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, '...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...