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Tsunamis Challenge Faith of Many South Asians

December 31, 2004

Source: Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/nation/10538253.htm

On December 31, 2004 the Kansas City Star reported, "Not only did the tsunami drown southern Asia; it challenged its soul. When the waves washed over India's coastal villages Sunday, thousands of pilgrims to a Marian shrine were washed away while paying homage and attending mass. Bodies were scattered and buried in the sand, and the shrine suddenly became a morgue...

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Columnist Calls for Curtailment of Muslim Civil Liberties in the U.S.

December 31, 2004

Source: Editor and Publisher

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000744193

On December 31, 2004 Editor and Publisher reported, "when an opinion survey released by Cornell University last week found that 44% of Americans wanted to curtail the civil liberties of all Muslim-Americans, with better than one in four saying they should all be required to register their location with the federal...

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Survivors Take Refuge in Holy Places--Temples, Mosques, Churches

December 31, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/10539076.htm?1c

On December 31, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "Amid the devastation of earthquake and tsunami, dazed refugees and weeping mourners seek solace - and shelter - on holy ground. Muslims across the ravaged northern coast of Sumatra crowded into debris-littered mosques Friday for their final prayers of the year, the stench of rotting corpses hanging over them...

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More Muslim, Christian Women Wearing Headscarf for "Protection"

December 30, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35086-2004Dec29.html

On December 30, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "This is the new reality for many women in Iraq, Muslims and Christians alike. As the months have passed since the U.S.-led invasion, fewer women are daring to venture out without wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, called a hejab in Arabic. In Baghdad, moderate Muslim women used to feel they had a choice...

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Five Animals Found on CA Beach Possibly Linked to Winter Solstice Ritual

December 30, 2004

Source: Daily Breeze

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/1308441.html

On December 30, 2004 the Daily Breeze reported, "decapitated chickens, a dead bird and a headless cat with some of its legs cut off have been found at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, leading authorities to believe the animals were killed in some kind of winter solstice ritual. A rash of similar ritualistic animal killings swept through San Pedro parks in the early 1990s, though police and parks...

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International Students at Indiana Universities Await News of Relatives Affected by Tsunami

December 29, 2004

Source: Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/articles/1/205517-7581-010.html

On December 29, 2004 the Indianapolis Star reported, "Ashok Jeyapaul, a Hanover College junior from India, spent most of Tuesday logged on to a computer in his dormitory room or at the college's international student center. Jeyapaul awaited e-mail about his grandparents and other family members, whose hundreds of acres of farmland in India were in the path of Sunday's tsunami. Their...

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Sikh Temple Hosts Camp in Turlock, CA

December 29, 2004

Source: Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/9677556p-10561450c.html

On December 29, 2004 Modesto Bee reported, "nearly 100 people from kindergarten to college age turned out Tuesday for the first day of Sikh Camp at the Sikh Temple on Fifth Street in Turlock. The camp, offering information on the Sikh religion and history, is scheduled to conclude today, after running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is free and open to the public, regardless of age, race...

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Detroit Hindu Temples Prepare to Send Tsunami Relief to South Asia

December 29, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/nation/0412/29/A01-44476.htm

On December 29, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Troy resident Chandrachoodan Narayanan spent Tuesday contacting friends and relatives in India to find out how his temple could help. The people he could reach in the area ravaged by the killer tsunami Sunday told him they need just about everything. 'They need, naturally, shelter, clothes, food,' said Narayanan, 63, a member of...

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