Interfaith

Government Official Calls for Interreligious Committees at State and Local Levels

May 27, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200405270406.html

On May 27, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a This Day article that reported, "The Tor Tiv Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula has called for the establishment of joint committees of Muslims and Christians at the State and Local government levels, even as the nation grapples with the pervasive problem of religious intolerance. Dr. Torkula spoke in Makurdi at an expanded State Security Council meeting, chaired by the...

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Utah Holds Second Interfaith Celebration, With Full Inclusion

May 27, 2004

Source: Deseret News

https://www.deseret.com/archives/2004/5

On May 27, 2004 Deseret News reported, "The Utah County Interfaith Alliance Day of Prayer Service will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Community United Church of Christ, 175 N. University Ave. in Provo. The group opted to hold a special service after it learned members of the LDS church would not be allowed to...

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Muslim-Christian Conference to Include Jews Next Year

May 27, 2004

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/qatar/?id=10088

On May 27, 2004 the Middle East Online reported, " A conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue opened Thursday in Qatar with an official call to broaden the forum to include Judaism. Qatari Prime Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani set the stage for two days of inter-faith talks by drawing parallels between those who believe in the oneness of God. 'Perhaps it is wise to widen the...

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Interfaith Services Honor the Dead in Iraq

May 26, 2004

Source: Worldwide Faith News Archives

http://www.wfn.org/2004/05/msg00215.html

On May 26, 2004 Worldwide Faith News Archives reported, "As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the National Council of Churches USA along with faith groups around the country are planning interfaith services - 26, at latest count, including two that took place earlier in May - of prayer and remembrance for all those who have died in the war in Iraq. The 'lead' service sponsored by the NCC is set for...

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Muslim Request to Pray in Cordoba Church Prompts Examination of Spanish Identity

May 26, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0526/p01s04-woeu.html

On May 26, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Ever since Charles V erected an altar and choir stall in the middle of this city's Great Mosque five centuries ago - clearing out many of the mosque's emblematic red-and-white-striped arches in the process - Córdoba's Mezquita has symbolized Spain's divisive past. But now, Muslim immigrants and Spanish converts to Islam are...

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Together in Faith: Interfaith Conference Explores Homosexuality in Religion

May 24, 2004

Source: The Michigan Daily

http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/05/24/40b18a3182e2f

On May 24, 2004 The Michigan Daily reported, "Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Kay Whitlock, a lesbian activist and author, likened the quote to the condition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in today’s society during her opening speech at this weekend’s 'Together in Faith...

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Pluralism Project Exhibit Highlights Michigan's Diversity

May 24, 2004

Source: The Michigan Daily

http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/05/24/40b18c8cc2351

On May 24, 2004 The Michigan Daily reported, "Bill McNeece, director of photography for the Pluralism Project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, said photography of different religious events taken by himself and students participating in the project often elicit questions about how he managed to take a trip around the world. What people...

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Are Immigrant Religious Practices Cultural or Criminal?

May 24, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2004-05-24-courts-culture_x.htm

On May 24, 2004 USA Today reported, "Immigrants with roots in Africa, Asia and other non-Western cultures are winding up in America's courts after being charged with crimes for acts that would not be offenses in their home countries. In recent years, U.S. courts have been asked to decide the fates of defendants involved in animal sacrifices,...

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"Papa Married a Mormon": Play Explores Religious Intolerance in Utah

May 23, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/May/05232004/arts/168846.asp

On May 23, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "A play opening at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University this week takes on Utah's 'elephant in the room' -- friction between members of Utah's dominant faith and their neighbors. 'Papa Married a Mormon' confirms what we already knew: religious tolerance -- and the lack of it -- have been issues in Utah for a long time. The play...

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Manatee School Board Settles on School Prayers

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13394

On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The Manatee County School Board has settled a federal lawsuit against its practice of saying Christian prayers before meetings. The agreement, which only one member voted against, mirrors guidelines the board set in August. It allows the board to open meetings with a nonsectarian invocation. A court must approve the...

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Texas Officials Say Unitarian Church Not a Religious Organization

May 22, 2004

Source: The Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/living/religion/8726242.htm

On May 22, 2004 The Tallahassee Democrat reported, "Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone. But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian church isn't really a religious...

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Editorial: Jews Must Learn to Contend With a Religious America

May 19, 2004

Source: The Forward

http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=harris20040512844

On May 19, 2004 The Forward published an editorial noting, "America is changing rapidly. If American Jews don't grasp the significance of these changes, then we just might be left in the dust one day, notwithstanding our remarkable success to date.

America has played a unique role in the life of the Jewish people, particularly in the postwar era. That role, simply put...

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