Other Traditions

Multifaith Celebrations of Humor and Laughter

March 14, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 14, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Hindu festival of Holi will be celebrated next week. Christianity's Holy Hilarity Sunday will follow on April 27, a week after most believers observe Easter... In Purim, which begins at sundown Monday and runs through sundown Tuesday, comedy masks pain. The holiday commemorates how the Jews in ancient Persia survived a genocidal plot by Haman, royal adviser to King Ahasuerus... playfulness is exhibited in the festival Holi (pronounced...

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FBI Demands for Membership Lists Raises Concerns for Muslim Community

March 14, 2003

Source: The Final Call

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=dac733c5112b36e6ac7271fabaee5c79

On March 14, 2003 The Final Call reported that "according to the Islamic Society of Frederick, Md., FBI agents who recently requested a meeting with their leadership 'mentioned casually' they would be asking for a list of the society’s members... This sent red flags up for the Islamic Society, who immediately...

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Arab and South Asian Communities Fear Possible Backlash from War with Iraq

March 14, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/5387818.htm

On March 14, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "alarming, perhaps extreme, precautions are being suggested informally in some Arab and South Asian communities because of rising fears of further backlash in this country in the event of a U.S. war on Iraq... Trying to straddle the line between reassurance and alarm, community leaders and officials said an...

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Editorial: Staistics on International Terrorism

March 14, 2003

Source: IViews

http://iviews.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IV0303-1888

On March 14, 2003 IViews reported that "according to a recent US State Department report, Patterns of Global Terrorism, issued for the year 2001 - There were a total of 348 terrorist attacks throughout the world. The majority of these attacks were carried out against US interests in Latin America. These numbers represent the terrorist trend and not an anomaly, whereby the majority of perpetrators...

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Update: Democratic Congressman Moran Apologizes to Jewish Groups

March 13, 2003

Source: ADL

http://www.adl.org/Anti_semitism/moran.asp

On March 13, 2003 ADL reported that "ADL leaders across the country have spoken out, calling the congressman’s statements 'outrageous, offensive and baseless.' National leaders and regional directors have responded on the airwaves and in print with the message that crude appeals to anti-Semitism are unacceptable and un-American. ADL’s Washington Regional Office made clear in a letter to Rep. Moran that his...

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Reflections about Being Muslim in Maryland

March 13, 2003

Source: The Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/bal-md.muslims13mar13.story

On March 13, 2003 The Sun reported that "members of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland... closed its 5-year-old day care center, which once tended to as many as 25 children, because of lingering concerns by parents and staff about a telephoned threat last year... The incidents, under FBI investigation, have occurred as other Muslim communities in the state have reported problems that they believe are...

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Choice of Hispanic Scapegoat Raises Concern in Small Iowa Town

March 11, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 11, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "for a small town (Hull, Iowa), it was an unusual crime: a gas station robbed, two teens shot. The suspect? An unnamed Hispanic male... Suddenly, a ripple of fear rolled through the area's small but growing Latino community as longtime residents shook their heads and pointed fingers... But when the two white youths who were wounded confessed in court last month that they had invented the story after shooting themselves, both in the left shoulder, and taking $1,800 from the register,...

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New York Iman Explicates Muslim Beliefs to FBI Agents

March 11, 2003

Source: Daily News

On March 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "in an office in lower Manhattan yesterday blocks from Ground Zero, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf talked about his Muslim beliefs to an unusual audience - a roomful of FBI agents... 'Islamic extremism for the majority of Muslims is an oxymoron,' he explained to the agents... Rauf - imam of the Masjid al-Farah mosque of Tribeca - was speaking as part of an FBI effort to present agents who are the ground troops in the war against terrorism with a view of Islam that avoids stereotypes... It comes as...

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Hindu Temple Invites Community to Celebrate Anniversary and to Pray for Peace

March 7, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

On March 7, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "Raj Narayan Pathak and his wife, Rama Pathak, are visiting from Germany and are proud to make preparations for the seventh annual anniversary of the Sri Narayan Hindu Temple on Franklin Road in Yuba City [CA]... Saturday, the community is invited to join the anniversary celebration and pray for peace around the world, Pathak said. The Pooja/Havan will begin at 9 a.m. Pathak plans to lead his audience in prayer and giving offerings to the gods. Songs and chants are also planned... A...

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World Religion Curriculum Raises Concerns about Changes and Cost

March 5, 2003

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On March 5, 2003 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "world religion studies should take a higher profile in the School District, with teachers receiving more training on how to teach the topic using updated texts, a report by district social studies teachers concludes... But fine-tuning to accommodate such changes would take at least another year, and adding a separate course couldn't happen until 2005-'06, according to the eight-member group... But board member Daniel Warren questioned how high a priority the...

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Nation of Islam in the African American Community

March 4, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://www.tampatrib.com/News/MGA0NRFHVCD.html

On March 4, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "in 1976, after much reflection and research, he cast aside his Christian upbringing and embraced Islam. Three years later, Otha Favors was gone forever when he adopted the Muslim name Askia Muhammad Aquil... 'Being a Muslim has helped me understand what true manhood is all about,' says Aquil, 56, director of the nonprofit St. Petersburg Neighborhood...

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Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace in Cleveland

March 4, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 4, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported that "to enter the Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace in Cleveland yesterday, participants passed photos of Iraqis - a girl flashing a peace sign, a smiling housewife, a farmer, a soldier and a Baghdad street vendor... 'War is about people - not just about governments,' a sign under the photos read... A sizable percentage of women oppose war, but their opinions haven't been heard, said the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell. Campbell is chairwoman of The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and...

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