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Buddhism's Growing Popularity

May 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/living/religion/5829292.htm

On May 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "Buddhism.. has attracted attention through the testimony of rock and soul diva Tina Turner. Turner's endorsement appears to be having its biggest impact in the African American community... For example, it was Turner who influenced Cheryl McIntosh to turn to Buddhism. A few years ago, McIntosh, a black...

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Update: Debates Continue over The Workplace Religious Freedom Act

May 9, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/archives

On May 9, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that a "broad coalition of religious groups is pushing a bill that would protect religious expression in the workplace, but civil liberties groups are concerned the bill could be used to increase on-the-job proselytizing... The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, introduced recently by Sen. Rick Santorum, (R-Pa.), and Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.), would force employers to '...

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Judge Orders Hare Krishnas to Remove Cows

May 8, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny--religiouscows0508may08,0,1530564.story

On May 8, 2003 Newsday reported that "a judge has given a Hare Krishna couple 15 days to remove four cows from their property, ruling the animals violate a village law... Judge Michael Nenno issued the decision Wednesday, on the second day of court proceedings brought by the Village of Angelica against Stephen and Linda Voith......

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Update: String of Fires Burn Religious Centers in Los Angeles Area

May 7, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/la-me-fires8may08001420,0,1291851.story

On May 7, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "a fire at a Ventura Boulevard synagogue early Wednesday was the fourth to strike houses of worship in Encino, starting with a Presbyterian church 11 days before and including an Iranian synagogue and a Bahai community center... The fire, possibly ignited by a pedestrian hurling a Molotov cocktail, at the Valley Beth...

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New Program in Los Angeles to Foster Tolerance

May 6, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 6, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "city officials, human rights groups and religious leaders have joined forces to promote a new program fostering tolerance in the Los Angeles area, particularly at schools, organizers announced Monday... As part of the campaign, local high schools will hold six of seven forums designed to create communitywide dialogue on diversity and tolerance. The sessions, titled 'Confronting Hate Crimes and Hate Language,' will feature a panel including Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and African...

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Ordinary Citizens Encounter Problems with Terrorist Name Lists

May 5, 2003

Source: Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/19/ma_377_01.html

On May 5, 2003 Mother Jones reported that "profiling has become common since September 11, as the federal government increasingly requires private businesses to do the work of law enforcement. Banks have long faced steep fines and even prison time for those responsible if they do business with anyone on a list of suspected terrorists, money launderers, and narcotraffickers...

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Assemblyman Roger Green Reflects on His Muslim Faith

May 3, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-muslim0503,0,2446578.story

On May 3, 2003 Newsday reported that "speaking publicly about it for the first time, [Roger] Green told Newsday last week he has been a practicing Muslim for more than 30 years. He is the only Muslim elected official in New York State, he and others say... In a telephone interview from Albany, Green said he has been reflecting deeply on his Muslim faith lately......

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Update: Interfaith Prayers at Muncie City Hall

May 1, 2003

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/9/039773-9429-009.html

On May 1, 2003 the Indy Star reported that "a decision to ban Jews, Muslims and others who don't pray in the name of Jesus from fully participating in a National Day of Prayer service in downtown Muncie today has turned a communal expression of civic pride into a symbol of religious division... Even though everyone is welcome to pray outside City Hall at noon today, the evangelical...

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Senators Show Support for Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act

May 1, 2003

Source: Senate.gov

http://durbin.senate.gov/~durbin/new2001/press/2003/05/2003502816.html

On May 1, 2003 Senate.gov reported that "Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Dick Durbin, Gordon Smith, Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer and Arlen Specter today introduced the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, better known as the Hate Crimes bill, at a press conference in the Capitol lawn. The bill will give law enforcement the ability to prosecute to the fullest...

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Religious and Civic Leaders Debate about National Day of Prayer

May 1, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/5759119.htm

On May 1, 2003 Contra Costa Times reported that "some critics contend the [National Day of Prayer], which marks its 52nd year today, has become co-opted in recent years by evangelical Christians, who have transformed the national day into an event meant to further a socially conservative agenda... Even within the Christian community, some theologians contend that the day excludes those who don't...

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New Findings from the "Gallup Religious Tolerance Index"

May 1, 2003

Source: Sightings

On May 1, 2003 Sightings reported that "the Religion and Values department at Gallup recently initiated a new index called the 'Gallup Religious Tolerance Index,' which will now be part of Gallup's regular polling. To publicize this new initiative, Gallup organized an online seminar led by Al Winseman who described the format of the new index and some preliminary findings... Winseman and his team use five questions to categorize individuals into three 'levels' of religious tolerance: Isolated, Tolerant, and Integrated. The figures show...

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