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Obama Sets Islamic Visit as a Priority

August 29, 2008

Author: Anne Davies

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/us-election/obama-sets-islamic-visit-as-a-priority/2008/08/28/1219516662977.html

If elected, Barack Obama will visit a major Islamic capital during the first 12 months of his presidency, as part of his strategy to more actively engage with the Middle East, his national security adviser, Greg Craig, revealed Wednesday...

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Australian National University Responds to Sikh Request

August 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Sikh News

http://www.sikhnet.com/daily-news/australian-national-university-responds-sikh-request

In this year of the Tercentenary of Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikhs of Australia have achieved a singular appreciation of Guru Granth Sahib Ji as living Guru of the Sikh people.

Like all religious books, copies of Guru Granth Sahib Ji were available for any reader at the...

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Ann Arbor Buddhist Yard Sale Offers a Bit of Nirvana for Bargain Hunters

August 29, 2008

Author: Jo Mathis

Source: The Ann Arbor News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=62,7046,0,0,1,0

In the market for a three-pronged, battery-operated marshmallow toaster? How about a set of nail clippers glued to a tiny soccer ball?

If your tastes run a bit more pedestrian, there's also a plethora of the practical at the Ann Arbor's Zen Buddhist Temple's 20th annual Great Green Yard Sale Saturday through Monday.

The...

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"Don't Exclude Humanists, Atheists from the Melting Pot," a Commentary by Greg Epstein

August 28, 2008

Author: Greg M. Epstein

Source: The Washington Post/Newsweek

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/greg_m_epstein/2008/08/dems_interfaith_inclusionexclu.html

This past Sunday the Democrats unveiled their 2008 convention with an "Interfaith Gathering of Clergy." I am a Humanist: a proud, active member of the community of millions of Americans who believe in being good without God. So you might...

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Tribal Schools Expand Role Preserving Native Cultures

August 28, 2008

Author: Butch Reifert

Source: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

http://www.djc.com/news/co/11203987.html

Native Americans are showing increased interest nationwide in building schools that instill in their children a deeper understanding of their tribal culture and connection to the environment.

Recognizing the importance of preserving traditions that might otherwise be lost on younger generations, Indian groups from New York state to Washington state...

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Exhibition Sheds Further Light on Islam

August 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Seychelles Nation Online

http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=13217

Efforts to make Islam more popular as a religion in Seychelles have gathered speed.

A week of activities was set on its way on Monday and continued on Tuesday with the opening of an exhibition at the National Library, held to shed more light on the religion and what it hopes to achieve.

The exhibits, mainly posters, have been designed to answer a...

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Poll: Muslims Positive About Globalization, Trade

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News/PRNewswire-USNewswire

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20080828/pl_usnw/poll__muslims_positive_about_globalization__trade

Contrary to the common assumption that Muslims view globalization as a threat to their society, a new poll of predominantly Muslim countries finds that globalization is generally viewed positively. The poll was conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org in six...

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Baha'is Imprisoned in Yemen May Face Imminent Deportation to Iran

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/651

Three Baha’is currently imprisoned in Yemen are facing the possibility of imminent deportation to Iran, where Baha’is are intensely persecuted and they would likely face imprisonment or torture.

“We are gravely concerned about the fate of these three Baha'is, who are being held without charges in a case that is clearly based on...

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How a Shia Ritual Ended in Court

August 27, 2008

Author: Caroline Cheetham

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7583845.stm

A Muslim has been found guilty of child cruelty after forcing two boys to beat themselves during a religious ceremony. The practice has caused controversy in Britain, but this is the first case of its kind to be brought before a UK court.

Husayn - the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad - and members of his family were slaughtered during the battle of Karbala...

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