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Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

January 4, 2003

Source: The Boston Herald

On January 4, 2003 The Boston Herald printed an editorial by Matan Chorev and Karim Bin-Humam that stated, "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has served as the ultimate topic of deliberation, peaceful and otherwise, on campuses coast to coast. But at what cost? The intensity of the campus dialogue has propagated inappropriate behavior among people on all sides of the conflict, and most college communities are not responding adequately. A recent statement calling for 'intimidation-free campuses' was circulated widely and signed...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

January 4, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/4873223.htm

On January 4, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "with a deadline less than a week away, immigrant community leaders say they're worried that visitors from Afghanistan, Lebanon and 11 other countries may not register as part of a new national security program because they fear they'll be detained or deported... The Immigration and Naturalization Service took hundreds of men from five Middle Eastern...

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Update: Community Rebuilds Vandalized Ohio Mosque

January 3, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On January 3, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "workers have installed fresh wallboard where ceilings and walls were bowed after water gushed from smashed pipes. Heartsick worshippers pulled up soaked carpeting, only to discover oak floors beneath the threadbare rugs. Volunteers -- engineers, schoolchildren, housewives -- came as news spread about the desecration of the center at 1428 E. Broad St. An estimated $379,000 repair bill was cut to $140,000.'Yes, something good has come from something bad,' said Al-Akhras,...

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Life Enrichment Center in Michigan

January 1, 2003

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-9/1041436261225710.xml

On January 1, 2003 The Flint Journal reported that "C. K. Venkateswaran, a Sunday school teacher at the local Hindu Temple and Chinmaya Mission, began the readings with a peace prayer in Hindu... The Rev. Deborah Kohler, pastor of Woodside Church of Flint, read a Christian...

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Questions Concerning "Tolerance"

December 29, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On December 29, 2002 The New York Times reported that "the [conference on multiculturalism and children], at the Interfaith Center in New York, opened with an invitation to chant and dance to an African song... Tolerance was, by unspoken assent, an absolute virtue, right up there with Faith, Hope and Diversity... Then one participant, with radical Islamist groups in mind, raised a question: Must we be tolerant of those who are intolerant of us? The question revealed the enormous burden that tolerance has been made to bear in...

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Lack of Religious Studies in Indiana Public Schools

December 27, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17404

On December 27, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "perhaps wary of church-state controversies, most public schools in Indiana do not offer courses in religion — even though the law allows it. Biblical literature and religion are currently the only two religion courses offered in Indiana public schools. The literature class is more popular, but Carmel [High School] is one...

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"D" Report Card for Preserving Civil Liberties

December 24, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1849

On December 24, 2002 the Religion News Service reported that "a coalition of progressive religious leaders has given the nation's political leaders poor grades for the war on terrorism, including a grade of 'D' for preserving civil liberties... The Progressive Religious Partnership's recent 'Spiritual and Ethical Report Card' was...

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MPAC's Annual Convention, 2002

December 24, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=317

On December 24, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that the "MPAC annual convention drew over 1500 activists and speakers to Southern California this past weekend... Gasser Hathout gives a comprehensive, stark picture of the specific threats provisions within the USA PATRIOT act poses to the average American in a very informative...

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Editorial: FBCI Will Dictate Which Religions are Central or Marginal

December 24, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.religionandpluralism.org/GranteeArticles/KarenMcCarthyBrown_LA_Times%20OpEd122402.pdf

On December 24, 2002 the Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Karen McCarthy Brown that stated, "lots of people seem to think that federal funding for faith-based charity violates the separation of church and state... It does. But there is another reason why Americans should be wary of allowing the...

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Winter Solstice in New York

December 22, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On December 22, 2002 The New York Times reported that "last night was the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, a good opportunity to explore what New York City residents would do with an extended period of darkness -- 886 minutes, to be precise -- from 4:32 p.m. yesterday, when the sun set, until 7:18 a.m. this morning, when it rose again, according to Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. The solstice itself occurred last night at 8:14 p.m., Mr. Morrin said. In the northern hemisphere, it...

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Modesto City Schools and the Study of Religion

December 22, 2002

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/5679825p-6653509c.html

On December 22, 2002 The Modesto Bee reported that "Modesto City Schools [district] is the only district in California, and perhaps the only one in the nation, to require the study of comparative religion, though some schools offer such classes as electives... Officials hope the class helps cut down on the fights and bullying that can happen when teen-agers are afraid of the...

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More Muslims than Jews or Orthodox Christians in Chicago

December 20, 2002

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/religion/cst-nws-relbriefs20.html

On December 20, 2002 The Chicago Sun-Times reported that "new population figures for religious communities in the Chicago area show there are more Muslims living in the area than Jews or Orthodox Christians... The figures, from the National Conference for Community and Justice, are based on statistics submitted to the organization by various religious communities...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 19, 2002

Source: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=1489

On December 19, 2002 The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee issued a press release that stated, "(ADC) today expressed serious concerns regarding reports of mass detentions of Arab and other Middle Eastern immigrants in California. Report by Reuters and AP last night suggested that between 500 and 1,000 Middle Eastern immigrants had been detained in the Los Angeles/Orange County area...

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