Interfaith

South Florida Jews and Muslims Unite at Festival For Peace

July 22, 2002

Source: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-sjam22jul22.story

On July 22, 2002 The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that members of the Jewish congregation of Temple Adath Or in Southern Florida "participated in Muslim prayer for the first time during Festival For Peace at the Darul Uloom Islamic Institute in Pembroke Pines, [Florida]... More than 200 adults and...

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Muslim Activist takes Shelter with Orthodox Rabbi

July 22, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On July 22, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an editorial by  Khaled Abou El Fadl who teaches law at the University of California-Los Angeles.  "In the pain-filled atmosphere after Sept. 11, I was one of the Muslims who took a public and critical stand regarding the way my co-religionists and our government were handling the crisis... As a result, I started to receive death threats from Muslim and non-Muslim fanatics alike...    A friend of mine, an Orthodox rabbi, urged my family and me to stay with him,...

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North Carolina Group: Americans and Muslims for Intercultural Dialogue

July 20, 2002

Source: The Herald-Sun

http://www.muslimdialog.org/

On July 20, 2002 The Herald-Sun featured an article on the Durham, North Carolina organization Americans and Muslims for Intercultural Dialogue. The groups goal is "to promote religious tolerance and knowledge of Islam... Their objective is twofold: to combat what they see as a rising tide of intolerance of Islam in the United States, and to counter-balance what they call increasing fundamentalism within some Muslim groups here and...

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Controversy Over Participation in Interfaith Service

July 20, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On July 20, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "last month, the Rev. Wallace Schulz of Pacific, Missouri, a vice president of the church,... suspended a New York pastor for joining... an interfaith service at Yankee Stadium after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." Schulz was, until recently, the main host of 'The Lutheran Hour,' "a St. Louis-based gospel program carried by more than 1,000 radio stations [and]... the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod's most prominent pulpit...    [But] deluged with criticism of [Schulz'...

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Women of all Faiths Invited to Thai Buddhist Monastery in Utah

July 20, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On July 20, 2002 The Deseret News reported  that "Wat Dhammagunaram, the Layton [Thai] Buddhist Temple and Monastery... will be providing women with a chance to experience life in a [Buddhist] monastery...    Starting Friday... and continuing through Sunday afternoon, women of all ages and religious backgrounds can wear white clothing, observe the Eight Precepts, practice meditation and learn more about the Buddhist tradition."

Houston Suburb Faces Plans for Exclusive Christian Memorial on September 11

July 19, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On July 19, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "an effort by evangelical Christians to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 in The Woodlands has split the religious community and led to accusations of intolerance in this suburban area north of Houston, [Texas]... Critics of the memorial service on the anniversary date accuse its organizers of implicitly stigmatizing the Muslim community... and of monopolizing the logical venue for a commemoration that would embrace all faiths... Rabbi James Brandt of the Congregation...

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New Figures Show Rise in Citizenship Applications but Fewer Naturalized

July 17, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On July 17, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "when immigration and civil rights attorney Saad Ahmad goes to pray at his Santa Clara [California] mosque these days, he is approached by fellow worshipers seeking advice about becoming U.S. citizens... Since Sept. 11, he has counseled non-naturalized residents to get citizenship... And across the nation record numbers of immigrants have applied, not only out of fear of a backlash but because they felt a rise in patriotism after the terrorist attacks... New...

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New Study Shows Lack of Strong Support for Faith-Based Initiative from Protestant Clergy

July 16, 2002

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.CNSNEWS.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200207\CUL20020716a.html

On July 16, 2002 CNSNews.com reported that "support for President Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Act remains 'lukewarm' among Protestant clergy across the nation, a new study reveals... The Bush administration so far has not been successful in creating greater acceptance of its faith-based agenda among the Protestant...

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Opening Prayers at Ohio Governmental Meetings Increase in Diversity

July 14, 2002

Source: Dayton Daily News

On July 14, 2002 Dayton Daily News reported that "prayers from... a variety of Christian denominations routinely open governmental meetings in the Miami Valley [in Ohio]... [But] a Xenia councilwoman is inviting Muslims, Hindus and representatives from other faiths to do the same... 'This is America' Patricia Felton said. 'We need to make that opportunity available to anyone who wants to speak'... Likewise in Columbus, the majority of those who lead the prayers for state legislators are Christians, but in recent years several...

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Controversy Over Participation in Interfaith Service

July 12, 2002

Source: The New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/45304.htm

On July 12, 2002, The New York Post reported that the "Lutheran minister suspended for taking part in an interfaith prayer service for families of Sept. 11 victims said yesterday that he had no regrets... 'I feel that I've acted with integrity,' said the Rev. David Benke, pastor of Brooklyn's St....

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Central Florida Religious Leaders Meet to Discuss Religion and Public Education

July 12, 2002

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-locrelschools12071202jul12.story?coll=orl%2Dhome%2Dheadlines

On July 12, 2002 The Orlando Sentinel reported that "religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths met Thursday night in a Winter Park [Florida] church to grapple with the contentious issue of religious faith and public education... Panelists agreed that teaching about...

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Book to Focus on Religious Diversity of Ohio

July 12, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent, but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003 also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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New Jersey Quakers Share Meeting House with Jewish Congregation

July 7, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On July 7, 2002 The New York Times reported that at Chatham, New Jersey's Quaker meetinghouse "for seven years, Quakers here have shared their space with Jews, allowing the practice of two distinct religions under one roof... 'The Quakers are an incredibly generous group,' said Deborah Fineman, president of Congregation Beth Hatikvah, which meets on Fridays and Saturdays before vacating for Quaker worship on Sunday. 'They've allowed us to make a home.'"

Appeals Court Rules "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

July 7, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On July 7, 2002, The Denver Post reported that "when he was a child growing up in Los Angeles, Kanya Okamoto left out the words 'under God' when he recited the Pledge of Allegiance because the God referred to didn't fit with his Buddhist beliefs... Now, as minister of Tri State/Denver Buddhist Temple in downtown Denver, [Colorado] Okamoto still doesn't see the need for having that phrase in the pledge... 'But there are Buddhists who disagree with me,' he said. 'They have grown up with the phrase. That's OK...

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