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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

November 2, 2002

Source: The Herald

http://www.sharonherald.com/localnews/recentnews/0211/ln110202f.html

On November 2, 2002 The Herald reported that "women of various faiths united in Sharon [PA] Friday in the hopes of promoting peace in the world. Local members of Church Women United, a national ecumenical interfaith organization, hosted a service for about 60 Christian, Jewish and Muslim women at Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church. The program, 'Daughters of...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 2, 2002 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "as general secretary for the National Council of Churches, [Robert] Edgar is a leader in the increasingly broad religious opposition to war on Iraq. Some are calling the movement the biggest show of solidarity against war since Vietnam. Some faiths have been silent on the war. Jewish organizations have remained mostly mum on the issue. Some of them fear that support for the war would be interpreted as pro-Israeli or anti-Palestinian. Imam Muhammad Musri, president...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/News/story.asp?ID=24468

On November 2, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "an interfaith service will be held at 6 p.m. today... in Boise. The service includes prayers for peace from leaders of several churches in the Treasure Valley. Rev. Jon Brown of the First United Methodist Church said the gathering was motivated by the U.S.�s threat of war against Iraq. Representatives from the following faiths and...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

November 1, 2002

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/religion/1642275

On November 1, 2002 the Houston Chronicle reported that "this year, Ramadan is expected to begin Wednesday with the sighting of the new moon. In addition to the strict sunup-to-sundown fast, it brings with it fasting from sensual pleasures such as listening to music. But Ramadan also unites Muslim students, especially those far from home, as they gather for evening meals and form a...

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Muslim Rap Grows

November 1, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On November 1, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the musical genre of Muslim rap, whose lyrics are meant to be positive influences on their young audiences, is gaining ground and attention in the American Muslim community. Some Muslim rappers express themselves through lyrics dedicated to the themes of the holy month [of Ramadan], while others work on their personal faith by not performing during that period. 'There is a large issue about the role of music in Islam,' said Ali Asani, a professor of...

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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

October 31, 2002

Source: Tulsa World

On October 31, 2002 Tulsa World reported that "an interfaith service written by three Tulsa women will be presented Friday in hundreds of cities nationwide. 'It's very unusual to have Tulsa people write the national service,' said Harriet Larsen, the leader of a Tulsa Church Women United group. The 'Daughters of Abraham' service on World Community Day, sponsored by Church Women United, was written by Mickey Simpson, who is on the CWU national board; Sheryl Siddiqui, representing the Tulsa Muslim community; and Jeanne Jacobs,...

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Ramadan in America, 2002

October 31, 2002

Source: Council on American Islamic Relations

http://www.cair-net.org/ramkit2002

On October 31, 2002 the Council on American Islamic Relations issued a press release that provided a "publicity resource kit... to assist your community in publicizing Ramadan events and activities. It is designed to provide you with the raw materials with which you can contact the media and, through them, people of other faiths in your area."

Ramadan in America, 2002

October 31, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 31, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "thousands of Muslims in the greater New Orleans area will begin their annual  fast of Ramadan on Wednesday at the sighting of the new moon, observing one of  the five pillars of Islam. The remaining pillars of Islam are the declaration of  faith, daily prayers, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca. Ernest Abdullah is the principal of the Clara Muhammad School at 2700 Magnolia St., a ministry of the New Orleans Masjid Al-Islam, a mosque with about  200 members in the New Orleans...

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Muslim Social Scientists Call for Reform on Islam's Record on Human Rights

October 29, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021028-27312221.htm

On October 29, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "several Muslim social scientists from U.S. universities urged their fellow believers at a weekend conference in Washington to reform Islam's record on human rights, violence and treatment of women before Muslims demand full acceptance by Americans. 'We have to develop a culture of human rights and civil rights,' Muqtedar Khan,...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 28, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On October 28, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "faith leaders and followers gather at a Portland church to oppose an attack on Iraq and pray that others will join them. This demonstration -- for peace with Iraq -- came in the form of a worship service, beginning with a procession of about 20 faith leaders that included Christian clergy, a Jewish rabbi, a Zen Buddhist monk, a Sikh and others. About 50 people behind them in the honey-colored pews included Roman Catholics from Southeast Portland, Methodists from Oregon City, Muslims...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 28, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1688

On October 28, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "led by the Rev. George Regas of the Progressive Religious Partnership, religious spokesmen in Los Angeles this week denounced the prospect of a preemptive war against Iraq as 'immoral, illegal and unwise.' The religious opponents of Bush's policy list a host of secular reasons for their position: Iraq has not declared war on the U.S.; there is...

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Religions and the Theory of "Just War"

October 27, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 27, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "many followers of the three faiths descended from the patriarch Abraham --- a vast majority of Americans --- accept war as inevitable. If it can't be avoided, their goal becomes to conduct war with integrity. Perhaps the best-known rules of warfare are the "just war" principles, conceived by St. Augustine in the late fourth century and refined by St. Thomas Aquinas and a chain of other Christian thinkers through the years... other...

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