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WORLDWIDE NEWS OF
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
FOR 2000-JUL

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2000-JUL-1: Pagan-Christian meeting in the UK: According to the London Times:
Suzanne Evans, a Christian and former British Broadcasting Corp. ( BBC) religious affairs correspondent, organized an inter-faith conference in 2000-JUN. About 79 Druids, Wiccans and Christian clergy attended the meeting in Amesbury, Wiltshire, UK. It is believed to be the first formal meeting since the church stopped executing Witches centuries ago. Ms. Evans admitted: "I started out from the position of many Christians thinking that paganism was something dreadful, something akin to Satanism. But I found that most of my preconceptions had been entirely wrong: paganism and Satanism are about as far removed as you can possibly get. It seemed like a logical thing to organize a conference where the two sides explore their misunderstandings and to make the point that the two faiths can actually get along." There are an estimated 150,000 Neo pagans in the UK of whom about 20,000 are practising Druids. Most of the latter trace their faith group back to Victorian era when interest in the indigenous Celtic religion was revived.  There are currently more than 30 separate Druid orders in the UK today. Emma Restall Orr, 35, joint chief of the British Druid Order, said that pagans "tend to have a very primary school attitude towards Christianity: Christianity is God sitting on a cloud throwing thunderbolts and being judgmental...People in Christianity are still totally misinformed about paganism and Druidry and consider it to be something Satanic, which couldn't be further from the truth. Satanism is perverted Christianity." The meeting ended with short acts of worship led by Druids and Christians. 12

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2000-JUL-19: South Africa: Government reduces violence against Witches: According to African Eye News Service:
The Gender Commission said on Wednesday its roadshow featuring reformed Witch-hunters had dramatically reduced Witchcraft-related violence. The roadshow features former Witch-hunters committed to changing people's beliefs about Witches and evil spirits...some of the 33 actors had been given amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after they testified that witchcraft-related violence in the former homelands was politically motivated.

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2000-JUL-25: USA: Prison program promotes religious tolerance: According to ReligionToday: 4
"Christian, Muslim, and Jewish inmates are living together and sharing their faith in an Ohio prison. Inmates teach each other about their faith as part of the Horizon program at the Marion (OH) Correctional Institution, a medium-security state prison. The purpose is for each inmate to deepen his faith while learning about other faiths, prison officials said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The program is modeled after a similar project at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach, FL."

"Prison staff, inmates, and clergy started planning the program a year ago. A state grant pays the salaries of a program coordinator and another person who recruit volunteers to meet each week with inmates of like faith. Eight "families" - six Christian, one Muslim, and one Jewish - with six inmates each live together in compartments separated by partitions, the Dispatch reported. New inmates are selected for the program every 10 months"

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References:

  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. 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
  3. 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/ 
  4. 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
  5. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/ 
  6. 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 
  7. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See:  http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html 
  8. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/ to subscribe.
  9. "Tutu says no religion has a lock on truth: Religious leaders asked to find new image of God," Associated Press, at: http://www.spokane.net:80/news-story-body.asp
  10. 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
  11. Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN) is an information organization located in Philadelphia. It has monitored discrimination against Wiccans throughout North America for three decades. Their web page is at: http://aren.org
  12. Simon de Bruxelles, "Faiths alight on a burning desire to talk," The London Times, London UK, 2000-JUL-1.
  13. Sizwe samaYende, "Witchcraft Show Reduces Attacks," African Eye News Service (South Africa), 2000-JUL-19, at: http://www.africanews.org/ 

Copyright © 2000
Originally written: 2000-JUL-1
Latest update: 2000-JUL-25
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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