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Executive Director Chosen for Universism, a Religion that Opposes Moral Certainty

September 21, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/175/story_17562_1.html

On September 21, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "An upstart religion called Universism has named a new leader who hopes to spread the neo-Deist movement nationwide. Todd Stricker, 25, has been named executive director of the nonprofit organization and said he hopes to launch a new branch in Chicago. University of Alabama-Birmingham medical...

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Interfaith Gathering Opposes County Gay Pride Ban

September 18, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/18/Hillsborough/Gathering_opposes_gay.shtml

On September 18, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Responding to Hillsborough County commissioners' gay pride ban, about 85 people gathered for an interfaith worship service in downtown Tampa on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from the Tampa Bay area's Christian, Jewish, Pagan and Buddhist communities spoke at the service... Some...

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Jews, Muslims in DC Area Pledge Peace

September 18, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://insider.washingtontimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20050917-112654-9549r

On September 18, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "A group of Muslims and Jews who had been meeting secretly in Montgomery County surfaced late last week with the release of a joint statement promising that the two faiths will work together to find common ground. 'We're deeply committed to the idea of pluralism, tolerance...

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Interfaith Group Calls for Night Bus Service in Shreveport

September 16, 2005

Source: The Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050916/NEWS01/509160325/1002/NEWS

On September 16, 2005 The Shreveport Times reported, "A combination of new legislation and Hurricane Katrina means night bus service in Shreveport, [Louisiana] could be a reality sooner than expected. The announcement was made at a meeting of religious leaders and city officials Thursday night at Mount...

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Attorney General Vows to Fight Court Ruling on Pledge

September 16, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/175/story_17523_1.html

On September 16, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has promised the Justice Department's vigorous opposition to [a] district court judge's ruling that a reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Gonzales said the pledge remains one of many expressions of national and patriotic...

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Opinion: Governer Romney Invited to Visit a Utah Mosque

September 16, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3059471

On September 16, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune ran an opinion piece by Maung Maung, General Secretary of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, inviting Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to visit their mosque. "Mitt Romney alleged (Tribune, Sept. 16) that Muslims in the United States are being taught 'a doctrine of hate and terror in the Muslim places of worship.' He continued on by encouraging FBI and local...

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Romney Refuses to Retract Wiretapping Statement

September 16, 2005

Source: The Muslim American Society

Wire Service: AP

http://www.masnet.org/masnews.asp?id=2763

On September 16, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Muslim groups and civil libertarians demanded an apology from Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday for his comments about wiretapping mosques and monitoring foreign students. But the governor refused, saying he was only advocating for improved homeland security. � The groups delivered a letter to Romney that...

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Federal Judge Rules Reciting Pledge Unconstitutional in Public Schools

September 15, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/09/15/federal_judge_rules_pledge_unconstitutional_in_schools?mode=PF

On September 15, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional yesterday, a decision that could potentially put the divisive...

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Muslim Community Leaders Asked to Help Seek Out Extremists at Universities

September 15, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5285828-116499,00.html

On September 15, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Muslim community leaders will be asked to help 'identify and isolate' potential extremists on university campuses as students start their new term... The move is among measures to be outlined today in a speech by the education secretary, Ruth Kelly, and comes amid concern that radical groups are using universities as...

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Doña Ana County Decides Non-Specific Prayers Before Meetings Acceptable

September 14, 2005

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News

http://www.lcsun-news.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/217/19307

On September 14, 2005 the Las Cruces Sun-News reported, "Prayer will be allowed before Doña Ana County commission meetings, but only with certain restrictions, according to a decision reached Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners. The board decided that members of the Interfaith Council at NMSU — an association of New Mexico State University ministries —...

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Opinion: "Church, State, and Katrina"

September 12, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/09/12/church_state_and_katrina/

On September 12, 2005 The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by James Carroll, questioning the role of faith-based initiatives in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. "The disaster on the Gulf Coast is the occasion for public prayer. President Bush invites the nation this week to place the...

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Two Sikhs Refused Admittance to Schools Because of Turbans

September 10, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=54359

On September 10, 2005 Reuters reported, "Two Sikh boys have fallen foul of France's ban on religious clothing in state schools this year, with one excluded because of his turban and another forced to wear a small cloth instead, a Sikh activist said on Friday. Gurinder Singh, 17, was barred from class in a Paris suburb because he...

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Lexington Muslim-Baptist Partnership Remembers 9/11 and Reaches Out to Katrina Victims

September 10, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/12608653.htm

On September 10, 2005 the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "Four years after 9/11, Lexington Christians and Muslims are working together today to promote unity and public service and to honor the memory of those who died.

About 40 volunteers will spend the day visiting children in area hospitals and holding a picnic for disabled kids, according to organizers...

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