Interfaith

Pakistan: Sikh Beheadings Show Dangers Minorities Face

March 2, 2010

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Episcopal Life Online/Ecumenical News International

http://www.episcopal-life.org/81808_119963_ENG_HTM.htm

Christian groups in Pakistan and India have joined political and other religious leaders in deploring the recent beheading of two young Sikh men by a Taliban group in Pakistan, and have demanded security for religious minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.

"We condemn this diabolic act," said Victor...

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‘Holi’ Celebrated In Rawalpindi

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=226543

The Hindu and Sikh communities celebrated ‘Holi’ — a festival of colours — to welcome spring here on Sunday. 

A large number of Hindu and Sikh families were seen throwing colours on one another to celebrate the festival. All-Pakistan Hindu and Sikh Social Welfare Council Vice President Saroop Anand told ‘The News...

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Muslims Join Hindus to Celebrate Holi In Uttar Pradesh

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/Muslims-join-Hindus-to-celebrate-Holi-in-UP/514177/H1-Article1-514198.aspx

Hindus and Muslims on Monday came together and took out a procession, called a Holi Baraat, in this Uttar Pradesh capital to celebrate the festival of colours amid communal unity.

This is a decades old tradition followed by...

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Different Faiths Gather As One

March 1, 2010

Author: Alexia Severson

Source: The Round Up

http://www.roundupnews.com/news/different-faiths-gather-as-one-1.1179004

Speakers of different religions and backgrounds shared their views with a fairly large turnout of students willing to listen Thursday night in the Otero Room of Corbett Center.

The dialogue, sponsored by the New Mexico State University Interfaith Council, featured many campus-affiliated religious...

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Senator Draws Attention to Violation Of Rights

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One News Now

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=915562

A U.S. senator says religious intolerance appears to be on the rise in some countries.

During a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) voiced his concerns to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and claimed religious rights are being violated in many countries.
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Iraqi Christians Protest Over Killings

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8542326.stm

Hundreds of Iraqi Christians have taken part in protests calling for government action after a spate of killings.

At least eight Christians have been killed in the past two weeks in the volatile northern city of Mosul.

The killings prompted an appeal by Pope Benedict on Sunday for Iraqi authorities to protect vulnerable religious minorities.

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Hindu-Muslim Clash In Holi Celebrations

March 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/hindu-muslim-clash-holi-celebrations

Tension gripped Uttar Pradesh's Badosarai town in Barabanki district Monday afternoon following a 'minor clash' between Hindus and Muslims over Holi celebrations.

No one was seriously injured in the incident, police said.

The clash between the two communities erupted when some Hindus, who were...

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Hindus Urge Massachusetts Schools for Choice In Studying Of Religious Texts

February 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The First Reporter

http://www.thefirstreporter.com/entertainment/hindus-urge-massachusetts-schools-for-choice-in-studying-of-religious-texts/

Hindus have urged Massachusetts (USA) schools to either allow students the flexibility to choose the religious text to study in the class instead of just mandating one religious text on the entire...

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EU Says Bangladesh Must Curb Violence Against Buddhists And Christians

February 28, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Nepal News

http://www.nepalnews.net/story/606692

The European Union has condemned last week's ethnic violence in Bangladesh. 

A number of families have been displaced from the Chittagong Hill Tract area, which has a significant Buddhist population. 

At least five people were killed and over twenty injured when a number of people from the Buddhist groups were targeted and their houses burned down....

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Singapore Taoist Federation Introduces Course to Raise Inter-Religious Understanding

February 27, 2010

Author: Dylan Loh

Source: Channel NewsAsia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1040336/1/.html

The Singapore Taoist Federation has started a course to promote inter-religious understanding. 

It is the first formal programme by the Federation to help people learn more about Taoism.

Taoism is more than just performing rituals at temples, and this is what the Singapore...

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Obama Council Approves Recommendations to Reform, Expand Faith-Based Initiative

February 26, 2010

Author: David Waters

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/02/obama_council_approves_recommendations_to_reform_expand_faith-based_initiative.html

As expected, President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships approved a series of recommendations Friday aimed at reforming and...

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