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Museum Head Apologizes for Treatment of Woman Wearing Islamic Veil

August 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/27/europe/veil.php

The head of one of the most prestigious museums in Venice apologized Wednesday to a Muslim woman who had been asked by a guard to leave the building because she was wearing a veil over her face.

The episode, which has kindled controversy in the Italian media and arguments between politicians, occurred Sunday in Venice's Ca' Rezzonico museum, which...

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DNC Panel Considers Future of Faith-Based Initiatives

August 27, 2008

Author: Prof. John DiIulio and Rabbi David Saperstein

Source: Catholic News Agency

http://catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=13648

Whether and how to continue the faith-based initiatives begun by President George W. Bush were among the topics of discussion Tuesday at the Faith in Action Panel at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Panelists Rabbi David Saperstein, from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and the University of...

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People of Faith Challenge Democrats

August 27, 2008

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: Star-Telegram.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.star-telegram.com/464/story/863904.html

Religious leaders and people of faith who've been invited to the table at this week's Democratic National Convention are not sitting quietly with their hands in their laps.

The head of a large African-American denomination challenged the party on abortion. An Orthodox Jewish rabbi raised his voice...

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South Korea's Buddhists March Against President

August 27, 2008

Author: Jeong Jae-hyun

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/08/27/asia/AS-SKorea-Buddhist-Protest.php

Tens of thousands of South Korean Buddhists rallied Wednesday against alleged religious discrimination by the government of President Lee Myung-bak, the latest setback for his protest-plagued administration.

Discontent among...

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USA: Growing Indian Membership Leads to Conflict in Vedanta Movement

August 27, 2008

Author: Richard Cimino

Source: Religioscope

http://religion.info/english/articles/article_390.shtml

Vedanta, an American and Hindu-based organization created for Westerners interested in Eastern religious thought and practice, is becoming increasingly Indian Hindu in makeup, causing controversy and concern among the remaining non-Indian members. Such members claim that Vedanta is losing its distinctive mission of reaching Westerners with Eastern...

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Religious Freedom Laws Help Create Culture of Tolerance

August 26, 2008

Author: Louise Fenner

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080826083401tsop.nb/topstory.html

An openness to immigration and laws protecting religious freedom helped create the conditions for religious tolerance in the United States, says an expert on immigration, religion and urban issues in America who has researched a neighborhood in New York City he calls "perhaps the most extreme case of religious pluralism in the world."...

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Three Faiths, Three Friends: Seattle's Interfaith Amigos

August 26, 2008

Author: Amy Frykholm

Source: The Christian Century

http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=5129

The third annual interfaith Passover Seder meal at University Congregational Church in Seattle was a "bring your own wine" event. Tables for 300 guests were impeccably set with goblets and fresh flowers; two kinds of charoset (a pasty blend of fruit and nuts prepared according to both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic styles); two kinds of horseradish...

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Islamic School Hopes Sun Rises on Plans for Expansion

August 26, 2008

Author: Rosemary Kubera

Source: Columbus Local News

http://www.snponline.com/articles/2008/08/26/multiple_papers/news/allhlsunri_20080825_1023am_6.txt

Sunrise Academy, the private K-8 Islamic school located in Hilliard, is filled to capacity this school year and looking to expand.

"We are in the process of looking for two buildings: one for a high school and one to purchase on the East Side to...

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Danish Publisher Hopes to Publish 'Inflammatory' Islam Novel

August 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/aug/26/jewelofmedina.islam.controversy

A Danish publisher is in negotiations to buy Sherry Jones's novel about the child bride of Muhammad, which was dropped by Random House in America and pulled from bookshops in Serbia.

The Jewel of Medina tells the story of Aisha, one of Muhammad's wives, from the age of six to 18 when Muhammad dies. It...

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