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    1. Two European Countries Move Toward Choice In School Religion Classes

      Two European countries are moving toward more choice in public schools on religious education. In Wales, schools must provide daily collective worship for all children, unless their parents withdraw them. Wales Online on Thursday reported that Assembly education minister Jane Hutt has ruled that students over 16 years of age can decide on their own to opt out of the assemblies.This brings Wales in conformity with the policy in ...
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    2. Article Traces Change In Pattern of Inaugural Prayers

      Beliefnet reprints a lengthy article from today's Wall Street Journal by Steven Waldman titled Why The Inaugural Prayers Have Become Less Inclusive Over Time. Waldman says: The country has gone through, in effect, three phases. In the first, presidents used a religious-diversity model. From 1937, when the first inaugural prayer was offered, until 1985, the presidents (with one exception in 1981) had clergy of different faiths or denominations up ...
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    3. Bangladesh: Attack by Police at Shibganj Upazila of Chapai Nowabganj

      I Adv.Rabidra Ghosh along with my video camera man – Mohammad Nadim of Global Human Rights Defense and Bangladesh Minority Watch have again been harassed and verbally assaulted by Police officers of Chapai Nowabganj district of Bangladesh on 15th January, 2009 while we were investigating a case of assault on landless victims and land grabbing.
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    4. Louisiana Public School Support Of Christian Field Trip Would Violate Constitution, Says Americans United

      A public school in Louisiana would violate the U.S. Constitution if it allows a school-sponsored field trip to a Christian event called “Just for Jesus,” according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. At its next meeting on Jan. 27, the Ouachita Parish School Board...
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    5. President Proclaims January 18 As Sanctity of Human Life Day

      Yesterday President Bush issued a Proclamation (full text) declaring January 18 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day 2009. The Proclamation says in part:All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world ...
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    6. Injunction Denied In Newdow's Challenge To Inaugural Oath and Prayers

      The Washington Post reports that this afternoon federal district judge Reggie B. Walton denied a temporary injunction in Newdow v. Roberts. The decision allows Barack Obama's swearing-in to include use of "so help me God" in the oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. The decision also refuses to prevent clergy from delivering an invocation and benediction at the inaugural ceremony. (See prior related postings 1, 2, 3.)
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