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Ghanaian Chief Appeals for Religious Tolerance, Interfaith Work in Africa

June 28, 2004

Source: afrol News

http://www.afrol.com/articles/13472

On June 28, 2004 afrol News reported, "Ghanaian Paramount Chief Togbe Afede XIV, has appealed for tolerance and reciprocal respect among Africa's peoples, saying conflict was one reason why the continent had grown poorer over the past 25 years. The regional leader of Ho-Asogli state in the Volta region, urged African governments to endeavour to strengthen peace by working toward a more equal and just society. In a candid...

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Buddhist Temple Bazaar in San Mataeo, CA

June 28, 2004

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~2239791,00.html

On June 28, 2004 San Mateo County Times reported, "Though savory Japanese cuisine and carnival games were among the offerings drawing crowds to the San Mateo Buddhist Temple's annual bazaar this weekend, event organizers and participants contend it's the group camaraderie that keeps them coming year after year. Flags beckoned Sunday to...

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For Europeans and Americans, "Symbolic" God-Language Matters

June 27, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13564

On June 27, 2004 the First Amendment Center posted a commentary by Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, comparing the issues raised by the U.S. case over whether to remove "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and the decision not to include any references to God, Christianity, or "Christian heritage" in the European Union constitution....

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Sikh Shares Thoughts on the Honor of Being Elected to Senate in S.C.

June 27, 2004

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/opinion/9022986.htm

On June 27, 2004 The State reported that new incumbent of the Senate seat in the 87th District of South Carolina, Nikki Haley nee Randhawa, shares her thoughts on the honor of being elected for reasons beyond her faith background. Haley, a Sikh and second generation American-Indian, won the race for Senate over 30 year incumbent Rep. Larry Koon.

Institute Established to Monitor Representation of Religion in School Textbooks

June 27, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/ArtCulture/2004/06/article07.shtml

On June 27, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Distortion of Islam in French school syllabi can be seen as a reflection of the mutual misunderstanding between Islam and the West, yet a reflection with its own significance, which can also be viewed in the light of the American attempts to change the religious curricula in some Islamic countries. Dr. Mustafa Al-...

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Volunteer Terroist Watch Corps Builds Among Highway Drivers in Little Rock, AR

June 27, 2004

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040705-658321,00.ht

On June 27, 2004 TIME Magazine reported, "On a blazing hot morning last week, 75 men and women of the highway � bus drivers, truckers and van operators � convened at a nondescript office building in Little Rock, Ark., to be trained as terrorist hunters. The Department of Homeland Security this year gave $19.3 million to the American Trucking...

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Report on the Laotian Population in the U.S.

June 27, 2004

Source: The Ledger

http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040627/NEWS/406270367/1021

On June 27, 2004 The Ledger reported, "It may come as a surprise that Polk County contains enough Laotians to support their own organization. The 2000 U.S. Census found 321 Laos-born residents of Polk, almost half the number of Vietnam natives and nearly one-tenth of the statewide population. Many of Polk's Laotian-Americans are part of a...

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Over One-Third of Dutch Surveyed Are Afraid of Muslims

June 27, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

On June 27, 2004 Reuters reported, "More than a third of the Dutch surveyed are afraid of Muslims, and nearly three-quarters have little or no contact with people from that cultural background, according to a poll published yesterday. The survey of 813 adults by TNS NIPO pollsters for De Volkskrant newspaper found that 36 percent of the Dutch feel threatened by Muslims in the Netherlands and only 15 percent regard the culture positively. Half of the respondents fear that the...

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Native Hawiians Oppose Military Training in Sacred Valley

June 27, 2004

Source: World Now/KHNL

http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=1971974

On June 27, 2004 World Now/KHNL reported, "The Army is preparing to conduct training this week in Makua Valley , an area considered sacred by Native Hawaiians. On Sunday, June 27, 2004, some students and others from the Native Hawaiian group, Malama Makua were allowed to explore the valley through cultural access. But before they're allowed into the valley, the group gets a quick briefing from the Army...

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Religious, Ethnic Diversity Increasing With Growing Presence of Immigrants

June 27, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/travel/27nabe.html

On June 27, 2004 The New York Times ran a travel piece by novelist Michael Mewshaw in which he reflects on the increasing religious diversity of Rome: "I used to entertain the antic notion that I could walk from one end of Rome to the other by ducking in and out of the city's hundreds of churches. I imagined myself strolling beneath an almost continuous canopy of frescoed ceilings swarming...

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