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Editorial: Religious Pluralism in America

May 10, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/10/il/il42a.html

On May 10, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser printed an editorial by Robert Ganung stating that "it is almost impossible for me to write about spiritual matters without referring to my spiritual master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Although I am from another religious tradition (United Methodist minister), this gentle Zen monk from Vietnam has influenced my spiritual journey...

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Multifaith Community in San Diego, CA

May 8, 2003

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 8, 2003 the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Harvard scholar Diana Eck calls America the most religiously diverse nation in the world – and San Diego is no different, home to faiths ranging from Baha'i to Wicca... Here is a look at representatives from four of these other faiths – a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Jew. They talk about their devotion to their beliefs – and how they feel about attempts to convert them."

Update: Evangelical Leaders Denounce Anti-Islamic Remarks

May 8, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40616FA3D5B0C7B8CDDAC0894DB404482

On May 8, 2003 The New York Times reported that "Evangelical leaders meeting in Washington denounce anti-Islam remarks made in last year by leaders of their own movement, including Rev Franklin Graham, Rev Jerry Falwell and Rev Jerry Vines; propose new guidelines for churches to follow in relating to Muslims; affirm their commitment...

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Update: String of Fires Burn Religious Centers in Los Angeles Area

May 8, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org/

On May 8, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "on Wednesday, May 7, an Encino synagogue was the fourth house of worship to be set on fire in 11 days. Los Angeles police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes and believe that they have been committed by a single arsonist. The attack on the synagogue follows three other Los Angeles area attacks on an Iranian synagogue, a Bahai community center and a Presbyterian church."

Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-9.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial by Najim Animashaun stating that "the Muslim community in Portland is a particularly active spiritual community... Our community is active both at the community level and at the individual and household level in outreach and interfaith activities in the greater Portland area... Portland’s Muslim community...

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Sacramento Police Officers Take Part in State-Mandated Course on Racial Profiling

May 8, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/6627026p-7579259c.html

On May 8, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "Sacramento police officers, taking part in a state-mandated course on racial profiling, are continuing to discuss with community members the results and ramifications of the department's latest traffic stop study. Training instructor Lt. Kevin Gardner, an African American, said he encourages officers in the classes to...

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Update: Evangelical Leaders Denounce Anti-Islamic Remarks

May 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/5808251.htm

On May 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "leading evangelical Christians condemned derogatory statements about Islam by the Rev. Franklin Graham and others among their fellow religious conservatives. They also pledged to improve relations with Muslims... The evangelicals meeting Wednesday said the derisive comments endangered Christian...

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Houston Police Sergeant to Apologize for Satire

May 7, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 7, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "a Houston police sergeant who publishes a newspaper said he plans to print an apology to Muslims, who said he insulted their religion with a satire he wrote about Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden... But some area Muslims said they want Sgt. Buddy Williams to do more than apologize... 'It's extremely disappointing to hear such racism from such a highly seasoned law enforcement officer,' said Hannah Hawk, Houston spokeswoman for Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Los Angeles-...

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Senate Bill 322 in Colorado Seeks Foreign Student Status Verification

May 6, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/legislature/article/0,1299,DRMN_37_1941790,00.html

On May 6, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "colleges and universities would have to verify the immigrant status of students from countries with links to Islamic terrorism under a bill approved by the House Education Committee on Tuesday... Federal law approved shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks requires...

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New Program in Los Angeles to Foster Tolerance

May 6, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 6, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "city officials, human rights groups and religious leaders have joined forces to promote a new program fostering tolerance in the Los Angeles area, particularly at schools, organizers announced Monday... As part of the campaign, local high schools will hold six of seven forums designed to create communitywide dialogue on diversity and tolerance. The sessions, titled 'Confronting Hate Crimes and Hate Language,' will feature a panel including Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and African...

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Muslims and Mormons Join Forces to Deliver Personal Hygiene Kits to Iraq

May 6, 2003

Source: MPAC News

On May 6, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "the Southern California Muslim community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also know as the Mormons or LDS) have joined forces to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits to be shipped to the families of Iraq... The initiative, called 'Project Iraqi Relief', will bring together members of the Mormon and Muslim communities to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits consisting of soaps, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and combs, among other items. The...

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Senate Bill 322 in Colorado Seeks Foreign Student Status Verification

May 5, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030505/dcm062_1.html

On May 5, 2003 the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a press release stating that CAIR "today called on the Colorado General Assembly to modify proposed legislation that it says stigmatizes Muslim students in that state and falsely links the faith of Islam to terrorism... CAIR said Bill 03-322, which passed through the state Senate last week, requires state-sponsored...

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