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Mandaean Religion In Danger of Dying Out

February 13, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/021404dnreliraqibaptists.2502e.html

On February 13, 2004 The Dallas Morning News ran a feature article on Iraq's "homegrown Baptists," a religious sect known as the Mandaeans: "They call themselves the original Baptists, but any similarities to Americans of that description pretty much end with the waterborne ritual they share...

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First LDS Temple in West Africa Dedicated

January 17, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01172004/saturday/saturday.asp

On January 17, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "[F]or decades, West African-born missionaries have been among the few to serve The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without ever stepping inside one of its temples, putting on its sacred undergarments or taking its special vows. The nearest LDS temple was in South Africa. Given that the annual income of an...

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Nation of Islam Leader Calls for Tolerance

December 21, 2003

Source: The Boston Herald

On December 21, 2003 The Boston Herald reported that "alternately praising the reactions of the Boston police and condemning the religious profiling his followers have been subjected to after Sept. 11, Nation of Islam Minister Don Muhammad and other black leaders called yesterday for America's new vigilance to be tempered with tolerance. Minister Muhammad was speaking out after police cordoned off a street and called in the bomb squad after a worker at a Jewish community center panicked when she saw a van bearing Nation of...

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In Religious America, Number of "Nones" on the Rise

December 4, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/12/04/MNG0Q3FQD51.DTL

On December 4, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported on the increasing number of "nones" in America, individuals who answer "none" or "no religion" when pollsters ask them their religious affiliation. According to the article, some "nones" identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, but the vast majority believe in God...

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Judge Rules: National Day of Prayer Should Receive Fee Waiver

November 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12207

On November 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "National Day of Prayer events on city property should be treated like those of other groups, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata ruled yesterday that the city’s policy barring organizers of events in direct support of religious organizations from receiving fee waivers granted to other...

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Boston-Area Muslim and Unitarian Universalist Groups Build Friendship Through Dialogue

November 9, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/11/09/clerics_overcome_fear_and_suspicion_to_build_bridges_of_understanding/

On November 9, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "Just hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while the nation was convulsed with fear and anger, a Turkish imam was breaking his Ramadan fast in the company of a Universalist Unitarian...

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Amish Sue Michigan Health Dept Over Septic Tank Regulations

September 26, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/133/story_13327_1.html

On September 26, 2003 Beliefnet.com ran a story from the Religion News Service that reported: "Five Amish farmers in rural Michigan are suing the local health department, charging that strict enforcement of septic system rules is violating their religious freedom. Health agency officials maintain that Amish families in Gladwin County, 150 miles north of Detroit, must install septic systems...

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Kate Festival Celebrated in Southern Province

September 25, 2003

Source: Vietnam News Agency

http://www.vietnamtourism-info.com/article_940.shtml

On September 25, 2003 the Reference on Vietnam Tourism posted a Vietnam News Agency article that reported that the Cham ethnic group was celebrating Kate Festival at the Cham Village in Phuoc Huu commune, Ninh Phuoc district, Ninh Thuan province: "The festival, held annually on the first ten days of the seventh month of the Cham Calendar, is an occasion for the Cham people to express their...

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Editorial: Religious Differences and Law Enforcement

August 19, 2003

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/6563587.htm

On August 19, 2003 the Philadelphia Inquirer printed an editorial stating that "around the United States increasing numbers of employers - including law enforcers - have concluded there is no good reason for denying religious expression on-the-job, such as female Muslim workers wearing the head covering some consider intrinsic to their faith... In Chicago's Cook County...

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Reading of George Washington's Letter Blasts George Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

August 18, 2003

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20030818_touro18.789c7.html

On August 18, 2003 The Providence Journal reported that "more than 150 spectators and dignitaries packed into Touro Synagogue yesterday for a lesson on history, religion and, courtesy of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, a firsthand demonstration of politics... There to witness the annual...

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Religions with African Roots in America

August 15, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/081603dnrelafrican.ad3fc.html

On August 15, 2003 Dallas Morning News reported that "Voodoo, Santeria and other religions with African roots are drawing followers in the United States among immigrants and black Americans interested in their ancestry, their leaders say... But their practice can result in clashes with neighbors and police over rituals such as animal sacrifices...

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Thich Nhat Hanh to Speak in Chicago

August 15, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On August 15, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned Buddhist monk and prolific author... will bring his cross-cultural message to Chicago on Aug. 22, in a public talk titled 'Building a Century of Peace.' About 3,500 of the 5,000 tickets for the speech at Loyola University's Joseph Gentile Center have been sold, many of them to students and other young people, said Laurie Lawlor, an...

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Meditative Labyrinth of Unitarian Universalist Church in Texas

August 13, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/6522371.htm

On August 13, 2003 The Dallas Morning News reported that "when Mary Kappes is feeling stressed, or wrestling with a problem, she often finds herself walking in circles... She goes to small clearing in a wooded area behind the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, Texas. There, to the buzz of cicadas, she walks the circular pathway of a labyrinth built by members three years ago...

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Alternative Sentencing Program Places Offenders in Tai Chi Classes

August 4, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/130/story_13040_1.html

On August 4, 2003 Beliefnet reported that "Santa Fe [NM] Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos has placed offenders enrolled in her new alternative sentencing program -- a tai chi class complete with a Japanese-style tea service and meditation aided by acupuncture... Instructor Mark De Francis, a doctor of oriental medicine who works as a psychologist for the state Corrections Department, said he...

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