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Study Indicates Growing Trend Towards "Alternative" Religious Paths in AZ and Throughout US

July 18, 2004

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/families/articles/0718church18.html

On July 18, 2004 The Arizona Republic reported that there exists, "a growing group declaring their freedom from religion, churches and pastors - but not from God. The numbers are so alarming they have clergy scrambling for answers as their congregations walk out church doors looking for spiritual answers elsewhere... A new book on religion and public life calls Arizona one...

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Multiethnic Coalition Responds to Hate Crime Against Sikh in Queens, NY

July 18, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/213140p-183538c.html

On July 18, 2004 New York Daily News reported, "Last Sunday's senseless attack on a Sikh man - a 54-year-old father and community leader - in Richmond Hill, Queens, was the latest reminder that prejudice and hate are alive and well on the streets of New York... That is why on Thursday, almost 100 people in a diverse, multiethnic coalition of more than two dozen civil...

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Multiethnic Coalition Responds to Hate Crime Against Sikh in Queens, NY

July 16, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/212537p-183064c.html

On July 16, 2004 New York Daily News reported. "Outraged over a bias attack that left a Sikh man bruised and battered, Queens officials and community leaders condemned the incident yesterday at a Borough Hall demonstration... Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 10 bias incidents have been reported to the 102nd Precinct but no one has been prosecuted in any of...

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Court Ruling Prohibits Judge From Posting Ten Commandments in OH Courtroom

July 15, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13697

On July 15, 2004 The Associated Press reported that, "an Ohio judge cannot post the Ten Commandments in his courtroom because it violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold a lower court's decision that ordered Judge James DeWeese of Richland County Common Pleas Court in Mansfield...

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Multiethnic Coalition Responds to Hate Crime Against Sikh in Queens, NY

July 15, 2004

Source: The Sikh Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/adlqueens

On July 15, 2004 The Sikh Network reported, "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the July 11 attack on a Sikh man by a group of men in Queens as a deplorable hate crime... 'This week, our community was shaken by a deplorable crime, the attack on Rajinder Singh Khalsa in Richmond Hills, Queens,' said Joel J. Levy, Director ADL New York Office. 'This reprehensible hate crime is evidence of the tragic reality that hate...

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Sikhs Protest and Demand Justice in Reaction to Hate Crime in NY

July 13, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/manhattan/nyc-sikh0714,0,4964770.sto

On July 13, 2004 Newsday reported, "About 60 members of Sikh community protested Tuesday outside the 102nd Precinct station in Richmond Hill. They criticized the Police Department's response to the Sunday beating of Rajinder Singh, 50, in Richmond Hill. They accused the police of not being aggressive enough, arresting only one person - a Long Island man - when...

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Buddhist Transforms House into Temple in TN

July 11, 2004

Source: The Commercial Appeal

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_3026852,00.html

On July 11, 2004 The Commercial Appeal reported, "When Henry Chu boarded a Memphis-bound Greyhound bus in New York, he didn't dare tell his parents where he was going or why. In fact, he knew little about the Bluff City except what he'd heard in a song. Chu, 34, a devout Buddhist, was answering a call from his god. The...

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Muslims and Jews Fight a War of Values

July 11, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/editorial/9119785.htm

On July 11, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported, "Recent events have carved out two distinct sides, and they are not the West and Islam as it has been constantly portrayed. This has become a war of those who value human rights against those who do not believe those rights are applicable to all of humanity. There is the side that vehemently spoke out against prisoner...

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Watchdog Organization Keeps Preachers from Backing Candidates

July 10, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/9121508.htm?1c

On July 10, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Under IRS rules, tax-exempt groups such as churches may not participate in political campaigns for or against candidates. Certain political activities are permitted, such as voter education or registration conducted in a nonpartisan manner. Alleged violations could bring federal scrutiny. The coalition, a...

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Muslim Convention Asserts: Know Rights, Protect Freedom

July 9, 2004

Source: The Independant Press

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1556

On July 9, 2004 The Independant Press reported that, "thousands gather at a Muslim convention to polish their political skills – Bush policies criticized. The 29th annual convention of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS) concluded at the sprawling Cleveland Convention Center on Sunday, July 4. Usually ICNA-MAS doesn’t have a tradition...

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Influence of Hasidic Leader Lives On 10 Years After His Death

July 9, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/071004dnrelrebbe.1b36c.html

On July 9, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Most Hasidic Jews live their lives within the confines of insular communities. Yet, in cities around the world, from Dallas to Shanghai, members of one Hasidic movement offer kosher food to travelers, run soup kitchens, operate centers for Jewish life on...

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Call to Dialogue in Hamtramck, Mich

July 9, 2004

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/call9_20040709.htm

On July 9, 2004 Detroit Free Press reported, "Dozens of people came together Thursday evening at the Al-Islah Islamic Center in Hamtramck to talk about what they have in common in the religiously divided city.

They talked about being immigrants or the children of immigrants. They talked about how Christians, Muslims and Jews all believe in one God... Hamtramck has been divided...

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