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Religious Groups Protest Proposed Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

June 4, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/8841405.htm

On June 4, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "A grouping of Christian, Jewish and Sikh organizations is urging Congress to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Twenty-six organizations, ranging from the 2.3-million-member Episcopal Church, USA, to the 60,000 represented by the...

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Bush Addresses Conference on Faith-Based Initiatives

June 2, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7952-2004Jun1.html?referrer=email

On June 2, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "More than 1,600 religious leaders and social workers from across the country converged on the Hilton yesterday for the first White House National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. It followed 12 regional conferences that drew more than 15,000 people. Bush spoke to the...

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Editorial: Freedom of Religion, or Freedom From Religion?

May 31, 2004

Source: GOPUSA

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/guest/2004/cm_0531.shtml

On May 31, 2004 GOPUSA, a conservative political website, published an editorial noting: "'The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding the removal of a tiny cross that is among historic symbols on Los Angeles County's official seal,' reports Fox News. 'The seal 'prominently depicts a Latin cross, a sectarian religious symbol that represents the beliefs of one segment of the county's...

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At Shiite Conference, Muslims Aim for Voice in Policy

May 31, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/whitehouse/la-na-muslim31may31,1,6480326.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house

On May 31, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Iraq topped the list of foreign policy concerns at the weekend convention of the Universal Muslim Assn. of America, a group formed last year to organize the Shiite community here and project...

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Jewish Activist Finds His Calling, and His Past.

May 30, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/05/30/divine_ties_that_bind/

On May 30, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "As Ari Lipman strode to the pulpit at Temple Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church two weeks ago, he looked completely out of place -- yet seemed entirely at home. And both with good reason. As the only white face in a Dorchester church filled with Haitian congregants, the young...

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Denial of Tax Exemption Status to Unitarians Sparks Outrage

May 30, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13434

On May 30, 2004 the First Amendment Center reported, "It’s been a strange and scary week for religious liberty in the great state of Texas. In September 2003, the office of Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn denied tax exemption to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Denison, Texas. This fact was not revealed until last week, when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram...

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In Hamtramck, the Call to Prayer Quietly Enters the Streets

May 29, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/call29_20040529.htm

On May 29, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "The call to prayer from the Al-Islah Islamic Center in Hamtramck at 1:35 p.m. Friday could barely be heard across the street, but it echoed around the world. Mosque leaders deliberately toned down their amplifier Friday in an effort to show how little the hotly contested broadcast will affect the neighborhood around Caniff and Jos....

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Hamtramck's Interfaith Leaders Address Rising Tensions

May 28, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/call28_20040528.htm

On May 28, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "A dozen Catholic, Protestant and Muslim leaders from Hamtramck met at the Al-Islah mosque on Thursday to discuss the rising tension. They reached a consensus that, as the calls to prayer begin, they'll make a joint public appeal for a cooling-off period of interfaith prayer and fasting. They also agreed to try to disengage from the...

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Evangelical Missionaries Provide Aid Through Relief Groups

May 28, 2004

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week739/feature.html

On May 28, 2004 PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly ran a feature story on the work of evangelical Christian missionaries in the Sudan: "[H]uman rights activists demonstrated in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. Representatives from the U.S. Episcopal Church, Amnesty International, and others protested ongoing human rights violations in Sudan. Last week,...

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Hamtramck's Immigrants Learn the Messiness of Democracy

May 28, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0405/28/d01-166954.htm

On May 28, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Masud Khan came looking for America, and found it in a city where many do not speak English. Polish grandmothers in babushkas and Pakistani teens in burkas stroll along the sidewalk outside the Al-Islah Islamic Center where Khan, a Bangladeshi, is secretary. Perched above them, on the roof of the mosque, are three shiny silver loudspeakers...

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Muslims Protest Occupation of Iraq

May 28, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw98603_20040528.htm

On May 28, 2004 the Detroit Free Press reported, "Chanting 'Get out of Najaf, Get out of Karbala,' about 200 Muslims protested the American occupation of Iraq on Friday with signs, as drivers honked their support along a main street in the heart of the city. The protesters in this heavily Arab suburb of Detroit said they are angry about the destruction of holy sites in Iraq and...

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Interfaith Leaders March for Peace

May 28, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peninsula/8781994.htm?1c

On May 28, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "Memorial Day began Thursday evening in Palo Alto, with a crowd of about 150, dressed mostly in black. Many people carried flowers, with the informal look of the backyard-picked. Others carried olive branches. A trumpeter played taps, people made speeches and said...

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