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Voodoo Recognized as a Religion in Haiti

August 3, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-voodoo3aug03,0,5089491.story

On August 3, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Adnor Adely... is excited by the recent government decree giving the centuries-old practice of voodoo the status of an officially recognized religion. Voodoo priests — houngans — like him will soon be authorized to perform any civil service a Roman Catholic priest can, officiating at births, marriages and funerals... 'Voodoo...

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Interfaith Couple Launches New Organization in Ohio

August 2, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030802/NEWS10/108020120

On August 2, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "a Toledo couple known for their efforts in promoting interfaith programs have launched a new organization, the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio, to better facilitate understanding and acceptance among the area’s diverse religious communities... 'What’s so different about us? We...

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Nation of Islam Leader Criticizes Shooting Death of Developmentally Delayed Boy

August 1, 2003

Source: Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1543317,00.html

On August 1, 2003 the Denver Post reported that "in recent weeks, [minister Gerald] Muhammad has moved from the margins of Denver's faith community to the middle of the intense debate over the July 5 shooting of 15-year-old Paul Childs by a Denver police officer... The developmentally disabled boy, who was black, was killed after refusing to put down a knife... Muhammad's...

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ADL Supports Resolution to Protect Arab, South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh-Americans

July 30, 2003

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4288_41.htm

On July 30, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release stating that "(ADL) today urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives to schedule a floor consideration of a measure condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans and Sikh-Americans on the House agenda. Resolution 234 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on...

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Latinos Celebrate Muslim Roots

July 28, 2003

Source: The Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1059387008155480.xml

On July 28, 2003 The Jersey Journal reported that "the Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson took its message to a new demographic yesterday: Latinos... In a one-day celebration at the Union City center, Muslims and Latino converts sought to teach their neighbors, the vast majority of whom are Latino, about the Spanish Moors, who ruled Spain from the...

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Monastic Retreats at the Hsi Lai Temple

July 27, 2003

Source: Whittier Daily News

On July 27, 2003 the Whittier Daily News reported that "Louvenia Ortega came to the Hsi Lai Temple [CA] for a one-week monastic retreat to learn more about Buddhism... She started out by getting mad and failing as a group leader. She discovered that is a good way to learn... Everybody wanted to tell her what to do, so she lost her temper, the Hacienda Heights resident said... They came from as far as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vancouver and as close as Monrovia and Whittier, each paying an $80 registration fee. The retreat is open to...

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Indianapolis as America's Religious Crossroads

July 26, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/8/060595-9098-047.html

On July 26, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "Indianapolis... was chosen as one of just five American cities to be showcased to a group of scholars from around the world... 'The question for all of us is, 'How do we go on living with others despite the differences between our religions?'' says the professor from the Philippines. 'We come from 17 different countries with different...

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Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita, Kansas

July 25, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=816

On July 25, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "in Wichita, Kansas, one group combines diversity, faith and community service to make the world around them a better, more accepting place... For more than a century, Inter-Faith Ministries has brought together people of all faiths to build inter-religious understanding and promote justice. Currently, membership represents the widest range of faith...

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Indian-American Organizations Unite to Celebrate India Independence Day in California

July 25, 2003

Source: Oakland Tribune

http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1726~1532626,00.html

On July 25, 2003 the Oakland Tribune reported that "organizers from three Indian-American organizations who have hosted separate festivals in the past announced Thursday that the dream of a unified Bay Area India Independence Day celebration has been realized... 'Independence Day should not have to be celebrated three times in three weeks,' said Anil Yadav,...

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Spiritual Diversity of Maryland Vacation Church School

July 25, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/howard/bal-ho.vacation25jul25,0,664842.story?coll=bal-local-howard

On July 25, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "spiritual diversity is the essence of vacation church school, a new children's summer program sponsored by Howard County's two Unitarian churches: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia and Channing Memorial Church in Ellicott City... The...

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Home Invasion Robbery Involving Pakistani Family

July 24, 2003

Source: Northwest Herald

http://www.nwherald.com/spider/NWH/news/278238174209699.shtml

On July 24, 2003 the Northwest Herald reported that "on Sunday night, three to five men dressed in black – their faces masked by bandanas – invaded Damani's home in the 1500 block of Farm Hill Drive [IL]. The men allegedly terrorized his family, demanded money and beat him with a club... Nothing was stolen... No one has been arrested, but Algonquin police do not...

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Plaques with Biblical Psalms Removed from Grand Canyon

July 23, 2003

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/6365296.htm

On July 23, 2003 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed an editorial by Jim Jones stating that "last week, bronze plaques with Bible passages declaring God's majesty and glory were removed from three popular lookout spots on the South Rim of the canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials removed them after complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and others... During a...

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Students Work on Hmong and the Modern World

July 22, 2003

Source: Marshfield News-Herald

http://www.wisinfo.com/newsherald/mnhlocal/280007909307412.shtml

On July 22, 2003 the Marshfield News-Herald reported that "Mai Lee Vang, of Weston knows what it's like to be caught between two cultures. Every day, the 15-year-old has to make decisions as a daughter of Hmong parents and as a teenager in the United States... Vang is one of more than 2,500 Southeast Asian students who attend D.C. Everest and Wausau schools who...

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Fortuneteller Law Denounced as Unconstitutional

July 21, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-fortune21jul21,1,6362990.story?coll=la-news-religion

On July 21, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that San Francisco "supervisors passed a controversial new law last week to license a much-maligned industry that offers psychic solutions and cosmic guidance to customers, from lonely hearts to those obsessed with their futures... The ordinance...

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