Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Looking Back: Top Religious Stories of 2003

1 - The Episcopal Church ordains its first openly gay bishop

2 - The war in Iraq splits religious communities

3 - The Massachusetts Supreme Court overturns a gay-marriage ban

4 - A Ten Commandments monument is removed from Alabama's Supreme Court building

5 - The Catholic Church draws praise and criticism for its efforts to combat priestly sex abuse

6 - Pope John Paul II celebrates 25 years in office

7 - The economy forces budget cutbacks for many denominations

8 - The Presbyterian Church, USA retains a policy saying only those who practice fidelity in marriage or chastity as single people can be ordained 9

- The Supreme Court agrees to hear whether "Under God" should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance

10 - The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod overturns the suspension of a New York church leader who took part in an interfaith service after 9-11

11 - Southern Baptist missionaries are fired for refusing to sign pledges to honor the denomination's "Faith and Message" statement.

12 - Debate over President Bush's plan to ease restrictions on public funding of faith-based charities

13 - Concerns about the erosion of religious liberty are raised over the Patriot Act

14 - President Bush signs a bill outlawing what are generally termed partial-birth abortions

15 - The "road map" to Middle East peace

15 - (tie) New leadership at major evangelical groups including Focus on the Family, Promise Keepers, the National Association of Evangelicals and the Family Research Council

Source: Religion Newswriters Association

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