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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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Approaching Holidays Prompt Atheist Campaign

December 1, 2009

Author: Ian Urbina

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/us/02atheist.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

An unusual holiday message began appearing this week in the nation’s capital on the sides of buses and trains.

“No god? ... No problem!” reads the advertisement featuring the smiling faces of people wearing Santa Claus hats. “Be good for goodness’ sake.”

Over the...

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My Compatriots' Vote to Ban Minarets Is Fuelled By Fear

November 29, 2009

Author: Tariq Ramadan

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/nov/29/swiss-vote-ban-minarets-fear

It wasn't meant to go this way. For months we had been told that the efforts to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland were doomed. The last surveys suggested around 34% of the Swiss population would vote for this shocking initiative. Last Friday, in a meeting organised in...

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His Name: Jihad. His Message: Peace

November 29, 2009

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jihad29-2009nov29,0,6075196.story

Jihad Turk -- clean-shaven and youthful -- is telling an interfaith audience that the prophet Muhammad traces his lineage to Abraham, the biblical patriarch. 

Turk explains to the crowd of mostly Christians and Jews that Muslims also revere Jesus and Moses as prophets, and that Islam...

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In Marseille, Unease Over Mosque Project

November 26, 2009

Author: Edward Cody

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/25/AR2009112503892.html

Notre Dame de la Garde, an elegant Roman Catholic basilica, has stood for 150 years on a promontory just south of Marseille's Old Port, looking down protectively as fishermen push out to the sea and symbolizing the irrepressible spirit of this fabled Mediterranean city.

But a...

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Guests Share the Secret Of Leamington's Sikh Temple

November 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Courier

http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/Guests-share-the-secret-of.5861724.jp

Scores of guests were welcomed to Leamington and Warwick's Sikh temple for a civic reception on Tuesday. The High Sheriff of Warwickshire, the Lord Mayor of Coventry and mayors from around the county were joined by town, district and county council officials, Warwickshire's chief fire officer and...

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'No God? No Problem!' Say Humanist Group's New Holiday Ads

November 23, 2009

Author: Leslie Miller

Source: USA TODAY

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2009/11/no-god-no-problem-say-humanist-groups-new-holiday-ads/1

This just in: the American Humanist Association is launching a new "national" ad campaign similar to its controversial ads in Washington, D.C., last year, where the group is based. The ads will appear in transit...

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Visitors Taken On Journey Through History Of Faiths

November 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Derby Telegraph

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/Visitors-taken-journey-history-faiths/article-1534648-detail/article.html

A parade of glow-sticks lit a trail around a Derby park in a celebration of the city’s different faiths.

As visitors walked around the path at the Arboretum, in Normanton, on Saturday evening, [N]ov 21 they found...

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Nativity Scene Proposed In Clarksville Draws Ire

November 22, 2009

Author: Jake Lowary

Source: The Leaf-Chronicle

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20091122/NEWS01/911220334

The pastor at Grace Church of the Nazarene says he and his congregation will present their "Christmas on the Cumberland" Nativity scene despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Steve Estep, the church's pastor, said Saturday the church went through all the proper channels to present the display,...

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Christians, Jews And Muslims Back Charter for Compassion Auckland - Rasheed Memorial Trust

November 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Voxy

http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/christians-jews-and-muslims-back-charter-compassion-auckland-rasheed-memorial-tr/5/30826

A group of about 40 people gathered at the Ponsonby Mosque to celebrate the launch of the Charter for Compassion on 15 November. The meeting was organised by Aarif Rasheed representing the Rasheed Memorial Trust and Dave Moskovitz...

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