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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

May 1, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/9/039773-9429-009.html

On May 1, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "a decision to ban Jews, Muslims and others who don't pray in the name of Jesus from fully participating in a National Day of Prayer service in downtown Muncie today has turned a communal expression of civic pride into a symbol of religious division... Even though everyone is welcome to pray outside City Hall at noon today, the evangelical...

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Update: Hindus Protest over Sandels with Ganesha Images

May 1, 2003

Source: India-West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=66b10da4b2bb6bcdf22324495852dc1f

On May 1, 2003 India-West reported that "Hindu organizations have loudly protested a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer's attempt to market flip-flop sandals with Ganesha images on its insole... Following an informal protest April 27 by Internet activist group IndiaCause.com and an...

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Senators Show Support for Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act

May 1, 2003

Source: Senate.gov

http://durbin.senate.gov/~durbin/new2001/press/2003/05/2003502816.html

On May 1, 2003 Senate.gov reported that "Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Dick Durbin, Gordon Smith, Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer and Arlen Specter today introduced the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, better known as the Hate Crimes bill, at a press conference in the Capitol lawn. The bill will give law enforcement the ability to prosecute to the fullest...

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Accommodations for Joe Lieberman

May 1, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/01/politics/campaigns/01LIEB.html

On May 1, 2003 The New York Times reported that "the reason the debate on ABC News is starting so late on Saturday night, past many newspaper deadlines and considerably later than other candidates would have liked, is because Mr. Lieberman will not take his seat until after the sun has set and he has completed his weekly observance of the Jewish Sabbath... There has...

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Update: Hindus Protest over Sandels with Ganesha Images

April 29, 2003

Source: American Hindus Against Defamation

http://www.hindunet.org/ahad/americaneagle/

On April 29, 2003 American Hindus Against Defamation issued a press release stating that "AHAD was informed of this issue on April 23, and its members launched an informal campaign to have the flip flops withdrawn. On April 27, AHAD launched a formal campaign against American Eagle Outfitters for putting Lord Ganesh on Flip Flops (shoes)... American Eagle Outfitters have offered a formal...

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Editorial: Religion and Public Policy

April 29, 2003

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/005/27.30.html

On April 29, 2003 Christianity Today printed an editorial stating that "many critics don't understand the complexity of religious and specifically Judeo-Christian language. Through religious language, as Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw recently put it, Bush 'has reintroduced into the culture the language of morality and moral distinctions...' This is not to defend...

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Morton Grove Village Board Rejects Mosque Proposal

April 29, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On April 29, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "the Morton Grove Village Board [IL]unanimously rejected a proposal Monday night for a mosque that drew heavy opposition from residents who said it would create traffic and parking problems... But trustees made it clear that the Muslim Education Center, a school at 8601 Menard Ave., could submit a new plan and repeat the process before the Plan Commission and Village...

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Thai Buddhists in Florida Celebrate New Year

April 28, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On April 28, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "the 40-year-old abbot of the Thai Buddhist temple in nearby Palm Springs [FL] merrily confessed to having a great time Sunday as he and five other monks from Florida led a New Year's celebration to mark the start two weeks ago of the year 2546 in the Buddhist calendar... The Songkran festival drew about 300 people, most of them Thai, to a picnic shelter in Lake Worth's John Prince Park, where the resonant chanting of the monks was followed by an exhibition of...

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More Involvement by Laypeople Urged in the Catholic Tradition

April 27, 2003

Source: World-Herald

On April 27, 2003 the World-Herald reported that "speakers at a meeting of Catholic reformists Saturday in Omaha urged more involvement by laypeople in the face of a growing shortage of priests and in the wake of the denomination's sexual-abuse crisis... Georgia Keightley, a lay theologian from Crawford, Neb., told the 50 people at the Call to Action Nebraska Conference 2003 that laypeople must become more active in their local parishes' ministries. The group met at First United Methodist Church in Omaha... The message she delivered...

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Multifaith Group Raises Habitat for Humanity Home

April 27, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/5727163.htm

On April 27, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "during the past two days, more than 30 Charlotteans from diverse faiths hung windows and rolled out roofing paper for a new Habitat for Humanity home... And they began laying the foundation for what they hope will be something bigger: a deeper understanding of people from all religious backgrounds... The home, now...

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Historical Markers Placed at Three Different Religious Sites

April 26, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20030426&Category=NEWS10&ArtNo=104260136&Ref=AR

On April 26, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "historical markers will be dedicated at three sites in northwest Ohio tomorrow as part of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission’s recognition of the state’s religious heritage... The area markers, which are among 12 in the state, are being...

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Update: Maxim Apology Not Enough, Say Protesters

April 25, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=751

On April 25, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "a 15-line 'apology' in the April issue of Maxim magazine has done little to quell protests about the magazine's three-page depiction in January of Mahatma Gandhi as a punching bag for a so-called 'Kick-Ass Workout...' 'This 'apology' almost makes me angrier than the article,' said Michelle Naef, administrator of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for...

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