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Blaine Hate Crime Sparks Town Meeting Focused on Unity, Answers

March 31, 2008

Author: EMILY BRIGHT

Source: Twin Cities Daily Planet

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/03/31/blaine-hate-crime-sparks-town-meeting-focused-unity-answers.html#

On the night of January 27, three men entered Mohammad Ismail’s Blaine Dairy store as he was closing shop and threw flaming glass bottles at the walls, destroying everything in the store. Ismail escaped through the...

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Vatican Sees Pope’s Visit as Chance to Soften Image

March 31, 2008

Author: LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/us/31papal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

When Pope Benedict XVI makes his first papal trip to the United States in April, he will be guided by a seasoned Vatican ambassador who sees the visit as an opportunity to introduce a little-known pope to a complex set of audiences: American Catholics, Americans in general and global opinion leaders.

“...

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Prophetic Voices Celebration

March 31, 2008

Author: Nick Alpers

Source: The Philadelphia Jewish Voice

http://www.pjvoice.com/v34/34602shalom.aspx

The Shalom Center in Mount Airy will host its Prophetic Voices celebration will Sunday April 6, 2008 at Congregation Mishkan Shalom, 1401Freeland Avenue, Roxborough.

This year three national religious leaders along with three local leaders are being honored. National honorees are Ruth Messinger, head of the Jewish World Service who built a multi-...

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Symposium Focuses on Women in Religion

March 31, 2008

Author: Henry L. Davis

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/311868.html

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Buffalo Chapter took on a monumental task Sunday, conducting an interfaith conversation on the role of women in religion.

It’s a potentially controversial subject that one might spend years studying — as well as arguing over — and still not entirely grasp.
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Muslim Volunteers to Serve at Morristown Soup Kitchen

March 31, 2008

Author: Minhaj Hassan

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803310304

A "Muslims Serve Day" will take place at the Community Soup Kitchen next month.

Serving at the soup kitchen gives the Muslim community an opportunity to participate in an "act of righteousness" and show the community at large the true and compassionate face of Muslims and Islam, said Zamir Hassan, a coordinator with...

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Interfaith Event Fosters New Insights

March 31, 2008

Author: ANN ZANIEWSKI

Source: The Oakland Press

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stories/033108/loc_20080331279.shtml

Beheejah Shakoor learned from a rabbi that the yarmulke is worn as a reminder of a higher power, something she said she also believes.

"You realize we have more in common than differences," Shakoor, a Muslim nurse from South Lyon, said. Shakoor was among about 100 women of various faiths who attended Sunday's "...

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Young French Muslims Vent Frustrations on Iraq's Battlefields— and Come Home to Recruit

March 31, 2008

Author: Ingrid Rousseau and Daniel Woolls

Source: The International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/30/news/Frances-Holy-Warriors.php

Boubakeur el Hakim traded his Paris neighborhood of boulangeries and halal butcher shops for the insurgent camps of Iraq. When he came home, he told his war stories to other young men on the forgotten edges of French society,...

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Navy Chaplain Fired from Teaching Job After Report Exposed his Anti-Islamic Views

March 31, 2008

Author: Jason Leopold

Source: Online Journal

http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3116.shtml

A top Navy chaplain who wrote a book several years ago attacking Islam, calling the religion “evil,” and urging the United States to launch a “jihad” against the faith, has been fired from a prestigious theological institute after officials at the school recently became aware of the chaplain’s controversial book...

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