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Editorial: FBCI Will Dictate Which Religions are Central or Marginal

December 24, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.religionandpluralism.org/GranteeArticles/KarenMcCarthyBrown_LA_Times%20OpEd122402.pdf

On December 24, 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Karen McCarthy Brown that stated, "lots of people seem to think that federal funding for faith-based charity violates the separation of church and state... It does. But there is another reason why Americans should be wary of allowing the...

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Winter Solstice in New York

December 22, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On December 22, 2002 The New York Times reported that "last night was the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, a good opportunity to explore what New York City residents would do with an extended period of darkness -- 886 minutes, to be precise -- from 4:32 p.m. yesterday, when the sun set, until 7:18 a.m. this morning, when it rose again, according to Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. The solstice itself occurred last night at 8:14 p.m., Mr. Morrin said. In the northern hemisphere, it...

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Modesto City Schools and the Study of Religion

December 22, 2002

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/5679825p-6653509c.html

On December 22, 2002 The Modesto Bee reported that "Modesto City Schools [district] is the only district in California, and perhaps the only one in the nation, to require the study of comparative religion, though some schools offer such classes as electives... Officials hope the class helps cut down on the fights and bullying that can happen when teen-agers are afraid of the...

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More Muslims than Jews or Orthodox Christians in Chicago

December 20, 2002

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/religion/cst-nws-relbriefs20.html

On December 20, 2002 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "new population figures for religious communities in the Chicago area show there are more Muslims living in the area than Jews or Orthodox Christians... The figures, from the National Conference for Community and Justice, are based on statistics submitted to the organization by various religious communities...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 19, 2002

Source: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=1489

On December 19, 2002 The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee issued a press release that stated, "(ADC) today expressed serious concerns regarding reports of mass detentions of Arab and other Middle Eastern immigrants in California. Report by Reuters and AP last night suggested that between 500 and 1,000 Middle Eastern immigrants had been detained in the Los Angeles/Orange County area...

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Inclusion of Creche Displays in Miami-Dade County

December 18, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4762383.htm

On December 18, 2002 The Miami Herald reported that "when Ditsy Carmen Suarez glanced at the holiday display in a West Miami-Dade County government building a week ago, she did a double-take... There, brightening a corner: a Christmas tree, a Hanukkah menorah, six dreidels and a Kwanzaa candelabra... But missing was a nativity scene, a symbol of the birth of Jesus... That started her crusade against...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 17, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=16527

On December 17, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "at least 22 men from Arab or Islamic countries were arrested Monday as they went to the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Santa Ana office to register under a new program aimed at improving screening of foreign visitors in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, police officials confirmed... The men...

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Chinese Americans and Rituals of Filial Piety

December 14, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On December 14, 2002 The New York Times reported that "they are immigrants, or immigrants' children, who want to combine the hectic reality of American life with the ancient Chinese practice of filial piety... They want to take care of the souls of their ancestors but cannot frequently visit their loved ones' distant graves in the mountains of China or even among the woods in upstate New York... So on Sunday mornings or on their way home from work, they go to [the] Mahayana Temple on the eastern edge of Manhattan's Chinatown...

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Finding New Places to Worship

December 13, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On December 13, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "for house hunters in a new city, finding the right place to worship ranks right up with tax rates, schools and entertainment as a priority... Real-estate agents anticipate clients' religious needs...'It's a very important part of people's lives; it's something that absolutely comes up,' said Lynda Long, president of the Columbus Board of Realtors... When newcomers narrow their home selection to a given community, she retrieves names and contact information for the 25...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 13, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4728127.htm

On December 13, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "President Bush signed an executive order in Philadelphia yesterday that bars federal agencies from discriminating against religious organizations when awarding social service money. The order - which circumvents Congress - directs all federal agencies to give equal consideration to both faith-based and secular organizations seeking...

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Wicca in American Universities

December 12, 2002

Source: Fox News Channel

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,72791,00.html

On December 12, 2002 the Fox News Channel reported that "members of Syracuse University's Pagan Society lighted candles in the campus chapel, while curious students signed up for a new class on witchcraft. And at the University of Arizona and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, believers can be excused from class on Wiccan holidays... 'There is a cultural shift with college students identifying...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=11458&c=37

On December 12, 2002 the American Civil Liberties Union reported that "President Bush's Executive Order directing federal agencies to make tax dollars available to religious organizations is unnecessary and dangerous... [T]he American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today voiced its strong opposition to the President’s plan. Rather...

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Supreme Court Debates Constitutionality of Banning Cross-Burning

December 12, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On December 12, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "yesterday's Supreme Court oral argument over Virginia's law banning cross-burning produced an intense discussion of whether the Constitution permits states to prohibit political symbols that strike fear in the hearts of many citizens... The court's only African American, Thomas broke his customary silence during oral argument to drive home the point that the history of cross burning as a symbol of Ku Klux Klan hatred and violence toward blacks, Jews and Catholics makes...

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