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Temple Celebrates a Century of Buddhism in Oregon

November 30, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1069592413278691.xml

On November 30, 2003 The Oregonian reported that members of the Oregon Buddhist Temple are celebrating a century of Buddhism in Oregon. Their temple was founded by immigrant Japanese laborers in November 1903. According to the article, "The first building, at 312 N.W. 10th Ave., had the temple on the ground floor and hotel rooms above...

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Update: Legislation to Recognize Non-Christian Faiths Voted Down

November 30, 2003

Source: Neue Z�rcher Zeitung

http://www.nzz.ch/2003/11/30/english/page-synd4503862.html

On November 30, 2003 Neue Z�rcher Zeitung reported, "Proposed new laws that would have led to the official recognition of non-Christian faiths, including Islam, have been turned down in canton Zurich. Some 64 per cent of voters said no to recognizing faiths other than the three official religions in the canton...Ren� Zihlmann, President of the Swiss Roman Catholic...

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Houston Hindus Use Modern Methods to Keep Tradition Alive

November 30, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2260912

On November 30, 2003 The Houston Chronicle published an article on the Maheshwaris, a Hindu minority from the Indian state of Rajasthan who are using modern technology to matchmake and keep their culture alive. Young Hindus in Houston are logging onto the Web site Maheshwari Online, which offers a worldwide Maheshwari registry and Maheshwari matchmaking. According to...

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Iowa Students Join Muslims in Fast-a-thon

November 30, 2003

Source: Iowa State Daily

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/12/05/3deef12157cc0

On November 30, 2003 the Iowa State Daily reported that "about 70 students went without eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset as part of the Muslim Student Association's Fast-a-thon. The Fast-a-thon is based upon businesses pledging money for students to fast, said Saddam Khattak, senior in computer engineering. The $400 raised will go to the...

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Bush Faces Criticism Over Statement that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

November 30, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/136/story_13644_1.html

On November 30, 2003 Beliefnet published an editorial by Richard Land responding to recent statements by President Bush that Muslims and Christians worship the "same god." Land writes, "When reporters called to ask for my response to the President's statement, I told them that like many other Americans, I applaud the President as a man of deep religious faith who attempts to bring those...

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Buddhist Monk Brings Meditation to Chicago's Suburbia

November 30, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0311270150nov27,1,3

On November 30, 2003 the Chicago Tribune published a profile on Sujatha Peradeniye, a Buddhist monk studying psychology at McHenry County College near Chicago in the hopes of understanding how Americans think. According to the article, "Peradeniye's circuitous journey two years ago to McHenry County was navigated by an inner calling to blend Buddhist...

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Update: Zurich Refuses to Recognize Non-Christian Faiths

November 30, 2003

Source: swissinfo

http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4503862

On November 30, 2003 swissinfo reported, "Proposed new laws that would have led to the official recognition of non-Christian faiths, including Islam, have been turned down in canton Zurich. Some 64 per cent of voters said no to recognising faiths other than the three official religions in the canton. Markus Notter from the Zurich cantonal government – which only...

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Update: A Month Later, Still no Action on the Boykin Front

November 30, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-boykin23nov23,1,1984750.s

On November 30, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that despite the fact that over a month has passed since General William G. "Jerry" Boykin's comments on Islam, the Bush administration has done little to support or condemn him. According to the Times, "While the Pentagon investigates Boykin's remarks, the passage of time is turning the episode into...

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In a Diverse Society, One Card Alone Can't Capture the Reason for the Season

November 30, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/112903dnrelHolidayCards.335f6.html

On November 30, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported, "In a more diverse, multicultural society, sending out holiday greetings has become a complicated affair filled with potential pitfalls. 'We're seeing an increase in cards that say 'Season's Greetings' or 'Happy Holidays' because, more and more, you may not know the religious...

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