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Coalition Unites to Stop Hate Speech

January 15, 2005

Source: Muslim Civil Rights Center Press Release

http://www.mcrcnet.org/ENewsletters/ENews_details_2004.htm

On January 15, 2005 a Muslim Civil Rights Center Press Release reported, "following intense pressure from community groups spearheaded by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Santa Monica, CA storeowner agreed to remove signs from her store windows which called Palestinians 'Gaza cockroaches' and Islam a 'pig faith.' Bunnie Meyers also stated her intention...

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Judge Denies Atheist's Law Suit over Inaugural Prayers

January 14, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15948_1.html

On January 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "an atheist who tried to remove 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance lost a bid Friday to bar the saying of a Christian prayer at President Bush's inauguration. U.S. District Judge John Bates said Michael Newdow had no legal basis to pursue his claim because he could not show he would suffer...

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Sikh Chefs Travel from Punjab to Tamil Nadu to Serve Needy in Wake of Tsunami

January 14, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://www1.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-990231,curpg-1.cms

On January 14, 2005 The Times of India reported, "The Sikh community dispatched 110 chefs from Punjab to the tsunami-battered southern coast only to be told that the survivors would not eat what they cook. In Tamil Nadu, where the tsunami killed some 8,000 people, villagers live on a staple diet of rice and, if they are lucky, fish. Unlike...

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America’s Faiths Rally in Tsunami Relief Effort

January 13, 2005

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20050113-9999-1c13wrapup.html

On January 13, 2005 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, "In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami has come a faith-based response of unprecedented aid, ongoing prayers and questions of why. The outpouring includes millions of dollars from Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews and other faiths touched by this catastrophe and...

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Religions Vie for Roles in Tsunami Relief Effort

January 13, 2005

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15939_1.html

On January 13, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Muslim radicals are handing out Qurans with the bags of rice and sugar they distribute to tsunami victims. Christian aid groups have also rushed in, quietly promising salvation in this predominantly Islamic region but fearful their presence could spark sectarian violence. Across the Indian...

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China Sends Seven Tons of Halal Food Tsunami-Hit Areas

January 11, 2005

Source: People's Daily Online/Xinhua

http://english.people.com.cn/200501/11/eng20050111_170221.html

On January 11, 2005 the People's Daily Online/Xinhua reported, "China has sent about seven tons of Muslim food to the tsunami-hit areas among batches of other relief materials, according to Beijing Yueshengzhai Muslim Food Co., Ltd., one of China's major Muslim Food producer. Since many victims in the tsunami-hit areas are believers of Islam, Chinese...

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Newdow's Inaugural Prayer Lawsuit Snubbed by Bush Team

January 11, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050110-095925-1503r.htm

On January 11, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "a California atheist's lawsuit to prevent Christian clergy from praying in the presidential inauguration should be dismissed because it is a recycled case about an issue that does not violate the U.S. Constitution, attorneys for President Bush said. 'There is no reason to 'reverse course' and abandon a widely accepted,...

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Christian Groups Protest Banning of Crosses Along Inaugural Parade Route

January 11, 2005

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/10617038.htm

On January 11, 2005 the Star-Telegram reported, "secret Service agents protecting President Bush along the inaugural-parade route Jan. 20 will be on the lookout not only for guns and explosives but also for coffins and crosses. The ban on crosses is drawing criticism from the director of the Christian Defense Coalition, which has carried large wooden crosses in pro-life demonstrations. 'It is...

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S. Florida Mosques Raise Over $102,000 for Tsunami Relief

January 11, 2005

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/miami/sfl-dtsunami11jan11,0,2049150.story

On January 11, 2005 the Sun-Sentinel reported, "The Council on American-Islamic Relations has announced that South Florida mosques have raised more than $102,000 for tsunami victims in Asia. Thirteen mosques from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties collected the donations from many of the estimated 50,000 Muslims who live in South...

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Detroit-Area Hindus Reach Out to Tsunami Survivors

January 10, 2005

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/prayer10e_20050110.htm

On January 10, 2005 the Detroit Free Press reported, "The members of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Mandir, a Hindu temple in Canton, know all about the sorrow a natural calamity can bring. Many of the 50 families that make up the BAPS congregation, as it is known, hail from Gujarat, an Indian province that was hit by an earthquake in January 2001 that killed 20,000 people...

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Taiwanese Company Ships Buddhist Temple's Tsunami Aid Free of Charge

January 9, 2005

Source: Taipei Times

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2005/01/09/2003218629

On January 9, 2005 the Taipei Times reported, "As a result of the coordination of a Taiwanese official in New York and a US congressman, Taiwan's shipping company, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp, shipped the first of three containers of relief materials and supplies collected by a Buddhist temple in Queens, New York to Sri Lanka free of charge. Andrew Hsia,...

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Evangelical Groups Mix Humanitarian Aid and Missionary Work

January 8, 2005

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.md.missionary08jan08,1,6917267.story

On January 8, 2005 The Baltimore Sun reported, "Some evangelical groups are mixing Christian missionary work with humanitarian aid in countries ravaged by the tsunamis and earthquake, a provocative approach shunned by the majority of faith-based relief organizations. Spreading faith this way can antagonize the people...

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Wisconsin Hindu Temple Holds Fundraiser for Tsunami Relief

January 8, 2005

Source: Duluth Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/10599474.htm

On January 8, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Wisconsin's only Hindu temple is leading an effort among the state's immigrants from India to raise money for tsunami victims. The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin plans to hold a fund-raiser Sunday featuring special prayers by representatives of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and...

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Muslim Community in SC Raises Money for Tsunami Relief

January 7, 2005

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/10586442.htm

On January 7, 2005 The State reported, "Members of the Muslim community in the Midlands [of South Carolina] are organizing fund-raising efforts for the nations hit hard by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster...Mirza Baig, a member of the Islamic Center of Columbia, also known as Masjid Al-Muslimmin, on Gervais Street in Columbia...said special prayers were offered for tsunami victims at...

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