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Update: More Americans Believe Islam Encourages Violence

July 25, 2003

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week647/perspectives.html

On July 25, 2003 PBS reported that "a growing number of Americans think that Islam may be a religion that encourages violence, more so than other religions, and that view is held by 44 percent of Americans, up from 25 percent just a year ago. We find more Americans saying that Muslims around the world are anti-American. So there are worries about Islam, but it isn't...

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Update: Cross-Burning at College Park Mosque Angers Community

July 25, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=48

On July 25, 2003 SMART issued a press release stating that "the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART)... is standing in solidarity with the local Muslim community after a mosque in College Park, MD was defiled by a cross-burning yesterday. SMART’s Chairman, Manjit Singh, issued a statement demonstrating the need for ethnic and religious communities to unify when such...

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Update: Dalai Lama to Visit Bloomington, IN

July 25, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/8/060525-6208-009.html

On July 25, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "the focus will be on peace and nonviolence Sept. 7 when the Dalai Lama visits Bloomington to dedicate the Chamtse Ling, a $1.2 million interfaith temple with a mission to promote world peace and harmony... [Larry Gerstein, a Fishers resident and Ball State University professor who is also the co-founder of the International Tibet...

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The Jewish Community Relations Council in Arizona

July 25, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=810

On July 25, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in Tucson, Ariz., was formed in 1966 as the social action arm of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona... Today, one of the group's major thrusts is helping others use the Holocaust as a tool to teach about hate and prejudice... In February, the group drew 200 area teachers for its in-service program...

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Indian-American Organizations Unite to Celebrate India Independence Day in California

July 25, 2003

Source: Oakland Tribune

http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1726~1532626,00.html

On July 25, 2003 the Oakland Tribune reported that "organizers from three Indian-American organizations who have hosted separate festivals in the past announced Thursday that the dream of a unified Bay Area India Independence Day celebration has been realized... 'Independence Day should not have to be celebrated three times in three weeks,' said Anil Yadav,...

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Update: Kathuria First Sikh to Run for Senate

July 24, 2003

Source: Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1944402

On July 24, 2003 the Economist reported that "an assembly of Sikhs and Hindus and even a token Muslim set aside their differences and turned out on July 22nd on the roof of a posh downtown high-rise to endorse the first American from the Indian subcontinent ever to run for the Senate... It is not going to be easy for Mr. [Chirinjeev Singh] Kathuria, a millionaire Sikh...

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Wiccan Sues Chesterfield County on Charges of Discrimination

July 24, 2003

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article3EC8571A82704292A40E0519890F2B7D.asp

On July 24, 2003 the Gwinnett Daily Post reported that "The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors is violating the U.S. Constitution by refusing to allow a self-proclaimed witch to open meetings with a prayer, the woman’s lawyer told a federal magistrate Tuesday... A lawyer for the county disagreed,...

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Plaques with Biblical Psalms Removed from Grand Canyon

July 23, 2003

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/6365296.htm

On July 23, 2003 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed an editorial by Jim Jones stating that "last week, bronze plaques with Bible passages declaring God's majesty and glory were removed from three popular lookout spots on the South Rim of the canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials removed them after complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and others... During a...

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Update: American Jewish Committee Urges Approval of Daniel Pipes

July 23, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=878

On July 23, 2003 The American Jewish Committee reported that "the American Jewish Committee (AJC) today urged a Senate committee to approve without further delay the nomination of Dr. Daniel Pipes to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace... 'Rejecting this nomination would have a chilling effect on the important political discourse about the threat of...

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The Center for Cultural Judaism Opens

July 22, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR072303.html

On July 22, 2003 Religion News Service reported that "A new educational and cultural center has opened in New York to meet the needs of the large population of cultural, non-religious Jews identified in the recent findings of the American Jewish Identity Survey (AJIS 2001) -- the only comprehensive data about this population currently available -- conducted by the Graduate Center of the City...

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Plans to Build Islamic Mosque Proposed Near Carlisle Airport, PA

July 22, 2003

Source: The Patriot News

On July 22, 2003 The Patriot News reported that "a plan has been submitted to build an Islamic mosque, community center and cemetery on 9.3 acres along Petersburg Road in South Middleton Twp [PA]... The property is less than a mile south of the Carlisle Airport on the west side of the road... The plan, submitted by Peace Centre Corp. of Carlisle, calls for two buildings -- a mosque and community center totaling about 8,000 square feet -- with a 52-space parking lot at the front of the property, and a cemetery with flat markers on...

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Congressional Bill to Protect Sacred Lands

July 22, 2003

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/?1058889987

On July 22, 2003 Indian Country Today reported that "a high-tech telescope on Mount Graham, open pit gold mining in California, federal officials collecting fossils and bones in the Badlands of South Dakota, and logging in the Black Hills and on Bear Butte all qualify as desecration of sacred sites, according to American Indian elders and spiritual leaders... The battle to educate states and federal agencies...

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Update: Obon Festival, 2003

July 22, 2003

Source: Today's Sunbeam

http://www.nj.com/news/sunbeam/local/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1058878711256500.xml

On July 22, 2003 Today's Sunbeam reported that "Obon Odori, a festival of remembrance celebrated with music, dance and light, was held for the 58th year in Seabrook over the weekend, demonstrating vividly the joining of two cultures that occurred when Japanese-Americans came to the area during World War II... Since 1945, Buddhists of the...

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Gay Couple Celebrates Anniversary at Buddhist Zendo

July 20, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

On July 20, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "On a Friday night in Southeast Portland, 100 people gather in a Zen Buddhist zendo, or meditation hall [to celebrate an anniversary]. Eric Marcoux, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher... and his partner of 50 years, Eugene Woodworth, have lived through a lot of history: the 1950s with their crackdown on 'deviant sexuality,' the sexual '60s, the gay rights action of the '70s and '80s, the AIDS crisis, the legal changes and ongoing challenges of antigay-rights measures. But they don't see themselves...

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