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WORLDWIDE NEWS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE FOR 2001-JULY

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2001-JUL-16: USA: Methodists plan advertising campaign: The United Methodist Church will be starting an ad campaign on the CBS network, on SEP-4 to publicize their "Igniting Ministry" effort. It will describe how the denomination embraces different races, cultures, and diverse theological views. The theme will be: "Our hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open." Ads will be signed by "The people of the United Methodist Church." It it doubtful that the ads will mention that their diversity does not extend to sexual orientation. Sexually active gays and lesbians cannot be ordained, and  UMC ministers may not conduct "ceremonies that celebrate homosexual union" within the denomination.

bullet2002-JUL-14: MO: Youths respond spontaneously to hate pickets: Youth delegates were in Kansas City, MO to attend the combined United Church of Christ General Synod and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly. They were distressed at hate picketing by Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka. Phelps is well know for his www.GodHatesFags.com web site and the intensity of his virulent hatred of gays and lesbians. Some of the picket signs read "UCC fag church" and "No tears for queers." The UCC youth quickly gathered together materials and made signs with messages like: "God Forgive You" and "God Loves Everyone." David Newfarmer, an adult UCC delegate from Illinois from Illinois said: "I can't imagine any church preaching that kind of hate. God is all about love. I'm very proud of this group of young Christians who believe totally in the equality of all people." UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Thomas thanked the youths and cautioned them to take no action that might escalate into violence. He said: "As we celebrate hope and the dignity for all of God's people tonight, I ask you, as hard as it might be, to be disciplined and quiet around the picketers." 11
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2001-JUL-20: MA: Bill to exonerate Salem Witches: It is now 309 years since the tragedy in Salem MA. "19 people in the Massachusetts colony were tried and then hanged because the community believed they cast spells on a group of young girls. Most of them were officially exonerated later, but five have never had their names cleared...In 1957, state lawmakers agreed to exonerate the remaining accused witches. But the measure they passed only mentioned one by name. So Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd and Susannah Martin were never officially cleared."

Their descendants are hoping this will finally be the year. Another bill is pending that would finally exonerate these women, called the "Forgotten Five." 12

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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. 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
  10. 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
  11. Andrea Cano, "Youth respond spontaneously to hate picketing," United Church News, at: http://www.ucc.org/ucnews/gsa01/
  12. "Descendants of five women not yet exonerated in Salem Witch
    Trials seek to have their ancestors' names cleared,
    " All Things Considered, National Public Radio, 2001-JUL-18.

Copyright 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-JUN-3 
Latest update: 2002-JUL-25
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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