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Mapping the Religious Pluralism in Rochester, NY

April 16, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0416story4_news.shtml

On April 16, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "sprinkled among Rochester’s [NY] numerous Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are signs of Rochester’s growing religious diversity -- Tibetan, Laotian and Vietnamese Buddhist temples, a Sikh Gurdwara and a handful of botanicas, or shops, catering to, among others, followers of voodoo and...

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An interview with Warren Nord Regarding Rod Paige's Comments

April 16, 2003

Source: News Observer

http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2443400p-2272463c.html

On April 16, 2003 the News Observer printed an interview with Warren A. Nord, director of the humanities program at UNC-Chapel Hill, relative to U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige's recent remarks. Nord stated, "it's extremely important to get into a discussion of Christian values. But people are worried that Christian values will be taught in a privileged way. Many of the values...

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Sikhs Raise Concerns Over New Film

April 15, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/columnists/la_chung/5636626.htm

On April 15, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "since February, when the trailers [for "DysFunktional Family"] first surfaced in movie theaters, Sikh organizations such as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force have tried to work with Miramax to see the movie first and temper such scenes... in which Griffin points to a turbaned elderly Sikh man...

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

April 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.hoosiertimes.com/stories/2003/04/14/news.0414-HT-A6_PJR27254.sto

On April 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a Christian-centered prayer service at Muncie's [IN] city hall excluding other faiths has prompted plans for a rival interfaith gathering for the same day and place... Unitarian Universalist minister Thomas Perchlik said he regrets that the May 1 observation of the National Day of Prayer...

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Sikhs Parade in Stockton, CA

April 14, 2003

Source: Record Net

http://www.recordnet.com/articlelink/041403/news/articles/041403-gn-4.php

On April 14, 2003 the Record Net reported that "several thousand Sikhs followed floats and cars from a south Stockton [CA] temple, thronging through downtown and back, sharing food, handshakes and hugs at the fifth annual Sikh Festival and parade... The parade, said Joga Mahil of Acampo, should 'make people aware of our culture, our religion. The best way...

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Helpline for Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community

April 13, 2003

Source: The Mecury Sun

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5624219.htm

On April 13, 2003 The Mecury Sun reported that "in response to an increase in calls from Muslim women to Bay Area battered women's hotlines, the Islamic Society of North America is setting up the West Coast's first 'helpline' for domestic violence tailored to the Muslim community... The helpline, which starts Tuesday, is the Palo Alto organization's first step in creating an...

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Editorials on Rod Paige and the Separation of Church and State

April 13, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On April 13, 2003 The Washington Post printed and editorial by William J. Bennett stating that "in an editorial on Thursday titled 'Preacher Paige,' The Post joined a chorus of voices criticizing recent comments made by Secretary of Education Rod Paige on Christian values in education... But it is this very crusading secularism that has served to undermine the consensus about basic principles of virtue that existed in the public schools before the reign of the modernist creed took over. Indeed, the very idea behind the creation...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 13, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/6449254p-7401158c.html

On April 13, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "the Sikh presence at the Good News Rescue Mission during Thanksgiving of 2001 understandably attracted media attention... There, [Kawaljit] Singh took time to explain his religion, his turban, the small silver knife, or kirpan, he tucks in his belt. Some onlookers apparently saw it as going too far... Soon after the...

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Second Annual Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade

April 13, 2003

Source: The Argus

On April 13, 2003 The Argus reported that "even though this is only its second year, today's Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade will have an old soul... The theme is 'Ancient Voices,' honoring nature-based traditions throughout history that have 'revered the Earth as a church itself, the divinity within and around,' said parade organizer Micha Dunston... 'In Interfaith dialogue, the word pagan represents people who follow indigenous, tribal, polytheistic, nature-based and Earth-based beliefs,' Dunston...

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Religious Leaders Discuss Role of Religion in the Reconstruction of Iraq

April 13, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/falsani/cst-nws-faith13.html

On April 13, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "religious leaders [are debating about] what kind of participation religious groups should have in the rebuilding of Iraqi society... Bishop Mark Hanson, leader of the 5.1-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, hopes the Bush administration will listen to certain American religious leaders who are...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Apr. 2003

April 12, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15001-2003Apr12.html

On April 12, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "while thousands of raucous antiwar demonstrators marched through the streets of downtown Washington, a different kind of peace effort by a small group of Christians and Muslims was taking place in the parking lot of an aging brick church in Fairfax City... Instead of carrying placards and shouting slogans,...

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Drug Czar Praises Efforts at Muslim Center

April 11, 2003

Source: Pittsburg Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/pmupdate/s_128757.html

On April 11, 2003 Pittsburg Tribune-Review reported that "White House drug czar John Walters today praised the efforts of a Monroeville coalition whose goal is to help prevent drug use and drug abuse in the Monroeville [PA] area... Walters had a breakfast meeting with members from the Coalition for Human Dignity at the Muslim Center of Greater...

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