Interfaith

Comforting Haiti Through Interfaith Dialogue

February 6, 2010

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Record

http://news.therecord.com/Life/faith/article/667295

When a group of local Muslims dropped into the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario’s office to help make comforters for Haiti earthquake victims, it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment goodwill gesture.

The Kitchener-based relief agency and local Muslims have been getting together regularly for almost three years.

The interfaith...

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Egypt Restores Monastery, Touting Religious Harmony In Wake Of Drive-By Shooting

February 5, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Denver Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14337886

Egypt's chief archaeologist unveiled on Thursday an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600-year-old site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the country's Muslims and Christians.

It's the message Egypt's government has been emphasizing ever since a...

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Anti-Semitic Attacks Against Jews 'Rise In the UK'

February 5, 2010

Author: Dominic Casciani

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8499450.stm

Attacks on Jews in the UK reached record levels in 2009, according to figures compiled within the community.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said it had recorded 924 incidents over the year, 55% more than the previous high of 598 incidents in 2006.

The organisation, which monitors incidents against Jewish people and organisations, said the rise was...

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Democrats Push to Repeal Religious Dress Ban In Schools

February 5, 2010

Author: Melica Johnson

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/local/83691437.html

A decades-old law banning teachers from wearing religious clothing in public classrooms received vigorous debate Friday during a public hearing on the 1923 law.

Democrats are leading the charge to lift the ban because they say it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. In a move to make their proposed law more palatable to critics of repealing the ban,...

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Religions Unite

February 5, 2010

Author: W. Brice McVicar

Source: The Intelligencer

http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2435710

Belleville's religious diversity was centre stage late last month as more than 80 people gathered to celebrate World Religions Day.

Celebrated on the third Sunday of each January, World Religions Day dates back to the 1950s when the Baha'i began its celebrations. The day has expanded into other faiths over the years and, for the...

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Court to Stage Debate On Religious Freedom

February 5, 2010

Author: Ary Hermawan

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/05/court-stage-debate-religious-freedom.html

The Constitutional Court will see one of its longest hearings as it becomes a forum for clerics, activists, pundits and artists to debate whether the country should revoke a 45-year-old blasphemy law to uphold freedom of religion.

The court opened Thursday the first hearing...

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Kenyan Churches Protest Islamic Courts' Clause In Constitution

February 4, 2010

Author: Fredrick Nzwili

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3756

Church leaders in Kenya are rallying their followers against a draft constitution they say favours Muslims and will tear the country apart. 

"Christians will not relent in holding out this position as it is our national duty," said the Rev. Peter Karanja, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of...

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Defacement Of AFA Pagan Worship Area Causing Outrage

February 3, 2010

Author: Mireya Garcia

Source: KRDO News

http://www.krdo.com/Global/story.asp?S=11930031

The desecration of a pagan worship circle at the air force academy causes outrage.

A sergeant involved with the new site says he found a large wooden cross on January 17th and reported it. Now some religious freedom advocates say the Air Force Academy is not taking the right approach in dealing with what they consider a hate crime.

One former student...

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Cross Found At Air Force Academy's Wicca Center

February 3, 2010

Author: DeeDee Correll

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-wicca3-2010feb03,0,3367750.story

The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.

But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in...

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Right to Worship Still Under Threat, Watchdog Warns

February 3, 2010

Author: Nurfika Osman

Source: The Jakarta Globe

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/right-to-worship-still-under-threat-watchdog-warns/356616

In another blow to Indonesia’s drive for religious tolerance, a report released on Wednesday said 200 violations against freedom of worship were filed with state agencies in 2009, involving 139 cases. 

Hendardi, the chairman of the Setara...

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Sikhs Attend Landmark Interfaith Conference In Jakarta

February 3, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet/The Sikh Times

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikhs-attend-landmark-interfaith-conference-jakarta

The World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) participated in a landmark US-Indonesia bilateral interfaith conference in Jakarta, Indonesia sponsored by the governments of the United States of America and Republic of Indonesia.

The conference was one of the steps undertaken...

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Delta Muslims, Christians Denounce Jos Crisis

February 2, 2010

Author: Omon-Julius Onabu

Source: This Day Online

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=165579

Muslims and Christians in Delta State, under the auspices of Arewa Forum and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday jointly denounced the recent ethno-religious crisis in Northern part of Nigeria, particularly in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

They also carpeted the Federal Government for what the...

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Priest Bridges Religious Divide By Funding Germany's Biggest Mosque

February 2, 2010

Author: Isabelle de Pommereau

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0202/Priest-bridges-religious-divide-by-funding-Germany-s-biggest-mosque

The recent Swiss ban on minarets reflects a climate gone sour between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. But here in Germany, two people have taken a stand to promote a dialogue that...

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