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Habitat for Humanity to Use Interfaith Coalition to Build Home

November 25, 2002

Source: Connecticut Post

On November 25, 2002 the Connecticut Post reported that "Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bridgeport [CT], using for the first time, an interfaith coalition of support, will have a two-story, four-bedroom house for Sundus, her parents and five siblings sitting on the property. Salem Lutheran will be teamed with members of Al-Aziz Islamic Center, Congregations B'nai Israel and Rodelph Sholom and Shiloh Baptist Church, all of Bridgeport, and Congregation Beth El of Fairfield. Habitat executive director Bob Knebel said the organization...

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Street Name Change Withdrawn by Hindu Temple After Protest from Iranian Community

November 24, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 24, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple has withdrawn an application for renaming the road to the temple from Persian Drive to Mandir Drive (Temple Drive), after objections were raised by the [San Francisco] Bay Area's Iranian community, reports India-West. Hundreds of Bay Area Iranians turned out recently for an emotional Sunnyvale City Council meeting to oppose the plan. Speaker after speaker said renaming the road would be a slight to all ethnicities from the...

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Interfaith Soup Kitchen

November 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28312-2002Nov22.html

On November 23, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the chaplain, Imam Johari Abdel-Malik, challenged the Rev. Graylan Hagler to work with him on an interfaith charity project in Washington. Abdel-Malik said he could provide food and volunteers for an effort to feed the needy. Could Hagler provide a place for them to serve the meals? This week, as a result...

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Alabama School Officials Block Distribution of Bibles in Public Schools

November 23, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17295

On November 23, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "local school officials [in Athens, Alabama] have blocked Gideons International from distributing Bibles in public schools after a parent threatened to file suit. Limestone County Superintendent Barry Carroll said a parent complained after the Christian organization held its annual Bible distribution for fifth-graders....

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"What Would Jesus Drive?"

November 22, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1122/p02s01-ussc.html

On November 22, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "prominent Christian and Jewish leaders called this week on the auto industry and their own congregations 'to recognize that transportation choices are moral choices' because of 'the extraordinary impact they have on God's creation and God's children.' In an open letter to auto executives, and in meetings Wednesday at...

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Marin Community Foundation Awards Community-Building Efforts

November 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On November 21, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "the Marin Community Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to 14 congregations throughout the county that are actively involved in community-building efforts. A variety of religious faiths are represented, ranging from Bridge the Gap (a partnership by Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Marin City Church of God) to the Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon and the Novato-based International Association of Sufism. A grant to St. Andrews...

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Pennsylvania Passes "The Religious Freedom Protection Act"

November 21, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17286

On November 21, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "Pennsylvania could become the 10th state to pass a bill meant to give new protections to religious groups but criticized by opponents as giving the groups free rein to ignore many laws. The Religious Freedom Protection Act... would allow laws that burden a person's religious practice or belief to be challenged in court...

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Luncheon to Discuss Diversity of Corpus Christi, Texas

November 21, 2002

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

On November 21, 2002 the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported on "'Breaking Bread to Break Barriers: An Understanding of World Cultures,' an education series for community leaders. The six-month luncheon series is hosted by the National Conference of Community and Justice in cooperation with the Corpus Christi [TX] Chamber of Commerce. Business and community leaders are invited to learn more about the many different cultures and religions in the Coastal Bend and about those who helped to found Corpus Christi,...

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Sikhs Discuss Post 9/11 Abuses

November 20, 2002

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/news/1798310/detail.html

On November 20, 2002 The KCRA Channel reported that "complaints of civil rights abuses in our California escalated after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and now, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is investigating. What does an American look like? And what does a terrorist look like? Those two questions are at the heart of the civil rights concerns raised by a number of groups at a...

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Discussion of American Muslim Relations in Iowa

November 20, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=279

On November 20, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "relations between Americans and people of Muslim and Middle Eastern backgrounds have improved in some ways since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but much more needs to be done to foster understanding and peaceful co-existence among the groups, a diverse panel of cultural officials said Monday. Discussion at the Iowa City Public...

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Editorial on Judaism and Numbers in America

November 20, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On November 20, 2002 The New York Times printed an editorial by Douglas Rushkoff that stated, "at their annual conference, the United Jewish Communities had planned to release a new $6 million population study. In the past, these studies, issued every 10 years, have warned American Jews that they are ever more imperiled by an aging population, rampant intermarriage, low birth rates and declining synagogue membership. But last week, citing 'missing data,' the organization, an umbrella group of Jewish federations and...

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Sikhs Discuss Post 9/11 Abuses

November 20, 2002

Source: Long Beach Press Telegram

http://www.presstelegram.com/Stories/0,1413,204%257E21474%257E1004158,00.html

On November 20, 2002 the Long Beach Press Telegram reported that "terrorism isn't likely to go away anytime soon, experts warned at the Police Department's monthly crime prevention meeting Wednesday night. Nonetheless, Americans should not use the continued threats as an excuse to lash out against other Americans, particularly those...

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Continuing Controversy Over Ten Commandments and Municipal Buildings

November 19, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17272

On November 19, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a federal judge ruled yesterday that a Ten Commandments monument installed in Alabama's judicial building by the state's chief justice must be removed because it violates the separation of church and state. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said he does not believe all Ten Commandment displays in government buildings...

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Continuing Controversy Over Ten Commandments and Municipal Buildings

November 18, 2002

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=639

On November 18, 2002 Tolerance.org reported that "Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has 30 days to remove a 2-ton Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of Alabama’s judicial building, a federal judge ruled today. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote in his opinion that the monument violates the constitution’s ban on government promotion of religion. 'The court retains...

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