Other Traditions

Samaritans Preserve Ancient Religious Tradition

May 21, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/052204dnrelwire4.c6218.html

On May 21, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Dressed in flowing robes of the type their ancestors wore thousands of years ago, the 670 people in the world who call themselves Samaritans gathered on [Mount Gerizim in the West Bank] one evening in early May and celebrated the holiday of Passover. At...

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Political Significance Underlies Haitians' Voodoo Celebration

April 11, 2004

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20040411-1053-haiti-voodoopolitics.html

On April 11, 2004 The San Diego Union-Tribune posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Haitians celebrated one of the year's most important Voodoo pilgrimages on Sunday, an event marked by drumming, sacrifices – discussion of whether Haiti's new government can heal a country still reeling from a bloody...

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Neighbors Concerned Over Establishment of Metaphysical Center

April 4, 2004

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/04/04/Northoftampa/New_age_spiritual_cen.shtml

On April 4, 2004 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "[T]he dispute homeowners Dale and Caroline Roberts have with the owner of Soul Mirror Worship Center has led to a breakdown in communication between the next-door neighbors on Bearss Avenue...The Roberts family mounted the most vocal opposition to Jones' plans to operate a metaphysical center...

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Court Bans Religious Activities of Jehovah's Witnesses

March 27, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2471046

On March 27, 2004 The Houston Chronicle ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A Moscow court has banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Russian capital in a move that critics called a step back for democracy and religious freedom. Prosecutors claimed Jehovah's Witnesses destroys families and fosters hatred. Moscow's Golovinsky district...

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Oregon Court Affirms City's Denial of LDS Church Building Plans

March 25, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13016

On March 25, 2004 the First Amendment Center website posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The city of West Linn's denial of a church's plan to build a meeting place in a residential zone is consistent with federal land-use laws, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The opinion reversed the state Land Use Board of Appeals. The appeals board had...

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Cultural Approaches to Marriage

March 11, 2004

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=00b3049f18fee6bfe9709afbfa8bdc71

On March 11, 2004 Pacific News Service published an article on the ways that different cultures and societies define marriage. "The American Anthropological Association, the national professional organization of teachers and scholars who study human organization across the world, denounced the proposed...

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Mandaean Religion In Danger of Dying Out

February 13, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/021404dnreliraqibaptists.2502e.html

On February 13, 2004 The Dallas Morning News ran a feature article on Iraq's "homegrown Baptists," a religious sect known as the Mandaeans: "They call themselves the original Baptists, but any similarities to Americans of that description pretty much end with the waterborne ritual they share...

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First LDS Temple in West Africa Dedicated

January 17, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01172004/saturday/saturday.asp

On January 17, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "[F]or decades, West African-born missionaries have been among the few to serve The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without ever stepping inside one of its temples, putting on its sacred undergarments or taking its special vows. The nearest LDS temple was in South Africa. Given that the annual income of an...

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Nation of Islam Leader Calls for Tolerance

December 21, 2003

Source: The Boston Herald

On December 21, 2003 The Boston Herald reported that "alternately praising the reactions of the Boston police and condemning the religious profiling his followers have been subjected to after Sept. 11, Nation of Islam Minister Don Muhammad and other black leaders called yesterday for America's new vigilance to be tempered with tolerance. Minister Muhammad was speaking out after police cordoned off a street and called in the bomb squad after a worker at a Jewish community center panicked when she saw a van bearing Nation of...

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In Religious America, Number of "Nones" on the Rise

December 4, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/12/04/MNG0Q3FQD51.DTL

On December 4, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported on the increasing number of "nones" in America, individuals who answer "none" or "no religion" when pollsters ask them their religious affiliation. According to the article, some "nones" identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, but the vast majority believe in God...

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Judge Rules: National Day of Prayer Should Receive Fee Waiver

November 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12207

On November 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "National Day of Prayer events on city property should be treated like those of other groups, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata ruled yesterday that the city’s policy barring organizers of events in direct support of religious organizations from receiving fee waivers granted to other...

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Boston-Area Muslim and Unitarian Universalist Groups Build Friendship Through Dialogue

November 9, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/11/09/clerics_overcome_fear_and_suspicion_to_build_bridges_of_understanding/

On November 9, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "Just hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while the nation was convulsed with fear and anger, a Turkish imam was breaking his Ramadan fast in the company of a Universalist Unitarian...

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