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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Mar. 2003

March 22, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 22, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "the protesters who gathered on City Hall Plaza for the city's first interfaith antiwar march yesterday joined hands and prayed aloud to Jehovah, to Allah, to Jesus, and to Buddha for peace in Iraq. Then, in unison, they condemned the man they say is the real ultimate power behind the war: George W. Bush... Led by four Buddhist monks, nearly 200 protesters chanted songs, banged drums, and stuck daffodils in their hair as they walked from Cambridge to Copley Square, past the State...

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Religious Leaders Speak Out as War in Iraq Commences

March 22, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-religreact22mar22,0,436663.story

On March 22, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "prayers go out for civilians and for the U.S. troops in Iraq. But some from various denominations oppose Bush's actions... Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles: 'With American troops in harm's way, let us pray earnestly for a quick resolution to the present conflict in Iraq with a minimum...

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St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church

March 22, 2003

Source: Buffalo News

On March 22, 2003 the Buffalo News reported that "in the nearly five years that the Rev. Stepan Kuklich has donned his gold-embroidered robe to stand behind the wooden screen and sing Sunday Mass in Ukrainian, his unusual American congregation has pleased and surprised him. 'They don't speak Ukrainian at all and they come and they pray,' Kuklich said at the end of one service with air scented with incense and the sound of bells from the altar. 'I'm just glad that they find a way to be part of the church...' When Kuklich first arrived...

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Pittsburgh Interfaith Community Warns Against Ethnic Bigotry

March 21, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 21, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "with war under way it is no longer time for debate but for prayer, Bishop Donald Wuerl told Catholics gathered for noon Mass at St. Mary of Mercy Church, Downtown... Later in the day, flanked by Muslim, Jewish and Protestant religious leaders, he would issue an interfaith statement with similar themes, which also warned the community against falling into religious or ethnic bigotry... About 350 people attended the noon Mass, slightly more than usual but not enough...

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Arizona Council on American-Islamic Relations Launches "Operation Safe Haven"

March 21, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0321backlash21.html#

On March 21, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that Arizona "residents are bracing for a renewed wave of hate crimes against Muslims and others, like what happened after Sept. 11, 2001, when a Mesa man was killed because he wore a turban... The FBI has warned that the war with Iraq, or another terrorist attack, could trigger such crimes,...

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Editorial: Colordo Pleas Against Backlash from War

March 20, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

On March 20, 2003 The Denver Post printed an editorial stating that "in the tense days ahead, we urge Coloradans to resist any temptation to make our Muslim neighbors the focus of anger toward Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein... Although Hussein's Ba'athist Party is markedly secular - indeed, some may properly say the dictator has been anything but devout - he recently 'rediscovered' his Islamic roots in a transparent attempt to win sympathy among the world's 1.5 billion Muslims... It's important to keep in mind that Saddam Hussein...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Mar. 2003

March 20, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

On March 20, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "more than 25 churches in Connecticut have declared themselves "sanctuaries for peace" and will open their doors starting today for people to gather and pray... While congregations' opinions may be divided about the war, religious leaders say it's important that people have a place to go at such a crucial time... But the peace sanctuaries are not just a place for anti-war people to gather, Hughes said... 'Families may be coming from different perspectives -- some may be very...

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Fears of Backlash as War with Iraq Looms

March 19, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0319story2_news.shtml

On March 19, 2003 Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the near certainty of war with Iraq raised hard questions and deep worries here Tuesday, perhaps especially with those who have cultural and ethnic links to the Middle East... At the University of Rochester [NY], sophomore Akshina Samtani questioned the need for war... 'I do understand we’re dealing with...

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Our Lady of Victory Church Celebrates 100 Years

March 19, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 19, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "it is hard to define where the song, dance and food -- the culture of the Lebanese community -- end and the role of the Maronite church begins. 'The church is the sign of the unity of our people. It's what keeps us together,' said Joseph Anthony, who in 1936 was born into the first Lebanese Maronite Catholic church in Pittsburgh. 'And it's as important now as it was then...' Now, as Our Lady of Victory Church in Scott, the congregation is celebrating it's 100 th...

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Dispute in Neighborhood of Ponca Sweat Lodge in Omaha

March 18, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 18, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald printed an editorial stating that "Rose Rose has won permission from city fire marshals to have a sweat lodge in her back yard in southwest Omaha for another year. The decision, while it doesn't please everyone, was for the best... Rose, of the Northern Ponca and Santee Sioux tribes, uses the sweat lodge for spiritual purposes. It is an important cleansing and purifying ritual for many Indian tribes. That should earn her more leeway - and perhaps more understanding from her neighbors,...

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SMART Cautions Skih Americans During War in Iraq

March 18, 2003

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/prepare/advisory-18Mar03.htm

On March 18, 2003 Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release stating that "following President Bush's remarks to the nation last night about the developments in Iraq, Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) is cautioning the Sikh American community to take extra safety measures to safeguard themselves, their property and their...

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Increased Security Procedures in Anticipation of War in Iraq

March 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47098-2003Mar18.html

On March 18, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Civil-rights groups and immigration advocacy organizations are protesting one element in the government's security procedures announced yesterday in anticipation of war in Iraq--a decision to jail asylum seekers from dozens of mostly Muslim nations while officials check out their claims of persecution in...

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Religious Services Abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln

March 18, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/112965_aboard18.shtml

On March 18, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "it is here... abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf... on folding metal chairs, that shipmates utter private secrets and confessions, gather in Wicca circles for meditation, study Bible verses, offer up devout prayers to Allah, work their rosary beads, celebrate the Jewish Sabbath... The number of...

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