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  Religious education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States, religious education is often provided through supplementary "Sunday school", "Hebrew school", catechism classes, etc. taught to children at their family's place of worship, either in conjunction with worship services or some other time during the week, after weekday school classes.
Some families believe supplementary religious education is inadequate, and send their children to private religious schools, called parochial schools when they are affiliated with a specific parish or congregation.
However proponents of islamic religious education in public schools say that it is better than having the children go to sometimes fundamentalist and always completely uncontrolled native-language "Qur'an Schools" in the afternoon, with which even many of the children's parents are not too happy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religious_education   (1361 words)

 Religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia is known as the hajj and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Religious belief usually relates to the existence, nature and worship of a deity or deities and divine involvement in the universe and human life.
Religious knowledge, according to religious practitioners, may be gained from religious leaders, sacred texts (scriptures), and/or personal revelation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religion   (4506 words)

 Executive Summary
Religious groups must obtain authorization from the Government to reconstruct or repair existing places of worship; however, the process of obtaining permission and purchasing construction materials from government outlets is lengthy and expensive.
The regime continued to repress unauthorized religious groups, and there were indications that the regime used authorized religious entities for external propaganda and political purposes and that local citizens were barred from entering their places of worship.
Religious freedom is not recognized or protected under the country's laws, and basic religious freedoms are denied to all but those who adhere to the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/irf/2005/51386.htm   (9986 words)

 International Religious Freedom Report 2002: Lebanon
Because the matter of religious balance is such a sensitive political issue, a national census has not been conducted since 1932, before the founding of the modern Lebanese State.
Many families have relatives who belong to different religious communities, and intermarriage is not uncommon; however, intermarriage may be difficult to arrange in practice between members of some groups because there are no procedures for civil marriage.
There were no reports of forced religious conversion, including of minor U.S. citizens who had been abducted or illegally removed from the United States, or of the refusal to allow such citizens to be returned to the United States.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/irf/2002/14006.htm   (2229 words)

 Temporary Religious Workers
Religious workers include ministers of religion who are authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members of the clergy such as administering the sacraments, or their equivalent.
A religious vocation means a calling to religious life, evidenced by the demonstration of a lifelong commitment, such as taking vows.
The activity of a lay-person who will be engaged in a religious occupation must relate to a traditional religious function: i.e., the activity must embody the tenets of the religion and have religious significance, relating primarily, if not exclusively, to matters of the spirit as they apply to the religion.
travel.state.gov /visa/tempvisitors_types_temp_religious.html   (1482 words)

It would be absurd to seek to place the Church in contradiction to the Gospel on this point, as did the Iconoclasts in the eighth century and the Protestants in the sixteenth.
The history of religious art down to the Reformation and the Council of Trent could only be accurately written in the light of this great historic fact.
It is due primarily to the fact that religious art has become an industry and concurrence is no longer possible between the artists and the dealers, but the chief reason lies in the very evolution of religious ideas, which now seek a new form.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/11395a.htm   (8258 words)

 Human Cloning: Religious and Ethical Debate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Religious arguments are based largely on the traditions and scriptures unique to each faith.
Their religious and ethical tradition informs this viewpoint which is largely based on their interpretation of the creation story.
Furthermore, in Judaism religious status is passed down through the mother and tribal designation is passed down through the father.
www.cs.virginia.edu /~jones/tmp352/projects98/group1/ethic.html   (2220 words)

 Religious Cults
Church refers to a religious organization claiming a monopoly on knowledge of the sacred, having a highly structured or formalized dogma and hierarchy, but also being flexible about membership requirements as the organization attempts to minister to the secular society of which it is a part.
Religious orders such as the Franciscans began as cults built around the presence of a charismatic leader who emphasized a life style dedicated to attaining high levels of spirituality.
During this period, young people were increasingly found living in various types of religious communes and engaging in unconventional behavior, such as speaking in tongues (glossolalia), faith healing, meditating (often under the tutelage of a spiritual leader or guru), and following leaders that conventional society tended to look upon with suspicion and distaste.
mb-soft.com /believe/text/cults.htm   (1766 words)

 Religious Worker Visa Programs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Most problematic are those cases that involve organized fraud rings in which documents of religious institutions in the U.S. are fabricated, or when the applicant colludes with a member of a religious institution in the U.S. to misrepresent either his or her qualifications, or the position to which the applicant is destined.
Nonimmigrant or temporary religious workers can be admitted under the same conditions as special immigrant religious workers, except that they are not required to have prior religious work experience, and their maximum period of stay is limited to 5 years.
Many believed the applicant for a nonimmigrant religious worker visa ought to be required to demonstrate that he or she maintained a residence abroad to which he or she intended to return.
commdocs.house.gov /committees/judiciary/hju66254.000/hju66254_0.htm   (15005 words)

 Promoting religious understanding, tolerance and freedom.
to extend religious freedom to people of all religious beliefs, even though you may disagree with their beliefs and/or practices.
The religious conflict and violence section grew to massive proportions.
We have divided it into two sections: one deals with religious intolerance, oppression, and conflict; the other with more serious matters: religious violence, murder and genocide.
www.religioustolerance.org   (914 words)

 religious freedom religious liberty human rights adventist sabbath seventh-day
In addition to representatives from a broad range of religious traditions, Ambassador Evan Paki, the new ambassador from Papua New Guinea to the United States who is a Seventh-day Adventist, attended the event, as did a government class from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland.
We were among fourteen representatives of religious organizations chosen for an hour and a half meeting with six leaders in the United States Senate on the morning the Hurricane was expected to reach Washington.
John Graz, secretary general of the International Religious Liberty Association and leader of the General Conference's religious liberty department, comments that "we are delighted we could recognize the contributions of these leaders.
ola.adventist.org   (3728 words)

 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . NEWS FEATURE . President Bush's Religious Rhetoric . February 7, 2003 | PBS
Religious imagery has become a hallmark of his speeches, prompting debate about whether such language unites or divides.
This is religious language for a religious people, and Americans are comfortable with it.
Professor STEVE TIPTON (Emory University): This kind of civil religious rhetoric can and should be not just biblical in resonance and cadence, but not specific to this or that denomination or even faith tradition.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week623/news.html   (948 words)

 Understanding the Religious Reich 1.1
The ancient Hebrews appear to have invented religious genocide: killing the priestesses and priests of the competing deities worshipped within their own population, then the clergy of all the local tribes.
Fifteen centuries of Christian oppression made religious freedom again a cherished ideal, but as soon as there was a chance for another Jewish state, fundamentalist Jews were quick to oppress the non-fundamentalist Jews and the gentiles then in residence.
The Religious Reich complains that the existence of rights for secular people (including the right not to be subjected to fundamentalist opinions) violates their rights as spreaders of the Gospel.
www.holysmoke.org /wicca/understa.htm   (3760 words)

 Technorati Tag: religious
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 WorldNetDaily: The ACLU's war on religion
Yeshiva was forced to act contrary to its religious beliefs and house same-sex couples as if they were married.
This dramatic erosion of religious liberty is the result of the ACLU's deliberate, incremental strategy.
The ACLU's destructive assault on the religious heritage of this nation must be challenged – and vigorously.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46454   (870 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage Project
Begun nearly a decade ago in conjunction with a course on New Religious Movements that Prof.
Jeffrey K. Hadden had taught at the University of Virginia for more than twenty years, the Religious Movements Homepage Project has grown into an Internet resource for teaching and scholarship that is widely acknowledged as among the finest in the world.
The new editor-in-chef is Douglas E. Cowan, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu   (272 words)

 TBK - Is Cannibalism a Religious Experience?
While certain cults/religions may think that they invented the concept of the Eucharist, and that the Eucharist has nothing whatsoever to do with cannibalism, the ritual of sacrificing a god or goddess and sharing his or her blood and body as a sacrament is an act found throughout the ancient world.
In fact, it is the mark of a good religious person to take out at least a couple of towns, slaughtering every man, woman and child, and stealing their booty.
The Lord seems to love to exact retribution for indiscretions made by lowly human beings who could not possibly harm the Creator of the Universe, but somehow these foolish little humans who dare to transgress the Lord's laws are a big threat to the almighty God.
www.truthbeknown.com /cannibal.htm   (2899 words)

 religious - Wiktionary
It is the job of this court to rule on legal matters.
I was much more religious as a teenager than I am now.
I am only one religious among the many religious of this church.
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/religious   (104 words)

 World Religions Religion Statistics Geography Church Statistics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Adherents.com is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here.
Adherents.com is an Internet initiative and is not affiliated with any religious, political, or educational organization.
Knowledge of the source of the statistics, as well as further knowledge of the particulars of a cultural, religious or regional group are necessary for an adequate understanding of the sociological implication of this type of data.
www.adherents.com   (1125 words)

 Religious Relations, Detroit Area Council, BSA
The religious emblems programs are programs created by the various religious groups to encourage youth to grow stronger in their faith.
Scouting recognizes that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders.
And as unit leaders, you are critical in getting information about religious emblems to your members and their families.
www.dacbsa.org /CC_RR/RR-home.htm   (1173 words)

 Gaddy Answers Frist's Attack on Faithful Americans - Interfaith Alliance
  Leaders of the religious right and politicians pushing a partisan agenda in the name of religion have so intermingled politics and religion that, now, even you, the leader of the United States Senate, appear unable to discern the difference between authentic faith and partisan politics.
Even the suggestion that a person’s support or opposition to religious faith can be determined by that person’s support or opposition to a political initiative called “the nuclear option” is derogatory of religion and an insult to democracy.
With a religious conscience as enflamed as the conscience of anybody in the religious right, I oppose the election of judges who will, in the name of religion, make decisions that politicize religion and blunt the vitality as well as compromise the integrity of the rich religious community in this nation.
www.interfaithalliance.org /site/pp.asp?c=8dJIIWMCE&b=551063   (837 words)

 Religious Emblems for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Religious Emblems for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts
It is conferred on a Scout by his religious leader.
In addition, the Religious Emblem Square knot, shown at the top of this page, may be worn on the uniform over the left pocket by youth or adults who earned any of the religious awards.
www.usscouts.org /usscouts/advance/cubscout/religious.html   (689 words)

 SPIRITUAL TOPICS: religious freedom, peace, tolerance, apologies, etc
Religious affiliations -- comparing the U.S. and the world as a whole
U.N. report on religious freedom in the U.S. Religious rights within the US military
Religious diversity among the crew of the space shuttle Columbia
www.religioustolerance.org /positive.htm   (809 words)

 Omnigraphics - Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena
This new A-to-Z encyclopedia examines more than 250 occurrences and extraordinary experiences that have served to lift believers out of the mundane world and place them in contact with a transcendental reality.
Each entry includes a description of the particular phenomenon and the religious claims being made for it.
A discussion of what a scientist might have to say about it is also included in each entry.
www.omnigraphics.com /product_view.php?ID=810   (162 words)

 Religious Tattoos > A Web Site Devoted to Judeo-Christian Body Art
Chances are you made your way here because you have a religious tattoo or you're thinking of getting one.
So, if you have religious tattoos, send me pictures.
And when you get a religious tattoo, send me a picture.
www.religioustattoos.net   (156 words)

 Visible Ink Press : Titles : The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In 2005, hundreds of people gathered at a freeway underpass in Chicago to gaze at what mystified state police reported to be a salt stain but which the faithful said was an image of the Virgin Mary.
Apparitions of Mary have been claimed in dozens, if not hundreds, of different locations and are part of a sharp increase in religious phenomena worldwide.
Melton reports on dreams and near-death experiences; feng shui and labyrinths; statues that bleed, drink milk, weep, and move; snake handling, speaking in tongues, and stigmata; relics, including the spear of Longinus and the Shroud of Turin; and sacred locales such as Easter Island, the Glastonbury Tor, the Great Pyramid, Mecca, and Sedona.
www.visibleink.com /title.php?id=67   (339 words)

 The Religious Policeman
The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.
The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
The A's have just got back from another long weekend, taking advantage of what the British call the "May Day Bank Holiday", which is a bit of a swizz really because we didn't see one Maypole, nor any Morris dancers, nor even a winding procession of the starving and down-trodden proletariat.
muttawa.blogspot.com   (6560 words)

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