Interfaith

The Law on Holiday Decorations

January 4, 2004

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/01/01/findlaw.analysis.hamilton.decorations/

On January 4, 2004 CNN published an article in its FindLaw column setting out the rules on holiday decorations and discussing the larger meaning, and prescience, of the Court's jurisprudence in this area. The article explains that "the Establishment Clause, of course, prohibits the government from endorsing a particular religion... But suppose a display sweeps more...

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Interfaith Crowd Welcoms New Year with Prayer

January 2, 2004

Source: The Straits Times

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/singapore/story/0,4386,228044,00.html

On January 2, 2004 The Straits Times reported, "More than 1,000 people chose to welcome the new year with prayer. And those gathered at the Kallang Theatre were of various religious faiths and from all walks of life. Wednesday's 4 1/2-hour event, which ended with a countdown at midnight, was aimed at spreading the word of peace. It was organised by the...

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Rhode Island Courthouse Sees Religion... Again

January 2, 2004

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0104/02barrow.html

On January 2, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "Another religious display has been set up in the Barrow County Courthouse. The latest display includes alternate versions of the Ten Commandments, Hindu stories, Buddhist teachings, excerpts from the Quran and writings defining agnosticism. It has been placed across a breezeway from a Ten Commandments...

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CAIR Gathering Raises Funds for Interfaith Work

December 30, 2003

Source: The Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=bccf247450c351ed99a8e800e963d88d

On December 30, 2003 The Pakistan Link reported that The Council on American Islamic Relations raised over $100,000 at its first annual fundraising banquet for its Faith in Action theme. They were supported by the local interfaith effort (Abrahamic religions) and Asian groups, especially Japanese Americans and...

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Interfaith Activities On the Rise in Ottawa

December 28, 2003

Source: Ottawa Citizen

On December 28, 2003 the Ottawa Citizen reported, "Ottawa is rapidly becoming the interfaith capital of Canada and, perhaps, the world...Among the initiatives unique to Ottawa are the Capital Region Interfaith Council, which promotes co-operation among religious groups on issues of peace, justice and the environment, and Interfaith Ottawa, a partnership between the multifaith community and the City of Ottawa that provides a united voice against acts of intolerance or hatred. 'This doesn't exist anywhere else. As far as we know, it is...

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Elijah School in Jerusalem Aims to Promote Interfaith Understanding

December 27, 2003

Source: Montreal Gazette

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/story.asp?id=9AC54652-2320-4006-BA33-E09F7FD1240D

On December 27, 2003 the Montreal Gazette reported, "A four-day meeting of top religious leaders and scholars from around the world this month helped chart the future of a newly established academy that hopes to promote interfaith understanding through education. 'One of the things that was recommended...

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Hawaii's Residents Bless the New Year

December 27, 2003

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/27/features/story3.html

On December 27, 2003 Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported on the Hawaiian tradition of visiting a Buddhist temple or a Shinto shrine to celebrate the new year. The visit is a religious and cultural tradition for thousands of island residents seeking amulets for good fortune.This year, two Honolulu temples will offer special programs open to the interfaith community, including a...

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U.S. Report Praises Government's Protection of Religious Freedoms

December 27, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.co.tt/stories.php?article_id=12024

On December 27, 2003 Newsday reported, "Religious freedom is alive and well in Trinidad and Tobago according to a recent report by the United States Government’s Department of State. 'The International Religious Freedom Report 2003' was published last Thursday by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour...The Report said TT had no instances of forced...

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Interfaith Council Calls for Middle East Peace

December 26, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/opinion/stories/122703dnrelguestcolumn.13f09.html

On December 26, 2003 The Dallas Morning News published an editorial by Marzuq Abdul Jaami on the American Clergy Leadership Conference and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, organizations that are working to establish an interfaith council at the United Nations and focus religious efforts...

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Archbishop of Canterbury Urges Religions to "Stand Together" Against Secular Society

December 26, 2003

Source: The Scotsman

http://www.news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1410182003

On December 26, 2003 The Scotsman reported, "An ecumenical message from the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Christians, Jews and Muslims to stand together against an increasingly secular society. Dr. Rowan Williams, speaking at Canterbury Cathedral, told of fears over religion, noting what he described as 'sniggering' in the media over the Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s, faith. He said: 'It isn...

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Dallas Hosts New Multi-Faith Radio Show

December 26, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/122703dnrelconnect.ed78.html

On December 26, 2003 The Dallas Morning News published a profile on Mike Ghouse, the host of Dallas' new "The Multi-Faith Radio Program," weekdays at 6 a.m. on KBIS-AM (1150) and KYNG-AM (950). Each day, Gouse "interviews a guest from a local religious community, with the goal of helping his listeners learn to 'cherish and respect every which way...

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Florida Opens America's First Faith-Based Prison

December 25, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/137/story_13779_1.html

On December 25, 2003 Beliefnet reported, "Nearly 800 inmates from 26 faiths attended the dedication ceremony of what Gov. Jeb Bush called the nation's first faith-based prison - a facility focused on encouraging the spirituality of inmates of all faiths. Along with regular prayer sessions, the Lawtey Correctional Institution will offer religious studies, choir practice, religious counseling and...

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