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With their eyes closed and their arms outstretched, about 5,000 people attending a Mariner's South Coast Church Easter service Sunday opened their hands in unison as an offering to God. They offered their worries, problems and sins. "Take what is dying or dead in your life--whether it's a business, a career, a marriage, a relationship or pain and hurt--and give it to God," the Rev. Kenton Beshore told the audience filling UC Irvine's Bren Events Center for the church's 10:45 a.m. service.
January 1, 2000 | Religion News Service
Israeli Jews generally have positive attitudes toward Christians but have little knowledge of Christianity, including which day most Christians celebrate Christmas, according to a new poll. Released as a flood of Christian pilgrims arrives in Israel to mark the new millennium, the poll also found that most Israeli Jews have a positive opinion of the scheduled visit to the Holy Land by Pope John Paul II, and they consider American Christians generally supportive of Israel.
The Israeli army lookout post that towered for so many years over Nicola Andonia's Christmas Tree restaurant on Manger Square is gone--every last piece of it, the Palestinian entrepreneur notes with satisfaction. Gone too are the Israeli sharpshooters who stood on roofs across the plaza. Now posters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat hang next to Christmas decorations in the city regarded as the birthplace of Jesus.
April 14, 2001 | Associated Press
Authorities flogged 53 Christians who were convicted of rioting over efforts to move their Easter ceremony out of a public square, the Sudanese Council of Churches said Friday. Four women and two children received 15 lashes each Thursday before they were released. Authorities gave 20 lashes each to 47 men and sentenced them to 20-day jail terms, a council official said on condition of anonymity.
July 25, 1987
I believe that the LAPD should be more concerned with fighting crime in the streets than whether Vernon's aides are Christians or not. People who know will tell you a true, Bible-living Christian will give the city much more for their money than a non-Christian. And furthermore I'd pose this question: How many aides are chosen and how many promotions granted because someone was a golf-buddy or fellow elbow-bender? PAT CURTIS Lancaster
March 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An appeals court has ordered the release of two Christians in eastern Pakistan who were sentenced to life in prison for allegedly insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad, a Christian activist said. Joseph Francis said brothers Rasheed and Saleem Nazir were convicted three years ago in the town of Pasrur, about 90 miles southwest of Lahore. Police had charged them with blasphemy on the basis of a complaint by a Muslim ice cream vendor who had argued with them, Francis said.
May 22, 2002
Re "An Unholy Alliance in Support of Israel," Opinion, May 19: When are people going to understand that it is not hateful when one has a belief that is contrary to others? The Christians honestly believe in their Gospel. They believe that in the final days Jesus will first show himself to the Jews and then they will know he is the Messiah and all will be well. Do I believe in that? No. But as a Jew, I'm not insulted by another's belief. It's not going to happen, as far as I'm concerned, and yet I appreciate the respect Christians have toward me. Let Christians have their faith, and I will only judge people on how they treat me as a person.
November 18, 2011 | Michael Kinsley
The Roman Catholic Church feels oppressed. Religious liberty is under siege. At this week's meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the group's president, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, declared, "We see in our culture a drive to neuter religion," which he attributed, ambiguously and ominously, to "well-financed, well-oiled sectors. " Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gave a speech to college students declaring that the "America emerging in the next several decades is likely to be much less friendly to Christian faith than anything in our country's past.
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