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Walking Tour Highlights Fresno's Historic Houses of Worship

May 15, 2003

Source: Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/6727769p-7667818c.html

On May 15, 2003 the Fresno Bee reported that "the almost 90-year-old [Volga German Cross Church] was one of five downtown Fresno [CA] houses of worship featured on a self-guided tour held on the last day of a conference on historic preservation... Such diversity was on display Sunday. In addition to Cross Church and Holy Trinity, people visited St. Genevieve's Catholic Church (1938),...

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Mistrust Hinders FBI and CIA Recruitment of Arab-Americans

May 14, 2003

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/mccutcheon051403.html

On May 14, 2003 Newhouse News Service reported that "the FBI is intensely recruiting Arab-Americans and Arabic speakers to demonstrate the bureau's commitment to diversity and to help target surveillance on terrorist activities without spying on innocent citizens... The CIA, which also has been looking for linguists and other Arab-American professionals, has launched its own...

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Schools Declare Allowances for Prayer as Federally Mandated

May 13, 2003

Source: Plain Dealer

On May 13, 2003 the Plain Dealer reported that "threatened with the loss of federal money, the vast majority of the nation's schools have declared that they allow prayer wherever and however the Constitution permits... For the first time, federal law requires school districts to prove that they have no policy stifling court-protected prayer by students or teachers. Those that don't comply risk losing a share of elementary and secondary school money totaling $23 billion... Initial responses, due April 15, showed some states had dozens of...

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Interfaith Ohio Group Continues to Pray for Peace

May 11, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 11, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "about 150 adults and children of different faiths gathered in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church yesterday afternoon to pray, enjoy music and affirm their commitment to peace... 'Peace is more than just an end to war,' said Joe Keehner of the Grassroots Congress, speaking during the Ohio Peace Rally... One of the most troubling issues, they said, is the continued U.S. presence in Iraq... Gilly Running, a Lakota-Sioux medicine man who led a native prayer yesterday...

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Buddhism's Growing Popularity

May 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/living/religion/5829292.htm

On May 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "Buddhism.. has attracted attention through the testimony of rock and soul diva Tina Turner. Turner's endorsement appears to be having its biggest impact in the African American community... For example, it was Turner who influenced Cheryl McIntosh to turn to Buddhism. A few years ago, McIntosh, a black...

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Update: Debates Continue over The Workplace Religious Freedom Act

May 10, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-religwork10may10,0,2377419.story

On May 10, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a broad coalition of religious groups is pushing a bill that would protect religious expression in the workplace, but civil liberties groups are concerned that the bill could be used to advance on-the-job proselytizing... The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, introduced recently by Sens. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and John...

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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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Update: Debates Continue over The Workplace Religious Freedom Act

May 9, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On May 9, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that a "broad coalition of religious groups is pushing a bill that would protect religious expression in the workplace, but civil liberties groups are concerned the bill could be used to increase on-the-job proselytizing... The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, introduced recently by Sen. Rick Santorum, (R-Pa.), and Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.), would force employers to '...

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Judge Orders Hare Krishnas to Remove Cows

May 8, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--religiouscows0508may08,0,1530564.story

On May 8, 2003 Newsday reported that "a judge has given a Hare Krishna couple 15 days to remove four cows from their property, ruling the animals violate a village law... Judge Michael Nenno issued the decision Wednesday, on the second day of court proceedings brought by the Village of Angelica against Stephen and Linda Voith......

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

May 7, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-fires8may08001420,0,1291851.story

On May 7, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a fire at a Ventura Boulevard synagogue early Wednesday was the fourth to strike houses of worship in Encino, starting with a Presbyterian church 11 days before and including an Iranian synagogue and a Bahai community center... The fire, possibly ignited by a pedestrian hurling a Molotov cocktail, at the Valley Beth...

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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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Ordinary Citizens Encounter Problems with Terrorist Name Lists

May 5, 2003

Source: Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/19/ma_377_01.html

On May 5, 2003 Mother Jones reported that "profiling has become common since September 11, as the federal government increasingly requires private businesses to do the work of law enforcement. Banks have long faced steep fines and even prison time for those responsible if they do business with anyone on a list of suspected terrorists, money launderers, and narcotraffickers...

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Assemblyman Roger Green Reflects on His Muslim Faith

May 3, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-muslim0503,0,2446578.story

On May 3, 2003 Newsday reported that "speaking publicly about it for the first time, [Roger] Green told Newsday last week he has been a practicing Muslim for more than 30 years. He is the only Muslim elected official in New York State, he and others say... In a telephone interview from Albany, Green said he has been reflecting deeply on his Muslim faith lately......

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