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WORLDWIDE NEWS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE FOR 2001-JAN

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2001-JAN-2: Israel: Christian groups support Palestinian sovereignty: According to Religion Today: 4
In a joint statement, representatives of the Anglicans, Armenian Orthodox, Copts, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholics, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and Syriacs, have called for Israeli withdrawal from territory occupied as a result of the 1967 war. It said, in part, "Both peoples can then live peacefully side by side, each in their own sovereign state, without being a source of fear for the other." The statement also supported recent Palestinian protests, criticized the use of force by the Israeli army, and shared sovereignty in Jerusalem.

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2000-JAN-4: USA: Religious groups promote adoption: According to ReligionToday: 4
Recent changes in federal legislation has made it easier for parents to adopt children and has increased the number of minority children available. Churches and synagogues in over 30 states are cooperating in order to find more adoptive homes. According to Geneva Hackett, the movement's coordinator in Philadelphia, PA: "Many of the children are hardened and difficult to deal with, and the adoptive families need other families in the churches to help support them." The drive is being organized by the "One Church, One Child" movement that a Chicago priest, George Clement, organized in 1980.

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2001-JAN-20: President Bush mentions Muslims: For the first time in history, Muslims were referred to in a President's inaugural address. On Inauguration Day in Washington DC. President George W. Bush said "Church and charity, synagogue and mosque, lend our communities their humanity, and they will have an honored place in our plans and in our laws." He did not include a reference to Hindu Temples, Buddhist Temples, or Sikh Gurdwaras.

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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

Copyright 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-JAN-3 
Latest update: 2001-DEC-18
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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