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Interfaith Couples Negotiate Holiday Season

December 19, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On December 19, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor featured a lengthy article on interfaith marriages saying that "at holiday time, interfaith couples can teach the nation about getting along with those of different religions." The article focused on several families and how they negotiate the holiday season as interfaith families. "Most sociologists believe that the number of interfaith unions will continue to increase in the United States... Currently, 50 percent of Jews marry non-Jews, and half of Catholics marry...

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Holiday Season in the Workplace

December 18, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06719201.htm

On December 18, 2001, The Providence Journal featured an editorial on holidays in the workplace. "Many bosses decide, with a wink and a nod, to recast their Christmas parties as 'holiday' parties, but then still decorate in green and red and play Christmas carols. Such watering-down seems to work. The Christians can see their tradition in abstract form, and non-Christians find it...

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President Bush Invites Muslim Children to the White House

December 18, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 18, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "President Bush celebrated Eid al-Fitr yesterday, inviting Muslim children to the White House for holiday cookies and a poem... Bush noted that Eid, the three-day Muslim festival that... marks the end of the Ramadan holy month, coincides this year with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the Christian season of Advent. 'So it's a good time for people of these great faiths - Islam, Judaism, and Christianity - to remember how much we have in common,' he said... Until he declared war...

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Editorial: "Workplace understanding without 'Secret Santas'"

December 18, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06719201.htm

On December 18, 2001, The Providence Journal featured an opinion piece by Dr. Doug Hicks "Workplace understanding without 'Secret Santas.'" It began: "The best debates about religious diversity take place beside the water cooler in the December-holiday season at the office." Further, "September's terror has forced Americans to take a fresh look at themselves. They have discovered...

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Eid al-Fitr in a Changed America

December 17, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/351/metro/Muslims_celebrate_somberly+.shtml

On December 17, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Muslims celebrate somberly." The article noted, "At an hourlong prayer service yesterday that packed an estimated 5,000 people into the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, local Muslims tried to balance their joy for Eid al-Fitr - literally, 'breaking the fast' - with more somber...

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Kansas City Muslims Celebrate Tolerance

December 17, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On December 17, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "about 6,000 people filled Bartle Hall [in Kansas City]... to observe the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. They heard messages of tolerance and enlightenment spoken in a context of war... some Muslims chose the day to praise the Kansas City area and the tolerance they have enjoyed here... Representatives of other religious communities also attended Sunday's celebration."

Eid al-Fitr in a Changed America

December 17, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52079-2001Dec16.html

On December 17, 2001, The Washington Post featured the article "Celebrating Faith, Teaching Charity" about a local family's observance of the final days of Ramadan. The article noted that the Adil family was amongst the thousands who gathered for Eid prayers at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly. The article continued, "The family spent the last 10 days of...

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Eid al-Fitr in a Changed America

December 17, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000100018dec17.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On December 17, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "Despite increased security measures at the Orange County Fairgrounds, more than 14,000 area Muslims turned out Sunday morning to mark the end of Ramadan with a day of prayer, feasting and reflection." The article...

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Religious Holidays at the White House

December 17, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On December 17, 2001, The New York Times reported that "there is a creche in the East Room of the White House this year, as there has been every December since... 1967. But last week there was also a Hanukkah party with a kosher buffet among the glittering forest of White House Christmas trees, and last month there was the first iftar dinner held in the Executive Mansion, complete with fresh dates and Muslim prayers, to break the daily fast during Ramadan... The many gods in American life are alive and well at the White House,...

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Eid al-Fitr in a Changed America

December 17, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/12/17/MN156110.DTL

On December 17, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle featured the article "A somber end to Ramadan." It reported, "The traditionally upbeat Eid al-Fitr prayer and three-day feast marking the end of Ramadan's monthlong daylight fast was decidedly more somber inside the basketball gym of El Rancho Verde Park in...

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Interfaith Talks Take New Dimensions in Seattle

December 16, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 16, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that, in Seattle, "two Christian pastors, a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim layman talked about how people of different faiths can learn to trust each other in these troubled times... In the aftermath of Sept. 11, interfaith groups -- especially those featuring Jews, Christians and Muslims -- are finding a renewed sense of purpose. Though Christian-Jewish dialogues have taken place for decades in Seattle, it has only been in recent years -- and especially since Sept. 11 -- that such groups...

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FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman's Office

December 14, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 14, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported, "At Mosque, Relief and Thanks." While members of the King Fahd mosque community were feeling "gratitude," the alleged bomb plot "also set off another round of acrimony between Muslim and Jewish organizations." The article reported that "The Muslim Public Affairs Council called on the Justice Department to freeze the JDL's assets, just as federal authorities recently shut down the Holy Land Foundation" and "the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] demanded that the Anti-...

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Indian Cultural Society of Lansing: Interfaith Efforts to Help Needy

December 14, 2001

Source: The Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsj.com/news/local/011214indians_3b.html

On December 14, 2001, The Lansing State Journal reported, "Indian community helps food bank feed the hungry." The article noted, "Leaders of the area's Indian community Thursday apologized for donating only $10,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank this year. But food bank officials were thrilled to receive the money from one of their largest donors during a lunch for senior citizens...

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Memorial Service Reflects on US Solidarity

December 13, 2001

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecterror12121201dec12.story?coll=orl%2Dnews%2Dheadlines

On Thursday December 13, 2001, The Orlando Sentinel reported that the University of Central Florida hosted the "United We Stand" memorial on the three month anniversary of September 11. "Speakers from various religions and backgrounds took the stage in front of an American...

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FBI Uncovers Plot to Bomb Mosque and Congressman's Office

December 13, 2001

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-121301jdl.story

On December 13, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "JDL Leader Accused in Mosque Bomb Plot." The article explained, "The volatile chairman of the militant Jewish Defense League and another of the group's top officials faced federal charges Wednesday of plotting to blow up a Los Angeles area mosque and an office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)." The article continued, "Rubin, long seen...

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