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Ohio Law Approves Posting State Motto in Schools, Invoking God

May 26, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/192/story_19223_1.html

On May 26, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "When Ohio public school students return to class this fall, they could see a prominent new name among the student body -- God.

The state General Assembly this week passed a bill that would require public schools to post donated copies of the U.S. or Ohio mottoes, each of which contain the word 'God.'

House Bill 184...

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University of Hawaii Holds Interfaith Forum on Religious Diversity and Scripture

May 13, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/05/13/features/story01.html

On May 13, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported, "A panel representing five major religions will explore ways their teachings respond to current global issues and diversity in modern society at a symposium Wednesday. The 7 p.m. interfaith dialogue will be at the University of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics auditorium. It is free and open to the public, presented...

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Jackson Religious Groups Plan Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Project

May 5, 2006

Source: The Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060505/FEAT04/60505008

On May 5, 2006 The Clarion-Ledger reported, "To help build support for an interfaith Habitat for Humanity house building project, local religious groups will host a 'festival of faiths' from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Northminster Baptist Church on Ridgewood Road in Jackson. The event will feature food, music, dancing and...

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Update: Religious Materials in Schools Up for Second Vote

April 29, 2006

Source: wwaytv3.com

On April 29, 2006 wwaytv3.com reported, "Brunswick County school leaders face a big decision next week. They've voted once to let religious material in the high schools with a second vote coming Thursday. Many groups are waiting to see the results. Board chairman Scott Milligan thinks letting any religious materials into the schools is a bad idea and will just open the door for all types of things... The board approved the first reading of the policy earlier this month after the Gideons asked to make bibles...

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Falun Gong Protestor Overshadows President Hu’s White House Visit

April 21, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1758262,00.html

On April 21, 2006 The Guardian reported, "On a day overshadowed by protests at Beijing's human rights record, President George Bush and China's leader, Hu Jintao, made little headway yesterday in resolving issues of trade, or easing global tensions over North Korea and Iran's nuclear ambitions. Yesterday was meant to provide the Chinese leader with a day of pomp and ceremony: a 21-gun salute...

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Chinese President Receives Mixed Reception in the US

April 17, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/189/story_18977_1.html

On April 17, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Red and gold Chinese flags drape the International District in celebration of Chinese President Hu Jintao's two-day stop here en route to Washington D.C. But some Seattle residents are not happy that the city and state are rolling out the red carpet. Hundreds of demonstrators are expected downtown...

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Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Quakers in San Antonio Call for Education, Dialogue

February 21, 2006

Source: Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA022106.03B.Islam_education.ceac6ee.html

On February 21, 2006 the Express-News reported, "The continuing controversy over cartoon depictions of the prophet Mohammad in Danish newspapers is not a clash of civilizations but 'a clash of the uncivilized,' a group of religious leaders declared here Monday in announcing a new Islam education campaign.

They...

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Yezidis of Northern Iraq May Be Oldest Monotheistic Religion

December 4, 2005

Source: Assyrian International News Agency

http://www.aina.org/news/20051204135125.htm

On December 4, 2005 the Assyrian International News Agency reported, "This small ethnic community, numbering perhaps 500,000 people in Iraq, 750,000 at most, is all that remains of what is perhaps the oldest monotheistic religion in the world, the Yezidi religion, a faith documented (at least sparsely) as far back as 2000 BC and according to oral tradition is vastly older still. Today, the...

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