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Debate Continues over Islamic Center in Boston

January 5, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0105/p13s01-lire.html

On January 5, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Worshipers at the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) still pack into their cramped mosque in Cambridge, Mass. The crowd spills out into the parking lot for the Friday prayer service. Their hopes of celebrating this past Ramadan in a brand-new mosque and cultural center were dashed. The stated aim of the quarter-century-old...

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Roxbury Mosque Project Stalls Amidst Rancor

December 18, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/12/18/praised_as_beacon_mosque_project_stalls_amid_rancor/

On December 18, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Boston's new Mosque and Cultural Center was meant to be a beacon of tolerance, a symbol of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims. Instead, the unfinished red-brick shell at Roxbury Crossing has become...

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Islamic Society of Boston Refutes Alleged Ties to Terrorism

December 9, 2005

Source: The Daily Free Press

http://www.dailyfreepress.com/media/paper87/news/2005/12/09/News/Isb-Refutes.Ties.To.Terrorism-1126531.shtml

On December 9, 2005 The Daily Free Press reported, "After accusations of terrorist ties were leveled at the Islamic Society of Boston by two Boston media outlets over the past two years, the ISB has announced that it is fighting back. In a series of reports dating to October...

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Boston Judge Allows Suit Over Land Sale for Mosque

November 22, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/11/22/judge_allows_suit_challenging_bras_sale_of_land_for_mosque/

On November 22, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "A state judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to invalidate the city's sale of Roxbury land at deep discount to a Muslim society that is building a mosque on the property. Mission Hill resident James C. Policastro...

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Harvard Interfaith Group Urges Dialogue, Action

November 14, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=509865

On November 14, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "A revitalized Harvard Interfaith Council (HIC) met for the first time this year on Thursday, drawing about 100 people to discuss religion over chocolate fondue. Among the crowd were guest speakers Dean of the College Benedict H. Gross ’71 and Dean of Harvard Divinity School William A. Graham, as well as leaders of the Harvard Baha...

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Samhain (Halloween) in Boston (2005)

While the cultural celebration of Halloween involves children, costumes, treats and perhaps tricks, the religious celebration of the same day, called Samhain, is celebrated by Pagans in both public and private rituals. In Boston in 2005, there were at least four public ceremonies available over the weekend and on Samhain, October 31, itself.

Women's Lodge

On Saturday night, Women's Lodge held their annual circle in a rented church space in Newton. Over 50 women were in attendance. The ritual included circle dancing, singing, and...

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Islamic Society of Boston Expands Libel Suit

November 1, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/11/01/islamic_society_expands_libel_suit/

On November 1, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Leaders of the Islamic Society of Boston broadened their defamation suit yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court to add conspiracy charges against a group of journalists and scholars who the Muslim leaders allege sought to ruin the reputations of the...

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Baha'i Conference Seeks to Close Gap Between Faith and Action

October 20, 2005

Source: Science and Technology News

http://www.stnews.org/News-1804.htm

On October 20, 2005 Science and Technology News reported, "For the Baha’i faith, understanding the relationship between science and religion is crucial to spiritual growth. A recent conference on 'Science, Religion, and Social Transformation' organized by the Association for Baha’i Studies in Boston aimed to close the widening chasm between philosophical understandings of science and religion and...

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Islamic Society of Boston Leader Files Defamation Suit with Local Media

May 12, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=82880

On May 12, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "a leader of the Islamic Society of Boston has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and WFXT-TV, alleging news reports unfairly linked him to radical Islamic terrorists. The complaint filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court by Osama Kandil alleges that a series of Herald stories published...

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Boston Santero Steve Quintana Interviewed

November 4, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2004 The Boston Globe reported on the Santeria temple at the home of Santero Steve Quintana, "Quintana is the godfather of Santeria in Greater Boston...   In their quest to reconnect with their indigenous roots here, many immigrants have turned to Quintana as a spiritual resource, whether they hail from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, or Cape Verde. To his followers, Quintana is a healer, a mentor, a liaison to the saints... Quintana works to bring the religion out of its closet. He also wants to dispel misconceptions...

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Editorial Suggests that Mosque Will Benefit Community

November 4, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 4, 2004 The Boston Globe reported that, "the new leadership of the embattled Islamic Society of Boston is saying clearly that it wants to join the family of forward-looking religious institutions in the city. Such an outcome would benefit both local Muslims who want to practice their religion free of extremist influences and members of other faiths who seek to engage Muslims in positive discussions. Concerns had escalated in recent weeks about the Cambridge-based group's undertaking to build a $22 million mosque and...

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Jainism in Greater Boston and Beyond: Challenges and Emergent Organizational Paradigms (2004)

This paper is a result of three months of research with the Jain community in the Greater Boston area. It is based primarily on my observations, informal interactions, more formal interviews, and bibliographic research. Being particularly interested in the challenges of the new generation of American-raised Jain youth, I made a concerted effort to address the issues of the high school and college-aged Jains. To these ends I conducted a nation-wide survey (mostly among Jains in their early twenties), to which I received 27 answers. I also visited the Sixth Convention of the Young Jains of...

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Islamic Society of Boston Repudiates Ties to Extremist Groups

October 15, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 15, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "board members of the Islamic Society of Boston said yesterday that they have avoided financial or organizational ties with extremist groups and have sought assistance from US and state law enforcement agencies to make certain that no such associations are established. In an effort to quell concern that the group has ties to extremist individuals, several board members offered assurances of its moderate views and links. The society is building a mosque and cultural center in Roxbury on...

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Islamic Society of Boston Criticizes Media Bias

October 8, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 8, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) lashed out at the news media yesterday for 'trying to instill fear and hostility' toward the group and denied any links to terrorists or Muslim extremism. In an unsigned written statement, society leaders said they 'believe the new conflagration of negative media attention given to the ISB is not the result of honest, diligent journalism, but of malicious intent to discredit our organization and the new Cultural Center in Boston.' It is the first...

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