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Kansas School Board Swings Back to Moderates

August 3, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/08/03/evolution_foes_lose_kan_board_majority/

On August 3, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Conservative Republicans who pushed anti-evolution standards back into Kansas schools last year have lost control of the state Board of Education once again. The most closely watched race was in western Kansas,...

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Americans United Represents Circle Sanctuary in Wiccan Gravemarker Case

August 3, 2006

Source: Americans United press release

http://www.au.org/media/press-releases/archives/2006/08/presses-va-for-r.html

On August 3, 2006 an Americans United press release reported, "Americans United for Separation of Church and State is stepping up its effort to persuade the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to approve a Wiccan symbol for headstones, plaques and other memorials of deceased veterans.

Americans United is now...

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"Fourth Wave" Feminism Incorporates Tides of Spiritual Peace Activism

August 2, 2006

Source: Feminist.com

http://www.feminist.com/resources/artspeech/insp/spiritualwave.html

Feminist.com reported, "On September 11, 2001, California psychotherapist Kathlyn Schaaf was overwhelmed by a powerful thought. Watching the violent images on television, she suddenly felt the time had come to 'gather the women.' She wasn’t alone. Schaaf and 11 others who shared her response soon created Gather the Women, a Web site and communications hub that...

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Progressive Faith Bloggers Gather for Conference

August 2, 2006

Source: Faith In Public Life/The Star-Ledger

http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/content/news/2006/08/they_mix_religion_and_liberali.html

On August 2, 2006 Faith In Public Life/The Star-Ledger reported, "He is a blogger known in some circles as 'Xpatriated Texan -- a Maverick Believer in the Garden State,' and most days Thurman Hart spends two hours putting his liberal Christian views online, typing near the window of his Jersey City...

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Evolution Debate Shifts Back Again in Kansas

August 2, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/03/us/03evolution.html?_r=1&hp&ex=1154577600&en=e1e3c9958e2ced8a&ei=5094&partner=homepage&oref=slogin

On August 2, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Less than a year after the Kansas Board of Education adopted science standards that were the most wide-reaching in the nation in challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution, voters...

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Op/Ed: "Standing Up to Prejudice" by H.D.S. Greenway

August 1, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/08/01/standing_up_to_prejudice/

On August 1, 2006 The Boston Globe published a piece by its columnist, H.D.S. Greenway, "After his arrest, Brent Matthews, a 33-year-old trouble maker, said that rolling a pig's head into a mosque full of worshipers here last month was meant as a joke. However, this old mill town's 2,000 Somali...

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Harvard Returns Student's Kirpan After Sikh Coalition Intervention

July 31, 2006

Source: Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/kirpan_hvd_july06.htm

On July 31, 2006 Sikh Coalition reported, "Harvard University has returned a Sikh student’s kirpan as a result of the Sikh Coalition’s intervention. The student, Navdeep Singh, had voluntarily given his kirpan to a University administrator who requested that the administration be able to keep it while the university determined whether he would able to wear it on...

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Social Service Agencies in Calgary Reach Out to Sikh Community

July 31, 2006

Source: Calgary Herald

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/city/story.html?id=fcdb0d9a-3f6a-4051-8541-730d398c050a

On July 31, 2006 the Calgary Herald reported, "When some Calgary Sikhs came to their cultural centre unsure where to turn to for help with job, addiction or counselling issues, those in charge weren't sure where to direct them either. On the other side of the equation, social service agencies in the city...

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Op-ed: "India's Conversion Laws"

July 30, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_29561.shtml

On July 30, 2006 The New Nation reported, "An alliance of Indian groups representing various faiths and castes has raised alarm over 'anti-conversion laws' and condemned the move of banning religious conversions in several Hindu nationalists' government-run states of India. Last week a statement from the alliance of groups that included over 100 Muslim, Buddhist and Christian...

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Buddhist Relief Organization Helps Heal One Year After Katrina

July 30, 2006

Source: Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/local/15156187.htm

On July 30, 2006 the Sun Herald reported, "After Hurricane Katrina, Martha Boyce had a horticultural vision: to plant a therapeutic public garden that would help South Mississippians heal in the aftermath of the storm. With shovels in hand, members of the Tzu Chi Foundation of Atlanta planted the first Mississippi Renaissance Garden tree Saturday at the Margaret Sherry Library...

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Muslim Public Affairs Council Condemns Murder in Seattle Synagogue

July 29, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=387

On July 29, 2006 Muslim Public Affairs Council reported, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council unequivocally condemns the murder of one person and the wounding of five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle yesterday afternoon. In addition, MPAC expresses its deep condolences to the Jewish Federation and the families of the victims and prays for the speedy recovery of those injured by this crime...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Myriad Religious Holidays

July 29, 2006

Source: The Free Lance-Star

Wire Service: AP

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/072006/07292006/208825

On July 29, 2006 The Free Lance-Star reported, "Growing religious diversity has public schools around the country re-examining how they accommodate the holy days of different faiths. The Virginia Department of Education allows each locality to determine its own academic calendar, said Julie Grimes, a department...

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