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CAIR Chicago Holds Press Conference on Patriot Act Provisions

August 17, 2005

Source: CAIR-Chicago

http://www.cairchicago.org/

On August 17, 2005 the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported, "On Tuesday 8/16, the Chicago chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), in conjunction with the Civil Liberties Coalition of Illinois (CLCI) and Representative Danny K. Davis held a press conference to discuss the new threat to civil liberties due to the recent passage of the Patriot...

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Small Town May Have Big Legal Bill in Wiccan Suit

August 14, 2005

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/12383328.htm

On August 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The tiny town of Great Falls may have to pay a hefty legal bill after losing a battle over whether the town should stop using Jesus Christ's name in prayers before council meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in June to hear the town's appeal of a lower court ruling over the...

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Carlsbad Forum on Immigration Draws Protestors

August 12, 2005

Source: SignOnSanDiego.com / Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050812-9999-7m12forum.html

On August 12, 2005 the Union-Tribune reported, "Police from several jurisdictions, most wearing riot gear, formed a barrier to keep the peace between those attending a forum on illegal immigration and protesters who ranged from Latino activists to Muslim students. While more than 100 protesters jeered, the public forum featuring...

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ACLU Backs Wiccan Priestess

August 10, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washtimes.com/metro/20050809-101320-1232r.htm

On August 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Civil liberties lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Wiccan priestess to offer prayers before a public board's meetings. Cynthia Simpson was turned down in 2002 when she asked the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to add her name to the list of people who...

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Editorial: The Religious Left is Essential to the Progressive Movement

August 10, 2005

Source: Common Dreams News Center / The Nation

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0810-27.htm

On August 10, 2005 the The Nation ran an editorial by its editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel. She was responding to an email written by Rabbi Michael Lerner (founding editor of Tikkun magazine and founder of the new organization, the Network of Spiritual Progressives) to readers of Tikkun urging them to call progressive media outlets such as The Nation who he...

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Update: French Government Allows Sikh Students to Wear Under-Turbans

August 7, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1650/2005-08-07.html?

On August 7, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "The French Government has taken the positive step in allowing Sikh students to wear ‘patkas’ (under-turbans) while at school. It is being reported that this is due to certain behind-the-scenes intervention by the Government of India, along with the efforts of the Sikh community in France and in the European Union...

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Second Generation of ‘Deportable Aliens’ Struggle to Find a Place in the US

August 3, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-sid0803,0,416243.story?coll=nyc-swapbox1

On August 3, 2005 Newsday reported, "Kamal Essaheb has completed his second year at Fordham University Law School, speaks fluent Arabic and counsels South Asian victims of domestic violence under a paid fellowship. But Essaheb, a native of Morocco and a resident of Queens since he was 11, also is a 'deportable alien,' with his...

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Muslims and Christians Work to Ease Suffering, Hunger

August 2, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/religion/story/2602194p-11055022c.html

On August 2, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Behind the high, brown wall of a clinic run by a Muslim charity, nurses care for hundreds of hungry children. Down the road 150 yards, members of a Christian congregation discuss how to stretch funds collected at Sunday services to help more of the poorest in drought-stricken, overwhelmingly Muslim Niger. 'There...

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Update: Judge Calls for Changes to Religious Vilification Laws

August 2, 2005

Source: NEWS.com.au/Herald Sun

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16121412-1243,00.html

On August 2, 2005 the Herald Sun reported, "A senior Victorian judge has called for changes to the state's contentious religious vilification laws. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal president Stuart Morris's comments came as he dismissed as preposterous a lawsuit launched by a convicted sex offender and self-proclaimed witch. Prisoner Robin Fletcher claimed [that...

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Update: Muslim Groups Not Satisfied with Tancredo’s Apology

July 31, 2005

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2902576

On July 31, 2005 The Denver Post reported, "U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's remarks about bombing Islamic holy sites, including Mecca, were so inflammatory and insensitive that a simple apology is not enough, Muslim officials said Saturday at a Denver rally. 'He needs to be removed from office,' said Gerald Muhammad, a Nation of Islam minister from Denver. 'We're not going to stop pushing until he is censored. We can't...

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Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/1704/section/scriptures.lawsuit.places.focus.on.pluralism.in.america/1.htm

On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In...

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Punjab Government Turns to Sikh Leaders for Help in Raising AIDS Awareness

July 29, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050730/punjab1.htm#5

On July 29, 2005 The Tribune reported, "Unable to take AIDS awareness campaigns to the interiors of Punjab, the state government has decided to seek the support of religious organisations in spreading details about the virus and its fatal consequences. After much persuasion, Jathedar, Akal Takht Sahib, Mr Joginder Singh Vedanti, has committed full support of religious bodies in spreading...

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