Interfaith

Mass Announcements End at Denver Airport

August 17, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 17, 2000, The Denver Post reported that "Catholic Masses are no longer announced over the public address system at Denver International Airport because a traveler complained that the reminders were a violation of the separation of church and state...No other religious group that shares the two-room chapel - Protestants, Jews or Muslims - has regular service," although Muslim "employees and passengers stop in to pray if they're at DIA at one of the five times a day they are required to pray." Denver Catholic Archbishop...

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Some Muslims Question Lieberman

August 16, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On August 16, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that "Uneasy American Muslim leaders say Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., must move quickly after his nomination today as the Democratic vice presidential candidate to reassure them that he will be fair on the Mideast, or risk losing millions of votes in crucial states to Republican George W. Bush...The ambivalence toward Lieberman is evident even among strong Democrats of the Muslim faith, and among Arab-American delegates of other faiths, who are attending the Democratic National...

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Evangelical Christianity and Judaism

August 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 15, 2000, The Washington Post published an article entitled "Hymning Jesus And Lieberman; Some Evangelical Christian Groups Embrace Jewish Roots and Rituals." Sandy Grady, a member of the evangelical Glory Tabernacle in Washington exclaims, "We are so excited about Joe Lieberman. God is sending a message through him: Let the right man arise at this hour."

"Discussions of how evangelical Christians might respond to an Orthodox Jewish vice president tend to focus on the potential discomfort they may feel...

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San Francisco Jews Support Lieberman

August 15, 2000

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On August 15, 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article entitled "Bay Area Jews Call Lieberman One of Theirs; Even the Not-so-Observant Don't Mind his Orthodox Ways." Read it here.

Evangelical Christianity and Judaism

August 15, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 15, 2000, The New York Times published an article by religious scholar Martin Marty, explaining why there exists an alliance at times between evangelical Christians and observant Jews, two groups that might not always be lumped together as theological and social partners. Marty explains that "most evangelicals see Mr. Lieberman's selection as enlarging the space for themselves in American culture. He is celebrated for being different from mainstream culture while they have been criticized for it. They mention God in...

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Democratic Convention Receives Prayers

August 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that from "pews and pulpits across Southern California this weekend, pastors, rabbis, priests and congregations of virtually all faiths directed their prayers and sermons to Democrats in Los Angeles for their national convention... About 100 Democratic delegates and Mayor Richard Riordan attended a Mass where [Cardinal Roger M.] Mahony urged that political decisions be based on faith, not polls." Mahony said, "Those of you gathered here this morning represent leadership from...

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Group Protests Hate Crimes

August 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that local activists marked the one year anniversary of the shootings at North Valley Jewish Community Center and the shooting death of a Filipino American postal worker by rallying together and demanding tougher gun control and hate crime laws. Before neo-Nazi Buford O. Furrow allegedly shot postal worker Joseph Ileto, "Furrow allegedly wounded four children and a 68-year-old receptionist at the community center. Investigators say Furrow has confessed to carrying out the...

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Changing Face of Religion in Boston Suburbs

August 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 13, 2000, The Boston Globe reported on the Selimiye Mosque in Methuen and its example of how "changing demographics are making a mark on the religious landscape in the suburbs of Boston. Not only are many mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations seeing a surge in church attendance, new houses of worship are being constructed by Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Mormons, and evangelical Christians."

"People are fed up with all the drugs and ills of society and they're going back to religion...I think everybody...

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Interfaith Group Champions Affordable Housing

August 12, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 12, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that with "fervent dedication to a very urgent cause, the thousands of members" of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization "won a significant victory, persuading the Legislature to create a $100 million trust fund to build affordable housing over five years. Granted, it was less than they sought. And they failed to win significant increases in other housing accounts. But the symbolic victory, in a year that ended up a win-some, lose-some session for housing, went to the organization...

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Some Muslims Question Lieberman

August 12, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 12, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that on the previous Friday Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan "questioned the national loyalty of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph I. Lieberman, asking if his Jewish religion would make him more faithful to Israel or the United States." Farrakhan incorrectly asserted that, "Mr. Lieberman, as an Orthodox Jew, is also a dual citizen of Israel. The state of Israel is not synonymous with the United States, and the test he would probably have to pass is: Would he be...

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Zoning Laws to Improve for Religious Groups

August 11, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On August 11, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that a "coalition of more than 80 religious and legal advocacy groups, from liberal to conservative, support legislation that would make it harder to use zoning rules to prevent building houses of worship...Zoning regulations cannot 'place a substantial burden on exercise of religion' unless local officials show a compelling governmental objective, according to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which was passed by both houses of Congress on July 27. It is...

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ACLU and Columbus Jewish Federation Protest Christian Songs at Graduations

August 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Columbus Jewish Federation are speaking out against choral performances at two Columbus high-school graduations that included Christian songs." Howard Brenner, a Jewish resident of the North Side, raised the issue with his son's school when Christian songs were performed at the graduation ceremony. Another school used Christian songs at their graduation ceremony later in the month.

George W. Bush and Religious Belief

August 6, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On August 6, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that George W. Bush's religious views "could have an impact on all Americans if he is elected come November...For Bush, faith and politics are intertwined, and favorite phrases like "armies of compassion" are rooted in a Christian lexicon that comes easily to a man who talks more openly and fervently about his Christian faith than any other presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter...This "compassionate conservatism" that Bush repeats like a mantra is a catch-all phrase that is as much...

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Religious Groups to Protest

August 6, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 6, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "religious groups across Southern California are planning interfaith protests on a host of issues--police brutality, juvenile justice, immigrant rights and the death penalty" at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. "Roman Catholics, Jews, Methodists and Episcopalians will join for many of the planned worship services, marches and rallies to express strength and solidarity and to exercise what they consider a moral obligation to speak out. From praying for...

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