Other Traditions

Sermon: "The Sacred in Images"

November 1, 2005

Source: UUWorld.org

http://www.uuworld.org/spirit/articles/learningtoseemorethanmeetstheeye2322.shtml

On November 1, 2005 UUWorld.org released a transcript of a sermon delivered by Harold Babcock, the minister of the First Religious Society of Newburyport. "Images have great importance in many religious traditions. To Hindus, darshan is a special way of seeing, translated as 'seeing the divine image.' Diana Eck, professor of comparative...

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Hurricane Evacuees and Religious Leaders Discuss Faith After the Storms

October 2, 2005

Source: The Morning News

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2005/10/02/news/rogers/02religion.txt

On October 2, 2005 The Morning News reported, "Joseph Bell [a New Orleans Parish resident and recent evacuee] believes God protected him through [Hurricane Katrina]... Bell,33, said he believes the destruction in New Orleans was mostly caused by man. He said man built the levees that failed to hold back the water from a city that had become inhabited by...

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Falun Gong Practitioners Ask U.S. to Deny Chinese Official Entry Because of Religious Freedom Violations

September 27, 2005

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=54079

On September 27, 2005 U.S. Newswire issued a press release from Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. that stated, "Sun Jiazheng, China's Minister of Culture, intends to attend the Festival of China at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the United States in October 2005. We [Falun Gong practitioners] request the State Department to deny Chinese government official Sun Jiazheng...

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Interfaith Event in Corvallis Focuses on Healing

September 24, 2005

Source: Gazette Times

http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2005/09/25/news/religion/satrel03.txt

On September 24, 2005 the Gazette Times reported, "In light of the destruction and loss monopolizing the news recently, the theme of Corvallis' fourth annual Interfaith Conference on Oct. 1 couldn't be more appropriate. 'Healing Ourselves and Our World — An Interfaith Sharing,' was the topic chosen months ago by the Interfaith Community of Corvallis...

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Opinion: An Agnostic's Argument for Why Religion Should Be Taught in Public Schools

September 22, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/opinion/stories/DN-north_mitchell_22edi.ART.North.Edition2.18c2daee.html

On September 22, 2005 The Dallas Morning News ran an opinion piece by Deborah Mitchell, an agnostic and frequent contributor to Collin County Opinions. Mitchell argues that religion should be taught in the American...

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Executive Director Chosen for Universism, a Religion that Opposes Moral Certainty

September 21, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/175/story_17562_1.html

On September 21, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "An upstart religion called Universism has named a new leader who hopes to spread the neo-Deist movement nationwide. Todd Stricker, 25, has been named executive director of the nonprofit organization and said he hopes to launch a new branch in Chicago. University of Alabama-Birmingham medical...

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Centennial Display Celebrates Saskatchewan's Religious Diversity

September 19, 2005

Source: Canada.com/The StarPhoenix

http://www.canada.com/saskatoon/starphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=d12d4178-2dc5-4902-9cf7-b5b559afebe7

On September 19, 2005 The StarPhoenix reported, "A centennial display celebrating 100 years of religion in Saskatchewan will soon be making its way to cities across the province. The 4-by-7-foot display, entitled 100 years of Faith in Saskatchewan, will be unveiled by the...

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Federal Judge Rules Reciting Pledge Unconstitutional in Public Schools

September 15, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/09/15/federal_judge_rules_pledge_unconstitutional_in_schools?mode=PF

On September 15, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional yesterday, a decision that could potentially put the divisive...

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Update: Government Destroys Religious Buildings Said to Represent Interfaith Harmony

August 2, 2005

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2005/08/02/2003266089

On August 2, 2005 the Taipei Times reported, "Authorities tore down a house-sized teapot, umbrella and boat that gained nationwide notoriety after a banned Malaysian religious sect built them in its commune, the sect's followers said yesterday. The structures, built by the Sky Kingdom sect to represent interfaith harmony, were reduced to rubble by bulldozers sent...

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Update: Newdow Sues Sacramento-area Schools Over the Pledge

July 18, 2005

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Pledge-of-Allegiance.html?

On July 18, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "An atheist who convinced a federal appeals court three years ago that the words 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional returned to court Monday and made his case a second time. Michael Newdow, a doctor and lawyer, is suing four...

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Minority Groups Concerned Over Iraqi Constitution's Lack of Protection for Religious Freedom

July 14, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050713-102505-4411r.htm

On July 14, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "A month before the debuting of a new Iraqi constitution, the country's religious minorities are worried the document may leave out any meaningful provisions for religious freedom. A panel representing three of those minorities called on the United States to ensure the constitution, to be revealed Aug. 15, benefits them as...

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Tulsa Board Rejects Plan to Add Creationist Exhibit to Zoo

July 7, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/07/AR2005070702015.html

On July 7, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A city board reversed direction on Thursday and rejected plans to add a creationist exhibit to the Tulsa Zoo.

Board members voted 3-1 against installing an exhibit on the origin of life from the Bible. The vote, made at...

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Hollywood Botanica Is One Sign of Growing Presence of Santeria

July 7, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-santeria7jul07,1,1201838.story?coll=la-news-religion

On July 7, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The estimates of Santeria adherents in the United States range from 1 million to 5 million, most of them concentrated in heavily Latino cities such as Miami, New York and Los Angeles. The religion is edging closer to the mainstream, showing up on...

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