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Mormon Temple Celebrates 20th Years, Amidst Both Tolerance and Hostility

September 20, 2004

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/19/1095532176672.html?oneclick=true

On September 20, 2004 The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "Australia's first Mormon temple, dominating the landscape on Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford, celebrates its 20th birthday today, amid church rejoicing and the rest of Sydney moving grudgingly towards greater religious tolerance...The church has worked hard at acceptance,...

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Government Rejects U.S. Charges of Religious Persecution

September 17, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3663654.stm

On September 17, 2004 the BBC News reported, "If you are Catholic, Muslim, or a member of the Orthodox and Evangelical churches in Eritrea then it seems you can breathe easy. However, those who believe and practise minority faiths are routinely persecuted, according to human rights groups. Two years ago the Eritrean government introduced a registration system for religions which forced groups to submit information...

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Israel Permits Druze to Make Pilgrimage to Syria

September 1, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20040831-103418-2397r.htm

On September 1, 2004 Agence France-Presse reported, "Israel's Supreme Court this week authorized members of the country's Druze religious community for the first time to make a pilgrimage to Syria, which is officially at war with the Jewish state, judicial sources said. The judges ruled Monday that the group would be allowed to...

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Rastafarians' Ceremonial Use of Marijuana Causes Problems With Government

August 13, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/081404dnrelrasta.161da.html

On August 13, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Past the potholes and puddles, the skinny dogs and scampering children, a stone stairway snaked its way through an ancient apartment building. Near the top, a woman sat in her living room collecting the cover charge: 19 cents for Cuban women, 38 cents for...

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New University of Utah Dean is Mormon and A Champion of Religious Tolerance

August 10, 2004

Source: Utah Daily Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.harktheherald.com/print.php?sid=31367

On August 10, 2004 Utah Daily Herald reported that, "a direct descendent of Brigham Young and the former dean of the George Washington School of Law is settling into his new position as the University of Utah president. Michael Young, 54, began his duties as the school's 14th president Aug 2. The California native has strong Utah ties, he's Mormon and...

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Tensions Over Mormon Expansion in Nauvoo, IL

July 29, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/29/national/29mormons.html

On July 29, 2004 The New York Times reported that, "high upon a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River stands a soaring Mormon temple, the biggest building for many miles around. Closed to non-Mormons, it symbolizes the tension that has reshaped life in what was until recently a typical Midwestern town. The Mormons opened their rebuilt temple here two years ago, and since then...

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Interfaith Group Aids Faith Traditions Beyond the Mainstream in OK

July 27, 2004

Source: The Oklahoman

http://www.newsok.com/article/1284206/?template=news/main

On July 27, 2004 The Oklahoman reported that "A year ago, [Emmah Eastwind] helped organize the Deep Root Community Center, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to shelter groups that embrace spiritual beliefs outside the mainstream in Oklahoma. The Deep Root umbrella covers practitioners of holistic health, metaphysical organizations and assorted pagan groups, including Sekhet-...

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At Parliament, Debate Over Meaning and Definition of Religion

July 10, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0407100135jul10,1,1475107.story?coll=chi-printnews-hed

On July 10, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "In a quiet room, spiritual leader Hum Bui and his followers, women dressed in sky-blue tunics with cone-shaped headscarves, enlighten a mesmerized crowd about their Vietnamese faith. Their founder established the CaoDai movement in 1925 to...

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Inter-Religious and Inter-Ethnic Weddings on the Rise in U.S.

July 6, 2004

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/features/2004/07/06/weddings.html

On July 6, 2004 the Courier Journal reported that , "For more and more American couples, the standard wedding is fast being replaced by ceremonies with deep family meaning that incorporate the couple's ethnic heritage.couples, the standard wedding is fast being replaced by ceremonies with deep family meaning that incorporate the couple's ethnic heritage... The...

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After Court's Ruling Against Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Minorities Concerned

June 22, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0622/p06s01-woeu.html

On June 22, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "A district court decision here to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses, upheld by the city's top appeals court last week, is either an isolated event or a chilling sign of reviving religious intolerance in Russia, depending on whom you ask. The judgment ends a six-year court battle by the Jehovah's Witnesses to maintain legal...

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Moscow Court Upholds Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses' Religious Activites

June 17, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1087471824168140.xml

On June 17, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Reflecting increased pressure on religious minorities in a country dominated by the Russian Orthodox Church, a Moscow court Wednesday upheld a ban on activities by Jehovah's Witnesses in the capital. The ruling by the...

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Court to Rule on Final Appeal to Shut Down Jehovah's Witnesses

June 14, 2004

Source: Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8921557.htm

On June 14, 2004 Knight Ridder Washington Bureau reported, "They don't believe in abortion, homosexuality, blood transfusions or the fires of hell. But some hellish portents are facing the Jehovah's Witnesses in a Moscow courtroom this week. Moscow city prosecutors have been trying to shut down the church for nearly six years, charging that the Witnesses are subversive...

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