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Detroit Hindu Temples Prepare to Send Tsunami Relief to South Asia

December 29, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/nation/0412/29/A01-44476.htm

On December 29, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Troy resident Chandrachoodan Narayanan spent Tuesday contacting friends and relatives in India to find out how his temple could help. The people he could reach in the area ravaged by the killer tsunami Sunday told him they need just about everything. 'They need, naturally, shelter, clothes, food,' said Narayanan, 63, a member of...

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Interfaith Service for Tsunami Victims Held in Nebraska

December 29, 2004

Source: KETV

http://www.theomahachannel.com/family/4032305/detail.html

On December 29, 2004 KETV reported, "At least 150 Omahans gathered Tuesday night to grieve and marshal help in the wake of the Asian tsunami. An interfaith prayer service at the Hindu Temple focused on victims of the disaster. Many people at the prayer service had a direct connection to the disaster. Some lost friends or family and some are still waiting to find out... Hindus, Muslims and...

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Tsunami Relief Efforts Could Shed Positive Light on U.S. Immigrant Groups

December 28, 2004

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04363/433495.stm

On December 28, 2004 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, "The tidal waves that swept from South Asia to East Africa Sunday morning have riveted the attention of every major relief agency -- and may bring new attention to relief efforts by minority communities in the United States...The Tamil Nadu Foundation will be collecting relief funds...The Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills is...

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Immigrant South Floridians Work to Send Help to Homelands Devastated by Tsunamis

December 28, 2004

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/10510558.htm?1c

On December 28, 2004 The Miami Herald reported, "In the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunamis that swept across the Indian Ocean, South Floridians with roots in South Asia worked Monday to find facts and send help to their devastated homelands. South Floridians sought news through 24-hour...

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Local Pittsburgh Religious Groups Aid Tsunami Relief Efforts

December 28, 2004

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04363/433495.stm

On December 28, 2004 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, "The tidal waves that swept from South Asia to East Africa Sunday morning have riveted the attention of every major relief agency -- and may bring new attention to relief efforts by minority communities in the United States. V. Velpari of Monroeville could picture the devastation in southeast India even before he saw it on satellite...

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Muslim American Society Convention Stresses Need for Increased Spiritual Life and Women's Participation

December 27, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=2007

On December 27, 2004 a Muslim American Society Press Release reported, "thousands braved the cold, snow, lost luggage, and airline delays to attend the annual Muslim American Society - Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) convention at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago over the weekend. This year’s theme was American Muslims Working for the Greater Good, stressing the need for...

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Amritsar Threatens Direct Action Against French Over Turban Issue

December 22, 2004

Source: Tribune India

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041223/punjab1.htm#5

On December 22, 2004 Tribune India reported, "The Akali Dal (Amritsar) has threatened to launch direct action against the French Government to force it to resolve the turban issue to the satisfaction of Sikhs. As a first step, the Akali Dal has appealed to Sikhs the world over not to travel by French airline, Air France and boycott all products of French make. A formal resolution in this...

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Law to Guarantee Religious Rights of Prisoners

December 20, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15815_1.html

On December 20, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "a federal appeals court has ruled that the portion of a 2000 law protecting religious accommodation of prisoners is constitutional. The decision early this month by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks the third time an appeals court has upheld the same section of the Religious Land Use and...

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Alabama Judge Wears Robe Embroidered with Ten Commandments

December 20, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15812_1.html

On December 20, 2004 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "a rural Alabama judge began wearing a robe embroidered with the Ten Commandments to court this week, in his own way echoing the statement made by the state Supreme Court chief justice ousted over a Ten Commandments display. Covington County Presiding Circuit Court Judge Ashley McKathan said he ordered...

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Sikhs Say They Will Take French Turban Case to UN

December 18, 2004

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/dec/18sikh.htm

On December 18, 2004 Rediff reported, "Expressing concern over the expulsion of three Sikh boys by French authorities over the turban issue, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on Saturday said it would approach the United Nations on the matter.

'The expulsionscame as a shock to us. The ban onturbans by French authorities is not justified and has caused pain and agony to Sikhs all across the world. We...

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Constitutional Amendment Could Deliver Funds to Religious Schools in FL

December 16, 2004

Source: Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/10427299.htm

On December 16, 2004 Miami Herald reported, "for nearly 120 years, one sentence in Florida's Constitution has forbidden the state to use public money to 'directly or indirectly' help religious institutions -- a provision that is bedeviling the state's school voucher law and a $350 million prekindergarten program lawmakers are crafting this week. Rather than leave the matter in the hands of...

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USDA Awards $1 Million to Faith Based Organizations

December 15, 2004

Source: Worcester Telegram

Wire Service: AP

http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041215/APN/412150852

On December 15, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday awarded $1 million in grants to eight faith- and community-based organizations for food stamp programs. USDA Secretary Ann Veneman said the grants, to test outreach strategies to underserved individuals and...

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