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Bush Administration Pushes Faith-Based Initiative in Pittsburgh, PA

May 31, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On May 31, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported the Bush administration held a conference in Pittsburgh "to build support for allowing federal funds to pay for community services programs run by faith-based organizations... The conference, which is scheduled to travel to other cities, is an attempt to build momentum for the president's No Child Left Behind Act, which was passed in January... The act gives school districts more control of how they address student underachievement. With it, districts can create...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

May 31, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36841-2002May30.html

On May 31, 2002, The Washington Post featured an article on the controversial commencement speech by Harvard Univeristy student Zayed M. Yasin. The "Muslim American student said today that he intended [his speech] to inspire and unite his fellow Harvard University graduates... His...

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Sikh Advocacy Group Settles with Fleet Bank

May 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/business/ny-bzbank312726572may31.story?coll=ny-business-headlines

On May 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "a Sikh businessman... has filed suit against Fleet National Bank, charging it denied him the opportunity to open a $250,000 certificate of deposit at a Fleet branch because of his appearance... 'My civil rights were violated,' said Inderjeet...

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Muslim and Elected Leaders Condemn Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Worcester, MA

May 30, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 30, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that political and religious leaders in Worcester [MA] condemned the spray painting of swastikas on the outside of City Hall and others found across from US Representative James McGovern's office... 'I think when acts of hate like this occur, it's important for the community to come together and condemn it,' said McGovern. 'I don't think we can let these acts of anti-Semitism go unchallenged'... McGovern said it was disappointing after the community had come together after the...

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At Harvard, Controversy Over "American Jihad" Speech

May 29, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/149/metro/At_Harvard_a_word_sparks_a_battle+.shtml

On May 29, 2002, The Boston Globe featured the article "At Harvard, a word sparks a battle." It reported that "Harvard University senior Zayed Yasin says his upcoming graduation-day speech, titled 'The American Jihad,' will be a call to action, not a call to war. But Yasin's planned use of the term jihad ... has triggered a...

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Suspicious Fire at San Diego Islamic Center

May 29, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On May 29, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "detectives investigating a suspicious fire and explosion Saturday at the Islamic Center of San Diego say there is no indication the incident was a hate crime... The center has been the target of hate crimes and vandalism since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, police say."

Court Determines Rastafarian cannot be Prosecuted for Possession

May 29, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On May 29, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a conservative three-judge panel said a Rastafarian - whose Jamaica-based religion regards marijuana as a sacrament that brings believers closer to divinity - could not be federally prosecuted for merely possessing marijuana, a decision that upheld a portion of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

Trustees Outline Guidelines for Prayer at Local School Board Meetings

May 27, 2002

Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles

On May 27, 2002 The Daily News of Los Angeles reported that the Wilsona School District trustees in Lake Los Angeles, CA "will take another stab at approving proposed guidelines for local pastors to give invocations at board meetings... The board will hold a special meeting Thursday to deal solely with the issue, which has generated controversy and high emotions in the community... The proposed guidelines, drawn up because of controversy after the first invocation mentioned Jesus Christ, say that invocations...

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Editorial: "Muslims Due Place at Table"

May 26, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000037127may26.story?null

On May 26, 2002 the Los Angeles Times featured an editorial by Shabbir Mansuri, the founding director of the Fountain Valley-based Council on Islamic Education. In the wake of recent struggles within the Muslim-American community, the editorial calls American Muslims to have an active "voice in civic matters... Islamic values compel Muslims to work for...

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Muslims, Jews, and Christians Pray Together in Brooklyn for Peace

May 26, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On May 26, 2002 the New York Daily News reported on a prayer meeting attended by Christians, Jews and Muslims in Bay Ridge, NY. The meeting was part of ongoing efforts "to remain united despite the crisis in the Middle East... Nearly 100 people from the three religions gathered... to pray for an end to the conflict abroad, and for continued calm in their neighborhoods... The prayer meeting was sponsored by the Unity Task Force, a group comprised of Bay Ridge religious and civic leaders who organized almost two years...

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Seattle Hosts Interfaith Dialogue on Middle East Conflict

May 25, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

http://www.toolsforchange.org

On May 25, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that in Seattle, WA, there was "an interfaith dialogue on the Middle East conflict featuring U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and local religious leaders... The event [was] sponsored in part by Tools for Change Institute, a Seattle nonprofit organization... The goal of the program was to 'acknowledge to God and each other that we don't have the answer and we...

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Department of Justice Issues Discrimination Brochure in New Languages

May 24, 2002

Source: No source given.

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2002/May/02_crt_314.htm

On May 24, 2002 The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division announced "the publication of the Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination brochure in Farsi, Hindi, and Punjabi.... The Division's National Origin Working Group created the brochure to assist individuals in identifying discrimination and bias covered by the laws enforced by the Division. The brochure provides...

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Police Ticket Amish Community for Failure to Comply with Traffic Law

May 23, 2002

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On May 23, 2002 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the ultratraditional Swartzentruber sect of Amish living in western Pennsylvania refuse to use... the simple orange triangle, which state law requires on the backs of all slow-moving vehicles... on their horse-drawn buggies... The police have ticketed them, but they've resisted paying the fines... Matters came to a head when 19 Amish, responsible for a total of 24 tickets... appeared in Cambria County [PA] Court last month, defended by lawyers who were secured...

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Federal Court Revisits Important Texas Case

May 21, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On May 21, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "a case involving a group of Brenham [TX] churches preaching that welfare recipients need a relationship with Jesus to prepare for work is heading back to court... The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals has sent the case back to federal district court to determine whether $ 8,000 awarded to the Jobs Partnership of Washington County must be repaid to taxpayers... At issue is whether the charitable choice program violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of separation of church and...

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