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Thai Charter Drafters Reject Buddhism as National Religion

June 30, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070630/wl_asia_afp/thailandpoliticsconstitutionreligion

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's constitution writers have rejected a plea to name Buddhism as the national religion, a drafter said Saturday, despite protests and hunger strikes by campaigning monks. ADVERTISEMENT

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Hispanic Reformation

June 30, 2007

Author: JOE RODRIGUEZ AND ICESS FERNANDEZ

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/story/110957.html

When Milca Molina moved to Wichita from Los Angeles nearly 20 years ago, there were two evangelical churches in the city that had a predominantly Spanish-speaking congregation. Today, there are more than 15, according to Molina, who helped start one of them -- Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Jerusalem, 1650 S. Broadway. Molina serves as...

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Leaders of 5 Faiths Decry Violence in Name of Religion

June 30, 2007

Author: K. Connie Kang

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs30jun30,1,1713175.story?coll=la-headlines-california

In a historic action, top leaders of five great religions met this month in Indonesia — home to 200 million Muslims — to condemn violence inflicted in the name of religion.

The leaders representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish...

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Sikh Heritage Dinner Event in Washington Again Draws Applause from American Lawmakers

June 30, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/454E3F4A331DF4DF8725730F0046D458

Washington, June 30, 2007 - Heavy thunderstorms and major political battles at the Capitol Hill did not prevent 250 Sikhs and many lawmakers to attend the 4th annual Sikh American Heritage Dinner reception at the Capitol Hill on June 12, 2007. Many Congress Representatives and Senators, who dropped by in between the votes on major...

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After 1 Hour, 25 Speakers, Council Approves Hindu Temple

June 30, 2007

Author: Ray Parker

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/0629cr-council0630-on.html

The Chandler City Council approved the construction of a Hindu temple in the central part of town, but only after listening for more than an hour to 25 speakers divided on the issue.

James Mowbray expressed the views of many of the neighborhood residents during Thursday night's meeting...

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The Hindu Council UK Defends and Promotes Issues Pertinent to the Hindu Community

June 30, 2007

Author: Michael Binyon

Source: Hindu Press International / The Times

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/7/19.shtml#3

UNITED KINGDOM, June 30, 2007: Mr. Anil Bhanot, general secretary of the Hindu Council UK, speaks candidly about the challenges facing Hindus in the UK and about the role the Hindu Council has played in lobbying for British Hindus in the country. Times correspondent Michael Binyon explains, "Hindus in Britain have a problem: they fit...

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Controversial New Mosque in Pompano Beach May be Years Away

June 30, 2007

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbmosque0630nbjun30,0,4725797.story

Pompano Beach Abdesslan Jerrardi regularly stops at the Islamic Center of South Florida for Friday prayers.

But Jerrardi, of Margate, longs for the day when Muslims are not packed into the men's worship room, elbow to elbow.

"A lot people want to come here, but where's the room?" he said.

Prayer areas...

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Interfaith Group Holds Conference at Harvard

June 29, 2007

Author: Matt Whorf

Source: Sharon Advocate

http://www.townonline.com/sharon/homepage/x1700754244

SHARON -The tide has come in for interfaith diversity education, and with it bringing waves of change. Such is the belief and hope of Interfaith Action, a high school religious interfaith group based in Sharon. It was also a prime motivation as teens from the group's Youth Leadership Program hosted a remarkable event this week called T.I.D.E. (Teenage...

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