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Interfaith Prayers for Peace at Washington's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

March 20, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On March 20, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "each Wednesday, four veterans of the U.S. military kneel and offer prayers for peace - using words of the faithful from all over the world - at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in the Yakima Valley... There are Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai and even Zoroastrian prayers... 'We just don't think we have an exclusive voice to heaven,' said Bill Flower, 66, an Army veteran and a lifelong member of Holy Trinity... The idea came from the church's Spokane Diocese, which...

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Our Lady of Victory Church Celebrates 100 Years

March 19, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 19, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "it is hard to define where the song, dance and food -- the culture of the Lebanese community -- end and the role of the Maronite church begins. 'The church is the sign of the unity of our people. It's what keeps us together,' said Joseph Anthony, who in 1936 was born into the first Lebanese Maronite Catholic church in Pittsburgh. 'And it's as important now as it was then...' Now, as Our Lady of Victory Church in Scott, the congregation is celebrating it's 100 th...

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Muslims in Indianapolis Prepare for Backlash

March 19, 2003

Source: Indystar

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/2/029932-7392-092.html

On March 19, 2003 the Indystar reported that "Muslims in Indianapolis are preparing for a possible backlash in the wake of a U.S. war against Iraq... Leaders at the Islamic Society of North America and its mosque in Plainfield are distributing copies of the Muslim Community Safety Kit to help mosques nationwide. The kit is essentially a checklist of safety tips and legal advice......

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Fears of Backlash as War with Iraq Looms

March 19, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0319story2_news.shtml

On March 19, 2003 Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the near certainty of war with Iraq raised hard questions and deep worries here Tuesday, perhaps especially with those who have cultural and ethnic links to the Middle East... At the University of Rochester [NY], sophomore Akshina Samtani questioned the need for war... 'I do understand we’re dealing with...

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Protesters Gear for First Days of War in Iraq

March 18, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=61962

On March 18, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "having had months to focus on the buildup toward conflict, America's anti-war activists say they are ready to mark the first days of war with protests in dozens of cities coast to coast... They vow to block federal buildings, military compounds and streets in a rash of peaceful civil disobedience....

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Dispute in Neighborhood of Ponca Sweat Lodge in Omaha

March 18, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 18, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald printed an editorial stating that "Rose Rose has won permission from city fire marshals to have a sweat lodge in her back yard in southwest Omaha for another year. The decision, while it doesn't please everyone, was for the best... Rose, of the Northern Ponca and Santee Sioux tribes, uses the sweat lodge for spiritual purposes. It is an important cleansing and purifying ritual for many Indian tribes. That should earn her more leeway - and perhaps more understanding from her neighbors,...

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Increased Security Procedures in Anticipation of War in Iraq

March 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47098-2003Mar18.html

On March 18, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Civil-rights groups and immigration advocacy organizations are protesting one element in the government's security procedures announced yesterday in anticipation of war in Iraq--a decision to jail asylum seekers from dozens of mostly Muslim nations while officials check out their claims of persecution in...

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FBI Seeks Help from Arab Americans

March 18, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5418922.htm

On March 18, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "on the verge of a likely war against Iraq, FBI agents in the Bay Area, like their counterparts around the country, are interviewing hundreds of Iraqis to harvest information that could help the United States win a war and fight terrorism... At the same time, they're trying to ease the worries of Arab Americans who fear being...

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Editorial: Arrest and Detention of Unknown Numbers

March 17, 2003

Source: The American Prospect

http://www.prospect.org/print/V14/3/lewis-a.html

On March 17, 2003 The American Prospect printed an editorial by Anthony Lewis stating that "Mitchell Palmer, President Woodrow Wilson's attorney general from 1919 to 1921, rounded up 3,000 allegedly 'subversive' aliens for deportation. Only about 300 were actually deported, but the roundup was widely deplored as crude and lawless intimidation... In the wake of September 11, current Attorney...

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Seattle Passes Immigration Privacy Law

March 17, 2003

Source: Asian Week

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=96d0ecdcb06cd97b663a6419386cfafc

On March 17, 2003 Asian Week reported that "Seattle became one of several cities to pass an ordinance that prohibits police officers and city employees from asking any person about their immigration status. Known as Council Bill Number 114436, it amends the original legislation that was passed in 1986 which states, '...

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An Interview with Sensei Enkyo O’Hara

March 17, 2003

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/currentissue/enkyo_ohara.html

On March 17, 2003 Tricycle reported that "Sensei Enkyo O’Hara is abbot of the Village Zendo, in Lower Manhattan. A Zen priest, she is a dharma heir in the Maezumi-Glassman line of the White Plum Sangha of Soto Zen Buddhism. She serves as an elder in the Zen Peacemaker Order, part of an interfaith network integrating spiritual practice with peacemaking and social action... [She said in an...

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Diversity of Religious Congregations in Fresno, CA

March 17, 2003

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnoneighbors.com/showcase/story/6364678p-7313029c.html

On March 17, 2003 The Fresno Bee reported that "the growth of congregations in Fresno [CA] is also coming from religions other than Christianity. The Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple on Kern Street recently bought a 7-acre parcel on Alluvial Avenue near Willow Avenue. It has been downtown for more than a century... A new Sikh temple is being built on 14 acres of...

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Editorial: Responses and Ramifications of War in Iraq

March 16, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 16, 2003 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Benjamin J. Hubbard stating that "peace activists must remember that the potential for war in Iraq is prompting differing responses from religious communities. According to the Web-based religion site beliefnet.com, liberal Protestant, Roman Catholic and Muslim groups tend to oppose the war, and Jewish groups want to exhaust other alternatives before any invasion. Southern Baptists (and presumably most other evangelicals) favor the war. The pope opposes war, former...

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FBI meets with Muslim Leaders in California

March 16, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mosques16mar16,1,3458465.story

On March 16, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "FBI officials are meeting privately with Muslim leaders in Southern California, assuring them that hate crimes resulting from a possible war with Iraq will be vigorously investigated, and at the same time asking for help in the campaign against terrorism... The agency's effort to forge a partnership...

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