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RELIGIOUS CHANGE, CONFLICT & INTOLERANCE,

2005-August

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We also have a list of religious tolerance news for this month. 
Sad to say, these are usually much shorter lists.

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bullet2005-AUG-17: One of the APAs call for reduction of violence in video games: Citing extensive research into the effect of violent themes in video games, the American Psychiatric Association recommended that all forms of violence in video games and other interactive media marketed to children and youth be reduced. They note that research indicates that: "...exposure to violence in video games increases aggressive thoughts, aggressive behavior, and angry feelings among youth. In addition, this exposure reduces helpful behavior and increases physiological arousal in children and adolescents." 1,2
bullet2005-AUG-19: Most Jews evacuated from the Gaza Strip: The Israeli defense forces largely completed the removal of Jews from Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. Some non-settlers had infiltrated a few of the Jewish settlements in the area and used violent means to slow down the evacuation. Their plan backfired as many settlers were outraged at the violence. With few exceptions, all of the buildings of the settlements will be completely destroyed so that the Palestinians cannot make future use of them. This action is considered an appropriate action by some and as a profoundly immoral action by others. However, the media appears to be discussing the destruction as simply a natural part of the evacuation. The departure of the settlers does not give control over Gaza to the Palestinians. The Israelis still control all land, sea and air access points to the area.

Shortly thereafter, hurricane Katrina caused major flooding and devastation to New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. Many religious conservatives expressed the belief that God was angry at the U.S. for supporting the evacuation of Jews from Gaza and sent a hurricane in retaliation.
bullet2005-AUG-27: TN: Westboro Baptist Church protests at GI funerals: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas conducted a protest in Smyrna, TN, during the funerals of two Tennessee soldiers killed in Iraq. Protestors carried signs and shouted messages like "God hates fags" and "God hates you." The Rev. Fred Phelps, the church leader and founder, explained that God is engaging in vengeance on the U.S. by having its soldiers killed in Iraq because the U.S. harbors gays. Town resident Danny Cotton, 56, said: "If they were protesting the government, I might even join them. But for them to come during the worst time for this family - it's just wrong." Meanwhile, other residents yelled at the demonstrators to "get out of our town" and "get out of our country." 3

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Reference used:

  1. "Resolution on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media," Resolution, American Psychological Association, 2005-AUG-17, at: http://www.apa.org/
  2. "APA calls for reduction in violence in interactive media used by children and adolescents," Press Release, American Psychological Association, 2005-AUG-17, at: http://www.apa.org/
  3. "Anti-Gay Church Protests at GI Funerals," 2005-AUG-27, Earthlink, at: http://start.earthlink.net/

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Copyright 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2005-AUG-20
Latest update: 2005-SEP-28
Author: B.A. Robinson

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