New Religious Movements

Where "No Religion" Dominates, Oregonians Find Spirituality in the World

October 18, 2003

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2003/10/18/a1.nones.1018.html

On October 18, 2003 The Register-Guard reported that Oregon was "one of only four states where 'no religion' was the most common answer in a religious identification survey commissioned by City University of New York in 2001. The other states were Washington, Idaho and Wyoming. Other recent studies draw similar conclusions, including a 2002 survey commissioned by the...

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Synagogues Adapt their Worship for Broader Appeal

September 28, 2003

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/09/28ky/wir-front-services

On September 28, 2003 The Courier Journal reported "amid local and national worries that the Jewish population is stagnating, aging, tuning out to religion and intermarrying with non-Jews at high rates, synagogues are offering broader menus of worship styles. The Temple and Adath Jeshurun, for example, offered services during this weekend's New Year'...

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Buddhism Spreading in the Northwest

September 27, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

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On September 27, 2003 The Oregonian reported "the number of Buddhist groups is surging in the region. The Northwest Dharma Association was born in the late 1980s and has been keeping track of Buddhist groups in the region since about 1996. Back then the organization knew of about 100 groups that practiced Buddhism, including Zen, Tibetan and Pure Land schools... But by 2002, the association had...

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Lilly Endowment Funds New Study of Religion and Public Life

September 25, 2003

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5EEB5BE0-52B6-4EE7-92530C2BD

On September 25, 2003 Voice of America reported "backed by a $3.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, investigators will embark on a long-term study of religious beliefs and behaviors among various ethnic groups...In the Rice/Notre Dame study, researchers will begin by interviewing 2,500 people across the nation. They will then follow up by...

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Interfaith Activity in Dutchess County, NY

June 15, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sunday/localnews/stories/lo061503s12_p.shtml

On June 15, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that "Dutchess County [NY] truly is a melting pot of religious faiths -- and religious tolerance... 'In many ways the county is very diverse and it breeds tolerance,' said Michael Tori, a religion professor at Marist College... The county may be nearly three-fourths Roman Catholic, but...

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Eric Rudolf and the "Christian Identity" Movement

June 5, 2003

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=C2B301AF-EC53-4B0C-8A95E2DBBE270BCA

On June 5, 2003 Voice of America reported that "the recent capture of the man believed responsible for the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta is an important reminder that 'Christian Terrorism' was in the United States long before its Islamic counterpart was unleashed on New York and Washington, DC... Eric Robert Rudolph was on the FBI's...

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National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Defames Islam

February 10, 2003

Source: Oklahoma's News Channel 8

http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0203/73477.html

On February 10, 2003 Oklahoma's News Channel 8 reported that at the "National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, chairman Glenn Plummer declared that the Bible says the only way people can reach God is through Jesus, 'not Muhammad' and 'not Allah'... Plummer added that people can't get to God through Buddha, the Dalai Lama or Sun Myung Moon either... [He also] called...

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Harry Potter and the Establishment Clause

December 4, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On December 4, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "while her fifth-grade classmates at Truman Elementary School in Pacific listen to the adventures of Harry Potter, Merry Noella Skaggs chooses to sit in the library and read other books. Martha Skaggs says her daughter's teacher should not read the best-selling books in class because they teach kids about witchcraft, which she considers a religion. 'They won't give equal time to other religious books,' said Skaggs, who identified herself as Pentecostal. 'If...

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Survey on Religious Diversity in Marin County, California

December 2, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On December 2, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a recently released survey by San Francisco's Institute of Jewish and Community Research shows that a far higher percentage of people in Marin County [CA] than in the rest of the country embrace alternative religions or no religion at all. The findings, gathered from random telephone interviews of 604 people in April and May of 2000, do not mean the famously wealthy and liberal suburban county is full of barefoot pagans wearing robes and worshiping in the...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 15, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On November 15, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "a protest Sunday in downtown Portland against a possible war in Iraq is drawing support from Palestinians, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, Quakers and Scientologists, among others. Frank Fromherz, director of the Portland Catholic Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace, said the peace activists will call on the U.S. government to find nonviolent solutions to threats such as terrorist attacks."

Romney Win is Sign that Massachusetts is Now More Accepting of Mormons

November 9, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 9, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "The election of Mitt Romney-- an adherent of a faith shared by less than half of a percent of his fellow Massachusetts residents-- demonstrates an increasing acceptance of Mormons in the United States, as well as the increasing willingness of Americans to elect members minority faiths... Romney's aides say his faith has no public significance. "It's absolutely irrelevant," said his spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom. "People here didn't even think about it. It wasn't even a topic of...

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Elementary School Yoga Ed Becomes Church and State Issue

August 29, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On August 29, 2002 The Denver Post reported that Aspen Elementary School's plans to start a pilot program called Yoga Ed has stirred up a controversy over separation of church and state. The report states, "several parents have objected to their little ones participating in what they see as something bordering on a mystical religious practice. The school now plans to hold a meeting for parents next week to explain the program. 'I wish I could just change the name of this to 'stretching and breathing' and call it good,' said...

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LDS Church Attempts to Buy Public Land of Religious Significance

May 15, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 15, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "a bill in Congress, opposed by conservationists and history buffs, would allow the Mormon Church to buy a chunk of historic public land beside four pioneer trails southwest of Casper, Wyo... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to buy a 1,640-acre site known as Martin's Cove, where at least 56 Mormon immigrants died in a blizzard in 1856... But conservationists worry that the U.S. Department of the Interior would set a dangerous precedent by selling...

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Across Traditions

April 8, 2002

Source: Newsday

On April 8, 2002, Newsday reported that "from Episcopal and Protestant churches to Jewish synagogues and Hindu temples, religious leaders... are reflecting on the sexual abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Church and its potential impact on their own houses of worship... In truth, the scourge of clergy sexual abuse has been exposed in virtually every religious faith and denomination... Members of the Jewish Orthodox faith recently... [faced] their own sexual abuse scandal involving... a leader in the Orthodox Union's National...

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