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Atheists Indignant Over Ten Commandments Monument in La Crosse Park

January 7, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15915_1.html#cont

On January 7, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "an atheist group is considering an appeal after a federal appeals court ruled that a Ten Commandments monument may remain in a La Crosse, Wis., park. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday (Jan. 3) that the city was within its rights to sell the monument and the property around it to...

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Atheists Organize Capitol Hill Lobby

January 6, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15899_1.html

On January 6, 2005 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "bracing for what's to come from a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, people who don't believe in God are joining forces as never before to make sure their rights don't get trampled in what they perceive as a stampede of religious zeal. Riding a post-election spike in new memberships, groups...

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Update: Cat Stevens Still Barred from Entering U.S.

January 6, 2005

Source: Times Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/entertainment/music/10583286.htm

On January 6, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is still barred from entering the United States because of terror intelligence that identifies him as a security threat. 'The intelligence is the same. The reasons we rejected him several months ago still exist...

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Sikh Subway Worker at Center of Turban Controversy Hospitalized After Fall

January 6, 2005

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/transportation/nyc-turb0107,0,4334918.story?coll=nyc-homepage-breaking2

On January 6, 2005 Newsday reported, "a Sikh subway operator forced to wear an MTA patch on his turban said he was hospitalized Thursday after he fell during an argument with a supervisor over the uniform requirement. Kevin Harrington, a No. 4 train operator who believes the patch humiliates...

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Update: Sikh in Conflict with Metropolitan Transit Authority Over Turban Patch

January 5, 2005

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/268327p-229828c.html

On January 5, 2005 the New York Daily News reported, "a Sikh subway motorman's turban tussle with the Transit Authority is coming to a head today. TA officials have told Kevin Harrington, 53, to pin an MTA patch to his turban or face reassignment to duty out of the public eye for what's deemed a dress code violation. With time running out, Harrington, a motorman for...

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The Muslim American Society Launches New Chapters in Austin and Sacramento

January 3, 2005

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=2029

On January 3, 2005 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "the Muslim American Society launched new chapters on January 1, in Austin, Texas, and January 2, in Sacramento, California, with a host of activities. In Austin, utilizing a 'Building A Model Muslim Community' theme, activities included workshops on 'Being Civically Active in the Muslim Community: How? Show Me!'; 'Working for...

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Young Muslims Create Professional Development Network

January 3, 2005

Source: The Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-0/110475784158360.xml

On January 3, 2005 The Jersey Journal reported, "in 1998, three college students actively involved in Muslim student associations on their campuses determined there was no forum for professional development, leadership training and spiritual development for Muslims after college. So they came up with their own... In November, the group held its...

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Atheist Re-files Suit Over Pledge, Adding Suit to Prevent Inaugural Prayers

January 3, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15892_1.html

On January 3, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Dr. Michael Newdow, the California atheist who sued to get 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, says he has refiled a suit regarding the pledge and filed an additional suit to try to prevent members of the clergy from praying at President Bush's inauguration. Newdow refiled the pledge suit in...

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Removal of Ten Commandments from Cumberland Courthouse Sparks Controversy

January 2, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41580-2005Jan1.html

On January 2, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "when word got out in October that public officials had removed a 47-year-old stone engraving of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, people in this small mill town [Cumberland, MD] took action. The protest by Edward Taylor Jr., the Rev. Ronald Yost and others over removal of the monument, on display in...

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Chicago Religious Communities Pray, Raise Funds for Tsunami Victims

January 1, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0501010241jan01,1,5780991.story

On January 1, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "As the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in South Asia climbed past the 121,000 mark Friday, religious communities responded with sacred rituals to remember the dead and looked for ways to help survivors. Hindu temples and missions around the region...

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Springfield, IL Muslims Raise Money for Tsunami Aid

January 1, 2005

Source: The State Journal-Register

http://www.sj-r.com/sections/news/stories/43961.asp

On January 1, 2005 The State Journal-Register reported, "As the death toll climbed and rescuers worked to help the stunned tsunami survivors, 10-year-old Annisa Kumerow was working Thursday on a poster in her Rochester living room. The poster was one of several that will be displayed today at the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield, 3000 Stanton St., for a special fund-raising...

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Muslims, Mormons Join Forces for Airlift of Tsunami Aid

January 1, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2507136

On January 1, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "A plane carrying more than 70 tons of relief supplies for tsunami-devastated Asia is slated to lift off from Salt Lake City early today, thanks to a joint effort by Mormons and Muslims. About 143,000 pounds of medical supplies and hygiene items provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were loaded Friday onto an Indonesia-bound MD-11 cargo plane...

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