On March 26, 2003 the Las Vegas Sun reported that "the House is talking about a
national day of humility, prayer and fasting to seek guidance from God during a
time of war and terrorism... A vote on urging President Bush to designate such a day was expected later in
the week... But several lawmakers were less sure. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an...
On March 26, 2003 The Register-Guard reported that "about 20 [Springfield, OR] officials representing schools, law enforcement and the religious community, as well as local politicans gathered for a news conference in Springfield City Hall to announce that acts of ethnic and religious intolerance would not be tolerated... Their remarks were underscored by the...
On March 25, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "although it will take time to determine if war in Iraq sparks an increase in bias crimes in New Jersey, a group of the state's religious and ethnic leaders is not waiting to find out... 'Whatever is happening on other shores, we need to be on guard here in New Jersey and throughout the U.S.,' said Shai Goldstein,...
On March 25, 2003 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial stating that "as the war in Iraq began last week, state and local leaders put police forces
and emergency workers on alert against terrorist attacks. In Los Angeles, they
also announced they would beef up their investigation and prosecution of hate
crimes, a clear message that homeland security extends to Muslims and Arab
Americans... Most recently, police are investigating as a hate crime the Feb. 22 beating
of an 18-year-old Arab American by a pack of 30 young men in...
On March 25, 2003 the National Council of Churches reported that "in a free society, all are responsible. That was among observations of four panelists - all religious leaders opposed to the war on Iraq - at a March 25 forum, 'From Winning the War to Winning the Peace: An Interfaith Dialogue on Resistance and Reconciliation...' More than 100 people filled the 'Great Choir' of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for the forum, held in the early days of the war. 'This forum offers us a chance to reflect...
On March 24, 2003 the Daily News reported that "whether Christian, Jew, Buddhist, animist, Muslim or a practitioner of any other
faith, Muriel Stockdale believes we're more alike than different... Though we may be divided by what we believe, we're united in our devotions to
those beliefs, Stockdale said... That's why Stockdale, 50, has joined fellow filmmakers Manech Ibar and Casey
Meade Rothstein-Fitzpatrick, both 27, to create 'New York Spirit,' a documentary
of how we pray."
On March 24, 2003 the LA Daily News reported that "although there's been no surge in hate crimes in the city since the war in Iraq began, Mayor James Hahn and other local leaders counseled tolerance Monday among the Los Angeles' many diverse communities... 'In this time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty, it's important to stay true to who we are as a people and as city,' Hahn said. 'No matter how stressful these times are, there is no excuse for anyone to treat anyone as a scapegoat or to rely on stereotyping...' Councilmen Dennis...
On March 23, 2003 the News Observer reported that "the United States is waging a war fraught with religious overtones, but leaders of Triangle churches, synagogues and mosques [in NC] are steering far clear of the fray. On the first weekend of war in Iraq, they are sticking to eternal themes of peace and love, saying the politics of war have no place in the pulpit. The reasoning is...
On March 23, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "months of walking down a cold, dirty, traffic-clogged stretch of
Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge transformed Christopher Penczak into an
urban pagan... Already a practicing witch, Penczak, like most pagans - those who practice
earth-based religions - deeply reveres forests and pastures, not trash-littered
sidewalks and MBTA bus depots. His spirit felt trapped by the concrete, but his
brain had no intention of abandoning a hard-won job at a city recording studio.
So he decided...
On March 23, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "they've been gathering every Friday morning at 7 o'clock since Sept. 11, 2001, trying to keep the world from unraveling... Muslim and Jew, Hindu and Christian, Buddhist and Sufi, one of these and one of those. It's a Los Angeles crowd, for sure, and a nice idea... Love, peace, common ground... this flock of clergy and...
On March 23, 2003 Newsday reported that "in the midst of the weak U.S. economy
and in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the EEOC has seen a spike in workplace bias
complaints nationwide - but particularly in the categories of age and religious
discrimination, which have skyrocketed... Although the filing of a complaint does not necessarily mean that anti-bias
laws have been violated, age discrimination cases rose 14.5 percent in 2002 to
nearly 20,000 nationwide compared with the preceding year. Some experts say the
increase indicates that older...
On March 23, 2003 The Argus reported that "Japanese-American civil rights groups are joining Muslim and interfaith groups outraged over new wartime security measures calling for Arab immigrants seeking political asylum in the United States to be locked up until the government can verify their reasons for coming here... Officials with the Department of Homeland Security say the measures announced last week also are being taken to 'advise members of the Iraqi community of the FBI's responsibilities in protecting them from hate crimes...'...
On March 23, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times printed an editorial stating that "to get a job as a residential counselor/houseparent at the United Methodist
Children's Home in Decatur, Ga., you have to be at least 21 years old, a high
school graduate and 'a professing Christian.' The job announcement goes on to
explain that while non-Christians 'have done much good in our world,' the Children's Home is 'an agency of a Christian Church' and in order to
preserve that identity, only Christians will be hired... You have to appreciate...
On March 22, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "so far, nothing exists of the Muslim Youth Camps of America except the name and
some preliminary sketches of a main lodge with a domed prayer hall. Yet, the
proposal to build a $2 million Islamic summer camp in Iowa has become a kind of
Rorschach test -- a hazy picture in which supporters and opponents see...