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Tiny Amish Sect in Pennsylvania Clashes with State Over Unlikely Religion Issue: Outhouses

May 30, 2008

Author: Genaro C. Armas

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/19385369.html?location_refer=Faith%20+%20Values

Amish farmer Andy Swartzentruber is determined to live the simple life of his forefathers, plowing his field with a horse-drawn tractor, getting around in a horse-drawn buggy and offering eggs for sale to help support his family....

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Longtime High School Wrestling Coach Says Religious Controversy Sparked Firing

May 30, 2008

Author: Diane Macedo

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,360383,00.html

A high school wrestling coach in a Michigan city known for its large Arab community says he’s being forced out of his job of 35 years on trumped up allegations he allowed his assistant, a local clergyman, to try converting students to Christianity.

The coach, Jerry Marszalek, told FOXNews.com he thinks the decision to not renew his contract with...

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Interfaith 'Inreach' in a Conservative Setting

May 30, 2008

Author: Martha Moody Jacobs

Source: The Observer

http://www.jewishdayton.org/page.html?ArticleID=177135

A few years ago, when Beth Abraham Synagogue member Steven Fraim was undergoing conversion to Judaism, Rabbi Bernard Barsky told him about training to become a Keruv (outreach) consultant.

Keruv, a project of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, grapples with the issue of how Conservative Judaism should respond to interfaith...

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Bolton Faiths Unite for Victims of Disasters

May 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Bolton News

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/display.var.2309259.0.bolton_faiths_unite_for_victims_of_disasters.php

Religious groups from Bolton are coming together to raise funds for the victims of two devastating natural disasters.

The Bolton Interfaith Council is organising a "Helping in Harmony" event following the cyclone in Burma and the Chinese...

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CBF Forum Calls for Political and Religious Tolerance

May 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SANA’A, NewsYemen

http://www.newsyemen.net/en/view_news.asp?sub_no=3_2008_05_26_7250

The President’s political advisor Dr. Abdul-Karim al-Iryani, head of the Cultural Bridges Forum (CBF) has stressed the importance of religious and political tolerance in Yemen.

Al-Iryani said in a two-day forum on “Religious and Political Tolerance in Yemen”, launched Sunday morning by the...

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Blair Launches Faith Foundation

May 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7427809.stm

Former prime minister Tony Blair has launched a faith foundation to tackle global poverty, challenge conflict and unite the world's religions.

Mr Blair, who is a Roman Catholic, unveiled the foundation in New York.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has three aims: to promote faith as a force for good, improve awareness between...

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Sikhs in France Plan New School to Combat Turban Ban

May 30, 2008

Author: Sanjay Suri

Source: Sikh Network/IBN Live

http://www.sikhnet.com/daily-news/sikhs-france-plan-new-school-combat-turban-ban

Paris: The French ban on turbans for Sikh boys at school has brought extraordinary problems for parents and extraordinary solutions.

When Sikh boys play on the streets of Paris, their parents can worry in more ways than one.Because they never know when it could become all play and no...

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Bahrain Names Jewish Woman as Ambassador to US

May 29, 2008

Author: Reem Khalifa

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008May29/0,4670,BahrainJewishAmbassador,00.html

Bahrain's king has appointed a woman believed to be the Arab world's first Jewish ambassador as the country's envoy to Washington.

Lawmaker Houda Nonoo said she was proud to serve her country "first of all as a Bahraini," adding she was not chosen for...

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Myanmar Adopts New Pro-Military Constitution

May 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News/DPA

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/myanmar-adopts-new-pro-military-constitution_10054395.html

Myanmar Thursday adopted a new constitution that guarantees military control over future elected governments after a heavily-criticised national referendum approved the charter with a more than 90 percent vote in its favour. State television...

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