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History of Religious Diversity in South Carolina

July 4, 2003

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/living/6228676.htm

On July 4, 2003 The State reported that "three hundred and thirty-three years after its English charter, the Palmetto State [SC] is home to more than 20 faiths, claiming memberships that exceed 2 million followers... That diversity reflects a long-standing commitment to religious freedom that goes back to the state's founding, historians and others say... While Jews were being persecuted and...

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Diverse Fremont Residents Bring about Fouth of July Celebration

July 4, 2003

Source: KCBS

http://beta.kpix.com/news/local/2003/07/04/Fremont_Residents_Take_Fourth_of_July_Celebration_into_Their_Own_Hands.html

On July 4, 2003 KCBS reported that "Fremont [CA] residents took it upon themselves to make sure their annual Fourth of July celebration actually took place this year... the city of Fremont originally decided to cancel the event in the Warm Springs district, because of budget...

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Texan Man Sentenced for Arson Hate Crime

July 3, 2003

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/1978214

On July 3, 2003 the Houston Chronicle reported that "a 59-year-old Kountze man has pleaded guilty to arson as a hate crime for setting a Pakistani man's gas pump ablaze in 2002. Norman Lee Warden Jr. was sentenced to 16 years in prison... Warden faced up to life in prison if convicted of the charge for a blaze he set at the Buy-N-Bye convenience store in Kountze on May 27,...

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Arab American Files Discrimination Lawsuit against ABC Expediting in Chicago

July 2, 2003

Source: Chicago Sun Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-harass02.html

On July 2, 2003 the Chicago Sun Times reported that "from the first week he worked as a driver and messenger at Chicago's ABC Expediting, Usama Ghanayem says, he was harassed and demeaned for being an Arab American... A supervisor checked under his truck to see if there was a bomb, regularly asked him if he'd bombed anything lately, and derided him with epithets such as 'rag...

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Advocates Decry Deportation Due to Registration Program

July 1, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6213935.htm

On July 1, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "immigrant and civil rights advocates say the government is punishing the Amin brothers and some 13,000 other people who complied with the registration program by seeking to deport them for 'highly technical immigration violations...' Hassan Amin, 19, and his 17-year-old brother Ahmad are in trouble because they have lived...

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Baptists and Pluralism from one Historian's Point of View

June 30, 2003

Source: Baptist Standard

http://www.baptiststandard.com/postnuke/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=290

On June 30, 2003 the Baptist Standard reported that "Baptists bog down in theological 'quicksand' as they try to relate to people of other religions, church historian Bill Leonard reported... They’ve got 'one foot set in Jesus-ism and the other in pluralism,' Leonard said in a breakout session held during the...

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Thich Nhat Hanh to Offer Retreat in Wisconsin

June 29, 2003

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

http://www.madison.com/wisconsinstatejournal/local/51918.php

On June 29, 2003 the Wisconsin State Journal reported that "an internationally known Buddhist monk and scholar will travel to Wisconsin in August to offer a retreat aimed at police officers and other community service workers... 'Protecting and serving without stress or fear' is the name of the non-sectarian program offered by Thich Nhat Hanh, a peace activist and poet...

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Update: Obon Celebrations in California

June 29, 2003

Source: Record Net

http://www.recordnet.com/articlelink/062903/news/articles/062903-gn-6.php

On June 29, 2003 Record Net reported that "the Rev. Ken Fujimoto, resident minister of the Lodi Buddhist Church... expects 6,000 to 7,000 visitors over the two days of the [Obon] festival... The festival is located in the parking lot of the Lodi Buddhist Church [CA] and across the street at the Japanese Community Center... This weekend's festival is a...

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Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/6181076.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "wearing a traditional head scarf, Lobna 'Luby' Ismail stood silently Thursday before a room packed with community leaders and members of Florida's law-enforcement agencies... Ismail is president of Connecting Cultures, a Silver Spring, Md.-based cultural-training company. She has been traveling across the country...

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Indo-American Convention Draws Concerns about Alleged Ties to Extremists

June 27, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6182961.htm

On June 27, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "Silicon Valley's Indo-American community has an influence over homeland politics perhaps unprecedented for an immigrant group... So it is not surprising that a convention of expatriates to be held Saturday at the Santa Clara Marriott attempts to pull together an array of groups varied in religion, but with the same political aim...

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President Bush Backs Federally Funded Religious Groups to Base Their Hiring Decisions on a Job Candidate's Religion and Sexual Orientation

June 25, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28678-2003Jun24.html?referrer=emailarticle

On June 25, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "President Bush called on Congress yesterday to make it easier for federally funded religious groups to base their hiring decisions on a job candidate's religion and sexual orientation... A White House position paper sent to Capitol Hill argues that 'religious hiring...

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Unitarian Conference Share Thoughts on Faith Experiences in Pennsylvania

June 23, 2003

Source: Daily Record

http://ydr.com/story/religion/10761/

On June 23, 2003 the Daily Record reported that "as an attorney, Arnold represents the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, a York-based group of humanists, free-thinkers and atheists who protest government-sanctioned religious practices or events, such as the National Day of Prayer... Most people would think Arnold wouldn’t be caught dead in church. They would probably be right if it weren’t for the Unitarian Universalist...

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Joanne Waage and The Spiritual Guide to New York

June 20, 2003

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/94152p-85383c.html

On June 20, 2003 New York Daily News reported that "Joanne Waage began her religious quest by stepping into a hole on a bridge in southern India and breaking the big toe on her right foot... The swelling and pain forced her to interrupt a tour and seek medical help, which, someone told her, was available at a nearby ashram (a Hindu spiritual center). She found not only...

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Federal Government Forbids Racial or Ethnic Profiling

June 18, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6113850.htm

On June 18, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "the Justice Department on Tuesday took a historic step toward fulfilling President Bush's vow to end racial profiling in the United States, forbidding federal law enforcement officers in most cases from using race or ethnicity to target criminal behavior... Civil libertarians say the new policy, effective immediately, goes further than many...

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