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May 17, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven months after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed two Muslim police officers in Newark, N.J., to have beards as an exception to department policy, the Justice Department sued the city, contending it is discriminating against the officers because of their religion. The city threatened the officers with termination and other sanctions because of their beliefs, which include wearing beards, according to the lawsuit.
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May 2, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An interfaith commission established to advise Congress and the White House on combating religious persecution called on the United States on Monday to deny China normal trade relations until it stops repressing Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and others. In its first report, the year-old U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2000 | Baltimore Sun
Domino's Pizza announced this week it has dropped its long-standing ban on bearded employees and settled a 12-year-old lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against a Sikh, whose religion forbids shaving. Changing American fashions, not conscience, prompted the nation's No. 2 pizza chain to drop its no-beard policy effective Monday, said Tim McIntyre, vice president for corporate relations.
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November 16, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of plans for a Muslim school in Rancho Santa Margarita issued a statement Monday condemning racist telephone calls made last week to a group supporting the project. The statement by Citizens for a Safe Rancho Santa Margarita condemned "in the strongest possible manner any racist or discriminatory statements that may have been made by any person against the supporters of the proposed New Horizons School."
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November 13, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The heat over a planned Muslim school in Rancho Santa Margarita intensified Friday as an Islamic organization filed a formal complaint over two anonymous hate calls. The Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles said the callers told the Islamic group: "Go back to the desert. Go back home. This place is only for Christians and Jews. Stay out of Rancho Santa Margarita."
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November 11, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid accusations of racism--and charges that they buckled under political pressure--Orange County planning officials Wednesday shelved a Muslim group's proposal to build a small grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, a move that could jeopardize the project. The Planning Commission voted 2 to 1 to delay a decision on the New Horizon school until January. But Rancho Santa Margarita's residents voted earlier this month to incorporate as Orange County's 33rd city.
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September 7, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By Orange County standards, when the Islamic Center of Southern California bought 3.4 acres of property to build a small grade school in Rancho Santa Margarita, it seemed an innocuous little development. Eight months later, it has become much more: a far-ranging tussle over traffic and ethnicity.
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August 29, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The notice from the city of Fountain Valley smacked of religious persecution to Pastor Mariano Yeo. The congregation of about 30 Filipino and Chinese immigrants was ordered to "immediately cease" religious activity in their tiny storefront location or face jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. "It sounds like I'm living in a communist state," Yeo remembered thinking. "This is America."
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March 16, 1999 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A delegation of more than 200 Hindus sought a meeting with Universal Studios executives Monday to express concern over what the group considers to be derogatory depictions of Hindu deities in the action television series "Xena: Warrior Princess." Although the Los Angeles delegation was rebuffed, executives of the studio, which owns and distributes the show, said a separate group of Hindus met Monday with the "Xena" producers in New Zealand, where the show is taped.
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February 27, 1999 | Religion News Service
The top decision-making structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has created a team to monitor religious persecution and intolerance abroad. The move came as a response to the national debate over religious persecution that last year saw Congress passing legislation making the issue a key element in U.S. foreign policy.
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