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Mass Announcements End at Denver Airport

August 17, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 17, 2000, The Denver Post reported that "Catholic Masses are no longer announced over the public address system at Denver International Airport because a traveler complained that the reminders were a violation of the separation of church and state...No other religious group that shares the two-room chapel - Protestants, Jews or Muslims - has regular service," although Muslim "employees and passengers stop in to pray if they're at DIA at one of the five times a day they are required to pray." Denver Catholic Archbishop...

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Group Protests Hate Crimes

August 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that local activists marked the one year anniversary of the shootings at North Valley Jewish Community Center and the shooting death of a Filipino American postal worker by rallying together and demanding tougher gun control and hate crime laws. Before neo-Nazi Buford O. Furrow allegedly shot postal worker Joseph Ileto, "Furrow allegedly wounded four children and a 68-year-old receptionist at the community center. Investigators say Furrow has confessed to carrying out the...

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Christian Songs Not for Public Gatherings, Some Say

August 14, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 14, 2000, The Washington Post reported that an "8-year-old girl was banned from singing the campfire favorite "Kum Ba Yah" at her day camp after talent show organizers said it violated their ban on religious songs because it repeats the word "Lord." Samantha Schultz had practiced the song for a week but was banned from singing it Friday at the North Port Boys...

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Changing Face of Religion in Boston Suburbs

August 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 13, 2000, The Boston Globe reported on the Selimiye Mosque in Methuen and its example of how "changing demographics are making a mark on the religious landscape in the suburbs of Boston. Not only are many mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations seeing a surge in church attendance, new houses of worship are being constructed by Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Mormons, and evangelical Christians."

"People are fed up with all the drugs and ills of society and they're going back to religion...I think everybody...

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Interfaith Group Champions Affordable Housing

August 12, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 12, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that with "fervent dedication to a very urgent cause, the thousands of members" of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization "won a significant victory, persuading the Legislature to create a $100 million trust fund to build affordable housing over five years. Granted, it was less than they sought. And they failed to win significant increases in other housing accounts. But the symbolic victory, in a year that ended up a win-some, lose-some session for housing, went to the organization...

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Palos Heights Discrmination Case Continues

August 10, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 10, 2000, The New York Times reported that the city of Palos Heights, Illinois, is the target of a federal civil rights lawsuit. The City Council had voted to pay the Al Salam Mosque Foundation $200,000 to walk away from purchasing a church in Palos Heights that they had intended to turn into a mosque. The mosque foundation accepted the buyout offer, but then the mayor of Palos Heights, Dean Koldenhoven, vetoed the buyout, saying he considered it an insult to Muslims. Now the mosque foundation is "seeking $6.2 million,...

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ACLU and Columbus Jewish Federation Protest Christian Songs at Graduations

August 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Columbus Jewish Federation are speaking out against choral performances at two Columbus high-school graduations that included Christian songs." Howard Brenner, a Jewish resident of the North Side, raised the issue with his son's school when Christian songs were performed at the graduation ceremony. Another school used Christian songs at their graduation ceremony later in the month.

Parish Ministries on the Rise

August 9, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On August 9, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that as "jail and prison rolls grow, local and state governments are turning to faith-based prison ministries as an alternative to reform criminals and reduce recidivism. And that means an increase in the spiritual load for prison ministries, including the one at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, which employs two full-time ministers for nearly 700 inmates...'The research is there that it can make a difference,' said Jannitta Antoine, deputy secretary for the Louisiana...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The Guardian (London)

On August 8, 2000, The Guardian (London) reported that "For the Jewish community, Al Gore's choice of Joseph Lieberman is 'the equivalent of getting a man on the moon' according to Rabbi Marvin Hier, the director and founder of the Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles." He further predicted that "Lieberman's moral position on President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky would outweigh any lingering anti-semitism which he felt remained only in 'a small lunatic fringe...' He added: 'For years,...

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Religious Groups to Protest

August 6, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 6, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "religious groups across Southern California are planning interfaith protests on a host of issues--police brutality, juvenile justice, immigrant rights and the death penalty" at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. "Roman Catholics, Jews, Methodists and Episcopalians will join for many of the planned worship services, marches and rallies to express strength and solidarity and to exercise what they consider a moral obligation to speak out. From praying for...

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Santa Fe Promotes Tolerance

August 1, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 1, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Two billboards that declare Santa Fe to be "no place for hate" will greet people driving down this town's main drag beginning August 10. Community leaders hope the signs will help dispel the perception that residents of this small Galveston County town may be less than tolerant toward people unlike themselves." After recent allegations involving anti-Semitism and other acts of discrimination, "the school district has accepted the Anti-Defamation League's offer to present...

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