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Muslim Scholar Talks About Challenges Facing Women in the Arab and Muslim Worlds

April 30, 2007

Author: Judith Latham

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/NewsAnalysis/2007-04-30-voa39.cfm

Last week the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), a Washington-based organization dedicated to promoting freedom, democracy, and good governance in the Arab and Muslim worlds, sponsored a conference on “The Rights of Women in Islam and Muslim Societies.” And leading Muslim women scholars from the...

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Minorities Students Struggle with Arabic in State-Run Schools

April 30, 2007

Author: Amar Guriro

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C04%5C30%5Cstory_30-4-2007_pg12_3

KARACHI: Seven-year-old Angela finds it difficult to study Islamiyat at school. “I don’t know if I have to study it or not, but it’s really difficult to pronounce the Arabic properly,” she said.

Angela, one of many children belonging to the Hindu Maheshwari,...

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Faith Leaders in Peace Pledge

April 30, 2007

Source: The Asian News

http://www.theasiannews.co.uk/news/s/227/227143_faith_leaders_in_peace_pledge.html

The UK's most senior imam and rabbis united against religious extremism during a ground breaking inter-faith event in Manchester.

Held at the Hilton Hotel, the second Imam and Rabbis Conference brought together prominent leaders from both faiths to create dialogue between the two communities and look at ways to create better...

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First Theravada Buddhist Temple in Area Dedicated

April 30, 2007

Author: Karen Kane

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07120/782192-54.stm

The dedication yesterday of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center in Harrison was a feast for the senses.

There were monks swaddled in yards of orange cotton, the traditional ancient vestment of Buddhist priests; dark-haired, dark-eyed women in long dresses topped with saris; spicy-sweet smells from tables loaded with bowls brimming with food; the...

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"America Should Rethink That Whole 'No Religious Test' Bit," a Commentary by Stephen Prothero

April 30, 2007

Author: Stephen Prothero

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13358

We need a religious test for the U.S. presidency.

The Constitution mandates that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.' So I am not talking about requiring that the president be Christian or Judeo-Christian or even a believer in God.

I am talking about...

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Controversy on Menu at Prayer Breakfast

April 30, 2007

Author: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/santaclarita/ci_5789621

SANTA CLARITA - The keynote speaker at Thursday's Santa Clarita Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is an evangelical leader who called Catholicism a false religion and accused women legislators of abandoning their children.

While it is not sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita, the annual prayer breakfast typically draws the city's mayor, some City...

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In Turkey, Fear About Religious Lifestyle

April 30, 2007

Author: Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/30/world/europe/30turkey.html?ref=world

ISTANBUL, April 29 — When hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Istanbul on Sunday, it may have looked like a protest of government policy.

It was not.

Behind the slogans and signs of marchers in Istanbul on Sunday and in Ankara two weeks ago was something much...

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Pagans Want to Be Included Too

April 30, 2007

Author: Miss Faith

Source: Associated Content

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/229702/pagans_want_to_be_included_too.html

In the United Kingdom, or really anywhere else on planet earth, Paganism is not part of the school curriculum. However, a mother in the UK, Fiona Edden, wants it to be part of the learning process. Recently Edden submitted an online petition to the Downing Street website, asking for support...

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For Muslim Students, a Drive to Deem Holy Days as Holidays

April 29, 2007

Author: Emily Brady

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/nyregion/thecity/29holi.html

THE movement began last year when statewide tests for elementary school children were administered on Jan. 10, coinciding with Id al-Adha, a holiday that commemorates the story of Abraham and is a time of prayer and feast for the city’s Muslim community.

Muslim parents were dismayed that they were forced to choose...

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