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Faiths Unite In South Florida to Help Haiti

January 31, 2010

Author: Jaweed Kaleem

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/1445892.html

Like many who lost family during the earthquake in Haiti, Jude Pierre turned to his faith for solace and wanted to find a way to help.

On Saturday, Pierre, a Christian from Miramar, found himself among shouts of Arabic prayers as he packed boxes of canned goods in a Miami Gardens warehouse, affixing stickers to packages...

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Virginia Islamic School's Expansion Met Protests

January 31, 2010

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122987391

In Northern Virginia, a private school needed the local county's approval to expand to serve more students. This would have hardly raised an eyebrow had it not been for one particular detail: The school is Islamic, funded by the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic Saudi Academy, located in Fairfax County, has long been under the...

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Baha'is Condemn Lack Of Due Process At Trial In Iran

January 31, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/753

The Baha'i International Community has issued a statement condemning the trial of 16 individuals in Iran yesterday as a "violation of all internationally accepted standards of legal due process."

The statement highlights the lack of proper legal representation for the defendants and the use of unreliable "confessions" in the trial. One of the 16 on trial is a Baha'i.

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Malaysian Hindus Celebrate Festival Amid Tensions

January 30, 2010

Author: Julia Zappei

Source: Yahoo News

http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ap/20100130/tap-as-malaysia-hindu-festival-b3c65ae.html

Hundreds of thousands of people - many with hooks pierced through the skin of their backs -thronged temples Saturday to celebrate a Hindu festival amid tensions surrounding attacks on houses of worship in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Eleven churches, three mosques, two Muslim prayer...

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North London Hindu School Will Be 'the First Of Many'

January 29, 2010

Author: Robert Pigott

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8486375.stm

With its wood-clad buildings, large expanses of light and grass-covered roofs, the Krishna-Avanti Primary School in Edgware, north London, proclaims its respect for the environment.

But the first state-funded Hindu school is also designed to make a statement about this famously well-integrated religion.

At its heart is the temple, above which rises a...

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Pagan Groups Join Forces to Offer Assistance In Haiti

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Foster's Daily Democrat

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100129/GJCOMMUNITY_01/100129526

PaganFM!, a radio program and Pagan podcast, originating at WSCA-LP, 106.1 FM in Portsmouth, and Circle Sanctuary, located near Barneveld, Wis,m have embarked on a collaborative effort, with the support of musicians from around the world, to create a music album, the proceeds from...

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Muslim Advocates Decry California Councilwoman's Facebook Posting Over Murder Trial

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Los Angeles Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-anti-muslim-remarks,0,7568138.story

Muslim advocates are demanding an apology from a California city councilwoman for posting anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook social networking page.

Muslim organizations in California on Friday...

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Air Force Builds Worship Space for Wiccans

January 29, 2010

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/01/air-force-builds-worship-space.php

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado will set aside a worship space for followers of "Earth-centered" religions such as Wicca and Druidism, according to an Air Force news release.

A stone circle atop a hill on the base in Colorado Springs will likely be dedicated in a ceremony March 10...

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For Buddhists, San Francisco Offers Many Places to Worship

January 29, 2010

Author: Suli Yi

Source: VOA News

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/religion/For-Buddhists-San-Francisco-Offers-Many-Places-to-Worship-83039932.html

Situated on the West Coast of the United States, the city of San Francisco has long been home to many generations of Asians who immigrated to the United States.  In a lot of cases, they are Buddhists, but since they are from a...

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