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Ecumenical Good Friday Service in California

April 19, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 19, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the United Methodist Church in Garden Grove [CA]... and two other Garden Grove churches held an ecumenical observance of Good Friday -- the day, according to the Bible, that Jesus was crucified... The services began at noon in St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church, where a procession formed afterward behind the 8-foot cross and wound its way through 2 1/2 miles of streets, stopping at three other churches... At each, the 'stations' of Jesus' journey from condemnation to...

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Ohio Honors Baha'i Faith

April 19, 2003

Source: Plain Dealer

On April 19, 2003 the Plain Dealer reported that "the Ohio Bicentennial Commission's Advisory Council on Religious Experience in Ohio will honor the Bahai faith with a historical marker at 3 p.m. Monday at East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue. The marker recognizes the visit of Abdu'l-Baha, son of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Bahai faith, to Cleveland in 1912. After the dedication, the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Cleveland will have a reception at 4 p.m. at Mather Mansion."

USF Student Organizes Social Action to Educate Public about Sikhs

April 18, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGAI1GNJNED.html

On April 18, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "USF student Jashleen Bedi doesn't find anything funny about the comedy film 'Dysfunktional Family...' When Bedi saw a trailer for the recently released movie, she was outraged by its portrayal of her Sikh religion... For Bedi, it was the final indignity she was willing to endure. Since Sept. 11, she has watched her family and friends...

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Maryland Interfaith Panel Focuses on Peace

April 18, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 18, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "as images and news about the war in Iraq have loomed in recent weeks, Howard County religious leaders have been focusing on messages of peace... Members of many area churches and synagogues have been straddling the fine line between support for U.S. troops overseas and discussing whether the war is just. Whether their members have supported the war or opposed military action, many congregations simply prayed for a peaceful and just resolution... Bon Secours Spiritual Center in...

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Editorials: Good Friday at the Pentagon

April 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48427-2003Apr17.html

On April 18, 2003 The Washington Post printed an letter to the editor by Robert Kramer stating that "regarding the April 15 editorial 'Evangelize Elsewhere' and the news story of the same day 'Graham Invitation Irks Muslims at Pentagon': Somebody is missing the point... Why is the Pentagon hosting a Good Friday service to begin with? Are America's leaders so...

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Cambodian Buddhists Celebrate New Year in Florida

April 18, 2003

Source: River City News

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/041903/neR_12306879.shtml

On April 18, 2003 the River City News reported that "the Wat Khanteyaram [in FL] celebrated the Cambodian New Year last weekend with chanting, dancing, blessings and messy fun... Stephanie Galloway, a World Religions teacher at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, gives her students the opportunity to take part in the celebration for class credit....

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Religious Celebrations Rich in Food

April 18, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 18, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "last weekend, members of a small East Side congregation blended Jewish and Christian practices into a Holy Week/Passover worship ceremony that ended with a feast -- a springtime tradition of both faiths... The Church of God and Saints of Christ began with evening worship on Palm Sunday, followed by a Passover Seder, or festive meal... Celebrations in many other faiths are festivals rich in food, but not just at springtime... Bahais hold communal meetings every 19 days....

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Lieberman's Fund-Raising Campaign Stalls

April 18, 2003

Source: Hartford Courant

On April 18, 2003 the Hartford Courant reported that "there's a distinctively Jewish wrinkle to Joe Lieberman's latest fund-raising report: Hundreds of donors sent dollar amounts that were multiples of 18, considered a Jewish lucky number... Trouble was, there were not enough of those contributors to make Lieberman look as good as some expected he would... The Connecticut Democrat raised $3 million in the first quarter of 2003, a dismal sum compared with other major candidates. Perhaps more troubling for his 2004 presidential bid,...

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Editorials: Good Friday at the Pentagon

April 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48427-2003Apr17.html

On April 18, 2003 The Washington Post printed an letter to the editor by Stephen Goldberg stating that "the Pentagon's refusal to rescind its invitation to the Rev. Franklin Graham to deliver the Good Friday homily at the Defense Department, despite his labeling of Islam as an evil religion, demonstrates that the Bush administration's call for outreach to...

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Basketball Star Hakeem Olajuwon Promotes Cultural Awareness

April 17, 2003

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/1871484

On April 17, 2003 the Houston Chronicle reported that "to show local police officers that not all Muslims are like Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein... organizers of a Houston Police Department cultural awareness program called in Hakeem Olajuwon... In brief remarks to about 40 officers Wednesday, the former Houston Rockets star said most Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding...

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Editorial: the Hate Crime Label

April 17, 2003

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/04/17/terrorist_act/index_np.html

On April 17, 2003 Salon.com printed an editorial by Eric Boehlert stating that "last summer... a Muslim immigrant by the name of Hesham Mohamed Hadayet... approached the ticket counter of the Israeli-run El Al airline at Los Angeles International Airport... and opened fire... Six weeks later... a Jewish podiatrist by the name of Dr. Robert Goldstein... was...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

April 17, 2003

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/tsp/news/local/03/apr/0413duelingprayers.php

On April 17, 2003 The Star Press reported that "the plan had been to unite the community in a moment of prayer. But organizers of Muncie's [IN] observance of the National Day of Prayer said they just couldn't imagine Jewish and Muslim prayers being offered at the May 1 ceremony at Muncie City Hall... 'We're praying in the name of the Father Creator, Jesus...

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Miami Police Learn about Santeria

April 16, 2003

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/5642668.htm

On April 16, 2003 The Miami Herald reported that "when Miami-Dade County police were called to a home in South Miami-Dade, they found people slicing up chunks of goat meat and plucking feathers from chickens. Blood spattered the feet of some of those in the house... 'You're killers! You're all going to jail!' one officer yelled as the elderly residents began to panic... The...

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