Interfaith

Senate Should Vote Against Faith-Based Bill

July 22, 2001

Source: The Harford Courant

On July 22, 2001, The Harford Courant published an editorial on the faith-based initiative recently passed in the House, which said, "the House inadvisably strengthened what Thomas Paine called 'the adulterous connection of church and state.'...It will now be up to the Senate to say no to a well-meaning but constitutionally offensive."

Boston Church Property Increases in Value

July 22, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On July 22, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on "the potential financial bonanza for churches, synagogues and other religious organizations sitting on increasingly valuable parcels of land...In the city itself, the value of real estate owned by religious denominations has doubled over the last five years...At the same time, many religious denominations...are scrambling for money."

Faith-Based Bill Passes in House

July 20, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On July 20, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "the House voted mostly along party lines...to approve a bill to allow more federal money to go to religious charities that deliver social services...The leaders secured the votes after pledging that changes would be made to the bill after it goes to the Senate to bar religious groups that receive federal money from discriminating on other grounds, particularly against homosexuals...The bill faces an uncertain future...in the Democratic-led Senate."

Focus on Recipients of Faith-Based Services

July 19, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On July 19, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an editorial, which said that "President Bush's faith-based initiative is about to be done in" by Democrats concerned about discriminatory hiring practices. "The more important issue, of course, is not who is hired or not hired to work in the programs but the recipients of the services. The issue that faith-based groups can affect a change in a recipient's behavior...has been drowned out by the insidious attacks of" Bush's opponents.

Outdoor Religious Services Bring Together People of Different Faiths

July 17, 2001

Source: Newsday

On July 17, 2001, Newsday reported that the "Montauk Community Presbyterian Church, which is hosting a series of sunrise and sunset worship services this month in the Montauk [New York] area...on local beaches and in parks," which bring together members of different churches and cultures. The hosts include Protestant ministers, a Catholic priest and a rabbi... Montauk's religious leaders are trying to break down the walls between churches."

Pagans Convey Concerns about Faith-Based Legislation to Congress

July 17, 2001

Source: Lady Liberty League

On July 17, 2001, the Lady Liberty League issued a press release reporting that "Pagans of many paths from around the USA concerned about HR 7 have joined the growing numbers of American citizens calling and emailing their concerns to US Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Some info is online at Wren's Nest at the Witches Voice website: http://www.witchvox.net/xwrensnest.html...HR 7 is of special concern to Pagans because one of the most widely cited...

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Centrist Democratic Leadership Council Discusses Faith and Politics

July 17, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On July 17, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "leaders of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) criticized their party here today for often appearing hostile toward people with strong religious beliefs." They also "challenged President Bush to live up to the centrist rhetoric of his campaign, accusing the president of lurching so far to the right that bipartisan consensus is virtually impossible...The DLC conference is devoted to a discussion of values and how Democrats can regain the trust of more Americans on...

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46 Groups Sign Letter Protesting Faith-Based Legislation

July 16, 2001

Source: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr71601.htm

On July 16, 2001, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State issued a press release reporting that "nearly four dozen religious, labor and public policy organizations have sent a joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging members to vote against the Community Solutions Act (H.R. 7), a bill advancing President George W. Bush's 'faith-based initiative.'...Signers...

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Muslim Leaders Protest Muslim Student's Expulsion from White House

July 16, 2001

Source: Newsweek

On July 16, 2001, Newsweek reported on Abdullah Al-Arian, the Arab-American student who was expelled from the White House. "Al-Arian had registered Democratic, but he was so encouraged by Bush's outreach to the Arab community that he voted for him and took a job this summer as a congressional intern...But his optimism faded his first week in Washington, D.C. [when he] was ejected from a White House annex by a security guard, on an erroneous tip that the student had terrorist connections."

New Book Helps Minorities Succeed in Workplace

July 15, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On July 15, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "in her book From the Outside In, written with Sandra Slipp and Vincent Ford, New Jersey management specialist Renee Blank offers seven strategies to help people succeed" in the workplace, especially when they feel like outsiders.

Salvation Army's Position on Gays Stirs Controversy

July 15, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On July 15, 2001, The Washington Post reported on the Salvation Army's appeal to the White House for protection from state and local laws prohibiting discrimination against gay employees. "As a church, the Army is intolerant of sin, but at the same time, it chooses to engage with the secular world through its charitable and social work...Last week's controversy stemmed from disclosure of...a 'firm commitment' from the White House to shield government-funded religious groups from state laws barring discrimination against gay...

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Diana Eck's New Book Examines Religious Diversity in America

July 14, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On July 14, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported on Diana Eck's new book, A New Religious America. "'The religious landscape of America has changed radically in the past 30 years,' Eck writes, 'but most of us have not yet begun to see the dimensions and scope of that change.'" The main part of the book focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in America.

Religious Leaders Ask Congregations to Pool Tax Refunds

July 14, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On July 14, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "at the annual meeting of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church...the finance chairman of [the] congregation...called on the area's 200,000 United Methodists to donate" to their churches the "advance payment'" check they will receive as part of the $ 1.35 trillion tax cut President Bush has just signed into law. "The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, which represents 1.5 million Reform Jews, also sees the potential of pooling rebates for...

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