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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 19, 2002

Source: ACLU

http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=11503&c=206

On December 19, 2002, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a press release stating that "in a development that confirms the American Civil Liberties Union’s initial fears about a controversial immigrant fingerprinting and registration program, the Immigration and Naturalization Service is apparently using the program as a pretext for the mass detention of hundreds of Middle...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Dec. 2002

December 19, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1843

On December 19, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "about a dozen religious leaders met with Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on Wednesday (Dec. 18) for a briefing on the war against terrorism... Clergy participants described the two-hour gathering as a 'good exchange' during which Pentagon officials updated them on their efforts in Afghanistan and...

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Inclusion of Creche Displays in Miami-Dade County

December 18, 2002

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4762383.htm

On December 18, 2002 The Miami Herald reported that "when Ditsy Carmen Suarez glanced at the holiday display in a West Miami-Dade County government building a week ago, she did a double-take... There, brightening a corner: a Christmas tree, a Hanukkah menorah, six dreidels and a Kwanzaa candelabra... But missing was a nativity scene, a symbol of the birth of Jesus... That started her crusade against...

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Update: Controversy Over Sikh Temple Election in Fremont, California

December 17, 2002

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83%257E1971%257E1057565,00.html

On December 17, 2002 The Argus reported that "leaders of Fremont's Sikh temple posted the $900,000 set by a judge to delay a Jan. 12 election that would decide whether they can maintain control of the Bay Area's largest and wealthiest temple... The bond is collateral to ensure the leaders don't spend temple money or assets during the appeal process......

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Update: Menorah in Cincinnati's Downtown Plaza

December 17, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17318

On December 17, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the Supreme Court yesterday refused to weigh in on a dispute between the city of Cincinnati and a Jewish organization over the display of a menorah in a downtown plaza... The Court refused to hear the city's arguments that it should be allowed to stop all private groups from using Fountain Square during the holidays. The...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 17, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=16527

On December 17, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "at least 22 men from Arab or Islamic countries were arrested Monday as they went to the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Santa Ana office to register under a new program aimed at improving screening of foreign visitors in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, police officials confirmed... The men...

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Fannie Mae to Support Islamic Lender Lariba

December 15, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/12/15/RE73894.DTL

On December 15, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "hoping to encourage homeownership among the growing U.S. Muslim population, Fannie Mae recently agreed to purchase $10 million worth of home loans from Lariba, a small lender in Southern California... Lariba lends money for homes and cars based on...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 13, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4728127.htm

On December 13, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "President Bush signed an executive order in Philadelphia yesterday that bars federal agencies from discriminating against religious organizations when awarding social service money. The order - which circumvents Congress - directs all federal agencies to give equal consideration to both faith-based and secular organizations seeking...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=11458&c=37

On December 12, 2002 the American Civil Liberties Union reported that "President Bush's Executive Order directing federal agencies to make tax dollars available to religious organizations is unnecessary and dangerous... [T]he American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today voiced its strong opposition to the President’s plan. Rather...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: Christian Legal Society

http://www.clsnet.org/clrfPages/advocacy/faithBased_pr.php3

On December 12, 2002 the Christian Legal Society issued a Media Release stating "the Christian Legal Society, a nationwide association of Christian lawyers, applauds the guidance President Bush issued today regarding the involvement of faith-based and community organizations in government-funded social service programs. 'America's poor and needy will benefit from the...

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Editorial: Islam and America

December 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-marayati11dec11,0,3809441.story

On December 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He stated, "when... violent Old and New Testament verses are quoted, they usually are put in proper historical context. Yet the same standard of interpretation is not applied when the Koran is...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/12/20021212-6.html

On December 12, 2002 the White House reported that President Bush issued an Executive Order that aims to "guide Federal agencies in formulating and developing policies with implications for faith-based organizations and other community organizations, to ensure equal protection of the laws for faith-based and community organizations, to further the national effort to expand...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/CvlRt_32/4210_32.asp

On December 12, 2002 The Anti-Defamation League reported that "Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement: 'While we welcome the President's remarks making it clear that he supports the Constitutional mandate requiring that no federal funds be used to directly support inherently religious activities, we are very concerned that the Executive Order he signed will...

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