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Texans Asked About First Amendment

September 22, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 22, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "four out of 10 Texans can't correctly name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a new statewide survey shows. When asked if they could name any of the specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, 6 percent of Texans surveyed answered incorrectly while 35 percent had no answer. 'The greatest ally of oppression is ignorance,' said Rob Wiley, a Houston lawyer who is president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. He...

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Interfaith Group Discusses Death Penalty

September 22, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On September 22, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "members of an 85-member interfaith group will gather at First United Methodist Church, 1630 Hinman, Evanston, for 'Death Sentence 2000,' a forum on the fairness of human executions. 'This is the largest interfaith (group that) has been gathered to address the whole death penalty issue. And it is unique in the response from all the faith communities,' said organizer Joe Monahan, a parishioner at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic church in Evanston...'We're hoping to ask people...

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Retired NCCJ Secretary Moves on the Other Projects

September 21, 2000

Source: USA TODAY

On September 21, 2000, USA TODAY reported on Joan Brown Campbell. "'I face the future,' says Campbell, recently retired general secretary of the National Council of Churches. Her last public role: assisting Elian Gonzalez during the Cuban boy's tempestuous months in America. Campbell found an American lawyer for Elian's father and later waved farewell when the U.S. legal system permitted the boy's return to Havana." During the nine years she was at the National Council of Churches, she "pushed the 35 denominations of the NCC to be 'the...

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Clinton Signs Religious Liberty Bill into Law

September 21, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 21, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported on the bill passed by the House and signed by President Clinton which protects religious institutions in zoning issues. The "bill doesn't exempt churches from zoning regulations, but when religious groups show that the rules would create "a substantial burden," officials must show a compelling reason for doing so, and must do it in the least restrictive way. They must also treat religious applicants at least as well as they do secular ones. 'In the wake of...

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Pagan Pride Celebrated, 2000

September 21, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 21, 2000 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "more than 300 pagans gathered Wednesday to dispel myths about their ancient religion, which they say has been unfairly demonized by Christians pushing for prayer in public schools. 'Our point is, you can have no religions in the public schools or you can have all religions in the public schools, but you are not going to have just the Christian religion in the public schools,' said rally organizer Ginger Strivelli. She is a co-founding...

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Kansas City Newspaper Reflects Community's Diversity

September 17, 2000

Source: The Kansas City Star

On September 17, 2000, The Kansas City Star reported that "Kansas City in many ways and on many levels is much more diverse than is often recognized. Starting this week, The Kansas City Star will better reflect this diversity by adding a feature to the editorial page. Each Saturday the paper "will publish a sacred text or saying from non-Christian religions alongside the daily Bible verse [which has been a standard feature of their editorial page]. The texts will be selected or approved by Gary Ebersole, director of the Center...

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Indian Festivals Raise Cultural Awareness

September 10, 2000

Source: The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star

On September 10, 2000, The Virginian-Pilot reported on "India Fest," an event held last weekend at Old Dominion University's Webb Center. "Papaiah Murthy, an anesthesiologist who founded the Asian Indians of Hampton Roads, which has organized the festival since 1996, said the organization's main focus is cultural awareness...'Our objective is to get the Indian community and the local community as a whole to attend this event,' he said...Some of the cultural activities included demonstrations of the Bharat...

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Jews and Blacks March Together in St. Louis

September 10, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 10, 2000, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the article, "Jews and Blacks Relish Togetherness in Parade at Opening of City Temple; Emotional Rabbi, Leader of NAACP Say the Two Groups Must Stay United." It reported that in a "show of unity, hundreds of Jews and dozens of blacks on Saturday paraded behind Torah scrolls down Kingshighway to Sukkat Shalom, or Shelter of Peace -- the first synagogue to move into St. Louis in more than 70 years...'It's an analogy of the wandering Jew coming home,' said temple...

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Controversy Over Prayers at Football Games

September 10, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 10, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article entitled, "Prayer Advocate Plots Plan; Public Proclamation: Stadium-Visiting Minister Says Fight is to Recognize Religious Freedom." It reports that the Rev. Curtis Turner "appeared at a high school football game in Jonesboro on Friday, urging the crowd to stay standing after the national anthem and recite the Lord's Prayer."

"We're not fighting to get prayer at games," Turner said. "It's to get the message out that for...

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Faithful Diversity Displayed in Boston's Immigrants

August 19, 2000

Source: Patriot-Ledger

On August 19, 2000 the Patriot-Ledger reported, "If you want to learn about a community, visit the place where people worship. But most of us don't do that. We feel like an intrusive outsider and don't understand the religious service unless we're accompanied by a congregation member. So it's a treat to find a new exhibit that introduces us to Buddhists and their temple in Quincy, as well as to five other religious groups in the Boston area. 'Faithful Boston: The Religion of Boston Immigrants' is on view in the changing gallery of...

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