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ADL Says Concerns About Gibson's "Passion" Have Caused Anti-Semitic Backlash

August 13, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/4334_12.htm

On August 13, 2003 the Anti-Defamation League released a statement saying that their public concern over Mel Gibson's upcoming movie, "The Passion," had caused a public wave of anti-semitism. The group's statement said, "Since going public with its concerns about the film, ADL has received a slew of e-mails and phone calls referencing 'The Passion' while making hateful slurs about Jews and Judaism...'...

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Passions Stir Regarding Mel Gibson's New Film

August 12, 2003

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2003-08-12-gibson-film_x.htm

On August 12, 2003 USA Today reported that "devout Catholic Mel Gibson's movie-in-the-making on the final hours of Jesus' life won't be on screens until February, but an early version has ignited claims it incites anti-Semitism... A Jewish human rights organization in Los Angeles already has received dozens of hate calls and letters based on news reports on the film...

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Wiccan Sues SC Town Council Over Prayer

August 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/6500041.htm

On August 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that a Wicca high priestess was suing the Great Falls [SC] town council over the use of the name of Jesus Christ in pre-meeting prayers. Dan Huntley writes, "Two years ago, Wynne asked the council to not use Jesus Christ's name during the prayer because she felt it excluded her and other non-Christians. She says she's supportive...

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Catholics and Muslims Hold Joint Prayer Service in Austin, TX

August 10, 2003

Source: News 8 (Austin, TX)

http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=80312

On August 10, 2003 News 8 (Austin, TX) reported that "members of the Catholic and Muslim faith, two of the world's largest religions, combined Sunday services in Austin. This was the second time since Sept. 11 that Catholics and Muslims have held a joint prayer service. Inside St. Mary's Cathedral in Downtown Austin, two religions shared the same pew,...

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Interfaith Responses to Bishop Controversy

August 5, 2003

Source: Saint Paul Pioneer Press

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6466439.htm

On August 5, 2003 the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported that "other denominations watching the Episcopalians in action this week in Minneapolis weren't looking just for the outcome, but also at how the church handled the divisive issue of sexuality... About 35 ecumenical leaders from around the country are observing the proceedings at the Minneapolis convention... Some...

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Religious Program Provides Peace and Calm for Ohio State Prison

August 4, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/6453310.htm

On August 4, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "inmates at the [Ohio] state prison here say calm has replaced rampant drugs and violence since the arrival of a new warden seven years ago... As well as starting more education and job training programs at Marion Correctional Institution, Warden Christine Money has drawn national attention for programs that allow inmates greater freedom to exercise...

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Immigrant Children Learning about their Roots in Church

August 3, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A15588-2003Aug2?language=printer

On August 3, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "many non-Christian immigrants are keeping their religions alive in America by looking to an unlikely place: church. In some cases, such as the Chinmaya Mission, stories and songs might be infused with Christian teachings and concepts. In other examples from Buddhist temples to Sikh gurdwaras,...

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Interfaith Couple Launches New Organization in Ohio

August 2, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

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On August 2, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "a Toledo couple known for their efforts in promoting interfaith programs have launched a new organization, the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio, to better facilitate understanding and acceptance among the area’s diverse religious communities... 'What’s so different about us? We’re all God’s children even though we may take different spiritual paths,' said Woody Trautman, a...

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Christian Groups Growing as Country "Returns to Religion"

July 31, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3113839.stm

On July 31, 2003 the BBC News reported on the situation of religion in Mongolia in the post-communist years: "Christian groups are proliferating so fast that they now outnumber official Buddhist organisations. But to Mongolia's conservative Buddhist elite, such rapid growth is deeply troubling. Some Christian groups now accuse the government of orchestrating a campaign to prevent them gaining new...

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Plans to Build Mosque North of Athens Cause Controversy

July 29, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3104893.stm

On July 29, 2003 the BBC News reported that "if the Greek Government has its way, [Peania, a small town north of Athens, the capital] will become the focus for tens of thousands of Muslims living in the capital with the construction of the first proper mosque in the Athens area for almost 200 years.

The Foreign Ministry is pushing hard for a large mosque and Islamic cultural centre to be built before...

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Latinos Celebrate Muslim Roots

July 28, 2003

Source: The Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1059387008155480.xml

On July 28, 2003 The Jersey Journal reported that "the Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson took its message to a new demographic yesterday: Latinos... In a one-day celebration at the Union City center, Muslims and Latino converts sought to teach their neighbors, the vast majority of whom are Latino, about the Spanish Moors, who ruled Spain from the...

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