Interfaith

Religious Leaders Join Rally to Oppose Gay Marriage

February 9, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0402/29/a03-58833.htm

On February 9, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Boisterous opponents of same-sex marriage sang, cheered and chanted Sunday at a rally to build support for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The demonstration on the Boston Common, a short distance from the Massachusetts Statehouse, broke out into chants of 'Let the people vote!'...

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Second Muslim Group Voluntarily Withdraws From Interfaith Alliance

February 8, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21950-2004Feb7.html

On February 8, 2004 the The Washington Post reported, "After being accused of links to extremists, one of the nation's largest Muslim organizations has withdrawn from the Alliance for Marriage, an interfaith coalition pushing for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. The Islamic Society of North America, an Indiana-based association of 300 mosques...

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United Church of Canada to Release Document Seeking Reconciliation With Muslims

February 8, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-02/08/article09.shtml

On February 8, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "The United Church of Canada acknowledged a long history of hostility toward Muslims in Christianity and asserted that the image of Islam which 'today is too often depicted as a religion of violence' should be reversed. The Church, the main representative of Canadian Protestants, will release in mid-February a document...

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Bush Calls the "Sons and Daughters of Abraham" to Action

February 5, 2004

Source: US Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=111-02052004

On February 5, 2004 US Newswire published the remarks by President Bush at the annual Prayer Breakfast: "There's another part our heritage we are showing in Iraq, and that is the great American tradition of religious tolerance. the Iraqi people are mostly Muslims, and we respect the faith they practice. Our troops in Iraq have helped to refurbish mosques, have treated Muslim...

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House Votes to Allow Religious Groups to Restrict Employment

February 4, 2004

Source: The Las Vegas Sun

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/bw-cong/2004/feb/04/020408634.html

On February 4, 2004 The Las Vegas Sun reported that "the House voted Wednesday to extend a program that lets religious groups restrict employment to members of their faith in hiring for community programs financed by federal grants. Democrats failed to win approval of several amendments that would have ended the practice. The Bush...

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Mufti Asks Muslims to Respect Hindu Sentiments, Not Sacrifice Cows for Eid ul-Zuha

February 2, 2004

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/469249.cms

On February 2, 2004 The Times of India reported, "In a significant gesture on the eve of Eid ul-Zuha, the influential Darul Uloom school of Islamic theology on Sunday asked Muslims to sacrifice animals other than cows in states where cow-slaughter is banned. 'Though cow-slaughter is legitimate under Shariat, it is advised that sheep, goat and camel be sacrificed in states where...

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America's New Melting Pot

February 2, 2004

Source: The Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/tilove020504.html

On February 2, 2004 The Newhouse News Service reported, "The Melting Pot comprises the nation's largest metropolitan areas, where most immigrants come in search of their American dream and from which many existing residents depart to chase their dreams in the presumably greener pastures of the New Sun Belt. The Melting Pot is becoming less white and more diverse at a pace without...

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NH Community Supports Hindu Temple Destroyed by Fire

February 1, 2004

Source: The Hampton Union

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/hampton/02012004/news/73826.htm

On February 1, 2004 The Hampton Union reported that "the aftermath of a New Year’s Eve fire that gutted the Saraswati Mandiram Hindu Temple on Ladd’s Lane has Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj, the church’s leader, feeling both devastated by the loss and uplifted by the outpouring of community support - a support he did not realize was there until he...

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Interfaith Service in South Carolina

January 31, 2004

Source: The State

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/7840904.htm

On January 31, 2004 The State reported, "People of faith from a wide range of traditions came together at Washington Street United Methodist Church Friday night to affirm their commitment to fight poverty and injustice in the world. The interfaith worship service, which drew a diverse crowd of more than 200, was part of the People’s Agenda for Economic Justice, a two-day effort...

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Opinion: Secularism Essential for a Cohesive Society; Religious Symbols Promote Individualism

January 30, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/30/opinion/30COQ.html

On January 30, 2004 The New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Guy Coq, author of a book on secularism in France, in which he argued for the value of laïcité, the closed French word to "secularism." Coq writes, "Our uneasiness about head scarves and other religious symbols in schools is a result of our long, often painful, history. If we bow to demands to allow the practice of religion...

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