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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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Pre-Game Prayer in New Orleans Hornets Basketball Game

November 2, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 2, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "when the New Orleans Hornets brought professional basketball back to town Wednesday with an opening-night win over the Utah Jazz in the New Orleans Arena, buried in the package was an unusual practice in modern professional sport: a public, pre-game prayer offered on behalf of thousands of diverse fans. Jews, Muslims and Buddhists are likely to be part of the mix, along with Christians of many denominations, said the Rev. David Arceneaux, the Hornets' unpaid team chaplain...

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Discovering Religious Pluralism on a 10-Day Trip to Turkey

November 2, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 2, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, members of each religious community have worried over what they see as increasing intolerance around Georgia and the United States, especially for Muslims. [A] 10-day trip to Turkey, a secular Middle Eastern country with a rich tradition in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was meant to highlight common ground instead of conflict, according to the organizer, the Rev. Wayne Smith. This summer, they...

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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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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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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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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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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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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 26, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On October 26, 2002 Omaha World-Herald reported that "Some... conservative Christians, Jews and Muslims, object to [Halloween's] pagan roots. But Halloween, which many Americans will celebrate Thursday, actually has numerous ties to Christian faiths. Halloween has its origins in the pagan celebration of the Celtic New Year, which fell during harvest time, around the beginning of November. The Celts - who lived in what are today the British Isles and France - honored the New Year with several festivals, the most important of...

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Religious Diversity Affirmed by Interfaith Relations Director of National Council of Churches in Christ

October 25, 2002

Source: The Advocate

On October 25, 2002 The Advocate reported that "religious diversity can make a positive difference in a community, the director of interfaith relations [Rev. Jay Thomas Rock] for the National Council of Churches in Christ in USA said Thursday at the annual Baton Rouge Community Prayer Breakfast. 'It will take all of us to establish the kind of just society that we as religious people envision,' the Rev. Jay Thomas Rock said. 'Welcoming one whom we think is a stranger is not a matter of altruism. It is essential to our own spiritual...

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Update: ERUV Debate Continues in Williamsburg, NY

October 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "officials in a New Jersey borough discriminated against an Orthodox Jewish community when they refused to allow it to place plastic strips on utility poles to mark the boundaries of a symbolic religious district, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the borough of Tenafly's argument that allowing the unobtrusive strips constituted an improper government endorsement of religion. The strips mark an eruv...

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Plans to Attack Florida Islamic Centers Uncovered

October 24, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On October 24, 2002 St. Petersburg Times reported that "the wife of a Pinellas County podiatrist accused in a plot to bomb Islamic centers was arrested today on federal charges of possessing illegal explosives and firearms, federal authorities said. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested Kristi Goldstein... said ATF Special Agent Carlos Baixauli. Full details of the investigation that led to Goldstein's arrest were not immediately available."

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

October 24, 2002

Source: U.S. Newswire

On October 24, 2002 U.S. Newswire reported that "Calling a unilateral pre-emptive action against Iraq immoral, more than 125 Christian leaders and representatives from Jewish and Muslim faiths in the United States have signed onto a Statement of Conscience on the Iraq War... Citing sacred texts from the Qu'ran, Jewish and Christian scriptures, and elsewhere, religious leaders caution their government to take action against Iraq only through the United Nations, if at all. The...

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