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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 23, 2012 White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor's execution orders
QUOTE: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian charged with leaving Islam, has received a local trial courts final verdict, according to sources close to his legal team, and may now be executed for leaving Islam....Citing the Iranian constitution, the [US Congressional] resolution "condemns the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 19, 2009 Christian Soldiers: The growing controversy over military chaplains using the armed forces to spread the Word.
QUOTE: Al-Jazeera broadcast clips filmed in 2008 showing stacks of Bibles translated into Pashto and Dari at the U.S. air base in Bagram and featuring the chief of U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Gary Hensley, telling soldiers to “hunt people for Jesus.” ...example of what critics call a growing culture of militarized Christianity in the armed forces.
Newsweek May 30, 2008 Marine in Iraq Suspended Over Coins Quoting Gospel
QUOTE: criticized U.S. troops, whom many in the city view as occupiers, for acting like Christian missionaries. He said the coins were part of a pattern of insensitivity toward Muslims, citing the outcry this month over a U.S. sniper in Baghdad who used a Koran, Islam's holiest book, as a target for practice.
Washington Post May 08, 2008 Faith groups mount campaign against torture: They're protesting Bush administration policies. But polls show Americans are split on the issue.
QUOTE: More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Their aim is to build a moral consensus among Americans on the issue and to bring government policies in line with US law and international norms.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 28, 2008 School Board to Pay in Jesus Prayer Suit
QUOTE: At [her daughter's] high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged [a local woman] to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers...As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said.
New York Times Dec 06, 2007 Are big-spending clergy abusing U.S. tax code? Tax exemptions for wealthy media-based ministries lead a senator to ask hard questions.
QUOTE: But church groups and other nonprofits worry that this probe could lead Congress to pass laws that slip into constitutionally protected territory – imposing excessive government oversight on a wide range of churches and other nonprofits.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 07, 2007 Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church
QUOTE: Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through their use of an unusual recruiting tool: the immersive and violent video game Halo.
New York Times Sep 10, 2007 Prisons Purge Books on Faith From Libraries
QUOTE: The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books, tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved resources. In some prisons, the chaplains have recently dismantled libraries that had thousands of texts collected over decades, bought by the prisons, or donated by churches and religious groups.
New York Times Sep 03, 2007 Freed Koreans Are Contrite Amid Growing Criticism
QUOTE: They face a nation relieved that the volunteers had been freed, but also increasingly angry at their decision to travel to Afghanistan despite government warnings, and at what many here consider overzealous proselytizing by South Korean churches.
New York Times May 25, 2007 Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event
QUOTE: A Washington-based advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sent letters yesterday...contending that the military's extensive cooperation in the [evangelical Christian] event would be unconstitutional.
Washington Post May 23, 2007 Indian laws put Christian missionaries on defensive: Proponents of religious freedom are criticizing Indian laws against forced conversion.
QUOTE: there have been fears, even within India's Christian minority, that an expansionist evangelical movement is proslytizing too aggressively among India's poorest people. But recently, these concerns have been used to justify a number of violent attacks on missionaries, and an increase in controversial anticonversion laws.
Christian Science Monitor May 10, 2007 Parents and District Settle Dispute on Teacher’s Religious Remarks
QUOTE: The Kearny Board of Education in New Jersey and the parents of Matthew LaClair, a 17-year-old junior at Kearny High School, settled their dispute on Tuesday night about a teacher who proselytized in class. The settlement will include training for teachers and students about the separation of church and state and a public statement by the board praising Matthew for bringing the matter to its attention.
New York Times Dec 10, 2006 Religion for a Captive Audience, Paid For by Taxes
QUOTE: Since 2000, courts have cited more than a dozen programs for having unconstitutionally used taxpayer money to pay for religious activities or evangelism aimed at prisoners, recovering addicts, job seekers, teenagers and children. Nevertheless, the programs are proliferating.
New York Times Jun 15, 2006 When is a song too religious - even in after-school show?
QUOTE: an 8-year-old student in Frenchtown, N.J., was told that the song she'd selected to perform in the show was too religious....School officials defend the action, saying they don't oppose religious songs but that the lyrics of "Awesome God" cross the line into proselytizing...
Christian Science Monitor Jun 12, 2006 A tighter rein on faith-based initiatives: A court ruling last week against an Iowa prison program insists upon church-state separation.
QUOTE: federal district judgee in Iowa...found that the InnerChange program run by Prison Fellowship Ministries in an Iowa prison was "pervasively sectarian" and that the facts "leave no room to doubt that the state of Iowa is excessively entangled with religion" through the program.
Christian Science Monitor May 06, 2006 Air Force to Examine Fundraising E-Mail Sent by a General: Message Praised Candidate's Christianity
QUOTE: The Air Force is investigating whether a two-star general violated military regulations by urging fellow Air Force Academy graduates to make campaign contributions...
Washington Post Apr 15, 2006 The Evangelical Journalist
QUOTE: One of the great ironies of journalism in the United States is that individual journalists are asked to sacrifice a bit of their First Amendment rights for the good of their newsroom.
Poynter Online Feb 10, 2006 Air Force Eases Rules on Religion: New Guidelines Reflect Evangelicals' Criticism, General Says
QUOTE: The Air Force, under pressure from evangelical Christian groups and members of Congress, softened its guidelines on religious expression yesterday to emphasize that superior officers may discuss their faith with subordinates and that chaplains will not be required to offer nonsectarian prayers.
Washington Post Oct 13, 2005 Role of Religion Emerges as Issue
QUOTE: President Bush said yesterday that it was appropriate for the White House to invoke Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's religion in making the case for her to skeptical conservatives, triggering a debate over what role, if any, her evangelical faith should play in the confirmation battle.
Washington Post Oct 11, 2005 Air Force Withdraws Paper for Chaplains: Document Permitted Proselytizing
QUOTE: ...a 1977 Air Force Academy graduate ...has accused the academy's current leaders of fostering pressure on cadets to convert to evangelical Christianity.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2005 Air Force Sets Rules Limiting Religious Expression
QUOTE: The Air Force, responding to accusations of proselytizing at its academy in Colorado Springs, issued sweeping guidelines yesterday that say prayers are not appropriate at most official events and discourage commanders from speaking publicly about their religious beliefs.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2005 Military Wrestles With Disharmony Among Chaplains
QUOTE: After accusations this summer that evangelical chaplains, faculty and coaches were pressuring cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force yesterday issued new guidelines on respect for religious minorities. In the Navy, evangelical Protestant chaplains are fighting what they say is a legacy of discrimination....
Washington Post May 24, 2005 Inquiry Into Dismissal of an Air Force Chaplain
QUOTE: ...a chaplain at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs was dismissed from her administrative job and given orders to transfer to a base in Japan because she had criticized the religious proselytizing of academy cadets.
New York Times May 13, 2005 Air Force Removes Chaplain From Post: Officer Decried Evangelicals' Influence
QUOTE: An Air Force chaplain who complained that evangelical Christians were trying to "subvert the system" by winning converts among cadets at the Air Force Academy was removed from administrative duties last week, just as the Pentagon began an in-depth study...
Washington Post May 09, 2005 Aid to Christian School In Alaska Spurs Lawsuit
QUOTE: [Alaska Christian College] is not accredited and does not grant degrees. It offers, instead, certificates in biblical studies...Over the past two years, Congress has given the school more than $1 million.
Washington Post May 04, 2005 Air Force to Probe Religious Climate at Colorado Academy
QUOTE: The Air Force said yesterday it is creating a task force to address the religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, following allegations that its faculty and staff have pressured cadets to convert to evangelical Christianity.
Washington Post Apr 24, 2005 A High-Tech Lynching in Prime Time
QUOTE: Tonight is the much-awaited "Justice Sunday," the judge-bashing rally being disseminated nationwide by cable, satellite and Internet from a megachurch in Louisville...These traditions have less to do with the earnest practice of religion by an actual church, as we witnessed from Rome, than with the exploitation of religion by political operatives and other cynics with worldly ends.
New York Times Nov 08, 2002 Uniting and dividing at the same time
QUOTE: ...there are things besides proselytizing that can lead us astray when confronting the issue of how to deal with religion in the workplace.
InfoWorld Aug 15, 2002 Evangelist Says Muslims Haven't Adequately Apologized for Sept. 11 Attacks
QUOTE: ...evangelist Franklin Graham said yesterday that Muslims had not sufficiently apologized for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
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