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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

January 13, 2003

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-mac14.html

On January 13, 2003 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a scientist.. urged a Cook County [IL] judge Monday to reject McDonald's Corp.'s proposed list of 26 groups scheduled to share in a $10 million settlement by the fast-food chain... 'It will set back vegetarianism as a class for 10 to 20 years' because the groups McDonald's favors are hostile to the values the settlement...

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Opening Prayers in Maryland Senate Spark Debate

January 13, 2003

Source: Sun Spot

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.prayer18jan18,0,3783858.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On January 13, 2003 the Sun Spot reported that "three of the five opening prayers in the [Maryland] Senate this week ended with a reference to Jesus Christ, which some members of the assembly believed to be inappropriate... 'On this question of religion, I think it's important to recognize and to remember...

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Chinese Americans and Christianity

January 11, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On January 11, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "members of Chinese Christian Church in Silver Spring are staking out Chinese restaurants and markets and promoting a different type of blessing... Some volunteers have even pored through the Montgomery County phone book, looking for Chinese surnames, to send them mailings about Jesus Christ... In recent years, Chinese immigrants have been converting to Christianity and aggressively proselytizing. Nearly a third of Chinese Americans now attend church, compared with the...

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Christ the King Lutheran Church Offers German-Language Services

January 11, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On January 11, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "Christ the King Lutheran Church offers... Texans with German heritage the sounds of childhood while reaching out to natives of German-speaking countries with reminders of home... 'Once in a while, to come and do something that warms your heart, to dip into your roots, is very comfy,' said the Rev. Karin Liebster, associate pastor... For nine years, Christ the King has recalled its denomination's roots with Christmas Eve services in the native language of Martin Luther...

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Scholar Seeks Public Response to Civil Liberties Issues

January 10, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2002/dec/12282002/saturday/saturday.asp

On January 10, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "a prominent religious scholar and seminary president is taking the Bush administration and the wider U.S. religious community to task on the issue of civil liberties since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... 'One searches in vain for substantive public responses to the issues of internal security and civil...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

January 10, 2003

Source: The Times Record

http://www.timesrecord.com/website/main.nsf/news.nsf/0/823BED2182298D4B05256CAA0056BD89?Opendocument

On January 10, 2003 The Times Record reported that "groups with widely diverse backgrounds plan to come together this evening and Saturday in support of diversity... For example, members of the Beth Israel Congregation here will be lighting candles tonight after their regular Sabbath service. At...

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Lawsuit over Including Islam in Middle School World History Class

January 10, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/4915663.htm

On January 10, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "a lawsuit filed by a Christian law firm against the Byron Union School District won't go before a jury until late 2004, and the district's new superintendent is calling it a political fund-raiser... The lawsuit was filed on June 24, 2002, in federal court in San Francisco by the Thomas More Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit firm that...

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

January 9, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR010703.html

On January 9, 2003 Religion News Service reported that "as the United States sits on the brink of war, one of the country's most respected Western Buddhist teachers, Sharon Salzberg, is speaking out on how peace-loving Americans of all faiths can make a difference. On New Year's Eve day Salzberg published an opinion piece on MSNBC.com entitled The Cultivation of Courage: Achieving Peace in...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 9, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=724

On January 9, 2003 The American Jewish Committee reported that "the American Jewish Committee today called on the Administration to fairly implement the “Registration of Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens from Designated Countries Program,” which requires registration by visitors and immigrants from certain Middle Eastern and other nations that are sponsors or seedbeds...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 7, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_print.jsp?id=669

On January 7, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "less than one month after hundreds of Iranian-born men and boys were detained in the Los Angeles area, immigrant communities and their advocates continue to protest the INS’s so-called 'Special Registration'... The American Immigration Lawyers Association calls Special Registration 'a false solution to a real problem...' An Arab-American...

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Mutual Funds that Conform to Islamic Law

January 7, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19777-2003Jan6.html

On January 7, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Bashar Qasem and three colleagues were there to discuss... [a] growing area for investment: mutual funds created to attract Muslims concerned about keeping with Islamic law. That means steering clear of companies whose products are off-limits -- no pork producers, for example, or liquor manufacturers or...

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The American Muslim Hour in Central Florida

January 6, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-liv-view010603,0,1182104.story

On January 6, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported on "the American Muslim Hour, on 660 AM (WORL) [in Central Florida]... The show is the only one of its kind airing in Central Florida, and one of the few radio voices of Islam outside major cities... Program coordinator Lauri Lott is a Windermere homemaker and convert to the faith...

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Editorial: The Challenges of Islam and Radical Christianity

January 5, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/columnists/jane_eisner/4874415.htm

On January 5, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer printed an editorial by Jane Eisner that stated, "the U.S. State Department has posted a series called 'Muslim Life in America,' but it is clearly for foreign consumption. The upbeat collection of stories and photographs on the department's official Web site deftly...

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Clash Between Evangelical and LDS Church's Claim on Main Street

January 5, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/jan/01052003/utah/utah.asp

On January 5, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "Lonnie Pursifull and other evangelicals -- who say they are called to preach to and against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- want to be heard, too. They have placed themselves outside the LDS Temple on the Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City, sharing their faith, but also taking swipes against Mormon doctrine......

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 4, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/4873223.htm

On January 4, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "with a deadline less than a week away, immigrant community leaders say they're worried that visitors from Afghanistan, Lebanon and 11 other countries may not register as part of a new national security program because they fear they'll be detained or deported... The Immigration and Naturalization Service took hundreds of men from five Middle Eastern...

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