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Update: Judge Calls for Changes to Religious Vilification Laws

August 2, 2005

Source: NEWS.com.au/Herald Sun

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16121412-1243,00.html

On August 2, 2005 the Herald Sun reported, "A senior Victorian judge has called for changes to the state's contentious religious vilification laws. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal president Stuart Morris's comments came as he dismissed as preposterous a lawsuit launched by a convicted sex offender and self-proclaimed witch. Prisoner Robin Fletcher claimed [that...

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Odessa Adds an Elective Bible Course to its High School Curriculum

August 1, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/01/education/01bible.html

On August 1, 2005 The New York Times reported, "When the school board in Odessa, the West Texas oil town, voted unanimously in April to add an elective Bible study course to the 2006 high school curriculum, some parents dropped to their knees in prayerful thanks that God would be returned to the classroom, while others assailed it as an effort to instill religious training in the...

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North Dakota Catholic Hospital Creates Room to Accommodate Native American Ceremonies

July 31, 2005

Source: Knox News

Wire Service: AP

http://reg.knoxnews.com/kns/web/registrationForm?from=www.knoxnews.com/kns/national/article/0,1406,KNS_350_3966222,00.html

On July 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Sherman Iron Shield used to sneak his son behind some elevators at St. Alexius Medical Center so he could burn sacred herbs to chase away evil spirits without...

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Latino Muslims Struggle to Help Family Understand Conversion

July 31, 2005

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2902407

On July 31, 2005 The Denver Post reported, "Latino Muslims say it's a lot easier to convert to Islam than to convince family members it's a good idea. Some Latino Muslim converts gathered in Denver on Saturday to discuss problems they have in adjusting to their new religion, keeping up family relationships and putting up with rejection from people who fear Muslims. Misunderstandings about Islam are rampant, said...

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Inter-Religious Council Backs Government Ban on Alcohol and Tobacco Ads

July 30, 2005

Source: AllAfrica.com/The East African Standard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200507290772.html

On July 30, 2005 The East African Standard reported, "The Government's plan to ban cigarette and alcohol advertisements has won the backing of Muslim, Hindu and Christian faiths. Representatives of the faiths communities also demanded a Government crackdown on pornography in electronic and print media. They spoke out in Nairobi at the end of a consultative meeting organised by...

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Opinion: "Interreligious Harmony Gets Very Little Press"

July 30, 2005

Source: L.A. Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~24781~2988743,00.html

On July 30, 2005 the L.A. Daily News ran an opinion piece by Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air who recently conducted a panel discussion as part of the university's Great Faiths program. "For most of the last 1,700 years, just a Catholic priest in a Jewish institution would have been considered remarkable. A...

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Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/1704/section/scriptures.lawsuit.places.focus.on.pluralism.in.america/1.htm

On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In...

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Dearborn brings the Arab World to America

July 28, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050728/OPINION/507280383/1002

On July 28, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "About 300 miles northeast of Indy, Dearborn is home to the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East. Thirty percent of Dearborn's residents are of Arab origin, as are half the kids in its public schools... The Arab population is Christian and Muslim, Sunni and Shia...

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N.C. Congressman Re-Introduces Bill to Protect Prayer at Military Academies

July 27, 2005

Source: Army Times

http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-999398.php

On July 27, 2005 the Army Times reported, "A North Carolina congressman re-introduced legislation July 26 that would authorize the superintendents of West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy to offer a voluntary, nondenominational prayer as part of their activities. In a press release, Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., sponsor of legislation called the Military Academy First Amendment...

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Update: Other Holy Books and Scriptures May Soon be Used for Court Oaths

July 27, 2005

Source: TheBostonChannel.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/irresistible/4774439/detail.html

On July 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union said witnesses in North Carolina courtrooms should be allowed to swear to tell the truth on scriptures other than the Bible. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to permit oaths to be taken on the holy books of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and...

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Non-Muslims Push for Religious Education During School Hours

July 25, 2005

Source: Daily Express

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=35985

On July 25, 2005 the Daily Express reported, "The Consumer Association of Sabah and Labuan (Cash) hopes the State Education Department will respect the wishes of non-Muslim parents who want their children to be allowed to learn their respective religions during school hours. At the moment, religious education is only allowed for Muslim students while students of other faiths have to take Moral...

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San Bernardino County One of Most Religiously Diverse in Nation

July 24, 2005

Source: The Press Enterprise

On July 24, 2005 The Press Enterprise reported, "A decade of explosive growth in the Inland area has created one of the most religiously diverse regions in the nation, experts say. Nearly 1 million people have moved to the Inland area in the past 10 years, many of them immigrants who are building ethnic churches, mosques and temples as they settle in new neighborhoods. Today, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are home to a dozen mosques, nearly two dozen Buddhist temples, more than a dozen churches...

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