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Editorials on Rod Paige and the Separation of Church and State

April 11, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On April 11, 2003 The New York Times published an editorial stating that "Dr. Paige insists that he is a strict observer of the separation of church and state. But too many in the administration seem more interested in fostering a divisive competition between church and state at taxpayers' expense through proposals to bolster, with public subsidies, religion's role in prisons, housing construction and other sensitive areas. Routine statements of belief in pluralism sound hollow coming from public servants who make a habit of...

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Editorials on Rod Paige and the Separation of Church and State

April 11, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 11, 2003 The Houston Chronicle printed an editorial stating that "Paige's personal preference that children be instructed in the faith might have been less controversial. He and other officials of President Bush's administration could be more demonstrative in their respect for the beliefs of non-Christians and nonbelievers. If officials are going to tout Christianity, they might at least raise healing the sick, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked on the administration's priority list."

Support for Store Owner after Discovery of Racial Slur

April 11, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/116946_robert11.html

On April 11, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "Yehya Omer Saleh traces the neon-green letters someone spray-painted this week on the Dumpster behind Saleh's Delicatessen, the Ballard [WA]-area store that he owns: 'Towl Heads...' After the slur appeared on the Dumpster, the lady who runs the day care next door rushed over with open arms and tears in her...

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Education Secretary Rod Paige Will Not Resign

April 10, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On April 10, 2003 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that " U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said Wednesday that he will not resign his post despite a growing furor about an interview in which he praised Christian values over public schooling... In a hastily organized news conference, Paige attempted to clarify remarks he made Monday to the Baptist Press, the national news service of the Southern Baptist Convention... The news conference was intended to stem growing criticism by the American Civil Liberties Union, the...

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ADL Welcoms Clarification from Rod Paige

April 10, 2003

Source: ADL

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Rel_ChStSep_90/4252_90.asp

On April 10, 2003 ADL reported that "the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed Secretary of Education Rod Paige's efforts to clarify his remarks about the role of faith in public education, and his statement that he understands and respects the separation of church and state... ADL was deeply troubled by the Education Secretary's initial remarks, when he stated in an interview that, 'I would...

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Arab-Americans Concerned about Security

April 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0410/p01s03-ussc.html

On April 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "when Larme Price confessed to the [three murders] more than a week ago, he said his aim was to kill Middle Easterners, in retribution for Sept. 11... In fact, only one of the four victims was from the Middle East. But it's the intent, say concerned residents, that counts... Across the country, the past few weeks have...

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Editorial: Native American Sacred Lands in Danger

April 10, 2003

Source: Ethnic News

http://www.arc.org/C_Lines/ArcColorLines.html

On April 10, 2003 Ethnic News printed an editorial by Suzan Shown stating that "as the Interior Department is protecting the Delhi Sands fly from developers in its 1,200 acres of Southern California sand dune habitat, the same federal agency is letting water, mining, and farming development trump Indian religious freedom in the same state... Nationwide, federal agencies are giving a green light to private...

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Faith-Based Initiative Passes Senate

April 10, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/10/politics/10FAIT.html

On April 10, 2003 The New York Times reported that "a pared version of President Bush's religion-based initiative passed the Senate today by an overwhelming margin, but Republicans are already using other legislation to press the White House's agenda of expanding government grants to religious groups... The measure approved today began as an effort to allow churches, synagogues and...

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Texas Requires Minute of Silence for Public Schools

April 9, 2003

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On April 9, 2003 the San Antonio Express-News reported that "the Texas Senate voted Tuesday to require the state's 4.1 million public school students to pause for a daily minute of silent prayer, meditation or reflection... The measure, by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, also mandates that school districts require students to recite the Texas and U.S. pledges of allegiance before the minute of silence... Students could be excused from the pledge recitals upon written notice from a parent or guardian, but they wouldn't be...

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ACLU Calls for Compromise on FBCI

April 8, 2003

Source: ACLU

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=12287&c=37

On April 8, 2003 ACLU reported that "the American Civil Liberties Union today called a Senate compromise on legislation to implement parts of President Bush’s faith-based initiative a strong signal to the White House that it should abandon efforts to allow religious groups benefiting from taxpayers’ dollars to discriminate based on religion in their...

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South Asians Unite at Forum in Pennsylvania

April 8, 2003

Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/08/3e92855f79ad9

On April 8, 2003 The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on "a forum -- the first of its kind -- entitled "Bridging the South Asian Gap: Breaking Down the Stereotypes." The event aimed to confront the misperception of uniformity among South Asians while at the same time uniting the various communities... It was in light of their differences...

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

April 8, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 8, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "eight central Ohio United Methodists have joined with other denomination members from across the nation in calling on President Bush to repent for waging war in Iraq... A full-page ad in the current edition of Christian Century magazine calls on Bush -- a United Methodist -- to repent for pursuing policies 'that are incompatible with the teaching and example of Christ.'"

Religion as Both Unifying and Divisive during War in Iraq

April 7, 2003

Source: Religion Writers

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/040703/040703b.shtml

On April 7, 2003 the Religion Writers reported that "since the Iraq war began, Muslims - and those sometimes mistaken for Muslims - say they have experienced discrimination and hate in the United States. Police are investigating possible hate crimes in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Wisconsin, California, and Arizona. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hate crimes against...

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FBI Agents Visit Seattle Area Mosque to Answer Questions

April 7, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/116180_mosque07.shtml

On April 7, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "three FBI agents appeared at a Mountlake Terrace mosque [WA] Friday as evening prayers were drawing to a close. But they weren't there to interrogate anyone. Rather, it was the agents who faced the questions of an anxious Muslim community... About three dozen men sat on the carpeted floor of Masjid Omar Al-...

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Iowa: Controversy over North Liberty City Officials Plan to Lease Land Intended for Muslim Youth Camp

April 7, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On April 7, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "in a post-9/11 world and with America at war in an Islamic nation, the debate about the [Muslim Youth] camp has become much more than just how tall the buildings should be and how the sewage should be treated... Distrust and fear of Muslims is palpable when paging through the more than 100 letters and e-mail messages that have been sent to the corps as part of a recent...

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