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Wicca in Johnstown, New York

February 9, 2003

Source: The Leader-Herald

http://www.leaderherald.com/news/story/029202003_new01_wiccans0209.asp

On February 9, 2003 The Leader-Herald reported that "locally, Wiccan worshippers aren't making their religious practices known because of their fear of persecution, they say. Some are open about it, but the majority of them practice in solitude... Jessica Henry, a Johnstown [NY] resident and Fulton-Montgomery Community College [NY] student, said she began...

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Department of Education Guidelines for School Prayers

February 9, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45357-2003Feb8.html

On February 9, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "schools that don't allow students to pray outside the classroom or teachers to hold religious meetings among themselves could face the loss of federal money, the Education Department said Friday... The guidelines reflect the Bush administration's push to ensure that schools give teachers and students as much...

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Community for Interfaith Celebration in Washington

February 8, 2003

Source: The Olympian

http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20030208/living/24239.shtml

On February 8, 2003 The Olympian reported that "Jody Rush was raised a Christian. His wife, Hilari Hauptmann, grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. Their son, Gabe, attends Hebrew school at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, where Hauptmann recently became a member... As a family, they also belong to the Community for Interfaith Celebration (CIC), a small spiritual community in...

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Editorial: Governmental Racial Profiling Destroys Trust

February 8, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 8, 2003 The Boston Globe printed an editorial that stated, "the latest FBI order comes on the heels of revelations that the bureau has been secretly enlisting campus police officers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and elsewhere to 'keep tabs' on faculty, staff, and students studying in Massachusetts and around the United States... Some Justice Department officials have dubbed these tactics 'community outreach' - a chance for the FBI to alert Iraqis to civil rights matters and to assist them if they...

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Yogic Curriculum Draws Criticism

February 8, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On February 8, 2003 The New York Times reported that "last fall, officials with Aspen Elementary School, a public school with about 500 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, and the Aspen Country Day School, a private school with about 180 students in kindergarten through ninth grade, invited yoga instructors to conduct classes as part of a pilot program... But some parents and religious leaders here are objecting, saying that teaching yoga in school violates the separation of church and state... Opposition was...

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Employment Discrimination Complaints Rose 4% in 2002

February 7, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/business/5128251.htm

On February 7, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "employment discrimination complaints climbed more than 4 percent last year to 84,442 filings, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported Thursday... The biggest increases for the 2002 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, came from allegations of religious discrimination. They were up 21 percent from 2001, to almost 2,600 complaints... 'While...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=31

On February 6, 2003 Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release stating that "Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy group, demanded Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) explain his view that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was justified... In...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/5117163.htm

On February 6, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "two N.C. members of Congress came under fire Wednesday for comments that Islamic groups and others say they find insulting... In remarks about domestic security threats, Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte said, 'Look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country...' And Rep. Howard Coble of Greensboro defended World War II...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: The Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=398

On February 6, 2003 The Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "MPAC finds [Coble's] statements unacceptable and believes it disqualifies Rep. Coble from his political position. Not only has the United States apologized to Japanese Americans for their unjust internment and dispossession during WW2, but our nation has paid reparations to that community and educated...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=752

On February 5, 2003 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release stating that "the American Jewish Committee has condemned the hateful remarks Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) made this week about Japanese-Americans... 'Rep. Coble owes the Japanese American community an apology for his insensitive, inaccurate, and racist remarks,' said Ann Schaffer, director of American...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77677,00.html

On February 5, 2003 Fox News reported that "a congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II... A fellow congressman who was interred as a child criticized Coble for his comment on Wednesday, as did advocacy groups... Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., made the remark Tuesday on WKZL-FM when a...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Japanese American Citizens League

http://www.jacl.org/current_prs/030205.html

On February 5, 2003 the Japanese American Citizens League issued a press release stating, "the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, condemns remarks made by Rep. Howard Coble, (R-NC-6) during a radio call-in program yesterday on WKZL-FM in North Carolina where he explicitly supported President...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Sun and Weekly Hearld

http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/020303/tp1ch11.htm?date=020303&story=tp1ch11.htm

On February 3, 2003 the Sun and Weekly Hearld reported that "across Florida and around the world, people of many faiths offered prayers Sunday for the victims of a space tragedy that transcends doctrines... It would be hard to assemble a more diverse group: five men, two women; five white, one black, one East Indian;...

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Bentley Elementary School's Festival of Cultures

February 3, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/schools/0302/03/c03-75565.htm

On February 3, 2003 The Detroit News reported that "Bentley Elementary School's second annual Festival of Cultures Feb. 7 promotes respect for world cultures that comprise a rising percentage of Canton's [MI] growing population... 'This all started because of the changing faces of our children,' said Principal Jerry Meier. Recent census figures show Canton has grown from a rural...

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