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Mummers Parade Workers Save Cambodian Monks

January 4, 2003

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/4869437.htm

On January 4, 2003 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the Golden Sunrise New Year Association, tempered by rain and fire, will be doubly glad to get onto Market Street [PA] for today's 2003 Mummers Parade if weather permits. Earlier this week, a fire two doors away from their Greenwich Street club, situated in an old slaughterhouse off South 2nd Street, brought Mummers from a...

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Native Americans to Protect Burial Mounds in Ohio

January 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/local/4874566.htm

On January 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "descendants of American Indians say most mounds in Ohio have been disturbed so they are fighting to protect the limited, albeit unknown, number that remain untouched... American Indian burial mounds on public property are protected by federal law. However, there are no laws protecting those on private land, where many are located... A...

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Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

January 4, 2003

Source: The Boston Herald

On January 4, 2003 The Boston Herald printed an editorial by Matan Chorev and Karim Bin-Humam that stated, "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has served as the ultimate topic of deliberation, peaceful and otherwise, on campuses coast to coast. But at what cost? The intensity of the campus dialogue has propagated inappropriate behavior among people on all sides of the conflict, and most college communities are not responding adequately. A recent statement calling for 'intimidation-free campuses' was circulated widely and signed...

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Jewish and Muslim Dinner to Promote Dialogue and Peace

January 3, 2003

Source: Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/nsheik3_20030103.htm

On January 3, 2003 the Free Press reported that "for the first Sabbath of 2003, a Jewish congregation hopes to start a new tradition to promote peace... Tonight, Congregation Chaye Olam will invite members of the Arab community for a Middle Eastern meal at the Sheik restaurant in Orchard Lake... The dinner, said Cantor Stephen Dubov, will be a chance for people of opposing viewpoints to agree...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 3, 2003

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=328

On January 3, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "MPAC has opposed the INS registration process because of its selective enforcement against immigrants from Muslim countries, its incrimination of innocent people, its deceptive approach, questionable treatment of detainees, and ineffectiveness at enhancing our national security... Therefore, MPAC is launching...

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Update: Community Rebuilds Vandalized Ohio Mosque

January 3, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On January 3, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "workers have installed fresh wallboard where ceilings and walls were bowed after water gushed from smashed pipes. Heartsick worshippers pulled up soaked carpeting, only to discover oak floors beneath the threadbare rugs. Volunteers -- engineers, schoolchildren, housewives -- came as news spread about the desecration of the center at 1428 E. Broad St. An estimated $379,000 repair bill was cut to $140,000.'Yes, something good has come from something bad,' said Al-Akhras,...

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Controversy Over New Venture Christian Fellowship Survey

January 2, 2003

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 2, 2003 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "a survey being conducted by New Venture Christian Fellowship about its expansion plans is rankling some of the church's neighbors in the Ocean Hills neighborhood. They think some inquiries, about ethnicity, for instance, are inappropriate. 'The questions are questionable,' said attorney Everett DeLano, who has spearheaded some of the opposition to the church's expansion plans. The church's pastor, the Rev. Shawn Mitchell, admitted that the survey asked...

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Second-Annual Day of Peace

January 2, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On January 2, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Muslims, Jews and Christians and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds gathered at a mosque to call for a future without war and conflict. About 150 people attended the second-annual Day of Peace at the Islamic House of Wisdom Wednesday [in Michigan]. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, initiated the event, which focused on young people. The program featured songs and poems of peace performed by children from elementary through high school and ended with refreshments to...

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Editorial: Encouraging Greater Civic Participation for Muslim Americans

January 1, 2003

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/4850303.htm

On January 1, 2003 The Kansas City Star printed an editorial by Lewis Diuguid that stated, "on Christmas Eve... Adults and children with the Crescent Peace Society and the American Muslim Council-Heartland Chapter donated and served holiday dinners to men at the homeless shelter... Jason Erb, director of government affairs with the Council on American-Islamic Relations... wants Muslims to...

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Interfaith Prayer for Peace in Seattle

January 1, 2003

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/102361_medidate01.shtml

On January 1, 2003 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "hundreds of men, women and children gathered at Green Lake to take time out for peace... Before taking to the 2.7-mile path around the lake, the walkers gathered in a circle near the Green Lake Community Center to hear prayers, songs and chants from representatives of a variety of religious and...

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Pagans Protest School of Americas

January 1, 2003

Source: Reclaiming Quarterly

In the Winter, 2003 edition of the Reclaiming Quarterly reported that "Witches from Florida, North Carolina and New York participated in this year's School of the Americas protest at Ft. Benning, in Columbus, Georgia, November 15-17. The cluster sought to bear spiritual witness for the continuing murders, disappearances, and massacres perpetrated by graduates of the School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation).

Life Enrichment Center in Michigan

January 1, 2003

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-9/1041436261225710.xml

On January 1, 2003 The Flint Journal reported that "C. K. Venkateswaran, a Sunday school teacher at the local Hindu Temple and Chinmaya Mission, began the readings with a peace prayer in Hindu... The Rev. Deborah Kohler, pastor of Woodside Church of Flint, read a Christian...

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Update: Discussion of Marietta Board of Zoning's Denial of Minaret Plans

December 31, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/cobb/1202/31mosque.html

On December 31, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "a Marietta mosque that was denied permission to build a minaret plans to hold open houses in an effort to strengthen ties with neighbors before reapplying... Masjid Al-Hedaya director Amjad Taufique said Monday that the mosque will not sue the Marietta Board of Zoning Appeals over its Dec...

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

December 30, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3562134.html

On December 30, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "a Somali advocacy group is branching out beyond the Twin Cities with its 'National Tour Against Hate,' aimed at raising awareness about the struggles of Somali communities in Seattle and Lewiston, Maine... Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center of St. Paul, will be leaving Jan. 6 for a journey on which he plans to...

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Growing Muslim Community in Southside, Georgia

December 29, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/fayette/1202/29islam.html

On December 29, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "when Soumaya Khalifa and her husband, Mohamed, moved to Peachtree City 15 years ago, they joined a small group of Muslims on Atlanta's Southside... Today, the Khalifas are part of an emerging Islamic community that has gradually helped diversify metro Atlanta's Southside -- Fayette,...

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