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Lack of Religious Studies in Indiana Public Schools

December 27, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17404

On December 27, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "perhaps wary of church-state controversies, most public schools in Indiana do not offer courses in religion — even though the law allows it. Biblical literature and religion are currently the only two religion courses offered in Indiana public schools. The literature class is more popular, but Carmel [High School] is one...

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MPAC's Annual Convention, 2002

December 24, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=317

On December 24, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that the "MPAC annual convention drew over 1500 activists and speakers to Southern California this past weekend... Gasser Hathout gives a comprehensive, stark picture of the specific threats provisions within the USA PATRIOT act poses to the average American in a very informative...

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Editorial: FBCI Will Dictate Which Religions are Central or Marginal

December 24, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.religionandpluralism.org/GranteeArticles/KarenMcCarthyBrown_LA_Times%20OpEd122402.pdf

On December 24, 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Karen McCarthy Brown that stated, "lots of people seem to think that federal funding for faith-based charity violates the separation of church and state... It does. But there is another reason why Americans should be wary of allowing the...

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"D" Report Card for Preserving Civil Liberties

December 24, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1849

On December 24, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "a coalition of progressive religious leaders has given the nation's political leaders poor grades for the war on terrorism, including a grade of 'D' for preserving civil liberties... The Progressive Religious Partnership's recent 'Spiritual and Ethical Report Card' was...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 20, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/CvlRt_32/4214_32.asp

On December 20, 2002, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, issued a press release "express[ing] concern regarding the detention and alleged mistreatment of Middle Eastern men and boys in Los Angeles by federal immigration officials. The League urged the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ensure compliance with civil rights laws and to disclose the procedures used in...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 13, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4728127.htm

On December 13, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "President Bush signed an executive order in Philadelphia yesterday that bars federal agencies from discriminating against religious organizations when awarding social service money. The order - which circumvents Congress - directs all federal agencies to give equal consideration to both faith-based and secular organizations seeking...

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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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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: 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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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/12/20021212-6.html

On December 12, 2002 the White House reported that President Bush issued an Executive Order that aims to "guide Federal agencies in formulating and developing policies with implications for faith-based organizations and other community organizations, to ensure equal protection of the laws for faith-based and community organizations, to further the national effort to expand...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/CvlRt_32/4210_32.asp

On December 12, 2002 The Anti-Defamation League reported that "Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement: 'While we welcome the President's remarks making it clear that he supports the Constitutional mandate requiring that no federal funds be used to directly support inherently religious activities, we are very concerned that the Executive Order he signed will...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/press/index.htm

On December 12, 2002 The Interfaith Alliance issued a statement from its Executive Director, Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, which states, "President Bush’s Executive Order, signed today in Philadelphia, represents a step backward in the fight to promote equality for all Americans. The president’s Order, promoting key pieces of his faith-based initiative, not only usurps congressional power...

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Interfaith Awareness Week Celebration at Wisconsin State Capitol

December 11, 2002

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

On December 11, 2002 Wisconsin State Journal reported that "Buddhists set up [a] display alongside those of other religious groups at the fifth annual Interfaith Awareness Week program Tuesday at the state Capitol. Other faiths participating in the noon program were Orthodox Christian, Mennonite, Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim. The Interfaith Awareness Week program was organized by the Rev. John-Brian Paprock... a priest at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission in Madison.

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

December 11, 2002

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/02news100.html

On December 11, 2002 National Council of Churches reported that "a broad coalition of leaders of religious and civic organizations announced here today the launching of a movement titled 'Keep America Safe: Win Without War.' They will seek to bring the case of alternative action to stop Iraqi militarism without resorting to American militarism.  Coalition members, who include National Council of...

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New Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Missouri

December 9, 2002

Source: The Daily Statesman

http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/884/public/news403974.html

On December 9, 2002 The Daily Statesman reported that "legislation proposed this week by Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, could strengthen Missourians' abilities to practice their faith. The bill was filed in advance of the 2003 legislative session that begins in January. It would require the state to have a compelling interest in regulating...

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