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Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness Seminar to be Sponsored by Justice Department

September 19, 2003

Source: U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/pramstotpgcounty09252003.htm

On September 19, 2003 the U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service reported that "the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an awareness and protocol seminar for 800 law enforcement officers, support service workers, local officials and community leaders from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region... This...

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Interfaith Group Unites Against Gay Marriage

September 18, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/18/MN10010.DTL

On September 18, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "an alliance of African American, Latino, Asian, Jewish, Catholic and Muslim religious leaders lent their support Wednesday to a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage that will soon be introduced in the Senate. Patricia DeVeaux of the...

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Muslims Accuse Christian Pastors of Vilifying Islam

September 16, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1220233.html

On September 16, 2003 Crosswalk.com posted a Cybercast News Service article that reported: "Two Christian pastors in Australia will appear in court next month to face complaints brought by Muslims who accuse them of vilifying Islam. Their appearance in a legal tribunal in the state of Victoria is the culmination of an 18-month dispute between a Christian group that organized a...

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Maryland Muslims Gather Food for Local Community

September 15, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11020-2003Sep14.html

On September 15, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the fliers distributed to more than 30,000 Maryland homes by Muslim civic groups across the Washington region last weekend contained a simple plea for non-perishable goods for an upcoming food drive. But the Muslim volunteers who circled through their communities to pick up contributions yesterday said...

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Editorial: Religious Leaders Support Hate Crime Victim's Relatives

September 15, 2003

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20030915-123024-7289r.htm

On September 15, 2003 in The Washington Times, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Rabbi Marla J. Feldman wrote that "two years ago, an angry young man walked into a convenience store in Dallas and killed Waqar Hasan, an innocent Pakistani man who was working hard to earn a living for his family and to become an American citizen. Mark Anthony Stroman shot Hasan...

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Scout Troops Represent Many Faiths

September 15, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/living/1063454193187750.xml

On September 15, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "in their green Girl Scout vests stitched with badges, the girls of Troop 869 are the newest members of a 91-year-old tradition rooted in the American South. With their Muslim headcoverings and prayers, the girls also represent how far the Girl Scouts have gone to tailor...

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Editorial: First Amendment Center Comments on Moore's Alabama Monument

September 7, 2003

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=11885

On September 7, 2003 the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN ran a commentary by senior scholar Charles Haynes on the implications of Judge Roy Moore's establishment of a Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama statehouse and its subsequent removal. Haynes likened Moore's views to early church-establishment fan John Winthrop of the...

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Editorial: Religious Perspectives on Caring for the Poor

September 6, 2003

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/6682373.htm

On September 6, 2003 The Kansas City Star ran a dually-authored editorial on religious perspectives on caring for the poor. The two authors, Lama Chuck Stanford of the Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery and the Rev. R.L. Baynham, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church, offered their perspectives on what their respective faiths have to say on the...

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Editorial: Ten Commandments Belong in Churches, Synagogues, not Public Square

August 31, 2003

Source: CBSNews.com

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/01/opinion/schieffer/main571000.shtml

On August 31, 2003, CBSNews.com ran an editorial by Bob Schieffer on the Alabama Ten Commandments controversy in which he argued, "To suggest that these great religions, which have survived for thousands of years, somehow need or require the state government of Alabama to promote them is not only questionable, it borders on the blasphemous.
...

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Bank closes Egyptian immigrant's account with no explanation

August 25, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0825/p15s01-wmcn.html

On August 25, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that Hossam Algabri, an Egyptian immigrant, received a notice from Fleet telling him, "We regret to inform you that we have decided that it is not in our best interest to continue your banking relationship with us." When Algabri tried to straighten out what he thought was a mistake, the bank "told him that his account was...

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Poster Offends Supporters of Dalai Lama

August 23, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.timesoftibet.tibetsearch.com/artman/publish/article_1775.shtml

On August 23, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "salesforce.com landed in hot water with Bay Area supporters of the Dalai Lama after it distributed a poster that seemingly made the spiritual leader a pitch man for the business software company. The poster featured the Dalai Lama sitting with his eyes closed and hands folded in prayer under...

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America Sharply Divided on Question of Gay Marriage

August 22, 2003

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week651/cover.html

On August 22, 2003 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "In recent years, the United States has grown more accepting of homosexuality, in public policy as well as in pop culture. But when it comes to the question of marriage, the nation remains sharply divided. A recent WASHINGTON POST poll found that fewer than four in 10 Americans support same-sex civil...

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