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Muslim Football Team Names Spark Controversy in CA

December 7, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2003/12/07/280221-ap.html

On December 7, 2003 The Associated Press reported that young athletes participating in the Muslim Football tournament in Irvine, California offended Jewish leaders by naming their teams Intefadeh, Soldiers of Allah and Mujahedeen. AP noted that "Rabbi Bernie King, who lives in Irvine, said the teams' names undermined those who worked to have closer relations with Muslims...

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Interfaith Forum Says Human Failings Responsible for Lack of Peace

December 7, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http ://w ww.emedia.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/National/20031208074840/Article/

On December 7, 2003 the New Straits Times reported on a forum on "Religion and Violence: The Spiritual Response to Terrorism" held by the Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN): "Speaking as chairman [of the MIN], [Datuk Anwar Fazal] saw much of the world not being at peace with itself because people were not at peace with themselves and, by that token, with others...Representatives of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism,...

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Non-Jewish High School Students No Longer Required to Study Bible

December 7, 2003

Source: Ha'Aretz

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/369319.html

On December 7, 2003 Ha'Aretz reported, "Arab high school students will no longer be required to study Bible as a required subject for matriculation exams (bagrut), according to new educational guidelines for earning matriculation certificates that are now in preparation. Non-Jewish students - including Druze, Bedouin, Circassians and Muslims, who had previously studied Bible as part of their Hebrew...

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Bush Faces Criticism Over Statement that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

December 5, 2003

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/okeefe120503.html

On December 5, 2003 The Newhouse News Service published an articled collecting responses from leaders of various faith traditions to President Bush's recent comments that Muslims and Christians "worship the same god." The article finds that representatives from several faiths, such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam itself, find Bush's comments to be on target. For example,...

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European Jews Fearful of "New" Anti-Semitism

December 4, 2003

Source: United Jewish Communities--The Federations of North America

http://www.uja.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=96343

On December 4, 2003 the United Jewish Communities--The Federations of North America posted an Associated Press article that reported, "[E]ven in [the city of] Regensburg, in a Germany whose Nazi past has driven it to the most profound acts of atonement, Jews who have fit so well into post-World War II surroundings feel a growing unease.......

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London Rabbi Wins Religion Award from U.S. Presbyterians

December 4, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03524.htm

On December 4, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service (Office of Communication of the Presbyterian Church-USA) released a press release stating that Professor Jonathan Sacks, London's chief rabbi, had been awarded the 2004 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for his book, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid...

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Community Responds to Vandalism of Boise Synagogue and Church

December 4, 2003

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=55331

On December 4, 2003 The Idaho Statesman reported that spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs were discovered Wednesday morning at the Jewish Education Center and neighboring Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Boise. As children attended their Hebrew School classes in the evening, nearly 80 people stood outside in support as volunteers washed away the hateful messages.

Non-Christian Religious Leaders Say Christmas Programs in Schools Okay

December 4, 2003

Source: The West Australian

http://www.thewest.com.au/20031205/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116654.html

On December 4, 2003 The West Australian reported, "Non-Christian religious leaders yesterday joined the outcry over moves to play down Christmas celebrations in State schools, saying they had no problem with Nativity plays and carols. Representatives of the Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish communities in Perth said Christian...

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Religious Leaders Mobilize to Support Middle East Peace

December 2, 2003

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/oldnews/2003/03521.htm

On December 2, 2003 the Presbyterian News Service reported, "On the day after a new Middle East peace accord was signed in Geneva, 31 U.S. Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders today announced in Washington a new collaborative effort — 'Walk the Road to Peace'— to mobilize public and Bush Administration support for the plan. In a Dec. 2 press conference and letter to President...

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Update: Zurich Refuses to Recognize Non-Christian Faiths

November 30, 2003

Source: swissinfo

http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=105&sid=4503862

On November 30, 2003 swissinfo reported, "Proposed new laws that would have led to the official recognition of non-Christian faiths, including Islam, have been turned down in canton Zurich. Some 64 per cent of voters said no to recognising faiths other than the three official religions in the canton. Markus Notter from the Zurich cantonal government – which only...

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Number of Jews Voting Republican Increases

November 28, 2003

Source: Insight

http://www.insightmag.com/main.cfm/include/detail/storyid/567013.html

On November 28, 2003 Insight reported that the number of Jews voting Republican has been steadily increasing under the Bush administration. According to the article, "the 2002 results of exit polls from the Voter News Service (VNS)... show the GOP congressional candidates picking up 35 percent of the Jewish vote last year. By sharp contrast, from 1992 to 2000 just 21...

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