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Fairfield Sikhs Form Police Outreach Program

October 7, 2003

Source: Connecticut Post

http://www.connpost.com/Stories/0,1413,96%257E3750%257E1679894,00.html

On October 7, 2003 Connecticut Post reported that Sikhs in Fairfield Connecticut are visiting police in order to educate them on the Sikh religion and prevent the possibility of future violent attacks against Sikhs wearing turbans. Kaur and Pamma Singh Gulati have founded a training program in which they not only illuminate the peaceful doctrines of the...

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Opinion: Christian Soldiers Discriminated Against in U.S. Military

October 6, 2003

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/6942225.htm

On October 6, 2003 The Miami Herald ran an opinion piece by Michelle Malkin in which she argued that Christian soliders are discriminated against in the U.S. Military, which shows preferential treatment for Muslims. She writes, "There's something terribly wrong when an American soldier overseas can't receive Scriptures in the mail, but a Muslim chaplain can preach freely...

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Diverse Passengers Aboard Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride

October 2, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1002/p02s01-uspo.html

On October 2, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "some 900 travelers are criss-crossing the country in 18 buses advocating for reforms, including the controversial legalization of workers in the US illegally." Calling themselves the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, the workers' journey includes rallies and prayer vigils, and comes as the nation continues to grapple...

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Zen Master Helps the Homeless Serve the Hungry

September 29, 2003

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/entertainment/6890941.htm

On September 29, 2003 The Kansas City Star reported that "the Greyston Bakery, which was founded by a Zen master, hires the homeless and makes brownies for Ben and Jerry's ice cream, has a new bakery building designed by Maya Lin, architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial... Federal, county and local officials who spoke at the opening ceremony praised the...

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Supreme Court to Consider "Under God" Petition

September 29, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 29, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the Supreme Court meets behind closed doors today to consider more than 2,000 appeals that arrived during the summer, none messier or potentially more significant than the case of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Sacramento-area father who wants the words "under God" removed from it.    At one level, the pledge case asks the most basic questions about the role of religion in American public life: Is this indeed "one nation, under God?" And should schoolchildren be...

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Column: Faiths Work Together for Memphis Living Wage Ordinance

September 27, 2003

Source: The Commercial Appeal (TN)

http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/faith_values/article/0,1426,MCA_4076_2300955,00.html

On September 27, 2003, religion columnist David Waters of Memphis's The Commercial Appeal wrote about an interfaith effort to establish a "living wage" ordinance in Memphis. He writes, "Thirty-five years ago here in Memphis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other religious leaders teamed up with labor leaders to help local...

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Rabbi Urges Tolerance and Pluralism in the Face of Anti-Semitism

September 27, 2003

Source: TCPalm.com

http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/faith_and_values/article/0,1651,TCP_1155_23010

On September 27, 2003 TCPalm.com published an editorial by Rabbi Jonathan Kendall on the meaning of Rosh Hashana for the Jewish Community. In his discussion on the challenges of Judaism in a time of conflict, Kendall writes: "For the past two years there has been a tremendous increase in anti-Semitism. Much of it has been instigated and fueled by Islamic...

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Texas High School Allows Formation of Pagan Club

September 26, 2003

Source: Azle News Online

http://www.azle-news.com/news/get-news.asp?id=2393&catid=1&cpg=get-news. asp

On September 26, 2003 Azle News Online reported that "a [Texas] school district policy that allows student-led religious groups to meet allowed the formation of Azle High School’s first 'pagan' club this year. After a failed attempt to form such a club two years ago, AHS senior Ashleigh Skaggs got permission to form SPELL (Society of...

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Lilly Endowment Funds New Study of Religion and Public Life

September 25, 2003

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5EEB5BE0-52B6-4EE7-92530C2BD

On September 25, 2003 Voice of America reported "backed by a $3.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, investigators will embark on a long-term study of religious beliefs and behaviors among various ethnic groups...In the Rice/Notre Dame study, researchers will begin by interviewing 2,500 people across the nation. They will then follow up by...

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New Study on Religion in Public Life to Focus on Various Ethnic Groups

September 25, 2003

Source: VOA [Voice of America] News

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5EEB5BE0-52B6-4EE7-92530C2BD9FA47EB

On September 25, 2003 VOA [Voice of America] News reported on a new study on religion in American public life being conducted by Rice University in Houston and Notre Dame University in Indiana. "Backed by a $3.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, investigators will embark on a long-term study of religious beliefs and...

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Bay Area South Asians Gather to Discuss Patriot Act, Sept. 11 Backlash

September 25, 2003

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=ce475792c28cdd2135a2163926b8c8a6

On September 25, 2003 NCM reported that "in a rare show of solidarity, some 100 members of the South Asian American community of the Bay Area gathered Sept. 14 at the India Community Center to discuss the backlash felt over two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the effects of the USA Patriot Act. The community forum...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

September 22, 2003

Source: CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/22/faith.initiative/index.html

On September 22, 2003, CNN reported that The White House "has eased barriers that have kept faith-based organizations from receiving federal money for programs that help needy Americans. Four regulatory actions announced last December were finalized, and six new regulatory or policy changes were proposed, said Jim Towey, director of President Bush's Office of Faith-...

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Debate Over Civil Rights as Workers Face Increasing Discrimination

September 21, 2003

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=11948

On September 21, 2003 the First Amendment Center reported that religious discrimination in the workplace has "gotten substantially worse since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives hundreds of complaints from Muslim Americans – and people mistaken for Muslims – alleging hostility on the job. Christians, Jews,...

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