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FOR 2000-MAR

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We also have a list of religious intolerance news items for this month. 
Sad to say, it is a much longer list.

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MAR-1: East Timor: According to DayWatch: 2
"In a historic gesture, the president of Indonesia, Abdurrahman Wahid has apologized for violence carried out by Indonesian troops during the 24-year occupation of East Timor, specifically referring to the victims of the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in 1991, when Indonesian troops opened fire on civilians on a funeral march."


MAR-2: Worldwide: 

According to ReligionToday: 5
"The Roman Catholic Church is seeking forgiveness for sins of the past. The Vatican released a report this week outlining areas in which the church has fallen short, Reuters said. The document, Memory and Reconciliation, mentions persecution of Jews, the Inquisition, and forced conversions as among the church's sins. ...'We have mentioned a few errors, but we could have had a very long list, too long a list. I fear the list will never be finished,' Jean-Louis Brugues, who assisted in the report, said. The document is a framework for the church's day of 'Request for Forgiveness' March 12. It states that Christians today are not responsible for sins committed by Christians in the past. 'We have had to find a way to liberate and purify memory without taking responsibility,' Brugues said."


According to EWTN: 11
The document's full title is "Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past" EWTN comments: "It draws a careful distinction between the Church as the bride of Christ, 'holy and immaculate,' and the people who make up that Church, who are sinners in need of pardon. Since the Church herself is holy, the document points out, 'the purification of memory' should not be misinterpreted as a suggestion that the Church has erred on questions of faith and morals, or has failed in her task of 'proclaiming the revealed truth which has been confided to her.' " See: http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=47416 [Author's note: This document appears to concentrate on past events. It does not seem to address the question of whether any current, controversial church policies are evil and will be the topics of future apologies. Some critics of the church condemn its current lack of intellectual freedom for academics, policies against effective methods of birth control, rejection of committed relationships among homosexuals, female ordination, priestly celibacy, and other topics.]


MAR-3: USA: University accepts inter-racial dating: According to ReligionToday: 3
"Students at Bob Jones University said they are surprised by the school's decision to drop its ban on interracial dating. School President Bob Jones III announced the change in the policy, in place since the 1950s, during a television interview March 3 on Larry King Live. Jones said the extraordinary national scrutiny the school has received recently led to the move. The school had defended the policy based on a biblical interpretation that God created people differently for a reason." [Author's note: Presumably the school's rationale is that interracial dating could lead to interracial marriage and thus to interracial children. Since they believe that God created different races for a reason, interracial dating would lead to a thwarting of God's will. He also appeared on a network morning show on MAR-4. On that show, he justified the original ban, because it might lead to one-world government.]


MAR-20: Sweden: Religious freedom: According to a communication from the Church of Scientology:
In 1999-NOV, the Swedish government passed the "Act on Religious Communities" which guarantees religious freedom, religious equity and the separation of church and state in that country. Previously, Sweden had an official church: the Church of Sweden - a Lutheran denomination. Religious organizations as diverse as the Church of Scientology, Church of Sweden, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the Salvation Army have all been registered under the new law.


MAR-20: Sweden: Religious freedom - follow-up: According to ReligionToday: 5

Muslim "calls to prayer" and atheist proclamations will accompany the ringing of church bells in Oslo. Christianity is the state religion in Norway and until recently only churches were allowed to issue a call to prayer, by ringing their bells, Reuters said. ...A ruling by an Oslo government council allows Muslim prayer calls to be broadcast for three minutes every Friday, Islam's holy day. The noise level of the broadcast must not exceed 60 decibels, Reuters said. ...Atheists will be allowed to shout "God does not exist" from their rooftops every week to invite people to their meetings, Reuters said. "We strongly suspect that the atheists applied to shout out their opinions because they were provoked by the applications" from the Muslims, council member Jan Willy said.

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  1. 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 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/ 

Copyright © 2000 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-MAR-1
Latest update: 2000-MAR-19
Author: B.A. Robinson

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