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Muslim Foundation Teaches Activism

February 26, 2004

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=996

On February 26, 2004 the Muslim American Society reported that "'Stressing “Faith over Fear and Justice for All,' the Muslim American Society (MAS)’s Freedom Foundation provided a weekend of intense activist training for Muslims in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida.    The Activist Training Seminar is MAS Freedom’s signature program. The session is a series of daylong...

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Civic Leaders Support Cop Known for Helping Sikhs

February 26, 2004

Source: New York Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/crime/nyc-nydet263686551feb26,0,7871271.story?coll=nyc-homepage-headlines

On February 26, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "A community affairs cop in Queens is receiving an outpouring of support after he was accused of accepting kickbacks and placed on modified duty. As Internal Affairs Bureau investigators go door-to-door on Jamaica and Liberty...

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Muslim Teen Reaches Out to California Youth

February 26, 2004

Source: Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8045081.htm

On February 26, 2004 Mercury News reported, "Stephanie Ramirez, 16, with spiked hair, thick eyeliner and numerous body piercings, knows what people think when they pass her on the street: 'Trouble.' Naiema Din, 16, a Muslim who is makeup-free and wears a hijab along with her jean jacket and flip-flops, knows what people think when they see her: 'Oppressed.' Today,...

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Court Rules: States Can Withhold Funding for Theology Students

February 25, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12755

On February 25, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "The Supreme Court, in a new rendering on separation of church and state, voted today to let states withhold scholarships from students studying theology, even when money is available to students studying anything else. The Court's 7-2 ruling said the state of Washington was within its rights to deny a taxpayer-funded...

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Profile of an Activist and Zen Buddhist

February 25, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/ewu/

On February 25, 2004 The Dallas Morning News published a profile on Angela Oh, "one of the nation's leading civil rights activists, a renowned commentator on race relations and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest. Ms. Oh was in Dallas on Tuesday to address the 39th annual Women's Symposium at Southern Methodist University. Afterward, she had some...

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Employees Sue Salvation Army Over Religion Bias

February 25, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/25/nyregion/25salvation.html

On February 25, 2004 The New York Times reported that "eighteen former and current employees from the social services arm of the Salvation Army sued the organization in federal court yesterday, accusing it of imposing a religious veil over secular, publicly financed activities like caring for foster children and counseling young people with AIDS. Advertisement The plaintiffs...

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ACLU Applauds Court Ruling on Funding for Theology Students

February 25, 2004

Source: The American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=15078&c=37

On February 25, 2004 The American Civil Liberties Union reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union today welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court to let states decide for themselves whether to grant scholarship money to theology students, which the ACLU said undermines one of the core legal arguments in the President’s so-...

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Religious Leaders in Rhode Island Back Same-Sex Marriages

February 25, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2004/02/25/several_religous_leaders_back_gay_marriage/

On February 25, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Members of the Rhode Island Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice said at a news conference Tuesday that religious doctrine should not be used to deny rights. The organization, which has about 70 members from six Unitarian...

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Jewish Groups Debate Whether to Accept Federal Funding for Synagogues

February 24, 2004

Source: United Jewish Communities

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=104011

On February 24, 2004 United Jewish Communities reported, "Behind the scenes at this year's Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum, officials were debating how to reconcile steadfast support by some Jewish groups for strict separation between church and state with the growing need for money to ease soaring post-Sept. 11 security costs. Especially contentious is whether the...

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Update: Religious Coverings Will be Allowed in Alabama License Photos

February 23, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_582341,0005.htm

On February 23, 2004 Hindustan Times reported, "The Sikhs and the Muslims have won their battle over a US state order against the wearing of turbans and head scarves while being photographed for driving licences. Following a vigorous campaign by the two communities -- and a threat to file a class action lawsuit -- the Alabama state has changed its controversial rule on headgears and head...

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ADL Praises Catholic Bishops for Educating on Anti-Semitism

February 23, 2004

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/4453_31.htm

On February 23, 2004 The Anti-Defamation League "praised the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for rushing into print a collection of key documents relating to Catholic teaching on Jews, the death of Jesus and 'the sin of anti-Semitism' in advance of the Ash Wednesday release of Mel Gibson's controversial film 'The Passion of the Christ.'

The Bible, the Jews and the Death of...

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Gay and Lesbian Center Launches New Web-Based Marriage Project

February 23, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR030204B.html

On February 23, 2004 Religion News Service reported, "Responding to recent public debate on the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has created a new web-based Marriage Project, now available on its web site at www.clgs.org. Designed for communities of faith, LGBT (lesbian,...

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Editorial: Moderate Muslims Should Speak Out

February 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/02/22/the_courage_of_muslim_moderates/

On February 22, 2004 The Boston Globe published an editorial by Jeff Jacoby on the duty of moderate Muslims to challenge extremism: "If anyone should be raising their voices against the totalitarians and terrorists who promote such evil in the name of Islam, it is the millions of...

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Medford Residents Petition in Favor of Islamic School

February 22, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/02/22/two_groups_compete_over_future_of_school/

On February 22, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Facing an intense lobbying effort by West Medford residents that included letters, telephone calls, and petitions, the City Council last week asked a city-appointed committee to reconsider its decision that would prevent the shuttered...

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