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Muslim Home-Schooling Convention Held

Source: Syracuse (New York) Herald American

On July 12, 1998, the Syracuse (New York) Herald American ran an article entited “Muslims Embrace Schooling at Home,” about a “convention launched two years ago in Syracuse by Abdul-Malik to fill a void for what she and others say is a growing number of Muslims choosing to teach their children at home.”

Reverend Peter Gomes Reviews Thurman’s Inner Revolution

Source: The New York Times

On July 12, 1998, the New York Times Sunday Book Review section included an article about Robert Thurman’s book, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness. Thurman is a professor in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Rev. Gomes writes that in this book, Thurman asserts that “America is the place and that this is the time in which the Buddha’s vision may have its most opportune moment” for an “exhausted culture eager to go from “me” to meaning.”

World Tibet Day Celebrated

Source: Press Journal

World Tibet Day, founded by Ma Jaya Bhagavati, the spiritual leader of Kashi Ashram, was celebrated in religious services across the world, and at Central Park in New York City. The effort is part of an Interfaith Call for Freedom of Worship in Tibet and Universal Religious Freedom. The intention is to raise awareness of human rights abuses and religious freedom abuses in Tibet, and to eventually convince the Chinese to respect the Tibetan people, the Tibetan religion, and the Dalai Lama.

Annual Convention Seeks to Raise Muslim Political Awareness

Source: Los Angeles Times

An article in the Los Angeles Times on June 27, 1998 reported on the seventh annual American Muslim Council (AMC) convention held in Washington, D.C. “Although the council seeks to correct the mistaken stereotypes of Muslims, it is far more interested in raising political awareness within the community, Abdulhadi said. “If I can send people home so that they feel more confident to interact with their elected representatives and appointed officials, then I’ve succeeded,” he said.” Abdulhadi is the media coordinator for the AMC.

Amish Youth Are Faced With Contemporary Problems

Source: The Washington Post

On June 27, 1998, The Washington Post reported that Amish youth are not immune to the problems of drinking and drug use, as testified by the recent arrests of two young Amish men for buying cocaine and sharing it at parties. A rite of passage for youth called “rumschpringes” involves a period of relative freedom before actively chosing reentry into the church with adult responsibilites, and during this time youth may be exposed to behaviors otherwise incompatible with the Amish lifestyle. While only a minority of Amish youth participate in alcohol and drug use, it is a concern for the community.