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Wiccan Sues SC Town Council Over Prayer

August 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/6500041.htm

On August 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that a Wicca high priestess was suing the Great Falls [SC] town council over the use of the name of Jesus Christ in pre-meeting prayers. Dan Huntley writes, "Two years ago, Wynne asked the council to not use Jesus Christ's name during the prayer because she felt it excluded her and other non-Christians. She says she's supportive...

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Update: Change Your Mind Day

August 10, 2003

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001461005_buddhist10m.html

On August 10, 2003 The Seattle Times reported that "dozens of Seattle Buddhists converged yesterday for Change Your Mind day, an annual celebration intended to bring different traditions together and teach Buddhism to the curious... Meditation's serenity was challenged by airplanes on their way to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and the...

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Prominent Muslim Organizations Join to Form "Muslim American Congress"

August 8, 2003

Source: Muslim Journal

On August 8, 2003 the Muslim Journal reported that "at a meeting held in Chicago on June 29, 2003, the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) completed essential details for creating a new unified organization called the Muslim American Congress. A 12-member board of directors unanimously adopted the new bylaws, budget and elected a four-member Executive Council to run the day to day affairs of the Muslim American Congress (MAC)."

Imam W. Deen Mohammed Speaks at the Apollo Theatre

August 8, 2003

Source: Muslim Journal

On August 8, 2003 the Muslim Journal reported that Imam W. Deen Mohammed spoke on June 21, 2003 at the Apollo theater in Harlem, N.Y. to over 3,000 people. Imam Mohammed addressed the topic "'New Africa: A New Mind, A New Life, A New Beginning for Black People in America.'"

Editorial: Adopting Islam to Life in America

August 4, 2003

Source: Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0804/p09s01-coop.html

On August 4, 2003 the Christian Science Monitor printed an editorial by Ahmed Nassef stating that a "gulf between the highly conservative nature of most Muslim American institutions and the liberal views of many Muslims born and raised in America is reflected in issues such as the role of women and literalist readings of religious texts. It has sown the seeds for a progressive Muslim...

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Sikh Youth Symposium Speech Contest in California

August 3, 2003

Source: Tri Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1549664,00.html

On August 3, 2003 the Tri Valley Herald reported that "about 60 young followers of the Sikh religion from across the globe are competing in the annual Sikh Youth Symposium speech contest, taking place at temples -- called gurdwaras -- in Fremont, El Sobrante and Hayward this weekend. The first day of the grueling contest began Friday in Fremont [CA]... The...

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Immigrant Children Learning about their Roots in Church

August 3, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A15588-2003Aug2?language=printer

On August 3, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "many non-Christian immigrants are keeping their religions alive in America by looking to an unlikely place: church. In some cases, such as the Chinmaya Mission, stories and songs might be infused with Christian teachings and concepts. In other examples from Buddhist temples to Sikh gurdwaras,...

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Interfaith Couple Launches New Organization in Ohio

August 2, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030802/NEWS10/108020120

On August 2, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "a Toledo couple known for their efforts in promoting interfaith programs have launched a new organization, the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio, to better facilitate understanding and acceptance among the area’s diverse religious communities... 'What’s so different about us? We...

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Leader of Islamic Society of North America Honored at Human Rights Leadership Awards Dinner

August 1, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On August 1, 2003 India Abroad reported that "Srinagar-born Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed was among those honored last month at the 35th anniversary Human Rights Leadership Awards dinner, sponsored by Freedom, a journal published by the Church of Scientology. Syeed is Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America, which he founded in the early 1980s."

FBI Officer Visits Chicago Gurdwara

August 1, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On August 1, 2003 India Abroad reported that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Chicago chapter took a pro-active step to end bias against the Sikh community, when Thomas Knier, Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago District unit, visited the gurdwara at Palatine, about 15 miles from downtown Chicago... Knier, who had gone to the gurdwara at the invitation of the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, wore a yellow patka, the traditional Sikh turban, during his three-hour visit. He joined community members for the...

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Nation of Islam Leader Criticizes Shooting Death of Developmentally Delayed Boy

August 1, 2003

Source: Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1543317,00.html

On August 1, 2003 the Denver Post reported that "in recent weeks, [minister Gerald] Muhammad has moved from the margins of Denver's faith community to the middle of the intense debate over the July 5 shooting of 15-year-old Paul Childs by a Denver police officer... The developmentally disabled boy, who was black, was killed after refusing to put down a knife... Muhammad's...

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Update: Jewish Groups Opposed to Pipes Nomination

July 31, 2003

Source: Mpac News

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=590

On July 31, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "a broad coalition of Jewish peace groups today called upon President Bush to withdraw his controversial nomination of Daniel Pipes to the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace... The Jewish peace groups also lauded the decision of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee last week to table a...

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