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New Miami-Dade Police Handbook: Respect Santeria

Monday, July 28, 2008

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Just last year, police staged an armed raid on a Coral Gables home where several goats, chickens and pigeons were being slaughtered in a ritual. Several worshipers were held at gunpoint and detained for hours. But leaders of the faith are hailing a recent decision by Miami-Dade County police officials to include in their Law Enforcement Handbook a reminder that the U.S. Constitution protects the humane killing of animals in religious ceremonies.

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Santeria Church sues Gables over visit from police

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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A local Santeria church leader who says that Coral Gables police officers harassed followers and desecrated a ritual at a resident's home last year has sued the city for public records he says officials are withholding.

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Call to Action: Save Richmond’s African Burial Ground!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Virginia Commonwealth University has purchased the parking lot at 15th and East Broad streets under which lies the more-than-200-year-old “Burial Ground for Negroes.” It is the site of the execution, on Oct. 10, 1800, of the great African rebellion leader Gabriel “Prosser.”

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Bahia Gov’t Confisicates Anti-Candomble Book

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Bahia Gov’t Confisicates Anti-Candomble Book

The state of Bahia in Brazil has confiscated all copies of the book "Yes, Yes! No, No! Reflections on Healing and Liberation" on the grounds that it makes false and prejudicial statements about the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomble and Umbanda, and incites readers to destroy their objects of worship in the name of Catholicism.

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Man admits dead animals part of Santeria ritual

Monday, July 7, 2008

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It's still so amazing that the large number of people practicing Traditional African Religion don't realize their rituals are protected by law. The story below details a man needlessly pleading guilty to animal cruetly charges, when he was only guilty of littering and sanitation violations. Please fight your rights!

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Deputies Can’t Stop Animal Sacrifices Inside Waterford Lakes Home

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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Deputies Can’t Stop Animal Sacrifices Inside Waterford Lakes Home

Homeowners, police and media are hounding AbOrisa after discovering they sacrifice animals as a part of their religious traditions.

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Massachusetts Blames Cow Tongue on Santeria?

Monday, June 16, 2008

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A severed cow tongue shows up in the mail in Spring, MA and rather than actually wait for evidence, a local reporter takes the opportunity to increase anxieties and religious stereotypes around Santeria. He also does the 100 yr old duty of white men and quickly compares it to Satanism, which has no roots in Afrika at all.

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Santeria priest pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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A Santeria high priest has pleaded guilty to animal-cruelty charges for conditions in which he kept farm animals meant for sacrifice

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Animal sacrifice’s suit highlights growing religious clashes in US

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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n many Sunday mornings Jose Merced watches police officers directing traffic into and from overflowing church parking lots and realizes his own religion doesn't evoke the same friendly treatment.

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Priest files to appeal animal slaughter ban

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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EULESS, Texas (AP) — A Santeria priest has filed an appeal in federal court after he lost his religious-freedom challenge to a city ban on animal slaughter.

The Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an appeal Tuesday on behalf of Jose Merced to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

“The First Amendment was written to protect the ability of all faiths to worship in their own homes and in their own way,” Kevin “Seamus” Hasson, president of the Becket Fund, said in a statement. “People of all faiths should be concerned when the government says someone cannot practice their religion in their own home.”

Merced — an Oba, or priest — said animal sacrifices are an essential devotion in Santeria, a religion that emerged in Cuba when Yoruba slaves fused elements of Roman Catholicism with their religious traditions from Africa.

Merced sought a permit from Euless officials but was denied permission to sacrifice goats as part of a religious ceremony. For the rite, a 4-inch blade is used to sever an animal’s carotid artery, letting blood fall on a shrine. The animal is then prepared and eaten.

Euless officials have insisted in court that local sanitation ordinances prohibit the slaughter of certain kinds of animals inside city limits. Officials could not discuss the case because the city does not comment on pending litigation, said Euless spokeswoman Betsy Deck.

U.S. District Judge John McBryde ruled in favor of the city of Euless last month, saying Merced could perform his animal sacrifices elsewhere, but not in the Fort Worth suburb.

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