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Delegation of Sikhs Meet with White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

June 20, 2005

Source: Sikh Council on Religion and Education

http://www.sikhcouncilusa.org/article.aspx?article=evtwhitehouse1

On June 20, 2005 the Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported, "20 Sikhs from all across America met with Senior officials at the White House to explore the possibility of receiving federal funding to support programs run by various Sikh organizations. The Sikh group led by Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and...

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Association of Imams in Philadelphia Launches Initiative Against Domestic Violence

June 19, 2005

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/11914551.htm

On June 19, 2005 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, "The clergy council known as the Majlis Ash'Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley has adopted a tough policy of public shunning of Muslims who abuse their spouses or abandon their families.

Under the initiative, adopted last month, offenders will go on a list circulated among area Muslims. They will be banned from future...

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Opinion: Religious Hatred Bill Crosses Line, Too Careless in Curtailing Freedom of Expression

June 19, 2005

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1509735,00.html

On June 19, 2005 The Observer ran an opinion piece by Will Hutton on the reintroduced religious hatred bill. Hutton writes, "[T]he Racial and Religious Hatred Bill has been reintroduced, a seemingly more than justified response to [protect Muslims from abuse]...It all sounds extremely reasonable, but it isn't. It has crossed another line that is no less dangerous in...

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Update: Buddhist Temple Appeals Own Building Project as Gesture to Neighbors

June 19, 2005

Source: Pasadena Star-News

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~22097~2929315,00.html

On June 19, 2005 the Pasadena Star-News reported, "In a strange twist of events, members of a Buddhist temple coming to town this year have appealed their own approved project. Last year, the 7.5-acre proposed facility at Pathfinder and Fullerton roads spawned vehement protests by the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council and other groups....

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Editorial: Convocation on Hunger Illustrated Positive Impact of Religion on Politics

June 17, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0617/p08s01-comv.html?s=hns

On June 17, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor ran an editorial that commented on the interfaith "convocation on hunger" held in Washington, D.C. The Monitor writes, "Even a corner-of-the-eye glance at US politics this past year and the conclusion is obvious: Religion has played a polarizing role... To counter this trend, more than 40 US denominations took part in a...

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Reno's New Imam Pledges Outreach, Interfaith Engagement

June 17, 2005

Source: Reno Gazette Journal

http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html/2005/06/17/102092.php

On June 17, 2005 the Reno Gazette Journal published a statement by Gharib Khalil regarding his role as the Imam of the Northern Nevada Muslim Community. "There are about 2,000 Muslim families living in Northern Nevada. Representing different ethnic backgrounds, they moved to the community in search of an economically better life. They are articulately serving the community on...

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Orthodox Rabbi Wins Compensation Following Ridicule of Religious Practices at Coffee Shop

June 17, 2005

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=2146

On June 17, 2005 the Independent Press Association reported, "When Rabbi Israel Steinberg went to New York City’s Nations Café in November 1992, all he wanted was some coffee. Instead he got a 12 ½-year legal battle. Last week the battle ended when the New York State Division of Human Rights ordered the Nations Café to pay Steinberg $500 compensation for the mental...

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"Cold War" Among Religious Groups Said to be Ending As Groups Try to Find Common Ground

June 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/14/AR2005061401531.html

On June 15, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "After a year in which religion played a polarizing role in U.S. politics, many religious leaders are eager to demonstrate that faith can be a uniter, not just a divider. The buzzwords today in pulpits and seminaries are crossover, convergence, common cause and shared values....

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"Christian Churches Together in the USA" Group Gains Ground

June 15, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050615/us_nm/religion_christians_dc

On June 15, 2005 Reuters reported, "A coalition that would for the first time unite the major Christian faiths in the United States is taking years to coalesce, but its organizers say that's a good sign and are not discouraged. One day the group could speak with a single voice on important issues in a country of 296...

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Opinion: Bill Would Protect "Group[s] of People Who Don't Fall Into a Single Racial Identity"

June 14, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1505794,00.html

On June 14, 2005 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Sher Khan, chair of the public affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britian, in support of the proposed religious hatred bill. Khan writes, "Central to the opposition argument is whether it will be possible to distinguish between legitimate criticisms of religion and incitement to hatred. The question fails to...

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Moore at the Center of 10 Commandments Controversy, May Pose Problem for GOP

June 14, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/06/14/conservatives_popularity_may_be_problem_for_gop/

On June 14, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "As Republican strategists weigh the party's prospects for 2006 and 2008, they are increasingly worried about a political confrontation with Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who became a hero to...

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Update: French Turban Issue Raised by Interfaith Leader at Religions for Peace Gathering

June 12, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1410/2005-06-12.html?sid=1f24d613618b35a29ab48d7a4506b1f7

On June 12, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "According to a press release by the United Sikhs, a delegation of French Sikhs led by Jesbeer Kaur, a multifaith director of the organisation, raised the profile of the Turban issue at an international UNESCO conference on Religions for Peace on June 1,...

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Commentary on RLUIPA and Religious Freedom by Charles Haynes

June 12, 2005

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

http://www.fac.org/commentary.aspx?id=15411

On June 12, 2005 a First Amendment Center Press Release reported, "for all nine justices of the current U.S. Supreme Court to agree on anything is rare enough. But when the topic is religion, a unanimous decision borders on the miraculous. Well, prepare to say 'amen.' On May 31, the Court ruled 9-0 that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) does not violate the...

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