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New Native American Interpretive Center Built on Preserved Land in California City

June 9, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 9, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "in a ceremony marked by solemn chanting from the Bird Song Singers, American Indians and the descendants of European settlers joined yesterday to dedicate the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center, [in Poway, California]... Kumeyaay leaders praised... the city of Poway, Scouting groups and others who have cleaned up the site, built trails, gardens, ramadas (shade structures) and a native house made of sticks and reeds."

Montagnard People of Vietnam Settle in North Carolina in Search of Religious Freedom

June 9, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 9, 2002 The Washington Post featured an article on the Montagnards, "a name meaning 'Mountain People' given to indigenous tribes of the central highlands, tribes renowned for fighting alongside U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War... They fled a Vietnamese government crackdown on Montagnards who participated in demonstrations demanding freedom of religion and a return of homelands they say have been illegally seized for conversion into massive rubber and coffee plantations... The church where they practiced an...

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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Convention Focuses on Civil Rights

June 9, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 9, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the small pamphlets filled with the large words of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights were grabbed up at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination convention in Arlington this weekend as quickly as the complaint forms for airline profiling of Muslims... Talk... focused on the Justice Department's plans to fingerprint and photograph more than 100,000 visa holders who pose national security concerns... About 3,000 Arab Americans attended the largest gathering to date of...

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Columbus (GA) Interfaith Group to Build Habitat for Humanity House

June 8, 2002

Source: The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/living/3423442.htm

On June 8, 2002 the reported "Faiths gather over dinner: Religious groups raising money for Habitat project." The article described an interfaith discussion group of Muslims, Christians, and Jews created after September 11. "The goal was simply to become more knowledgeable about one another's faith. ... Now, the three faith communities are planning...

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Editorial Praises Rabbi's Suggestion for Ground Zero that Focuses on Religious Freedom

June 8, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On June 8, 2002 the Omaha World-Herald featured an editorial that supports "an American rabbi, Daniel S. Brenner's... fascinating suggestion for what should be done with the World Trade Center site... Build a mosque there, he says. And put in a synagogue and a church as well. Or erect an inter-religious center where believers of diverse backgrounds can come together to discuss and honor their different gods in an atmosphere of mutual respect... The point, he says, is to show the world that America's religious...

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Muslims Join Christians and Jews for Interfaith Service Project

June 8, 2002

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/sitearchives/2002/6/8/news/faith00608cci3.shtm

On June 8, 2002 The Orange County Register reported that "Muslims in Orange County [California] have been busy trying to reshape the image of Islam among non-Muslims, taking their messages of neighborliness to freeway billboards, putting books and videos on Islam on library shelves...

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Police Ticket Amish Community for Failure to Comply with Traffic Law

June 7, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On June 7, 2002, The New York Times reported that a Pennsylvania "judge fined 20 members of an Amish sect today for refusing to put bright orange reflective triangles on their horse-drawn buggies, ruling that public safety overrode any religious objections... The Swartzentruber Amish argued that the garish symbols violated their beliefs. The members were ordered to pay 27 fines of $95 each for failing to use the triangle, a symbol that alerts other travelers to a slow-moving vehicle... Instead of the triangles, the...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

June 7, 2002

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/frameset.asp?pageLoc=/story/107/story_10725_1.html

On June 7, 2002, Beliefnet featured the full text of Zayed Yasin's commencement speech, "Of Faith and Citizenship: My American Jihad." Yasin's speech explained, "Jihad, in its truest and purest form, the form to which all Muslims aspire, is the determination to do right, to do justice even against your own interests. It is an individual struggle for...

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Muslim Student Association at Texas High School Continues to Educate Peers about Diversity

June 6, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 6, 2002 The Houston Chronicle featured an article on the Muslim Student Association at Westfield High School in Texas. When the group "formed three years ago at Westfield High School, it was a low-profile organization with a purpose of informing people about the Islamic faith... After the attacks on the World Trade Center last fall and the radical attempts to attach Islam to the terrorist acts, the group took on a larger role, although its mission remained the same... Months after the attacks, the association...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

June 5, 2002

Source: CNN/Money

http://money.cnn.com/2002/06/05/news/companies/mcdonalds_a/index.htm

On June 5, 2002, CNN/Money reported that "McDonald's Corp. said it would pay $10 million to Hindu, vegetarian and other groups more than a year after a Seattle lawyer sued the fast-food chain, alleging it failed to disclose the...

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Muslim-Americans in Texas Organize their Political Voice

June 4, 2002

Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/3395537.htm

On June 4, 2002 The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that "the small gains in Muslim civic participation made during the summer of 2000 were all but erased by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Now, Muslims are trying to exercise their rights as Americans in an atmosphere of fear and confusion... [...

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In St. Louis, Law Enforcement Officials Answer Questions about Civil Liberties of American Muslims

June 3, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 3, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "officials who came to a mosque in St. Louis County [Missouri] on Sunday expecting to answer questions about hate crimes against Muslims instead found a congregation worried about how new federal anti-terrorism guidelines would affect them... The Daar-ul-Islam Mosque in west St. Louis County had invited officials from federal, state and county law enforcement and homeland security agencies to answer questions about how to deal with members' concerns about hate...

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Tennessee Buddhists and Muslims Unite with Christian Groups to Fight State Lottery

June 1, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 1, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported Muslims and Buddhists are joining Southern Baptists and other Christians in a campaign to persuade Tennessee voters to reject a state lottery... 'There's probably not any other issue, except maybe Sept. 11, that would pull all these groups together,' said the Rev. Skip Armistead, a United Methodist pastor in Madison and a chairman of the Gambling Free Tennessee Alliance... The anti-lottery forces are led by the Southern Baptists and United Methodists, representing some 4,300...

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Bay Area Leaders Speak Out Against Rise in Anti-Semitism

May 31, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On May 31, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "several Bay Area mayors joined Jewish leaders... to condemn a surge in anti-Semitic incidents - temple arson, vandalism and slurs - that coincide with rising tensions in the Middle East... Mayors from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and other cities initiated a campaign called 'No Place for Hate' with the Anti-Defamation League. Their first act was to put a full-page ad in The Chronicle in which they pledged to enforce hate-crime laws... Despite the...

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