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Interfaith Celebration of Eid in Florida

February 24, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 24, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "Jews, Muslims and Christians are more similar than some may think, according to panelists at a program Sunday in celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid... Program panelist, Rev. George Puthursseril from St. Andrew Catholic Church thought 'A Shared Holiday, Three Faiths, One Tradition' event should have been renamed... 'It should be one faith, three traditions,' he said. 'All three religions presented here are all monotheistic, all believe in one God. It'...

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Colin Powell Answers Questions from High School Students on BET

February 23, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On February 23, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "about 100 other high school students from across the Washington region were invited to the Black Entertainment Television (BET) studio in the District last week to talk with [Colin] Powell. BET President Debra Lee, who has two children, said it made sense to give teenagers a chance to quiz the secretary of state... The students peppered Powell with questions about Iraq and the implications of war there... Powell called on a student sitting nearby, Ali Syed, an 18-year-old...

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Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gwinnett, GA

February 23, 2003

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article97AFAF0AFA724A0A8C29C754B2BD5D25.asp?printerFriendly=true

On February 23, 2003 the Gwinnett Daily Post reported that "more than 1 out of 10 Gwinnett residents are Hispanic or Latino. Eight out of 100 are Asian... Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other faiths are practiced in more than 400 places of worship in...

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Much Religious Music Not Included in Grammy Awards

February 22, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 22, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that Linda Yelnick, "the music agent from San Monteo, Calif., has lobbied the Grammy people for two years to create a Jewish music category. Now, Muslims want consideration, too. But come Sunday, Grammys will be awarded for music of only one of the world's major religions: Christianity. And not just one, but six different categories... 'I understand that Christian music is a big genre and the majority of the people in this country are Christian,' said Malik Mujahid of...

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Baltimore Interfaith Organization to Fund Community Development

February 21, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.fund21feb21,0,7364070.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On February 21, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "a coalition of religious groups has started an interfaith community development fund that will lend money to developers who build businesses, housing and community centers in needy neighborhoods throughout the region... The nonprofit Faith Fund has...

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Interfaith Memorial for Daniel Pearl

February 21, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20030221-0043-ca-pearlanniversary.html

On February 21, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "in an interfaith memorial service marking the anniversary of his death, slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was remembered as a man whose quest for the truth and faith in humanity would defeat his killers' goals and bring people of diverse beliefs together in a battle...

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Episcopal Divinity School Creates Peace Pins for Iraqi Children

February 20, 2003

Source: Episcopal Divinity School

http://www.episdivschool.org/whatsnew/peace%20pins.htm

On February 20, 2003 the Episcopal Divinity School issued a press release stating that "announced today the school's call to conscience action in response to the growing crisis between the United States and Iraq.  EDS has created a series of peace pins on which the name of an Iraqi child and a dove is printed. These pins are designed as a visible reminder of the human cost...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 20, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 20, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "Minister Naeem Muhammad, spiritual leader of the Muhammad Mosque No. 14 in Hartford, is wondering where all the peacemakers have gone. Why aren't more people speaking out against the prospect of war in Iraq? he asks... 'There's been a great silence in the Christian religious community. There's also been a great silence in the Muslim community,' Muhammad said... As if he heard the words of Muhammad, the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak said Christians, as well as religious leaders...

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Interfaith Religious Supplies

February 20, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 20, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "as Atlanta's interfaith movement builds, stores that specialize in religious supplies become attractions not just to those of a particular faith, but also to shoppers --- and the curious --- of other backgrounds. Classes at the Tibetan Buddhist center in north DeKalb County attract significant numbers of non-Buddhists, and visitors show up regularly for services at a Hindu temple, members of each say... 'When non-Jewish people come into our...

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Palm Beach County to Prosecute Hate Crime Suspect

February 19, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 19, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "a Boca Raton construction company owner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor hate crime for setting fire to a wooden sign announcing the new site of an Islamic community center and mosque... George Aboujawdeh, 46, faces up to a year in jail for torching the 4-by-8-foot sign on the vacant lot that is the future home of the Assalam Center. He is the first person in Palm Beach County to be prosecuted for a hate crime targeting Muslims since the Sept. 11...

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Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Sufi and Christians

February 19, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 19, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Hasan Dede is the spiritual master of the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Society, which he formed in 1989. He leads a group of young Semazen --- more commonly known as whirling dervishes --- who recently journeyed from Istanbul, Turkey, to Atlanta to perform a Sufi concert and Sema ceremony at several venues, Agnes Scott College and Central Congregational United Church of Christ among them... The Rev. Gilbert Friend-Jones, pastor of the...

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Los Angeles Religious Leaders Plan Broad-Based Peace Movement

February 18, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 18, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "flush from antiwar demonstrations that drew millions of participants worldwide, Los Angeles religious leaders and peace activists said Monday they are already looking beyond a possible war with Iraq to building a broad-based peace movement... Meeting at the USC Religious Center, about 20 priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim leaders and peace activists said their first priority is to press opposition to a war in Iraq and to support those in the military who may want to...

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Hindu Activists Arrested For Forcing Entry Into Disputed Religious Monument

February 18, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2776921.stm

On February 18, 2003 the BBC News reported that "police in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have arrested around 150 hardline Hindu activists for allegedly forcing their way into a disputed religious monument...The incident happened in an area called Bhojshala, in the state's Dhar district, about 100 miles south-west of the capital Bhopal. The Hindu mob tried to rush to the site after an...

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