On June 1, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "an international religious group has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Service, alleging the group's leading minister
was wrongfully deported after seven years in the United States." The Wu-Wei Tien Tao Association's spiritual leader, Kwai Fun
Wong, was arrested in June 1999 and deported to Hong Kong without a hearing.
On May 27, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that opponents of the Catholic Church's ban on the ordination of women protested outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, where seven men were recently ordained as priests.
On May 24, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an op-ed article by Henry Mark Holzer, a First Amendment rights expert and a
professor emeritus at Brooklyn Law School, in which he condemned the conviction of Tom Green for polygamy. Holzer wrote that "the First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion." The Supreme Court ruling in a similar nineteenth-century case, Reynolds vs. United States, "reeks with blatant racism." The justices in that case condemned polygamy because it was "almost
On May 24, 2001, The New York Times reported that "a conviction of a Utah man on bigamy charges last week caused anxiety about the state's polygamists, many of whom have grown fearful that prosecutors may now be eager to bring them to trial on the same charges." The conviction may make polygamous families "more reluctant to seek outside help for child abuse, domestic violence, and emergencies." Some members of polygamous families contend that Tom Green presents a false image of polygamy because he has "wives and children in far...
On May 24, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "when Wendy Hulsing of Dickinson, N.D., and Sanjaya
Gupta of Chesterfield decided to marry, they wanted a two-ceremony wedding,
Christian and Hindu, with all the trimmings, including" a horse for the groom to ride in the traditional Hindu barat. "The barat is the tumultuous, slow parade of the groom and his family to the
home of the bride-to-be."
On May 20, 2001, The New York Times published an article about polygamy. "As the conviction of a Utah polygamist...reminds us, monogamy is not the only way to procreate. It's just a theme 'round which nature has designed many variations...Men are just 15 percent larger than women, suggesting [to some biologists] that 'mild polygyny' is the natural condition of the human species." Biologists also believe that a certain degree of polyandry may also be natural for the human species. "We have inherited our own version of the primate...
On May 20, 2001, The New York Times reported that "a Utah man has been convicted on four counts of bigamy and one count of
failing to pay child support...The man, Tom Green, 52,...has five wives and has fathered 30
children...Mr. Green...says his lifestyle is a God-given choice...Polygamy arrived in Utah in the 1840's, when members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints settled in the state...The church disavowed polygamy in 1890."
On May 13, 2001, The Boston Globe reported on "a growing number of women embracing Islam in Greater Boston,
and in one mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, they outnumber
new Muslim men by as much as 2 to 1." These women insist that, contrary to popular belief in America "in fact Islam is more forward-thinking
about gender than many Western traditions...In modelling a more egalitarian form of Islamic culture in the United States
than in some parts of the world, these women also say they may influence Muslims
In 2001, the Pluralism Project embarked on a new initiative to convene and cultivate Women’s Networks in Multireligious America. This first consultation of religious advocacy organizations, recognized that women rarely held formal leadership positions, but played critical roles within the community. The common concerns of religious women represented important opportunities for collaboration, yet their voices were rarely heard within the public conversation, or the traditional structures of interfaith dialogue. This event was first in a series of multi-religious...
On April 21, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported
on Thasneem Ahmed, who "developed 'Race to
the Kabah,' a colorful, fast-paced board game for Muslim children and their
families...The concept is based on the 99 names for Allah (God). People who aren't
familiar with the religion can play it, and, Ahmed hopes, learn about Islam in
the process...Ahmed considers herself a bridge between" the Indian and American cultures.
On April 16, 2001, Zap2it.com reported on
"new CBS mini series titled 'Innocent Blood:
The True Story of the Salem Witch Trials.'...
Co-executive producer Ed Gernon emphasizes, 'This
is not about witchcraft; this is about the
suspicion of witchcraft and, on some deep, deep
level, about men's inherent fear of women and
On April 1, 2001, Los Angeles Times reported
on a shelter for battered women in Garden Grove that is "one of the few in Southern California
that serves Muslims who, for complex religious and cultural reasons, think they
cannot go anywhere else." The creator of the shelter said
"it would be extreme humiliation" to a Muslim woman
to go to any other shelter.
On April 1, 2001, The Houston Chronicle
reported that "growing numbers
of South Asians these days" are posting personal
ad on matrimonial Web sites
geared specifically toward their culture," in which arranged marriage is still
common...Scores of such Internet venues...have sprung up in recent
years" in America as elsewhere.
On March 21, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times
reported that "a suburban rabbi will become the first woman to head a major board of rabbis
in the United States when she takes over as president of the Chicago Board of
Rabbis in May." Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus "was the first woman rabbi in Illinois when she was ordained in
On March 17, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on Sister Carletta LaCour, who teaches Tai Chi at the
Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson, Texas. "Though part of the benefit of practicing the moves is physical, LaCour also
emphasizes the spiritual." She sees no incongruence between Catholicism and Tai Chi.