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Op-ed: "India's Conversion Laws"

July 30, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_29561.shtml

On July 30, 2006 The New Nation reported, "An alliance of Indian groups representing various faiths and castes has raised alarm over 'anti-conversion laws' and condemned the move of banning religious conversions in several Hindu nationalists' government-run states of India. Last week a statement from the alliance of groups that included over 100 Muslim, Buddhist and Christian...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Myriad Religious Holidays

July 29, 2006

Source: The Free Lance-Star

Wire Service: AP

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/072006/07292006/208825

On July 29, 2006 The Free Lance-Star reported, "Growing religious diversity has public schools around the country re-examining how they accommodate the holy days of different faiths. The Virginia Department of Education allows each locality to determine its own academic calendar, said Julie Grimes, a department...

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Pending Anti-Pornography Legislation Test Muslims in Indonesia

July 29, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2006/07/30/anti_porno_fight_tests_muslim_tolerance_in_indonesia/

On July 29, 2006 Reuters reported, "A battle brewing over a draft anti-smut law has laid bare deep divisions within Indonesia and, say critics, threatens its traditionally tolerant approach to Islam. With parliament back...

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Sikh Youth Camp in Fremont Provides Youngsters Connection to Culture

July 29, 2006

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/ci_4111201

On July 29, 2006 The Argus reported, "Karandeep Singh Sasan stood outside the Gurdwara Sahib of Fremont in traditional garb: a blue robe and turban, an iron bracelet and a sword. 'What's up,' the energetic young Sikh said to a visitor. Then, he explained: 'I always say, "What's up" when somebody new comes to the gurdwara. I want to make friends with everyone who comes here.' Multiethnic societies stress...

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Ontario Hindus Flock to Temple for Chariot Festival

July 29, 2006

Source: The Toronto Star

http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/484

On July 29, 2006 The Toronto Star reported, "As the temple bells tolled, women in multicolour saris parted ranks to make way for the gold-plated chariot circling Scarborough’s Sri Varasiththi Vinaayagar Hindu Temple. As some lifted their hands in prayer yesterday, others held out flaming clay pots. Atop the chariot, a priest known as an Iyar performed the Hindu prayer ritual of puja for Lord...

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Muslim Public Affairs Council Condemns Murder in Seattle Synagogue

July 29, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=387

On July 29, 2006 Muslim Public Affairs Council reported, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council unequivocally condemns the murder of one person and the wounding of five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle yesterday afternoon. In addition, MPAC expresses its deep condolences to the Jewish Federation and the families of the victims and prays for the speedy recovery of those injured by this crime...

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Lawsuit Claims Marriott Discriminated Against Muslim Women Seeking Employment

July 29, 2006

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060729/NEWS01/607290394/1008

On July 29, 2006 The Courier-Journal reported, "Shortly after the Marriott Louisville Downtown opened to great fanfare last year, four women claimed they were denied jobs as housekeepers because each wore a hajib, a traditional Muslim hair covering.

A lawsuit filed this week accuses the hotel's owners of...

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Tom's of Maine Announces Halal Toothpaste for Muslim Customers

July 28, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2006/07/toms_courts_mus.html

On July 28, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Tom's of Maine, a company that makes personal hygiene products free of additives such as sweeteners and artificial flavoring, plans on targeting the growing market among U.S. Muslims by having its products certified as 'halal.'

An Arabic term, halal means simply lawful or accepted. Much like kosher products...

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