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Five Percent Movement

November 4, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 4, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the group known as the Five Percent movement started as a splinter group from the Nation of Islam but has its own completely different spiritual beliefs. The 39-year-old movement refers to black men as 'gods' and black women as 'earths.' They believe only 5 percent of the population is enlightened. While the group teaches a positive message of black pride, self-respect and uplifting families, it has also been associated with gang activity in prisons... And some law...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/News/story.asp?ID=24468

On November 2, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "an interfaith service will be held at 6 p.m. today... in Boise. The service includes prayers for peace from leaders of several churches in the Treasure Valley. Rev. Jon Brown of the First United Methodist Church said the gathering was motivated by the U.S.�s threat of war against Iraq. Representatives from the following faiths and...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 31, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "witchcraft, or the Wicca religion, which combines folk magic, astrology, and a dedication to the environment, is shedding its Hollywood rap of devil worship and animal sacrifice. These days, it means big business to [Salem]'s economy. Partially because of America's growing interest in the religion, and it's near-obsession with Halloween, nearly $30 million will flow into the shops, museums, and restaurants here during the month of October. This represents almost a third of...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 29, 2002

Source: Metro West Daily News

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/local_regional/wicca10292002.htm

On October 29, 2002 the Metro West Daily News reported that "the religion of Wicca, or paganism, now draws thousands of teenagers who say it is a healthy, individualistic faith that brings them closer to nature. Sarah Bernardi, a junior at Marlborough High School, was always intrigued by astrology and psychic powers. Bernardi is one of many local...

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Multireligious Responses to Wellstone's Death

October 28, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On October 28, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "through silence and song, sermons and witness, halting voices and tears, Minnesotans of all denominations mourned the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone on Sunday... Commemorations weren't confined to churches. Outside the State Capitol, nearly 300 people, most of them Hmong, gathered to praise the Wellstones...         The nearly two-hour-long service began with a traditional Hmong mourning procession. Hundreds marched from the Veterans Memorial to the Capitol steps, accompanied by music...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 27, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 27, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "many conservative Christians have stopped celebrating what today is the second -biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas, in America with an expected $6.9 billion in sales of candy, decorations and costumes this year. The anti-Halloween movement has ebbed and flowed in this country, flaring up most recently, experts say, around 20 years ago when reports of razor blades in apples and poisoned candies became more common, not to mention widespread vandalism...

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Religion's Role in John Allen Muhammad's Sniper Case

October 26, 2002

Source: FinalCall

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_71.shtml

On October 26, 2002 FinalCall reported on Louis Farrakhan's press conference on the sniper arrest. He said, "I know that I can speak for myself and the members of my family, and all the Muslim members of the Nation, and all Muslims and people of good will everywhere, that we are in sympathy with the victims of this horror. And we are in sympathy with the families of these victims. And we,...

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Muslims Fear Backlash from Sniper Attacks

October 26, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On October 26, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for many of metro Atlanta's 32,000 Muslims who gathered at area mosques for noon prayers Friday, the sniper suspect's faith was cause for consternation. Some said Muhammad had once again tarred the image of a peaceful religion, just as it was recovering from the shameful blow dealt by the Sept. 11 hijackers. Others disapprovingly noted that a true Muslim would never boast he is God, as the sniper did in a note at one of the shootings,...

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Professor Reconnects to Religion of the Yoruba People of Nigeria

October 26, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 26, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Tony Van Der Meer was raised a Baptist, but years ago, friends introduced him to the religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The Yoruba revere family and ancestors. Van Der Meer, 48, an African studies professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, says he saw a powerful demonstration of his new faith a decade ago involving his father, a man he barely knew. The Yoruba believe in a supreme god and more than 400 lesser divinities, called orishas, each with its...

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Health Agency and Amish Families Debate on Septic Systems

October 18, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 18, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a health agency is seeking to force six Amish families to install septic systems, something they say violates their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, a one-room Mennonite schoolhouse in Elkton, Ky., was ordered closed after school officials there refused to install running water and a septic system for outhouse toilets. The regional Central Michigan District Health Department in Mount Pleasant wants to bring the Amish families' properties in line with health codes."

Debates Over Hanging Ten Commandments Plaque in Altoona's Municipal Building

October 15, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 15, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a plaque displaying the Ten Commandments no longer hangs in Altoona's [PA] municipal building, and some council members who want to put it back on display are running into opposition. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Atheists Inc. argue that displaying the religious text in a government building is a clear violation of the separation of church and state and would offend some people. Altoona city officials say the plaque deserves to...

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Tougher U.S. Policy Means Delays for Student and Work Visas

September 24, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 24, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "[people] from 26 predominantly Muslim countries... are experiencing delays of two months or more as they await permission to study, work or vacation in the United States, the result of a quiet tightening of the visa review process in Washington prompted by the Sept. 11 attacks of a year ago... It is not just ethnic Arab students who are affected. A number of Malaysian students of Chinese descent have not received visas in time to return to fall classes in the United...

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