Women

Meditation Group Helps Women in Prison

June 21, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/life/faithvalues/story/6998614p-7932564c.html

On June 21, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "since spring, [Grace] Schireson has led small groups of Zen practitioners from the Modesto area, North Fork and Fresno into Valley State Prison for Women. They volunteer every other week to meditate with inmates who are serving sentences as short as six months and as long as life... They also periodically visit...

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The Pluralism Project Recognized by Webby Awards

June 21, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/6136000.htm

On June 21, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "in recognition of the radical changes in the American religious landscape of the past 30 years, [The Pluralism Project, Webby-award winning Web site developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University] was initiated to study and document religious communities, particularly those of immigrant communities... Through...

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Ohio Seminar to Address Counseling Services for Muslim Women

June 21, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2003106210173

On June 21, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "Aneesah Nadir said it’s no wonder many Muslims are afraid to seek counseling services, given the stereotypes many non-Muslim counselors have about Islam... Many non-Muslims, for example, assume incorrectly that Islam teaches that women are inferior to men. So if a Muslim woman complains of spousal abuse, it’s...

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Wiccans Celebrate Sumer Solstice

June 21, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/21/Pasco/For_Wiccans__a_time_o.shtml

On June 21, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "For Linda Hazen and her coven, today is Litha, a time for thanksgiving, bonfires and celebrating the start of the harvest season... At Hazen's house on Lake Patience Road, she and her coveners will gather for a religious ritual around a circle in the back yard. They will wear long robes and bare their...

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One Woman's Return to an Ashram Lifestyle

June 20, 2003

Source: Sebastian Sun

On June 20, 2003 the Sebastian Sun reported that "born to Sikh parents at an ashram in Miami, Saraswati Rose was exposed to meditation, yoga and the spiritual quest at a young age. Her parents met at the Miami religious community and were attracted to the Sikh faith — a religion from India — because of its focus on discipline... Dietary preferences aside, Rose, 29, led a pretty average life in Orlando. She attended public school and got a degree in cosmetology from Orlando Tech in 1994... 'I was living with my boyfriend, partying,...

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Reactions to Wicca Lecture in Dallas, TX

June 20, 2003

Source: Times Leader

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/news/6127878.htm

On June 20, 2003 the Times Leader reported that "self-proclaimed witch's talk this week about Wicca at College Misericordia's Diversity Camp was so popular with high school students that it was expanded by a half-hour... Others, however, say Tom Jarmiolowski's discussion about his religion on Monday should not have taken place at the camp... Dallas Baptist Church pastor Ernest...

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Joanne Waage and The Spiritual Guide to New York

June 20, 2003

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/94152p-85383c.html

On June 20, 2003 New York Daily News reported that "Joanne Waage began her religious quest by stepping into a hole on a bridge in southern India and breaking the big toe on her right foot... The swelling and pain forced her to interrupt a tour and seek medical help, which, someone told her, was available at a nearby ashram (a Hindu spiritual center). She found not only...

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Interfaith "Abrahamic Dialogues" Occur across the Nation

June 19, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0619/p17s01-lire.html

On June 19, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "since Sept. 11, most Americans have become starkly aware of the great gaps in understanding and heightened tensions among Muslims, Christians, and Jews at home and abroad. Recognizing the need to build bridges and to strengthen moderate voices, many are experimenting with new forms of what some call 'Abrahamic...

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Update: NY Judge Resigns after "Terrorist" Question

June 17, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/sns-ap-brf-ticket-terror,0,4294763.story

On June 17, 2003 Newsday reported that "a judge who admitted asking an Arab-American woman if she was a terrorist when she went to court last month to fight a parking ticket has stepped down... Village Justice William Crosbie, 79, resigned in a letter Monday to the mayor. The incident led the woman to file a complaint with the state...

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Judge Rejects Muslim Woman's Request to Wear Veil

June 10, 2003

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/06/florida.license.veil/index.html

On June 10, 2003 CNN reported that "a Florida judge rejected [Sultaana Freeman]'s request to have her face covered by a veil in the photograph on her state driver's license, siding with the state Friday that a favorable ruling could be exploited by terrorists... Freeman, wearing a black niqab, refused to comment to reporters. Her husband, Abdul-Maalik Freeman, said his wife would...

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Update: Sultaana Freeman License Photo Case in Florida

June 10, 2003

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/06/06/florida.license.veil/index.html

On June 10, 2003 CNN reported that a "Florida judge rejected a woman's request to have her face covered by a veil in the photograph on her state driver's license, siding with the state Friday that a favorable ruling could be exploited by terrorists... 'Although the court acknowledges that plaintiff herself most likely poses no threat to national security, there likely are people...

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Update: Sultaana Freeman License Photo Case in Florida

June 5, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com/

On June 5, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "as an Orlando judge is poised to decide whether a Muslim woman should have her driver's license reinstated even though she refuses to unveil her face for the photo, Muslims in South Florida and throughout the country are divided on whether her request should be granted... Sultaana Freeman, 19, maintains her religion requires her to cover her face so that only her eyes...

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Women Delegates Represent FEZANA at UN Status of Women Conference

June 1, 2003

Source: Fezana Journal

On June 1, 2003 the Fezana Journal reported that "for two weeks (March 3-14) women from NGO's around the world, including FEZANA, converged at the UN to discuss issues ranging from violence against women in conflict and post-conflict areas, trafficking of women and girls to western countries, poverty reduction in developing countries through gender specific economics, AIDS and gender, facts and myths regarding the Information Age, and effects of mass media, the Internet, and pornography on women's lives. Proudly presenting FEZANA and...

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Update: Florida Woman Fights to Wear Veil in Driver's License Photo

May 31, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 31, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "Sultaana Freeman, a Muslim... is fighting for the right to wear a veil that covers most of her face on her driver's license... in court... in Orlando, Fla. The state, which Freeman is suing for revoking her license, contends that allowing such photos could endanger public safety."

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