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Update: Utah's New Hindu Temple and Congregation Leader

May 10, 2003

Source: Deseret News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1%2C1249%2C495032733%2C00.html

On May 10, 2003 Deseret News reported that "the resident priest of Utah's newest temple has traded his revered place among the majority faith in India for leadership of a minority faith congregation in a state whose collective population is less than half of his native city... Pandit Shashidhara Somayaji, the new priest of Sri Ganesh Temple, moved from Bangalore, India, to take...

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Utah Schools Debate over Public Prayer During High School Graduation

May 10, 2003

Source: Deseret News

On May 10, 2003 Deseret News reported that "for the record, the student's... public prayer at a high school graduation... could be legal... But only within a slim set of legal standards... And that has some Utah school bosses, faced with balancing freedom of and freedom from religion, wishing graduation prayers would simply disappear. That's even though the U.S. Department of Education is offering specific guidance on how to allow such speech under the No Child Left Behind Act... The Supreme Court has struck down school-sponsored...

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Update: Evangelical Leaders Denounce Anti-Islamic Remarks

May 8, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40616FA3D5B0C7B8CDDAC0894DB404482

On May 8, 2003 The New York Times reported that "Evangelical leaders meeting in Washington denounce anti-Islam remarks made in last year by leaders of their own movement, including Rev Franklin Graham, Rev Jerry Falwell and Rev Jerry Vines; propose new guidelines for churches to follow in relating to Muslims; affirm their commitment...

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Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-8.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial detailing the history and activities of Temple Beth El, "a major regional center of Conservative Judaism [located in Portland, Maine]... With the hiring of Rabbi Carolyn Braun in 1995, Temple Beth El became the largest conservative synagogue in the nation to be led by a woman. The addition of Cantor Ruth Ross and...

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Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-9.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial by Najim Animashaun stating that "the Muslim community in Portland is a particularly active spiritual community... Our community is active both at the community level and at the individual and household level in outreach and interfaith activities in the greater Portland area... Portland’s Muslim community...

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Judge Orders Hare Krishnas to Remove Cows

May 8, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--religiouscows0508may08,0,1530564.story

On May 8, 2003 Newsday reported that "a judge has given a Hare Krishna couple 15 days to remove four cows from their property, ruling the animals violate a village law... Judge Michael Nenno issued the decision Wednesday, on the second day of court proceedings brought by the Village of Angelica against Stephen and Linda Voith......

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Interfaith Group in Nebraska Gather for Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

May 8, 2003

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.journalstar.com/local.php?story_id=44413

On May 8, 2003 the Lincoln Journal Star reported that "prayers by people of many faiths marked the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Thursday at The Cornhusker hotel... More than 360 people attended the event. The theme this year was 'Let There be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin with Me...' The event included prayers and comments by Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the...

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Sikh Council On Religion and Education Supports Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act

May 8, 2003

Source: Sikh Council On Religion & Education

On May 8, 2003 the Sikh Council On Religion & Education issued a press release expressing "support for progress in the development of the hate crimes bill officially known in the Senate as the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA). As law, LLEEA (s.966) will enable federal law enforcement agencies to assist local agencies in the investigation and prosecution of cases in which violence occurs because of the victim’s race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability... LLEEA is supported by a...

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Multifaith Community in San Diego, CA

May 8, 2003

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 8, 2003 the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "Harvard scholar Diana Eck calls America the most religiously diverse nation in the world – and San Diego is no different, home to faiths ranging from Baha'i to Wicca... Here is a look at representatives from four of these other faiths – a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Jew. They talk about their devotion to their beliefs – and how they feel about attempts to convert them."

Update: Evangelical Leaders Denounce Anti-Islamic Remarks

May 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/5808251.htm

On May 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "leading evangelical Christians condemned derogatory statements about Islam by the Rev. Franklin Graham and others among their fellow religious conservatives. They also pledged to improve relations with Muslims... The evangelicals meeting Wednesday said the derisive comments endangered Christian...

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Separation of Church and State in the Mojave National Preserve Debate

May 6, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0506/p02s02-usju.html

On May 6, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "perched on a wind-swept rock jutting 30 feet above the Mojave National Preserve, the monument looks like a headless man in an ugly suit. It's actually a six-foot cross - covered, by court order, with brown canvas - at the root of a debate over the separation of church and state... The Mojave Cross has sparked a First...

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Muslims and Mormons Join Forces to Deliver Personal Hygiene Kits to Iraq

May 6, 2003

Source: MPAC News

On May 6, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "the Southern California Muslim community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also know as the Mormons or LDS) have joined forces to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits to be shipped to the families of Iraq... The initiative, called 'Project Iraqi Relief', will bring together members of the Mormon and Muslim communities to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits consisting of soaps, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and combs, among other items. The...

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