Other Traditions

Californian Hare Krishnas to Build Houses next to Temple

January 10, 2003

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 10, 2003 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the [Escondido] City Council has approved a development agreement with a Hare Krishna group that allows the group to build four houses adjacent to an elaborate temple and cultural center to be built on 23 acres off Rincon Avenue... When the temple was first proposed, nearby residents cited concerns including traffic, access and the "mass and scale" of the cultural center, in addition to environmental issues.  The city's Design Review Board rejected the...

Read more about Californian Hare Krishnas to Build Houses next to Temple

Scholar Seeks Public Response to Civil Liberties Issues

January 10, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2002/dec/12282002/saturday/saturday.asp

On January 10, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "a prominent religious scholar and seminary president is taking the Bush administration and the wider U.S. religious community to task on the issue of civil liberties since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... 'One searches in vain for substantive public responses to the issues of internal security and civil...

Read more about Scholar Seeks Public Response to Civil Liberties Issues

INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 7, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_print.jsp?id=669

On January 7, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "less than one month after hundreds of Iranian-born men and boys were detained in the Los Angeles area, immigrant communities and their advocates continue to protest the INS’s so-called 'Special Registration'... The American Immigration Lawyers Association calls Special Registration 'a false solution to a real problem...' An Arab-American...

Read more about INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

Amish to Challenge Zoning Ordinance Regarding Horses

January 5, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 5, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Walker Township Ordinance 167 addresses where people can keep horses. It doesn't address religious freedom. It makes no mention of culture clashes. And it certainly doesn't touch on claims that this rural township is practicing bias, supposedly trying to shoo frugal local Amish residents from villages that are growing more upscale as the population spills outward from the State College area and its economic dynamo, Penn State University. Those issues, though,...

Read more about Amish to Challenge Zoning Ordinance Regarding Horses

Editorial: Church-State Debates to Continue

January 5, 2003

Source: Freedom Forum

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17415

On January 5, 2003 the Freedom Forum printed an editorial by Charles Haynes that summarized "the most significant, most underrated and most overblown religious-liberty stories of 2002 — plus an “under the radar” story that bears watching. " He states, "on the education front, the Court’s decision pushes the voucher debate into the political arena...

Read more about Editorial: Church-State Debates to Continue

Clash Between Evangelical and LDS Church's Claim on Main Street

January 5, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/jan/01052003/utah/utah.asp

On January 5, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "Lonnie Pursifull and other evangelicals -- who say they are called to preach to and against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- want to be heard, too. They have placed themselves outside the LDS Temple on the Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City, sharing their faith, but also taking swipes against Mormon doctrine......

Read more about Clash Between Evangelical and LDS Church's Claim on Main Street

INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 4, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/4873223.htm

On January 4, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "with a deadline less than a week away, immigrant community leaders say they're worried that visitors from Afghanistan, Lebanon and 11 other countries may not register as part of a new national security program because they fear they'll be detained or deported... The Immigration and Naturalization Service took hundreds of men from five Middle Eastern...

Read more about INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

January 4, 2003

Source: The Boston Herald

On January 4, 2003 The Boston Herald printed an editorial by Matan Chorev and Karim Bin-Humam that stated, "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has served as the ultimate topic of deliberation, peaceful and otherwise, on campuses coast to coast. But at what cost? The intensity of the campus dialogue has propagated inappropriate behavior among people on all sides of the conflict, and most college communities are not responding adequately. A recent statement calling for 'intimidation-free campuses' was circulated widely and signed...

Read more about Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

Update: Community Rebuilds Vandalized Ohio Mosque

January 3, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On January 3, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "workers have installed fresh wallboard where ceilings and walls were bowed after water gushed from smashed pipes. Heartsick worshippers pulled up soaked carpeting, only to discover oak floors beneath the threadbare rugs. Volunteers -- engineers, schoolchildren, housewives -- came as news spread about the desecration of the center at 1428 E. Broad St. An estimated $379,000 repair bill was cut to $140,000.'Yes, something good has come from something bad,' said Al-Akhras,...

Read more about Update: Community Rebuilds Vandalized Ohio Mosque

Life Enrichment Center in Michigan

January 1, 2003

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-9/1041436261225710.xml

On January 1, 2003 The Flint Journal reported that "C. K. Venkateswaran, a Sunday school teacher at the local Hindu Temple and Chinmaya Mission, began the readings with a peace prayer in Hindu... The Rev. Deborah Kohler, pastor of Woodside Church of Flint, read a Christian...

Read more about Life Enrichment Center in Michigan

Questions Concerning "Tolerance"

December 29, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On December 29, 2002 The New York Times reported that "the [conference on multiculturalism and children], at the Interfaith Center in New York, opened with an invitation to chant and dance to an African song... Tolerance was, by unspoken assent, an absolute virtue, right up there with Faith, Hope and Diversity... Then one participant, with radical Islamist groups in mind, raised a question: Must we be tolerant of those who are intolerant of us? The question revealed the enormous burden that tolerance has been made to bear in...

Read more about Questions Concerning "Tolerance"

Lack of Religious Studies in Indiana Public Schools

December 27, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17404

On December 27, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "perhaps wary of church-state controversies, most public schools in Indiana do not offer courses in religion — even though the law allows it. Biblical literature and religion are currently the only two religion courses offered in Indiana public schools. The literature class is more popular, but Carmel [High School] is one...

Read more about Lack of Religious Studies in Indiana Public Schools

"D" Report Card for Preserving Civil Liberties

December 24, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1849

On December 24, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "a coalition of progressive religious leaders has given the nation's political leaders poor grades for the war on terrorism, including a grade of 'D' for preserving civil liberties... The Progressive Religious Partnership's recent 'Spiritual and Ethical Report Card' was...

Read more about "D" Report Card for Preserving Civil Liberties

MPAC's Annual Convention, 2002

December 24, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=317

On December 24, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that the "MPAC annual convention drew over 1500 activists and speakers to Southern California this past weekend... Gasser Hathout gives a comprehensive, stark picture of the specific threats provisions within the USA PATRIOT act poses to the average American in a very informative...

Read more about MPAC's Annual Convention, 2002

Pages