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Dearborn Community Forum Addresses Discrimination

November 21, 2001

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2001/metro/0111/21/a03-349230.htm

On November 21, 2001, The Detroit News reported that "Arab Americans in Metro Detroit have been the targets of discrimination following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Justice Department vowed Tuesday night to fight it. At a community forum that drew about 100 people at Dearborn's main Public Library, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, Ralph Boyd Jr., noted that...

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DC Area Hindus Observe Diwali, Reflect on September 11

November 19, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 19, 2001, The Washington Post reported that Hindus from the area gathered at a Temple in Beltsville, MD to celebrate Diwali. "There are more than 800 million Hindus in the world and 75,000 in the Washington area, primarily Indian Americans and Indians. Hitesh Patel, spokesman for the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, or sanctuary, in Beltsville, said the celebration is a time for those of the Hindu faith to reflect and set goals in the same way that Christians mark the New Year...'This is a time when we come together and...

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Editorial: "American Ramadan"

November 18, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 18, 2001, The New York Times featured an editorial entitled, "American Ramadan" by Jonathan E. Smaby. It noted, "The current need to emphasize the significance of Muslim Americans has the Republican administration -- unconsciously, perhaps -- broadening its vision of God and religion." It continues, "the president's response since Sept. 11 has demonstrated that what binds us together as a nation is not a common deity, but a commitment to certain ideals that transcend the religious beliefs of the citizenry. Important...

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Ohio Muslim Students Request Time to Pray

November 17, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 17, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "with the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting, Muslim students at Centennial High School are pleading for time to pray. Mohammad Kandil, a 17-year-old junior, said he is among about 25 Muslim students who want to be excused briefly from class about 12:15 p.m. each day...Students are willing to make up classwork missed because of prayer, Kandil said...[Usually] students leave the school for the group prayer on Fridays and receive unexcused absences, he said....

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Florida Sikhs Show Support, Invite Shalala

November 12, 2001

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/herald/content/news/local/broward/digdocs/014758.htm

On November 12, 2001 The Miami Herald reported, "Local Sikhs show support for America: UM president Shalala is guest at special service. "The congregation of the Sikh Society Temple of South Florida... presented a check for $8,500 for the United Way Sept. 11 fund to University of Miami President Donna Shalala....'We were all shocked by the Sept. 11...

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Connecticut Indian Americans Raise Funds

November 12, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 12, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "many Indians in the state and region are members of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, which runs the temple on Training Hill Road [in Middletown, CT]. They have been channeling their efforts [for victims of the terror attacks] through the society. A fund-raiser last month brought in nearly $20,000. The society is coordinating its efforts with other Indian organizations in the state and plan to make a combined donation to the American Red Cross that they hope...

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Airport Discrimination Against Sikhs, Muslims

November 10, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 10, 2001, The New York Times reported that Dr. Ahluwalia, an American Sikh who is chairman of the department of preventive medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, "had already passed through a metal detector and been scanned by a hand-held wand, setting off no warning beeps. So, he said, he was stunned when the guardsman told him to remove his turban...Sikh travelers say that since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks they have been singled out for questioning by the police and security workers at American...

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White House Compromises in Push for Faith-Based Initiative

November 9, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 9, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the White House, seeking to salvage one of President Bush's top domestic priorities, has thrown its support behind a newly limited plan for faith-based organizations to provide some of the nation's social services. The administration's more modest approach breathed new life into its faith-based initiative, an effort that had stalled in the Senate but that backers say has become more urgent in the aftermath of Sept. 11."

Controversy Over Public Christmas Display

November 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 8, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "a compromise has been reached that will likely keep a traditional Christmas display on public view, but privately controlled...Selectmen voted unanimously last week to give up town ownership of two creches...According to the plan, two churches in Norwood would accept joint ownership of the creche formerly displayed at Town Hall...The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts had been considering a lawsuit against the Town of Norwood, on the grounds that town-owned displays...

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Controversy Over Public Christmas Display

November 8, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 8, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "if religious-themed ornaments for the state Capitol holiday tree are submitted, they are as likely as any others to be displayed on the tree, Department of Administration Secretary George Lightbourn said Wednesday. 'We're not in the censorship business,' Lightbourn said in response to the filing of a federal lawsuit trying to overturn what some residents say is the state-guided refusal to accept ornaments with a religious theme for display on the tree......

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State Department Releases New Journal

November 7, 2001

Source: No source given.

http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/1101/ijde/ijde1101.htm

On November 7, 2001, the State Department released a new electronic journal on international religious freedom. The journal can be found online at http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/1101/ijde/ijde1101.htm. The journal includes information from the International Religious Freedom Report issued by the State Department on October 26, 2001.

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Jewish Women Perform Shmira, Sitting with Dead

November 6, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 6, 2001, The New York Times reported that the Orthodox Jewish ritual known as sitting shmira has taken on new dimensions in the wake of Septeber 11. In New York at the makeshift morgue for victims of the terror attacks, students from Stern College for Women fulfill the Jewish comandment "to keep watch over the dead, who must not be left alone from the moment of passing until burial... working in shifts from Friday afternoons until nightfall on Saturdays, the holiest part of the week. The rest of the time, the task is...

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Lt. Govenor Visits Gurudwara

November 5, 2001

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/110501/1152001dlw5sikhspeech.shtml

On November 5, 2001, The Appeal-Democrat reported that "California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante brought a message of peace, unity and understanding to Yuba City...during a special visit to the Sikh temple...Bustemante's visit and the Sikh parade both marked the second day of celebrations to honor the gift of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib...Bustamante said...

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Buddhist Temples Send Paper Cranes As Gesture of Peace, Sorrow

November 4, 2001

Source: The Winston-Salem Journal

On November 4, 2001 The Winston-Salem Journal reported, "Paper cranes help express sorrow for tragedies." The article noted, "Well-wishers across the nation have folded thousands of brightly colored peace cranes as a gift to the people of New York and Washington." The article reported that some 15,000 cranes were sent to a Buddhist temple in Mountain View, California from temples in other western states. The temple "arranged with U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, to take the clusters [of cranes] to Washington, where he...

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