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WORLDWIDE NEWS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, 2003-DECEMBER

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2003-DEC-7: Evangelical Christian seminary to launch interfaith program: Fuller Theological Seminary is using Federal government funds to promote a $1 million interfaith program. They have developed a proposed code would teach Christians and Muslims in the Los Angeles CA area to refrain from making offensive statements about the other's religion, to affirm a mutual belief in one God, and to prohibit proselytizing over the two-year span of the project. They also plan to write a book on the topic. Sherwood Lingenfelter, Fuller's provost and senior vice president said: "We hope to lead a large portion of evangelical Christians into a better understanding of Islam.  After 9/11 there was a great deal of hostility in the Christian community toward Muslims." The program may have been motivated in part by televangelist Jerry Falwell's description of the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist and the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Rev. Jerry Vines' comment that Islam's founder was a "demon-possessed pedophile.'' Former head of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Yahia Abdul-Rahman, said: "We are changing the course away from accusations and poisoning the well of relations to what can develop into a project in the service of God.'' However, John Revell, a spokesperson for the Southern Baptists' executive committee appears to be opposed to the interfaith project. He said: "For Fuller to declare that Christians and Muslims worship the same God would be a radical departure, not only from the evangelical tradition but also the tenets of orthodox Christianity.'' 10

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2003-DEC-21: Islamic leader praises tolerance:  Sayyid Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, addressed St Petersburg, FL, Muslims. He said that that tolerance for other faiths and respect for women by American Muslims has made Islam in America a model for the rest of the Muslim world. He said that America's standing as the world's lone superpower gives it a special duty to ensure its Muslim community continues to thrive. Despite concerns from many Muslims that their civil liberties have been threatened in the name of national security, America has largely held up its end of the bargain. Syeed said: "What we experienced here on 9/11 was a tragedy of colossal magnitude. But we passed that test." 11

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  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. 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
  4. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: http://www.reuters.com/ 
  5. 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 
  6. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See:  http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html 
  7. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/ to subscribe.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. "The Wisdom Fund News and Views," 2003-DEC-7.
  11. Robert King, "Islamic Leader Praises Tolerance," St. Petersburg Times, FL, 2003-DEC-23, at:
    http://www.sptimes.com/

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Originally written: 2003-DEC-2
Latest update: 2003-DEC-24
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