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Harry Potter School Party Opposed for Encouraging Wicca

April 15, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/041504dnmetpotter.53b79.html

On April 15, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "A Harry Potter party will go on next month at a Plano elementary school, despite one parent's attempt to have the courts block the event on constitutional grounds. A federal judge in Sherman on Wednesday decided that a student party starring...

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Buddhist Group Contributes Thousands to Group in Burlingame, CA

April 15, 2004

Source: The San Mateo Times

http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~2085675,00.html

On April 15, 2004 The San Mateo Times reported, "The bridge of friendship between Burlingame and the Shinnyo-En USA Burlingame community strengthened Wednesday with an $8,000 grant made to the Burlingame School District. With the Shinnyo-En Foundation, city officials and a number of students celebrated the 16th Annual Bridge of Friendship at...

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San Diego's Preferential Treatment of Boy Scouts is Unconstitutional

April 14, 2004

Source: The American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRights.cfm?ID=15481&c=100

On April 14, 2004 The American Civil Liberties Union reported, "Addressing the last outstanding issues in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of exclusive preferential leases for the Boy Scouts, a federal district court has found that the lease for the Boy Scouts’ free use of aquatic parkland on City-owned Fiesta Island...

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Editorial: Bush Administration Makes Personal Faith Public Policy

April 12, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-jacoby12apr12,1,3486378.story

On April 12, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported in an editorial, "One of the pious maxims of American politics for the last 40 years has been that a candidate should never be attacked on religious grounds. This stricture is eminently fair insofar as private faith is concerned. But when personal faith begins to determine public...

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Still Undecided, the Muslim Vote May Prove Powerful

April 11, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--muslimamericans0411apr11,0,5721446.story

On April 11, 2004 Newsday reported, "Nizar Yaghi hasn't decided for whom he'll vote on Election Day, but one thing is certain-- the Muslim American will cast his ballot this November. 'After Sept. 11, I understood that Muslim Americans need to come out and present themselves to the Americans,' said Yaghi, a 28-year-old engineer...

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Editorial: Religious Liberty Requires More Than Tolerance

April 6, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53316-2004Apr5.html

On April 6, 2004 The Washington Post published an editorial responding to the current controversy over the "under God" clause in the pledge of allegiance, noting that the atheist challenge to God in the pledge clause has caused all religious people to consider their faiths more rigorously. The article notes, "All religious traditions interact with their times....

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Survey: Detroit Muslims Favor Activism, Moderate Beliefs

April 6, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/8363931.ht%0Am

On April 6, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "Even the most religiously traditional Muslims believe they should participate in American politics, according to a newly released study of one of the largest Muslim communities in the nation. The survey of Detroit-area Muslims is the latest to show that the isolationism that once pervaded the...

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Court Rules: Cincinnati Cannot Ban Religious Displays

April 6, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13142

On April 6, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "City officials cannot bar religious displays on a downtown plaza during the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

In Chabad of Southern Ohio v. City of Cincinnati, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that allowed a Jewish organization...

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Survey: Detroit Muslims Favor Activism, Moderate Beliefs

April 6, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/musl6_20040406.htm

On April 6, 2004 the Detroit Free Press reported, "The vast majority of Muslims in metro Detroit say they should be politically active and work more to help non-Muslims, according to a survey to be released today. Many also favor practicing an Islam that is flexible and moderate. The findings were among the results of a survey taken last summer of almost 1,300 Muslims in metro Detroit,...

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New CAIR Center Opens in Cincinnati

April 5, 2004

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/04/05/loc_loc4isl.html

On April 5, 2004 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, "A Muslim advocacy group opened a Cincinnati office on Sunday at a reception that drew about 60 people from a variety of faiths, and even no faith. Edwin Kagin, an official with the national American Atheist Center, drove from Union, Ky., to the open house to support the Council on American-Islamic Relations' effort...

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