Hinduism

Atlanta Area Religious Leaders Plan to Come Together for Service

August 4, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/0802/04teranniversary.html

On August 4, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America will be commemorated with tolling bells, common prayers and moments of silence... Sept. 11 is expected to be a time for public grieving and spiritual connection... Muslim...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

August 3, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On August 3, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that Muslims suing McDonald's for their use of non-halal beef flavoring on their french fries opted out of the settlement negotiated by other angry groups including Hindus. "About 2,000 Muslims let the court know they would opt out of the settlement... Formal meetings between the two sides" will continue.

California City Brings Together Leaders of Diverse Faiths to Dedicate National Motto

July 29, 2002

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1505644p-1623213c.html

On July 29, 2002 The Bakersfield Californian reported that in Bakersfield, California "a ceremony in the council chambers will formally dedicate... 'In God We Trust'... the words that were mounted last week above the city seal behind the council dais... And representatives of the city's Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, American Indian, Catholic and...

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American Hindus Protest Sadhvi Ritambara's Appearance in Queens

July 29, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-nyhind292802785jul29.story

On July 29, 2002 Newsday reported that "tensions among Hindus have broken into the open in Queens, coming to a head at a protest outside a prominent Flushing temple where about 50 protesters decried the appearance of a right-wing Indian activist... Sadhvi Ritambara of New Delhi, well-known in India for calling for the notorious 1992 destruction of a Muslim mosque in [India]... arrived in...

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American Hindus Protest Sadhvi Ritambara's Appearance in Queens

July 27, 2002

Source: Rediff.com

http://www.rediff.com/us/2002/jul/27us.htm

On July 27, 2002, Rediff.com reported that when Sadhvi Rithambara, a former prominent Hindu politician in India, spoke at reception, in Queens, New York, "40-odd angry demonstrators protested her presence with placards accusing her of communal bloodshed... Watching the demonstrators was a visibly shaken Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society... ' The temple did not know she was going to speak. They just...

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Mayor Helps Immigrant Community Build Hindu Temple

July 26, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On July 26, 2002 The New York Times reported that the Mayor of Schenectady, New York is actively encouraging Guyanese immigrants "to move to his struggling city of 62,000 people... The mayor's effort began after he received a telephone call last year from... a Guyanese immigrant who settled here 15 years earlier and was looking for a place to build a Hindu temple. There were only 200 Guyanese immigrants living here, but the mayor helped them find a vacant Catholic church to house the temple, and in the process he learned a few...

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Texas Hindu Temple Serves Growing Community

July 22, 2002

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On July 22, 2002 the San Antonio Express-News featured an article on the San Antonio Hindu Temple. "In the 13 years since it was built, the hilltop temple has served as the spiritual home to San Antonio's small but growing Hindu population. It has also evolved into a cultural anchor for many of the worshippers who are Indian or of Indian descent... Each Sunday after prayers and a study period, worshippers gather in an adjacent building for fellowship and traditional Indian cuisine...   The temple, which houses several...

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Opening Prayers at Ohio Governmental Meetings Increase in Diversity

July 14, 2002

Source: Dayton Daily News

On July 14, 2002 Dayton Daily News reported that "prayers from... a variety of Christian denominations routinely open governmental meetings in the Miami Valley [in Ohio]... [But] a Xenia councilwoman is inviting Muslims, Hindus and representatives from other faiths to do the same... 'This is America' Patricia Felton said. 'We need to make that opportunity available to anyone who wants to speak'... Likewise in Columbus, the majority of those who lead the prayers for state legislators are Christians, but in recent years several...

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Central Florida Religious Leaders Meet to Discuss Religion and Public Education

July 12, 2002

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-locrelschools12071202jul12.story?coll=orl%2Dhome%2Dheadlines

On July 12, 2002 The Orlando Sentinel reported that "religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths met Thursday night in a Winter Park [Florida] church to grapple with the contentious issue of religious faith and public education... Panelists agreed that teaching about...

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Washington DC Area Hindu Temple Expands to Accommodate Growing Community

July 12, 2002

Source: India Abroad

On July 12, 2002, India Abroad reported that "thousands of devotees took part in the Maha Kumbhabhishekam celebrations at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland... The Kumbhabhishekam... was under taken after a major renovation of the temple, including the addition of a rajgopuram, or temple tower... The three-day ritual... involved bathing the deities with sanctified water, after a series of pujas [worship rituals] spread over two days."

Book to Focus on Religious Diversity of Ohio

July 12, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent, but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003 also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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Controversy Over Participation in Interfaith Service

July 12, 2002

Source: The New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/45304.htm

On July 12, 2002, The New York Post reported that the "Lutheran minister suspended for taking part in an interfaith prayer service for families of Sept. 11 victims said yesterday that he had no regrets... 'I feel that I've acted with integrity,' said the Rev. David Benke, pastor of Brooklyn's St....

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Groups Work to Alleviate Troubling Discrimination in Southern California's Housing

July 8, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 8, 2002 the Los Angeles Times featured an article on discrimination faced by Muslim Americans and South Asian Americans when renting apartments in Southern California. "Anxiety... heightened in May when the FBI issued a memo saying terrorists might target apartment buildings with explosives... The Los Angeles Police Department followed that memo by releasing a list of guidelines that encouraged owners to be more vigilant about prospective tenants... Some housing advocates and civil rights attorneys worry that the...

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Appeals Court Rules "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional

July 6, 2002

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/projo_20020706_cthicks6.835aa.html

On July 6, 2002, The Providence Journal featured an editorial by Prof. Douglas Hicks of the University of Richmond entitled "Let's Pledge to Respect Differing Beliefs." The piece emphasizes that "'One nation under God' means different things to different Americans... Both critics and supporters of the...

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