Judaism

Philadelphia Reform Synagogue Perseveres with Zoning Discrimination Suit

July 31, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16659

On July 31, 2002 The Associated Press reported that Congregation Kol Ami continues to fight its lawsuit against a suburban Philadelphia township charging that the township "discriminated against [the] Reform Jewish congregation in a zoning decision... The case may later test the constitutionality of the 2000 Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons...

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Muslim and Jewish Children Share Salaam-Shalom Circus in St. Louis

July 29, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On July 29, 2002, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 17 children from Circus Salaam Shalom, an Muslim-Jewish interfaith troupe, performed their first public show "before a boisterous crowd of about 100 at the City Museum... Circus Salaam Shalom translates as peace in Arabic and Hebrew, respectively, and works from the concept that it's easier to understand someone once you've stood on their shoulders, leaped through their arms or dangled from their body... In May, the children performed privately at their respective...

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California City Brings Together Leaders of Diverse Faiths to Dedicate National Motto

July 29, 2002

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/1505644p-1623213c.html

On July 29, 2002 The Bakersfield Californian reported that in Bakersfield, California "a ceremony in the council chambers will formally dedicate... 'In God We Trust'... the words that were mounted last week above the city seal behind the council dais... And representatives of the city's Islamic, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, American Indian, Catholic and...

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Jewish Leaders Suggest Education as Punishment for Hate Crime Vandal

July 24, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On July 24, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a young man "arrested for defacing a Jewish center in Oakland [California] with a swastika agreed yesterday to attend anger management classes, meet with a Holocaust survivor and pay $50 in restitution... Representatives from the center, who suggested the punishment, said they felt it would be more educational and effective than a jail sentence."

Muslim Activist takes Shelter with Orthodox Rabbi

July 22, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On July 22, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an editorial by  Khaled Abou El Fadl who teaches law at the University of California-Los Angeles.  "In the pain-filled atmosphere after Sept. 11, I was one of the Muslims who took a public and critical stand regarding the way my co-religionists and our government were handling the crisis... As a result, I started to receive death threats from Muslim and non-Muslim fanatics alike...    A friend of mine, an Orthodox rabbi, urged my family and me to stay with him,...

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South Florida Jews and Muslims Unite at Festival For Peace

July 22, 2002

Source: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-sjam22jul22.story

On July 22, 2002 The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that members of the Jewish congregation of Temple Adath Or in Southern Florida "participated in Muslim prayer for the first time during Festival For Peace at the Darul Uloom Islamic Institute in Pembroke Pines, [Florida]... More than 200 adults and...

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North Carolina Group: Americans and Muslims for Intercultural Dialogue

July 20, 2002

Source: The Herald-Sun

http://www.muslimdialog.org/

On July 20, 2002 The Herald-Sun featured an article on the Durham, North Carolina organization Americans and Muslims for Intercultural Dialogue. The groups goal is "to promote religious tolerance and knowledge of Islam... Their objective is twofold: to combat what they see as a rising tide of intolerance of Islam in the United States, and to counter-balance what they call increasing fundamentalism within some Muslim groups here and...

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Houston Suburb Faces Plans for Exclusive Christian Memorial on September 11

July 19, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On July 19, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "an effort by evangelical Christians to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 in The Woodlands has split the religious community and led to accusations of intolerance in this suburban area north of Houston, [Texas]... Critics of the memorial service on the anniversary date accuse its organizers of implicitly stigmatizing the Muslim community... and of monopolizing the logical venue for a commemoration that would embrace all faiths... Rabbi James Brandt of the Congregation...

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Religious Diversity in Texas Prisons

July 14, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/tsw/stories/071402dntextdcreligion.32e5c.html

On July 14, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "at first glance, prisons may seem an unlikely place to find religion... But as inmates grapple with the despair and monotony of prison life, some find religion... In all, nearly 140 denominations are represented in the Texas Department of Criminal...

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Book to Focus on Religious Diversity of Ohio

July 12, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent, but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003 also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...

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Central Florida Religious Leaders Meet to Discuss Religion and Public Education

July 12, 2002

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-locrelschools12071202jul12.story?coll=orl%2Dhome%2Dheadlines

On July 12, 2002 The Orlando Sentinel reported that "religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths met Thursday night in a Winter Park [Florida] church to grapple with the contentious issue of religious faith and public education... Panelists agreed that teaching about...

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Controversy Over Participation in Interfaith Service

July 12, 2002

Source: The New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/45304.htm

On July 12, 2002, The New York Post reported that the "Lutheran minister suspended for taking part in an interfaith prayer service for families of Sept. 11 victims said yesterday that he had no regrets... 'I feel that I've acted with integrity,' said the Rev. David Benke, pastor of Brooklyn's St....

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