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Sep 06, 2006 Zoroastrians Keep the Faith, and Keep Dwindling

QUOTE: There is a palpable panic among Zoroastrians today — not only in the United States, but also around the world — that they are fighting the extinction of their faith...divided over whether to accept intermarried families and converts and what defines a Zoroastrian.

New York Times
Sep 05, 2006 A Lone Man’s Stunt Raises Broader Issues

QUOTE: In Lewiston, Me., an incident where a pig’s head was rolled into a mosque has heightened simmering tensions over religion and immigration.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2006 A Choice for New York Priests in Abuse Cases

QUOTE: These priests angering the critics of the church and exposing the diocese to further liability...can spend the rest of their lives in closely supervised housing, where, in addition to receiving regular therapy, they must fill out a daily log of their comings and goings. Or they can leave the priesthood and the lifetime security net that comes with it.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2006 Ministry Groups' Ejection Protested

QUOTE: Some evangelical students at Georgetown University spent the first day of classes yesterday collecting 400 signatures from people who said they were displeased that the school had ejected several private ministry groups from campus.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2006 Leader of Polygamist Mormon Sect Is Arrested

QUOTE: Warren Jeffs, the polygamist leader of a Mormon-offshoot sect and a symbol of the government’s hardened line against plural marriage in the West, was arrested...brings to a head many of the issues that have been simmering in the deeply isolated polygamist communities of Utah and Arizona where Mr. Jeffs’s outlaw stance had bolstered his claim to be an untouchable prophet of God.

New York Times
Aug 23, 2006 As Suspects Are Charged, East London Looks Inward

QUOTE: In the area of East London where several of the suspects lived, news of the charges elicited a wide array of emotions, including disbelief and anger with both the government and Islamic extremists. It also led to reflections on how Islam is perceived and whether Muslims can do more to integrate into British society without compromising their faith.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 For London's Muslims, Fear Of a Backlash: Many Say They Feel Alienated In Wake of Foiled Airliner Plot

QUOTE: Several speakers expressed frustration that the government will not acknowledge that its support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has fomented domestic anger. And people called on Muslims to express their frustrations in dialogue and nonviolent protests.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2006 Muslim Myopia

QUOTE: those who claim to speak for Muslims have a responsibility to the majority, which wants to reconcile Islam with pluralism. Whatever their imperial urges, it is not for Tony Blair or George W. Bush to restore Islam’s better angels. That duty — and glory — goes to Muslims.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2006 Tensions: Many Muslims in Britain Tell of Feeling Torn Between Competing Identities

QUOTE: British policies in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now in Lebanon, are just the most recent in a long list of grievances — cultural, economic and political — among Muslims has meant a sharpening of a continuing struggle between two competing identities.

New York Times
Jun 05, 2006 Communion Denied to Activists: Gay Rights Supporters Wear Rainbow Sashes to Minn. Mass

QUOTE: More than 50 gay rights activists wearing rainbow-colored sashes were denied Holy Communion at a Pentecost service yesterday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in St. Paul, Minn., parishioners and church officials said.

Washington Post
May 19, 2006 Vatican Disciplines Legionaries' Founder

QUOTE: The Vatican...has taken disciplinary action against the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado after a decade-long investigation of sex abuse allegations, instructing the elderly Mexican priest to stop conducting his ministry in public and retire to "a reserved life of prayer and penitence."

Washington Post
May 07, 2006 Episcopalians Reject Gay Candidates: Schism Is Averted As Church Elects Alabamian Bishop

QUOTE: Episcopalians in San Francisco did not elect an openly gay candidate as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, thereby preventing a schism within the 75 million-member Anglican Communion already on the verge of crisis after the election of its first gay bishop in New Hampshire three years ago.

Washington Post
Feb 05, 2006 Ancient Divorce Laws' Modern Quandary

QUOTE: Her case illustrates a growing debate among Orthodox Jews and members of other faiths over whether ancient religious laws governing divorce need to be adapted to the modern era. Devout people of all faiths are seeking divorce in higher numbers, experts say, which is putting pressure on religious authorities to loosen restrictions.

Washington Post
Feb 03, 2006 Kidnapping foreign visitors: an Islamic perspective

QUOTE: Anyone who is familiar with the Koran and the traditions of the prophet Muhammad knows that kidnapping civilians and harming them is absolutely prohibited. Those who do kidnap civilians defy the Islamic code of ethics. This ethos applies to every kidnapped civilian, including Jill Carroll, the freelance journalist on assignment for The Christian Science Monitor...

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 30, 2006 Bahais Mourn Iranian Jailed for His Faith

QUOTE: Since 1979, more than 200 Iranian Bahais have been killed and hundreds more imprisoned by the Iranian government, Bahai officials say. Many also have had their property confiscated and been deprived of jobs, pensions and education, followers say.

Washington Post
Sep 27, 2005 FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid: As Civil Libertarians Object, Religious Organizations Weigh Whether to Apply

QUOTE: Civil liberties groups called the decision a violation of the traditional boundary between church and state, accusing FEMA of trying to restore its battered reputation by playing to religious conservatives.

Washington Post
Aug 29, 2005 Cut It Off: Another disgusting religious practice.

QUOTE: The continuing scandal of this practice, which most Jews abandoned many years ago, is newly illustrated by the death of one little boy from type-1 herpes...If it risks the life or health of an infant, then no religious allegiance is or should be required for its condemnation.

Aug 09, 2005 White House Backs New Abortion Curb: Brief Filed in N.H. Notification Case

QUOTE: The Bush administration called on the Supreme Court yesterday to uphold new restrictions on abortion, backing a New Hampshire parental-notification law that has no exceptions for pregnant girls whose health is at risk.

Washington Post
Aug 07, 2005 The Right Time for An Islamic Reformation

QUOTE: Sacranie is a strong advocate of Blair's much-criticized new religious-hatred bill, which will make it harder to criticize religion, and he actually expects the new law to outlaw references to Islamic terrorism.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2005 U.S. Muslim Scholars To Forbid Terrorism

QUOTE: An organization of top American Muslim religious scholars plans to issue a formal ruling today condemning terrorism and forbidding Muslims to cooperate with anyone involved in a terrorist act...

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2005 Tortured Arguments: The Rules Are for Us, Not the Terrorists

QUOTE: ...nearly four years into the war on terrorism and despite three Supreme Court decisions and countless lower court rulings, we still seem to be making up our detention and interrogation policies as we go along. Or, rather, the Bush administration seems to be making them up with almost no input from the other branches of government.

Washington Post
Jun 16, 2005 Pope Halts Beatification of French Priest: Vatican to Probe Anti-Semitic Texts

QUOTE: "Pope Benedict XVI has temporarily blocked the beatification of a French priest and appointed a commission to investigate the priest's anti-Semitic writings, drawing praise from Jewish leaders who called it a sign of the new pope's sensitivity to other religions."

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2005 Bearing Right, Again: The abortion rights movement embraces "responsibility."

QUOTE: "'The goal is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and therefore reduce the need for abortions.' That's the first time I've seen NARAL call abortion reduction the goal. Are pro-choicers serious about responsibility? Now we can measure the answer, through the abortion rate."

Jun 06, 2005 New Tech Protects Ancient Torahs

QUOTE: "Then sometime between May 16th and May 21st, a thief entered the chapel and stole one of the two Torahs, leaving behind an empty scroll case and a baffled congregation."

Jun 04, 2005 Ky. Diocese to Pay Up to $120 Million to Sex-Abuse Victims

QUOTE: "The relatively small Roman Catholic diocese of Covington, Ky., said yesterday that it has agreed to create a record-setting $120 million fund to settle a class-action lawsuit over sexual abuse by priests."

Washington Post

QUOTE: I have read more newspaper stories than almost anyone within eye's length of this column. I have never read one that was fully the truth. There are stories in which every statement was true, to be sure. But truth is a question not only of what is included in a piece but also of what is omitted.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nov 19, 2004 A Regal Pursuit Is Run Down: British Parliament Approves Full Ban on Fox Hunting

QUOTE: ...Britain's Parliament finally approved a ban on fox hunting Thursday, heralding the likely end of an English tradition that's more than 300 years old.

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2004 House Republicans Act to Protect DeLay

QUOTE: Emboldened by their election success, House Republicans changed their rules yesterday to allow Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) to keep his post even if a grand jury indicts him, and Senate GOP leaders continued to weigh changing long-standing rules governing filibusters to prevent Democrats from blocking President Bush's most conservative judicial nominees.

Washington Post
Sep 25, 2004 Bishops Plan To Name Nun to Sex Abuse Panel: Move Would Jeopardize Group's Independence, Members Say

QUOTE: U.S. Catholic bishops are planning to appoint a nun to their lay review board on sexual abuse, a step that could undermine the watchdog panel's independence, several of its members charged this week.

Washington Post
Sep 16, 2004 U.S. Says Saudis Repress Religion: 8 Countries Named In Annual Report

QUOTE: The United States for the first time named Saudi Arabia yesterday as a country that severely violates religious freedom...'Freedom of religion does not exist'...The designation of Saudi Arabia was made as the Bush administration has come under sharp attack from Democrats...

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2003 Who Else Need Not Apply If Religion Comes Into It?

QUOTE: Democrats are blocking the confirmation of Pryor, who is Catholic, in large part over his abortion views. Republicans charge that this objection represents, in effect, an anti-Catholic litmus test. But... If Democrats have a problem with Catholics, Republicans have a problem with Jews.

Washington Post
May 24, 2003 Catholic Archdiocese Withdraws Award from Lesbian

QUOTE: A Catholic religious education coordinator was denied an award from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis this week because she is a lesbian, prompting a protest at the dinner honoring the other 17 recipients.

Aug 13, 2002 Priest's Abuse Haunts Irish Church

QUOTE: More than three years after his suicide, Sean Fortune's life and crimes have come back to haunt the church.

Apr 26, 2002 Head of Bishops' Group Cites a Split Over Past Abuse Cases

QUOTE: ...the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said yesterday that top American church officials remained deeply divided over whether they should end the career of any priest who has been accused of abusing a child years before.

New York Times
Jan 13, 2002 Muslim Separatists Terrorize Filipinos With Kidnappings for Money and 'Marriages'

QUOTE: ...the Abu Sayyaf movement...has carried out massacres, bombings and beheadings on the islands of Basilan and Jolo. Its members are known for rape and for forced "marriages" with women they take hostage.

New York Times

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