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Muslim Woman Fights to Wear Veil in Driver's License Photograph

May 30, 2003

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-asecveil30053003may30,0,131194.story?coll=orl%2Dnews%2Dheadlines

On May 30, 2003 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "Orange Circuit Judge Janet Thorpe said she would rule next week on the Muslim woman's quest to reinstate her drivers license -- with a photo of her face covered by the veil... [Sultaana] Freeman, 35, reaffirmed...

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The Cultural Complexities of the High School Prom

May 28, 2003

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/living/5958658.htm

On May 28, 2003 the San Jose Mercury News reported that "as a practicing Muslim, Fatima is forbidden to date or dance in mixed company. Her predicament is increasingly common in the Bay Area, where immigrants and children of immigrants can find the prom season particularly vexing because of the added stress to respect cultural or religious values... The prom is supposed to be one of...

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Update: Sultaana Freeman License Photo Case in Florida

May 27, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

On May 27, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "nine months after Sultaana Freeman obtained a Florida driver's license that had a photo of her face covered in a veil, she received a letter from the state warning that it would revoke her license unless she returned for a photo with her face uncovered... The 35-year-old Muslim refused, saying that revealing her face would violate her beliefs, and the license was...

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Vietnamese Buddhists Celebrate Kinh Mung Phat Dan

May 25, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On May 25, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "May 18 [marks] one of the holiest days of the year for Buddhists worldwide: the celebration of Buddha's Birthday, or Kinh Mung Phat Dan in Vietnamese... The congregation at the new Lien Hoa Buddhist temple in Terrytown [Louisiana] marked the holiday in traditional Vietnamese style, with an outdoor prayer service and luncheon. This is the 2,547th anniversary of Buddha's birth, said Son Tran, a member of the temple who served as a translator for the service... He was joined by half a...

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Supreme Court Rules to Allow Headscarves in ID Photos

May 15, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3031379.stm

On May 15, 2003 the BBC News reported that "Muslim women in Russia will be permitted to wear headscarves in passport photos, the country's Supreme Court has ruled in what has been hailed a victory for civil rights. The decision followed an appeal by a group of women from the predominantly Muslim republic of Tatarstan, who had been campaigning to overturn a 1997 Interior Ministry ruling which forbade women to...

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Mistaken Link between Witchcraft and Satanic Worship

May 15, 2003

Source: News Net 5

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/2207932/detail.html

On May 15, 2003 News Net 5 reported that "Mark and Elizabeth Sommerer, adoptive parents of four cats, are self-described 'regular people...' 'We shop like everybody else does. We go to the Laundromat. We play with our kids. We pay taxes, work jobs,' Elizabeth said... And Lee said they cast spells... They contacted News Channe l5 after seeing news reports of so-called Satan worship linked to the discovery...

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Editorial: Religious Pluralism in America

May 10, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/10/il/il42a.html

On May 10, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser printed an editorial by Robert Ganung stating that "it is almost impossible for me to write about spiritual matters without referring to my spiritual master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Although I am from another religious tradition (United Methodist minister), this gentle Zen monk from Vietnam has influenced my spiritual journey...

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Update: Mother's Day in Multifaith America

May 10, 2003

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/05/10/loc_faithmatters10.html

On May 10, 2003 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that "Mothers play an important part in the world's religions, such as the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus; Yocheved, Moses' mother who puts him in an ark on the Nile to save his life; and Khadijah, the Mother of Believers in Islam... In the Hindu tradition, a mother is a goddess, as is the case of both Bharat...

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Buddhism's Growing Popularity

May 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/living/religion/5829292.htm

On May 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "Buddhism.. has attracted attention through the testimony of rock and soul diva Tina Turner. Turner's endorsement appears to be having its biggest impact in the African American community... For example, it was Turner who influenced Cheryl McIntosh to turn to Buddhism. A few years ago, McIntosh, a black...

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Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-8.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial detailing the history and activities of Temple Beth El, "a major regional center of Conservative Judaism [located in Portland, Maine]... With the hiring of Rabbi Carolyn Braun in 1995, Temple Beth El became the largest conservative synagogue in the nation to be led by a woman. The addition of Cantor Ruth Ross and...

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