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Editorial: Religion and Racism

April 10, 2003

Source: Ethnic News


On April 10, 2003 Ethnic News printed an editorial by Jaideep Singh stating that "the notion of the "Muslim terrorist" is one powerfully etched in the minds of most Americans. By contrast, the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing, bombers of medical clinics that provide abortion services, murderers of doctors who provide abortions, and members of various white militia groups are never...

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Scientology Church to Open in Tampa

April 10, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On April 10, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "last year, the Church of Scientology of Tampa purchased the Andres Diaz Building... The church has improved the interior of the four-story building and has landscaped the property... The church is trying to be good neighbors and work with the community, said Ana Tirabassi, spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology of Tampa. Members have visited many homes in the area to introduce themselves and had invited residents to the grand opening in March, Tirabassi said."

Faith-Based Initiative Passes Senate

April 10, 2003

Source: The New York Times


On April 10, 2003 The New York Times reported that "a pared version of President Bush's religion-based initiative passed the Senate today by an overwhelming margin, but Republicans are already using other legislation to press the White House's agenda of expanding government grants to religious groups... The measure approved today began as an effort to allow churches, synagogues and...

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Religion as Both Unifying and Divisive during War in Iraq

April 7, 2003

Source: Religion Writers


On April 7, 2003 the Religion Writers reported that "since the Iraq war began, Muslims - and those sometimes mistaken for Muslims - say they have experienced discrimination and hate in the United States. Police are investigating possible hate crimes in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Wisconsin, California, and Arizona. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hate crimes against...

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New Jersey Wiccan Festival Involved in Zoning Dispute

April 5, 2003

Source: The Record


On April 5, 2003 The Record reported that a "controversy that brewed after a shopkeeper attempted to stage a Wiccan festival in borough parks provided some of the impetus behind portions of a new ordinance, Borough Attorney Anne Marie Rizzuto said. Disputes that arose from soccer groups jockeying to...

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Tempe Officials Declare City Buildings Haven from Hate

April 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On April 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Tempe [AZ] has declared its city buildings a haven for local Muslims who may face war-related harassment or threats, making it the first Phoenix-area community to officially do so... 'City buildings have always been safe havens,' Tempe's diversity coordinator, Rosa Inchausti, said in a note to department heads last week. 'People need to know that anyone can go into any city building if they are feeling harassed or threatened.'"

Muslim American Society Discuss with Fleet over Closing of Accounts

April 4, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 4, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "officials from the Muslim American Society are in discussions with FleetBoston Financial Corp., asking the bank to re-examine its recent decisions to close at least 15 accounts of individuals or institutions with Arabic names... Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, said Fleet 'is a test case' and the effort might spread to other large national banks that he said might be engaging in discriminatory practices... Fleet spokesman James E....

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Increased Immigration to Canada after Special Registeration

April 4, 2003

Source: New California Media


On April 4, 2003 New California Media reported that "February was an unusual month at Vive La Casa shelter in Buffalo, NY, and not only because its aid workers helped process three times the normal number of applications for people from the U.S. seeking asylum in Canada. It was unusual because of the...

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Update: Ventura, CA Landmark Cross Up for Debate

April 3, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 3, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the 91-year-old cross overlooking Ventura is being targeted by a group that contends the city has run afoul of 1st Amendment guarantees against establishment of a state religion... The cross is on public land in Grant Park, a rambling, sage-studded expanse atop 800-foot-high Mission Hill. The cross will be at the heart of a meeting next week between city officials and an attorney for three Ventura County residents upset by its religious symbolism... A member of Americans United...

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Editorial: the Kansha Consortium

April 3, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On April 3, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle printed an editorial by Annie Nakao stating that "I attended an unusual awards ceremony in San Francisco last week, to honor some folks who did the right thing in another dark time not so long ago... They were quite a bunch: a beloved philanthropist, a Buddhist priest, a couple of newspaper publishers, two lawyers, the ACLU of Northern California and the American Friends Service Committee. Their deed? Aiding Japanese Americans in the days following Pearl Harbor, when this...

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Maryland Pagans Find New Home in Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church

April 1, 2003

Source: The Sun


On April 1, 2003 The Sun reported that "gathered in the cramped but comfortable basement of a Finksburg church on a recent Friday night, the pagans joked about the difficulties of raising children and staying married. They riffed on contradictions they've found in the Christian Bible. They shared frustrations about growing up overweight, gay and apostate... Outside, not a single protester walked the dark,...

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Islamic Charity Festival in Tampa, Florida

March 31, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times


On March 31, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "after war broke out in Iraq, organizers of... the annual Islamic Charity Festival [in Tampa, FL]... discussed postponing the festival, which local Muslims hold to offer food and clothing to mostly non-Muslim needy residents... Corporations could be counted on in past years to provide soft drinks...

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Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Dechen Speaks in Oregon

March 30, 2003

Source: Statesman Journal


On March 30, 2003 Statesman Journal reported that "forty people sought solace Saturday at Loucks Lecture Hall where they gathered to listen to Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Dechen. That’s twice as many who turned out two weeks ago � before the Iraq war started � to hear Dechen speak... Dechen, who lives at the Mahasiddha Buddhist Center in Portland, didn’t speak specifically about...

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