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Devotees of West African Faith Gather Near San Bernardino

August 31, 2008

Author: David Olson

Source: The Press Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_W_orisa31.496ba6a.html

The sounds of chanting, drumming and traditional West African music streamed Saturday afternoon from a backyard near San Bernardino, as about 100 people gathered for the biggest festival of the Orisa religion in southern California.

The yard belongs to two of the West Coast's best-known...

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51st Merdeka: 'Interfaith Activities Will Boost Unity'

August 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New Straits Times

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Sunday/Frontpage/2337306/Article/index_html

The people should organise more interfaith activities before Merdeka Day every year to strengthen national unity, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.

The prime minister said they could also cement solidarity between leaders of the various communities and the people...

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Nigerians Open Mosque in Time for Ramadan

August 31, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080831/METRO/808310317/1041/LIFESTYLE04

Across from the burned-out house on Marlborough Street, behind a tall cyclone fence with a lock and chain on the gate, sits a single-family home -- clean, well-kept and full of praying Muslims.

"At first, we organized amongst ourselves and worshipped in different...

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Former New York Times Reporter Looks at Growth of Interfaith Movements

August 30, 2008

Author: Steve Padilla

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs30-2008aug30,0,931434.story

Conflicts between religions continue to rock the world, but when Gustav Niebuhr looks out on the religious landscape, he sees what he calls the "possibility of community."

Niebuhr, an associate professor of religion at Syracuse University, detects an encouraging (he calls it...

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US Sikhs Protest Chopping of Prisoner's Hair

August 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/USA/US_Sikhs_protest_chopping_of_prisoners_hair/articleshow/3418925.cms

A Sikh body here has strongly condemned the alleged forcible cutting of hair of a Sikh prisoner in Florida state and has launched a signature campaign to pressurise the authorities to respect the community's religious sensibilities....

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Ministers Recruit Young Muslims as Advisers in Latest Bid to Combat Islamic Extremism

August 29, 2008

Author: Ian Drury

Source: The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1050266/Ministers-recruit-young-Muslims-advisers-latest-bid-combat-Islamic-extremism.html

Twenty young Muslims are to become personal advisers to three Cabinet ministers in an attempt by the Government to tackle Islamic extremism.

Labour says the group, aged 16 to 25, will keep...

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New Pressure Over Faith Schools

August 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7587849.stm

Ministers are being urged to stop faith schools in England selecting pupils and staff on the basis of their religion.

Accord, a new coalition of secular and religious figures, wants the government to stop state-funded schools engaging in what they say is "discrimination".

It argues that all children should have equal access to good...

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