Interfaith

Christians Find Oman an Oasis Of Religious Tolerance

January 6, 2010

Author: Saleh al Shaibany

Source: The National

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100107/FOREIGN/701069854/1011

As another Christmas season winds down, Christians in Oman say they enjoy tolerance and a number of privileges in this deeply conservative Muslim society and that the country’s ruler has made a point of supporting the diverse community.

“We are lucky that His Majesty...

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Vandalism At Mosque, Interfaith Display, Suspected As Hate Crimes

January 5, 2010

Author: Salvador Hernandez

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/display-226852-hate-islamic.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations denounced two incidents of what it called "anti-Islam hate" after a Quran was found burned in a mosque parking lot and a Muslim component of a holiday display was defaced, both on New Year's Day.

Munira Syeda, spokeswoman for CAIR, said that although the two...

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Religion Communicators Congress to Address Changes In Technology

January 5, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2010/01/msg00009.html

Religion Communicators Congress to address changes in technology, society and the place of religion in society.  More than 1,000 communications professionals from different from different faiths, different countries, and different areas of faith communication will gather under the theme "Embracing Change: Communicating Faith in Today's World" April 7-10, 2010 at...

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Muslim-Hindu Punk Rock Bands Part Of New Movement

January 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Canadian Press/Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iCiajeQeoEwcGGTlkvqD89S_JxxA

A small but growing South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement is attracting children of Muslim and Hindu immigrants and sparking new bands across America.

Bands like The Kominas (kuh-MEE'-nahs), based...

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Area Catholics, Hindus Mark New Year With Hope, Optimism

January 2, 2010

Author: Christine Rook

Source: Lansing State Journal

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20100102/NEWS01/1020328

In a world fraught with anger and conflict and violence, there were thoughts of peace on the first day of this new year.

Greater Lansing residents gathered to hope for a better future, offering prayers at places such as the Bharatiya Temple of Lansing in Haslett and at Cristo Rey Church in Lansing.

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Buddhist Monastery Opens In Bowling Green

January 2, 2010

Author: Lacey Steele

Source: WBKO News

http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/80517882.html

It was a joyous occasion Saturday in Bowling Green as a new Buddhist temple opens in the community.

For about three years, many refugees have sought a temple, and now they finally have one.

“It's a Burmese tradition, Burmese culture,” said the Venerable Ashin of New York with the International Burmese Monks Organization.

In Bowling Green, there...

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Malaysian Court Rules Non-Muslims May Call God Allah

December 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8435975.stm

A court in Malaysia has ruled that Christians have a constitutional right to use the word Allah to refer to God.

The High Court said a government ban on non-Muslims using the word was unconstitutional.

The court was ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Herald, a publication of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, in 2007.

The authorities had...

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Give Protection to Muslim Woman, Hindu Husband: HC

December 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/give-protection-to-muslim-woman-hindu-husband-hc/561888/

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Sivaganga District police to provide protection to a Muslim woman and her Hindu husband, who reportedly received threats after their recent marriage.

When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday, the couple...

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Muslims Take Hindu Names to Work

December 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/muslims-take-hindu-names-work

With access to jobs in the lucrative diamond industry closed to them, many Muslims in Hindu-majority India change their names and assuming Hindu ones just to get a chance.

"We would not get a job if we are known to be Muslims," Allarakha Khan, a Muslim worker who uses a Hindu name, told.

"We have been doing this...

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Hindus Join Muharram Processions In Orissa

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/hindus-join-muharram-processions-in-orissa_100295712.html

Demonstrating communal harmony, hundreds of Hindus Monday joined Muslims’ Muharram processions in Orissa as part of their years-long tradition.

The Hindus joined the processions at several places to mourn the martyrdom of Imam...

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Buddhists, Christians Unite for Christmas Celebration

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Union of Catholic Asian News

http://www.ucanews.com/2009/12/28/buddhists-christians-unite-for-christmas-celebration/

More than 300 Catholics and 700 Buddhists joined a Christmas celebration in the village of Ohn-pin-su, which is home to just one Catholic family.

People came from villages in Pantanaw parish, south of Yangon, for the event where the message was one of unity...

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Christmas Celebrated Amid Tight Security

December 26, 2009

Author: Aamir Yasin

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C12%5C26%5Cstory_26-12-2009_pg7_23

The Christian community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad celebrated Christmas on Friday with religious fervour, enthusiasm and gaiety amidst tight security.

The Christians community decorated Christmas trees and cribs in their houses. The Christians living in slums celebrated the...

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