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WORLDWIDE NEWS OF
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
FOR 2000-MAY

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MAY-1: England: Anglican bishop recommends Judaism: According to ENI: 3
"A senior Church of England bishop has suggested that people who believe in God but do not accept the claims of Christianity might find a "spiritual home" in Judaism. Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, said: "Looking at people's spiritual needs, I see a category of people who are natural monotheists and who simply cannot believe Christian claims about Jesus, but who would love to have a spiritual home."

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MAY-12: USA: College renames sports teams: According to ReligionToday: 5
"Elon College dropped the nickname 'Fightin' Christians' and adopted 'Phoenix' for its sports teams. The former nickname had developed at the North Carolina school after sportswriters called Elon's football team the 'Christians' in a 1921 game, news reports said. School officials said fewer people understood its meaning as time passed because the 4,000-student school, historically linked to the United Church of Christ, has students from many religions."

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MAY-12: USA: Gay positive denomination joins church councils: According to ReligionToday: 5
"A gay-oriented denomination has been admitted into membership by church councils in four states. The Colorado Council of Churches became the fourth such group to admit the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. The others are in North Carolina, Hawaii, and California. James Ryan, council executive for the Colorado group, said the action May 4 didn't endorse positions held by MCC but is 'a statement of the inclusive nature of Christian unity,' according to The Associated Press. The MCC, founded in 1968, has an estimated 45,000 members...Admission of the MCC 'puts us in a difficult position,' said Greg Kail, spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, whose 363,000 members account for nearly half of the council's 12-denomination membership. 'At a time when it's important for Catholics in the pew to clearly understand the church's teaching on homosexual behavior, the council's decision could be confusing.' "

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MAY-18: Germany: Anti-semitic content of play reduced: According to ReligionToday: 5
Local citizens of  Oberammergau in Bavaria have held a passion play once every decade since 1634. In recent decades, certain anti-semitic references have been removed. Matthew 27:25: "let His blood be on us and our children," will not be included this year. Jesus will be referred to as a rabbi, not Christ. The actor who plays Jesus will say a prayer in Hebrew. The last supper will be called Passover meal.

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MAY-22: Israel: Women allowed to pray: According to the Toronto Star:
In a major victory for religious freedom and tolerance, the Israeli Supreme Court decided that women are permitted to read aloud from the Torah at the Western Wall, Judaism's most holy site. They will also be permitted to wear a prayer shawl at the site. Ultra-orthodox Jews say that women praying from the Torah violates Jewish law and the division of roles assigned to men and women by God.

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MAY-30: India: Restrictive bill to be dropped: According to Newsroom: 4 "Federal officials in New Delhi have ordered the Uttar Pradesh state government to drop a controversial bill that would have required Muslims to seek permission from authorities to alter existing buildings or construct new mosques in India's largest state." (Compiler's note: This type of law is in place in some countries around the world. Some even restrict minority religious groups from maintaining their own buildings).

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References:

  1. www.cair-net.org They have an mailing list called ISLAM-INFONET. To subscribe, send an Email with  subscribe cair-net  in the body of the message to majordomo@cair-net.org  
  2. 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 
  3. 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
  4. 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/ 
  5. 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
  6. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/ 
  7. 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 
  8. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See:  http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html 
  9. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/ to subscribe.
  10. "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
  11. 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  
  12. "Pope Is in Egypt, Tracing Moses' Path and Urging Dialogue," at: http://www10.nytimes.com:80/library/world/global/ 
  13. 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-MAY-1
Latest update: 2000-MAY-30
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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