WORLDWIDE NEWS OF
We also have a list of religious intolerance news items
for this month.
Sad to say, it is a much longer list.
APR-10: USA - Florida: Anti-gay effort fails.
According to the People For the American Way:
An alliance of radical religious right groups calling itself
"Take Back Miami-Dade" failed to gather the
needed number of signatures to place the question of repealing an
amendment to Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance that protects
lesbians and gay men from discrimination on this fall's ballot.
The group missed its deadline for filing 32,582 signatures - 4% of the
voters -- with the Miami- Dade County Commission on Friday, according
to PFAW Florida Director Lisa Versaci.
"What this shows is that there is no constituency for
intolerance in Miami-Dade. Any candidate or campaign who is
organizing on an agenda of hate, bigotry or division would be wise to
re-evaluate their strategy," said Versaci. PFAW is a
member of SAVE Dade, a coalition of organizations and individuals who
have pledged to fight discrimination in Miami-Dade.
"The Human Rights Ordinance is there to protect everyone's
basic rights to fair treatment. By failing to join in the far
right's petition drive, the voters of Miami-Dade have reaffirmed their
community's rich tradition of diversity and mutual respect,"
said Ralph G. Neas, PFAW President.
APR-27: USA - Illinois: Changing symbol.
According to ReligionToday: 5
"Wheaton College is dropping its 'Crusaders' mascot,
saying it has negative connotations. Officials at the alma mater of
Billy Graham said the name is inappropriate for modern sensibilities.
...Changing the mascot is 'a matter of principle,' said Duane Litfin,
president of the Chicago-area evangelical school. 'I came to realize
that those [Crusades] were not very happy episodes in Christianity.
They are not something we want to glorify.' ...The original crusaders
were pilgrims who pushed their way through Europe and the Holy Land
from the 11th through the 13th centuries, often killing Moslems and
Jews in the name of Christ. ...Among the early suggestions for a new
mascot is the Cherubs. Others include Eagles, Flames, Lions,
Sojourners, and Whirlwind."
APR-28: Sweden: Lutherans drop anti-Semitic
phrases: According to ENI: 3
"The (Lutheran) Church of Sweden, to which most of the
country's population belongs, is changing some of the words in its
official prayers and omitting verses from its hymnbooks in an effort
to remove all traces of anti-Semitism. The changes result from a new
report on Christian-Jewish relations, published recently by a church
commission which has studied the problem for five years. The report is
strongly critical of anti-Jewish utterances by Martin Luther, one of
the leading figures of the Reformation."
APR-28: Kosovo: Inter-faith council: According to
"Leaders of Kosovo's Muslim, Orthodox and Roman Catholic
communities have set up a joint council to promote democracy and human
rights, modelled on an inter-religious body in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
'With one united voice, we again strongly condemn all acts of violence
and all violations of basic human rights,' three religious leaders
said in a declaration from Kosovo's capital, Pristina."
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has a web page
at http://www.cair-net.org They
have an mailing list called ISLAM-INFONET. To subscribe, send an Email
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- 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
- ENI (Ecumenical News International) provides free bulletins
and subscriptions to full text articles. Their home page is at: http://www.eni.ch
Its postal address is: PO Box 2100, CH - 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
- Newsroom is a service of Worldwide Newsroom Inc. Their
articles are written by "a network of journalists, scholars
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- ReligionToday provides free newsletters to which you can
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- Reuters is "the world's leading financial
information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/
- CitizenLink is a service of Focus on the Family. They
send regular Emails containing news items interpreted from a
Fundamentalist Christian perspective. Signup is at: http://www.family.org/cforum/clinksignup.cfm
- Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading
anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans.
- Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free
mailing list. Go to http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/
- "Tutu says no religion has a lock on truth: Religious
leaders asked to find new image of God," Associated Press,
- EWTN is a news service of the Roman Catholic Church. It posts
news items from Newsline, Newslink, and The World Over on its Internet
site at: http://www.ewtn.com/news/index.htm
- "Pope Is in Egypt, Tracing Moses' Path and Urging Dialogue,"
- People for the American Way is an organization dedicated to the
preservation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. See
their web site at: http://www.pfaw.org
Copyright © 2000
Originally written: 2000-APR-1
Latest update: 2000-APR-28
Author: B.A. Robinson