Interfaith

State Tells Schools to Teach Bible Literacy But Not How

September 6, 2009

Author: Jessica Meyers Jessica Meyers

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/090609dnmetbibleteach.3ff862f.html

Vanda Terrell is still getting used to saying it.

"Let's open our Bibles," the veteran Plano ISD teacher tells students daily at two public high schools in the district. And it's legal for her to do it. A new state law...

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Swiss Christian, Jewish, Muslim Groups Reject Call to Ban Minarets

September 4, 2009

Author: Stephen Brown

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3338

The Swiss Council of Religions, which groups Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, has issued a statement rejecting a call for the country to ban the construction of minarets at mosques. 

"For the members of a religious community, religious buildings are not only places to gather but also a symbol of their faith and...

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Delays In Muslims’ Cases Spur Interfaith Call to Action

September 4, 2009

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/05/us/05religion.html

Early one morning last June, fully two hours before his appointment, Mustafa Salih arrived at a federal office here in the Washington suburbs. He wore the new suit he had bought for the occasion. A friend, accompanying him, carried a camera to record the event. Mr. Salih had not slept the previous night.

High emotion was not supposed...

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Jews, Seeking Allies, Reach Out to Latino Evangelicals

September 2, 2009

Author: Lilly Fowler

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/jews_seeking_allies_reach_out_to_latino_evangelicals/

Early on a weekday morning, dozens of Latino evangelical leaders stream into a large church on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Greeting one another in Spanish, they sip coffee and share pastries until they are informed that class is about to begin....

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Arabs Charged Over Dutch Cartoon

September 2, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8234359.stm

An Arab organisation is to be put on trial in the Netherlands over its publication of a cartoon deemed offensive to Jews, prosecutors say.

The cartoon, published by the Arab European League (AEL) on its website, questions the Holocaust.

It said the decision to prosecute illustrated bias against Muslims.

It said the same standards were not applied to...

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Students Must Learn About Other Religions: Judge

September 2, 2009

Author: Graeme Hamilton

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1956333

Christian parents who objected to their children being taught about other religions in a mandatory new Quebec school course have suffered a serious setback with a ruling this week that the teachings do not infringe their religious freedoms.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Guy Dubois dismissed a bid by parents in Drummondville, Que., who...

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Muslim Insurgents Confound Military In Thailand

August 31, 2009

Author: Thomas Fuller

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/world/asia/01iht-thai.html

The Thai soldiers patrolling this hamlet racked by insurgent violence measure their progress modestly: two years ago, villagers closed their shutters and refused to greet them. Now most residents peer out of their wood-frame houses and offer strained smiles.

“The local people have started to open their hearts,”...

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Richardson Mosque Invites Churches to Share In Fast-Breaking Dinners During Ramadan

August 29, 2009

Author: Jeffrey Weiss

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/082909dnmetrichramadan.3d3c14d.html

Members of the Dallas Islamic Center plan to break their daylong Ramadan fast today with traditional foods in an untraditional setting: a social hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas.

The mostly Turkish mosque, Richardson-based...

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Exhibit Honors Muslims Who Saved Jews

August 28, 2009

Author: Shahzada Irfan

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6592238.html

When no other European country dared to withstand the wrath of Nazi Germany, it was the Muslims of Albania who saved a large number of Jewish people from extermination.

Albania, a Muslim majority country in Europe, opened its borders during World War II and took in thousands of Jews fleeing from different countries....

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Abundant Faith, Shrinking Space

August 22, 2009

Author: William Wan

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082103876.html

They stream in through the doors every Friday -- a sea of Muslims pouring into a synagogue in Reston.

The men roll out long prayer rugs on the synagogue floor. An imam stands up front and praises Allah. And as the faithful begin whispering their prayers in flowing Arabic, their...

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Faith Groups Grapple With Role In Reform

August 20, 2009

Author: Robert King

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/article/20090820/NEWS05/908200448/

The Rev. John Hay Jr. reads the parable of the Good Samaritan -- who bandaged the wounds of an injured stranger and paid to have him cared for -- and sees a biblical basis for supporting universal health care, even if it means a greater government role.

Curt Smith reads the same passage and sees an example of someone who...

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