Bahá'í

Blessed Friday as Religious Festivals Harmonise

March 20, 2008

Author: Aroosa Masroor

Source: The International News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=102278

March 21 will be of special significance this year as the calendars of five different religions will coincide, giving each faith a reason to celebrate the day.

As Muslims celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) on Friday, Christians will mark the crucifixion and death of Jesus as Good Friday, while Hindus and Sikhs will...

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Faith Groups 'Contribute £100m'

March 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7289508.stm

Religious and faith organisations contribute more than £100m in economic benefits to Wales, a report says.

But the groups have little in return, with barely a quarter of faith communities getting public funding, the research found.

According to the study, around 40,000 unpaid volunteers do 80,000 hours of community work a week

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Class Teaches Virtues to Children of Many Faiths

March 7, 2008

Author: Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87809254

It sounds like the start of a bad joke: A Jew, a Baptist and a Baha'i get together every Sunday morning ...

But it's a new kind of Sunday school, where families from a range of religions gather to teach virtues to their young children. On a recent Sunday in Falls Church, Va., Layli and Gil Miller-Muro invited parents and...

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Repressive Decree Withdrawn, but Work on New Religion Law Speeded Up

March 4, 2008

Author: Felix Corley

Source: Forum 18

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1096

The Presidential Administration has rejected for now a harsh new Decree which would have brought in sweeping controls on religious activity. But Kanat Murzakhalilov, Deputy Head of the State Agency for Religious Affairs, told Forum 18 News Service that his agency hopes to present a final draft of a controversial new Religion Law to the government by the end of...

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U.S. Zeal for Iran's Non-Muslims Faulted

March 1, 2008

Author: Thomas Erdbrink and Karin Brulliard

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/29/AR2008022903488.html

For decades the United States has funded an effort intended to help Christians, Zoroastrians and Jews escape persecution in Iran. Now some of their leaders are questioning American motives as sects that have endured here for thousands of years dwindle rapidly as a...

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Hindu American Foundation Joins in Historic Hindu-Jewish Summit Held in Israel

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_israel.htm

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was represented in a delegation of Hindu spiritual and lay leaders that visited Israel last week to attend the Second International Hindu-Jewish Summit organized by the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) in conjunction with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the...

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Draft Iranian Law Threatens Gross Human Rights Violations

February 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/606

The Iranian Parliament is considering legislation that would institutionalize a series of gross human rights violations, affecting not only Baha'is but many others, even outside of Iran, the Baha'i International Community said today.

Of greatest concern is a section that would mandate the death penalty for anyone who converts from Islam to another religion, a...

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Building Unity with Community Prayer

February 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/605

Twenty-five-year-old Andreas Rolle is in his final year of university, studying to become an elementary-school teacher. Like many students, he describes his daily life as "frenzied."

But he has discovered a small island of peace in his schedule: a prayer meeting every two weeks hosted by five Baha'is, also students in Heidelberg, a university town of 150,000...

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Baha'i International Community Issues Statement on Poverty Eradication

February 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/604

A new statement from the Baha'i International Community calls for a coherent, principle-based approach to the eradication of global poverty.

BIC representatives introduced the statement, "Eradicating Poverty: Moving Forward as One," yesterday at a luncheon held at their offices across from the United Nations. About 40 representatives from various non-governmental...

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Raid and Beatings for "Illegal" Religious Meeting – But Police Deny it

February 6, 2008

Author: Felix Corley

Source: Forum 18

http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1082

The police raid on a Jehovah's Witness meeting in a private home in Barda on 30 January is the latest attempt to suppress religious meetings in private homes, Forum 18 News Service has found. "If this was a religious group, why were they meeting in a private house?" Orhan Mansuzade of the Interior Ministry in Baku told Forum 18. "The Jehovah's Witnesses don't have...

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Iranian Baha'is Sentenced to Prison were Helping Underprivileged Youth

February 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/602

Accusations by the Iranian government that 54 Baha'is were engaged in anti-regime "propaganda" when they were arrested almost two years ago are patently false, the Baha'i International Community said today.

In November, three of that group were re-arrested and imprisoned for four years. The others have reportedly been given suspended one-year sentences....

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Will Utah Help Fund Refugee Services?

February 5, 2008

Author: Deborah Bulkeley

Source: Desert Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695250323,00.html

Elham Makedeh's 1 1/2-year-old son, Parsa Seysan, cheerfully waved fliers as Makedeh's eyes explored the newly renovated Capitol rotunda.

The refugees from Iran, persecuted because of their Baha'i faith, have been in Utah just seven months. They were among about 40 refugees who toured the Capitol recently with International...

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Egypt Religious Freedom Cases Continued to 22 January

December 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/597

Court hearings on two lawsuits filed by Baha'is over the government's policy on religious affiliation and national identity papers have been continued until 22 January 2008.

The two cases, the first by the father of twin children who is seeking to obtain proper birth certificates for them and the second by a college student who needs a national identity card to re-enroll in...

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