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0 January 1988
Ayatollah Khomeini Writes Leader is Above Islamic Law When Defending the State

Ayatollah Khomeini Writes Leader is Above Islamic Law When Defending the State

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1 January 1988

Evangelical Lutheran Church is Incorporated

1 January 1988

First Rabbi Elevated to Britiain''s House of Lords

8 January 1988

Canadian Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Law

13 January 1988
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier: Supreme Court Rules on Censoring School Newspapers

Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier: Supreme Court Rules on Censoring School Newspapers

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27 January 1988
Anthony M. Kennedy Approved by Senate Judiciary for Supreme Court

Anthony M. Kennedy Approved by Senate Judiciary for Supreme Court

28 January 1988

Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Law

18 February 1988
Anthony M. Kennedy Sworn in as Associate Justice to Supreme Court

Anthony M. Kennedy Sworn in as Associate Justice to Supreme Court

21 February 1988
Jimmy Swaggart Delivers His Infamous 'I Have Sinned' Speech on TV

Jimmy Swaggart Delivers His Infamous 'I Have Sinned' Speech on TV

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24 February 1988
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Jerry Falwell's Suit Against Hustler Magazine

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Jerry Falwell's Suit Against Hustler Magazine

25 February 1988
Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart Defrocked, Banned from Preaching

Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart Defrocked, Banned from Preaching

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1 March 1988
Rep. Stephen Freind: Raped Women Don't Get Pregnant, So Don't Need Exceptions from Abortion Bans

Rep. Stephen Freind: Raped Women Don't Get Pregnant, So Don't Need Exceptions from Abortion Bans

16 March 1988
Three Killed During Catholic Funeral in Northern Ireland

Three Killed During Catholic Funeral in Northern Ireland

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8 April 1988
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart Defrocked by Assemblies of God After Scandal

Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart Defrocked by Assemblies of God After Scandal

18 April 1988
John Demjanjuk Convicted in Israel of War Crimes

John Demjanjuk Convicted in Israel of War Crimes

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19 April 1988
Lyng v. Northwest Indian CPA: Court Allows Building of Roads Destroying Indian Sacred Land

Lyng v. Northwest Indian CPA: Court Allows Building of Roads Destroying Indian Sacred Land

25 April 1988
John Demjanjuk Sentenced to Death in Israeli Court

John Demjanjuk Sentenced to Death in Israeli Court

27 April 1988
Employment Div. of Oregon v. Smith: Court Upholds Ban on Drug Use, Even for Religious Reasons

Employment Div. of Oregon v. Smith: Court Upholds Ban on Drug Use, Even for Religious Reasons

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30 April 1988
Death of Alex Sanders, Founder of Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca

Death of Alex Sanders, Founder of Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca

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0 May 1988
United Methodist Church Rejects Value of Pluralism

United Methodist Church Rejects Value of Pluralism

16 May 1988
Supreme Court Won't Hear Church of Scientology Case

Supreme Court Won't Hear Church of Scientology Case

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30 June 1988
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre Ordains 4 Bishops, Will Be Excommunicated by Pope Benedict XVI

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre Ordains 4 Bishops, Will Be Excommunicated by Pope Benedict XVI

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1 July 1988
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre & Four Newly Consecrated Bishops are Excommunicated

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre & Four Newly Consecrated Bishops are Excommunicated

1 July 1988
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Gives Interview About Her Legal Fight 25 Years Ago

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Gives Interview About Her Legal Fight 25 Years Ago

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2 July 1988
Pope John Paul II Condemns Consecration of Four Bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Pope John Paul II Condemns Consecration of Four Bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

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12 July 1988
Fundamentalist Christian Ministers Denounce 'The Last Temptation of Christ' as Blasphemous

Fundamentalist Christian Ministers Denounce 'The Last Temptation of Christ' as Blasphemous

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12 July 1988
Religious Leaders Screen 'The Last Temptation of Christ,' Have Mixed Reviews

Religious Leaders Screen 'The Last Temptation of Christ,' Have Mixed Reviews

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13 July 1988
Fundamentalist Churches Start Campaign to Ban Scorsese's 'Last Temptation of Christ'

Fundamentalist Churches Start Campaign to Ban Scorsese's 'Last Temptation of Christ'

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20 July 1988
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini Agrees to Ceasefire With Iraq's Saddam Hussein

Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini Agrees to Ceasefire With Iraq's Saddam Hussein

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21 July 1988
Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

Movie Studio Rejects Bill Bright's Offer to Buy 'Last Temptation of Christ' for Destruction

22 July 1988
Judge Dismisses Class-Action Suit Against Church of Scientology

Judge Dismisses Class-Action Suit Against Church of Scientology

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24 July 1988
Movie Studios Support Martin Scorsese and his movie 'Last Temptation of Christ'

Movie Studios Support Martin Scorsese and his movie 'Last Temptation of Christ'

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25 July 1988
Scientology Lawyer Offers Sizable Donation to Charity if Attorney General Drops Charges

Scientology Lawyer Offers Sizable Donation to Charity if Attorney General Drops Charges

2 August 1988
Franco Zeffirelli Pulls Movie From Film Festival to Protest Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Franco Zeffirelli Pulls Movie From Film Festival to Protest Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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5 August 1988
Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

Universal Studios: Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Will be Released Early

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9 August 1988
Catholic Leaders Urge American Catholics Not to See Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Catholic Leaders Urge American Catholics Not to See Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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10 August 1988
Bowen v. Kendrick: Federal Funds Can Be Used for Religious Counseling

Bowen v. Kendrick: Federal Funds Can Be Used for Religious Counseling

11 August 1988
Focus on the Family's James Dobson Denounces Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Focus on the Family's James Dobson Denounces Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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12 August 1988
Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Opens Early to Widespread Protests

Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ Opens Early to Widespread Protests

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12 August 1988
Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ Reminds Christians About Their Temptations

Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ Reminds Christians About Their Temptations

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13 August 1988
Willem Defoe's Parents, Reject Complaints About Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Willem Defoe's Parents, Reject Complaints About Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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20 August 1988
Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

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25 August 1988
British Censors Reject Christian Demands That Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ be Edited

British Censors Reject Christian Demands That Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ be Edited

26 September 1988
Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses' is Published by Viking Penguin Press

Salman Rushdie's Novel 'The Satanic Verses' is Published by Viking Penguin Press

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30 September 1988
Pope John Paul II Claims to Uphold Basic Equality Between Men & Women

Pope John Paul II Claims to Uphold Basic Equality Between Men & Women

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5 October 1988
Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

Salman Rushdie's Book Satanic Verses is Banned by India's Home Affairs Minister

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13 October 1988
Turin's Archbishop States Carbon-Dating Reveals Shroud of Turin is Medieval Fake

Turin's Archbishop States Carbon-Dating Reveals Shroud of Turin is Medieval Fake

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20 October 1988
Muslims Try to Get Salman Rushdie Prosecuted for Blasphemy in Britain

Muslims Try to Get Salman Rushdie Prosecuted for Blasphemy in Britain

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1 November 1988
Texas Monthly Inc v. Bullock: Court Rules Against Exempting Religious Publications From State Taxes

Texas Monthly Inc v. Bullock: Court Rules Against Exempting Religious Publications From State Taxes

8 November 1988
Salman Rushdie Wins Whitbread Award for The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie Wins Whitbread Award for The Satanic Verses

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