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The Interfaith Alliance Calls Legislators to Defend Religious Liberty

January 16, 2003

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/press/index.htm

On January 16, 2003 The Interfaith Alliance reported that "on the heels of remarks made this past weekend by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, urging Congress to determine religious freedom through legislation, The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) today brought together members of the progressive community to call upon legislators to defend religious liberty in the 108th Congress... 'Today, on...

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Lieberman's 2004 Presidential Run

January 16, 2003

Source: Jewish Bulletin News

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=636b2a6d13762eb2625c0b1fc4fc1b77

On January 16, 2003 the Jewish Bulletin News reported that "Joseph Lieberman's formal announcement Monday that he has jumped into the presidential ring has touched off a quiet undercurrent of concern that 2004 may not be as opportune a time for a breakthrough Jewish candidacy as 2000... Some Jewish leaders...

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Separated Hindu Couple Debate on Ceremony for Girl

January 15, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 15, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "although both Sejal and Mahendra Sagar remained practicing Hindus [after their divorce], they disagreed on one religious ceremony performed on young children: Chudakarana, a ritual where the child's head is shaved and locks of hair are offered as a sacrifice... The father, Mahendra Sagar, asked a judge for permission to perform the ritual. Middlesex Probate and Family Court Judge Spencer Kagan ruled that the ceremony should wait, and the young girl should eventually decide whether...

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Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade

January 15, 2003

Source: East Bay Express

On January 15, 2003 the East Bay Express reported that "the mission statement of the Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade defines 'pagans' as: 'Those who follow indigenous, tribal, polytheistic, Nature-based, and Earth-based beliefs.' For anyone who enjoys world music and other international folk arts -- especially from the undeveloped world -- and the spirituality that comes from nature, the 'interfaith pagan' belief system might not be that much of a leap, says Berkeley's Micha Dunston... There are many other pagan orgs around...

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New President of Richmond Hill's Sikh Community

January 15, 2003

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/51483p-48269c.html

On January 15, 2003 the New York Daily News reported that "though the East Coast's largest Sikh congregation has been without a temple since a devastating fire last year, its cultural society just installed a new president dedicated to expanding outreach to its Richmond Hill [NY] community... In December, Harpreet Singh Toor was elected by the Sikh Cultural Society's board...

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Muslim Coalition Receives Federal Funding to Fight Substance-Abuse

January 15, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizon

On January 15, 2003 the Islamic Horizon reported that "the coalition for Human Development (CHD), a broad based coalition established in 2001 under the auspices of the MPSGP (Muslim Physicians Society of Greater Pittsburgh), has received a $100,000 government grant to organize programs to help reduce and prevent substance-abuse in Monroeville, PA."

Special-Use Permit for Psychic Advisers

January 14, 2003

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.insidedenver.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_1672617,00.html

On January 14, 2003 the Rocky Mountain News reported that "Wiccans, pagans, tarot-card readers and spiritual advisers turned out in force Monday night to give the [Wheat Ridge, CO] City Council some advice: Ditch an ordinance regulating where 'psychic advisers' can locate businesses within the city... But after nearly three hours of debate...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 14, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=675

On January 14, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "still reeling from last month’s deadline for the first round of INS special registration, immigration lawyers and activists across the country braced themselves for a second one last Friday... But Friday’s deadline stood in stark contrast to that of Dec. 16, which resulted in the detainment of more than 500 Iranian-born men and boys...

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Defends Public Expression of Faith

January 13, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47850-2003Jan12.html

On January 13, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "a historic Virginia law and the constitutional amendment guaranteeing freedom of religion did not intend to 'exclude God from the public forums and from political life,' Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said yesterday... In a short speech to about 150 people gathered in a small park in Fredericksburg...

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13th Street May Become Al-Rahman Street in Garden Grove, CA

January 13, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-street13jan13,0,6378380.story

On January 13, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Garden Grove [CA] officials are considering whether to change the name of a small stretch of 13th Street to Al-Rahman Street at the request of a local Islamic group... Most of the block on 13th west of Brookhurst Street is owned by the Islamic Society of Orange County, where thousands of Muslims congregate daily for prayers...

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President of the Unitarian Universalist Association Considers Inclusion of "God" in Statement of Principles

January 13, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/4934945.htm

On January 13, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "a former atheist who is now president of the Unitarian Universalist Association will push to put the word 'God' into a new statement of principles of the Boston-based, liberal church group, he said Sunday... 'God' was not mentioned in a statement of principles approved in 1984, the Rev. William Sinkford said at First Jefferson...

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People of Many Faiths Feed the Homeless

January 13, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-nomeals13jan13001446,0,558409.story

On January 13, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "across the nation, advocates for the homeless have squared off with city officials over everything from sleeping on city sidewalks to outdoor toilets, but in Southern California the debate now centers on... the distribution of food in public... Advocates for the poor see the food handouts as humanitarianism at...

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Lieberman's 2004 Presidential Run

January 13, 2003

Source: JTA

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=68633

On January 13, 2003 the JTA reported that "Lieberman officially entered the race for the presidency Monday, announcing that he was filing papers to seek the Democratic nomination in 2004... Lieberman is one of the first Jewish candidates in U.S. history to seek the White House -- and the only one who is considered to have a real shot... he has also been a controversial figure at times, taking stands...

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