Media Watch Around The World

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God’s greatest Briton

November 27, 2002 : Winston Churchill has been awarded the title of Greatest Briton by public vote, but which of the religious figures from British history have done most to further British society and communities of faith?

God and China

November 27, 2002 : "One of the ironies of Christianity in China is that in the first half of the 20th century, thousands of missionaries proselytized freely and yet left a negligible imprint. Yet now, with foreign missionaries banned and the underground church persecuted, Christianity is flourishing in China with tens of millions of believers" writes the New York Times.

Nigerian Muslims say riot reporter must die

November 27, 2002 : A Nigeria state government has ordered Muslims to kill the journalist whose article sparked the Miss World riots.
- Miss World fatwa 'null and void' : Associated Press

Timor Asylum seekers to be sent home

November 26, 2002 : Up to 1800 East Timorese asylum seekers may be sent home after the Refugee Review Tribunal has begun to process their claims. Many of the asylum seekers have been in Australia for almost a decade, have married here, have had their children here, have jobs and are accepted members of the community. They will be forced to leave Australia and go back to East Timor where there is vast unemployment as the country rebuilds itself.

Church leaders call Australia to prayer over drought

November 26, 2002 : A National Day of Prayer for the environment and the current drought has been declared by a group of Australian Church leaders. They have asked their congregations to set aside 1 December 2002 for special prayers. Australians are encouraged to go to their local church or place of worship and join in the prayers on that day.

BUILDING THE CHURCH – THE ROLE OF BILATERAL DIALOGUES - Media release from the General Secreta

November 26, 2002 : The Rev Dr Bruce Kaye, General Secretary of the General Synod, speaking in Melbourne called for the progress of the dialogues with the Uniting Church and the Lutheran Church to be brought into closer connection and related to the public debates about ministry and order within our own church.

Burial Box claims defended

November 26, 2002 : The French scholar who discovered the purported burial box of Jesus’ brother, James, strongly defended the artifact’s identification against skeptical points raised at a convention of religion scholars.
- Discoverer Defends Box's Link to Jesus : Newsday
- Scholars debate small box's reference to Jesus : SunSpot News

US missionary death highlights Lebanese suspicions of evangelists

November 26, 2002 : Last week's killing of an American Christian missionary in Lebanon highlights the suspicion evangelists face in Lebanon from both Muslim as well as established Christian sects who accuse them of seeking conversions.
- Missionary's murder in Lebanon reopens religious wounds : The New York Times

Bible society marks 50 years for Revised Standard Version

November 26, 2002 : The Society of Biblical Literature celebrates 50 years of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which was greeted by indignant criticism for tinkering with the language of the King James Bible

Initial pleas of Christian and Muslim leaders fail to stop Nigeria killings

November 26, 2002 : Early pleas for restraint from Christian and Muslim leaders following riots triggered by a newspaper article saying the founding prophet of Islam would have chosen a Miss World contestant for a wife fell on deaf ears as hundreds were killed last week.

Tense Calm in Kaduna After Riots

November 26, 2002 : The situation in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna was reported to be tense but calm following riots and clashes between Muslims and Christians that killed more than 200 people.
- Nigeria's President Blames 'Irresponsible Journalism' For Rioting : VOA News

Sydney’s vitality offers Anglicans a way to retrieve their lost souls

November 26, 2002 : Ever since his appointment as Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen has come under fire from some quarters for his bible-thumping brand of Christianity. ... But does the fact that Jensen has so far weathered each of them with apparent ease ... suggest that his detractors are losing sight of a bigger picture?

Church pomp ‘un-Christian’ says Williams

November 26, 2002 : The new Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned the trappings of power and status in the Anglican Church as "profoundly anti-Christian".
- Church power anti-Christian, says Archbishop : The Independent
- Archbishop-elect criticises 'pomp' : The Age

Couple fly out to help the orphans of Bali

November 25, 2002 : Rocco and Sue Scarcella from Sylvania Anglican parish left on Saturday for Bali. They have helped Protestant orphanages on the island for the last 25 years. Today's Australian has James Murray's story on page 6. Unfortunately the story is not posted on the Australian's web site.

Think Twice Before Engaging in Potter Witchhunt says Evangelical Alliance (UK)

November 25, 2002 : The Evangelical Alliance is encouraging Christians to view the Harry Potter phenomenon as a significant opportunity to engage with society and present the enduring Christian world view as a positive alternative to the fantasy realm of Harry's world.

Bibles and inspirational books meet growing market

November 25, 2002 : At the end of 2002, American anxiety about terrorism, a sagging economy and the aging of the baby-boom generation continue to fuel an ever-expanding market for inspirational books.

Ten Commandments dispute continues

November 25, 2002 : In Alabama and Ohio, courts last week ordered the removal of monuments to the Ten Commandments from a state courthouse and four public schools. In Texas, a federal court just six weeks earlier ruled the opposite, deciding a monument to the Ten Commandments could stay on state capitol grounds.

Violence continues in Miss World protests

November 23, 2002 : Authorities clamped a curfew on the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna after at least 105 people were stabbed, bludgeoned or burnt to death during violent demonstrations over the Miss World pageant. Also read: - Red Cross: 100 die in Nigeria riots

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.