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Wiccan Getting Silent Treatment After Great Falls Court Battle

June 30, 2005

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/4987993p-4556234c.html

On June 30, 2005 The Herald reported, "Many town residents were talking Wednesday about their support for the Town Council in its efforts to name Jesus Christ in meeting prayers. At church, around town, in restaurants and in gas stations, people were talking about the case that pitted resident Darla Wynne against the council, which had, before the suit, invoked Jesus' name in...

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Congress Considering Bill to Codify the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

June 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/169/story_16929_1.html

On June 29, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Congress is considering a bill that would make President Bush's faith-based office and initiative a permanent White House fixture. Proponents argue it's a success worth continuing, but critics question whether it makes the wall between church and state too low. A subcommittee of the House...

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Coalition of Communities to Review Patriot Act

June 28, 2005

Source: Common Dreams News Center Press Release

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0628-25.htm

On June 28, 2005 a Common Dreams News Center Press Release stated: "Before Congress votes to reauthorize or amend controversial sections of the USA PATRIOT Act set to expire this year, a coalition of grassroots groups and national organizations plans to make sure Congress members hear their constituents’ concerns. From July 2 through 8, they will be holding educational...

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Hindu American Foundation Reacts to Supreme Court Decisions on 10 Commandments

June 27, 2005

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/Content/Achievements/media_press_release_hcourt.html

On June 27, 2005 the Hindu American Foundation reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed a combination of relief and some disappointment over the Supreme Court decisions on the constitutionality of Ten Commandments displays on government property. The decision in McCreary County vs. ACLU,...

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Lodi's Muslim Community Divided Over Imam Accused in Terror Plot

June 26, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/user_registration/login/?goto=http%3A//www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/13132310p-13976426c.html

On June 26, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Adil Khan, 47, has helped put Lodi, a San Joaquin County city of 62,000, on the international map - not for his modern ideas or distinguished background, but because he apparently is the target of a federal...

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Anti-Poverty Effort Unites Religious Leaders, Rock Stars

June 25, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/062505DNrel-Live8.3fb53b01.html

On June 25, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Next Saturday, in eight cities around the world, a dizzying array of pop and rock superstars will take the stage hoping to raise awareness about poverty in Africa...

The event – dubbed Live 8 – comes just days before a Group of...

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Queen's Awards Recognize Muslim Groups for Service

June 24, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/paper/index.php?article=1991

On June 24, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "Muslim Welfare House (MWH) is among three Muslim organisations to be recognized in the prestigious Queen’s Award for voluntary service announced on June 2. It is the third time in recent months that the 30-year-old organisation has been chosen out for exemplary community work: Director, Fadi Itani, last year picked up an award from...

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Interfaith March Against Poverty Planned for Nairobi

June 24, 2005

Source: All Africa.com/Catholic Information Service for Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200506240693.html

On June 24, 2005 the Catholic Information Service for Africa reported, "The civil society in Kenya is urging people to participate in an interfaith march geared seeking immediate cancellation of debts and campaigning for transparent and accountable governance in African countries.

The Interfaith and Civil Society Organization Campaign to End Global Poverty...

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Update: Protests Over Biblical Creation Exhibit at Tulsa Zoo Continue

June 24, 2005

Source: ChannelOklahoma.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.channeloklahoma.com/news/4649589/detail.html

On June 24, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A recently formed group has started circulating a petition asking [Tulsa's] Park and Recreation Board to reverse its June 7 decision authorizing a biblical creation story exhibit at the Tulsa zoo.

Friends of Religion and Science passed out copies of the petition during a...

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Editorial: Courts should Allow Qur'an in Courtroom Oaths

June 23, 2005

Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opin/content/news/opinion/stories/2005/06/23/20050623rmtoath.html

On June 23, 2005 the Rocky Mount Telegram reported, "An Islamic group is asking North Carolina court officials to allow the use of the Qur'an when administering courtroom oaths. The request stemmed from an incident last week, in which judges in Guilford County told a Greensboro Islamic center...

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Christian Pastor May Face Jail After Refusing Order to Apologize to Muslims

June 23, 2005

Source: Herald Sun

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,15698406%255E2862,00.html

On June 23, 2005 the Herald Sun reported, "A Christian pastor ordered to apologise for vilifying Muslims says he will go to prison rather than say sorry.

In a landmark ruling, Catch the Fire Ministries pastors Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot were yesterday ordered to publish apology statements in newspapers, their church...

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Update: Protecting "People Not Faiths," Religious Hatred Bill Moves Forward

June 22, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4114582.stm

On June 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government has survived a backbench revolt over its plans for a new law to ban the incitement to religious hatred. An amendment from a coalition of Tory and Lib Dem MPs to block the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill failed by 303 votes to 246, giving a majority of 57.

Critics, including comic actor Rowan Atkinson, say the measure will limit...

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Religious Hate Bill Faces Late Rebellion

June 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1511254,00.html

On June 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The government faces a backbench rebellion tonight on one of its flagship manifesto pledges, when MPs vote on whether to create a new offence of 'inciting religious hatred.' Twenty-five Labour MPs rebelled when the measure was last put before parliament. Now, with Labour's majority reduced to 68 at the election, and...

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