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Religious Freedom Restoration Act Failed to Pass in Kansas

February 22, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17590

On February 22, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act failed... to win House approval amid doubts it was necessary and worries it would stick state and local agencies with big legal bills... The measure would make it easier for individuals and groups to prevail in court when they challenge state or local actions restricting...

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The Jusan Prison Outreach Program in Arkansas

February 22, 2003

Source: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

On February 22, 2003 The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that "in January 1993, [Anna] Cox, as then-president of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock, didn't know what to expect when she received a letter from a Buddhist inmate from Rogers seeking help with his meditations. She had no idea her communications with [convicted murder Frankie] Parker would head her life in new directions and spawn an international prison outreach program... The Jusan Project (named in memory William Frank Parker, whose Buddhist...

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Interfaith Memorial for Daniel Pearl

February 21, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20030221-0043-ca-pearlanniversary.html

On February 21, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "in an interfaith memorial service marking the anniversary of his death, slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was remembered as a man whose quest for the truth and faith in humanity would defeat his killers' goals and bring people of diverse beliefs together in a battle...

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Baltimore Interfaith Organization to Fund Community Development

February 21, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.fund21feb21,0,7364070.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On February 21, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "a coalition of religious groups has started an interfaith community development fund that will lend money to developers who build businesses, housing and community centers in needy neighborhoods throughout the region... The nonprofit Faith Fund has...

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Americans Linking National Security with Immigration

February 20, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 20, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Americans' concerns over national security outweigh support for increasing immigration, even though most believe immigrants enhance society, according to a national poll released yesterday... More than a year after 9/11, Americans view immigration with regard to safety rather than a social and economic stance, according to the survey by New York's Hamilton College and polling firm Zogby International... While Americans have been historically welcoming to refugees...

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Episcopal Divinity School Creates Peace Pins for Iraqi Children

February 20, 2003

Source: Episcopal Divinity School

http://www.episdivschool.org/whatsnew/peace%20pins.htm

On February 20, 2003 the Episcopal Divinity School issued a press release stating that "announced today the school's call to conscience action in response to the growing crisis between the United States and Iraq.  EDS has created a series of peace pins on which the name of an Iraqi child and a dove is printed. These pins are designed as a visible reminder of the human cost...

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Controversy Over Prison Grooming Policy in Virginia

February 20, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On February 20, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a prison grooming policy is being challenged by six inmates — three Rastafarians and three Muslims — who claim the rules violate a federal law that protects religious freedom... Inmate grooming policies have been challenged in courts and found to be constitutional, said Kent Willis, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia... But Wednesday's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges the state Department of Corrections is violating the...

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Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Sufi and Christians

February 19, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 19, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Hasan Dede is the spiritual master of the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Society, which he formed in 1989. He leads a group of young Semazen --- more commonly known as whirling dervishes --- who recently journeyed from Istanbul, Turkey, to Atlanta to perform a Sufi concert and Sema ceremony at several venues, Agnes Scott College and Central Congregational United Church of Christ among them... The Rev. Gilbert Friend-Jones, pastor of the...

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Controversy Over Farrakhan's Speaking Engagement

February 19, 2003

Source: Pensacola News Journal

http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/news/021903/Local/ST005.shtml

On February 19, 2003 the Pensacola News Journal reported that "the Pensacola Study Group [in FL], a Nation of Islam affiliate, has been advertising the event - in celebration of the Nation of Islam's Saviour's Day - for weeks. But when [Jim] Paul found out Tuesday that the group was renting the school to broadcast Farrakhan's speech, he refused to sign the...

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Los Angeles Religious Leaders Plan Broad-Based Peace Movement

February 18, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 18, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "flush from antiwar demonstrations that drew millions of participants worldwide, Los Angeles religious leaders and peace activists said Monday they are already looking beyond a possible war with Iraq to building a broad-based peace movement... Meeting at the USC Religious Center, about 20 priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim leaders and peace activists said their first priority is to press opposition to a war in Iraq and to support those in the military who may want to...

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Editorial: Reflections on Immigration and Profiling

February 18, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/02/18/DD160333.DTL

On February 18, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle printed an editorial by Annie Nakao stating that "Wednesday is the annual Day of Remembrance -- 61 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, putting 120,000 Japanese Americans behind barbed wire, solely because of their ancestry... And...

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Muslim Student Finds Acceptance in ROTC Program

February 17, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

On February 17, 2003 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "as President Bush talks to the country about war with Iraq, Sarah struggles through every day at school, looking different, feeling different... She's easy to identify at Boca Raton High because she dresses according to her Muslim faith... But she's found a bit of acceptance in the school's ROTC program... Not because of its connection with military training, but because of the commander, a man with brown skin and accented English, a man who knows what it's...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 16, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.pennlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news-4/1045389907167740.xml

On February 16, 2003 The Express-Times reported that "the group of young and old from diverse backgrounds, lead by the Lehigh Valley Peace Coalition, chartered four buses for Manhattan's Upper East Side, where they planned to meet with other groups from the Northeastern United States... The wide-ranging protest was set to kick off Saturday in...

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Multifaith Anti-War Rally in San Jose, CA

February 16, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5194938.htm

On February 16, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "awakened and alarmed by America preparing for war, thousands of chanting demonstrators gathered in San Jose and Santa Cruz on Saturday, joining an increasingly visible movement against a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... The San Jose turnout was as deeply diverse as the city, with many of the estimated 3,000 marchers from the...

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