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Extraordinary Religious Texts on Display in Pennsylvania

July 3, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/6224430.htm

On July 3, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "this weekend, from worlds apart, two remarkable religious books are going on display to the general public here... The Islamic Circle of North America has brought in an ornate Koran from Iran that, at six feet high and 1,500 pounds, is billed as the world's largest. Its 606 hand-painted canvas pages will be...

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Local Muslim Pharmacist Holds Informal Seminar to Discuss Islamic Faith

July 3, 2003

Source: The Register Herald

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1706

On July 3, 2003 The Register Herald reported that "Nasir Mahmood has teamed up with the Pine Plains Council of Churches [NY] to hold seminars on Muslim awareness. The most recent seminar was held on June 12 at St. Anthony's Church in Pine Plains. Many know Mahmood as their pharmacist in Pine Plains, but not as a spokesman on the Islamic faith... Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, Mahmood has...

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Update: Ten Commandments Monument in Alabama Judicial Building

July 2, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60386-2003Jul1.html

On July 2, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "a federal appeals court yesterday declared the 2 1/2-ton Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court to be unconstitutional and compared its champion -- Chief Justice Roy S. Moore -- to the defiant, segregation-era Southern governors George C. Wallace and Ross Barnett... The unanimous...

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High School Students Participate in Interfaith Training Program

July 2, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR070203.html

On July 2, 2003 the Religion News Service reported that "fifty Christian, Muslim, and Jewish high school students from the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland and the United States committed to building understanding between peoples of different faiths are spending two weeks together in a groundbreaking leadership-training program... The students, ages 16-18, are participants in the...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

July 2, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.news-gazette.com/story.cfm?Number=14087

On July 2, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "citing an atmosphere of intolerance, and fear for their safety, Wiccan leaders said they are abandoning their dream of opening a school that teaches the alternative religion in Hoopeston... The meeting drew about 100 residents, most of whom vehemently opposed the project... 'We're not giving up (on East Central Illinois) yet,' continued Hubbard,...

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Muslims and Jews Learning from Each Other in Rochester, NY

July 2, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/IM12VBM_jews02_news.shtml

On July 2, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, drove divisions between Jews and Muslims in many cities, but in Rochester [NY], the dialogue between these two communities is growing deeper and deeper... In fact, because of a series of public programs seeking greater understanding, the Commission on Jewish/Muslim...

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Interfaith Celebration in Kentucky

July 2, 2003

Source: Herald Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/local/6215627.htm

On July 2, 2003 the Herald Leader reported that "the faces in the Kentucky Theatre last night ranged from black to white to brown... Their voices represented Jews, Muslims, Christians and Catholics... And they were all united in cheers... They were gathered for the patriotic "Faces of Faith in America' rally, hosted by The Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass... The event...

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Muslim Organizations Question Legitimacy of Bank Cancellations

July 2, 2003

Source: Civil Liberties Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=0387c0def57e1cc42daf809c7b23216b

On July 2, 2003 the Civil Liberties Digest reported that "American financial institutions are using extreme interpretations of the U.S.A. Patriot Act to justify blacklisting Muslim account holders, reports An-Nahar, an Arabic weekly based in Southern California in its recent issue ending July 2... According...

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Hindu Community in Seattle, WA

July 2, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/129120_cwong02.html

On July 2, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "for Hindus in the Northwest, [the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center] has become a central place to worship a supreme being and focus on the different deities who symbolize this God and non-violence, prosperity, good health, respect and knowing right from wrong... But the largest Hindu temple in the area is also a...

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Jaina Convention to Take Place in Downtown Cincinnati

July 2, 2003

Source: American City Business Journals

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2003/06/30/daily38.html

On July 2, 2003 the American City Business Journals reported that "three thousand followers of the Jain religion are expected to meet this week in Cincinnati for the Biennial Jaina Convention... According to a news release, Jainism is a religion originating in India that follows the principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence in thought,...

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Muslim Center and Neighbors Debate over Zoning Permit

July 2, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On July 2, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "neighbors have been complaining for four months about traffic and parking problems caused by Friday afternoon prayers at the... Muslim Educational Center [IL]. In April, when center officials presented plans to add a mosque and more parking to their property... neighbors successfully lobbied the Village Board to reject the expansion... Now some Morton Grove residents are...

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Tevi Troy Named White House Liaison to the Jewish Community

July 2, 2003

Source: JTA News

http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=12955&intcategoryid=3

On July 2, 2003 JTA News reported that "The White House has named domestic policy adviser Tevi Troy as the administration’s new liaison to the Jewish community... Troy was a policy director for Attorney General John Ashcroft when Ashcroft was a Republican senator from Missouri. He publicly defended Ashcroft against criticism from Jewish leaders during...

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Editorial: Sultaana Freeman License Case

July 1, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpshi013354583jul01,0,6151114.story

On July 1, 2003 Newsday published an editorial by Faegheh Shirazi stating that "many American Muslims cringed when they heard about Sultaana Freeman, a woman from Florida who maintained that removing her veil for a driver's license photo violated her religious beliefs. For most non-Muslims, veiling has become synonymous with Islam. So, although the Muslim...

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