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Leaders Of New Spring Hill Mosque Hope Non-Muslims Visit to Learn

March 31, 2010

Author: Beth N. Gray

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/leaders-of-new-spring-hill-mosque-hope-non-muslims-visit-to-learn/1083984

For the past year, passers-by have been curious about the impressive construction project in the 6300 block of Barclay Avenue — a gilt-domed, turreted, two-story edifice.

It is the new place of worship and education...

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Anti-Buddhist Vandalism Denounced In Kentucky

March 31, 2010

Author: Tan Ong

Source: The Chakra

http://www.chakranews.com/anti-buddhist-vandalism-denounced-in-kentucky/640

Interfaith religion supporters recently denounced acts of vandalism on a Buddhist temple in Louisville, Kentucky. A local Buddhist temple was vandalized by culprits wanting to spread hatred and fear among the Buddhists in the area.  These acts are counter to the areas efforts to build acceptance and religious...

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Baha'is Barred From Leaving Iran

March 31, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/content/Bahais_Barred_From_Leaving_Iran/1999282.html

The Baha'i representative to the United Nations says that 50 Baha'is in southern Iran have been barred from leaving the country, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Diane Alai of the Baha'i International Community told RFE/RL the Baha'is were arrested in 2006 for teaching classes to underprivileged...

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Groups Press for Religious Freedom Envoy

March 31, 2010

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/03/groups-press-for-religious-fre.php

In an open letter sent to President Obama on Tuesday (March 30), 29 human rights groups and faith leaders pressed the president to fill the vacant position of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

"The absence of senior level leadership in your administration on...

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China's New Religious Head Downplays Role Of 'House Churches'

March 31, 2010

Author: Francis Wong

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3951

The Chinese government's new head of religious affairs has downplayed the role of house churches during his first official visit to Hong Kong, but a dissenting Chinese Christian has disputed his comments. 

Wang Zuo'an, the head of China's State Administration for Religious Affairs, met Hong Kong Protestant leaders at...

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US Exhibit Shows Complex Christian-Jewish Ties In Medieval Spain

March 31, 2010

Author: Chris Herlinger

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3955

An exhibit in New York illuminates the complex relationship between Christians and Jews in medieval Spain and shows that producing art was often a cooperative, interfaith enterprise. The exhibit, "Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain," at the Museum of Biblical Art, does not downplay the tensions that existed...

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Muslims Probe Growing Islamic Financial Sector

March 30, 2010

Author: Ron Csillag

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/03/muslims-probe-growing-islamic.php

Global leaders in Islamic finance are meeting in Toronto Tuesday and Wednesday (March 30-31) to probe the growing but still under-explored world of financial products and services that comply with Shariah, or Islamic law.

The Usury-Free Association of North America (UFANA) conference...

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Tuva Buddhists Hold Prayers In Memory Of Metro Blast Victims

March 30, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/ITAR-Tass

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,9043,0,0,1,0

Buddhists of Russia’s Tuva will hold in capital Kyzyl on Tuesday prayer services in memory of those killed in suicide bomb attacks on two metro trains in Moscow on Monday.

All parishioners who want to express condolences to the families of the people killed in the terrorist acts and pray for the dead are invited...

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French Council Advises Against Total Ban On Burqa

March 30, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/new/6935998.html

France's highest administrative body has concluded that a total ban on Islamic face-covering veils in public risks being found illegal and advises against it.

The Council of State also says in a report on the veil that even a limited ban would be difficult to...

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