Afro-Caribbean

In Kensington, a Store Neighbors Believe In

February 7, 2010

Author: Kia Gregory

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/83741672.html

Angel Perez leans on the counter in his botanica and listens intently as a tall blond woman tells him how she just lost her job - and her sense of purpose.

Perez's Botanica Maria sits on Fifth Street in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia, between a laundromat and a pizza shop. The narrow, dimly lit store is stuffed with candles...

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Family Helps Adopted Haitian Children Keep Their Spiritual Heritage

February 3, 2010

Author: Manya Brachear

Source: San Jose Mercury News/The Chicago Tribune

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living-headlines/ci_14326159

Images of the washed out Haitian hillside where their children's relatives lived have led Peter and Paula Fitzgibbons to fear that their adopted son and daughter have no biological family left.

The strongest bond their chil...

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Haitians In the US Turn to Religion for Answers

January 24, 2010

Author: Dana Chivvis

Source: AOL News

http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/after-earthquake-haitians-in-the-us-turn-to-religion-for-answers/19328395

Since last week's earthquake, the Rev. Donelson Thevenin, a priest at the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, where many of New York's Haitians live, has been helping his congregation deal with the tragedy. He has prayed with them,...

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Voodoo Brings Solace to Grieving Haitians

January 20, 2010

Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122770590

Erol Josue lost more than two dozen friends and extended family in Haiti's devastating earthquake. The Voodoo priest, who lives in New York, says he has spent the past week saying traditional Voodoo prayers.

"We thank God that we are still alive," he says, "but we also pray to give a good route, to give a good path for the...

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As Lives And Houses Shattered In Haiti Quake, So Did Some Religious Differences

January 17, 2010

Author: Manuel Roig-Franzia

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/16/AR2010011603140.html

At night, voices rise in the street. Sweet, joyful, musical voices in lyric Creole. A symphony of hope in a landscape of despair.

"It doesn't mean anything if Satan hates me, because God loves me," sing the women at Jeremy Square, their faces almost invisible in the...

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At a Botanica, New Year Means Renewal, And Jinx Removal

January 3, 2010

Author: Kirk Semple

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/nyregion/04botanica.html

Cecilia Oliver was having a problem with her lover and needed some help. “He’s being resistant,” she explained. “I want where he’s submissive to me at all times.”

She had come to the Original Products Company, a Bronx emporium where she had heard she could buy the ingredients for a magic...

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Rastafarian Inmates In Segregation for Nearly 10 Years

December 7, 2009

Author: Frank Green

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/crime/article/HAIR07_20091206-223208/310004/

Bill Clinton was president when a handful of Virginia prisoners entered segregation cells rather than cut their hair. The inmates, Rastafarians, complain the Department of Corrections' grooming policy of Dec. 15, 1999, violates their religion. Followers of the Rastafari...

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Judge: TSA Violated Rastafarian Screener's Rights

November 18, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gWoGCd0hYk_hoCD99lSsl2q_zkkQD9C1N2D80

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the rights of a Rastafarian baggage screener at Boston's Logan International Airport were violated when he was threatened with firing unless he cut his hair.

An administrative...

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A Santeria Feast Day In Euless

October 31, 2009

Author: Kimberly Thorpe

Source: Dallas Observer

http://www.dallasobserver.com/slideshow/view/28662447

Though Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religion practiced by one to five million people in the US, some Euless residents were shocked to learn it was being practiced in their neighborhood -- especially its animal sacrifices. A long legal battle ensued, which brought new details of the religion to light. 

A Court Case Forced a Santeria Priest to Reveal Some Of His Religion’s Secrets. Its Ritual Of Animal Sacrifice, He Revealed On His Own.

Court Gives Santeria Priest OK to Sacrifice Goats

August 13, 2009

Author: Linda Stewart Ball

Source: The Miami Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/1166702.html

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court's ruling on Friday that barred a Santeria priest from sacrificing goats in his Texas home, saying a city's decision to prohibit the ritual violated the man's religious rights.

Jose Merced, 46, accuses the city of Euless, Texas...

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Euless to Ask Court to Rehear Santeria Animal Sacrifice Case

August 10, 2009

Author: Diane Jennings

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/DN-santeria_10met.ART.State.Edition1.4bd9280.html

Euless plans to ask the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the appeal of a man who the court said could sacrifice animals at his home.

The court's decision last week allowing animal sacrifice in Euless as...

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Santerian Says School Discriminated

July 15, 2009

Author: Elizabeth Banicki

Source: Courthouse News Service

http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/07/15/Santerian_Says_School_Discriminated.htm

A charter school in San Marcos discriminated against its registrar because of her Santeria religion, the woman claims in Superior Court. She claims a school director refused to rein in the harassment, which increased after she took time off to go to a Santeria event in Miami.
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Sotomayor Has Mixed Record On Church-State Disputes

July 14, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18393

As a federal judge, Sonia Sotomayor sided with Santeria prisoners who wanted to wear religious beads and Muslim inmates who wanted to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

At the same time, she ruled against Muslims who wanted a Muslim crescent and star added to post office holiday displays that featured Christmas and Hanukkah...

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