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NEWS INVOLVING RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE OR RELIGIOUS INFORMATION
FOR 2005-
OCTOBER

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2005-OCT-04: Turkey: Formal talks with the European Union begin: Turkey became the first predominately Muslim country to open membership talks with the European Union. The negotiations almost failed on OCT-03 because of conflicts over the island of Cyprus which is divided on religious lines.

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2005-OCT-05: UK: The first black archbishop confirmed: The color bar in the Church of England has been breached. Dr John Sentamu (1949 - ) was confirmed as the 97th Archbishop of York in a ceremony at St Mary-le-Bow church in the City of London. He is the first member of any racial minority to serve as an archbishop in the 471 year history of the Church. Because of the tight connection between church and state in the UK, church leaders supplied a list of suitable candidates to the prime minister, Tony Blair. He selected Sentamu, and his choice was approved by the Queen. 1,2

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2005-OCT-06: USA: Resolution introduced in House honoring inter-religious dialog: According to the Institute on Religion and Public Policy:

"Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey yesterday introduced a resolution acknowledging the 40th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Church's Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.  The declaration's title Nostra Aetate, taken from the first sentence of the document as is Church tradition, translates from the Latin to 'In Our Time'."

"Nostra Aetate was a groundbreaking document of the Second Vatican Council and was promlugated [sic] by Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965.  Through this declaration the Church recognizes the common bonds that the world's religions - such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism - share with Catholicism and emphasizes the need to foster dialogue between and among faiths in order to further understand each other's differences and commonalities. 3

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2005-OCT-23: North America "Left Behind" movie premiers in churches: For the first time ever, a North American movie is premiering in churches, not theatres. The newest movie in the Left Behind series, titled: "Left Behind: World at War," opened this weekend at 3,200 churches. According to Peter Lalonde, the CEO of Cloud Ten Pictures It describes "World War III and the destruction of America as prophesied in the Bible." He feels that releasing such movies to churches rather than movie theatres is a more economic way to reach large numbers of their target audience: fundamentalist and other Evangelical Protestants. 4

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2005-OCT-28: ON: Toronto Board of Education issues memo on Halloween/Samhain: The Board issued a memo titled "Hallowe'en at Toronto District School Board Schools: Scarrrrry Stuff!. " It asked the schools to hold culturally sensitive Halloween celebrations. It urged schools to respect the celebration as a Wiccan holy day. It also noted that some students have had "first-hand traumatic experiences of violence that make talking about death, ghosts, etc., extremely alienating." 5 Doretta Wilson, executive director of the Society for Quality Education said: "This is unbelievable. I'm sorry I'm laughing because it's so funny to read this thing. I just think it's taking political correctness to a ridiculous extreme. It's almost as if it's not politically correct to be a Christian nowadays in our country. The Globe and Mail newspaper commented that: "The Toronto School Board, one of the largest in Canada, has been notable for other controversial policies. In 1994, it rejected requests from Muslim and other parents to have their elementary school children exempted from the board's mandatory 'anti-homophobia education' sessions." 6

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bulletLists of general religious, conservative Christian, other Christian, and non-Christian news sources is available elsewhere on this web site.

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References used:

  1. Simon Jeffery and agencies, "First black Church of England archbishop appointed," Guardian Unlimited, 2005-JUN-17, at: http://politics.guardian.co.uk/
  2. "First black Archbishop confirmed," BBC News, 2005-OCT-05, at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/
  3. Institute on Religion and Public Policy, at: http://www.religionandpolicy.org/
  4. Lori Smith, "Left Behind movie skips theatres for church release," Religion Bookline, 2005-OCT-26, at: http://www.publishersweekly.com/
  5. Tess Kalinowski, "Board urges 'inclusive' Halloween," The Toronto Star, 2005-OCT-28, Page B2.
  6. "Toronto School Board Warns Against Offending Wiccans at Halloween," LifeSiteNews, 2005-OCT-28, at: http://www.lifesite.net/

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Originally written: 2005-OCT-04
Latest update: 2005-NOV-08
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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