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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=31

On February 6, 2003 Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release stating that "Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy group, demanded Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) explain his view that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was justified... In...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/5117163.htm

On February 6, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that "two N.C. members of Congress came under fire Wednesday for comments that Islamic groups and others say they find insulting... In remarks about domestic security threats, Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte said, 'Look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country...' And Rep. Howard Coble of Greensboro defended World War II...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 6, 2003

Source: The Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=398

On February 6, 2003 The Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "MPAC finds [Coble's] statements unacceptable and believes it disqualifies Rep. Coble from his political position. Not only has the United States apologized to Japanese Americans for their unjust internment and dispossession during WW2, but our nation has paid reparations to that community and educated...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Japanese American Citizens League

http://www.jacl.org/current_prs/030205.html

On February 5, 2003 the Japanese American Citizens League issued a press release stating, "the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian Pacific American civil rights organization, condemns remarks made by Rep. Howard Coble, (R-NC-6) during a radio call-in program yesterday on WKZL-FM in North Carolina where he explicitly supported President...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=752

On February 5, 2003 The American Jewish Committee issued a press release stating that "the American Jewish Committee has condemned the hateful remarks Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) made this week about Japanese-Americans... 'Rep. Coble owes the Japanese American community an apology for his insensitive, inaccurate, and racist remarks,' said Ann Schaffer, director of American...

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North Carolina Congress Members' Statements Draw Criticism

February 5, 2003

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77677,00.html

On February 5, 2003 Fox News reported that "a congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II... A fellow congressman who was interred as a child criticized Coble for his comment on Wednesday, as did advocacy groups... Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., made the remark Tuesday on WKZL-FM when a...

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Bentley Elementary School's Festival of Cultures

February 3, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/schools/0302/03/c03-75565.htm

On February 3, 2003 The Detroit News reported that "Bentley Elementary School's second annual Festival of Cultures Feb. 7 promotes respect for world cultures that comprise a rising percentage of Canton's [MI] growing population... 'This all started because of the changing faces of our children,' said Principal Jerry Meier. Recent census figures show Canton has grown from a rural...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Sun and Weekly Hearld

http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/020303/tp1ch11.htm?date=020303&story=tp1ch11.htm

On February 3, 2003 the Sun and Weekly Hearld reported that "across Florida and around the world, people of many faiths offered prayers Sunday for the victims of a space tragedy that transcends doctrines... It would be hard to assemble a more diverse group: five men, two women; five white, one black, one East Indian;...

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U.S. Jews for Jesus Campaign in 2003

February 1, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 1, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "[in Houston], as in other American cities, Jews are taking steps to thwart Christian missionaries targeting them. In Houston, they also are girding for an upcoming Jews for Jesus campaign aimed at the city's Jewish community... The Jews for Jesus campaign in 2004 or 2005 will be 'an all-out intensive effort to make the Messianicship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to the Jews of Houston,' said Susan Perlman, a San Francisco-based founder of Jews for Jesus... The group...

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"Encyclopedia of American Religion" Documents Religious Diversity in America

February 1, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Feb/01/il/il11afaith.html

On February 1, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from...The Roman Catholic Church may be huge but it's only one among 116 Catholic denominations. Orthodox Christians have an even higher total, and Protestantism...

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Opening Prayers in Maryland Senate Spark Debate

January 30, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On January 30, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "while some lawmakers have complained about ministers praying 'in Jesus's name,' some religious leaders are saying they don't see why they should eliminate Jesus from a prayer to accommodate other faiths... The matter arose when, in recent Senate sessions, some ministers didn't stick to the Senate policy of making the blessings ecumenical... The latest episode came last week when the Rev. Reginald Thomas of Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore ended...

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Religious Diversity in Irvine, CA

January 26, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 26, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Irvine... has emerged as one of the nation's most religiously diverse suburbs... Here, there's a Buddhist temple that can house 42 monks, a Korean church that boasts 4,000 members and a $50-million K-12 Jewish day school. There's a $ 4-million Islamic elementary school, the county's largest Greek Orthodox Church and a university run by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod... Ahead is a $37-million Jewish community center and a Mormon temple, which sits just outside Irvine'...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 25, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40377-2003Jan24.html

On January 25, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the massive appropriations bill approved by the Senate late Thursday includes a little-noticed amendment that would cut off funding for a Justice Department program that requires male immigrants from two dozen predominantly Muslim countries to register and be fingerprinted by the Immigration and...

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Dovetail: National Resource Group for Interfaith Couples

January 25, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/5029347.htm

On January 25, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "in 1991, Joan Hawxhurst, the granddaughter of a Baptist minister, married Steve Bertman, the grandson of Jewish immigrants. Soon, she began looking for organizations to help her negotiate the unpredictable religious terrain she and her husband found themselves exploring. There wasn't much out there that was 'open-minded...

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