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Conservative Christians Bolster "Christmas Cause"

December 15, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/12/15/for_conservatives_merry_christmas_becomes_a_cause/

On December 15, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "emboldened by their Election Day successes, some Christian conservatives around the country are trying to put more Christ into Christmas this season. In Terrebonne Parish, La., an organization is petitioning to add 'Merry Christmas' to the...

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ACLU to Sue over Creationism in PA School Curriculum

December 14, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15804_1.html

On December 14, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "eight families have filed a lawsuit against a school district that is requiring students to learn about alternatives to the theory of evolution, claiming the curriculum violates the separation of church and state. The ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the lawsuit is the first...

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Some Religious Leaders Press to Add Poverty to the "Moral Values" Debate

December 14, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/12/12/MNGN9AAPGT1.DTL

On December 14, 2004 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Kim Bobo has spent the last 30 years trying to get people of faith to see the connection between their Bibles and the federal budget, to see 'moral value' in tax policies that would bridge the widening gulf between rich and poor. Instead, she sees conservative Christian...

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Update: Tariq Ramadan Resigns Appointment at Notre Dame

December 14, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/158/story_15806_1.html

On December 14, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A Muslim scholar whose work visa was abruptly revoked after he was hired by the University of Notre Dame said Tuesday he has resigned his appointment.

'I'm abandoning the idea of moving to the United States,' Tariq Ramadan told The Associated Press from Geneva. 'I want to maintain...

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Sikh Coalition Works with Civil Rights Groups to Pass Hate Crimes Bill

December 14, 2004

Source: Sikhnet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/TodaysNewsHTML/C5C14AAD9CBAFCF287256F66007C7837!OpenDocument

On December 14, 2004 Sikhnet News reported, "the hate crimes bill which has been in the works since post-9/11 may still be passed by Congress as Sikh organizations continue to work with other civil rights groups to encourage its passage. Preetmohan Singh, SALDEF National Director, told SikhNN that...

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New Interfaith Group in MA Builds Relationships

December 12, 2004

Source: The Metro West Daily News

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=85081

On December 12, 2004 The Metro West Daily News reported, "they're Congregationalists, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Unitarians and Episcopalians. Some are city dwellers turned suburbanites. Others are immigrants new to America. Many are novice community organizers. All live in MetroWest and believe their spiritual calling has the power to inspire...

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Religion in the Classroom Controversy in Cupertino, CA

December 8, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/10365917.htm?1c

On December 8, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "attracting all the attention is a public school teacher's lessons on colonial history -- religion-laced looks at documents written by some of the Founding Fathers. When the school told him to stop, he sued, re- igniting the age-old debate over how much...

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Imams to Be Offered University Training in French Law, Civics, History and Culture

December 8, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,11882,1368735,00.html

On December 8, 2004 The Guardian reported, "Muslim prayer leaders in France are to be offered university training in French law, civics, history and culture from next autumn as part of a bid to build a moderate 'French Islam' that respects human rights and the Republican code, the interior minister said yesterday.

The courses, available initially at two university...

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Pagan Cluster Protests Militarism at School of the Americas, Harrassed by Police

December 7, 2004

Source: Reclaiming Quarterly

http://www.reclaimingquarterly.org/96/96-pol-soa2.html

On December 7, 2004 Reclaiming Quarterly reported, "Protesters, including the Pagan Cluster, experienced an alarming evolution in security techniques deployed at the School of the America's peace rally and prayer vigil, November 19-21, 2004 at Fort Benning Military Base in Columbus, Georgia. Some 16,000 people participated in the annual vigil, one of the largest of the SOA Watch...

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Islamic Charter School in MN Responds to Public Need

December 5, 2004

Source: Grand Folks Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/state/10346467.htm

On December 5, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "in the middle of a Twin Cities suburb, more than 200 Muslim students study their own heritage and culture, and most importantly, they feel they belong. When Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy opened its doors for the second year this fall in the former Inver Grove Heights...

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Civil Rights Group Releases "Twelve Rules of Christmas" Guidelines

December 4, 2004

Source: CNS News

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200412%5CCUL20041202b.html

On December 4, 2004 CNS News reported, "a civil liberties organization has published a step-by-step guide to understanding what can and cannot be done to celebrate the holidays in public. The Rutherford Institute's 'The Twelve Rules of Christmas' was compiled because of a growing tendency among public schools and...

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Muslim Students in Idaho Face Post 9/11 Challenges

December 2, 2004

Source: The Arbiter

http://www.arbiteronline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/12/02/41af0ed16f190

On December 2, 2004 The Arbiter reported, "Boise State’s Muslim Student Association Chapter President Maryam Mesmarian is speaking up about Muslim student life and concerns, trying to counter what she sees as cultural misconceptions. During the month-long celebration of Ramadan, the [Boise State University] chapter of the MSA operated a booth in the...

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ACLU and CAIR Host Forum in FL on Treatment of Immigrants

December 2, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBZFLPI82E.html

On December 2, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "federal antiterrorism legislation and the backlash against the Arab community is driving the undocumented population away from the mainstream, according to immigration and civil rights advocates. Dalia Hashad, the American Civil Liberties Union's national advocate for Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, recounted anecdotes of Arab and Muslim...

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