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Special-Use Permit for Psychic Advisers

January 14, 2003

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.insidedenver.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_1672617,00.html

On January 14, 2003 the Rocky Mountain News reported that "Wiccans, pagans, tarot-card readers and spiritual advisers turned out in force Monday night to give the [Wheat Ridge, CO] City Council some advice: Ditch an ordinance regulating where 'psychic advisers' can locate businesses within the city... But after nearly three hours of debate...

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Defends Public Expression of Faith

January 13, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47850-2003Jan12.html

On January 13, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "a historic Virginia law and the constitutional amendment guaranteeing freedom of religion did not intend to 'exclude God from the public forums and from political life,' Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said yesterday... In a short speech to about 150 people gathered in a small park in Fredericksburg...

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Opening Prayers in Maryland Senate Spark Debate

January 13, 2003

Source: Sun Spot

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.prayer18jan18,0,3783858.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On January 13, 2003 the Sun Spot reported that "three of the five opening prayers in the [Maryland] Senate this week ended with a reference to Jesus Christ, which some members of the assembly believed to be inappropriate... 'On this question of religion, I think it's important to recognize and to remember...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

January 13, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-mac14.html

On January 13, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a scientist.. urged a Cook County [IL] judge Monday to reject McDonald's Corp.'s proposed list of 26 groups scheduled to share in a $10 million settlement by the fast-food chain... 'It will set back vegetarianism as a class for 10 to 20 years' because the groups McDonald's favors are hostile to the values the settlement...

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President of the Unitarian Universalist Association Considers Inclusion of "God" in Statement of Principles

January 13, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/4934945.htm

On January 13, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "a former atheist who is now president of the Unitarian Universalist Association will push to put the word 'God' into a new statement of principles of the Boston-based, liberal church group, he said Sunday... 'God' was not mentioned in a statement of principles approved in 1984, the Rev. William Sinkford said at First Jefferson...

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People of Many Faiths Feed the Homeless

January 13, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-nomeals13jan13001446,0,558409.story

On January 13, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "across the nation, advocates for the homeless have squared off with city officials over everything from sleeping on city sidewalks to outdoor toilets, but in Southern California the debate now centers on... the distribution of food in public... Advocates for the poor see the food handouts as humanitarianism at...

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Buddhists and Jews Discuss The Jew in the Lotus

January 11, 2003

Source: The Times Union

On January 11, 2003 The Times Union reported that "as leaders of a Buddhist center in the Capital District, my husband, Will, and I often are asked to participate in interfaith activities. The most recent was a program with Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany on a discussion of the book The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz, which is about a group of rabbis and scholars who visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, to engage in a dialogue and especially to share their experience with diaspora... The fact that...

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Gallup Index Shows Public's Negative Rating for Organized Religion

January 10, 2003

Source: Religious News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1894

On January 10, 2003 the Religious News Service reported that "the Gallup Index of Leading Religious Indicators has reached its lowest level ever, demonstrating the public's most negative overall rating for organized religion since the index began in 1940... The index, a broad assessment of the religiosity of Americans, is based on eight measurements of religious beliefs and practices. A '...

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Californian Hare Krishnas to Build Houses next to Temple

January 10, 2003

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 10, 2003 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the [Escondido] City Council has approved a development agreement with a Hare Krishna group that allows the group to build four houses adjacent to an elaborate temple and cultural center to be built on 23 acres off Rincon Avenue... When the temple was first proposed, nearby residents cited concerns including traffic, access and the "mass and scale" of the cultural center, in addition to environmental issues.  The city's Design Review Board rejected the...

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Scholar Seeks Public Response to Civil Liberties Issues

January 10, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2002/dec/12282002/saturday/saturday.asp

On January 10, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "a prominent religious scholar and seminary president is taking the Bush administration and the wider U.S. religious community to task on the issue of civil liberties since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... 'One searches in vain for substantive public responses to the issues of internal security and civil...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 7, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_print.jsp?id=669

On January 7, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "less than one month after hundreds of Iranian-born men and boys were detained in the Los Angeles area, immigrant communities and their advocates continue to protest the INS’s so-called 'Special Registration'... The American Immigration Lawyers Association calls Special Registration 'a false solution to a real problem...' An Arab-American...

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Amish to Challenge Zoning Ordinance Regarding Horses

January 5, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 5, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Walker Township Ordinance 167 addresses where people can keep horses. It doesn't address religious freedom. It makes no mention of culture clashes. And it certainly doesn't touch on claims that this rural township is practicing bias, supposedly trying to shoo frugal local Amish residents from villages that are growing more upscale as the population spills outward from the State College area and its economic dynamo, Penn State University. Those issues, though,...

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Clash Between Evangelical and LDS Church's Claim on Main Street

January 5, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/jan/01052003/utah/utah.asp

On January 5, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "Lonnie Pursifull and other evangelicals -- who say they are called to preach to and against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- want to be heard, too. They have placed themselves outside the LDS Temple on the Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City, sharing their faith, but also taking swipes against Mormon doctrine......

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Editorial: Church-State Debates to Continue

January 5, 2003

Source: Freedom Forum

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17415

On January 5, 2003 the Freedom Forum printed an editorial by Charles Haynes that summarized "the most significant, most underrated and most overblown religious-liberty stories of 2002 — plus an “under the radar” story that bears watching. " He states, "on the education front, the Court’s decision pushes the voucher debate into the political arena...

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