Other Traditions

Inter-Religious and Inter-Ethnic Weddings on the Rise in U.S.

July 6, 2004

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/features/2004/07/06/weddings.html

On July 6, 2004 the Courier Journal reported that , "For more and more American couples, the standard wedding is fast being replaced by ceremonies with deep family meaning that incorporate the couple's ethnic heritage.couples, the standard wedding is fast being replaced by ceremonies with deep family meaning that incorporate the couple's ethnic heritage... The...

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After Court's Ruling Against Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Minorities Concerned

June 22, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0622/p06s01-woeu.html

On June 22, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "A district court decision here to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses, upheld by the city's top appeals court last week, is either an isolated event or a chilling sign of reviving religious intolerance in Russia, depending on whom you ask. The judgment ends a six-year court battle by the Jehovah's Witnesses to maintain legal...

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Moscow Court Upholds Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses' Religious Activites

June 17, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1087471824168140.xml

On June 17, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Reflecting increased pressure on religious minorities in a country dominated by the Russian Orthodox Church, a Moscow court Wednesday upheld a ban on activities by Jehovah's Witnesses in the capital. The ruling by the...

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Court to Rule on Final Appeal to Shut Down Jehovah's Witnesses

June 14, 2004

Source: Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8921557.htm

On June 14, 2004 Knight Ridder Washington Bureau reported, "They don't believe in abortion, homosexuality, blood transfusions or the fires of hell. But some hellish portents are facing the Jehovah's Witnesses in a Moscow courtroom this week. Moscow city prosecutors have been trying to shut down the church for nearly six years, charging that the Witnesses are subversive...

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Samaritans Preserve Ancient Religious Tradition

May 21, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/052204dnrelwire4.c6218.html

On May 21, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Dressed in flowing robes of the type their ancestors wore thousands of years ago, the 670 people in the world who call themselves Samaritans gathered on [Mount Gerizim in the West Bank] one evening in early May and celebrated the holiday of Passover. At...

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Political Significance Underlies Haitians' Voodoo Celebration

April 11, 2004

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20040411-1053-haiti-voodoopolitics.html

On April 11, 2004 The San Diego Union-Tribune posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Haitians celebrated one of the year's most important Voodoo pilgrimages on Sunday, an event marked by drumming, sacrifices – discussion of whether Haiti's new government can heal a country still reeling from a bloody...

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Neighbors Concerned Over Establishment of Metaphysical Center

April 4, 2004

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/04/04/Northoftampa/New_age_spiritual_cen.shtml

On April 4, 2004 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "[T]he dispute homeowners Dale and Caroline Roberts have with the owner of Soul Mirror Worship Center has led to a breakdown in communication between the next-door neighbors on Bearss Avenue...The Roberts family mounted the most vocal opposition to Jones' plans to operate a metaphysical center...

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Court Bans Religious Activities of Jehovah's Witnesses

March 27, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2471046

On March 27, 2004 The Houston Chronicle ran an Associated Press article that reported, "A Moscow court has banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Russian capital in a move that critics called a step back for democracy and religious freedom. Prosecutors claimed Jehovah's Witnesses destroys families and fosters hatred. Moscow's Golovinsky district...

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Oregon Court Affirms City's Denial of LDS Church Building Plans

March 25, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13016

On March 25, 2004 the First Amendment Center website posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The city of West Linn's denial of a church's plan to build a meeting place in a residential zone is consistent with federal land-use laws, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The opinion reversed the state Land Use Board of Appeals. The appeals board had...

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Cultural Approaches to Marriage

March 11, 2004

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=00b3049f18fee6bfe9709afbfa8bdc71

On March 11, 2004 Pacific News Service published an article on the ways that different cultures and societies define marriage. "The American Anthropological Association, the national professional organization of teachers and scholars who study human organization across the world, denounced the proposed...

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