Interfaith

Hate Crime at Harvard

September 25, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2000, The Boston Herald reported that "spurred into action by an alleged skinhead attack on an Islamic Harvard student, Cambridge religious leaders yesterday organized a silent vigil in Harvard Square and warned students to be on their guard. The 150 protesters called for peace and tolerance in a city known as much for its diverse and eccentric residents as its institutions of higher learning. 'We want to protect all people, regardless of who they are or what their ethnic background is,' said former Harvard...

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Affordable Housing Gets a Boost from Faith-Based Organizations

September 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in Los Angeles, workers are busily renovating three ramshackle sites into gleaming new homes. Credit the First African Methodist Episcopal Church for the vision--and the $ 6 million it will take to revamp the sites into 38 new units for AIDS sufferers. In Compton, an abandoned home once disfigured with graffiti now boasts new carpets, shiny tiles and freshly planted hibiscus--and will soon be sold to a low-income family. Credit My Friend's House, a Whittier congregation,...

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Clinton Signs Religious Liberty Bill into Law

September 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "President Clinton signed into law Friday a bill designed to restore strong legal protections for religious freedom when conflicts arise with cities, zoning boards, prisons and nursing homes. 'Religious liberty is a constitutional value of the highest order, and the framers of the Constitution included protection for the free exercise of religion in the very first amendment,' Clinton said in a statement after signing the bill. 'This act recognizes the importance the free...

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Interfaith Gathering Focuses on Forgiveness

September 23, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 23, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the " 'Faith and Forgiveness' theme at the ninth annual dinner of the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis." The cabinet of the Partnership includes leaders from 26 area religious traditions. Participants shared stories about forgiveness and learned much about each other's faith traditions. The Partnership plans to hold an event to discuss the death penalty from various religious perspectives in October.

"Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web"

September 23, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 23, 2000, The Plain Dealer published an article entitled, "Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web." It reported that "some members of a Christian conservative group apparently believe Congress erred when it allowed a Hindu priest from Parma to give a historic invocation before the House of Representatives last week. But the Family Research Council, best known for its former leader, one-time presidential candidate Gary Bauer, backed away yesterday from its criticism that Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala's prayer in the Capitol...

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Texans Asked About First Amendment

September 22, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 22, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "four out of 10 Texans can't correctly name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a new statewide survey shows. When asked if they could name any of the specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, 6 percent of Texans surveyed answered incorrectly while 35 percent had no answer. 'The greatest ally of oppression is ignorance,' said Rob Wiley, a Houston lawyer who is president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. He...

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Interfaith Group Discusses Death Penalty

September 22, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On September 22, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "members of an 85-member interfaith group will gather at First United Methodist Church, 1630 Hinman, Evanston, for 'Death Sentence 2000,' a forum on the fairness of human executions. 'This is the largest interfaith (group that) has been gathered to address the whole death penalty issue. And it is unique in the response from all the faith communities,' said organizer Joe Monahan, a parishioner at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic church in Evanston...'We're hoping to ask people...

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Pagan Pride Celebrated, 2000

September 21, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 21, 2000 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "more than 300 pagans gathered Wednesday to dispel myths about their ancient religion, which they say has been unfairly demonized by Christians pushing for prayer in public schools. 'Our point is, you can have no religions in the public schools or you can have all religions in the public schools, but you are not going to have just the Christian religion in the public schools,' said rally organizer Ginger Strivelli. She is a co-founding...

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Slumber Party's Goal is Unity

September 21, 2000

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On September 21, 2000, The Tampa Tribune published an article entitled, "Slumber Party Won't End Without Antihate Slogan." It reports on a slumber party held for Tampa area youths sponsored by the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice last year. Margarita Sarmiento, who works for the NCCJ, remembers that when she "looked around the room, she saw youths of different races, faiths, backgrounds and abilities: Christians and Buddhists, black and white, honor students, soccer stars, dropouts and those who...

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Clinton Signs Religious Liberty Bill into Law

September 21, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 21, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported on the bill passed by the House and signed by President Clinton which protects religious institutions in zoning issues. The "bill doesn't exempt churches from zoning regulations, but when religious groups show that the rules would create "a substantial burden," officials must show a compelling reason for doing so, and must do it in the least restrictive way. They must also treat religious applicants at least as well as they do secular ones. 'In the wake of...

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Kansas City Newspaper Reflects Community's Diversity

September 17, 2000

Source: The Kansas City Star

On September 17, 2000, The Kansas City Star reported that "Kansas City in many ways and on many levels is much more diverse than is often recognized. Starting this week, The Kansas City Star will better reflect this diversity by adding a feature to the editorial page. Each Saturday the paper "will publish a sacred text or saying from non-Christian religions alongside the daily Bible verse [which has been a standard feature of their editorial page]. The texts will be selected or approved by Gary Ebersole, director of the Center...

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Enrollment in Faith-Based Colleges on the Rise

September 14, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 14, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that enrollment in faith-based colleges is on the rise in the United States. It reported that between the years "1990 and 1998, the student population at the 100 member schools of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) jumped 35 percent. It rose 12 percent over the same period for all institutions with religious affiliations. That compares with a 5 percent increase at private colleges and 4 percent at public universities." Robert Andringa...

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Jews and Blacks March Together in St. Louis

September 10, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 10, 2000, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the article, "Jews and Blacks Relish Togetherness in Parade at Opening of City Temple; Emotional Rabbi, Leader of NAACP Say the Two Groups Must Stay United." It reported that in a "show of unity, hundreds of Jews and dozens of blacks on Saturday paraded behind Torah scrolls down Kingshighway to Sukkat Shalom, or Shelter of Peace -- the first synagogue to move into St. Louis in more than 70 years...'It's an analogy of the wandering Jew coming home,' said temple...

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