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NY Judge Leaves Decision to Greek Orthodox Church Concerning Internal Dispute

August 14, 2004

Source: Religious News Service

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/109249021032460.xml

On August 14, 2004 Religious News Service reported, "A New York state judge has sided with the Greek Orthodox Church in a fight over its constitution, ruling that the court has no authority to interfere in an internal church dispute. State Supreme Court Justice Ira Gammerman on Aug. 6 dismissed a suit brought by lay...

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Buddhists Protest Bar in Waikiki

August 11, 2004

Source: Star Bulletin

On August 11, 2004 Star Bulletin reported, "Buddha Bar opened Thursday in Waikiki with promoters promising 'a modern upscale European nightclub with Asian accents' modeled on a Paris bar with the same name. [However] local Buddhists, offended at the use of a revered name, launched a letter-writing campaign to city and state government agencies... The bar manager took a sidewalk Buddha Bar signboard down at the direction of the Honolulu Liquor Commission... The name can be reinstated if the bar operator goes through the [approval]...

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Buddhists Protest Bar in Waikiki

August 11, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Aug/11/ln/ln09a.html

On August 11, 2004 the The Honolulu Advertiser reported, "some Buddhists are so concerned about the name of a new Waikiki bar that they have started a writing and telephone campaign to proprietors, politicians and community groups. The Buddha Bar, in the former House of Hong restaurant in Waikiki, opened Thursday. Some Buddhists find the name offensive......

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Officials Defy Court Rulings Banning Exclusive Prayers in S.C.

August 9, 2004

Source: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/9351133.htm

On August 9, 2004 AP reported, "Some local government leaders in South Carolina are continuing to pray to a specific god at meetings, despite a federal appeals court ruling that such religion-specific prayers are unconstitutional. Charleston County Councilman Tim Scott described the ruling as part of a continuing attack on Christianity, and he said he hopes his council will fight back by...

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Hindu Religious Leader Gives Invocation for Penn. Music Festival

August 9, 2004

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b3_4musikfestaug07,0,6208863.story?coll=all-newslocal-hed

On August 9, 2004 The Morning Call reported, "Bethlehem's City Center Plaza was packed with music lovers Friday night for the hour-long opening ceremonies that launched Musikfest into its third decade. This year's festival theme 'United We Jam' was evident in the performers' patriotic songs interspersed with...

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Muslim Boy Scouts in York, S.C.

August 9, 2004

Source: The Herald (S.C.)

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3736448p-3340215c.html

On August 9, 2004 The Herald (S.C.) reported, "under an American flag, after a plaintive rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, almost 300 scouts received khaki scout hats and merit badge armbands Sunday. The best scout camp softball team mugged for photos. The best camp cook took a good-natured ribbing. The York County Sheriff and the head of South Carolina's FBI office...

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Christian Prayer Group Engages Election 2004 with "Pray the Vote"

August 8, 2004

Source: Crosswalk News

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1276490.html

On August 8, 2004 Crosswalk News reported that a "Presidential Prayer Team has just launched an initiative called Pray the Vote designed to encourage, motivate and exhort believers across the country to pray daily for God’s will to be done through this election. According to President and CEO John Lind, the goal of the Presidential Prayer Team, when it launched after the tragedy...

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Citing Traffic Problems, Residents Oppose Buddhist Temple in CA

August 7, 2004

Source: Pasadena Star News

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~22097~2321511,00.html

On August 7, 2004 Pasadena Star News reported, "Rapid development seeking to service the explosion of Asian immigrants in parts of the San Gabriel Valley has pushed area residents to the brink. Hundreds of Rowland Heights residents cried out recently against a proposed Buddhist temple on Fullerton and Pathfinder roads because it represents everything...

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NY Mosque Divided Over the Legitimacy of Imam Leadership

August 7, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/07/nyregion/07mosque.html

On August 7, 2004 The New York Times reported, "Muslim factions at odds over involvement with the Taliban and terrorism squared off yesterday at a Queens mosque, where the issue divided the congregation after the Sept. 11 attacks. Armed with a court order and a phalanx of police officers, a group that had been ousted from the mosque in 2001 demanded entrance. The group, which...

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Republicans Anticipate Amish Support

August 6, 2004

Source: CNN

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/08/05/amish.vote.ap/

On August 6, 2004 the Associated Press reported that, "[The] Amish almost always side with the Republican Party when they do vote -- making them an attractive, if unlikely, voting bloc in the neck-and-neck campaign between President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry... A majority of the nation's Amish live in key swing states like Pennsylvania...

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Hindu Temple to Challenge State Judge Concerning Advocacy in NY

August 6, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/04/nyregion/04hindu.html

On August 6, 2004 The New York Times reported, "A prominent Hindu temple in Queens plans to file a motion in federal court today accusing a state judge of violating the separation of church and state by intervening in the temple's affairs. The motion is the latest step in a growing legal struggle at the Hindu Temple Society of North America that is now being followed by Hindus...

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More Details on Controversy Surrounding the Pro-Islam Resolution in Dearborn Michigan

August 5, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/cfp/11/kislam5_20040805.htm

On August 5, 2004 Detroit Free Press reported, "In the fall election of 2001, Bob Constan, an attorney, ran for City Council against two incumbent councilmen, Jumanah Judeh and David Turfe, who are both of Arab descent. Turfe is also Muslim. In the weeks after Sept. 11, a man claiming to be a pollster made calls to residents in Dearborn Heights. The pollster's questions had more to do...

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