Interfaith

Hog Farming Source of Rift Between Mennonites and their Neighbors

August 12, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On August 12, 2001, The New York Times reported on the on Finger Lakes region of New York. "Best known for its...bucolic beauty, [it] has become the hog farming capital of New York. But with that distinction has come controversy...casting an awkward spotlight on the people most associated with the animals, Mennonite farmers." Many of their neighbors are complaining that the stench produced by the pigs "has adversely affected the quality of life, the environment, the wine business and the tourism industry...Like their...

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Documentary Explores Links Between Judaism and Christianity

August 11, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 11, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that a new documentary linking the traditions of Jews and Christians, Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, "is set to debut on public television in at least 70 markets this fall...An executive at Connecticut Public Television "believes that this film 'fills a vacuum' as the first even-handed documentary to address the shared heritage and differences without either side 'scoring points.'...Dr. Wilson, a professor of Old Testament and Jewish Studies at...

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Bush's Piety Excludes Agnostics

August 9, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On August 9, 2001, The Washington Post published an editorial about Bush leading his cabinet in prayer before a meeting. "Bush is different only in degree, not in kind" in terms of presidential piety. "It makes me scratch my head whenever anyone mentions how religion has been banished from American life. This lament, so intrinsic if not essential to the conservative moment,...has attained the status of a Big Lie -- an untruth repeated so often that it goes unchallenged...America -- alone among the major Western democracies --...

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Muslim Group Withdraws Endorsement of New York Mayoral Candidate

August 9, 2001

Source: Daily News

On August 9, 2001, New York's Daily News reported that "Mark Green and Alan Hevesi shifted into damage-control mode...after a videotape surfaced...The tape shows a leader of the Muslim Political Coordinating Committee saying Green told them Israel had 'made mistakes' and had criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...Two weeks ago, however, Green aides and committee leaders told the Daily News that Israel never came up in Green's meeting with the group...A Muslim leader seen on the tape, Ali Mirza, said yesterday that he spoke in...

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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."

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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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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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."

Indian Swami Preaches Unity on Tour of Twin Cities

August 4, 2001

Source: The Pioneer Press

On August 4, 2001, The Pioneer Press reported on the speaking tour of a swami from Andra Pradesh, India. "Swamiji Bhagavan Sri Viswayogi Viswamji Maharaj will make public and private appearances" in the Twin Cities for five days. "What he says -- that all religions are the same -- is important," said one of the local Hindus who organized the tour. "More and more (swamiss) are coming to the United States because of the affluence of the Indian-Hindu community," said the production manager of Hinduism Today. "Many swamis...

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Religion Scholars Find Diversity in Central Ohio

August 3, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 3, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the religious diversity of Columbus, Ohio. "Columbus Chinese Christian Church gives its 550 members a choice of three services -- one in mandarin Chinese, one in Cantonese and one in English...The Rev. John Kirby, senior pastor at Maize Road Baptist Church for 19 years, said he has seen the neighborhood transform as new residents have moved in, bringing their religions with them. His congregation of 600 now includes several Vietnamese members...Kirby thinks the religious...

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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."

Bill Would Allow Religious Groups Access to Government Funding

August 3, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 3, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "cabinet secretaries could convert $47 billion worth of social spending into vouchers, giving participants in...[social service] programs the chance to shop around for religious or secular services, under legislation approved by the House. The provision [is] part of a bill that would open 10 government programs up to religious groups...Unlike groups that receive direct funding, [groups that receive money through vouchers] could include religious instruction or prayer and...

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