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Alleged Money Scam Roils Islamic Center

March 31, 2009

Author: Del Quentin Wilber and Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/30/AR2009033002925.html

In the Islamic Center of Washington, beneath the 160-foot minaret that towers over Embassy Row, a tale of intrigue has simmered for years. It is marked by bitter recriminations between two men who are credited with rehabilitating its reputation as a prominent...

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Multifaith Partnering Reflects a Diverse Religious Scene At Bates

March 31, 2009

Author: Simone Path

Source: The Bates Student

http://www.batesstudent.com/news/multifaith-partnering-reflects-a-diverse-religious-scene-at-bates-1.1636117

With at least 10 religious organizations on campus, the religious scene at Bates is diverse, in part because it is a nonsectarian school. Spirituality at Bates transcends religion, residing not in the practice of one or even several dominant...

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Filmmakers Focus Cameras On Personal Stories, Societal Issues

March 31, 2009

Author: Sarika Jagtiani

Source: Dover Post

http://www.doverpost.com/entertainment/x1579107164/Filmmakers-focus-cameras-on-personal-stories-societal-issues

Documentary films are vivisections of societal issues, and filmmakers are the ones on the inside doing the cutting.

“The greatest tool in the documentary toolmakers arsenal is unique access,” said Sharon Baker,...

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Hindus & Jews Want Restructuring Of Prayers At UK Parliament

March 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/hindus-jews-want-restructuring-of-prayers-at-uk-parliament_100173444.html

Hindus and Jews have asked the United Kingdom to re-evaluate the matrix of opening prayers in its Parliament, which probably date back from 17th century.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi...

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'Religion Beat' Caught Up In US Journalism Changes

March 31, 2009

Author: Chris Herlinger

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2868

News coverage of the religious landscape in the United States has in recent years gained visibility because of increased interest in issues related to religion but now faces an uncertain future, given a state of flux in U.S. journalism, say prominent religion journalists.

"The religion beat is suffering collateral damage," reporter...

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Atheists Put Message On High With Billboards In Dallas-Fort Worth Area

March 31, 2009

Author: Holly Yan

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/040109dnmetbillboards.3b5b112.html

These clearly aren't signs from God.

This week, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth will notice billboards sponsored by local atheists and agnostics.

"Don't believe in God? You are not alone," the billboards read. The signs, featuring a...

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National Faith Leaders Model Peacemaking At Historic Interfaith Event

March 31, 2009

Author: Joe Bjordal

Source: Episcopal Life Online

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_106609_ENG_HTM.htm

Saying it was the beginning of a "journey of passage" for Abrahamic people in the United States and beyond, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined with national leaders of Judaism and Islam for an historic "Conversation on Peace" on March 27 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The conversation was part of "Dinner in Abraham's...

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On Staten Island, a Jewish Cemetery Where All Are Equals In Death

March 31, 2009

Author: Jim Dwyer

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/nyregion/01about.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Two shovels were planted in the mound next to the open mouth of the grave. “For those of you who don’t know about this,” said the rabbi, Shmuel Plafker, “let me show you.”

He lifted the first pile of dirt with the back of the shovel. “To symbolize that we really...

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Islamic Laws Of Finance a Cushion In Hard Times

March 30, 2009

Author: Stephen Magagnini

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/1738648.html

The recession gripping the nation has taken less of a toll on American Muslims who follow age-old Islamic laws against paying – or charging – interest.

They've also been shielded by socially responsible retirement plans because Shariah– Islamic law – forbids investments in banks and mortgages as well as tobacco,...

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