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New Centre for Houston's [US] Jain Community

October 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Ahimsa Times

http://www.jainsamaj.org/magazines/october-2009.htm

New Jain centre 'Preksha Meditation Center' built on 6,000-square-foot is due to open at Housten. Over $2 million raised entirely from voluntary donations has been spent in the construction. The facility's main room features a 3,600-square-foot cardinal-pyramid meditation hall, shaped to enhance the meditation experience. Beginning with only 40 followers...

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A Santeria Feast Day In Euless

October 31, 2009

Author: Kimberly Thorpe

Source: Dallas Observer

http://www.dallasobserver.com/slideshow/view/28662447

Though Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religion practiced by one to five million people in the US, some Euless residents were shocked to learn it was being practiced in their neighborhood -- especially its animal sacrifices. A long legal battle ensued, which brought new details of the religion to light. 

Cambridge University to Allow Burqas During Graduation Ceremony

October 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DNA

http://www.dnaindia.com/academy/report_cambridge-university-to-allow-burqas-during-graduation-ceremony_1305314

Cambridge University, which follows a strict dress code, will allow female Muslim students to wear burqas under their mortar boards during graduation ceremonies. 

The university has a strict dress code for the prestigious events at...

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Carleton Shines With Hindu Festival Of Lights

October 31, 2009

Author: Arika Garg

Source: Carleton News

http://apps.carleton.edu/news/features/?story_id=582988

On Sunday, October 18, Carleton commemorated the Hindu “festival of lights,” Diwali, with a celebratory event held at the Severance Great Hall. The event featured a keynote address by guest speaker Suhag Shukla, co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation, followed by vocal and dance performances by members of DESI (Dedicated to the...

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Secret Mission Rescues Yemen's Jews

October 31, 2009

Author: Miriam Jordan

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125693376195819343.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel

In his new suburban American home, Shaker Yakub, a Yemeni Jew, folded a large scarf in half, wrapped it around his head and tucked in his spiraling side curls. "This is how I passed for a Muslim," said the 59-year-old father of seven, improvising a turban that hid his black...

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New Indoor Display Rules Set for Capitol Campus

October 31, 2009

Author: Brad Shannon

Source: The Olympian

http://www.theolympian.com/southsound/story/1020811.html

New permanent rules formally signed Friday at the Capitol will bar religious displays and nongovernment displays inside Capitol Campus buildings.

The rules take effect Dec. 1 and are aimed at preventing a repeat of last year’s riot of displays inside the Legislative Building. However, the rules do allow a state-sponsored holiday tree...

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Blacks Still Drawn to Islam Despite FBI Raids

October 30, 2009

Author: Jesse Washington

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ggCbvrwX43kp0lqLs83eWhOmtZGAD9BLITQO0

By now, Sekou Jackson is used to the questions: Why does he need to leave a work meeting to pray? Don't black Muslims convert to Islam in jail? Why would you even want to be Muslim?

"It's kind of a double whammy to be African-...

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