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Muslim Political Activity in Northern Virginia

June 16, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62875-2003Jun15.html

On June 16, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Muslim activists in Northern Virginia have launched a political action committee to help elect officials who will halt what they call rights abuses associated with the nation's war on terror... Mukit Hossain, a telecommunications entrepreneur who emigrated from Bangladesh and lives near Sterling, said he...

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Hindu Sunday School in New York

June 16, 2003

Source: Hartford Courant

On June 16, 2003 the Hartford Courant reported that "as a day of worship, Sunday has no particular relevance in the Hindu faith. And until recently at Sri Satyanarayana Temple [NY], there certainly was no such thing as Sunday school... But now, more than 50 children who range from 4 to 15 fill the temple's downstairs room every Sunday. The Temple's Sunday school is one of about a half-dozen Sunday schools within a temple in the country, said Jyotish Parekh, president of World Hindu Council of America, a religious and cultural...

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Diverse Religious Growth in Dutchess County, NY

June 15, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sunday/localnews/stories/lo061503s2_p.shtml

On June 15, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that "peek into almost any house of worship and the population growth in Dutchess County is obvious... Along with the swelling population comes a growing number of religious followers -- in just about every faith... Many local congregations say their membership is growing and they need...

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Modesto Muslim Community Upset over Dave Hunt Lecture

June 14, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/life/faithvalues/story/6958505p-7893346c.html

On June 14, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "as Moses Saleh sat in the cavernous sanctuary of a Modesto [CA] church recently, he felt trapped. He was listening to Christian author Dave Hunt lecture on the subject of Islam -- and Saleh, 62, a lifelong Muslim, was growing more and more upset... There were many things he wanted to say -- points he wanted to...

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Immigrants and Their Respect for Old Glory

June 14, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0614flagday14.html

On June 14, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that a "relatively low-key holiday, Flag Day has gained more attention since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq. The symbol of patriotism is more visible, especially among non-native citizens and other ethnic and religious groups. They see the flag as a shield against hate and...

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Update: Lowell, MA Monks and Police Unite to Help Youngsters

June 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,505040233,00.html

On June 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "A shaven-headed Buddhist monk in a saffron robe, the Venerable Sao Khon seems an unlikely crimefighter. But he might be one answer to violence on this city's streets... [Lowell, MA] Police are planning to refer Southeast Asian youngsters who have run away from home to the Cambodian-born monk and his brethren to provide moral and...

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Jains and Hindus Celebrate Together in Michigan

June 13, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.detnews.com/2003/religion/0306/23/d07n-192139.htm

On June 13, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "members of the Bharatiya Temple of Lansing are celebrating the consecration of the gods, a ceremony they believe gave their temple life and divine power... About 900 mid-Michigan families attend the temple to practice Hinduism or Jainism, two related religions that began in India... It is the fifth anniversary of the...

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Baha'i Woman to Serve on U.N. Committee on Women's Issues

June 13, 2003

Source: Baha'i World News

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story.cfm?storyid=222

On June 13, 2003 the Baha'i World News reported that "the principal representative of the Baha'i International Community to the United Nations was yesterday elected to chair a major committee on women's issues... Bani Dugal will serve for two years at the UN in New York as Chair of the non-governmental organizations' Committee on the Status of Women... Then she will be eligible for a second...

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Lathrop California Officials Pass Resolution Deploring Racial and Religious Hate Crimes against Sikh Community

June 10, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/6934212p-7869434c.html

On June 10, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "the city of Lathrop [CA] has passed a resolution deploring hatred and crimes targeting members of the Sikh community. Lathrop's Sikhs asked city officials for such a resolution after suffering racial and religious attacks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No one was physically injured, but the comments caused emotional pain,...

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Native American Student Returns to Class; Was Suspended for Wearing Religious Headband

June 10, 2003

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/article/1054215410

On June 10, 2003 Indian Country Today reported that "Aroniakeha Elijah, 17, a junior at Salmon River High School, returned to regular classes May 15 after being suspended for violating the school district's 'no bandana rule.' Elijah was completely segregated from his peers at the school for wearing a red headband as part of his traditional Haudenoshaunee rite of passage, but school officials...

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