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"Islam in America" Campaign to Foster Greater Understanding

February 13, 2003

Source: CAIR

On February 13, 2003 CAIR issued a press release stating that "a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced it will launch a year-long 'Islam in America' advertising campaign designed to foster greater understanding of Islam and to counter what the group says is a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States... The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will kick off the campaign with an ad, headlined 'We're All Americans,' in the New York Times editorial page on Sunday, February...

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U.S. Muslims Repudiate Latest Bin Laden Message

February 13, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/5168265.htm

On February 13, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "in a tape aired worldwide Tuesday by the Al-Jazeera television station, a man believed to be the terrorist mastermind urged Muslims to fight with Iraq against the United States and its allies... Although most Muslims repudiate bin Laden, they have not been able to escape his taint since the Sept. 11 attacks, noted Osman bin Bakar, a...

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Hindu Man Sues Chevys Over Negligence to Ensure Beef-Free Foods

February 13, 2003

Source: India-West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=2d05390d2e37dc46e53e10acd54c8371

On February 13, 2003 India-West reported that "it may have been accidental, but the waitress's smirk as she served beef to a local Hindu man in a supposedly vegetarian burrito told another story... Keshav Pabbi and his family were horrified to find chunks of beef in their food one night last September, especially since...

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World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation Interfaith Service in Detroit

February 12, 2003

Source: Detroit Jewish News

http://www.detroitjewishnews.com/news/newsdetails.cfm?uuid=000051DC-FC80-1E3F-BC80AB07D88578F0

On February 12, 2003 the Detroit Jewish News reported that "among the more than 400 participants in last Saturday’s World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation interfaith service were Jews and Arabs — in prayer together for world healing and peace... 'It was an amazing moment to see leaders of the...

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Faith-Based Rehabilitation Programs and Federal Funding

February 12, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 12, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "to the 100 or so people who assemble at Healing Place Church every Friday night seeking help for their struggles with addictions, compulsions and cravings that have overtaken their lives, Darren Myles dispenses common-sense advice... Although the suggestions may seem obvious, Myles adds one more thing: The key to embracing this change of lifestyle, he says, is developing a relationship with God... The emphasis on adopting Christianity is not unusual for a church service...

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Eid al-Adha, 2003

February 12, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/0203/12eid.html

On February 12, 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "about 7,000 Muslims began celebrating Eid al-Adha on Tuesday at Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta. Winter coats covered new, colorful clothes. Gloves warmed hands freshly dyed with henna... Lemiya Alexander, 33, said this is a 'transitional period' for Islam in America. 'There's more of a community feeling...

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Dispute in Neighborhood of Ponca Sweat Lodge in Omaha

February 11, 2003

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On February 11, 2003 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "whether the sweat lodge in the Brookhaven neighborhood in southwest Omaha is a religious practice protected under the U.S.  Constitution or a threat to public health and safety will be determined in the next 30 days. Monday, the City of Omaha said Rose could continue using her sweat lodge while it sorts out legal issues in the conflict... 'This is my way of life,' said Rose, a spiritual leader in the Northern Ponca Tribe. 'A lot of people rely on this...' Boyd Bell,...

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Minority Groups Brace for Backlash in Case of War with Iraq

February 11, 2003

Source: Daily News

On February 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "community and religious leaders in Brooklyn are praying for peace - but bracing for war... Hoping to prevent a possible backlash that a war in Iraq might incite against certain ethnic communities in the borough, city officials and activists gathered yesterday for a forum dubbed 'We Are All Brooklyn...' Leaders from Brooklyn's Jewish, Muslim, South Asian and African-American communities were joined by staffers from Mayor Bloomberg's office and the NYPD. The event was organized by the...

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Jewish Groups and Synagogues Prepare for "Orange" Alert

February 11, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 11, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "the national 'orange' alert issued Friday held a special meaning for the Jewish community, which was warned by the FBI that its synagogues, community centers, businesses and organizations might be terrorist targets... National Anti-Defamation League officials were contacted by FBI officials, according to press reports, and the ADL shared the information with synagogues and other Jewish groups across the country."

Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 10, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 10, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Pawan K. Rattan looked around the Hindu temple during an interfaith memorial service Sunday for the crew of space shuttle Columbia and noticed Jews, Indians and Christians in the crowd...The crew of Columbia's last mission, which included an Israeli, an Indian and five American-born astronauts, was a 'flight of a rainbow of cultures...' More than 100 people went to the Hindu Temple of Florida on Lynn Road to celebrate that diversity... For Rabbi Eric Lazar, the...

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Department of Education Guidelines for School Prayers

February 9, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45357-2003Feb8.html

On February 9, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "schools that don't allow students to pray outside the classroom or teachers to hold religious meetings among themselves could face the loss of federal money, the Education Department said Friday... The guidelines reflect the Bush administration's push to ensure that schools give teachers and students as much...

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Los Angeles Police Department Cautions Against Racial Profiling

February 9, 2003

Source: NBC 4 News

http://www.nbc4.tv/news/1966329/detail.html

On February 9, 2003 NBC 4 News reported that "the Los Angeles Police Department's terrorism hotline is up, running and busy, a police sergeant said Sunday... In addition, the center received several hundred calls during its first day of operation Saturday, and all the calls were 'positive,' meaning there were no prank phone calls... John Miller, who is head of the LAPD's Homeland Security Bureau... cautioned against...

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Wicca in Johnstown, New York

February 9, 2003

Source: The Leader-Herald

http://www.leaderherald.com/news/story/029202003_new01_wiccans0209.asp

On February 9, 2003 The Leader-Herald reported that "locally, Wiccan worshippers aren't making their religious practices known because of their fear of persecution, they say. Some are open about it, but the majority of them practice in solitude... Jessica Henry, a Johnstown [NY] resident and Fulton-Montgomery Community College [NY] student, said she began...

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Illinois and Missouri Orthodox Churches to Organize Conference

February 8, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 8, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Orthodox Witness, a two-year-old St. Louis-based, pan-Orthodox organization backed by the region's 13 Missouri and Illinois Orthodox churches, is organizing its second annual 'A Faith for All People' conference Feb. 22... at St. Louis Community College... Hatzidakis, Orthodox Witness founder, finds that many Christians know little church history. 'They draw a big blank between the apostles and Martin Luther,' he said... 'When I say I am Orthodox, strangers...

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Editorial: Governmental Racial Profiling Destroys Trust

February 8, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 8, 2003 The Boston Globe printed an editorial that stated, "the latest FBI order comes on the heels of revelations that the bureau has been secretly enlisting campus police officers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and elsewhere to 'keep tabs' on faculty, staff, and students studying in Massachusetts and around the United States... Some Justice Department officials have dubbed these tactics 'community outreach' - a chance for the FBI to alert Iraqis to civil rights matters and to assist them if they...

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