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bullet 2002-JUL-1: AZ: Religious group to patrol desert, looking for illegal immigrants: The Southside Presbyterian Church of Tucson, AZ, is mounting a "Samaritan Patrol" which will send volunteers in four-wheeled drive vehicles equipped with food, water, global positioning systems, satellite phones, and first-aid supplies to scour the desert for illegal immigrants in difficulty. The Rev. John Fife said: "This goes beyond a symbolic act. We are going to save lives, I promise you. You are not going to be out there long ... without encountering a migrant in serious distress." They will transport any persons "found in life-threatening the nearest medical facility or to a place where they can receive appropriate assistance." During June, the Border Patrol recorded the deaths of 34 apparently illegal immigrants in their Tucson Sector. The volunteers consist of Jews and Roman Catholics as well as mainline and liberal Protestants (Quakers, Methodists, and Presbyterians.) Wes Bramhall, president of Arizonans for Immigration Reform, said the Samaritan Patrol could be close to "aiding and abetting" illegal immigrants. "They can do what they want as long as they're not breaking the law. Are they going to transport (immigrants) to their destinations? If they break the law, I think they should be (prosecuted) to the full extent of the law. Just because they are church, I don't think the Border Patrol should look the other way." 11
bullet 2002-JUL-6: IL: Sheriff's deputies allowed to wear religious head covering: A convert to Islam who worked in the Cook County Sheriff's Department was denied the right to wear a hijab scarf to work. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained and mounted a public campaign in her support. The next day, an Orthodox Jewish deputy was stripped of his police powers and assigned to clerical duties after he refused to remove his yarmulke skullcap. CAIR then supported both employees. A compromise was reached in which both employees will continue to wear their religious head covering, but it will be covered with a department-issued cap or hat. CAIR Communications Director, Ibrahim Hooper, said: "This case demonstrates that issues of religious diversity in the workplace can be successfully resolved if there is mutual goodwill and a willingness to explore creative solutions." 12,13
bullet 2002-JUL-24: WA: Theology student gets scholarship: Johsua Davey won a Washington State Promise Scholarship. But after he chose pastoral ministries as his major at Northwest College, the state cancelled his funding. A state law prohibited all forms of state-funded financial aid to students who pursued theology degrees. Davey sued the state and won his case in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Stuart Roth, spokesperson for the Fundamentalist Christian American Center for Law and Justice, said: "When a government or a state makes financial resources available to students, they can't deny access to those same funds because students want to use those dollars for the pursuit of religious studies." Davey's attorney expects that the state will appeal the decision.
bullet 2002-JUL-24: USA: Islamic group calls for interfaith observation on 9-11: The American Muslim Political Coordination Council has asked that the approximately 1,209 mosques in the U.S. open their doors to persons of all faiths, and to have special interfaith services on 2002-SEP-11, to commemorate the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. The Council is composed of four Muslim organizations:
bullet The American Muslim Alliance at:,
bullet The American Muslim Council at:
bullet The Council on American-Islamic Relations at:, and
bullet The Muslim Public Affairs Council 14

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  6. CitizenLink is a service of Focus on the Family. They send regular Emails containing news items interpreted from a Fundamentalist Christian perspective. Signup is at: 
  7. Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network is a leading anti-defamation group which fights discrimination against Neopagans. See: 
  8. Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) maintains a free mailing list. Go to to subscribe.
  9. EWTN is a news service of the Roman Catholic Church. It posts news items from Newsline, Newslink, and The World Over on its Internet site at:
  10. Alternative Religions Educational Network (AREN) is an information organization located in Philadelphia. It has monitored discrimination against Wiccans throughout North America for three decades. Their web page is at:
  11. Susan Carroll, "Religious activists to patrol desert: The move comes after Arizona's deadliest month on record for border crossers. But questions are being raised about the legality of the group's intentions," Tucson Citizen, at:
  12. "2 Deputies' Head Coverings OKd," Chicago Tribune, 2006-JUL-6 at:
  13. "Illinois deputy wins right to Islamic scarf," CAIR news release, 2002-JUL-6.
  14. "Islamic coalition calls on mosques to mark Sept. 11," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2002-JUL-24, at:

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Copyright 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2002-JUL-2
Latest update: 2002-JUL-24
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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