Muslims, non-Muslims still dislike each other
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attitudes toward Muslims have become slightly
more positive in the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Russia
compared with five years ago.
But a Pew Center survey finds negative views between Muslim
countries and the West persist on both sides.
The survey, by Pew's Global Attitudes Project, found majorities
of Muslims surveyed in five of six Muslim-dominant countries and
the Palestinian territories described non-Muslim Westerners as
selfish and greedy. In all of the six Western countries surveyed,
less than 30 percent of non-Muslims said they consider Muslims
respectful of women.
Muslims were more likely to see themselves as Muslims instead of
their national identity. Christians in the U.S. were about evenly
divided about their identities as Christians or Americans.
Lutheran split shakes up social service network
NEW YORK (AP) - One of the largest social service networks in
the U.S. faces a shake up over the Bible and homosexuality.
The theologically conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
says it has become "difficult if not impossible" to continue
working with the more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America. Last year, the ELCA abolished barriers to ordaining gays
Together, the two Lutheran denominations run social service
programs ranging from adoption to disaster relief in the United
The conservative Lutherans announced this week they will no
longer train military chaplains with their liberal brethren. More
such breaks are expected in the coming months.
Vatican promises to weigh in on Irish church abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican insists it will respond when
"opportune" to Irish demands it come clean in its oversight role
on abuse by clergy of children.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, responded to
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny's denunciation of the Vatican's
role in abuse scandals. Kenny accused the Vatican this week of
downplaying the "rape and torture" of children by clergy.
Lombardi's statement says the Vatican will respond "when
opportune to the demands of the Irish government" following the
probe of the Cloyne diocese. That investigation found church
officials there shielded pedophiles from the law until 2008.
Calif. bill would block local circumcision bans
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California lawmakers have introduced a
bill that would pre-empt local governments from passing laws
banning male circumcision and limit the enacting of such
legislation to the state.
San Francisco's measure would prohibit circumcision of males
under the age of 18, making it a misdemeanor punishable by fine or
jail. Proponents of the ordinance have said the practice is a form
of genital mutilation that is not necessary and potentially
A coalition of Jews and Muslims filed a lawsuit last month to
block the measure from the ballot, saying male circumcision is a
procedure widely practiced by members of both faiths. They also say
the ban would violate First Amendment rights.
3 teens accused of arson over Baytown church fire
BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) - Three teens have been accused of setting
fire to a Houston-area church.
Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive says the arson
suspects were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire early
Monday at Living Hope Church in Baytown.
Living Hope Church last week was targeted with graffiti.
Investigators have not said whether they believe the vandalism and
the fire are related.
The church will have to share space with another congregation
Suspect in priest's killing denies he did it
WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) - A man accused of killing a priest and
stealing his car and money for a Disney trip denies that he did it.
As Jeremy Wayne Manieri was escorted into court in Waveland,
Miss. for an initial hearing, an Associated Press reporter asked if
he did what he was accused of. Manieri answered, "No, sir."
He did not enter a plea on Thursday. Bond has been set at more
than $2 million.
Manieri is charged with murder and grand larceny in the death of
the Rev. Edward E. Everitt of Hammond, Louisiana. Everitt's body
was found July 11 at a beach house in Waveland.
Manieri was arrested the next day near Winter Haven, Fla. Police
said he had bought three-day passes to Disney World for his
ex-wife, his stepson and daughter.
Man arrested after letting 11-year-old girl drive
BRANDON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man faces child neglect charges
for allegedly allowing his girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter to
drive. The SUV they were in crashed into a water pipe at a
Hillsborough County church.
Deputies say Donald Leet told them he let the child drive
because he had a glass of wine with dinner Tuesday evening, and his
driver's license was suspended. The child told deputies Leet was
teaching her to drive.
When deputies arrived at First Baptist Church of Brandon, water
was shooting 50-feet into the air. Officials say the girl and her
7-year-old sister were screaming, but no one was injured.
Long Island woman pummeled, mugged going to church
ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a Long Island, N.Y. woman was
shoved to the ground, pummeled and robbed by two men as she was
heading to church.
Police say Amy Dawson was walking to catch a bus from her Elmont
home when the men came up behind her, knocked her down and grabbed
her purse containing $13. Dawson was on her way to attend evening
services at Bethlehem Missionary when the attack occurred on
Dawson, who's a widow and grandmother, suffered bruises. She
told WCBS that she hopes her muggers find the prayer readings
inside her bag, and that they take them to heart.
Oklahoma university donating shoes to charity
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Students, faculty and staff at a small
Catholic university in Oklahoma are giving 358 pairs of shoes to a
The donation from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee is going
to Soles 4 Souls, a charity that says it has distributed more than
12 million pairs of shoes around the world since 2005.
The charity's founder and CEO, Wayne Elsey, says it gives the
donated shoes to people living in extreme poverty or recovering
from natural disasters.
Some NYC Hindus object to animated Hindu film
NEW YORK (AP) - An animated film based on a Hindu religious epic
has run into controversy from some New York City Hindus.
Nina Paley, the creator of "Sita Sings the Blues," tells the
Wall Street Journal she's never run into a problem before.
Objections have been raised by Hindu groups in Queens over the
film's language and appearance of a bosomy Sita, the wife of the
Hindu god Rama.
"Sita" has been shown around the world since its release two
Experts to catalog south Indian temple treasures
NEW DELHI (AP) - A trove of gold and silver treasures found in a
16th century Hindu temple will be unearthed and cataloged by
antiquities experts under tight security.
India's Supreme Court has ruled that the media and public will
be barred from the site in southern India.
The recently discovered treasure includes bagfuls of coins,
crowns, precious gems and golden statues of gods and goddesses
studded with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Its unofficial $22
billion valuation, based on an incomplete inventory, is expected to
rise as the list of centuries-old items expands.
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