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  Executive Summary
Religious freedom reinforces the development and strength of civil societies, and it dampens the appeal of religious extremism and religion-based terrorism.
Religious and human rights groups outside of the country have provided numerous, usually unconfirmed reports that members of underground churches have been beaten, arrested, tortured, or killed because of their religious beliefs.
In most provinces incidents of arrests of religious leaders declined, there were no reports of new church closings, and other acts of abuse of Christian minorities, such as village expulsions, were limited to a small number of areas.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/irf/2003/27185.htm   (10156 words)

 2003 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom: Pakistan
Relations between different religious groups frequently were tense, acts of sectarian and religious violence continued, and scores of deaths were attributed to sectarian violence during the period covered by this report.
Religious and sectarian groups mounted large-scale protests against the proposed change and some religious leaders stated that if the laws were changed, even just procedurally, persons would be justified in killing blasphemers themselves.
SSP Leader Maulana Mohammad Azam Tariq, who was arrested in a 1999 crackdown on extremists, released after a year of imprisonment, and arrested again in February 2002, was allowed to contest the October 10, 2002, elections from jail, despite a number of terrorism and murder cases pending against him in anti-terrorism courts.
www.thepersecution.org /ussd/us03irf.html   (3990 words)

The leaders of the new parties, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Islam-influenced AK (Justice and Development) Party and former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan of the Islamist Saadet (Felicity) Party, were banned from participating in the November 2002 national elections due to past convictions for illegal speech.
These groups view religious fundamentalism, which they do not define clearly, but which they assert is an attempt to impose the rule of Shari'a law in all civil and criminal matters, as a threat to the secular republic.
Some religious groups, such as the Baha'i Faith, allege that they are not permitted to state their religion on their cards because no category exists; they have made their concerns known to the Government.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/irf/2003/24438.htm   (4106 words)

 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: Media Room: 2005 Press Releases: 2005 Annual Report ...
The Commission also has established a Watch List of countries where conditions do not rise to the statutory level requiring CPC designation but which require close monitoring due to the nature and extent of violations of religious freedom engaged in or tolerated by the governments.
Members of minority religious groups, especially Muslims and Christians, are subjected to serious abuses of religious freedom and other human rights; in some areas, children are taken from parents and forcibly converted to Buddhism.
Religious belief and practice continue to be tightly controlled in Cuba, where religious freedom conditions have been affected in part by the ongoing government crackdown on democracy and free speech activists, resulting in a generally deteriorating situation.
www.uscirf.gov /mediaroom/press/2005/may/05112005_annualRpt.html   (3606 words)

 Religious groups seek to settle boycott issues
Leaders of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) and African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) said now is the time for fl churches and their ministers to step up and assume more leadership within a nonviolent movement that appears to have reached an impasse.
The church leaders emphasized they are not a new boycott group, nor are they trying to supplant existing boycott leadership.
He said most of the items on the boycott group's consolidated list of demands are not doable and go beyond the scope of the city's power.
enquirer.com /editions/2003/03/26/loc_boycott26.html   (629 words)

 International Religious Freedom Report 2004
There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom during the period covered by this report, and government policy continued to contribute to the generally free practice of religion.
To enjoy the benefits of this regime, religious organizations must be entered in the Register of Religious Entities maintained by the Office of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Justice, which is updated regularly.
All religious minority groups have asked the Government to revise the national income tax form to allow taxpayers the option to donate a percentage of their taxes to non-Catholic entities.
www.embusa.es /religiousfreedomen2004.html   (2039 words)

 Iran - Amnesty International
Many of the arbitrary arrests of student leaders in January and November were carried out in the manner of abductions, with several students “disappearing” for days.
He was sentenced to death and 74 lashes for vaguely worded offences relating to the defamation of religion and religious leaders.
In an open letter to the Supreme Leader in August, he described the circumstances of his arrest, detention, interrogation and forced televised confession and asked the Supreme Leader to take action against official bodies responsible for his ill-treatment.
web.amnesty.org /report2003/irn-summary-eng   (1969 words)

 Who Are Iraq's New Leaders? What Do They Want? by Phebe Marr: Special Reports: U.S. Institute of Peace
A high percentage of the new leaders are exiles, and most have been shaped by years of opposition to Saddam's regime.
Development of mechanisms to encourage new leadership at municipal, local, and provincial levels, where leaders appear to be more responsive to the economic and social needs of the population and less oriented toward ideology and identity.
This report is part of an ongoing study on Iraq's new political leaders and their visions for the future.
www.usip.org /pubs/specialreports/sr160.html   (2070 words)

 PC(USA) - News Release Number 03525 - Cuban church leaders defend crackdown on dissent
The perfunctory trials, long prison sentences and executions drew worldwide condemnation from governments, human-rights organizations and religious leaders, including Pope John Paul II and Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Cubans already were uneasy about the U.S. State Department’s addition of Cuba to its list of “nations that sponsor state terrorism” and its claim that Cuban scientists made biochemical weapons available to countries hostile to the United States.
In the letter, the religious leaders expressed opposition to the death penalty and disagreement with some of their government’s actions.
www.pcusa.org /pcnews/oldnews/2003/03525.htm   (1093 words)

 Egypt - Amnesty International
Several leaders of al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, Islamic Group, imprisoned for grave human rights abuses in previous years, publicly condemned the use of violence and declared that the killing of civilians is forbidden by Islam.
Prisoners of conscience, including political activists, human rights defenders and members of religious groups, were sentenced to up to seven years’ imprisonment.
The alleged leader, Sayid Tolba, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment while one of his co-defendants received a one-year prison term; 19 others were given suspended sentences.
web.amnesty.org /report2003/egy-summary-eng   (2059 words)

 The National Recording Registry 2003: National Recording Preservation Board (Library of Congress)
Note: this is a national list and many of the items listed are housed in collections across the country.
This live concert recording catches clarinetist and band leader Benny Goodman, touted as the "King of Swing," at his peak, fronting top performers and appearing before an energetic audience for the debut of jazz at Carnegie Hall.
Goodman’s stellar bandsmen were joined by Lionel Hampton and members of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington ensembles for this famous festival of jazz during the height of the swing music era.
www.loc.gov /rr/record/nrpb/nrpb-2003reg.html   (3935 words)

 2003 Annual Report
The database should also be used to develop lists of Chinese exporters handling goods from these prison manufacturing facilities.
China's officially sanctioned religious associations unfairly restrict the ability of Chinese believers to practice their religions freely, and many believers have been imprisoned for practicing religion outside the government-controlled system.
The Congress and the President should press the Chinese government to permit free religious practice outside these official religious associations and release all those imprisoned for their religious beliefs.
www.cecc.gov /pages/annualRpt/annRpt2003.php   (1863 words)

 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Perhaps the defining global event of the 2003 was the Invasion of Iraq launched by the United States Britain Spain and other allies.
All over the many months in 2003 were devoted to discussion debate protest and organization of this making it probably the most discussed (and war in modern history.
2003 was also a landmark year for European Union with many states from the former Soviet Bloc voting to join.
www.freeglossary.com /2003   (3748 words)

 List of religious leaders in 2003 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Leader of the Orthodox Ashkenazi Haredi non-Hasidic Israeli ("Lithuanian Jews")- Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv
David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center[1], "highest ecclesiastical official of the Scientology religion" (1987-present) Mr.
Miscavige gave the keynote address at the grand opening opening of the Church of Scientology of New York [2]and other Scientology churches.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_religious_leaders_in_2003   (934 words)

 Religious Freedoms - Article: Old Time Religion
Findings included that religious people have less depression, and are less likely to have problems with alcohol.
Religious programs came out 900% more effective at handling drug addiction than psych-based programs.
If you are religious you should know that Freud believed all “religious ideas are illusions.” And look at the potential harmful side effects of seeing a psychiatrist.
www.religiousfreedoms.org /articles/article_old_time_religion.htm   (636 words)

 2003 at Caribbean Topfunwebsites   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
'''2003''' is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
* January 30 - Iraq disarmament crisis: The leaders of United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, and the Czech Republic release a statement, the letter of the eight, demonstrating support for the United States' plans for an 2003 invasion of Iraq.
U.S. President Bush calls Monday, March 17th, the "moment of Truth", meaning that the "coalition of the willing" would make its final effort to extract a resolution from the that would give Iraq an ultimatum to disarm immediately or to be disarmed by force.
www.topfunwebsites.com /abaco/2003.html   (2780 words)

 [A-List] Iran: the chatter of imperialism
With US troops and military bases now virtually surrounding Iran, the conservative leaders have broken an old taboo by talking to their arch-enemy in an attempt to buy some breathing room and pre-empt possible US military action.
After the fall of Baghdad last month, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sounded frustrated that Iraqi troops had failed to put up more resistance against US forces, calling their surrender "an eternal disgrace".
The Iraqi people should remain united and follow their religious leaders to oust the enemy and lead their own country." In the battle for the sympathies of Iraqis, Iran's most effective move has been the launch of an Arabic news channel, which is beamed over the border.
lists.econ.utah.edu /pipermail/a-list/2003-May/044028.html   (1547 words)

 2003 - Gurupedia
All over the world, many months in 2003 were devoted to the discussion, debate, protest, and organization of this war, making it probably the most discussed (and controversial) war in modern history.
2003 was also a landmark year for the European Union with many states form the former Soviet Bloc voting to join.
Occupation of Iraq: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
www.gurupedia.com /2/20/2003.htm   (2773 words)

 Profile: Small Group of Young Religious Israelis Call for Evacuation of Settlements   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
But recently, a new group of young, religious Jews shocked the religious community by calling for the evacuation of settlements, not as a matter of politics or a military strategy, but as a matter of theology.
As the right wing's, in Israel, call to hold the territories, is a religious obligation, we call to leave the territories as a religious obligation.
Meimad founder Michael Melchior says it's encouraging to see young religious people grappling with the dilemma of the Jewish presence in the territories, and he agrees that Jewish law provides a compelling basis for withdrawing because a central tenet holds that even the most sacred laws may be broken in order to save human life.
www.npr.org /programs/atc/transcripts/2003/may/030528.kenyon.html   (1077 words)

 Bahai News -- Campus religious leaders reach out to new students
If David Letterman had a top-10 list of techniques to draw college freshman to religious events, number one would be free food.
Campus religious leaders said they try to react to students’ needs—and those needs change as the students do.
Many of them have come out of a religious background and now they’ve come to college and they don’t have that kind of support,’’ said Patricia E. Davis, adviser to the UD Gospel Choir and the Warriors for Christ, a Bible study group.
www.uga.edu /bahai/2003/030710-2.html   (1050 words)

 The Rev. Chuck Currie: Church Leaders Discuss Iraq With Kofi Annan; Urge UN Role
Today leaders from the National Council of Churches USA, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and the Canadian Council of Churches met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to discuss the situation in Iraq.
The delegation included church leaders from the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, and had support from the World Council of Churches, Middle East Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches as it went into the meeting with Secretary General Annan.
The religious leaders’ 40-minute meeting with the U.N. Secretary General came on the day that the U.N. Security Council began discussing a new resolution defining the role of the United Nations in Iraq following the transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi interim government on June 30.
chuckcurrie.blogs.com /chuck_currie/2004/05/church_leaders_.html   (2002 words)

 Civic Reflection - Citizen Leaders
Across the cities and towns of the United States many thousands of citizens are regularly and actively engaged in community-based giving and serving–both individually and through civic associations, business groups, churches and nonprofit organizations.
The collective activity of these "citizen leaders" is vital to community health and to the greater good of our national life.
In St. Louis, Missouri, a varied group of women leaders within the nonprofit community–trustees, staff and donors–used civic reflection as an opportunity to explore key questions related to giving and leadership in their community.
www.civicreflection.org /audiences/citizen_leaders   (822 words)

 ipedia.com: 2003 Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Perhaps the defining global event of the year 2003 was the Invasion of Iraq launched by the United States, Britain, Spain and other allies.
January 30 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Facing worldwide criticism and against the wishes of the majorities of their own electorates, leaders of Britain, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, and the Czech Republic release a statement, the letter of the eight, demonstrating support for the United States' plans for an invasion of Iraq.
November 12 - Occupation of Iraq: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
www.ipedia.com /2003.html   (3645 words)

 "Holy Abortion" and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Founded in 1973, it was then known as the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights.
is a project of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, an organization of pro-life leaders from a number of religious denominations determined to strengthen the pro-life witness with these denominations.
One is to hold "religious convocations" outside abortion clinics to express "gratitude" for the "work" done inside.
www.nrlc.org /news/2003/NRL05/Religious_Coalition.htm   (1192 words)

 Freedom To Marry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Founder of Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson is a civil rights attorney and longtime leader of the movement for marriage equality...
The Open Letter was developed at a colloquium of theologians sponsored by the Religious Institute, an ecumenical, interfaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, and funded by Freedom to Marry.
Endorsements are only accepted from ordained clergy, professional religious educators, theologians, and staff of religious institutions.
www.freedomtomarry.org /religious_institute.asp   (352 words)

 P.O.V. - Family Fundamentals . Resources . Christianity and Homosexuality | PBS
Find out more about varying religious groups' policies on homosexuality in essays reflecting a diversity of viewpoints, from religious conservatives to liberals.
Articles and research on the intersection of homosexuality and religion with links to groups that work to affirm gay religious rights and those which oppose this.
Soulforce is an interfaith group that challenges religious policies and teachings that disapprove of homosexuality.
www.pbs.org /pov/pov2003/familyfundamentals/resources.html   (291 words)

 ReligionLink - New movies blend religious and moral themes
The critically acclaimed Millions heads a new list of "religious" films that focus as much on values as saviors and saints.
Recent films with implicit religious themes include: Their Eyes Were Watching God (spiritual awakening), The Motorcycle Diaries (spiritual journey), Sideways (search for identity), Shrek 2 (hero myth), Lost in Translation (rite of passage) and I Heart Huckabees (existential angst).
Movies, he says, can function religiously, providing a ritualized form of "meaning-making activity" through stories that express values and beliefs about the world.
www.religionlink.org /tip_050321.php   (978 words)

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