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Restoration of Underground Railroad Brings Muslims and Jews Together

June 30, 2004

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazette.net/200427/germantown/news/223893-1.html

On June 30, 2004 The Gazette reported, "Nearly 50 county residents of differing faiths volunteered their time to clean up a historic Underground Railroad stop in Germantown Sunday as part of the first Muslim-Jewish Day of Friendship.

Event organizers and friends Saqib Ali of North Potomac and Jeff Waldstreicher of Bethesda planned the project in an effort to create...

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Report on Religion in Corporate America

June 29, 2004

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=3025028

On June 29, 2004 NPR provided a report by correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty concerning the attempt by corporate America to become more religiously accommodating. This three part audio report explores the attempt to use religion to enact a positive work environment, and also the controversy that arises when faith conflicts with corporate policy and impedes the religious freedom of others.

Soulforce Taking Action Against the Use of Pulpit to Affirm Federal Marriage Amendment

June 29, 2004

Source: Religious News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR063004.html

On June 29, 2004 Religious News Service reported, "Soulforce, a national interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, is encouraging people of faith to protest if their religious leaders use worship time to urge their congregation to support the proposed Federal Marriage...

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Christian Leaders Critical of Preposed Law Restricting Religious Conversions

June 29, 2004

Source: ABC Radio Australia

http://www.goasiapacific.com/news/GoAsiaPacificBNA_1143216.htm

On June 29, 2004 ABC Radio Australia reported, "Christian leaders in Sri Lanka say plans by the government to introduce a new law restricting religious conversions will violate personal freedoms and oppress minority religions. Sri Lanka's government says it wants to prevent churches from offering people inducements, such as money or employment, to change religion. Our...

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Opposition to U.S. Unites Shi'a and Sunni Muslims

June 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/148/story_14826_1.html

On June 29, 2004 Beliefnet.com ran an editorial piece by Mark LeVine, a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of California-Irvine, and Nir Rosen, a freelance journalist who has spent the past 15 months in Iraq, on the role of religion in the "new Iraq." They write, "What has largely united Sunnis and Shi‘a is the increasingly intense opposition to the U.S.-led occupation. In...

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Young Muslims Rediscovering Traditional Piety

June 28, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0406/28/a01-196679.htm

On June 28, 2004 The Detroit News reported that, "Now 24, Mona Safiedine this year began wearing the veil and long, obscuring robes that, for many, are integral to Muslim beliefs about piety and acceptance of the faith. Her decision is part of her personal development and the spiritual journey of a young life. And it is an increasingly well-traveled path. Among Muslims in...

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Lao Buddhist Temple Rebuilds

June 28, 2004

Source: Rockford Register Star

http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040628/NEWS0107/406280309/1004/NEWS

On June 28, 2004 Rockford Register Star reported that in "Cherry Valley, IL [last] Sunday's celebration was ostensibly about the new Lao Buddhist temple on South Mulford Road... The last Laotian temple on this site, off a rural stretch of South Mulford next to farm fields and forest preserves, was destroyed by fire in...

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