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Ordinary Citizens Encounter Problems with Terrorist Name Lists

May 5, 2003

Source: Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/19/ma_377_01.html

On May 5, 2003 Mother Jones reported that "profiling has become common since September 11, as the federal government increasingly requires private businesses to do the work of law enforcement. Banks have long faced steep fines and even prison time for those responsible if they do business with anyone on a list of suspected terrorists, money launderers, and narcotraffickers...

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Editorial: the Federal Government and the Construction of Religious Centers

May 5, 2003

Source: Oregon Live

http://www.oregonlive.com/public_commentary/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1052049473241131.xml

On May 5, 2003 Oregon Live printed an editorial by Patrick Korten stating that "sadly, local governments throughout the United States have gotten into the habit of using just about any excuse to prevent the construction, remodeling or expansion of churches, synagogues and other religious buildings......

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Assemblyman Roger Green Reflects on His Muslim Faith

May 3, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-muslim0503,0,2446578.story

On May 3, 2003 Newsday reported that "speaking publicly about it for the first time, [Roger] Green told Newsday last week he has been a practicing Muslim for more than 30 years. He is the only Muslim elected official in New York State, he and others say... In a telephone interview from Albany, Green said he has been reflecting deeply on his Muslim faith lately......

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Beltane Celebrations in the U.S.

May 3, 2003

Source: The Southern

http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2003/05/04/build/local/LOC003.html

On May 3, 2003 The Southern reported that "the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance will host an open Beltane Celebration at noon today at the Giant City State Park Shelter 2 near Makanda... Fire, light and fertility are the focus of Beltane as it celebrates longer days, the return of spring and summer warmth, and the creative splendor of nature as...

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Three Religious Leaders of Sikh Faith Visits California

May 2, 2003

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/050203/2sikh.mhs.18.shtml

On May 2, 2003 The Appeal-Democrat reported that "three of the five holiest religious leaders of the Sikh faith, who are touring the United States, visited the Yuba-Sutter [CA] area Thursday... Singh Sahib Giani Joginder Singh Vaidanti, who occupies the highest seat in the Sikh faith, told about 50 men, women and children in a Yuba City home that Sikh religion and heritage must be...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

May 2, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/0/039991-4390-P.html

On May 2, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "the Christians prayed, and so did Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Bahais, for one nation under God, indivisible... But they did so in separate services Thursday honoring the National Day of Prayer, challenging the very meaning of an observance meant to unite all Americans... At noon, an estimated 125 people gathered for an hourlong service on the...

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Accommodations for Joe Lieberman

May 2, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ct--lieberman-sabbath0502may02,0,2274388.story

On May 2, 2003 Newsday reported that "in his bid for the presidency, Democrat Joe Lieberman must fit his schedule around one of the observances of his Jewish faith: He cannot campaign from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday... While these Sabbath restrictions create scheduling hurdles for the White House hopeful and his...

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Editorial: Dear President Bush

May 2, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/5771173.htm

On May 2, 2003 the Mercury News printed an open letter to the President stating that "the mixed messages your administration sends on religious tolerance are painful to many. You can refer to Islam as a religion of peace, but when you nominate Daniel Pipes to the U.S. Institute of Peace and invite the Rev. Franklin Graham to lead services at the Pentagon, and maintain a cozy...

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Religious and Civic Leaders Debate about National Day of Prayer

May 1, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/5759119.htm

On May 1, 2003 Contra Costa Times reported that "some critics contend the [National Day of Prayer], which marks its 52nd year today, has become co-opted in recent years by evangelical Christians, who have transformed the national day into an event meant to further a socially conservative agenda... Even within the Christian community, some theologians contend that the day excludes those who don't...

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Multifaith Group Calls on Bush to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq

May 1, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/01/MN284310.DTL

On May 1, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "top religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths have called on President Bush to renounce 'first strike war,' end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and let the United Nations lead reconstruction efforts there... Their statement was released in Chicago on Wednesday at the end of a two...

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