Interfaith

Religious-oriented Funds Becoming More Popular after Accounting Scandals

October 6, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 6, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Disillusioned by the accounting scandals that helped decimate stock prices, a growing number of investors are seeking comfort in mutual funds that match their religious values and offer respectable returns. Religious-oriented funds screen out or avoid investing in, companies whose products or services conflict with core values of religious faith. The number of religious-oriented funds has more than doubled in the last three years, from 16 in 1999 to 38 this year, according to...

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

October 6, 2002

Source: Council on American Muslim Relations

On October 6, 2002 the Council on American Muslim Relations reported that "an estimated 10,000 people converged on the lawn of the Federal Building in Los Angeles to protest the impending war on Iraq. The rally and march was organized by the 'Not In Our Name' (NION) project, a group that formed a year ago to protest our government's heavy-handed policies, domestically and internationally, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks."

Bush Administration Awards Grant Money to Faith-based Service Groups

October 6, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 6, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the Bush administration is giving $25 million to 21 groups, including several that are deeply religious in nature... The grants represent the first tangible result of President Bush's 'faith-biased initiative,' which stalled in Congress amid fierce debate over how religious programs can take government money without running afoul of the constitutional separation of church and state... Several religious groups were among the grant winners, including Virginia-based Operation Blessing...

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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Stamps Commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid

October 4, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On October 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the Postal Service issues its holiday stamps in October to continue interest in collecting. Next Thursday, four holiday stamps, all 37 cents, will be issued commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid. Contemporary Christmas stamps, featuring snowmen, will be issued later."

Pat Robertson's Charity to Receive Federal Grant

October 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a charity founded by Pat Robertson is to receive $500,000 in the first wave of grants under President Bush's 'faith-based initiative,' which the religious broadcaster had criticized. In March, Robertson said on his '700 Club' television show that the program to give federal money to religious organizations that provide social services was a 'Pandora's box' that could make legitimate religious charities dependent on government and finance cults that 'brainwash' prospective...

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Ram Dass Honored

October 2, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On October 2, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the Omega Institute, a New Age retreat center tucked in the hills above the Hudson River, was... opening a library in [Ram Dass'] name. Speakers praised the pioneering apostle of Hindu spirituality as 'a pure soul,' 'an intrepid traveler of the universe' who displays 'an authenticity to his being.'' Singers led 300 acolytes and spiritual seekers in rousing devotional chants in his honor."

H.R. 2357 Rejected

October 2, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17046

On October 2, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the House today rejected a bill that would have let religious leaders talk freely about politics without endangering their organization's tax-exempt status. The bill, which caused splits in the religious community and inside the Republican Party, was defeated on a 239-178 vote. The bill's main proponent,...

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"Gospel of Inclusion" Upsets Evangelical Support, but Increases Interfaith Dialogue

October 2, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On October 2, 2002 Religion News Service reported that "more people learned of [Carlton Pearson's] 'gospel of inclusion'... [which] says simply, 'I exclude nobody from the redemptive work of the cross.' Pearson says he thinks the focus of many of his evangelical brethren, who believe a personal confession that Jesus is savior gains one entrance to heaven, has been wrongly placed... 'I believe that Jesus redeemed the entire world,' not just particular brands of Christians. While Pearson's doctrine of inclusion has motivated the...

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Lackawanna Arrests and Community's Solidarity

October 2, 2002

Source: Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20021002/1036867.asp

On October 2, 2002 Buffalo News reported that "religious leaders from a variety of faiths gathered outside the Lackawanna Mosque on Tuesday to pledge their support for the local Muslim community in response to the arrests of six Lackawanna men charged with supporting the al-Qaida terrorist network... religious leaders said they wanted to make a statement as a preventative measure...

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Removal of "God" from Oath Upset Some Honolulu Police Officers

September 30, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17038

On September 30, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "some Honolulu police officers say they are upset that the phrase "so help me God" has been removed from their oath of office. Police Chief Lee Donohue said Sept. 23 recruits would no longer recite those words when being sworn in at graduation because they are not included in the oath as it is written...

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New Jersey Muslims Educate to Dispel Misconceptions

September 30, 2002

Source: Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,623888,00.html

On September 30, 2002 Asbury Park Press reported that "as the number of Muslim families in the Shore area increases, so have their efforts to reach out to the community and dispel misconceptions about their religion. 'We want to try to clarify the negative stereotypes,' said El Mansoury, who spoke at a church in Point Pleasant and at the Uni-tarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth...

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Virginia's Nexus Proposes "Nitty Gritty" Interfaith Dialogue

September 28, 2002

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

On September 28, 2002 The Virginian-Pilot reported that "because the [Nexus] team recognizes that people are at different places in their faith walks and in their desire to learn about other faiths, we've always felt Nexus must grow to provide programs for these different levels. There are others, however - myself included - who want 'something more.' We want a life-changing encounter with people of other faiths, a real nitty gritty interfaith dialogue. We want the kind of interfaith dialogue that doesn't want or need an...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 28, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 28, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "despite the difficulties of collecting data, the numbers in the census released last week reveal the strength of religion county-by-county across America. The report said that 141.3 million people, or 50.2 percent of the U.S. population, were involved with churches, synagogues, mosques or temples. That makes the United States one of the most religious nations in the world, said Houseal, a statistician for the Church of the Nazarene. However, the number does not...

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Long Island Multi-Faith Forum to Expand Its Youth Constituency

September 28, 2002

Source: Newsday

On September 28, 2002 Newsday reported that "as part of a plan to expand its efforts during the next five years, the Multi-Faith Forum is focusing on children, encouraged by a growing number of requests from schools for its Building Bridges panel discussions. Forum leaders plan to expand their base of speakers, now numbering about 100, and update an educational video to appeal to the MTV sensibilities of younger audiences. Recognizing that mission, two Long Island religious groups and four forum members have granted a total of $27,500...

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