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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 15, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On November 15, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "a protest Sunday in downtown Portland against a possible war in Iraq is drawing support from Palestinians, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, Quakers and Scientologists, among others. Frank Fromherz, director of the Portland Catholic Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace, said the peace activists will call on the U.S. government to find nonviolent solutions to threats such as terrorist attacks."

Children's Museum of Houston Celebrates Religious Diversity

November 14, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 14, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "the Children's Museum of Houston celebrates this diversity with the return of its annual Festivals of Light exhibit, which is open today through Jan. 20. The exhibit showcases eight religious and cultural observances. They are Diwali, Ramadan, Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year during its free Thursday Family Nights - starting this evening - and as WonderWeekend festivities through Feb. 2. Children can see how the...

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Controversy Over Land for Native American Medicine Wheel

November 13, 2002

Source: The Becket Fund

http://www.becketfund.org/litigate/MedicineWheel.html

On November 13, 2002 The Becket Fund reported that "in November 2002, The Becket Fund filed an amicus curiae brief [Wyoming Sawmills Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service, et al] with the 10th Circuit, on behalf of itself and a wide variety of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations, including the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, the General...

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PBS Reports on Sufism in the U.S.

November 8, 2002

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week610/profile.html

On November 8, 2002 PBS reported that "there is a mystical tradition among Muslims that was once widely popular, drawing followers from every branch of Islam and from other religions too. It's Sufism, which is under attack now by Muslim fundamentalists for being too liberal, but which is drawing more and more interest in the U.S. It's best known in the West for the dance of the...

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Ancestor Worship in Atlanta

November 6, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 6, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Mexicans in metro Atlanta commemorated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration rooted in both their indigenous traditions and their adopted Christianity. Several hundred people viewed 13 homemade altars at a celebration in Forest Park sponsored by the city and the Mexican consul general's office Saturday. The celebration... shares its philosophy with that of other cultures such as those in Asia and Africa in which ancestor...

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From Methodist to Wicca

November 5, 2002

Source: Intelligencer Journal

On November 5, 2002 the Intelligencer Journal reported that "because they find meaning and comfort in ancient traditions that pay respect to nature and the turn of the seasons, the Bezzards, one-time Methodists, practice Wicca, a modern faith reconstructed from the earth-based beliefs of pre-Christian peoples. Their daughter, Jessica, 25, was the first in the family enamored of Wicca. As a nonconforming 15-year-old, she became intrigued with Wicca's belief in the divinity of nature, as represented by a god and goddess, and...

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Five Percent Movement

November 4, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 4, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the group known as the Five Percent movement started as a splinter group from the Nation of Islam but has its own completely different spiritual beliefs. The 39-year-old movement refers to black men as 'gods' and black women as 'earths.' They believe only 5 percent of the population is enlightened. While the group teaches a positive message of black pride, self-respect and uplifting families, it has also been associated with gang activity in prisons... And some law...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/News/story.asp?ID=24468

On November 2, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "an interfaith service will be held at 6 p.m. today... in Boise. The service includes prayers for peace from leaders of several churches in the Treasure Valley. Rev. Jon Brown of the First United Methodist Church said the gathering was motivated by the U.S.�s threat of war against Iraq. Representatives from the following faiths and...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 31, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "witchcraft, or the Wicca religion, which combines folk magic, astrology, and a dedication to the environment, is shedding its Hollywood rap of devil worship and animal sacrifice. These days, it means big business to [Salem]'s economy. Partially because of America's growing interest in the religion, and it's near-obsession with Halloween, nearly $30 million will flow into the shops, museums, and restaurants here during the month of October. This represents almost a third of...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 29, 2002

Source: Metro West Daily News

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/local_regional/wicca10292002.htm

On October 29, 2002 the Metro West Daily News reported that "the religion of Wicca, or paganism, now draws thousands of teenagers who say it is a healthy, individualistic faith that brings them closer to nature. Sarah Bernardi, a junior at Marlborough High School, was always intrigued by astrology and psychic powers. Bernardi is one of many local...

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Multireligious Responses to Wellstone's Death

October 28, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On October 28, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "through silence and song, sermons and witness, halting voices and tears, Minnesotans of all denominations mourned the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone on Sunday... Commemorations weren't confined to churches. Outside the State Capitol, nearly 300 people, most of them Hmong, gathered to praise the Wellstones...         The nearly two-hour-long service began with a traditional Hmong mourning procession. Hundreds marched from the Veterans Memorial to the Capitol steps, accompanied by music...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 27, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 27, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "many conservative Christians have stopped celebrating what today is the second -biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas, in America with an expected $6.9 billion in sales of candy, decorations and costumes this year. The anti-Halloween movement has ebbed and flowed in this country, flaring up most recently, experts say, around 20 years ago when reports of razor blades in apples and poisoned candies became more common, not to mention widespread vandalism...

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Religion's Role in John Allen Muhammad's Sniper Case

October 26, 2002

Source: FinalCall

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_71.shtml

On October 26, 2002 FinalCall reported on Louis Farrakhan's press conference on the sniper arrest. He said, "I know that I can speak for myself and the members of my family, and all the Muslim members of the Nation, and all Muslims and people of good will everywhere, that we are in sympathy with the victims of this horror. And we are in sympathy with the families of these victims. And we,...

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Muslims Fear Backlash from Sniper Attacks

October 26, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 26, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for many of metro Atlanta's 32,000 Muslims who gathered at area mosques for noon prayers Friday, the sniper suspect's faith was cause for consternation. Some said Muhammad had once again tarred the image of a peaceful religion, just as it was recovering from the shameful blow dealt by the Sept. 11 hijackers. Others disapprovingly noted that a true Muslim would never boast he is God, as the sniper did in a note at one of the shootings,...

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