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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 25, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40377-2003Jan24.html

On January 25, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the massive appropriations bill approved by the Senate late Thursday includes a little-noticed amendment that would cut off funding for a Justice Department program that requires male immigrants from two dozen predominantly Muslim countries to register and be fingerprinted by the Immigration and...

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Dovetail: National Resource Group for Interfaith Couples

January 25, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/5029347.htm

On January 25, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "in 1991, Joan Hawxhurst, the granddaughter of a Baptist minister, married Steve Bertman, the grandson of Jewish immigrants. Soon, she began looking for organizations to help her negotiate the unpredictable religious terrain she and her husband found themselves exploring. There wasn't much out there that was 'open-minded...

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Update: College Junior Receives State Scholarship after Lawsuit

January 24, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAVLTRCCBD.html

On January 24, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a state scholarship program decided to give funds to a college student who is majoring in religious studies, reversing a stance against financial aid for such programs...The decision followed a federal lawsuit filed in December by the American Center for Law and Justice on behalf of Michael Woods Nash. The center, founded by televangelist Pat...

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Update: Federal Funds to Refurbish Religious Buildings

January 24, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17490

On January 24, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the Bush administration wants to give religious organizations access to federal housing money that could be used to erect or refurbish buildings where religious activities are held, so long as the groups also provide social services in those buildings... Critics say the proposal, part of an array of 'faith-based'...

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Update: Maxim Apology Not Enough, Say Protesters

January 23, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_hate.jsp?id=685

On January 23, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "the latest edition of Maxim magazine, in an alleged 'humor' article headlined 'Maxim’s Kick-Ass Workout,' depicts a strapping man in a 'Muscle' T-shirt beating up an image of Mahatma Gandhi... 'My first reaction is, ‘How stupid.’ My next reaction is, ‘How sad,' said Michelle Naef, administrator of the M.K. Gandhi...

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

January 23, 2003

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/god23_20030123.htm

On January 23, 2003 the Detroit Free Press reported that the "war with Iraq is exposing long-simmering tensions in metro Detroit's interfaith community, and they are likely to spill into the public sphere at the annual World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation on Saturday in Bloomfield Hills... The annual observance, which has been promoted...

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More Energy Efficient Houses of Worship

January 23, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0123/p11s02-lire.html

On January 23, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "churches, mosques, and synagogues look for ways to make their buildings more energy efficient, both to heed ethical imperatives against waste, and also to save money... Churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples get help for stewardship efforts in EPA's Energy Star program, which identifies equipment, appliances, and...

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

January 23, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/03news3.html

On January 23, 2003 the National Council of Churches reported that "Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, today (Jan. 23) called on people of faith to fast and pray for peace on Monday - 'the first of three days of events that will help determine history,' he said... On Monday, the United Nations Security Council is to receive a progress report on weapons inspections in...

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Logistical Issues Concerning Closing Schools for Religious Holidays

January 23, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 23, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "parents asked school officials at a School Committee meeting last week to do more to accommodate students who want to observe the Jewish High Holy Days - if making those days holidays is not practical, parents said... The Regional School Committee of Berlin and Boylston postponed until Feb. 5 a decision on whether to close for the holy days so committee members could get more information about the district's demographics and policies in neighboring communities... Committee...

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CAIR Calls for Religious Leaders to Repudiate Baptist Marquee

January 22, 2003

Source: The Florida Times Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/012203/met_11536731.shtml

On January 22, 2003 The Florida Times Union reported that "an umbrella group representing 3,500 Florida churches led a chorus of denunciations yesterday aimed at a Jacksonville church sign saying Islam's founder approved of murder... The executive director of the Florida Council of Churches, whose congregations have an estimated 1.5 million members...

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Celebrations in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2003

January 20, 2003

Source: WKYC-TV

http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=2090

On January 20, 2003 WKYC-TV reported that "Ohioans observed Martin Luther King Day with marches in sub-freezing weather and programs honoring the slain civil rights leader... In Dayton, thousands of people met at different points of the city and marched to downtown... Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist group, brought about 20 whites and Asian-Americans, the third year they've marched... More than...

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

January 20, 2003

Source: Religion Writers

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/012003/012003d.html

On January 20, 2003 the Religion Writers reported that "last weekend's antiwar rallies in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco showed that efforts to avert war in Iraq, quietly spearheaded by religious groups months ago, are accelerating. The movement has expanded beyond the traditional 'peace churches' to include members and leaders of most denominations and faiths....

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Celebrations in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2003

January 20, 2003

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~1123243,00.html

On January 20, 2003 the San Mateo County Times reported that "Doug Biggs, who teaches high school students about the civil rights movement, cautions that even in usually tolerant San Mateo County [CA], bigotry still strikes like it did in the South in the 1960s... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream has not yet been realized, Biggs said to a...

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Editorial: Dangers of "Hang Ten" Campaign

January 19, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/columnists/jr_labbe/4983766.htm

On January 19, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "The 'Family Research Council's' Hang Ten campaign... has nothing to do with surfing and everything to do with watering down the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution... The FRC is encouraging public school authorities and other government officials to post the Bible's Decalogue at public buildings... John Ferguson and...

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CAIR Calls for Religious Leaders to Repudiate Baptist Marquee

January 17, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/2003-01-17/churchsign.asp

On January 17, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida is calling on state religious leaders to repudiate a Jacksonville church's roadside sign... The Reverend Gene Youngblood... leads the Conservative Theological Society and Conservative Christian Academy. He says he has been using the marquee-type sign to express the...

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