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NEWS OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE AND CONFLICT

2001-APRIL

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2001-APR-18: Name conflict among Unitarian Universalists: 
In a major break with Unitarian Universalist tradition, a group of two dozen Unitarian Universalists met in Virginia on 2001-APR-22, to discuss the founding of a new Unitarian denomination. Their goal is to create a renewal organization for those Unitarian Universalists who regard themselves as theists. They appear to have much less concern with social justice issues than does the general UUA membership. David Burton, attorney, Deist, and a co-founder of the new group is quoted as saying: "The Unitarian tradition...draws inspiration and sustenance from the divine. But Unitarian Universalism as it's practiced today is almost devoid of religious content....Atheists and theists can't be in the same religion." He added that most attendees at the Virginia meeting were Unitarian Christians. He said: "Jesus is central to their religion. In most UU congregations, if you got up and started talking about Jesus, you'd be run out on a rail...The UUA is extremely intolerant."

The renewal group has chosen American Unitarian Association (AUA) to be their group's name. The AUA was the name of the original Unitarian group from 1825 to 1961. At that time, it consolidated with the Universalist Church of America to form the UUA. "...the Unitarian Universalist Association was legally designated as the continuation of both organizations. The UUA continues to receive trust income and bequests under the names of its predecessor organizations. It uses both names in literature, at headquarters, and on its own website." 9 The UUA has filed a lawsuit in order to continue exclusive use of its name. More information.

bullet2001-APR-18: Israeli flag removed: According to CAIR: 5
The city of Gahanna, OH, (a suburb of Columbus) flew the Israeli flag from the city flagpole as part of the "Days of Remembrance," a national commemoration of the mass killing of Jews in Europe during World War II. Representatives of five Muslim groups met with Mayor Jim McGregor, and asked him to remove the flag. Ahmad Al- Akhras, president of CAIR-OHIO said: "We want to thank Mayor McGregor for understanding that the desire to honor and remember all those who died at the hands of the Nazis is a completely separate issue from flying the Israeli flag. For the Islamic and Arab communities in Ohio, that flag is a symbol of the ongoing oppression suffered by Palestinian Christians and Muslims." The mayor agreed; the flag was removed. 
bullet2001-APR-18: Egypt: Anti-semitic remark by columnist: Ahmad Ragab, in reference to the Jews and the Nazi Holocaust, wrote: "Thanks to Hitler, blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance, against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Although we do have a complaint against him for his revenge on them was not enough." This appeared in the newspaper Al-Akhabar, which is sponsored by the Egyptian government.
bullet2001-APR: Two noncompliant Episcopal dioceses deny ordination to women: Bishops in Fort Worth-Quincy diocese (Illinois) and the San Joaquin diocese (California) still refuse to ordain women. They believe that the Bible restricts the priesthood to males. The Episcopal Women's Caucus (EWC) has decided to support ordained women for up to two months in these two dioceses. Under the "Angel Project," female priests would celebrate the Eucharist, preach, and offer pastoral care, without the approval of the bishop. EWC president, Lyn Headley-Moore, said "It is intended to support the feeding and needs of the people in the noncompliant dioceses who want to experience the ministry of female priests on a regular basis."

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  1. DayWatch is a daily service of Maranatha Christian Journal. It provides "a daily summary of news headlines with a Christian perspective..." The newsletter is free on request. Their web site is at: http://www.mcjonline.com 
  2. Newsroom is a service of Worldwide Newsroom Inc. Their articles are written by "a network of journalists, scholars and other professional contacts in country." You can subscribe to their free service from their website at http://www.newsroom.org/ 
  3. ReligionToday provides free newsletters to which you can subscribe at: http://www.ReligionToday.com. These summaries are part of GOSHEN.net, which also includes LiveIt.net, Devotionals.net, ChristianShareware.net, ChristianClassifieds.net, ChristianMessageBoards.net, BibleStudyTools.net, MediaManagement.net, WorldNewsToday.net, WebCastGuide.net, and ChristianCollegeGuide.net
  4. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/ 
  5. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): E-mail: cair1@ix.netcom.com
    URL: http://www.cair-net.org To join CAIR-NET, CAIR's read-only mailing list: Send subscribe cair-net in the body of a message to majordomo@cair-net.org
  6. EWTN News carries Roman Catholic news from Catholic World News, Vatican Information Service, ZENIT, CWNews.com. See: http://www.ewtn.com/news/ 
  7. Ecumenical News International (ENI) in Geneva Switzerland distributes news free religious news highlights to subscribers. They can be contacted at PO Box 2100, CH - 1211, Geneva 2, Switzerland. Telephone: (41-22) 791 6087/6515. Fax: (41-22) 788 7244 Email: eni@eni.ch. Their web site is at http://www.eni.ch 
  8. ZENIT.org is "an International News Agency based in Rome. Our mission is to provide objective and professional coverage of events, documents and issues emanating from or concerning the Catholic Church for a worldwide audience, especially the media." Their web site is at: http://www.zenit.org/english/ 
  9. Anglican Communion News Service provides information from an Anglican perspective. See: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/index.html
  10. AANEWS is distributed by American Atheists. 

Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-APR-2
Latest update: 2001-JUN-20
Author: B.A. Robinson

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