Interfaith

Religion and Globalization

August 21, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 21, 2000, The Denver Post reported that religion "can't be left out of international discussions, although people have tried to do just that for centuries, a Catholic scholar said here Sunday...Hardly any national or international debate, turmoil, movement or issue is without a religious angle, said the Rev. Bryan Hehir, dean of the Harvard Divinity School... 'Religion is often the absent element' in political discussions, Hehir said, noting that the practice dates back centuries to when governmental leaders viewed...

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Faithful Diversity Displayed in Boston's Immigrants

August 19, 2000

Source: Patriot-Ledger

On August 19, 2000 the Patriot-Ledger reported, "If you want to learn about a community, visit the place where people worship. But most of us don't do that. We feel like an intrusive outsider and don't understand the religious service unless we're accompanied by a congregation member. So it's a treat to find a new exhibit that introduces us to Buddhists and their temple in Quincy, as well as to five other religious groups in the Boston area. 'Faithful Boston: The Religion of Boston Immigrants' is on view in the changing gallery of...

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Religious Leaders Present Similar Themes at DNC

August 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on religious leaders from "three faiths who offered prayers at the Democratic National Convention this week presented similar themes of compassion, the common good, justice and peace." While the "entreaties stuck to generalities" for the most part, "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, made a point against abortion and called for politics focused on moral values, not political expediency." In addition to Mahony, prayers were offered by Rabbi...

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Teens Overcome Differences

August 18, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 18, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article entitled, "Black and Jewish Teens Try to Overcome Their Differences by Acknowledging Their Similarities."

Diverse Delegation from Texas

August 18, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 18, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported on the "Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention, which prided itself on its diversity, included five Muslims who were either delegates or alternates. Four were from the Houston area, and one was from Dallas. One of the delegates, Houston businessman Zafar Tahir, made history on Thursday at a breakfast meeting of Texas convention delegates, when he delivered a Muslim prayer - the first ever at such a gathering. Tahir, a native of Pakistan who lives in Houston,...

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Mass Announcements End at Denver Airport

August 17, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 17, 2000, The Denver Post reported that "Catholic Masses are no longer announced over the public address system at Denver International Airport because a traveler complained that the reminders were a violation of the separation of church and state...No other religious group that shares the two-room chapel - Protestants, Jews or Muslims - has regular service," although Muslim "employees and passengers stop in to pray if they're at DIA at one of the five times a day they are required to pray." Denver Catholic Archbishop...

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Some Muslims Question Lieberman

August 16, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On August 16, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that "Uneasy American Muslim leaders say Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., must move quickly after his nomination today as the Democratic vice presidential candidate to reassure them that he will be fair on the Mideast, or risk losing millions of votes in crucial states to Republican George W. Bush...The ambivalence toward Lieberman is evident even among strong Democrats of the Muslim faith, and among Arab-American delegates of other faiths, who are attending the Democratic National...

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Evangelical Christianity and Judaism

August 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 15, 2000, The Washington Post published an article entitled "Hymning Jesus And Lieberman; Some Evangelical Christian Groups Embrace Jewish Roots and Rituals." Sandy Grady, a member of the evangelical Glory Tabernacle in Washington exclaims, "We are so excited about Joe Lieberman. God is sending a message through him: Let the right man arise at this hour."

"Discussions of how evangelical Christians might respond to an Orthodox Jewish vice president tend to focus on the potential discomfort they may feel...

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Evangelical Christianity and Judaism

August 15, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 15, 2000, The New York Times published an article by religious scholar Martin Marty, explaining why there exists an alliance at times between evangelical Christians and observant Jews, two groups that might not always be lumped together as theological and social partners. Marty explains that "most evangelicals see Mr. Lieberman's selection as enlarging the space for themselves in American culture. He is celebrated for being different from mainstream culture while they have been criticized for it. They mention God in...

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Democratic Convention Receives Prayers

August 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that from "pews and pulpits across Southern California this weekend, pastors, rabbis, priests and congregations of virtually all faiths directed their prayers and sermons to Democrats in Los Angeles for their national convention... About 100 Democratic delegates and Mayor Richard Riordan attended a Mass where [Cardinal Roger M.] Mahony urged that political decisions be based on faith, not polls." Mahony said, "Those of you gathered here this morning represent leadership from...

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Group Protests Hate Crimes

August 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that local activists marked the one year anniversary of the shootings at North Valley Jewish Community Center and the shooting death of a Filipino American postal worker by rallying together and demanding tougher gun control and hate crime laws. Before neo-Nazi Buford O. Furrow allegedly shot postal worker Joseph Ileto, "Furrow allegedly wounded four children and a 68-year-old receptionist at the community center. Investigators say Furrow has confessed to carrying out the...

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Changing Face of Religion in Boston Suburbs

August 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 13, 2000, The Boston Globe reported on the Selimiye Mosque in Methuen and its example of how "changing demographics are making a mark on the religious landscape in the suburbs of Boston. Not only are many mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations seeing a surge in church attendance, new houses of worship are being constructed by Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Mormons, and evangelical Christians."

"People are fed up with all the drugs and ills of society and they're going back to religion...I think everybody...

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