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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

October 31, 2002

Source: Tulsa World

On October 31, 2002 Tulsa World reported that "an interfaith service written by three Tulsa women will be presented Friday in hundreds of cities nationwide. 'It's very unusual to have Tulsa people write the national service,' said Harriet Larsen, the leader of a Tulsa Church Women United group. The 'Daughters of Abraham' service on World Community Day, sponsored by Church Women United, was written by Mickey Simpson, who is on the CWU national board; Sheryl Siddiqui, representing the Tulsa Muslim community; and Jeanne Jacobs,...

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Wiccan Sues Chesterfield County on Charges of Discrimination

October 31, 2002

Source: WomensENews

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1089

On October 31, 2002 WomensENews reported that "Cyndi Simpson has come under fire by the Board of Supervisors of Chesterfield County [Virginia], which has barred her from offering a prayer before its open meetings, a customary practice there. Simpson, 47, says she simply wants to share the Wiccan tradition with her hometown of Richmond. Wicca focuses on ritual, nature, spirituality, prayers and...

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Multireligious Responses to Wellstone's Death

October 31, 2002

Source: Satya Circle

http://www.satyacircle.com/satveerc1.html

On October 31, 2002 Satya Circle printed a letter from Satveer Chaudhary, Minnesota State Senator and advisor to The Satya Circle. It stated, "Dear Community, U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, daughter Marcia and his staff were friends of mine. The people who died in yesterday's plane crash were seen at every turn of my campaigning - in trouble or in victory. And we were seen at theirs. Here in...

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Muslim Social Scientists Call for Reform on Islam's Record on Human Rights

October 29, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021028-27312221.htm

On October 29, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "several Muslim social scientists from U.S. universities urged their fellow believers at a weekend conference in Washington to reform Islam's record on human rights, violence and treatment of women before Muslims demand full acceptance by Americans. 'We have to develop a culture of human rights and civil rights,' Muqtedar Khan,...

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

October 28, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1688

On October 28, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "led by the Rev. George Regas of the Progressive Religious Partnership, religious spokesmen in Los Angeles this week denounced the prospect of a preemptive war against Iraq as 'immoral, illegal and unwise.' The religious opponents of Bush's policy list a host of secular reasons for their position: Iraq has not declared war on the U.S.; there is...

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

October 28, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On October 28, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "faith leaders and followers gather at a Portland church to oppose an attack on Iraq and pray that others will join them. This demonstration -- for peace with Iraq -- came in the form of a worship service, beginning with a procession of about 20 faith leaders that included Christian clergy, a Jewish rabbi, a Zen Buddhist monk, a Sikh and others. About 50 people behind them in the honey-colored pews included Roman Catholics from Southeast Portland, Methodists from Oregon City, Muslims...

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Maui Church Zoning Dispute to be Decided on First Amendment Laws

October 28, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17169

On October 28, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a federal judge says a Maui church’s zoning dispute won’t be decided based on a federal religious land-use law but will instead be decided on First Amendment grounds. On Oct. 24, U.S. District Judge Samuel P. King also dismissed members of the Maui County planning commission and the county planning director...

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Legal Battle Over Plaza in Utah Involves First Amendment Rights

October 27, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On October 27, 2002 The New York Times reported that "a... legal brawl involving the mayor and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... over rights to a block of prime downtown land is almost certain to reach the United States Supreme Court in a test of First Amendment rights that also touches on the separation of church and state. At the center of the fight is the Main Street Plaza, a lovely block of flower beds and fountains that connects the main temple of the church's world headquarters and its main...

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Religion's Role in John Allen Muhammad's Sniper Case

October 26, 2002

Source: FinalCall

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_71.shtml

On October 26, 2002 FinalCall reported on Louis Farrakhan's press conference on the sniper arrest. He said, "I know that I can speak for myself and the members of my family, and all the Muslim members of the Nation, and all Muslims and people of good will everywhere, that we are in sympathy with the victims of this horror. And we are in sympathy with the families of these victims. And we,...

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Post 9/11 Backlash in Custody Cases

October 26, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On October 26, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations... more than a dozen Muslim Parents nationwide have been sued since September 2001 for custody of their children by non-Muslim ex-spouses and grandparents who don't want the children reared by the Muslim parent... That compares with two such lawsuits reported in the year leading up to the terrorist attacks. Most of the cases are scattered across the South and Midwest."

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