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Survey Finds Complexity In U.S. Religious Beliefs

December 10, 2009

Author: William Wan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/09/AR2009120903712.html?hpid=topnews

Can you believe in Jesus and in astrology? The answer is a resounding yes, according to a study that shows Americans' beliefs to be more complex than might be expected.

The survey -- one of the first by a major polling group to tackle Americans' belief...

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Courthouse Display Debate Continues; Requests Both Religious, Controversial

December 10, 2009

Author: Erika Jacobson Moore

Source: Leesburg Today

http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2009/12/10/news/9956displays121009.txt

As many predicted during the debate about whether holiday displays should be allowed on the grounds of the courthouse, the controversy did not end with the vote of the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday and what started as a request to place a Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn has branched out in...

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Atheists At Christmas: Eat, Drink And Be Wary

December 9, 2009

Author: Patrick Condon

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091209/ap_on_re/us_rel_religion_today

Angie O'Neill recently moved into a new apartment complex for seniors and she's trying to make new friends. But Christmas is a tough time of year for an atheist.

"All the planned activities at this time of year revolve around the church," said O'Neill, a retiree and...

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Faiths Meet to Build Ties Across Religious Divides

December 8, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8399758.stm

What happens when an imam, a priest and a rabbi get into a lift together?

It may sound like a joke, but it is an everyday occurrence at the world's largest inter-faith gathering - and such unexpected encounters are positively encouraged.

The Parliament of the World's Religions has brought together representatives from 80 nationalities and...

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Religious Leaders Discuss Interfaith Following Showing Of 'Fremont, U.S.A.'

December 7, 2009

Author: Stephanie Fenton

Source: AnnArbor.com

http://www.annarbor.com/faith/religious-leaders-discuss-interfaith-following-showing-of-fremont-usa/

Rabbis, parishioners, volunteers and interfaith workers recently participated in an active discussion following the Ann Arbor Public Library’s screening of “Fremont, U.S.A.,” a film created as part of The Pluralism Project at...

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Hindu-Muslim Wedding Under One Roof

December 6, 2009

Author: Amita Verma

Source: Deccan Chronicle

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/national/hindu-muslim-wedding-under-one-roof-663

For those who preach communal harmony, this was a fantastic premier.

The Muslim Maulvi and the Hindu Pandit sat side by side to solemnize the wedding of a Muslim couple and a Hindu couple under the same roof.

This unique event took place in Dalel Purwa locality in Kanpur on...

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Atheists, Jews Apply for Capitol Holiday Displays

December 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010432491_apwacapitolholidaydisplays.html

A Seattle atheist group and a Jewish group are applying to put up holiday displays on the Capitol campus in Olympia again this year.

A spokesman from Seattle Atheists says the sign they want to post is less provocative...

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Blessings Aplenty As World's Religions Gather

December 4, 2009

Author: Barney Zwartz

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/national/blessings-aplenty-as-worlds-religions-gather-20091204-k93h.html

Counting their blessings was an important part of the opening of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne last night: a round dozen of them, each in its respective religion's fullest ceremonial richness and colour.

About 4000 delegates had their week-...

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Hindu-Muslim March to Promote Peace On Babri Demolition Day

December 4, 2009

Source: Zee News

http://www.zeenews.com/news584553.html

Several Hindu and Muslim groups have decided to take out a march on the 17th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6 to promote peace and communal harmony, even as many political parties will be observing the day as "dhikkar" and "kalank" diwas. 

"With a message of peace and communal harmony we will start Karwan-e-Aman from Ayodhya to Ajmer Shareef on December 6 to promote Hindu...

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Chambersburg Borough Council Decides Nativity Scene Must Be Removed From Memorial Square Fountain Area

December 3, 2009

Author: Rob Luff

Source: Public Opinion

http://www.publicopiniononline.com/ci_13854798?source=most_viewed

An atheistic and agnostic group plans to seek legal action against the Borough of Chambersburg following a decision Monday night that bans anything other than flags and flowers from adorning the Memorial Square fountain war memorial.

The unanimous decision from Chambersburg Borough Council came after Carl Silverman,...

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ADL, AJC Join Brief On Wiccan Clergyman

December 1, 2009

Author: Eric Fingerhut

Source: JTA

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/12/01/1009477/adl-ajc-join-brief-on-wiccan-clergyman

The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee have signed on to an Americans United for Church and State amicus brief arguing that a Wiccan clergyman should be able to challenge a state prison policy that limits paid chaplaincy positions to people who are...

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Happy Holidays: Board Overturns Committee Decision

December 1, 2009

Author: Erika Jacobson Moore

Source: Leesburg Today

http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2009/12/03/news/9970display120109.txt

Taking the Grinch out of Loudoun's holiday season, the Board of Supervisors today voted to overturn the decision of the Courthouse Grounds and Facility Task Force to prohibit displays of all kinds on the grounds of the historic courthouse in Leesburg.

The decision to allow all religious...

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Caseworker: Runaway, Parents Must Talk Religion

December 1, 2009

Author: Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/641/story/1731279.html

A runaway Christian convert and her Muslim family must listen to each other's views about religion if they are to reunite, a possibility that appears in jeopardy since the girl continues to refuse any contact with her parents or siblings, a caseworker says.

A case-management plan filed Monday said Rifqa Bary and her parents should hear what each...

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