Afro-Caribbean

A Santeria Feast Day In Euless

October 31, 2009

Author: Kimberly Thorpe

Source: Dallas Observer

http://www.dallasobserver.com/slideshow/view/28662447

Though Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religion practiced by one to five million people in the US, some Euless residents were shocked to learn it was being practiced in their neighborhood -- especially its animal sacrifices. A long legal battle ensued, which brought new details of the religion to light. 

A Court Case Forced a Santeria Priest to Reveal Some Of His Religion’s Secrets. Its Ritual Of Animal Sacrifice, He Revealed On His Own.

2000 Jun 26

NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers: “World Religions in America”

Mon Jun 26 (All day) to Fri Aug 4 (All day)

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
In the past thirty years, the religious landscape of the United States has changed significantly, in part because of the 1965 immigration act and the new population of immigrants who have come to the U.S. from all over the world. Today there are Islamic centers and mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples and meditation centers, and Sikh gurdwaras in virtually every major American city. And today the encounter between people of different religious and cultural traditions takes place not only in the international arena, but in our own cities and neighborhoods, schools and city councils. School... Read more about NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers: “World Religions in America”
1999 Nov 18

Symposium on Civil Society and Multireligious America

Thu Nov 18 (All day) to Sat Nov 20 (All day)

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12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
In 1999, the Pluralism Project hosted two groundbreaking consultations on multireligious America, where for the first time, activists and representatives of diverse advocacy groups shared a common table. The second of these two meetings was a“Symposium on Civil Society and Multireligious America," which took a broad look at the issues of civil society. This event included a panel on public and private schools, and involved representatives from the White House, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board along with Pluralism Project affiliates and advisors. [flickr_set id=72157622509133350]
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1999 May 16

Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

(All day)

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
In February 1999, the Pluralism Project was awarded a grant from the Ford Foundation to enable us to host a consultation on religious discrimination and accommodation. This consultation, held May 17 at Harvard University, brought together representatives from advocacy groups of America’s diverse religious traditions. Dr. Diana L. Eck, Project Director and Professor of Comparative Religions, moderated the lively conversation. Topics included religious needs and issues of discrimination in the “public square,” including the workplace, hospitals, and schools.

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Court Gives Santeria Priest OK to Sacrifice Goats

August 13, 2009

Author: Linda Stewart Ball

Source: The Miami Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/1166702.html

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court's ruling on Friday that barred a Santeria priest from sacrificing goats in his Texas home, saying a city's decision to prohibit the ritual violated the man's religious rights.

Jose Merced, 46, accuses the city of Euless, Texas...

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Euless to Ask Court to Rehear Santeria Animal Sacrifice Case

August 10, 2009

Author: Diane Jennings

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/DN-santeria_10met.ART.State.Edition1.4bd9280.html

Euless plans to ask the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the appeal of a man who the court said could sacrifice animals at his home.

The court's decision last week allowing animal sacrifice in Euless as...

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Santerian Says School Discriminated

July 15, 2009

Author: Elizabeth Banicki

Source: Courthouse News Service

http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/07/15/Santerian_Says_School_Discriminated.htm

A charter school in San Marcos discriminated against its registrar because of her Santeria religion, the woman claims in Superior Court. She claims a school director refused to rein in the harassment, which increased after she took time off to go to a Santeria event in Miami.
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Sotomayor Has Mixed Record On Church-State Disputes

July 14, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18393

As a federal judge, Sonia Sotomayor sided with Santeria prisoners who wanted to wear religious beads and Muslim inmates who wanted to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

At the same time, she ruled against Muslims who wanted a Muslim crescent and star added to post office holiday displays that featured Christmas and Hanukkah...

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Sotomayor Overturned Prison Regulations to Allow Santeria-Practicing Convicts to Wear Beads

June 22, 2009

Author: Fadia Galindo

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=49870

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, told the State of New York in 1994 that it must allow prison inmates who practice Santeria to wear multi-colored beads. Santeria is a sect that combines African religious traditions with elements drawn from Roman Catholicism.

In the case of Campos...

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World Of Santeria Includes Southern California

February 14, 2009

Author: Tony Castro

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_11708670

The crucifix adorning the gate and a life-size figure of a Buddha on the porch suggest the home is religious. But you won't recognize the faith until you go inside and find Charles Guelperin going through his morning Santeria rituals.

In a study filled with unusual objects, Guelperin meditates with his forehead on an urn representing Obatala, the holiest of...

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Desire to Reconnect Rekindles Vodou Among Younger Haitian-Americans

February 6, 2009

Author: Georgia East

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbvodou0206sbfeb06,0,1655908.story

Ricardo Petit-Homme left Haiti when he was 4, and was raised a staunch Catholic.

"From christening to penance and then confirmation, I did it all," the 30-year-old interior decorator said.

But not that long ago, he felt spiritually disconnected. He had...

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Rastafarian Can Seek Trial On Religious Discrimination, Court Says

December 3, 2008

Author: Religion News Service

Source: Dan Ring

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17068

Massachusetts' high court on Tuesday (Dec. 2) ruled that a Rastafarian man is entitled to a trial on possible religious discrimination for refusing to cut his hair or beard to comply with Jiffy Lube's policy on grooming.

The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled for Bobby T. Brown, a Rastafarian and former lube technician at a Jiffy Lube in Hadley,...

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