On April 30, 2003 the BBC News reported, "Voodoo has been practised in Haiti since the late 18th Century, but only now has it been recognised as a religion on a par with others worshipped in the country.
Haiti's Catholic President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, took the decision earlier in April which means that voodoo ceremonies such as marriages now have equal standing with Catholic ones."
On February 14, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "members of a north Houston family that practices Santeria rituals said they
were praying for a relative in a coma when authorities barged into their home,
seizing 12 goats, 11 chickens and two pigeons about to be sacrificed... No charges were immediately filed against the five participants in the
religious ritual in the 300 block of Coach near Imperial Valley, but the
SPCA seized all of the animals in the family's back yard Wednesday... The five residents,...
On January 19, 2003 The New York Times reported that "as an assistant professor in the Religion Department at Wesleyan
University, the wife of a Haitian man, the mother of an adopted Haitian
and a follower of the [voodoo] religion herself, Ms. McAlister has to find a balance
between the personal, the professional and the academic... Voodoo is a religion developed by Africans forced to leave their homes behind
and work as slaves on Haiti's sugar plantations. A broad religion with millions
of faithful and countless...
On November 6, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Mexicans in metro Atlanta commemorated Dia de
los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration rooted in both their indigenous
traditions and their adopted Christianity. Several hundred people viewed 13 homemade altars at a celebration in Forest
Park sponsored by the city and the Mexican consul general's office Saturday. The celebration... shares its philosophy with
that of other cultures such as those in Asia and Africa in which ancestor...
On October 26, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "last week, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education devoted its second annual conference on African ritual and art to the role of ancestors. The conference 'focused on seeing how the traditions from Africa, transplanted in the Western Hemisphere... still have influence,' says Cambridge Center spokesman Jim Smith... Dragged from Africa during slavery, the Yoruba brought religious beliefs that couldn't be suffocated... The Yoruba believe in a supreme god and mo...
On October 26, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Tony Van Der Meer was raised a Baptist, but years ago, friends introduced him to the religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The Yoruba revere family and ancestors. Van Der Meer, 48, an African studies professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, says he saw a powerful demonstration of his new faith a decade ago involving his father, a man he barely knew. The Yoruba believe in a supreme god and more than 400 lesser divinities, called orishas, each with its...
On October 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the Postal Service issues its holiday stamps in October to continue interest in collecting. Next Thursday, four holiday stamps, all 37 cents, will be issued commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid. Contemporary Christmas stamps, featuring snowmen, will be issued later."
On September 28, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "despite the difficulties of collecting data, the numbers in the census
released last week reveal the strength of religion county-by-county across
America. The report said that 141.3 million people, or 50.2 percent of the U.S.
population, were involved with churches, synagogues, mosques or temples. That
makes the United States one of the most religious nations in the world, said
Houseal, a statistician for the Church of the Nazarene. However, the number does not...
On June 17, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a "two-day Pagan Picnic in Tower
Grove Park [in St. Louis, Missouri]... Sponsored by the Council For Alternative Spiritual Traditions, the picnic is
a chance for pagans to celebrate being pagans, said River Higginbotham, chair of
this year's 10th-annual event. Local pagans also see it as an educational
opportunity - a chance to let the public know what paganism is all about... Higginbotham estimated [that the picnic]
attracted about 2,500 people this year. Over the...
On June 15, 2002 The Boston Globe featured an article on the vodou practice of the Haitian community in Boston. "Wesleyan scholar Elizabeth McAlister says vodou
historically has been a force for good in Haiti, intimately woven with the
struggle for civil rights and against poverty... Yet the... popular misperceptions and a relatively small
Haitian community in Boston means vodou in this area is practiced in the privacy
of homes and basements, unlike in New York or Miami, which have larger vodou
populations and occasional public...
On May 29, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a conservative three-judge panel said a Rastafarian - whose Jamaica-based
religion regards marijuana as a sacrament that brings believers closer to
divinity - could not be federally prosecuted for merely possessing marijuana, a
decision that upheld a portion of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act."
On May 12, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "faced with an influx of immigrant mothers over the past decade, delivery
rooms across the Washington area are increasingly adapting not just to
unfamiliar languages, but to a new set of traditions and taboos... Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring has become adept at assembling
all-female teams of obstetricians, nurses, anesthesiologists and even
neonatologists to attend Middle Eastern women whose Muslim religion forbids
examination by male health workers. The maternity...
On April 12, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "Twin Cities religious activists are seeking ways to teach residents about how
faith organizations can best improve the lives of the area's burgeoning
An all-day seminar, Stand With Africa, will be held... at Central
Lutheran Church... What this seminar
hopes to do is encourage Minnesotans to work on issues involving Africa, as well
as helping local immigrant communities. Experts...