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Baptists and Pluralism from one Historian's Point of View

June 30, 2003

Source: Baptist Standard

http://www.baptiststandard.com/postnuke/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=290

On June 30, 2003 the Baptist Standard reported that "Baptists bog down in theological 'quicksand' as they try to relate to people of other religions, church historian Bill Leonard reported... They’ve got 'one foot set in Jesus-ism and the other in pluralism,' Leonard said in a breakout session held during the...

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Thich Nhat Hanh to Offer Retreat in Wisconsin

June 29, 2003

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

http://www.madison.com/wisconsinstatejournal/local/51918.php

On June 29, 2003 the Wisconsin State Journal reported that "an internationally known Buddhist monk and scholar will travel to Wisconsin in August to offer a retreat aimed at police officers and other community service workers... 'Protecting and serving without stress or fear' is the name of the non-sectarian program offered by Thich Nhat Hanh, a peace activist and poet...

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Update: Obon Celebrations in California

June 29, 2003

Source: Record Net

http://www.recordnet.com/articlelink/062903/news/articles/062903-gn-6.php

On June 29, 2003 Record Net reported that "the Rev. Ken Fujimoto, resident minister of the Lodi Buddhist Church... expects 6,000 to 7,000 visitors over the two days of the [Obon] festival... The festival is located in the parking lot of the Lodi Buddhist Church [CA] and across the street at the Japanese Community Center... This weekend's festival is a...

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Indo-American Convention Draws Concerns about Alleged Ties to Extremists

June 27, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6182961.htm

On June 27, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "Silicon Valley's Indo-American community has an influence over homeland politics perhaps unprecedented for an immigrant group... So it is not surprising that a convention of expatriates to be held Saturday at the Santa Clara Marriott attempts to pull together an array of groups varied in religion, but with the same political aim...

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Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/6181076.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "wearing a traditional head scarf, Lobna 'Luby' Ismail stood silently Thursday before a room packed with community leaders and members of Florida's law-enforcement agencies... Ismail is president of Connecting Cultures, a Silver Spring, Md.-based cultural-training company. She has been traveling across the country...

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President Bush Backs Federally Funded Religious Groups to Base Their Hiring Decisions on a Job Candidate's Religion and Sexual Orientation

June 25, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28678-2003Jun24.html?referrer=emailarticle

On June 25, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "President Bush called on Congress yesterday to make it easier for federally funded religious groups to base their hiring decisions on a job candidate's religion and sexual orientation... A White House position paper sent to Capitol Hill argues that 'religious hiring...

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Unitarian Conference Share Thoughts on Faith Experiences in Pennsylvania

June 23, 2003

Source: Daily Record

http://ydr.com/story/religion/10761/

On June 23, 2003 the Daily Record reported that "as an attorney, Arnold represents the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, a York-based group of humanists, free-thinkers and atheists who protest government-sanctioned religious practices or events, such as the National Day of Prayer... Most people would think Arnold wouldn’t be caught dead in church. They would probably be right if it weren’t for the Unitarian Universalist...

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Joanne Waage and The Spiritual Guide to New York

June 20, 2003

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/story/94152p-85383c.html

On June 20, 2003 New York Daily News reported that "Joanne Waage began her religious quest by stepping into a hole on a bridge in southern India and breaking the big toe on her right foot... The swelling and pain forced her to interrupt a tour and seek medical help, which, someone told her, was available at a nearby ashram (a Hindu spiritual center). She found not only...

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Florida City Commissioners Ban Houses of Worship along Highway

June 18, 2003

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/6111502.htm

On June 18, 2003 The Miami Herald reported that "houses of worship won't be allowed on Hallandale Beach's South Federal Highway [in FL]. City commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously for the ban. They said the mile-long corridor, from Hallandale Beach Boulevard south to the Miami-Dade County line, is...

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Federal Government Forbids Racial or Ethnic Profiling

June 18, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6113850.htm

On June 18, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "the Justice Department on Tuesday took a historic step toward fulfilling President Bush's vow to end racial profiling in the United States, forbidding federal law enforcement officers in most cases from using race or ethnicity to target criminal behavior... Civil libertarians say the new policy, effective immediately, goes further than many...

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Press Release by Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 17, 2003

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr030617.htm

On June 17, 2003 the Americans United for Separation of Church and State reported that "Congressional leaders are trying to force a bill through Congress that would permit religious discrimination in staffing of Head Start and jeopardize the positions of thousands of teachers and parent volunteers... The popular tax-funded program is designed to provide academic instruction and health-care...

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Interfaith Activity in Dutchess County, NY

June 15, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sunday/localnews/stories/lo061503s12_p.shtml

On June 15, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that "Dutchess County [NY] truly is a melting pot of religious faiths -- and religious tolerance... 'In many ways the county is very diverse and it breeds tolerance,' said Michael Tori, a religion professor at Marist College... The county may be nearly three-fourths Roman Catholic, but...

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Diverse Religious Growth in Dutchess County, NY

June 15, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sunday/localnews/stories/lo061503s2_p.shtml

On June 15, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that "peek into almost any house of worship and the population growth in Dutchess County is obvious... Along with the swelling population comes a growing number of religious followers -- in just about every faith... Many local congregations say their membership is growing and they need...

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Immigrants and Their Respect for Old Glory

June 14, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0614flagday14.html

On June 14, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that a "relatively low-key holiday, Flag Day has gained more attention since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq. The symbol of patriotism is more visible, especially among non-native citizens and other ethnic and religious groups. They see the flag as a shield against hate and...

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Farms Provide "Safe Havens" for Cows

June 8, 2003

Source: SFGate.com

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/06/08/national0135EDT0417.DTL

On June 8, 2003 SFGate.com reported that nine cows "live on Sastri's Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary, one of a scattered web of safe havens across the country protecting the animals from slaughter... For Indians and followers of Hinduism, cows have a historical and cultural sanctity not easily understood in the West... A...

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