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Monks Sue Va. Beach Over Permit Denial

September 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WAVY.com

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,7193,0,0,1,0

They teach morality, tolerance and love. But a small group of Buddhist monks say that is not what they have found in the city's leaders.

The monks have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Virginia Beach is violating their Constitutional right to religious freedom.

"I come from Vietnam," said Chuc Than, one of the monks. Some of...

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Letter: Local Muslims Criticize Paper's Inclusion of 'Obsession' DVD

September 28, 2008

Author: M. Saeed Dar

Source: The Daily Reflector

http://www.reflector.com/opinion/letter-local-muslims-criticize-papers-inclusion-of-obsession-dvd-156172.html

I am writing to you on behalf of the Eastern North Carolina Muslim Community to express our deep displeasure with your decision to distribute several thousand DVDs titled, “Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West,” on...

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Buddhist Chakmas Under Threat of Proselytisation

September 28, 2008

Author: Jyoti Lal Chowdhury

Source: Organiser

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=42,7184,0,0,1,0

Subtle moves are on for conversion of Buddhist Chakmas in certain areas of Mizoram and Tripura and also to take away their land for construction of churches. “These kinds of activities have been going on for sometime,” alleged Shri Basant Kumar Chakma.

Kantalang is a Chakma dominated village in the Phailo subdivision...

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Events Showcase Muslim Culture, History

September 28, 2008

Author: Lawn Griffiths

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/126910

When Hafez Turk moved to the Valley in 1965, there was only a scattering of Muslims. At times, only two or three gathered for Friday prayers in space provided at First Congregational Church of Phoenix.

"I hoped some more would show up," said the Tempe real estate agent and native of Palestine. "It was lonesome, but I felt if I stopped holding them,...

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Hindu `Festival of Lights' to be Celebrated at Texas Stadium

September 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DFW India Cultural Society

http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/10/hindu-festival-of-lights-to-be.html

DFW Indian Cultural Society(DFWICS) is organizing the third Diwali Mela on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 4-11pm at the Texas Stadium in Irving, TX. The hugely popular event is expected to attract more than 50,000 people from not just DFW but other neighboring cities in...

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Attack May Be Tied to Book About Muhammad

September 28, 2008

Author: Sarah Lyall

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/29/world/europe/29jewel.html?ref=books

Early this month, Gibson Square publishers here announced that it would publish “The Jewel of Medina,” a novel about the early life of A’isha, one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad. It was a bold decision: the book’s United States publisher, Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, had...

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Attack on Buddhist Centre in London

September 28, 2008

Author: Neville de Silva

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080928/News/sundaytimesnews_18.html

The Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury in London came under attack by unidentified persons causing damage to the building and a vehicle parked in the premises.

Police in the Brent Council area have called for information from the public about the early morning attack during which vandals smashed...

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Buddhist Monks in Western Myanmar March to Commemorate Anniversary of Army Crackdown

September 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.startribune.com/world/29839674.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

Meanwhile, in the country's biggest city, Yangon, recently released political prisoners helped...

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FBI Investigating Burning of Mosque Sign

September 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fort Mill Times

http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/305136.html

The FBI is investigating the burning of a mosque's sign in Joplin as a potential hate crime.

The sign for the Islamic Society of Joplin was set aflame early Thursday morning. Fire investigators say there's no doubt the fire was deliberately set.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Department initially investigated the arson but the FBI has...

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