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Political Islam on the Decline

March 28, 2006

Source: Asia Times

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/HC28Ae03.html

On March 28, 2006 Asia Times ran an opinion piece by Andrew Steele, managing editor of the Van Zorge Report on Indonesia. Steele writes, "Islam maintains a more visible place in secular Indonesia than it has in years. New mosques are popping up everywhere, while more and more women wear jilbabs, or Islamic headscarves, than before. That rising tide of Islamic expression in daily life,...

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Conference Explores Alledged "War on Christians"

March 28, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/28/AR2006032801632.html?referrer=emailarticle

On March 28, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The 'War on Christmas' has morphed into a 'War on Christians.' Last December, some evangelical Christian groups declared that the religious celebration of Christmas -- and even the phrase 'Merry Christmas' -- was under attack by the...

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Pope to Make Historic Visit to China

March 28, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/188/story_18841_1.html

On March 28, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation from Hong Kong he will visit China in what would be an extraordinary papal visit to the communist nation, but he said the trip's timing depends on 'God's wish,' media reports said Tuesday. One of the Vatican's goals is to restart official relations with China,...

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Film About Sikhs Post 9/11 Acclaimed the World Over

March 28, 2006

Source: The Press Trust of India

http://www.financialexpress.com/latest_full_story.php?content_id=121896

On March 28, 2006 The Press Trust of India reported, "A film by an Indian-American depicting the story of a Sikh faced with the post 9/11 realities is being appreciated in international movie circles. The film 'The Gold Bracelet' by Hollywood based Indian actor and film producer Kavi Raz [recently] won the best feature drama award at the...

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Livingston Sikhs Host Lively Parade

March 28, 2006

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/11983071p-12744940c.html

On March 28, 2006 The Modesto Bee reported, "Livingston's annual Sikh parade courses along what may be the most blessed route in Merced County. Before a single float set out on its journey Sunday, a team of barefoot, broom-wielding marchers swept the street clean and sprinkled the route with holy water. The parade, to honor the religion's 10th and last guru, or spiritual teacher...

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ADL: In Aftermath of Cartoon Controversy, Demonization of Jews in Arab/Muslim Newspapers Increased

March 28, 2006

Source: TMCnet

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/03/28/1512035.htm

On March 28, 2006 TMCnet reported, "In the weeks during and after the eruption of violent protests across the Muslim world in reaction to caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, the demonization of Jews in the Muslim and Arab press reached a fever pitch, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In the latest in its series of periodic reports on anti- Semitism in the Arab and...

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Minnesotan Muslim Woman Gives Voice to Islamic Center

March 28, 2006

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/10031/story/336754.html

On March 28, 2006 the Star Tribune reported, "[Sumbal] Mahmud, 28, is the public face of the Islamic Center of Minnesota... In 2003, Mahmud was elected to a three-year term as communications director for the Islamic Center. It's not an easy job. Questions pour in, always urgent, sometimes loaded, often downright ignorant. Mahmud answers them all, even the anonymous ones that flood in after any event...

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New York Civil Liberties Union Files Lawsuit Against Coast Guard Over Religious Headgear Policies

March 28, 2006

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--religiousdiscrimi0328mar28,0,5281039.story

On March 28, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The U.S. Coast Guard is accused in a lawsuit of discriminating by requiring anyone seeking a merchant marine license to submit photographs showing no religious head coverings. The lawsuit, brought Tuesday by...

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Bill Before Georgia Senate Would Bring the Bible into Classrooms

March 28, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/nation/14204361.htm

On March 28, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "In the blur of politics and prayer, Georgia is poised to become the first state in the nation to put legislative muscle behind teaching the Bible in public schools - a move expected to recharge the debate between church and state separation. A bill that would sanction state-funded elective courses in Georgia...

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Brown’s First Muslim Chaplain Builds Community, Network of Muslim Chaplains

March 27, 2006

Source: ISNA

Wire Service: AP

http://www.isna.net/index.php?id=35&backPID=1&tt_news=695

On March 27, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "[Rumee] Ahmed is Brown [University]'s first Muslim chaplain and joined four other associate chaplains at the school when he started last month... Ahmed has focused on developing programs since he started the job. His efforts include: a biweekly dinner that combines chanting and a short talk; a...

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