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Court Upholds Government Subsidy for AmeriCorps Teachers in Catholic Schools

March 9, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18185-2005Mar8.html

On March 9, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "the federal AmeriCorps program may subsidize volunteer teachers in Roman Catholic schools without running afoul of the law, a U.S. appeals court said yesterday, overturning a lower court's ruling that found the practice unconstitutional. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

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Sikhs Organizations to Open School in Response to Religious Symbols Ban

March 5, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times/Press Trust of India

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1267754,000600010001.htm

On March 5, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Faced with a ban on turbans in schools, various Sikh organisations in France have decided to open a school there, so that education of their children does not suffer.

The foundation stone of the school was laid recently at Bondy in France by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC...

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Hearing Begins in Anticipated 10 Commandments Case

March 2, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4311761.stm

On March 2, 2005 BBC News reported, "the US Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments about whether it is legal for the Ten Commandments to be displayed on government property. The hearing is focused on buildings in Texas and Kentucky. The judges must decide whether the monuments are merely a tribute to US history or an unconstitutional break with the church-state separation. Observers say the...

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Muslims Counter Government Program to Train Imams

March 2, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-03/02/article01.shtml

On March 2, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "Dutch Muslims have urged the government to adopt their own version of qualifying and training imams with some help from experts and specialists across Dutch universities. 'The Muslim Council of the Netherlands, which liaise with the government on behalf of the Muslim minority, held talks on February 18, 19 with Dutch...

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U.S. Arab-Language Broadcast to be Transmitted to Europe

February 27, 2005

Source: Aljazeera

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C46CF566-EB57-490C-829D-B63FF75C4C85.htm

On February 27, 2005 Aljazeera reported, "The US plans to begin Arab-language television broadcasts to Europe later this year to try and win the hearts and minds of Arab Muslims there, officials say. Three and a half years after Islamic activists based in Germany allegedly helped mount the 11 September 2001 attacks, US-backed TV channel Al-Hurra...

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University of Michigan Student Senate Presses for Divestment from Israel

February 25, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.detnews.com/2005/schools/0502/25/D01-100329.htm

On February 25, 2005 the Detriot Free Press reported, "students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are pressing the Board of Regents to end university investments in companies that the students assert are involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. In an echo of the 1970s, when students and faculty urged the university to divest in companies operating in...

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Documentary Film "The Inseparable - A Sikh and His Turban" Explores Turban Ban in France

February 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.anandpursahib.org/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/D937C9161F73CFA507256FB20068EBAE!OpenDocument

On February 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "Noted theatre and film personality Mangal Dhillon feels that he is the 'blessed and the chosen one' for having been able to present to the world the Sikh religion in most rational and scientific way... Dhillon, who took a sabbath from the commercial...

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Update on the Hamtramck Call to Prayer Controversy

February 23, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0502/27/B01-98280.htm

On February 23, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "nearly a year after the call-to-prayer controversy thrust Hamtramck into the center of a national debate, some non-Muslim residents say they don't mind the two-minute broadcasts. Others fear a loss of the community's roots as a home to Christian Eastern European immigrants... The controversy peaked nearly a year ago when the City...

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Constitutional Amendment Proposal to Expand Religious Freedom Rejected

February 21, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42529-2005Feb21.html

On February 21, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "a Senate committee spent two hours Monday debating what Virginia's founders intended when they wrote about religious freedom two centuries ago before soundly rejecting a proposal to expand on their words. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10 to 5 to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that...

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Tariq Ramadan to Speak at Canadian Symposium

February 21, 2005

Source: CAIR-Canada Press Release

http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=1427_0_2_0_C

On February 21, 2005 a CAIR-Canada Press Release reported, "Distinguished Islamic scholar Dr. Tariq Ramadan will be in Ottawa to speak in a three-part symposium on the Ethics of Citizenship, Democracy and the Future of Islam. Dr. Ramadan's visit is organized by Muslim Presence Ottawa, and his final lecture, 'Facing the Common Challenges of the Contemporary World,' is co-sponsored by...

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NYC Passes Bills to Allow Headscarves and Turbans

February 18, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1247123,0005.htm

On February 18, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "New York City became the first place in the US on Wednesday when it introduced two bills aimed to allow wearing of turbans or Muslim hijab in its services and put in place emergency measures to deal with racial crimes as happened after 9/11. Various ethnic, religious, immigrant and civil rights organisations had lobbied with city...

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Update: Settlement Results in Changed Dress Code for Religious Adherents at Omaha Pools

February 18, 2005

Source: The IBS Network

http://www.theomahachannel.com/news/4213044/detail.html

On February 18, 2005 The IBS Network reported, "the city of Omaha settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was discriminated against at a city swimming pool. Lubna Hussein and the American Civil Liberties Union alleged religious and civil rights violations, saying the city discriminated against her at Deer Ridge swimming pool. She was turned away twice. Hussein's religion does not...

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