Other Traditions

Miami Police Learn about Santeria

April 16, 2003

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/5642668.htm

On April 16, 2003 The Miami Herald reported that "when Miami-Dade County police were called to a home in South Miami-Dade, they found people slicing up chunks of goat meat and plucking feathers from chickens. Blood spattered the feet of some of those in the house... 'You're killers! You're all going to jail!' one officer yelled as the elderly residents began to panic... The...

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An interview with Warren Nord Regarding Rod Paige's Comments

April 16, 2003

Source: News Observer

http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2443400p-2272463c.html

On April 16, 2003 the News Observer printed an interview with Warren A. Nord, director of the humanities program at UNC-Chapel Hill, relative to U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige's recent remarks. Nord stated, "it's extremely important to get into a discussion of Christian values. But people are worried that Christian values will be taught in a privileged way. Many of the values...

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Mapping the Religious Pluralism in Rochester, NY

April 16, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0416story4_news.shtml

On April 16, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "sprinkled among Rochester’s [NY] numerous Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are signs of Rochester’s growing religious diversity -- Tibetan, Laotian and Vietnamese Buddhist temples, a Sikh Gurdwara and a handful of botanicas, or shops, catering to, among others, followers of voodoo and...

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Atheist Granted Right to Pray in Salt Lake City Council Meetings

April 13, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On April 13, 2003 The New York Times reported that "the Utah Supreme Court has granted an atheist the right to pray in City Council meetings... The court ruled on Friday that if officials in Murray, a Salt Lake City suburb, wanted to pray during government-sponsored events, the opportunity must be accessible to all who ask."

Second Annual Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade

April 13, 2003

Source: The Argus

On April 13, 2003 The Argus reported that "even though this is only its second year, today's Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade will have an old soul... The theme is 'Ancient Voices,' honoring nature-based traditions throughout history that have 'revered the Earth as a church itself, the divinity within and around,' said parade organizer Micha Dunston... 'In Interfaith dialogue, the word pagan represents people who follow indigenous, tribal, polytheistic, nature-based and Earth-based beliefs,' Dunston...

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Bright Dawn Home: Buddhist Retreat Center

April 11, 2003

Source: The Sheboygan Press

http://www.wisinfo.com/sheboyganpress/news/archive/feat_9727167.shtml

On April 11, 2003 The Sheboygan Press reported that "Bright Dawn Home, a new Buddhist retreat center near Plymouth, [Wisconsin] is opening its doors to the community with an activity-filled open house Saturday, April 26... The center is the realization of a dream for Chicago resident Richard Brandon. Raised Christian but later becoming Unitarian, he was...

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Scientology Church to Open in Tampa

April 10, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On April 10, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "last year, the Church of Scientology of Tampa purchased the Andres Diaz Building... The church has improved the interior of the four-story building and has landscaped the property... The church is trying to be good neighbors and work with the community, said Ana Tirabassi, spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology of Tampa. Members have visited many homes in the area to introduce themselves and had invited residents to the grand opening in March, Tirabassi said."

Editorial: Religion and Racism

April 10, 2003

Source: Ethnic News

http://www.arc.org/C_Lines/ArcColorLines.html

On April 10, 2003 Ethnic News printed an editorial by Jaideep Singh stating that "the notion of the "Muslim terrorist" is one powerfully etched in the minds of most Americans. By contrast, the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing, bombers of medical clinics that provide abortion services, murderers of doctors who provide abortions, and members of various white militia groups are never...

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Faith-Based Initiative Passes Senate

April 10, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/10/politics/10FAIT.html

On April 10, 2003 The New York Times reported that "a pared version of President Bush's religion-based initiative passed the Senate today by an overwhelming margin, but Republicans are already using other legislation to press the White House's agenda of expanding government grants to religious groups... The measure approved today began as an effort to allow churches, synagogues and...

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Arab-Americans Concerned about Security

April 10, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0410/p01s03-ussc.html

On April 10, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "when Larme Price confessed to the [three murders] more than a week ago, he said his aim was to kill Middle Easterners, in retribution for Sept. 11... In fact, only one of the four victims was from the Middle East. But it's the intent, say concerned residents, that counts... Across the country, the past few weeks have...

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First Unitarian Universalist Church in Louisiana

April 10, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On April 10, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "members of First Unitarian Universalist Church are celebrating their congregation's 170th year in New Orleans as a small bastion of spiritual liberalism embedded in conservative New Orleans... Continuing a recent tradition, members of the congregation of 100 or so ended a regular Sunday service March 23 by laying a wreath on the grave of the Rev. Theodore Clapp, a robust, colorful figure who in 1833 founded what would become First Unitarian Universalist after being expelled as a...

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Religion as Both Unifying and Divisive during War in Iraq

April 7, 2003

Source: Religion Writers

http://www.religionwriters.com/public/tips/040703/040703b.shtml

On April 7, 2003 the Religion Writers reported that "since the Iraq war began, Muslims - and those sometimes mistaken for Muslims - say they have experienced discrimination and hate in the United States. Police are investigating possible hate crimes in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Wisconsin, California, and Arizona. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hate crimes against...

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New Jersey Wiccan Festival Involved in Zoning Dispute

April 5, 2003

Source: The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MzYyNzY3

On April 5, 2003 The Record reported that a "controversy that brewed after a shopkeeper attempted to stage a Wiccan festival in borough parks provided some of the impetus behind portions of a new ordinance, Borough Attorney Anne Marie Rizzuto said. Disputes that arose from soccer groups jockeying to...

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