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Hare Krishna Temples Call for Victims of Abuse to Make Formal Claim

April 30, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On April 30, 2003 the Boston Globe reported that "the six Hare Krishna temples in California, along with several other Krishna organizations here and in West Virginia, took steps yesterday to identify minors who may have been sexually abused or mistreated at boarding schools during the 1970's and 80's. A lawsuit over the alleged abuse prompted the Krishna movement, known officially as the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, to file for bankruptcy last year to protect its assets and, the group said, to prevent closing of...

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Update: Hate Crimes on UC Berkeley's Campus

April 30, 2003

Source: UC Berkeley News


On April 30, 2003 UC Berkeley News reported that "for some students, Berkeley’s reputation as a place of tolerance and acceptance doesn’t quite match their reality... Last spring, Berkeley Hillel, a Jewish student center, was marked by anti-Jewish graffiti and had a brick thrown through one of its windows. On Christmas Eve, a swastika and Aryan Nation symbol...

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Faith-Based Environmental Activism

April 25, 2003

Source: The Indy Star


On April 25, 2003 The Indy Star reported that "in a world in which religious identities too often divide, the Rev. Bob Edgar believes working to protect the environment might be one of the few places where faithful people can find unity... As general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ, Edgar is traveling the country promoting faith-based environmental...

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University of Nebraska Omaha Students Discuss Hate Crimes

April 25, 2003

Source: Gateway


On April 25, 2003 the Gateway reported that "more than 20 people attended 'From Justified Concern to Hateful Prejudice,' a discussion... led by Patrick McNamara, coordinator of the University of Nebraska Omaha Hate Crime Project... The open dialog focused on diversity in America... During the program, participants spent time brainstorming the kinds of prejudices and...

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Interfaith Community Remembers the Holocaust

April 25, 2003

Source: The News-Times

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On April 25, 2003 The News-Times reported that "on Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church [in CT], the interfaith community will remember the Holocaust... and its meaning to all of humanity... The event, which will include a talk by United Jewish Center congregant and Holocaust survivor William Kaiser, is being sponsored by St. Gregory’s, the UJC, First Congregational Church,...

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Iranian Born Singer Unable to Obtain Visa for U.S. Tour

April 24, 2003

Source: Civil Liberties Digest


On April 24, 2003 the Civil Liberties Digest reported that "Rita, one of the most popular singers in Israel, has been unable to get a visa to come on a concert tour of the U.S. Her problem is that she is Iranian born according to San Jose Iranian monthly Pezhvak of Persia (April 2003). The Israeli...

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Youth Arrested for Vandalizing Sikh Temple

April 23, 2003

Source: KXLY


On April 23, 2003 KXLY reported that "a community outraged by the burglary and vandalism of a Sikh Temple in the Spokane Valley last weekend came together to repair the damage and provide information that led to the arrest of the 14-year-old suspect Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff’s detectives arrested the teenaged suspect who lives not far from the temple after residents called the sheriff’s office and...

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Editorial: Analyzing Bush's Strategies to Implement FBCI

April 23, 2003

Source: The Washington Post


On April 23, 2003 The Washington Post printed an editorial by Dana Milbank stating that "after 26 months of tussles over Bush's 'faith-based initiative,' the sponsor of the legislation in the Senate agreed to remove any mention of religion in a bill whose stated purpose was helping religious charities. All that was left was a package of charitable tax incentives -- and even those were barely 15 percent of the amount Bush had...

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Asian Americans Concerned about Becoming Targets of Hostility

April 23, 2003

Source: Pacific News Service


On April 23, 2003 the Pacific News Service reported that "when 50 leading Asian American and Pacific Island civil rights organizations met recently in Washington, D.C., SARS was only one of many dangers they see threatening their communities. Other recent events -- an alleged Chinese American spy, the North...

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Editorial: Sunni Chaplains for Shia Muslims in Prison

April 22, 2003

Source: The Weekly Standard

On April 22, 2003 The Weekly Standard printed an editorial by Terry Eastland questioning "why... has New York state, in treating the religious activities of Muslim inmates within its prisons, favored one Islamic sect over another--namely, Sunni Islam over Shia Islam?" He stated, "that question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed against the state by four Shia Muslim prisoners at Fishkill Correctional Facility. The lawsuit challenges current policy under which the New York State Department of Correctional Services accommodates, as...

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Californian Laotian Buddhists Celebrate New Years

April 21, 2003

Source: Visalia Times-Delta


On April 21, 2003 the Visalia Times-Delta reported that "to remember and celebrate Lao culture, hundreds of Laotians from throughout the [CA] state, including Khounpaseuth, made their way to the Lao Buddhist Temple in Visalia Saturday to celebrate the Lao New Year... The New Year is considered the most important annual celebration for the Lao...

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Nomination of Daniel Pipes Alarms Muslim Groups

April 21, 2003

Source: CAIR

On April 21, 2003 CAIR reported that "during an interview broadcast on the national 'Democracy Now' radio program, pro-Israel commentator Daniel Pipes outlined why he advocates the profiling by law enforcement and security personnel of Muslims and Arab-Americans. When program host Amy Goodman asked whether Pipes' support for profiling extended to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, he said: 'It's not a subject I know enough about to talk about...' In that same radio interview, Pipes also said razing Palestinian...

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Minnesota's Northfield Buddhist Meditation

April 20, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

On April 20, 2003 the Star Tribune reported on "the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center -- a plain, handsome room above a jewelry store on the main street in town... There, about two dozen people gather every Sunday to meditate, to reflect on the direction of their life, to focus on injustice in the world and to be silent, peaceful. They sit or kneel on black cushions in a stark white room... Two private colleges in this town of 17,000 people, about 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities...

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Religion in the Workplace

April 17, 2003

Source: Salon.com


On April 17, 2003 Salon.com reported that "religious intolerance in the workplace is threatening to create massive rifts between workers in factories and offices across America. According to the EEOC, worker complaints of religious discrimination jumped 85 percent in the last decade. In 2002, complaints grew 21 percent compared to the year before....

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