Interfaith

Leaders Reach 'Common Ground' Inspired by September 11

January 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 16, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "religious and civil rights leaders who battled each other over President Bush's faith-based initiative in 2001 said yesterday they had reached consensus on a number of ways government and the private sector could aid religious charities without violating the US Constitution's separation of church and state... The 33-person group, with members ranging across the political spectrum from the American Civil Liberties Union to Evangelicals for Social Action, agreed that government...

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Controversy Over Participation in Interfaith Service

January 15, 2002

Source: Newsday

On January 15, 2002, Newsday reported that "after Sept. 11, many turned to God for comfort and hope. Prayer took on greater significance. But two religious leaders have come under attack by their own brethren for praying in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks... Rev. David Benke is president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Atlantic District... and is pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn... Benke participated in 'A Prayer Service for America' at Yankee Stadium with politicians, celebrities and representatives from...

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Mosque Vandalized in Columbus, Ohio

January 15, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0115/p2s2-ussc.html

On January 15, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor featured the article "Tides of support buoy a city's displaced Muslims." The article reported, "Here in Columbus, Ohio, a displaced Islamic school has found an unusual new home - a Congregational church. For the next several months, nearly 130 young Muslims will learn about the Koran and the prophet Muhammad in the same place where...

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Editorial: "American Dream" Explores Spirituality and Commercialism

January 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 14, 2002, The Boston Globe featured "American Dream," an editorial about America's search for meaning. "Considered a sacred object in [Native American] culture, the web-like dream catcher - which is supposed to hang above a baby's cradle to trap nightmares and let good dreams into the soul - has become a staple in mall trinket stores... But while this popularization of the spiritual can be written off as the co-opting and secularizing of a belief system, it is, at its heart, a search for meaning... Our society is a...

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Wiccan Member Sues Unitarian Group

January 12, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On January 12, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that "a Houston-area witch says in a lawsuit that members of a Unitarian Fellowship program fell far short of their promise to welcome people of all religious beliefs when... they dismissed her... Mary LeBlanc says in a lawsuit filed this week that members of a Unitarian group belittled her disabilities and religion and harassed her to violate her religious beliefs by teaching them secret Wiccan rituals... LeBlanc said she first joined the Unitarian Fellowship... because it...

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Religious Centers and Developers Negotiate in Denver Suburb

January 11, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On January 11, 2002, The Denver Post reported that "members of a southeast Denver mosque would like to move it to the Stapleton redevelopment area [a Denver, CO suburb] and build their homes there... Officials with the developer, Forest City, say it's the first such proposal they've heard from a religious group. Ibrahim Kazerooni, imam of the Islamic Center of Ahl Al-Beit... said his 150-member congregation is outgrowing its mosque because as many as 500 attend special events. Members might want to build a school, an Islamic...

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Federal Court Stops Govt. Funding for Christian Rehab Center

January 10, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On January 10, 2002, The New York Times reported that "in a case widely seen as the first legal challenge to the constitutionality of President Bush's religion-based initiative, a federal court in Wisconsin has ordered the state to stop giving money to a drug and alcohol addiction program that relied heavily on Christian spirituality in its approach to treatment... Faith Works has received nearly $1 million from Wisconsin, much of it during the tenure of [former] Gov. Tommy G. Thompson... In a decision made public late Tuesday,...

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Wisconsin Indian-Americans Donate Gandhi Statue to Courthouse

January 8, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 8, 2002, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who preached non-violence and helped bring independence to India, will be placed in the gardens of the Milwaukee County Courthouse in Wisconsin. The statue, "a replica of the Gandhi statue in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is being donated by the Wisconsin Coalition of Asian Indian Organizations. The group is raising $50,000 to pay for and maintain the statue. County Board members recently accepted the...

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Interfaith Gathering for Peace Held in Orlando, Florida

January 7, 2002

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-locinterfaith07010702jan07.story?coll=orl%2Dnews%2Dheadlines

On January 7, 2002, The Orlando Sentinel reported "World's faiths converge to urge peace, harmony." The article noted, "In the ballroom of the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive in Orlando, the faces and families reflected the changing religious complexions of Central Florida...

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Uproar Over Wiccan Chaplain Hired at Wisconsin Prison

January 7, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000001664jan07.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dnation

On January 7, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that in Wisconsin, "a state representative from... West Salem is leading a drive to yank funding for Witch's $32,500-a-year post, saying taxpayers 'shouldn't be forced to accept this hocus-pocus.' Two other lawmakers have joined him in outrage; one...

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Mosque Vandalized in Columbus, Ohio

January 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20020103/us/vandalism_mosque_2.html

On January 3, 2002, the Associated Press reported "Aid After Mosque Vandalized in Ohio." The article noted that "Non-Muslims have offered space, money and other support for worshippers after vandals drilled holes in the floors of the city's oldest mosque, ripped up copies of the Quran and pulled water pipes from walls." Offers of space and support have come from the...

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