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Monday September 20, 2010
RastafarianismRNB's Religion News Blog:
On his upcoming album “Before the Dawn,” Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton crows about standing strong, though battered and bruised, in the face of a gathering darkness.

The songs sound prophetic — the four-time Grammy nominee recorded them before he was arrested on federal cocaine charges last December. The trial is scheduled to start Monday in Tampa — a week before the album’s U.S. release. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

“I’ve been accused, wrongly convicted. Jah knows I’m innocent,” he sings in his gravelly voice, invoking the Rastafarian God. “I’ve been badly singled out by beloved friends … who sold me out.”

Banton recorded the album’s 10 songs last year in Kingston, Jamaica, before his arrest at his Miami-area home on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. A grand jury indictment also charged him with carrying a firearm during the course of a drug trafficking crime.

Saturday July 12, 2008
Rastafarianism Italy’s highest criminal court has ruled that the fact Rastafarians consider marijuana use a religious sacrament should be taken into account if they are tried on trafficking charges, lawyers in a recent case and news reports said Friday.

The Court of Cassation threw out the drug trafficking conviction of a 44-year-old Italian Rastafarian, ruling that the amount he possessed was in line with the heavy use that comes with his religious beliefs.

Friday November 16, 2007
As a Rastafarian who believes that selling, trading and possessing marijuana is “a God-given right,” Smith had asked his lawyer to argue his point of view in an attempt to reduce the state’s recommended sentence.

Monday July 23, 2007
Almost half a century after the first 12 Caribbean settlers migrated to Ethiopia, advancing a Rastafarian dream that the world’s African diaspora must return to the spiritual motherland, few if any Rastas have been granted citizenship.

Friday May 4, 2007
Rastas will receive thousands of pounds in compensation after cops wrecked their temple in a drugs raid.

Thursday April 12, 2007
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “These premises have been used in part as a Rastafarian temple, however, it is believed that a high level of serious criminality has been operating from here which is adversely affecting the local communities.”

Tuesday January 9, 2007
Indigo Freemanvibe, who claims to be a spiritual leader within the Rastafarian sect, contends that she has been subjected to civil rights violations by jail guards who have demanded she remove her head wrap before entering the prison to visit her husband.

Friday March 31, 2006
Chicago (Reuters) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued United Parcel Service Inc. on behalf of a Rastafarian, claiming UPS discriminated against his religion by refusing him a job because of his beard.

Monday March 27, 2006
In death, as in life, Mortimo St George Planno brought the various strands of the Rastafarian movement together, at a packed thanksgiving service remembering his life and work yesterday at the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Church, 89 Maxfield Avenue in Kingston.

Thursday March 9, 2006
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Mortimo Planno, a philosopher regarded as a key figure in the development of the Rastafarian religion, has died. He was 85.

Monday February 6, 2006
A polygamous Rastafarian police inspector is contemplating taking the department of home affairs to court for the department's refusal to issue marriage certificates to him and his two wives.

Thursday January 19, 2006
When the police forced their way into a Rugby man's home to arrest him for driving at a traffic warden they found more than 280 cannabis plants in various states of maturity.

Monday September 5, 2005
From Cape Town, to Jozi, to Banjul and now Geneva, there is no stopping Rastafari lawyer Gareth Prince in his cross-continental fight to be admitted as a practising attorney and for Rastafarians to be allowed to use cannabis.

Friday February 4, 2005
Addis Ababa - Celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the late reggae superstar Bob Marley have moved into full swing.

Friday January 14, 2005
The widow of reggae legend Bob Marley has distanced herself from reports that she plans to exhume his remains in Jamaica and re-bury them in Ethiopia.

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