Media Watch Around The World

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Alabama county blocks in-school Bibles

November 23, 2002 : Local school officials have banned the distribution of Gideons Bibles in public schools after a parent threatened to file suit. Also read: - Limestone County blocks in-school Bible distribution

Church abuse inquiry extended

November 23, 2002 : An independent inquiry into past handling of sexual abuse complaints in the Brisbane Anglican Diocese has been given more time to complete its investigation.

News from the UK

November 23, 2002 : This week's Church of England Newspaper (CEN) and Church Times are online.
- 'Terrorism is here to stay,' says Bishop : CEN
- Bishop speaks out for marginalised children : CEN
- Bishop's 'blessing' views anger Forward in Faith : CEN
- TV finds mileage in clergy : The Church Times
- Bishop urges action to help Congolese : The Church Times

November 18 Standing Committee report online

November 22, 2002 : Follow the link to read the report on the Diocesan web site.

Iraqi Christians fear war will create tensions with Muslims

November 22, 2002 : Iraqi Christians fear that a war against Iraq will trigger religious tensions that they say presently don't exist between them and their Muslim compatriots.

Serving Christ before the pursuit of power

November 22, 2002 : It is obedience to the Scriptures and age-old church tradition that prompts the resistance to women priests, writes Peter Jensen for the Age.

Let’s respect religious difference

November 22, 2002 : The editorial page of The Australian includes an editorial referring to the Reverend Fred Nile's comments about the wearing of Muslim religious dress. Bishop Robert Forsyth is quoted. Read the editorial here (scroll down).

C of E’s parish system “on brink of collapse”

November 22, 2002 : The Church of England's parish system is on the brink of collapse due to a shortage of vicars, one of the country's highest ranking churchmen has warned. Read more...
- Decline and fall of the parish priest prompts warning from archbishop : The Guardian

Anglican Church in Canada ready to split

November 22, 2002 : Abbotsford is the battleground for an international event that may forever change the Anglican church and may be one of the biggest events since the 16th century.

American missionary shot dead in Lebanon

November 22, 2002 : A suspected Islamist gunman shot dead an American woman missionary with three bullets to the head at a charity clinic in Lebanon on Thursday, security officials and aid workers have said.

More on what would Jesus drive

November 22, 2002 : - Jesus seconded to car campaign : BBC News
- God drives in mysterious ways : The Guardian
- A heavenly set of wheels : The Carlisle Sentinel

Fred Nile’s remarks about Muslims “undermine religious freedom”: Bishop Forsyth

November 21, 2002 : The Anglican Church in Sydney has distanced itself from remarks made by Christian Democrat leader, the Rev Fred Nile, that the Muslim hajib should be banned in public places.
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- Anglicans say Nile is on his own : The Age
- Church distances itself from MP : The Australian

Swindle Taints Nigerian Church

November 20, 2002 : The growing fraud problem in Nigeria threatens to undermine churches' growth and credibility, according to Suleiman Jakonda, executive director of rurcon, a pan-African Christian development ministry.

Anglican Church offers $25M on residential schools

November 20, 2002 : The federal government and the Anglican Church of Canada have reached a deal that, if ratified, would see the church pay up to $25 million to those abused in its native residential schools.

Ten years down the track to a better place for Anglican women

November 20, 2002 : Melbourne journalist and General Synod representative, Muriel Porter responds to Narelle Jarrett's opinion piece from yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald.

Cambodian teachers want God erased

November 20, 2002 : Amid reports of religious tensions between the Buddhist majority and Christian evangelists, teachers in Cambodia have called for the word God to be removed from school textbooks.
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- Cambodia teachers want 'God' taken out of textbooks

U.N. Treaty on Human Cloning Stalled

November 20, 2002 : American and Vatican differences with France and Germany have delayed work on drafting a U.N. treaty against human cloning for at least a year.

culture@home review: Pearl Jam - “Riot Act”

November 20, 2002 : Pearl Jam are no longer the long-haired, angst-ridden young men who helped pioneer grunge in the early 90s. They are now 30-somethings with glasses and conservative haircuts, but they have attained a longevity few would have predicted ten years ago. Along the way they have continued to break new ground and maintain a freshness and an energy to their music. Read more

Anglican women follow greater power

November 19, 2002 : "Many of Sydney's opinion leaders, and indeed those writing in the pages of this newspaper, have been bemused by the vision for women's ministry that holds sway in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. Far from being a patriarchal vision, the Bible presents a radical view of gender relations - and therefore female ministry in the church - that challenges the vacuous political correctness prevailing today" writes Narelle Jarrett's for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Harry Potter as Evangelistic Tool?

November 19, 2002 : Christianity Today has an interview with Connie Neal, the author of What's a Christian to do With Harry Potter? and The Gospel According to Harry Potter.