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Oregon Court Affirms City's Denial of LDS Church Building Plans

March 25, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13016

On March 25, 2004 the First Amendment Center website posted an Associated Press article that reported, "The city of West Linn's denial of a church's plan to build a meeting place in a residential zone is consistent with federal land-use laws, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The opinion reversed the state Land Use Board of Appeals. The appeals board had...

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Pledge Case Sparks Disagreement Over Height of Church/State "Wall"

March 24, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0324/p01s03-usju.html

On March 24, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an in-depth article on the issues surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court hearing of the case on "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance: "At issue is whether the inclusion of the words 'under God' in the Pledge - as recited by schoolchildren nationwide - amounts to a violation of the separation of church and state. The case, set to be...

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In Dallas, a Joint Muslim-Jewish-Christian Blood Drive

March 22, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/032204dnccodrive.142d4.html

On March 22, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Dispelling misconceptions can be a large task. But Lin Rosenquist wasn't intimidated when she set out to banish one recently. 'There was so much hoopla surrounding The Passion of the Christ ,' Ms. Rosenquist said of the Mel Gibson movie. 'I...

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Annual Islamic Charity Festival Aims to Present Positive Image of Islam

March 22, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.tampatrib.com/FloridaMetro/MGANL2QZ3SD.html

On March 22, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "Rhonda Holder walked through the tent picking out clothes for herself and her children, ages 5 months to 5 years. Hanging from a shelf piled with shirts and pants, a flier read, 'With love from Muslim brothers and sisters.' The positive message is what Holder says brings her back each year to the annual Islamic Charity Festival. On Sunday,...

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In Arizona, Muslims and Jews Walk for Peace in the Middle East

March 22, 2004

Source: The Arizona Daily Wildcat

http://wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/97/117/01_4.html

On March 22, 2004 The Arizona Daily Wildcat reported, "Muslims, Jews and other community members walked yesterday in the first Muslim-Jewish Peace Walk to promote harmony among members of the community. The 5 1/2-mile walk started at the Islamic Center of Tucson, 901 E. First St., and ended at the Congregation Chaverim synagogue, 5901 E. Second St. The group made stops along the way at...

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Muslims Join Christians in Alliance Against Alcohol

March 21, 2004

Source: The Journal Gazette

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/8241980.htm

On March 21, 2004 The Journal Gazette reported, "American followers of Islam are forging an alliance against alcohol consumption with long-standing, Christian-based temperance groups. Strict observance of Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol. The same holds for the beliefs of many of the Christians at the annual meeting of the National Temperance and Prohibition...

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Native Americans Rally for Rights in AZ

March 18, 2004

Source: Indian Country

http://www.indiancountry.com/?1079622187

On March 18, 2004 Indian Country reported, "Mayan, Lakota and Hopi women representing the strength and resolution of indigenous women everywhere, launched Tonatierra’s human rights campaign as they called for governments in the Americas to recognize the rights of indigenous peoples. Ixtz’ulu’ Elsa Son, activist from Guatemala, said the governments in the Americas have never respected any agreements...

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Minister and Rabbi Marry Same- Sex Couples in New York

March 18, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/18/nyregion/18gay.html

On March 18, 2004 The New York Times reported, "A minister and a rabbi plan to officiate same-sex marriages in front of City Hall in Manhattan today, and are asking other clergy members to attend to show their support. The event is also a show of solidarity for two Unitarian Universalist ministers who face criminal charges upstate for performing same-sex weddings. 'We're calling on...

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Ten Commandments to be Removed From Minn. City Hall

March 17, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12882

On March 17, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The City Council voted March 15 to remove a controversial Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of City Hall.

The council voted 5-4 not to fight a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union. The MnCLU had filed a federal lawsuit to get the city to remove the monument because it was an...

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Fresno Leaders Rally to Support Vandalized Gurdwara

March 17, 2004

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/8290450p-9132722c.html

On March 17, 2004 The Fresno Bee reported, "Political, civic and religious leaders assured Fresno-area Sikhs at a Tuesday rally that hate crimes such as last weekend's defacing of a Fresno temple have no place in a diverse society. Contrary to graffiti scrawled at the Gurdwara Sahib temple on East Dakota Avenue warning Sikhs to go home, that it's not their country, Lt. Gov. Cruz...

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Muslim Woman in Kansas City Wins Award for Promoting Tolerance

March 17, 2004

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/local/8200747.htm?ERIG

On March 17, 2004 The Kansas City Star reported, "Mahnaz M. Shabbir of Stilwell was honored by the YWCA of Greater Kansas City on Friday with its annual Hearts of Gold award... Shabbir, 44, received national attention in 2002 when she detailed her experiences as an American Muslim woman in an opinion piece for The Kansas City Star. She is the...

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