On September 14, 2001, ABC News reported on "Arab-Americans Feel Backlash: Firebombs, Name-Calling, Threats Reported." Continuing coverage included an chat with Al-Haaj Ghazi Khankan, director of Interfaith Affairs at the Islamic Center of Long Island and executive director for the Council...
On August 26, 2001, The Times-Picayune featured an article on Donna Madere Pierite of New Orleans, a teacher and advocate of preserving Native American languages and culture. "She teaches French and Spanish at Abramson High School and also finds time to be the language program coordinator for the Tunica-Biloxi, working to keep the tribe's speech, songs, stories and culture alive... 'When I go to schools and do this little presentation, an adult will come up to me afterward with tears in their eyes,' she said. 'They said, 'I too...
On August 25, 2001 The Boston Globe reported that Tom Green of Utah, "a man with five wives and 30 children, was sentenced...to five years in prison...Polygamy is an open secret in Utah and elsewhere in the West, where there are an estimated 30,000 people practicing plural marriage." Green took the stand and "made it clear he has no regrets." He was sentenced "to five years on each charge he faced - four bigamy charges and one for failing to support his family. The sentences will run concurrently...He is still awaiting trial on...
On August 14, 2001, The Boston Globe reported
that "a local organization of Catholic women [Massachusetts
Women-Church] has rented signs atop 20 Boston
taxicabs demanding that the Vatican allow women to
be ordained as priests...In other cities, activists have rented billboards,
and one woman disrupted a bishops' meeting in Washington...The
church has cited the fact that Jesus did not have female apostles as a
justification [for not ordaining women], and Pope John
Paul II has said the matter is not open for debate."
On August 3, 2001, Newsday reported on Rakhi Day. "Rakhi Day, formerly known as Raksha Bandhan, is a Hindu ritual created
especially for sisters to honor their brothers. But through the years, the
tradition expanded to include men and women who share a bond, even if they're
not related...Though customs and rituals associated with Raksha Bandhan differ from region
to region, the celebration of the brother-sister bond catches the same fervor in
almost every Indian home."
On July 30, 2001, The Seattle Times reported on Hopi carver Debbie Drye. "Some say the men [who objected to her demonstrations at the Heard Museum] are jealous of Drye's talent. But the Hopi Cultural
Preservation Office maintains it's an issue of religion. Traditionally, Hopi men carve kachinas and give them to women as
representations of Kastina, the spirit of procreation, thus excluding women from
carving the sacred objects...Male carver Forest Chimerica will replace Drye...Chimerica says he does not object to women carvers, but...
On July 29, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the ketubah, one of the world's
earliest prenuptial agreements, created by rabbis many years ago in the desert. "It was
designed to protect women in the case of divorce or if the husband died," said a modern-day
ketubah maker. "More than 2,000 years later, these wedding contracts have become an
essential part of every Jewish wedding, evolving both as legal documents and as
highly decorated works of art that reflect the diverse artistic cultures of the
On July 28, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that Harvard Divinity School "is poised to hire its first chair of Buddhist studies. The school has chosen Janet B. Gyatso, a professor of religion at Amherst College. " The Globe published an interview with Gyatso, who is currently researching issues relating to sex and gender in Buddhism.
On July 25, 2001, The New York Times reported that "in a case with implications for [Bush's faith-based initiative], a federal court in Kentucky ruled against Alicia Pedreira in a lawsuit accusing the Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children of discrimination...Ms. Pedreira, a lesbian, was told she was fired...because the 'homosexual lifestyle is contrary to Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children core values.' Officials at the American Civil Liberties Union...joined her in the lawsuit...The home receives financing from Kentucky."
On July 25, 2001, The New York Times reported that Bishop John J. Myers, of Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed as archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, a much larger and more diverse community than the rural one of Peoria. Bishop Myers "has become the darling of church conservatives, who see him as a bulwark against American Catholics who advocate greater flexibility...Joanne Bloom, a retired...teacher who serves on the board of the Roncalli Society, a group in Peoria that encourages discussion of church teachings, said Bishop Myers...
On July 21, 2001, Newsday reported on Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, who contributed $1
million to help finance its community center.
Born in India, she has a private gynecology practice and is heavily involved in social work. Her philosophy is, "Every human being must have a religion, no matter which religion."
On July 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on Hopi carver Debbie Drye, who works at the Heard Museum. "The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office objected [to demonstrations by her of her work], insisting that a woman
carver should not demonstrate at a Native American museum. And [museum]
officials...have agreed to use a substitute
demonstrator...The Hopi Cultural
Preservation Office maintains it's an issue of religion."
News India Times reported that "a campaign launched by Chicago radio and TV talk-show host Tony Brown purports to 'inform' the American public about Hinduism...Among other things, Brown said:...Nazism emanated from Hinduism...Untouchability [is] 'widely practiced' in India...[and] female children and women of lower castes are forced into prostitution...Brown...
On July 12, 2001, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that "in a first-of-its-kind case of workplace
religious accommodation, a female Muslim firefighter in Maryland will be
allowed to wear a religiously-mandated Islamic headscarf while on duty...The
decision by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) to allow the
scarf came following discussions with the Council on American-Islamic