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Muslim Elected to Chair Cincinnati Justice Committee

December 8, 2003

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/12/08/loc_loc1nccj.html

On December 8, 2003 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Dr. Inayat K. Malik was elected Sept. 1 to serve a one-year term as chairman of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) for Greater Cincinnati. He is the first Muslim to preside over the organization in its 59-year history. Robert Harrod, the executive director of NCCJ, said the election of...

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Bush Official Suggests that Pagans and Other "Fringe" Groups Won't Benefit from Faith Based Initiative

December 8, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43967-2003Dec7.html?referrer=emailarticle

On December 8, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "H. James Towey, director of the White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, has stirred up a pot of trouble by suggesting that pagans don't care about the poor. Wiccans, Druids and other pagans across the country, along with the Washington-...

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Controversy Over New York Temple Elections Rocks American Hindu Communities

December 5, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/05/nyregion/05HIND.html

On December 5, 2003 The New York Times reported on the growing New York controversy over Hindu Temple elections that has been rocking the Hindu faith across America. The Hindu Temple Society of North America had been a peaceful refuge for decades, welcoming thousands of worshippers at the sanctuary on Bowne Street in Flushing, Queens. But a dispute over whether or not temple leaders...

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Teacher Sues School Over Biased Curriculum

December 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.pressherald.com/news/state/031204teachersues.shtml

On December 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a seventh-grade social studies teacher in Presque Isle who said he was barred from teaching about non-Christian civilizations has sued his school district, claiming it violated his First Amendment right of free expression. Gary Cole of Washburn, a teacher at Skyway Middle School, sued School Administrative District...

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As Bush Pushes Faith- Based Initiatives, Concerns Over Church and State

December 2, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/334/nation/Bush_presses_funding_for_faith_groupsP.shtml

On December 2, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "Through executive orders, an aggressive wooing of religious groups, and his unflagging commitment to use the bully pulpit, President Bush has bypassed a reluctant Congress and is fulfilling his inaugural promise to bridge the historic separation of church and state and...

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Pagan Priestess Wins Federal Case

December 1, 2003

Source: Circle Magazine

On December 1, 2003 Circle Magazine reported that "Wiccan priestess Cynthia Simpson won her religious freedom battle in the federal court in Richmond. Virginia on November 13, 2003. The magistrate ruled that the Chesterfield County discriminated against Cyndi when it prohibited her from joining their list of clergy able to open their meeting with a prayer. As mentioned in the Spring 2003 LLL Report, Cyndi had been told that she could not be a prayer leader because she did not practice a religion "within the Judeo-Christian tradition...

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A Model of Sensitivity, or a Violation of the Constitution? Koran in New York Police Station Stirs Controversy

December 1, 2003

Source: Muslims

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1157

On December 1, 2003 Muslims reported on the ongoing controversy regarding a Koran on display in a glass case in One Police Plaza during the month of Ramadan. According to the article, the display "has led to a controversy: putting a holy writ on display in a public space violates the rule of separation between church and state. 'Given the nature of the job, they have to have some faith,' said...

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Boston Interfaith Groups Create Social Action, Safer Neighborhoods

December 1, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/12/01/faith_group_a_catalyst_for_fall_river_new_bedford/

On December 1, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "The auditorium at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church was filled with the noise of some 750 people looking for seats and trying to figure out the headphones that would broadcast the night's speeches in Portuguese and Spanish. White-haired ladies...

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Buddhist Monk Brings Meditation to Chicago's Suburbia

November 30, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0311270150nov27,1,3

On November 30, 2003 the Chicago Tribune published a profile on Sujatha Peradeniye, a Buddhist monk studying psychology at McHenry County College near Chicago in the hopes of understanding how Americans think. According to the article, "Peradeniye's circuitous journey two years ago to McHenry County was navigated by an inner calling to blend Buddhist...

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Swiss Imam Seen as Reformer by Some, Theocrat by Others

November 30, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2003/11/30/the_reformer/

On November 30, 2003 The Boston Globe reported, "When Tariq Ramadan delivers a lecture, the room is invariably packed to capacity. Afterwards, dozens of young Muslim men are likely to throng the stage, seeking his definitive guidance on everything from veiling to animal rights to how to live with dignity in a secular society...At age 41, Ramadan, an...

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Iowa Students Join Muslims in Fast-a-thon

November 30, 2003

Source: Iowa State Daily

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/12/05/3deef12157cc0

On November 30, 2003 the Iowa State Daily reported that "about 70 students went without eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset as part of the Muslim Student Association's Fast-a-thon. The Fast-a-thon is based upon businesses pledging money for students to fast, said Saddam Khattak, senior in computer engineering. The $400 raised will go to the...

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Pompano Beach Commissioners to Allow Religious Invocations

November 27, 2003

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pcgod27nov27,0,6606803.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

On November 27, 2003 Sun-Sentinel reported that "a majority of commissioners say they will accept references to specific religions and deities in invocations before commission meetings. 'We are going steadfast on the issue of them allowing us to pray in the name of Jesus,' O'Neal Dozier, pastor of...

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Dallas Interfaith Foundation Serves the Needy

November 27, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/112903dnrelconnect.35e3a.html

On November 27, 2003 The Dallas Morning News reported, "The Welhausen Foundation, a nonprofit multifaith group started by Charles and Marilyn Welhausen, enlists volunteers from a variety of faith groups to come together for one-time service projects... Most recently, about 20 people, including Bahá'ís, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and...

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To Neighbors' Disdain, Michigan Couple Writes their Religion in Stone

November 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12271

On November 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "an Oakland County couple didn’t need divine intervention to retain the religious message written with stone on their house — just judicial intervention. The state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision to have the couple remove the message 'Jesus is King' from the three-story turret on their Heather Lake Estates...

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