Christianity

Chicago's South Asian Friendship Center and Bookstore

December 22, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On December 22, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "while some evangelical Protestants condemn Islam, those at Chicago's South Asian Friendship Center and Bookstore take the opposite approach. The small storefront opened in 1997 in the city's Little India section, amid dozens of specialty stores that cater to immigrants from India and Pakistan. The majority of people who stop to chat and sip tea are Muslims, though some are Hindus. The center provides many services new immigrants need, with emphasis on...

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Controversy Over Holiday Decorations at Pittsburgh Elementary School

December 21, 2002

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/1221story6_news.shtml

On December 21, 2002 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the removal this week of three decorated evergreen trees from a seasonal display at Park Road Elementary School [in Pittsburgh] has touched off a lively and heated debate about religious symbols and their place, if any, in public schools... The display in Park Road’s foyer, called 'Winter Magic,' was created by...

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More Muslims than Jews or Orthodox Christians in Chicago

December 20, 2002

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/religion/cst-nws-relbriefs20.html

On December 20, 2002 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "new population figures for religious communities in the Chicago area show there are more Muslims living in the area than Jews or Orthodox Christians... The figures, from the National Conference for Community and Justice, are based on statistics submitted to the organization by various religious communities...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Dec. 2002

December 19, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1843

On December 19, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "about a dozen religious leaders met with Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on Wednesday (Dec. 18) for a briefing on the war against terrorism... Clergy participants described the two-hour gathering as a 'good exchange' during which Pentagon officials updated them on their efforts in Afghanistan and...

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Inclusion of Creche Displays in Miami-Dade County

December 18, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4762383.htm

On December 18, 2002 The Miami Herald reported that "when Ditsy Carmen Suarez glanced at the holiday display in a West Miami-Dade County government building a week ago, she did a double-take... There, brightening a corner: a Christmas tree, a Hanukkah menorah, six dreidels and a Kwanzaa candelabra... But missing was a nativity scene, a symbol of the birth of Jesus... That started her crusade against...

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Islamic Society of Central Florida Urges Unity

December 16, 2002

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-locrally15121502dec15.story

On December 16, 2002 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Central Florida Muslims welcomed leaders from top Islamic groups across the country to join them... They heard each other's frustrations, shared perspectives and vowed to unify to end discrimination against Florida Muslims. Now, they hope to unite blacks, Christians, Hispanics and...

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Holiday Celebrating Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 15, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On December 15, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "for Racine's [WI] Hispanic Catholic community -- particularly for people of Mexican heritage -- Dec. 12 is no ordinary day... It is a celebration for the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, known as Our Lady of Guadalupe for her apparition in 1531 near Mexico City to a Christian named Juan Diego at which she declared her love for the people of Mexico, according to Catholic Church teachings... On Dec. 12, Mary is said to have performed miracles --...

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Conflict Over Mosque Construction in East Meadow

December 15, 2002

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/15/nyregion/15MOSQ.html

On December 15, 2002 The New York Times reported that "a Muslim congregation's plan to raze two houses it owns here and build a mosque and a school in their place has drawn protests from some residents who worry about increased traffic... For nearly a decade, the Long Island Muslim Society has been holding meetings for about 150 people at the small Cape Cod-style houses side by side at...

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First Bishop of Asian Ancestry in the United States

December 14, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On December 14, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a San Francisco priest who said he once scolded his aunt for praying for him to become a bishop was named Friday as the first bishop of Asian ancestry in the United States.... Monsignor Ignatius Wang, 68, a former pastor in North Beach who was born in Beijing, was elevated to the post of auxiliary bishop and will serve under Archbishop William Levada... Maurice Healy, a spokesman for the diocese, said 25 percent of the diocese's 450,000 members are of...

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Interfaith Families

December 12, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 12, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "with Hanukkah over by almost a week and Christmas still nearly two weeks away, interfaith families have the rare luxury of putting away the menorah before putting up the tree. That's a big deal. Three weeks' breathing room between the holidays can do a lot to minimize confusion in the minds of young children... For parents, the bonus is not only that you can disentangle the two holidays and deal with each one individually, but also that you have time to reflect on what you...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=11458&c=37

On December 12, 2002 the American Civil Liberties Union reported that "President Bush's Executive Order directing federal agencies to make tax dollars available to religious organizations is unnecessary and dangerous... [T]he American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today voiced its strong opposition to the President’s plan. Rather...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

December 12, 2002

Source: Catholic League

http://www.catholicleague.org/research/decceleb.htm

On December 12, 2002 Catholic League reported that "December presents public schools with the opportunity of acknowledging the diverse religious beliefs of their students while avoiding the kind of divisiveness that some activist organizations foster by misinterpreting the constitutional mandate regarding freedom of religion. Teachers, administrators and parents should try to promote greater...

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Wicca in American Universities

December 12, 2002

Source: Fox News Channel

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,72791,00.html

On December 12, 2002 the Fox News Channel reported that "members of Syracuse University's Pagan Society lighted candles in the campus chapel, while curious students signed up for a new class on witchcraft. And at the University of Arizona and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, believers can be excused from class on Wiccan holidays... 'There is a cultural shift with college students identifying...

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Supreme Court Debates Constitutionality of Banning Cross-Burning

December 12, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On December 12, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "yesterday's Supreme Court oral argument over Virginia's law banning cross-burning produced an intense discussion of whether the Constitution permits states to prohibit political symbols that strike fear in the hearts of many citizens... The court's only African American, Thomas broke his customary silence during oral argument to drive home the point that the history of cross burning as a symbol of Ku Klux Klan hatred and violence toward blacks, Jews and Catholics makes...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: Christian Legal Society

http://www.clsnet.org/clrfPages/advocacy/faithBased_pr.php3

On December 12, 2002 the Christian Legal Society issued a Media Release stating "the Christian Legal Society, a nationwide association of Christian lawyers, applauds the guidance President Bush issued today regarding the involvement of faith-based and community organizations in government-funded social service programs. 'America's poor and needy will benefit from the...

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