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Bible Displayed in Courthouse Monument Causes Controversy in TX

August 4, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2717598

On August 4, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "A businessman who helped erect a courthouse monument featuring an open Bible and an ex-judge who rescued it from neglect testified Tuesday about their Christian faith and their belief that America is a Christian nation.

Both also said their intent was not to convert passers-by but to honor deceased...

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Russian Orthodox Church Reaches Out to Muslims in Persian Gulf

August 4, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/150/story_15070_1.html

On August 4, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Russian Orthodox Church said Wednesday that it hopes to develop closer ties with the predominantly Islamic Persian Gulf region, the Interfax news agency reported. Metropolitan Kirill, who heads the church's foreign relations department, said the decision to boost cooperation is based on the...

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PM: Muslims Fear Christians are Waging "War Against Islam" Worldwide

August 3, 2004

Source: Free New Mexican

Wire Service: AP

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/2588.html

On August 3, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Muslims worldwide fear Christians are waging a 'war against Islam,' Malaysia's leader said Tuesday, blaming the campaign against terror on increased tensions between the religions. In an emotional speech to the World Council of Churches, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the events that followed...

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Evangelicals Urge Bush to Take Action in Sudan

August 3, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35223-2004Aug2.html?referrer=email

On August 3, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Thirty-five evangelical Christian leaders have signed a letter urging President Bush to provide massive humanitarian aid and consider sending U.S. troops to stop what they called the "genocide" taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Aug. 1 letter marks a shift in focus for...

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Sikh Police Officer Reinstated to NYPD

July 30, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/29/nyregion/29sikhs.html

On July 30, 2004 the New York Daily News reported that, "Jasjit Singh Jaggi made history - and now he wants to get back to work. A day after becoming the country's first law enforcement officer allowed to wear a Sikh turban on the job, Jaggi said, 'I had to fight, but in the end, I'm taking home the big prize.' The city's Human Rights Commission ordered the NYPD last month to...

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Town Council Looks to Appeal Court Ruling on Opening Prayer in S.C.

July 30, 2004

Source: Associated Press

http://www.thecarolinachannel.com/news/3596744/detail.html

On July 30, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Great Falls Town Council has agreed to fight a decision by a federal appeals court that bars using the name of Jesus Christ in prayers before meetings. The council agreed unanimously to ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. Great Falls Mayor H.C. Starnes said most of the people in the town would want the...

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Councilmen Refuses to Alter Opening Prayer in VA

July 27, 2004

Source: First Amendment.Center/ AP

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13784

On July 27, 2004 The AP reported, "Despite a federal appeals court ruling and a reminder from civil liberties lawyers, a City Council member [Hashmel Turner, an associate minister of First Baptist Church of Love] said he won't change the prayer he uses to open council meetings... On July 22, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in a...

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Holy Land Foundation Argues FBI Used Faulty Intelligence Translations

July 27, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/27/politics/27muslim.html?pagewanted=all

On July 27, 2004 The New York Times reported, "A shuttered Islamic charity in Dallas, accused of being a financial front for Middle East terrorists, charged Monday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation falsified evidence and 'fabricated a case' against it in an effort to show that it financed Palestinian suicide-bombers.

The charity, the...

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Interfaith Group Aids Faith Traditions Beyond the Mainstream in OK

July 27, 2004

Source: The Oklahoman

http://www.newsok.com/article/1284206/?template=news/main

On July 27, 2004 The Oklahoman reported that "A year ago, [Emmah Eastwind] helped organize the Deep Root Community Center, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to shelter groups that embrace spiritual beliefs outside the mainstream in Oklahoma. The Deep Root umbrella covers practitioners of holistic health, metaphysical organizations and assorted pagan groups, including Sekhet-...

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Muslim Holy Land Foundation Claimed to be Linked to Hamas

July 27, 2004

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040727_456.html

On July 27, 2004 the reported, "A Texas-based Muslim charity and seven of its directors and fund-raisers have been charged with supporting the militant Palestinian group Hamas and with money laundering and conspiracy. A federal grand jury in Dallas returned the 42 charges against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the...

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Editorial: How Much Can Churches Engage in Politics?

July 26, 2004

Source: Southern Baptist Press

http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=18752

On July 26, 2004 the Southern Baptist Press> reported that, "as we round the sharp turns leading to another presidential election this fall, and as churches seek to fulfill their biblical calling to engage our culture morally and socially, their understanding of the actual contours of this legal guardrail becomes increasingly important. Examining the permitted exits in the guardrails is...

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Interfaith Assembly Fosters Abrahamic Dialogue in NJ

July 25, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=300

On July 25, 2004 Muslim American Society reported, "The Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) [Morristown, NJ] hosted a Special Assembly, entitled: 'Children of Abraham: Journeys to God.'   The milestone event, attended by more than 700 people, featured renowned leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths promoting the need for peace and solidarity among the...

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Editorial: Prisoners Should Retain Religious Rights

July 25, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13763

On July 25, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "Disputes over the denial of kosher meals have flared up in a number of states, including Virginia, where an inmate filed a lawsuit in April. Keeping kosher in prison is just one of many religious-freedom claims being raised by prisoners throughout the nation. The cases cover the religious waterfront from the...

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Lessons Learned in Barcelona: Interfaith Work Is Not Just Dialogue

July 24, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/features/religion/ny-lsfaith3904435jul24,0,6278977.story?coll=ny-religion-headlines

On July 24, 2004 Newsday reported, "[A] spirit of fellowship was the ultimate goal of the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions, which took place earlier this month. Nearly 550 events drew more than 8,000 people from nearly 80 countries. While the gathering was steeped in the grander notion...

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