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Birthday of Confucius Celebrated in Taiwan and China

September 29, 2006

Source: People's Daily Online

http://english.people.com.cn/200609/29/eng20060929_307383.html

On September 29, 2006 the People's Daily Online reported, "Grand ceremonies were held on both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Thursday, the 2,557th birthday of Confucius, to commemorate the great ancient Chinese thinker and philosopher revered around the world. Amid peaceful music and incense smoke, 2,557 people filed into the Confucian temple in Qufu of east...

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Op/Ed: "Where Are the Moderate Muslims? Everywhere" by Meher Sultana

September 28, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/15625345.htm

On September 28, 2006 The Miami Herald published a letter-to-the-editor by Fort Lauderdale resident Meher Sultana, "Re: Cal Thomas' Sept. 23 Other Views column, Where are the moderate Muslims?: The simple answer is: They are everywhere. Many of us are Americans, study in American institutions and go on to work and pay American dollars to our tax system. Like...

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Seattle Shinto Priest Stresses Value of Tradition

September 28, 2006

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20060928TDY20002.htm

On September 28, 2006 The Daily Yomiuri reported, "Shintoism has the power to enrich a multicultural society through its nature-based principles, an American Shinto priest said at a symposium in Nara earlier this month. Koichi Barrish, chief priest at the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America near Seattle and the first foreign Shinto priest, made the comment in a speech at the...

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Women Descendants to be Added to Confucius Family Tree

September 28, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5388064.stm?ls

On September 28, 2006 BBC News reported, "For the first time in more than 2,500 years the family tree of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius, is to include women descendants. Kong Dehong, a descendant overseeing the updating of the family tree, said: 'We have to move with the times. Men and women are equal now.' Traditional Confucian thinking gave women little status and required them to...

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Vietnamese Monk Fears Ban on Re-entry After Award

September 28, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=55,3241,0,0,1,0

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Buddhist monk, who is confined by the Vietnamese government to his monastery, fears he would be prevented from returning to Vietnam if he travelled to Norway to receive a human rights award, his supporters said.

In a statement late on Wednesday, the Geneva-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights said...

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Buddhist Research Center to Open in Israel

September 28, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=71,3242,0,0,1,0

On September 28, 2006 the Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism reported, "The Middle East is one of the most unlikely places in the world to study Buddhism, or the Far East for that matter. But all that is hopefully going to change. The Israel Center for the Study of Buddhism (ICSB) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary and...

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Hispanic Muslim Demographic is on the Rise

September 28, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0928/p03s02-ussc.html

On September 28, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "With her hijab and dark complexion, Catherine Garcia doesn't look like an Orlando native or a Disney tourist. When people ask where she's from, often they are surprised that it's not the Middle East but Colombia. That's because Ms. Garcia, a bookstore clerk who immigrated to the US seven years ago, is Hispanic...

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Interfaith Group of Moms Form Faith Club, Publish Book

September 27, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2006-09-26-faith-club_x.htm

On September 27, 2006 USA Today reported, "When the news abounds with incendiary stereotypes, contradictory theologies and confusing cultural identities, can any ordinary person sort it all out? Yes, if they're bold, persistent and open-minded, say the three women of the Faith Club: Ranya Idliby, a Muslim; Suzanne Oliver, a Christian; and Priscilla Warner, a Jew. This New...

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LA Intersection to be Named After Imam

September 27, 2006

Source: CBS2

http://cbs2.com/local/local_story_270155644.html

On September 27, 2006 CBS2 reported, "A South Los Angeles intersection will be named for a prominent local Islamic minister under a plan approved Wednesday by the City Council. The intersection of 41st Street and Central Avenue will be designated as Imam Abdul Karim Hasan Square for the Muslim clergyman who has worked at the Bilal Islamic Center for 35 years. 'Imam Abdul Karim Hasan is a distinguished clergy...

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