Interfaith

Jewish Youths Organize Commemoration of Victims of Gun Violence

October 7, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 7, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "during the Jewish High Holidays, members of the youth committee of Congregation Temple Israel in Creve Coeur are collecting hundreds of pairs of shoes - one pair for each Missourian who was killed by gun violence this year. The youths will focus on children killed...The youth committee will display the "silent march" shoe exhibit as part of an Interfaith Forum for Sensible Gun Laws at the temple on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m."

Lawsuit Over "In God We Trust" Sign

October 7, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On October 7, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "the sign has gotten bigger and the word 'God' has shrunk, but Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline still faces a lawsuit over a sign at her office proclaiming, 'In God We Trust.' The American Civil Liberties Union last month filed a petition in U.S. District Court in Topeka, asking the court to force Cline to take down the sign. The ACLU accused Cline of inappropriately using her office to push her religion. The ACLU had said the message went beyond the national motto because the...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 7, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On October 7, 2000, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) reported that "about 700 Arab-American demonstrators marched from the Federal Building to Public Square yesterday afternoon, chanting 'Stop the killing, stop the crime, our children are dying in Palestine.' As nine more Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire yesterday and a 10th died of previous injuries, the political positions of the Barak-Sharon coalition appeared intractable. And so did the feelings of the Muslim and Christian Arab communities in Cleveland. 'We're here to...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 6, 2000

Source: The Buffalo News

On October 6, 2000, The Buffalo News reported that in an event "described as the first such meeting in recent memory, local Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders came together under one roof Thursday to denounce the violence that has erupted in Jerusalem and has threatened hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process. The local leaders signed a statement pleading for President Clinton to redouble his efforts to bring the parties back to the negotiating table so this conflict can be settled with conversation and not...

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Interfaith Families Create New Traditions

October 6, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On October 6, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Guiding Light: Interfaith Families Share Ancient Traditions - and Create New Ones."

Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 5, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 5, 2000, The New York Times published an article entitled, "New Hostility in Mideast Echoes in a Brooklyn Neighborhood." It reported that "along Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park, Hasidic Jews and Palestinian Muslims cross paths at every corner. Women with unmistakable Yiddish accents shop in Islamic markets, alongside Arabic women in head scarves. In the evenings, Jewish fathers pass Muslim fathers clutching the Koran, each on the way to pray to God or to Allah. A few return home to the same blocks. In Sunset...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 3, 2000

Source: The Courier-Journal

On October 3, 2000, The Courier-Journal (Kentucky) reported on "a few acres of flat, elevated turf in Jerusalem's old city, revered by Jews as the site of their ancient temple and by Muslims as the scene of a miraculous visit by the prophet Mohammed." It reported that "Louisville-area Jews and Muslims alike say they were not surprised that right-wing Israeli politician Ariel Sharon triggered violence just by showing up there. Five days of fighting have followed Sharon's visit last Thursday on the site that Muslims call the...

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A Buddhist in a Presbyterian World

September 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times told the story of Ai Tasedan. She has "attended services at St. Mark Presbyterian Church faithfully for the past 25 years. She got married there. She goes on church-sponsored mission trips and volunteers wherever needed." And, surprising to some, she is a Buddhist. "It's an ecumenical twist that doesn't bother the liberal Newport Beach congregation very much, if at all. St. Mark's elders decided in 1975 to help rescue Tasedan and her family, Vietnamese refugees who were in living in a...

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"Muslim 'Man of Peace' to Help Jews Greet New Year"

September 29, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 29, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article entitled "Muslim 'Man of Peace' to Help Jews Greet New Year." It reported that "as Jews in metro Atlanta and around the world begin their holiest season of the year, one Atlanta congregation will be hosting an unusual guest speaker: a Muslim sheik. Sheik Abu Saleh el Refai, a Sufi Muslim and spiritual leader of Arabs living on the West Bank, will be the guest speaker this evening at services sponsored by the nondenominational Shema...

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Supporters Hope Rally Will Decrease Discrimination and Intolerance

September 29, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 29, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the St. Charles County Social Justice Alliance's Stop the Hate rally, interfaith fellowship and candlelight vigil. The service "will include talks by concerned community activists, interfaith prayers and music by the B'hai Choir. The service will end with a candlelight vigil in the circular driveway of St. Charles Presbyterian. The St. Charles County Social Justice Alliance was spawned from last year's Stop the Hate Rally-also held at St. Charles Presbyterian......

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Hate Crime at Harvard

September 25, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2000, The Boston Herald reported that "spurred into action by an alleged skinhead attack on an Islamic Harvard student, Cambridge religious leaders yesterday organized a silent vigil in Harvard Square and warned students to be on their guard. The 150 protesters called for peace and tolerance in a city known as much for its diverse and eccentric residents as its institutions of higher learning. 'We want to protect all people, regardless of who they are or what their ethnic background is,' said former Harvard...

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"Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web"

September 23, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 23, 2000, The Plain Dealer published an article entitled, "Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web." It reported that "some members of a Christian conservative group apparently believe Congress erred when it allowed a Hindu priest from Parma to give a historic invocation before the House of Representatives last week. But the Family Research Council, best known for its former leader, one-time presidential candidate Gary Bauer, backed away yesterday from its criticism that Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala's prayer in the Capitol...

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