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First African-American Pastor to Serve Congress

June 21, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15123-2003Jun20.html

On June 21, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "for a quarter-century, and most recently as the U.S. Navy's chief of chaplains, [Pastor Barry C.] Black has led interfaith services on aircraft carriers and destroyers and counseled sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel on spiritual and personal matters. Now, after retirement from the military Aug. 15,...

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Muslim Comic Uses Humor to Shatter Stereotypes

June 21, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030621/NEWS10/106210073

On June 21, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "Azhar Usman is very serious about comedy. A Muslim standup comic, he works hard at honing his joke-telling skills while hoping his humor will defuse tensions and shatter stereotypes... He compared a Muslim joking about terrorism to an African-American comedian using the 'n word...' 'It’s...

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South Florida Women Organize Conference on Islamic Issues

June 21, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com/

On June 21, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "two groups of women have joined forces to organize a conference on Islamic issues this weekend at Nova Southeastern University [FL]... And it has a hot-button title: 'Islam: Contribution or Threat to American Society?' The women clearly don't intend to duck questions... 'We hope people will ask questions,' says Irma Sulaiman of Delray Beach, one of the main organizers...

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Update: Muncie Muslims Reach Out to Community

June 20, 2003

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/tsp/news/local/03/jun/0615islamiclunchnews.php

On June 20, 2003 The Star Press reported that "when a sign outside the Islamic Center was recently vandalized, members of the congregation didn't get angry at their neighbors. Instead they invited them over for a barbecue... On Saturday, leaders of the Islamic Center, 1717 N. Ball Ave., hosted a lunch for anyone who wanted to come... They made calls...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

June 20, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.news-gazette.com/story.cfm?Number=13094

On June 20, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "First Apostolic Church Pastor Kenneth Murray is not hiding his distaste for the new Wiccan school in Hoopeston. His church on 205 E. Penn St. is directly across from the school, which is set to open in the fall... Members of the Hoopeston religious community might have different levels of knowledge of the alternative religion, but the four...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

June 19, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.newsgazette.com/story.cfm?Number=13089

On June 19, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "the world of Wicca will become more accessible in East Central Illinois because Chicago-based Telepathic Media has purchased the former town hall building in Hoopeston for use as a school to teach Wiccan principles, which include a belief in a god and goddess of nature... The staff envisions the school at 200 E. Penn St. eventually becoming a four-...

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Interfaith "Abrahamic Dialogues" Occur across the Nation

June 19, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0619/p17s01-lire.html

On June 19, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "since Sept. 11, most Americans have become starkly aware of the great gaps in understanding and heightened tensions among Muslims, Christians, and Jews at home and abroad. Recognizing the need to build bridges and to strengthen moderate voices, many are experimenting with new forms of what some call 'Abrahamic...

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ADL Condemns Southern Baptist Leader for Comparison of Judaism to " Deadly Tumor"

June 19, 2003

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/presrele/ChJew_31/4272_31.asp

On June 19, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League reported that "The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned as 'outrageous and offensive' the remarks of a Southern Baptist leader who, in calling for renewed attempts to proselytize Jews, compared Judaism to a potentially 'deadly tumor...' In a speech June 16 to the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a gathering of Messianic Jews, Al...

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Stanford Baccalaureate Celebration Acknowledges Diverse Religious Traditions

June 18, 2003

Source: Stanford Report

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2003/june18/bac-618.html

On June 18, 2003 the Stanford Report reported that "Sumir Meghani, a graduating senior in economics, read... lines of Hindu scripture Saturday morning in the Quad at the beginning of the 2003 [Stanford] Baccalaureate Celebration... The event, which also included readings, prayers and music from the Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Shinto traditions, took place on an...

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Federal Government Forbids Racial or Ethnic Profiling

June 18, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6113850.htm

On June 18, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "the Justice Department on Tuesday took a historic step toward fulfilling President Bush's vow to end racial profiling in the United States, forbidding federal law enforcement officers in most cases from using race or ethnicity to target criminal behavior... Civil libertarians say the new policy, effective immediately, goes further than many...

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Baptist Convention Speaker Denounces Islam

June 17, 2003

Source: Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/03/06/34508659.shtml

On June 17, 2003 the Tennessean reported that "one year after the Rev. Jerry Vines generated a year's worth of controversy by calling the founder of Islam 'a demon-possessed pedophile,' Ergun Caner, a theology professor from Criswell College in Dallas, picked up where Vines left off... Caner, a Turkish immigrant who converted to Christianity as a child, spoke to pastors at the...

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Press Release by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 17, 2003

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr030617.htm

On June 17, 2003 the Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported that "Congressional leaders are trying to force a bill through Congress that would permit religious discrimination in staffing of Head Start and jeopardize the positions of thousands of teachers and parent volunteers... The popular tax-funded program is designed to provide academic instruction and health-care...

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Update: NY Judge Resigns after "Terrorist" Question

June 17, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/sns-ap-brf-ticket-terror,0,4294763.story

On June 17, 2003 Newsday reported that "a judge who admitted asking an Arab-American woman if she was a terrorist when she went to court last month to fight a parking ticket has stepped down... Village Justice William Crosbie, 79, resigned in a letter Monday to the mayor. The incident led the woman to file a complaint with the state...

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