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bullet 2002-AUG-3: USA & Europe: Religious professionals live longer: The Mercury News, which serves the San Francisco CA area, reported an article from London, UK. A study of American and European religious professionals indicated that they live longer.  The study was reported in the current edition of the Journal of Religion and Health, and covered Lutheran ministers, Roman Catholic nuns, Episcopal priests and Presbyterian ministers. They speculate that the longevity may be due to the "contemplative lifestyle" of those in religious professions. Compared to groups of the same age, gender and race in the general population, the study reported that "In almost all the data studied 10% fewer clergy died than did ordinary people.'' 10
bullet 2002-AUG-5: US: Use of eagle feathers upheld in appeals court: Joseluis Saenz had used eagle feathers in his religious practices. Eagles are a protected species, and the government normally forbids everyone from having possession of eagles or parts of eagles. Saenz lives in New Mexico and is a descendent of the Chiricauhua Apaches -- a tribe that the Federal government no longer recognizes. The government had argued that only members of tribes that it recognizes should be able to use the feathers. The appeals court ruled that the government's seizure of the feathers violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 11
bullet 2002-AUG-13: AR: Federal judge found vaccination law unconstitutional: The state of Arkansas requires children to be vaccinated before they can attend public school. But they allow an exemption for members of "recognized churches." The law gave the state the authority to decide which churches were valid and which were not. Cynthia Boone is the mother Ashley Boone who refused to be vaccinated against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease. She is not a member of a religious group which opposes vaccination. She is against vaccinations as a personal belief. Ashley was banned from classes during the 2001-2002 school year. Judge Susan Webber Wright wrote that the law discriminated against individuals with sincerely held individual religious beliefs. She said: "'It is difficult to imagine how the state would have a compelling interest in limiting the religious exemption to some religious sects and individuals over others.'' The law remains in force, but the religious exemption has been declared unconstitutional because it conflicts with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Ashley will have to be vaccinated before she can return to school in September. 12
bullet 2002-AUG-23: FL: Governor Jeb Bush says Muslims have a right to safety: Governor Jeb Bush talked via a conference call with leaders from various Muslim groups and law enforcement officers in the state. This may have been prompted by the discovery of a massive cache of explosives and a plan to blow up a Muslim education center in the state. He then issued a statement saying that: "People should not have a fear of expressing their faith. Those who send their children to religious schools  or who pray in mosques, synagogues or churches have every right to practice their religion in a peaceful and safe environment. My message today is to assure all Floridians that persecution of people based on their faith or nationality will not be tolerated." Altaf Ali, CAIR-FLA Executive Director of the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) commented: "Such a public demonstration of support will send a strong message to those who may intend to attack the Muslim community, that acts of terrorism will not be tolerated in Florida." 13

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  1. DayWatch is a daily service of Maranatha Christian Journal. It provides "a daily summary of news headlines with a Christian perspective..." The newsletter is free on request. Their web site is at: 
  2. ENI (Ecumenical News International) provides free bulletins and subscriptions to full text articles. Their home page is at: Its postal address is: PO Box 2100, CH - 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
  3. ReligionToday provides free newsletters to which you can subscribe at: These summaries are part of, which also includes,,,,,,,,, and
  4. Reuters is "the world's leading financial information and news group. Their web page is at: 
  5. CitizenLink is a service of Focus on the Family. They send regular Emails containing news items interpreted from a Fundamentalist Christian perspective. Signup is at: 
  6. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See: 
  7. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to to subscribe.
  8. EWTN is a news service of the Roman Catholic Church. It posts news items from Newsline, Newslink, and The World Over on its Internet site at:
  9. Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN) is an information organization located in Philadelphia. It has monitored discrimination against Wiccans throughout North America for three decades. Their web page is at:
  10. "Study: Religious professionals live longer than others," The Mercury News, 2002-AUG-3, at:
  11. "Appeals court upholds man's use of eagle feathers for religious practices," Associated Press, dated (probably in error) 2002-AUG-6. See:
  12. James Jefferson, "Federal judge strikes down religious exemption to Arkansas vaccination law," Associated Press, at:
  13. "GOV. BUSH SAYS FLORIDA MUSLIMS HAVE RIGHT TO SAFETY: Statement follows conference call with state's Muslim leaders," Council on American-Islamic Relations' news release, 2002-AUG-26. 

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Copyright 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2002-AUG-3
Latest update: 2002-AUG-26
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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