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Controversy Over Farrakhan's Speaking Engagement

February 19, 2003

Source: Pensacola News Journal

http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/news/021903/Local/ST005.shtml

On February 19, 2003 the Pensacola News Journal reported that "the Pensacola Study Group [in FL], a Nation of Islam affiliate, has been advertising the event - in celebration of the Nation of Islam's Saviour's Day - for weeks. But when [Jim] Paul found out Tuesday that the group was renting the school to broadcast Farrakhan's speech, he refused to sign the...

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Los Angeles Religious Leaders Plan Broad-Based Peace Movement

February 18, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 18, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "flush from antiwar demonstrations that drew millions of participants worldwide, Los Angeles religious leaders and peace activists said Monday they are already looking beyond a possible war with Iraq to building a broad-based peace movement... Meeting at the USC Religious Center, about 20 priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim leaders and peace activists said their first priority is to press opposition to a war in Iraq and to support those in the military who may want to...

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Editorial: Reflections on Immigration and Profiling

February 18, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/02/18/DD160333.DTL

On February 18, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle printed an editorial by Annie Nakao stating that "Wednesday is the annual Day of Remembrance -- 61 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, putting 120,000 Japanese Americans behind barbed wire, solely because of their ancestry... And...

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Muslim Student Finds Acceptance in ROTC Program

February 17, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 17, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "as President Bush talks to the country about war with Iraq, Sarah struggles through every day at school, looking different, feeling different... She's easy to identify at Boca Raton High because she dresses according to her Muslim faith... But she's found a bit of acceptance in the school's ROTC program... Not because of its connection with military training, but because of the commander, a man with brown skin and accented English, a man who knows what it's...

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

February 16, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.pennlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news-4/1045389907167740.xml

On February 16, 2003 The Express-Times reported that "the group of young and old from diverse backgrounds, lead by the Lehigh Valley Peace Coalition, chartered four buses for Manhattan's Upper East Side, where they planned to meet with other groups from the Northeastern United States... The wide-ranging protest was set to kick off Saturday in...

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Multifaith Anti-War Rally in San Jose, CA

February 16, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5194938.htm

On February 16, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "awakened and alarmed by America preparing for war, thousands of chanting demonstrators gathered in San Jose and Santa Cruz on Saturday, joining an increasingly visible movement against a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... The San Jose turnout was as deeply diverse as the city, with many of the estimated 3,000 marchers from the...

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Swedenborg Chapel Near Harvard University May Be Sold on Open Market

February 15, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 15, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "for the world's 30,000 Swedenborgians who wish more people were familiar with their beliefs, the Swedenborg Chapel's presence at Harvard University often has seemed a blessing... That coveted spot within a stone's throw of Harvard Square, however, comes with the curse of skyrocketing real estate prices. Now, the cash-strapped House of Studies is selling its neogothic stone temple, and unless the congregation comes up with $2 million by March 30, the flagship site of...

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Sacrificial Animals for Santeria Rituals Sized by Houston Police

February 14, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 14, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "members of a north Houston family that practices Santeria rituals said they were praying for a relative in a coma when authorities barged into their home, seizing 12 goats, 11 chickens and two pigeons about to be sacrificed... No charges were immediately filed against the five participants in the religious ritual in the 300 block of Coach near Imperial Valley, but the Houston SPCA seized all of the animals in the family's back yard Wednesday... The five residents,...

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Faith-Based Matchmaking

February 14, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 14, 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Scott McWilliams didn't believe that God had chosen one woman for him -- until he met and married the woman of his dreams through Equally Yoked, a club for Christian singles... Susan Jacobs, 26, an Orthodox Jew from Squirrel Hill, met her boyfriend at a conference on modern Orthodoxy... Before then, Jacobs had tried matchmakers, singles events, and even two Jewish Internet dating services... for Orthodox Jews... The Internet, where the greatest growth in faith-...

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Armenian Services in Atlanta

February 12, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 12, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "once a month the ancient language is heard by a slice of metro Atlanta's Armenian community, which meets at the Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church in Roswell. The congregation is a mission parish of the Armenian Church of America, one of a handful in the South. The Armenian Church is an ancient branch of Christianity with distinctive traditions... Armenians have been in metro Atlanta for decades, often finding each other by searching...

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Minority Groups Brace for Backlash in Case of War with Iraq

February 11, 2003

Source: Daily News

On February 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "community and religious leaders in Brooklyn are praying for peace - but bracing for war... Hoping to prevent a possible backlash that a war in Iraq might incite against certain ethnic communities in the borough, city officials and activists gathered yesterday for a forum dubbed 'We Are All Brooklyn...' Leaders from Brooklyn's Jewish, Muslim, South Asian and African-American communities were joined by staffers from Mayor Bloomberg's office and the NYPD. The event was organized by the...

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Dispute in Neighborhood of Ponca Sweat Lodge in Omaha

February 11, 2003

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On February 11, 2003 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "whether the sweat lodge in the Brookhaven neighborhood in southwest Omaha is a religious practice protected under the U.S.  Constitution or a threat to public health and safety will be determined in the next 30 days. Monday, the City of Omaha said Rose could continue using her sweat lodge while it sorts out legal issues in the conflict... 'This is my way of life,' said Rose, a spiritual leader in the Northern Ponca Tribe. 'A lot of people rely on this...' Boyd Bell,...

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Race and Hate Crimes in Post 9/11 Medford, OR

February 9, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/regional/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1044709371247310.xml

On February 9, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "during his seven years as a Medford [OR] resident, motel owner Nick Patel has always bragged to friends that he could leave his doors unlocked... But following a half dozen recent hate crimes, including a brash attack last week on a motel clerk from India who was mistaken for an...

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Los Angeles Police Department Cautions Against Racial Profiling

February 9, 2003

Source: NBC 4 News

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/1966329/detail.html

On February 9, 2003 NBC 4 News reported that "the Los Angeles Police Department's terrorism hotline is up, running and busy, a police sergeant said Sunday... In addition, the center received several hundred calls during its first day of operation Saturday, and all the calls were 'positive,' meaning there were no prank phone calls... John Miller, who is head of the LAPD's Homeland Security Bureau... cautioned against...

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