Humanism

Controversial TV Show, "Faith Under Fire" Explores Faith and Ethics

October 1, 2004

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/falsani/cst-nws-fals01.html

On October 1, 2004 the Chicago Sun Times reported, "Lee Strobel, a former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington and author of the best-selling book The Case for Christ, chronicling his 1981 conversion from atheism to Christianity, is seated behind the wood-toned 'Faith Under Fire' anchor desk perusing his notes and practicing his introductory lines...

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U.S. Military Active in Accommodating Wiccan Soldiers

August 12, 2004

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/9380053.htm

On August 12, 2004 Contra Costa Times reported, "After U.S. military personnel pelted American Wiccan servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq with bottles and rocks as they worshipped in a sacred circle, the Pentagon turned to Patrick McCollum of Moraga... Wiccans represent a small fraction of the military, roughly 1,500 among 1.4 million active personnel, but the Pentagon wants...

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Court Dismisses Pledge Case on Technicality

June 15, 2004

Source: CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/06/14/scotus.pledge/

On June 15, 2004 CNN reported, "The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a California father could not challenge the Pledge of Allegiance, a decision that sidestepped the broader question of the separation of church and state. The 8-0 ruling by the high court reversed a lower-court decision that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional. The case had been...

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Survey Shows Many Americans Find Atheists and Muslims Threatening

April 27, 2004

Source: The Minnesota Daily

http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2004/04/27/9453

On April 27, 2004 The Minnesota Daily reported "White Americans think racial discrimination is increasing although black Americans think it’s decreasing. The findings are the first phase of a three-year study called the American Mosaic Project, which examines race and religion in the United States. Three University professors and others designed the survey, which the University of Wisconsin...

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Editorial: Religious Liberty Requires More Than Tolerance

April 6, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53316-2004Apr5.html

On April 6, 2004 The Washington Post published an editorial responding to the current controversy over the "under God" clause in the pledge of allegiance, noting that the atheist challenge to God in the pledge clause has caused all religious people to consider their faiths more rigorously. The article notes, "All religious traditions interact with their times....

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New CAIR Center Opens in Cincinnati

April 5, 2004

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/04/05/loc_loc4isl.html

On April 5, 2004 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, "A Muslim advocacy group opened a Cincinnati office on Sunday at a reception that drew about 60 people from a variety of faiths, and even no faith. Edwin Kagin, an official with the national American Atheist Center, drove from Union, Ky., to the open house to support the Council on American-Islamic Relations' effort...

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Atheist Advocacy Group May Lobby by Promising Non-Endorsement

March 13, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0304/10atheistpac.html

On March 13, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Atheists and other nonbelievers launched a political action committee Tuesday to endorse candidates and lobby lawmakers to remove all traces of religion from the government. But organizers acknowledged that they face a major problem: Most politicians won't want public support from their new group, which calls itself the Godless...

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on the Pledge of Allegiance

February 27, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week726/cover.html

On February 27, 2004 the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "In late March the Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments in the case of an atheist, Michael Newdow, who wants the words 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge was written in the late nineteenth century, but it wasn't until 1954, during the Cold War against communism, that...

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Minnesota Students to Enjoy Diverse Holiday Break

December 12, 2003

Source: The Minnesota Daily

http://www.daily.umn.edu/articles/2003/12/12/7872

On December 12, 2003 The Minnesota Daily reported on the diverse ways Minnesota students will spend the holiday season. While Christian students prepare for Christmas, Hindus, Jews, pagans and students of other religions will also take part in activities during the holidays. Hindu students will celebrate Sankranti, a festival that traditionally marks the end of southern Asia’s harvest. 40...

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A World Between: New York Hasids Navigate Secular Life

November 14, 2003

Source: Maariv

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1134

On November 14, 2003 Maariv reported on "the complexity of leaving ultra-orthodox communities in New York. On top of the enormous challenges and identity crisis this metamorphosis entails, unbelievers have to face life in a big and difficult metropolis, often without any support, advice or outside assistance. Unlike in Israel, where there are support centers and organizations for such people, as...

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