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MPAC Unites Patriotism with Being Muslim

October 2, 2002

Source: The Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/

In a press released dated October 2, 2002 the The Muslim Public Affairs Council stated that "(MPAC) has prepared a position paper to examine the relationship between the fact that we are Muslims and we are patriotic Americans. This means that we are patriotic Americans in spite of being Muslims. This notion, that Islam is actually incompatible with Americanism, or patriotism, seems to be the preponderant notion among most Americans,...

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"Gospel of Inclusion" Upsets Evangelical Support, but Increases Interfaith Dialogue

October 2, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On October 2, 2002 Religion News Service reported that "more people learned of [Carlton Pearson's] 'gospel of inclusion'... [which] says simply, 'I exclude nobody from the redemptive work of the cross.' Pearson says he thinks the focus of many of his evangelical brethren, who believe a personal confession that Jesus is savior gains one entrance to heaven, has been wrongly placed... 'I believe that Jesus redeemed the entire world,' not just particular brands of Christians. While Pearson's doctrine of inclusion has motivated the...

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Lackawanna Arrests and Community's Solidarity

October 2, 2002

Source: Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20021002/1036867.asp

On October 2, 2002 Buffalo News reported that "religious leaders from a variety of faiths gathered outside the Lackawanna Mosque on Tuesday to pledge their support for the local Muslim community in response to the arrests of six Lackawanna men charged with supporting the al-Qaida terrorist network... religious leaders said they wanted to make a statement as a preventative measure...

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Growth of Hinduism in North America

October 1, 2002

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/2002/10-12/62-63_sacred_USA.html

On October 1, 2002 Hinduism Today published a paper by Dr. Vasudha Narayanan that stated, "Hindus have made the land of the Americas ritually sacred in at least four ways: composing songs and pious Sanskrit prayers extolling the American state where the temples are located; identifying America as a specific dvipa or island quoted in the sacred texts; physically consecrating...

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Swami Swahananda to Visit Puerto Rico

October 1, 2002

Source: Hindu Press International

On October 1, 2002 Hindu Press International reported that "Swami Sahananda and Swami Atmarupananda from Ramakrishna order are visiting the island. Swami Swahananda will give the lecture titled 'The Guru and the Initiation' on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the conference hall on the third floor of the condominio El Centro11, #500 Ave. Munoz Rivera Hato Rey."

Removal of "God" from Oath Upset Some Honolulu Police Officers

September 30, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17038

On September 30, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "some Honolulu police officers say they are upset that the phrase "so help me God" has been removed from their oath of office. Police Chief Lee Donohue said Sept. 23 recruits would no longer recite those words when being sworn in at graduation because they are not included in the oath as it is written...

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Religious Groups Lobby for Environmental Causes

September 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "religious groups around the country are finding ecological issues hard to ignore. Clergy are speaking from the pulpit on global warming and Arctic drilling, and practicing what they preach in their own churches, synagogues, temples and mosques. Across faiths, the environmental movement has been evolving slowly over the last decade or more. Denominations have started looking into their traditions, examining how their beliefs could be applied to ecological issues and...

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Muslims Pray for ‘Soul Of America’ At Capitol

September 25, 2002

Author: Kevin Eckstrom

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/muslims_to_pray_for_soul_of_america_at_capitol1/

Swapping prayer rugs for massive plastic rain tarps, an estimated 3,500 Muslims gathered at the foot of the U.S. Capitol on Friday (Sept. 25) to pray for “the soul of America” in a grassroots demonstration of religious and national pride.

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House and Senate to Amend Charitable Choice Legislation to Prohibit Discrimination and Proselytizing

September 25, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that a "coalition of civil rights groups and liberal House Democrats has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign to block President Bush's faith-based initiative in the Senate unless the bill explicitly prohibits religious charities from discriminating when hiring. Representative Barney Frank, a Newton Democrat, is leading the unusually personal effort by House lawmakers to influence the language in a Senate bill that is aimed at spurring charitable giving and increasing grant...

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Update: Community Rebuilds Vandalized Ohio Mosque

September 25, 2002

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/4146439.htm

On September 25, 2002 The Beacon Journal reported that "on Tuesday, several Kent children and their parents began going door to door to gather money and words of support for the mosque, which vandals attacked early Friday... 'The mosque has been a good neighbor,' said David Odell-Scott, whose children are taking part in the effort. 'We just wanted them to know that we care, and they have our support. And...

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After Sharing Kidney Donation Experience, New Friends Reach Out to Help

September 24, 2002

Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles

On September 24, 2002 The Daily News of Los Angeles reported that "Patricia Abdullah... [a] white Muslim woman from Sherman Oaks donated a life-saving kidney to... Mike Jones... [an] African-American Christian man in a Sept. 25 [2001] operation performed by two surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - one Jewish, the other German. A year later, Abdullah wants us to know this: The quality of her life has not diminished after donating a kidney to Jones. It's gotten better... from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Sizzler...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

September 24, 2002

Source: Intelligencer Journal

On September 24, 2002 the Intelligencer Journal reported that "a politician who spoke out earlier this month against pagan beliefs... was credited with bringing a crowd to the forum that featured five pagans talking about their beliefs. 'I want to thank Commissioner Pete Shaub,' said pagan Azar Silverbear, who was a panelist at the forum sponsored by the Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom. 'Without his intolerance, the pagan community wouldn't have gotten the publicity it has recently.' Silverbear's comments were in...

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Tougher U.S. Policy Means Delays for Student and Work Visas

September 24, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 24, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "[people] from 26 predominantly Muslim countries... are experiencing delays of two months or more as they await permission to study, work or vacation in the United States, the result of a quiet tightening of the visa review process in Washington prompted by the Sept. 11 attacks of a year ago... It is not just ethnic Arab students who are affected. A number of Malaysian students of Chinese descent have not received visas in time to return to fall classes in the United...

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Three Muslim Medical Students Detained and Released

September 22, 2002

Source: The Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-cmuslim22sep22.story

On September 22, 2002 The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "less than a week after Larkin Community Hospital president enraged Muslim community leaders by turning away three medical students cleared of planning terror attacks, Dr. Jack Michel received a hero's welcome at a Saturday afternoon Islamic conference... Michel would not confirm that...

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Government Officials Continue to Encourage "Tipsters"

September 21, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On September 21, 2002 The Washington Times reported on "the incident surrounding the Georgia woman who called police last week after overhearing three men apparently talking about committing a terrorist act in Miami [FL] has raised concern among government officials that her experience might discourage other tipsters. Eunice Stone's tip proved to be a false alarm, but authorities, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, commended Mrs. Stone for her actions. Some Muslim groups called her a racist, saying she acted on her prejudice...

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