On April 8, 2002, Newsday reported that "from Episcopal and Protestant churches to Jewish synagogues and Hindu temples,
religious leaders... are reflecting on the sexual abuse scandal
within the Roman Catholic Church and its potential impact on their own houses of
worship... In truth, the scourge of clergy sexual abuse has been exposed in virtually
every religious faith and denomination... Members of the Jewish Orthodox faith recently... [faced] their own sexual
abuse scandal involving... a leader in the Orthodox
On February 9, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on the Women of Wisdom conference, whose participants are practitioners of "everything from earth-centered and goddess spirituality to Incan shamanic practices... About 2,000 people are expected to attend parts of the eight-day women's
spirituality conference at Seattle Unity Church, a
nondenominational metaphysical church. More than 90 events are planned,
On January 14, 2002, The Boston Globe featured "American Dream," an editorial about America's search for meaning. "Considered a sacred object in [Native American] culture, the web-like dream catcher - which is supposed to hang above a baby's cradle to trap nightmares and let good dreams into the soul - has become a staple in mall trinket stores... But while this popularization of the spiritual can be written off as the co-opting and secularizing of a belief system, it is, at its heart, a search for meaning... Our society is a...
On November 21, 2001, USA TODAY reported that several Americans and other Westerners were detained in China when they "chanted slogans and unfurled a banner... in Tiananmen Square to protest the government's crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritual movment... They sat, legs crossed, eyes closed and hands pressed as if in prayer... It was the first Falun Gong protest to involve Westerners exclusively."
On July 20, 2001, The Houston Chronicle published a piece on people demonstrating outside the Chinese consulate in Houston who "are calmly drawing attention to the Chinese government's persecution of
the Falun Gong spiritual movement...The Chinese government has sent
thousands of Falun Gong followers to prison or labor camps...As long as the United States nourishes liberty and China's
rulers war against it, relations between the two nations will not and cannot be
On July 9, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "a small but growing number of immigrant [Chinese] parents [in the U.S.] say [the meditation and exercise practice called Falun Gong] is helping
kids stay out of trouble...Children are receiving instruction in small, informal groups at a Howard
County park." Parents fear "the permissive [American] culture will lead their children astray."
On July 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported
that "Falun Gong practitioners are in the middle of a march to Washington, D.C.,
to express solidarity with the spiritual group human rights activists say is
persecuted in its native China...Falun
Gong advocates a mix of meditative exercises and moral
precepts and was banned in China as a cult in
1999." About 200 local Falun Gong practitioners are
in the Boston area, most of whom are Chinese immigrants.
On August 13, 1999, The Houston Chronicle published an
editorial opinion by Donna Ostrower, executive director of the
Houston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Ostrower writes
about hate groups such as Christian Identity and World Church of the
Creator, with whom Buford Furrow, Timothy McVeigh, and Benjamin Smith
had connections. With about 90 ministries in 34 states, Christian
Identity is able to promulgate its racist theological message.According to
Ostrower, Christian Identity "distorts Genesis to preach that people...