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ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Right to Choose Veterans' Religious Symbol on Headstone

September 29, 2006

Source: ACLU Press Release

http://www.aclu.org/religion/discrim/26970prs20060929.html

On September 29, 2006 an ACLU Press Release reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit to protect the right of veterans and their families to choose religious symbols to engrave on headstones in federal cemeteries. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two churches and three individuals to compel the government to approve a long-pending application for use...

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Public Libraries May Ban Religious Services in Meeting Spaces

September 21, 2006

Source: Metropolitan News-Enterprise

http://www.metnews.com/articles/2006/fait092106.htm

On September 21, 2006 Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported, "Public libraries which open their meeting rooms to private groups can prohibit use of the rooms for religious worship, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The court reversed U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California, who granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting...

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Bill Held Up by Controversial Provision on Military Chaplains' Prayers

September 18, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/19/washington/19chaplains.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

On September 18, 2006 The New York Times reported, "A bill that sets the Pentagon’s spending levels is being held up by controversy over a provision that would allow military chaplains to offer sectarian prayers at nondenominational military events.

The provision, which is being pushed by Representative Duncan Hunter,...

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Women's Interfaith Circle of Palm Beach County to Hold First Retreat

September 8, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pwomen08sep08,0,5430645.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

On September 8, 2006 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "Enough fighting already! A group of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Quaker women don't want to argue about religion. They want to talk. The women don't have solutions to the world's religious conflicts. But they...

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EPA Warns Against Use of Mercury in Afro-Caribbean Ritual Practices

September 2, 2006

Source: Reuters

http://www.dailyherald.com/story.asp?id=223673

On September 2, 2006 Reuters reported, "Ritualistic use of toxic mercury by followers of Voodoo and other religions is dangerous but regulating it could drive the practice underground and possibly violate U.S. guarantees of freedom of religion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. Mercury can be worn in amulets, sprinkled on the floor, or added to an oil lamp as part of some Latino and Afro...

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Christian Scientists Advocate for Inclusion of Prayer Benefits in Massachusetts Health Care Law

August 28, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/08/28/christian_science_provision_sought_in_healthcare_law/

On August 28, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Officials of the Christian Science Church are worried that the state's healthcare law will exclude faith healing as a recognized health...

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A Visit to the U.S.'s Only Secular-Based Indo-American Center, in Milpitas

August 27, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/15374442.htm

On August 27, 2006 The Mercury News reported, "India's all the rage these days. It's on the cover of Time magazine. It's the subject of debate on whether to outsource jobs there. Doesn't it seem like everyone is taking a yoga class or watching a Bollywood film? So, as far as Anil Godhwani sees it, why not...

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Op/ed: "From Many Faiths Grows Greater Understanding"

August 27, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/27/editorial/special2.html

On August 27, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published an opinion piece by Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim, and president of the All Believers Network, and by Joan Chatfield, a Christian, board chairwoman of the Network, "The continuing death and destruction in the Middle East reflect the limitless extent to which individuals and political entities will go to defend...

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With Little Fanfare, New Director to Oversee the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

August 25, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/24/AR2006082401371.html

On August 25, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The White House announced Jay F. Hein's appointment at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday three weeks ago, the kind of timing usually reserved for news the administration wants to bury.

Hein is the new director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives...

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Our Lady of La Vang Church Aims to Bring Together Vietnamese and Latino Catholics

August 20, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-parish20aug20,1,3168969.story

On August 20, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The sanctuary of Santa Ana's new Our Lady of La Vang Church was designed to give worshipers a transcendent experience by mixing influences from East and West. In the center of the four-cornered building, a sleek altar sits under a large dome. Surrounding it are blond oak pews that seat more...

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Krishna Temple Marks Thirty Years in Detroit

August 20, 2006

Source: Gannett News Service

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060820/LIFE/608200313/1006/L

On August 20, 2006 Gannett News Service reported, "Thirty years ago, two scions of a labor leader and an automotive pioneer gave the seed money to turn a dilapidated Detroit mansion into one of the nation's top Hindu temples. At one point, Elisabeth Reuther, daughter of labor leader Walter Reuther; Alfred Ford, Henry Ford's great-grandson;...

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Op/ed: "Does Tolerance Disarm Religious Liberals?"

August 15, 2006

Source: UU World

http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/samharrischallengesliberalreligioustolerance5817.shtml

On August 15, 2006 the UU World published an opinion piece by Warren R. Ross, "In his best-selling book, The End of Faith, Sam Harris takes a dim view of the consequences of religious belief. 'As long as it is acceptable for a person to believe that he knows how God wants everyone on earth to live,' he writes, 'we...

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Increasing Number of Students Major in Religion Nationwide

August 10, 2006

Source: The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MDkmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY5NzEwMTEmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0

On August 10, 2006 The Record reported, "Hiroshi Obayashi, chairman of the religion department at Rutgers University, has watched the number of religion majors and minors triple during the past 10 years. Princeton University has...

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