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Paths to Interfaith Marriages

June 28, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/features/ny-lsfaith0628,0,4818410.story

On June 28, 2003 Newsday reported that "under a Jewish wedding canopy called a chupah, in front of a Christian unity candle and with a Cherokee prayer, Richard Goidel and Debra George were married earlier this month... It wasn't easy to find clergy willing to perform an interfaith ceremony, says George, 44, a widow. Some wouldn't return her phone calls and some admonished her, she...

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Sikhs March Through Hartford: Proclaim Loyalty to U.S.

June 28, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-sikhs0629.artjun29,0,4664600.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On June 28, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "several dozen Sikhs [marched]through downtown Hartford [CT] to the state Capitol [on Saturday]. They proclaimed their loyalty to the United States... 'Sikhs love USA!' the flag-waving marchers chanted as they made their way around Bushnell Park and up the...

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What You Will See Inside A Mosque Introduces Children to Different Houses of Worship

June 28, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/saturday/lifeentertainment/stories/li062803s2_p.shtml

On June 28, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that Aisha "Khan's recently published book, What You Will See Inside A Mosque, is part of an effort by Skylight Paths Publishing to educate children about the rituals, beliefs and celebrations at different houses of worship... Last fall, Skylight published ...

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Muslim Lawyer Seeks Virginia General Assembly Seat

June 28, 2003

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20030628-104406-5307r.htm

On June 28, 2003 The Washington Times reported that "a Republican immigration lawyer from Falls Church is seeking to become the first Muslim to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly... Kamal Nawash, 33, a Palestinian Arab born in Bethlehem, says he is running for state Senate because he believes he can foster understanding between Muslims, including Arabs, and...

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Leaflet from Mass State Senator Angers Muslims

June 27, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 27, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts state "senator Guy W. Glodis has angered Muslims and a civil rights group over a flier he sent to fellow senators that says terrorist attacks could be deterred if convicted Muslim extremists were buried with pig entrails... A Muslim group denounced the flier as 'slanderous garbage.'"

Ten Commandments Plaque to Stay on Chester County Courthouse

June 27, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.nj.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1056704664167180.xml

On June 27, 2003 The Express-Times reported that a "Ten Commandments plaque that has hung for 83 years on the facade of the Chester County [PA] courthouse does not constitute an official endorsement of religion, and may remain there for the sake of historical preservation, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday... Northampton County...

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Update: Senator Glodis Angers Muslims with Circulated Flyer

June 27, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/178/metro/Flier_from_senator_angers_Muslims+.shtml

On June 27, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "Senator Guy W. Glodis has angered Muslims and a civil rights group over a flier he sent to fellow senators that says terrorist attacks could be deterred if convicted Muslim extremists were buried with pig entrails... The flier, which Glodis's 39 colleagues received Wednesday, said...

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Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/prflorida06262003.htm

On June 27, 2003 U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release stating that "The U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness and Protocol Seminar for law enforcement, local officials, and community leaders.. The seminar is cosponsored by the Florida Commission on Human Relations, Florida State University, the Center for the...

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Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/6181076.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "wearing a traditional head scarf, Lobna 'Luby' Ismail stood silently Thursday before a room packed with community leaders and members of Florida's law-enforcement agencies... Ismail is president of Connecting Cultures, a Silver Spring, Md.-based cultural-training company. She has been traveling across the country...

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Hindu Delivery Man Beaten because Assailants Thought He Was Muslim: Police Filed Hate Crime Charges

June 27, 2003

Source: The Standard-Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/06-03/06-27-03/a09lo052.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Standard-Times reported that "community leaders from across the state yesterday denounced the robbery and beating of a pizza delivery man, an attack local police have categorized as a hate crime... Two local Domino's Pizza franchise owners, Nelson Hockert-Lotz and Anthony Squizzero, offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest...

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Update: Senator Glodis Angers Muslims with Circulated Flyer

June 27, 2003

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4278_41.asp

On June 27, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release stating that "In an open letter to Massachusetts State Senator Guy Glodis, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called upon him to publicly apologize from the Senate floor for having distributed an incendiary and bigoted flier that 'purports to provide a formula for responding to Muslim extremism...'" The letter states, "Your...

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Indo-American Convention Draws Concerns about Alleged Ties to Extremists

June 27, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6182961.htm

On June 27, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "Silicon Valley's Indo-American community has an influence over homeland politics perhaps unprecedented for an immigrant group... So it is not surprising that a convention of expatriates to be held Saturday at the Santa Clara Marriott attempts to pull together an array of groups varied in religion, but with the same political aim...

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Muslim Converts in Chiapas, Mexico

June 27, 2003

Source: Knight Ridder

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6182920.htm

On June 27, 2003 Knight Ridder reported that Juan "Gómez, 26, a former Protestant who became a Muslim in 1996, is learning the language as a convert to Islam. He embodies a religious phenomenon in Chiapas [Mexico], where one-quarter of the 3.9 million people are poor Maya peasants who practice myriad religions, often blending ancient rituals with Roman Catholicism... The religious conquest...

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Teacher's Aide Reinstated after being Sent Home for Wearing Cross

June 26, 2003

Source: Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20030626crossrulingr5.asp

On June 26, 2003 the Post-Gazette reported that "Indiana County teacher's aide Brenda Nichol, suspended for wearing a cross in school, won the first round in her federal court battle yesterday when a judge said her employer must reinstate her... In granting a request for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab said Nichol, 43, of Glen Campbell, must be...

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Rea Chapel Becomes Rea Interfaith Chapel in Pennsylvania

June 25, 2003

Source: The News-Item

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=8636445&BRD=2311&PAG=461&dept_id=482260&rfi=6

On June 25, 2003 The News-Item reported that "Geisinger Medical Center’s Rea Chapel [PA] was recently renovated and rededicated as the Rea Interfaith Chapel with the help of funds from the Rea Family and the Geisinger Auxiliary. The atmosphere of the new chapel welcomes people of all faiths with a large stained glass...

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