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Amid IRS Scrutiny, Houses of Worship Examine Get-out-the-vote Programs

October 31, 2006

Author: William Douglas

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/587/story/779770.html

WASHINGTON - Scores of houses of worship nationwide are re-examining how they conduct get-out-the-vote programs and other election activities as the Internal Revenue Service investigates religious institutions for illegal campaign activity.

Churches grew more nervous when the IRS launched an investigation of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena,...

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U.S. Muslims Mobilize In 2006 Elections with Eye on 2008

October 31, 2006

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=11751

Congressional elections haven't meant much to Saadia Chaudhry, who, at 30, has never cast a midterm ballot. But this year Chaudhry is excited about voting in her suburban Maryland district, even though she admits -- with a slightly embarrassed laugh -- that she's not even sure who's running.

"I just know I'm voting for...

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Muslim Donation Delivers Half-ton of Food to Crossroads Center

October 31, 2006

Author: Deborah Bulkeley

Source: Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,650203138,00.html

More than half a ton of food was delivered to Crossroads Urban Center on Monday, the result of a monthlong drive by Utah's Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan.

Charity is an integral part of Ramadan, during which adherents to Islam fast from sunrise to sunset, said Imam Shuaib-ud Din of the Khadeeja mosque in West...

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Parsis Split Over Disposal of Dead

October 30, 2006

Author: Monica Chadha

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6079870.stm

It is a matter of life and death for India's dwindling and tiny Zoroastrian Iranian or Parsi community in India's financial capital, Mumbai.

There are only 130,000 Parsis left around the world, of whom about 43,000 reside in Mumbai.

With deaths outweighing births, Parsis may be a dying community demographically but they are quite high on the...

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PM Denies Chaplaincy 'Religious Crusade'

October 30, 2006

Author: David Crawshaw

Source: news.com.au

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,20671710-2,00.html?from=public_rss

PRIME Minister John Howard denies being on a religious crusade with his controversial proposal to place government-approved chaplains in Australian schools.

All schools will be eligible to receive $20,000 to employ a chaplain, to fill what Mr Howard says is a void of spiritual and pastoral guidance available...

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Sikh Hollywood Stars Shine, Spin for a Cause

October 30, 2006

Author: Khushwant Singh

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/E2902E5E55B67310872572170076A8EF!OpenDocument

Chandigarh: Sikhs are all set to take over Hollywood. Fighting stereotypes and attempting to set their image ‘‘right’’, the Spinning Wheel Film Festival (SWFF), 2006, titled ‘Sikhs in Hollywood - meet the stars’, will give...

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