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"Shabbat Across America" Program in Omaha

March 1, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 1, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "Omaha's Jewish community will join more than 700 synagogues nationwide Friday in observing Shabbat with a special program, 'Shabbat Across America...' The event, organized by the National Jewish Outreach Program, aims to renew interest among Jews in observing Shabbat, the Jewish holy day of rest... In Omaha, four Jewish youth groups are sponsoring a 'Shabbat Across America' service at the Jewish Community Center... The youth-led service will begin with a song session,...

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Northwest Dharma Association's Efforts to Organize Buddhist Communities

March 1, 2003

Source: The Seattle Times

On March 1, 2003 The Seattle Times reported that "the Northwest Dharma Association [in Washington] is working to transform itself, to create a tighter, better-connected society of Buddhists in the Northwest... For the past decade, the association has been little more than a few volunteers organizing meditation retreats and producing a newsletter and Web site with information for the Northwest's Buddhists... But this winter, the association is structuring itself to become a more formal, partly...

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Update: Controversies at Soka University in California

February 28, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On February 28, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "nearly two years ago, Soka University [in CA] was touted as a Buddhist-inspired experiment where learning to make money was less important than promoting world peace and everyone from the president to the student had a say about the school's future... Now a handful of students and a quarter of the original 20 faculty members have left or will leave by June amid allegations of sectarianism and secrecy at the private liberal arts college founded and operated by Soka Gakkai...

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Many South Asians Join Anti-war March

February 28, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On February 28, 2003 the India Abroad reported that the February 15 anti-war protest in New York City "included several hundred South Asian protesters, some of whom had arrived from as far away as Boston, Washington DC, Colorado and Ohio. There was a range of ages and professions marching, from theater groups and lawyers to computer professionals and stockbrokers... An Indian peace chant was among the voices of protest."

Religious Walk by Muslims Draws Police Attention

February 28, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 28, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "with Americans on the alert for terrorists and a war looming in Iraq, Muhammad Amir and his colleagues attracted more attention than they bargained for as they passed through Connecticut on a religious walk from New York to Boston... State police received several 911 calls Thursday afternoon as Amir and a small group of men wearing beards, turbans and Muslim dress walked along Route 6 near the Bolton Ice Palace and a pizza parlor... Amir said police have stopped his group...

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Update: Supreme Court Will Not Debate About Kosher Laws

February 27, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On February 27, 2003 The New York Times reported that "two days after the United States Supreme Court effectively struck down New York State's kosher food laws, Gov. George E. Pataki said yesterday that he would propose new legislation that would replace the law's explicit religious criteria with more neutral language tying inspections to 'consumer expectations and trade standards...' The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in May that the state's laws created an excessive entanglement between the state and...

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Jewish Leaders Warn of Rise in Anti-Semitism

February 25, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.council25feb25.story

On February 25, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "more than 500 Jewish leaders from around the country meeting in Baltimore yesterday heard dire warnings of a drastic rise in anti-Semitism, increasingly expressed in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric by European populist politicians and Arab religious and civic leaders... Irwin Cutler, a human rights lawyer and member...

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Update: St. Louis Hindu Temple Twice Vandalized, Suspects Apprehended

February 25, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 25, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "security video cameras will be installed outside the Hindu Temple of St. Louis as the result of a firebombing that caused only superficial damage over the weekend, the head of its board said Monday... A bottle containing a flammable liquid was set afire and thrown against the front door of the temple, at 725 Weidman Road in west St. Louis County, between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday, police said. The fire quickly burned itself out, charring a 3 1/2- to 4-...

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Interfaith Celebration of Eid in Florida

February 24, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 24, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "Jews, Muslims and Christians are more similar than some may think, according to panelists at a program Sunday in celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid... Program panelist, Rev. George Puthursseril from St. Andrew Catholic Church thought 'A Shared Holiday, Three Faiths, One Tradition' event should have been renamed... 'It should be one faith, three traditions,' he said. 'All three religions presented here are all monotheistic, all believe in one God. It'...

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Editorial: Inappropriate Link Between Terrorism and Hajj

February 24, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55842-2003Feb23.html

On February 24, 2003 The Washington Post printed an editorial by Mona Eltahawy stating that "males 16 and over from 25 nations -- all Muslim or Arab, with the exception of North Korea -- must register under the program, which began in September. It is aimed at temporary foreign visitors who present 'increased national security concerns...' I feel a disconnect...

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Religion and Society: From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press

February 23, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-ca-shaw23feb23,1,5379800.story

On February 23, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "people of faith have long complained that the mainstream news media pay too little attention to religion -- except, of course, when there's a controversy or a scandal, like the ongoing story on priests as sexual predators. Absent such a scandal -- or the death of a pope and the election of...

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Neighbors Debate with Lakeview Presbyterians about Cellular Phone Tower

February 23, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 23, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Lakeview Presbyterian Church [in FL], which scoffed at white flight and stayed behind to minister in a changing neighborhood, now finds itself at odds with the people it befriended. At issue is a 145-foot-tall cellular phone tower... The church, which has 106 active members, wants to let Verizon Wireless erect a tower much taller than its 80-foot steeple as a way to bring in money for its ministries. Neighbors want no part of it... They say the towering structure would...

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Colin Powell Answers Questions from High School Students on BET

February 23, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On February 23, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "about 100 other high school students from across the Washington region were invited to the Black Entertainment Television (BET) studio in the District last week to talk with [Colin] Powell. BET President Debra Lee, who has two children, said it made sense to give teenagers a chance to quiz the secretary of state... The students peppered Powell with questions about Iraq and the implications of war there... Powell called on a student sitting nearby, Ali Syed, an 18-year-old...

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