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2003-AUG-1: Canada: Same-sex marriage controversy continues: This is a rapidly developing story. Even as hundreds of gays and lesbians marry in Ontario and British Columbia, the federal government is planning to introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry anywhere in Canada. More details.


2003-AUG-13: MA: Radio talk show host suspended for "genocide" remarks: John Osterlind (a.k.a. "Ozone'' is the morning announcer on WRKO-AM in Boston, MA, He was suspended for two weeks after he allegedly called for "the eradication of the Palestinian people.'' Tom Baker, WRKO's general manager said that the comments were "totally, totally unacceptable." Program Director Mike Elder said that he thinks that: "in the battle of the moment,'' Ozone didn't give much thought to what he was advocating. Elder continued: "But you have got to take a stand when someone who is paid to think about what they're saying comes close to endorsing genocide.'' 11


2003-AUG-28: OH: Catholic school expels Muslim student: Amal Jamal, 17, a senior student at Regina High School, is a Muslim attending a Roman Catholic parochial school in South Euclid, OH. On AUG-25, while she stood in line to buy textbooks, she was informed that the hajib that she was wearing violates the school's dress code. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, "Surrounded by classmates, Amal put down her books, fought back tears and left." Interviewed at home, she said: "I was in shock; I didn't understand. All along, they gave me a room to pray in. They asked me questions about Islam. They always accepted me for who I was. Now they have decided it is against school policy to wear my hajib." Two days later, neither an administrator, teacher or student had contacted her or tried to help. Principal Sister Maureen Burke said: "I feel very bad about this situation. I've agonized over it. Amal is a wonderful young woman. The family is very fine...But the uniform issue is very important to who we are as a Catholic school." Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for the Council on American Islamic Relations said he knew of no other American private school expelling a Muslim girl in this way. He said: "It's just ridiculous. You have a religious school denying a student the right to her religious belief." Should you wish to commend or criticize the Regina High School administration for their views on religious freedom of expression, you might send an Email to: [email protected] .

On a more positive note, Gilmour Academy, a Roman Catholic school in nearby Gates Mills, OH, debated whether to allow a male, seventh-grade Sikh student to wear a turban -- a headdress often worn by male Sikhs. They discussed the matter with the local Sikh community, and decided to allow an exception to the dress code and him attend class in his turban. Principal, Brother Robert Lavelle said: "I think it went well. I found it to be an education for myself in understanding the Sikh community." 12

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  11. Dean Johnson, "RKO's Ozone suspended over 'genocide' remarks," Boston Herald, 2003-AUG-13, at:
  12. Karen Long, "Regina High bars girl wearing Muslim scarf," Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2003-AUG-28, at:

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Copyright 2003 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2003-AUG-14
Latest update: 2003-AUG-14
Author: B.A. Robinson

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