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Becket Fund Intervenes in Ganesha Temple Dispute

September 3, 2004

Source: News India Times

http://desitalk.newsindia-times.com/2004/09/03/nyc12-q-top.html

On September 3, 2004 News India Times reported that, "Roman Storzer, director of litigation of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, had asked Justice Raymond Dearie to issue an injunction barring the New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph J. Golia and his appointed referee, Anthony J. Piacentini, from engaging in further activity that would jeopardize the rights and...

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Profile of Sikh Journalist Valarie Kaur and Her Documentary Film "Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath"

September 3, 2004

Source: Tolerance In The News/ The Wire

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=1062

On September 3, 2004 Tolerance In The News/ The Wire reported, "Valarie Kaur was a junior at Stanford University the day of the 9.11 attacks. Four days later Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh immigrant from India, was murdered in front of his gas station in Mesa, Ariz., by a man who claimed he was taking revenge. Although the two didn't know one another, Kaur and Sodhi's stories...

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Canadian Political Leader Urges French to Allow Turbans in Schools

September 3, 2004

Source: INDOlink/NNN

http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=090304045626

On September 3, 2004 INDOlink/NNN reported, "The French government’s controversial ban on symbolic religious headscarfs in schools that came into force a couple of days ago, has come into sharp attack from several quarters, including Sikhs and Islamic leaders. One of them is Gurbax Singh Malhi, parliamentary secretary to the Canadian labour minister, who believes the French...

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American Muslim Taskforce Hosts Town Hall Conference in Queens

September 3, 2004

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1642

On September 3, 2004 the Independent Press Association reported, "the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) held a media conference and town hall meeting regarding the upcoming presidential elections last Sunday in Long Island City. The organization’s goal: to 'inform, engage, and obtain oral and written input from Muslim community members,' said...

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Swiss Muslim Scholar: "What Does America Have to Fear from Me?"

September 2, 2004

Source: iviews.com/International Herald Tribune

http://www.iviews.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IH0409-2438

On September 2, 2004 the International Herald Tribune ran a column by Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss Muslim scholar whose visa to teach at the University of Notre Dame in the U.S. was recently revoked by the U.S. government. Ramadan writes, "I have written 20 books and 700 articles, and 170 audiotapes of my lectures are circulating. I ask my detractors: Have you...

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Fremont Sikh Leaders Resign

September 2, 2004

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~2375288,00.html

On September 2, 2004 Tri-Valley Herald reported, "At least a dozen police officers patrolled the grounds of the Fremont Sikh temple at a religious service Wednesday night after the five leaders of the embattled temple abruptly resigned their posts this week. After two years of court challenges and legal battles over a disputed election in 2002, an Alameda...

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ADL Advises Jewish Institutions on Security Plans for High Holidays

September 2, 2004

Source: ADL Press Release

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Mise_00/4557_00.htm

On September 2, 2004 ADL Press Release reported that, "to help synagogues and Jewish institutions effectively prepare for the security concerns surrounding the High Holidays the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has renewed its campaign to urge institutions to update their security plans and procedures... A longtime leader in security preparedness, ADL is working closely with communities around the country...

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In TX, Battle Over The Bible Becomes Threatening

August 30, 2004

Source: Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/stories/MYSA083004.1B.biblebattle.309fd485.html

On August 30, 2004 Express-News reported, "given the ferocity of the ongoing battle over the Bible at the Harris County Courthouse, it is perhaps not surprising that the woman seeking to remove it should receive a death threat amid the hate mail... Two weeks ago, following a short trial, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake — a...

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Jewish Students at Notre Dame Speak Out in Defense of Muslim Scholar

August 28, 2004

Source: South Bend Tribune

http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2004/08/28/local.20040828-sbt-MICH-A1-Jewish_ND_students.sto

On August 28, 2004 the South Bend Tribune reported, "Members of a Jewish student group at the University of Notre Dame Law School have written an open letter disagreeing with the U.S. government decision to revoke the visa of a prominent Muslim scholar who had been scheduled to teach at the...

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Opinion: Charges Against Muslim Scholar Are "Groundless," Should Be Granted Visa

August 28, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40222-2004Aug27.html

On August 28, 2004 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Paul Donnelly about the U.S. government's revocation of Imam Tariq Ramadan's visa to teach at Notre Dame. (Ramadan is a Muslim scholar from Switzerland.) Donnelly writes, "Notre Dame officials insist that they have reviewed every charge against the Swiss scholar and agree with the likes of Scotland...

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Opposition Continues To Mount Over Buddhist Temple in Rowland Heights, CA

August 28, 2004

Source: Pasadena News

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/Stories/0,1413,206~22097~2366201,00.html

On August 28, 2004 Pasadena News reported, "Whether Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or atheist, about 300 residents who live near the proposed Buddhist temple in town say they won't hesitate to sue or picket against the project's developers. The Rowland Heights Residents Against Conditional Use Permit 98-044 met last week to plan a course of action against the...

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Profile of White House Faith-Based Director

August 27, 2004

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/082804dnrelq%26a.4c1d4.html

On August 27, 2004 Dallas Morning News reported that, "Jim Towey prides himself on his bipartisanship. A self-styled 'pro-life Democrat,' he runs the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, President Bush's program to provide federal dollars for social services through private groups...

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Bush's Faith a Work In Progress Since Election 2000

August 27, 2004

Source: Dallas News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/082804dnrelbush.299f0.html

On August 27, 2004 Dallas News reported that, "there was a time, before he ran for president, when George W. Bush did not wear his religion on his sleeve. As governor of Texas, Mr. Bush promoted an agenda appealing to Christian conservatives, but he rarely talked publicly about his own religious journey. 'I view my...

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