Interfaith

Hindu Group Shares Space with Episcopal Church in Florida

June 29, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On June 29, 2002 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "in the classrooms of a small Episcopal church... Hindu members of the Swadhyaya movement (pronounced Swad-HI-ya), a sect little more than 50 years old... chant and study... The arrangement is treated with aplomb by the two vastly different religious communities... The St. Petersburg Swadhyayees have met since the late 1980s. The group, one of 350 in the United States, started with two people. Today there are 50 families, which include many children. Members come from...

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Houston Chinmaya Mission Publishes CD-ROM on Hindu Scripture

June 29, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.myholygita.com

On June 29, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that the Chinmaya Mission of Houston, Texas has published "'The Journey to the Truth,' a multi-media CD-ROM set, [which] contains not only the Bhagavad Gita, one of Hinduism's most sacred writings, but presents the Scriptures in user-friendly formats suited for children, adults and even for those who can manage only a few minutes a day... 'This is primarily for people who do not have...

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Supreme Court Approves Vouchers for Religious Schools

June 28, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 28, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "the Supreme Court approved the use of tax-funded vouchers for religious school tuition." This decision could reshape "the symbolic line between church and state and... the parameters of public school financing... In a 5-4 decision, the bitterly divided justices declared constitutional the 6-year-old tuition voucher program for low-income students in the troubled Cleveland Municipal School District... The court's conservative majority said the use of vouchers...

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

June 28, 2002

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr062602.htm

On June 28, 2002 the Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported that their Executive Director, Rev. Barry W. Lynn... said the court decision reflects an appropriate concern for the religious liberty rights of all Americans... 'America is an incredibly diverse country with some 2,000 different religions and...

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

June 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "even as a court ruled that it is illegal for school children to recite a Pledge of Allegiance that mentions God - and then swiftly put an indefinite hold on that decision - Virginia schools are preparing to quietly welcome Him into every foyer... Starting Monday, every Virginia school will be required to hang a poster with the words 'In God We Trust, the National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956,' in accordance with a law signed by Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) in May...

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Supreme Court Approves Vouchers for Religious Schools

June 28, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 28, 2002, The New York Times featured an editorial by Jeffrey Rosen, a professor at George Washington University Law School, that finds the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold neutrality and balance the opposing political views. "In a welcome decision, the court upheld a public program in Cleveland that financed vouchers that could be used in religious or secular, public or private schools. In doing so, it embraced a healthy vision of religious neutrality... Embracing the Supreme Court's moderate compromise - requiring...

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

June 27, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16477

On June 27, 2002, The Associated Press reported that "a federal appeals court panel drew outrage from across the political spectrum by ruling yesterday that it is unconstitutional for school children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance but the decision may not last long." Read more on the...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 24, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On June 24, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured a letter to the Editor from Rabbi James Gibson, responding to the comments of Rev. Vines. "I am the senior rabbi of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill and have worked to improve inter-group relations in Pittsburgh for the last 14 years. I am shocked at Mr. Vines' callous disregard for interfaith sensibilities as well as his ignorance about Islam... Every person of faith, regardless of their belief, should demand a public retraction of Mr. Vines' statement. Neither explanation...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26419-2002Jun21.html

On June 23, 2002, The Washington Post featured the editorial "Back to the Bully Pulpit." It noted, "Some people who follow these things say no one should be surprised by the anti-Muslim bigotry of a former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention. Maybe ... we shouldn't have been shocked, only disgusted. What is surprising, and more than disappointing, is the...

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Mall of America Opens Interfaith Meditation and Prayer Room for Employees

June 21, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 21, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the opening of the Mall of America's "new meditation room. Opened in late February, the 400-square-foot space is designed for use by employees of any faith, or those just wanting a quiet place... The Mall Area Religious Council [in Minnesota] advised management in setting up the sparsely furnished room for multifaith use. The space includes two foot-washing stalls, shelves for shoes and prayer rugs, and a painted compass on one wall, which assist Muslims in their...

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