Christianity

Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On October 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "Lewiston, Maine mayor, Laurier T. Raymond, has asked the Somali elders [leaders of the Somali Muslim immigrant community] to put a stop to... immigration. In a public letter earlier this month, Raymond warned of the toll taken by so many immigrants on the city's finances and cultural fabric, and asked the elders to help stanch the flow. 'This large number of new arrivals cannot continue without negative results for all,' Raymond wrote. 'I am well aware of the legal right...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 14, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "a year ago, a coalition of religious charities told Holyoke [Mass.] Mayor Michael Sullivan they were seeking nearly $1 million in federal funds to relocate as many as 60 Somali Muslim families over the next three years to this city, one of the state's poorest. Holyoke seemed the perfect fit, the charities said, because of affordable housing, entry-level jobs, and the city's long tradition of absorbing newcomers. Sullivan agreed, but advised the coalition to find more money...

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Civic and Religious Leaders Prepare for Donovan Jackson Beating Case

October 14, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 14, 2002 Los Angeles Times reported that "the trial of the two police officers accused in the Donovan Jackson beating case won't start for weeks or even months. But in Inglewood, civic leaders are feverishly organizing for the day a verdict is reached... Worried that an unpopular outcome could prompt violence in a mostly minority city that has begun to lift itself out of a years-long economic slump, members of the Inglewood Peace...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 14, 2002

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://www.portland.com/news/state/021014lewiston.shtml

On October 14, 2002 the Portland Press Herald reported that "about 300 people Sunday joined a peaceful march to show support for Somali immigrants. The one-mile march originally was planned as a Sunday school procession, but it was opened to the entire community after Lewiston's mayor issued a letter expressing concerns that local services will be strained if many more Somalis...

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Corpus Christi Muslim Leader Reaches Out to Local Community

October 14, 2002

Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

On October 14, 2002 the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that "Usama Nassar, an Islamic leader and member of the mosque on McArdle Road... said he and other local Muslims have been pursuing a public relations campaign of sorts to prove to the community that people of the Islamic faith are the same as anyone else living in Corpus Christi [TX]. Nassar added that he is looking forward to Nov. 3, when the mosque and the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice will hold a forum called '...

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International Ramifications of Falwell's Statement on Islam

October 13, 2002

Source: Newsday

On October 13, 2002 Newsday reported that "Muslims and Hindus fought for a second day yesterday in battles ignited after the right-wing Christian leader Jerry Falwell called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist. Nine people have been killed and neighborhoods ravaged in Solapur, 280 miles from Bombay, where Muslims protested that Falwell had insulted the founder of their faith."

Larchmont, Virginia's Cultural Diversity

October 13, 2002

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

On October 13, 2002 The Virginian-Pilot reported that "Larchmont has the highest concentration of foreign-born residents of any neighborhood in Hampton Roads, according to new figures from the 2000 census... it is a hodgepodge of religions: Christian and Muslim and Jewish and Hindu and Buddhist."

Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

October 13, 2002

Source: Chapel Hill Herald

On October 13, 2002 Chapel Hill Herald reported that "the ongoing squabble about a summer reading assignment drawn mainly from the Quran figured prominently in UNC's 209th birthday celebration on Saturday. Speakers at two University Day events alluded directly to the controversy and praised Chancellor James Moeser and other officials for defending the faculty's right to have asked incoming freshmen to read Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations."

Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

October 13, 2002

Source: Maine Sunday Telegram

On October 13, 2002 the Maine Sunday Telegram reported that "[Mayor Laurier] Raymond finally met with Somali leaders on Friday. While he stopped short of giving them the apology they wanted, he did say he was 'deeply concerned' that so many people misunderstood the intent of his letter, and he managed to soothe hurt feelings... Still, the loaded language in Raymond's letter... insulted most Somalis... who see themselves as hard-working, contributing members of the Lewiston community."

Presbyterians Organize Interfaith Exchanges

October 12, 2002

Source: The Commercial Appeal

On October 12, 2002 The Commercial Appeal reported that "Christians were invited to the prayer service [at the mosque near the banks of the Ohio River] as part of an interfaith listening project organized by the Presbyterian Church (USA)... The church recruited seven teams from overseas, each consisting of one Muslim and one Christian, to visit Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States and - where possible - to bring together members of local churches and mosques."

Christians Disagree Over Evangelism

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 Los Angeles Times reported that "the World Evangelical Alliance is taking issue with an August report from U.S. Catholic bishops that opposes efforts to target Jews for conversion. The evangelical organization, an alliance of 120 national and regional church fellowships and 75 nondenominational ministries, has reaffirmed and reissued a declaration defending Jewish evangelism that was written in 1989 by 16 theologians from nine nations."

Jewish Students Install Torah in Boston College

October 12, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 12, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Boston College's Jewish community was largely invisible as recently as the mid-90s. But with the revival of a Jewish student activities group, the creation of a multifaith worship center and the establishment two years ago of the Center for Jewish-Christian learning, Jewish students no longer have to leave campus to embrace their faith. In a ceremony yesterday that in a way marked a crowning achievement of the college's Jewish community, the school welcomed the Torah, and installed...

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Debate about Organ Donations

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the questions of when death begins and when donated organs may be used have raised a thicket of moral issues... The Catholic Church and Islamic groups see such acts as charity. Among Jews, a debate rages. Rabbis from opposing camps continue to vociferously debate when death begins-- at the cessation of neurological functions, known as brain death, or when the heart and respiratory systems fail. The definition is key to organ donations, because doctors using heart-lung...

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Reactions to Falwell's Statement "Mohammed was a Terrorist"

October 12, 2002

Source: Capital Times

On October 12, 2002 Capital Times reported that "more than 60 Madison [WI] Muslims held a protest march Friday to counter what they said were bigoted comments by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who in a TV interview last described the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. As the group walked up State Street, they sang prayers and some discussed the charged atmosphere in which they were delivering their message of understanding and awareness. Congressional passage of a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq created...

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Controversy over Required Reading on Islam at University of North Carolina

October 11, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 11, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "attorneys for the organization that sued the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a summer reading program that included a book about the Quran have filed a new motion. The American Family Association's Center for Law and Policy said in an amended federal court complaint that UNC is attempting to push Islam upon its students. The university is hosting a number of events related to the religion this fall, the complaint said."

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