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BJP Leader to Tour Sacred Ruins in Pakistan to Heal Religious Scars

May 31, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4597113.stm

On May 31, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pakistan's ruling party hopes a planned temple trip by India's visiting opposition leader will help heal religious scars from more than 10 years ago. India's Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani will tour the ancient temple ruins at Ketas, 100km (65 miles) south of the capital, Islamabad, on Thursday. The event is part of a landmark visit to Pakistan...

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Zoroastrian Scholars’ Meeting in Pune Promotes a Conservative Path for Faith

May 31, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=131727

On May 31, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "Continue to keep fire temples off limits to non-Parsis. Keep converts out of the fold. Safeguard dakhmas (towers of silence) and religious institutions. Promote a Parsi way of life. Had it not been for the cheering of these vows by about 2,200 Parsis, the white-and-gold decor, the pearls, embroidered silk saris and traditional...

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Zen Priest Receives Honors from Government for Garden Designs

May 31, 2005

Source: The Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/makeprfy.pl5?nn20050531f2.htm

On May 31, 2005 The Japan Times reported, "A Buddhist priest considered to be one of the world's best Zen garden designers will receive an award from the Canadian government this week. Shunmyo Masuno, head priest at Yokohama's Kenkoji Temple, will receive the Meritorious Service Award on Friday in Ottawa, the first Japanese to receive such a distinction. He will...

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11 Dead in Aftermath of Mosque Bombing

May 31, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20050531/ca_pr_on_wo/pakistan_mosque_bombing

On May 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A mob angered by an al-Qaida-linked suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque set a KFC restaurant afire in overnight rioting, killing six employees and bringing the day's overall death toll to 11, police said Tuesday. Security in Karachi shifted into 'high alert...

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Supreme Court Upholds Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

May 31, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=15363

On May 31, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "the Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of a federal law requiring state prisons to accommodate inmate religions. Justices unanimously sided with Ohio inmates, including a witch and a Satanist, who had claimed they were denied access to religious literature, ceremonial items and time to worship. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

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Seven Muslim Women Part of Iranian Everest Team

May 31, 2005

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=593912005

On May 31, 2005 The Scotsman reported, "Two Iranians yesterday became the first Muslim women to conquer Mount Everest as the early season expedition took advantage of a rare weather window to reach the world's highest summit. Farkhondeh Sadegh, 36, a graphic designer, and Loleh Keshavarz, 26, a dentist, hoisted their country's tricoloured flag on the summit together with six Iranian men at...

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Senate Considers Apology to American Indians

May 31, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2005/05/26/senate_panel_eyes_apology_to_indians/

On May 31, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "legislation that would offer a formal apology to American Indians for centuries of government mistreatment and neglect received a warm reception at a Senate committee hearing yesterday. Introduced last month by Senator Sam Brownback, a Kansas...

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Hindu American Foundation Expresses Concern Over Religious Freedoms at Air Force

May 31, 2005

Source: Hindu American Foundation Press Release

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/Content/Achievements/media_press_release_usairforce.html

On May 31, 2005 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed serious concern over multiple reports that many in the faculty and staff at the Colorado Springs U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) are abetting the spread of evangelical...

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Minister of Home Affairs Praises Baha’i Contributions

May 31, 2005

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=374

On May 31, 2005 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The German Minister for Home Affairs, Otto Schily, has praised the contributions of German Baha'is to the social stability of the country. In a congratulatory message to the German Baha'i community at a reception held on 10 May 2005 to celebrate its centenary, Mr. Schily said that German Baha'is actively support the protection and preservation...

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Greensboro Buddhists Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday

May 30, 2005

Source: News-Record

http://www.news-record.com/news/local/gso/buddha053005.htm

On May 30, 2005 the News-Record reported, "the ceremony at the Buddhist temple off Holden Road drew about 300 people Sunday. Although the average weekly attendance is about 75 people, this event drew Vietnamese from throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Buddha’s birthday is the Buddhist equivalent of Christmas. In addition to New Year’s Day and Parent’s Day, Buddha...

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