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Seattle Passes Immigration Privacy Law

March 17, 2003

Source: Asian Week

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=96d0ecdcb06cd97b663a6419386cfafc

On March 17, 2003 Asian Week reported that "Seattle became one of several cities to pass an ordinance that prohibits police officers and city employees from asking any person about their immigration status. Known as Council Bill Number 114436, it amends the original legislation that was passed in 1986 which states, '...

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Editorial: Responses and Ramifications of War in Iraq

March 16, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 16, 2003 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Benjamin J. Hubbard stating that "peace activists must remember that the potential for war in Iraq is prompting differing responses from religious communities. According to the Web-based religion site beliefnet.com, liberal Protestant, Roman Catholic and Muslim groups tend to oppose the war, and Jewish groups want to exhaust other alternatives before any invasion. Southern Baptists (and presumably most other evangelicals) favor the war. The pope opposes war, former...

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Increased Claims of Workplace Discrimination in Carolinas

March 16, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/5404616.htm

On March 16, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "more than a year after the terrorist attacks, the federal agency that monitors workplace discrimination says more workers are claiming bias and harassment based on their national origin or religion... The jump in Carolinas charges follows the national pattern. What's more, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials say the number...

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

March 16, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 16, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "hundreds of people marched in Omaha Saturday chanting, 'Drop Bush, not bombs...' The march through downtown Omaha was part of a 11/2-hour rally staged by the Act to Stop War Coalition, a loosely knit group of local people opposed to a U.S. invasion of Iraq... On Saturday, exhortations against war came from such speakers as former U.S. Rep. John Cavanaugh; the Rev. Damian Zuerlein of Our Lady of Guadulupe Catholic Church; Rabbi Craig Marantz of Temple Israel; Ibrahim...

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Houston Orthodox Christians to Celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 15, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On March 15, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "Orthodox Christians worldwide continue to celebrate the restoration of icons to their churches after a bitter and at times violent iconoclastic - literally 'image smashers' - movement that racked Eastern Christianity for about 120 years... The Sunday of Orthodoxy, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of the Orthodox Lent, is one of the few services that draws the various branches together and beyond ethnic or national churches, said the Rev. John Stephanopoulos, dean of...

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Arab and South Asian Communities Fear Possible Backlash from War with Iraq

March 14, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/5387818.htm

On March 14, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "alarming, perhaps extreme, precautions are being suggested informally in some Arab and South Asian communities because of rising fears of further backlash in this country in the event of a U.S. war on Iraq... Trying to straddle the line between reassurance and alarm, community leaders and officials said an...

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Editorial: Staistics on International Terrorism

March 14, 2003

Source: IViews

http://iviews.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IV0303-1888

On March 14, 2003 IViews reported that "according to a recent US State Department report, Patterns of Global Terrorism, issued for the year 2001 - There were a total of 348 terrorist attacks throughout the world. The majority of these attacks were carried out against US interests in Latin America. These numbers represent the terrorist trend and not an anomaly, whereby the majority of perpetrators...

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Multifaith Celebrations of Humor and Laughter

March 14, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 14, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Hindu festival of Holi will be celebrated next week. Christianity's Holy Hilarity Sunday will follow on April 27, a week after most believers observe Easter... In Purim, which begins at sundown Monday and runs through sundown Tuesday, comedy masks pain. The holiday commemorates how the Jews in ancient Persia survived a genocidal plot by Haman, royal adviser to King Ahasuerus... playfulness is exhibited in the festival Holi (pronounced...

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FBI Demands for Membership Lists Raises Concerns for Muslim Community

March 14, 2003

Source: The Final Call

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=dac733c5112b36e6ac7271fabaee5c79

On March 14, 2003 The Final Call reported that "according to the Islamic Society of Frederick, Md., FBI agents who recently requested a meeting with their leadership 'mentioned casually' they would be asking for a list of the society’s members... This sent red flags up for the Islamic Society, who immediately...

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Update: Democratic Congressman Moran Apologizes to Jewish Groups

March 13, 2003

Source: ADL

http://www.adl.org/Anti_semitism/moran.asp

On March 13, 2003 ADL reported that "ADL leaders across the country have spoken out, calling the congressman’s statements 'outrageous, offensive and baseless.' National leaders and regional directors have responded on the airwaves and in print with the message that crude appeals to anti-Semitism are unacceptable and un-American. ADL’s Washington Regional Office made clear in a letter to Rep. Moran that his...

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Reflections about Being Muslim in Maryland

March 13, 2003

Source: The Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/bal-md.muslims13mar13.story

On March 13, 2003 The Sun reported that "members of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland... closed its 5-year-old day care center, which once tended to as many as 25 children, because of lingering concerns by parents and staff about a telephoned threat last year... The incidents, under FBI investigation, have occurred as other Muslim communities in the state have reported problems that they believe are...

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Choice of Hispanic Scapegoat Raises Concern in Small Iowa Town

March 11, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 11, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "for a small town (Hull, Iowa), it was an unusual crime: a gas station robbed, two teens shot. The suspect? An unnamed Hispanic male... Suddenly, a ripple of fear rolled through the area's small but growing Latino community as longtime residents shook their heads and pointed fingers... But when the two white youths who were wounded confessed in court last month that they had invented the story after shooting themselves, both in the left shoulder, and taking $1,800 from the register,...

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