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Texas Department of Public Safety Reports Hate Crime Statistics

June 2, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/5995368.htm

On June 2, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "fewer Arabs and Muslims in Texas were targets of hate crimes last year, compared with 2001, when a record number of such crimes were reported, according to recently released state figures... Nevertheless, hate crimes reported last year against Arabs and Muslims in Texas were nearly four times higher than pre-Sept. 11 numbers, the Texas...

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Interfaith Programs in Hawaii

May 31, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/31/il/il13afaith.html/?print=on

On May 31, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser reported the "one of the most visible trends in the faith community is interfaith tolerance. Witness: The Interfaith Open Table is going strong; the newly created Believers All Network continues to grow; and an evening program May 13 titled 'Finding Common Ground: An Evening of Spiritual...

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Update: Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Project

May 31, 2003

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030531/NEWS10/105310143

On May 31, 2003 The Toledo Blade reported that "one of the most vivid images to emerge from a MultiFaith Habitat for Humanity project to be dedicated tomorrow was that of an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf carrying a board together as they cleaned the construction site... Nobody snapped a photograph of the...

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Republican Bill to Eject Students from Terrorism-Sponsoring Nations

May 29, 2003

Source: Boston Herald

http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/stud05292003.htm

On May 29, 2003 the Boston Herald reported that "Bay State students who hail from seven terrorism-sponsoring nations would be summarily ejected from public colleges and universities under a new Republican bill that sparked accusations of a witch hunt from Islamic activists and civil libertarians... The bill, which faces an uphill battle through the House and Senate,...

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Civil Rights Group Speak Out against Intrusive Tactics Used by the Department of Homeland Security

May 29, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/29/BA263626.DTL

On May 29, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "with mounting concern that Arab and Muslim U.S. citizens returning from overseas trips may be facing broader and more frequent questioning by customs agents, a civil rights group spoke out Wednesday against what it views as increasingly intrusive tactics...

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U.S. Senate Recognizes Important Role of Immigrant Communities

May 29, 2003

Source: Civil Liberties Digest

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=0a2a2412a725ed3fbe2c81db163889d7

On May 29, 2003 the Civil Liberties Digest reported that "the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution last week recognizing the important role played in American society by immigrant communities some of whom have been under intense scrutiny by federal agencies since the 9/11 attacks. Civil liberties...

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Civil Rights Group Speak Out against Intrusive Tactics Used by the Department of Homeland Security

May 29, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/5966847.htm

On May 29, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "Dr. Jess Ghannam was born in the United States and has lived here all his life, but while re-entering the country in January after traveling abroad, he said he was made to feel like a dangerous foreigner with ill designs on his country... On Wednesday afternoon, Ghannam and three other men told similar tales as they stood across New Montgomery...

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Corporate Chaplains in the Workplace

May 28, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/052803/d0128corpchaplains.html

On May 28, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "corporate chaplains believe that the workplace is the best place to minister to... employees who have often lost touch with local churches because they work so much... But these chaplains walk a fine line, ministering to workers while trying to avoid offending an employee's spiritual sensibilities or breaking religious...

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The Cultural Complexities of the High School Prom

May 28, 2003

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/living/5958658.htm

On May 28, 2003 the San Jose Mercury News reported that "as a practicing Muslim, Fatima is forbidden to date or dance in mixed company. Her predicament is increasingly common in the Bay Area, where immigrants and children of immigrants can find the prom season particularly vexing because of the added stress to respect cultural or religious values... The prom is supposed to be one of...

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Interview with George Mumford

May 27, 2003

Source: Tricycle

http://www.tricycle.com/p_articles_id_36.html

On May 27, 2003 Tricycle reported that "George Mumford, a former board member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, is variously described as a Vipassana teacher, a sports psychologist, and a business consultant, but he is a maverick, not comfortable with any label. He may be best known for his work with the Lakers, but his life...

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Update: Memorial Day 02

May 26, 2003

Source: Milford Daily News

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/local_regional/mill_memday05272003.htm

On May 26, 2003 the Milford Daily News reported that "about 600 people who gathered in the Millis High School [MA] auditorium yesterday to mark Memorial Day were asked to imagine they were on the parade route... The traditional ceremony began with a prayer offered by Kathy May of St. Paul's Church followed by the placing of the wreath by John...

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Santeria Priest Considers Running for City Council

May 26, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com/

On May 26, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "as founder of a prominent Santeria church in Hialeah [FL], Ernesto Pichardo's first brush with City Hall came in the 1980s when the city banned animal sacrifices... Pichardo took his battle all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 and won... The decision is often cited as a landmark case that protects religious freedom... Now, the Santeria priest wants to take on...

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Indiana Study Suggests Faith-Based Organizations Not Necessarily Effective

May 25, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35615-2003May24.html?referrer=emailarticle

On May 25, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the assumption behind President Bush's faith-based initiative is that religious charities can do a better job, at a lower cost, than secular organizations in providing many social services, from drug treatment to employment training. But an Indiana study suggests it...

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