Judaism

Update: Protecting "People Not Faiths," Religious Hatred Bill Moves Forward

June 22, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4114582.stm

On June 22, 2005 BBC News reported, "The government has survived a backbench revolt over its plans for a new law to ban the incitement to religious hatred. An amendment from a coalition of Tory and Lib Dem MPs to block the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill failed by 303 votes to 246, giving a majority of 57.

Critics, including comic actor Rowan Atkinson, say the measure will limit...

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Religious Hate Bill Faces Late Rebellion

June 21, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1511254,00.html

On June 21, 2005 The Guardian reported, "The government faces a backbench rebellion tonight on one of its flagship manifesto pledges, when MPs vote on whether to create a new offence of 'inciting religious hatred.' Twenty-five Labour MPs rebelled when the measure was last put before parliament. Now, with Labour's majority reduced to 68 at the election, and...

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"Open Doors, Open Minds" Pairs Jews and Catholics in Suburban Chicago

June 20, 2005

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/lakestory.asp?id=63627

On June 20, 2005 the Chicago Daily Herald reported, "Every other week for seven sessions, about 25 members of the Am Echod Jewish Temple and about 25 members of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church met to discuss, well, just about anything. They chatted about serious topics such as anti-Semitism and abortion and lighthearted ones, such as Madonna's obsession with Kabbalah and Barbra...

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Allegations of Unequal Restrictions on Muslim Cadets at Air Force Academy Surface

June 17, 2005

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3862347,00.html

On June 17, 2005 the Rocky Mountain News reported, "Muslim cadets at the Air Force Academy were prevented from attending mosque services last semester because of school obligations, while similar duties were scheduled to avoid conflict with Jewish and Christian services, a Muslim student says. The issue of unequal treatment for the...

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Editorial: Tallahassee Residents Reach Out to One Another Across Faiths

June 17, 2005

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/11912451.htm

On June 17, 2005 the Tallahassee Democrat's associate editor, Bill Berlow, reported, "It started last December during the holiday season. About eight Turkish graduate students at Florida State University, all men, all Muslims, joined several Unitarians to share good cheer and red roses with dozens of recuperating patients at Tallahassee Memorial's rehab unit....

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Orthodox Rabbi Wins Compensation Following Ridicule of Religious Practices at Coffee Shop

June 17, 2005

Source: Independent Press Association

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=2146

On June 17, 2005 the Independent Press Association reported, "When Rabbi Israel Steinberg went to New York City’s Nations Café in November 1992, all he wanted was some coffee. Instead he got a 12 ½-year legal battle. Last week the battle ended when the New York State Division of Human Rights ordered the Nations Café to pay Steinberg $500 compensation for the mental...

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Editorial: Convocation on Hunger Illustrated Positive Impact of Religion on Politics

June 17, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0617/p08s01-comv.html?s=hns

On June 17, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor ran an editorial that commented on the interfaith "convocation on hunger" held in Washington, D.C. The Monitor writes, "Even a corner-of-the-eye glance at US politics this past year and the conclusion is obvious: Religion has played a polarizing role... To counter this trend, more than 40 US denominations took part in a...

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Opinion: Dialogues Will Not Prove Fruitful Unless Palestinians Recognize Legitmacy of Jewish State

June 16, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull%26cid=1118888333134

On June 16, 2005 The Jerusalem Post ran an opinion piece by Judea Pearl, "president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, an organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding named after his son, a Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002." Pearl writes about conferences and...

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Politicians Condemn Recent Attacks on Jewish Cemetery

June 16, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4099542.stm

On June 16, 2005 BBC News reported, "Political and civic leaders in Hungary have strongly condemned an attack on a Jewish cemetery in Budapest which left some 130 gravestones damaged. The vandalism occurred at the Kozma Street Jewish cemetery on the eastern outskirts of the capital. The damage was discovered after the cemetery reopened following a two-day Jewish holiday. Reports said many of the graves had...

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More Desecrations of Jewish Cemeteries, Bringing Total to 117 in Last 15 Years

June 16, 2005

Source: Ezilon.com/The Independent

http://www.ezilon.com/information/article_5714.shtml

On June 16, 2005 The Independent reported, "Swastikas defaced the headstones of some of the 87 graves desecrated at West Ham cemetery in east London, where generations of Jews have been buried since the mid-19th century. Vandals wreaked a trail of destruction, smashing and kicking over headstones in an act which has shocked the Jewish community. The main target of the attack...

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Camarillo Jewish Temple Offers Prayer Room for Hindu Worship

June 16, 2005

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/ca/article/0,1375,VCS_165_3859613,00.html

On June 16, 2005 the Ventura County Star reported , "The Hindu community [of Ventura County] is using a prayer room in a Camarillo Jewish temple, Temple Ner Ami, every second Saturday for Hindu services. Before services started in Camarillo a couple of months ago, the closest temple... was about 40 miles away in Calabasas... More than...

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"Cold War" Among Religious Groups Said to be Ending As Groups Try to Find Common Ground

June 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/14/AR2005061401531.html

On June 15, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "After a year in which religion played a polarizing role in U.S. politics, many religious leaders are eager to demonstrate that faith can be a uniter, not just a divider. The buzzwords today in pulpits and seminaries are crossover, convergence, common cause and shared values....

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Four-Day Meeting on Religious Tolerance to be Held in Dallas

June 15, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/all/stories/061505dnmetwade.d900ce4.html

On June 15, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "A Nigerian Yoruba priestess and two shamans – one an African Zulu spiritualist, the other an African-American spiritual healer – will add African and American black perspectives when more than 25 multiethnic...

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Trials Begin in Two Anti-Semitism Cases, Serving as "Warning and Example"

June 15, 2005

Source: The Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1118802600865

On June 15, 2005 The Jerusalem Post reported, "The president of Belgium's main Jewish umbrella organization Wednesday welcomed the opening of two trials in anti-Semitism cases. The two trials in Antwerp – one against a 22-year-old Muslim accused of threatening a Jewish man with a knife and the other against a...

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