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Minority Groups Concerned Over Iraqi Constitution's Lack of Protection for Religious Freedom

July 14, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050713-102505-4411r.htm

On July 14, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "A month before the debuting of a new Iraqi constitution, the country's religious minorities are worried the document may leave out any meaningful provisions for religious freedom. A panel representing three of those minorities called on the United States to ensure the constitution, to be revealed Aug. 15, benefits them as...

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Tulsa Board Rejects Plan to Add Creationist Exhibit to Zoo

July 7, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/07/AR2005070702015.html

On July 7, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A city board reversed direction on Thursday and rejected plans to add a creationist exhibit to the Tulsa Zoo.

Board members voted 3-1 against installing an exhibit on the origin of life from the Bible. The vote, made at...

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Hollywood Botanica Is One Sign of Growing Presence of Santeria

July 7, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-santeria7jul07,1,1201838.story?coll=la-news-religion

On July 7, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The estimates of Santeria adherents in the United States range from 1 million to 5 million, most of them concentrated in heavily Latino cities such as Miami, New York and Los Angeles. The religion is edging closer to the mainstream, showing up on...

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First "Humanist" Wedding Held in Scotland

June 20, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1510163,00.html

On June 20, 2005 The Guardian reported, "When the couple made their wedding vows to each other on Saturday afternoon, they became the first in Britain to have a legally recognised humanist wedding. For the first time, the celebrant, Ivan Middleton, was able to make the final declaration: 'I now pronounce you man and wife.' If it was momentous for the couple, it was also...

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Unitarian Universalists to Meet in Bible Belt as They Struggle with Theological Diversity

June 18, 2005

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/living/religion/11919276.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

On June 18, 2005 the Star-Telegram reported, "The Unitarian Universalist Association -- a remarkably inclusive American denomination that embraces Christians, Buddhists, Humanists, Wiccans, atheists and theists -- will invade the Bible Belt next week. Some 4,000 delegates to the national general assembly in Fort...

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New Research Institute Will Study the Growth of Secularism in America

June 15, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-secular0615.artjun15,0,6167409.story

On June 15, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "Research suggests that if secularism were a religious denomination, it would be one of the largest and fastest-growing in the United States today. The number of people who say they have no religious affiliation has grown since the early 1990s to nearly 14 percent of the population. This trend has...

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Man Who Attacked Hmong Men Ordered to Pay for Traditional Healing Ceremony

June 3, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050603/od_nm/odd_hmong_dc/nc:757%3b_ylt=Ai30UP36zlxWOCCV_larKTTtiBIF%3b_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

On June 3, 2005 Reuters reported, "a California man who injured three Hmong men in a fight must pay their medical bills including more than $6,000 for animals and herbal medicines used in traditional healing ceremonies, a court has...

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Supreme Court Upholds Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

May 31, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=15363

On May 31, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of a federal law requiring state prisons to accommodate inmate religions. Justices unanimously sided with Ohio inmates, including a witch and a Satanist, who had claimed they were denied access to religious literature, ceremonial items and time to worship. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

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Harvard's First Humanist Chaplain to Retire

May 14, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/05/14/for_harvard_humanists_end_of_an_era/

On May 14, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Harvard humanists are preparing for a milestone this summer, the retirement of the man who started it all, chaplain Thomas Ferrick. A former priest, Ferrick lost his parents to tuberculosis as a child and found refuge from the loneliness of foster care in the idea of a loving...

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Kansas State Board of Education Set for Hearings on Science Standards

May 2, 2005

Source: The Witcha Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/news/local/11541721.htm

On May 2, 2005 The Witcha Eagle reported, "the lawyers representing both sides of this week's evolution hearings agree on one thing: Kansans should pay attention because the hearings could have a profound effect on what the state's children learn.

But don't expect John Calvert and Pedro Irigonegaray to agree on much else after the hearings begin Thursday.

Calvert...

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