District Debates Religious Issues

February 14, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/News/021401/Citrus/Critic_blasts_school_.shtml

On February 14, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on a debate over religious issues in a Florida school district. At a recent meeting of the School Board, a critic "blasted the board for its prayer and related issues" after Chairwoman Patience Nave opened the session with a prayer that ended with "'I pray in the name of Jesus my savior.'...The...

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Denver Citizens Strategize to Prevent Lawsuit over Display of Ten Commandments

February 12, 2001

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On February 12, 2001, the Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "the threat of a civil liberties lawsuit may result in city voters casting ballots to save the Ten Commandments tablet in front of [Denver] City Hall by giving it away, or by selling about 45 square feet of property to a private group...The American Civil Liberties Union...contacted the city last September to call the tablet an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment...The tablet was provided to the city in 1958 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles." The...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 12, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On February 12, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that in a recent speech about black history at a Chicago church, the Rev. Jesse Jackson "issued warnings about faith-based social service programs funded by the government...[He said the] 'church must not...compromise its independence.'"

Op-Ed Articles Respond to Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

February 11, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 11, 2001, the Los Angeles Times published a piece by Judith F. Daar, a professor of law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, in which she criticized Bush's new faith-based proposal. Daar writes, "I am concerned that no longer will separation of church and state mean the government cannot fund religious organizations' missions to preach the tenets of their faith. Instead, separation could merely require that in so proselytizing, religious groups must also lend a helping hand to the downtrodden. To say that...

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Op-Ed Articles Respond to Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

February 11, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 11, 2001, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed piece by Judith F. Daar, a professor of law at Whittier Law School in, Costa Mesa, California, in which she criticized Bush's new faith-based initiative. She sees a trend in the Bush administration of disregarding the First Amendment regarding the separation of church and state. "From the multiple utterances of God and Jesus in the inaugural ceremonies to removing funding for international family planning organizations, we have seen President Bush's own faith dictate...

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Diversity Is the Theme of Catholic Youth Convention

February 10, 2001

Source: The Buffalo News

On February 10, 2001, The Buffalo News reported that "diversity within the Catholic Church will be the theme of this year's Catholic Youth Convention next weekend in Niagara Falls. More than 1,000 teenagers and adults from 70 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are expected to attend the event...The featured speaker for Friday's opening session will be Brian Johnson, youth director for the Galveston-Houston Catholic Diocese in Texas...Johnson, an African-American who grew up in Baltimore, served as a facilitator for "...

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Both Christianity and Shamanism Represented in Hmong Community

February 10, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 10, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that, among the Hmong community in the Twin Cities, some have embraced Christianity over the past 50 years, "but many have remained faithful to the traditional faith, shamanism...The Hmong are a farming people who live in mountainous ranges in Southeast Asia and southern China. Refugees began immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, after the Vietnam War ended...Today, about 11 percent of the estimated 75,000 to 80,000 Hmong in the Twin Cities are Christian, according to...

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Wisconsin Elects Christian Scientist as Governor

February 9, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On February 9, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Wisconsin's first Christian Scientist governor, Gov. Scott McCallum. Christian Science is "a remarkably democratic religion -- one with local autonomy, no clergy and no formal doctrines...Few Wisconsin residents know much about the religion other than a vague sense that it emphasizes faith rather than medicine in healing...That might raise questions about the fact that one of McCallum's first policy initiatives was a proposal to make prescription drugs more...

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Mormon Church Makes Plans for Arrival of Olympic Games in Salt Lake City

February 8, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On February 8, 2001, USA TODAY published an article about the Mormon Church's plans to take advantage of the Olympic Games being held in Salt Lake City next year. "Mormons founded this city as their own Kingdom of God, built the temple that is its visual icon and, while constituting more than 70% of Utah's population, largely sway state politics. And the fast-growing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...isn't reticent about self-promotion...For the Olympics, it will 'try to tell the story of Mormonism in every possible way.'...The...

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Ashcroft's Appointment Marks Shift In Role of Pentecostals

February 7, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 7, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article by Donald E. Miller, which said that "the Senate approval of John Ashcroft as attorney general signals an important shift in the religious demography of the United States. For years, the religion of choice for members of Congress and major presidential appointments was from the so-called Protestant mainstream denominations...But now we have a Pentecostal, a member of the Assemblies of God, holding one of the nation's most influential political posts...Pentecostals...

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Hispanics Complain of Discrimination in Chicago Archdiocese

February 5, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On February 5, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that three employees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago have filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying they were discriminated against because they were Hispanic. "Their allegations include verbal harassment, intimidation, unfair working conditions and denial of resources. The women also filed gender discrimination charges...The problem has been discussed before...In an Aug. 16, 2000, memorandum...the Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, director...

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