Interfaith

Faith Groups Mount Campaign Against Torture

May 8, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0508/p03s05-usju.html

As Congress and the Bush administration skirmish over still-secret interrogation techniques, American faith communities are mounting a national campaign to prohibit torture and cruel and inhumane treatment of US-held detainees.

More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT...

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No Joke! Stand-Up Comedians Battle Intolerance

May 7, 2008

Author: Ralph Dannheisser

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080507071303tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html

A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu and a Sikh walk into a hotel ballroom.

The opening line of a joke?

No, but in this case it was the start of a full evening of stand-up comedy aimed - its creators say - at easing religious tensions through laughter "and a healthy...

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Faith Abounds at Butler University

May 7, 2008

Author: Meg Biallas

Source: Dawgnet

http://dawgnetnews.com/archive/080421/4990.html

Within the last year, Butler University has seen the addition of a full-time priest, a Muslim student group and the increased involvement of the Jewish community and several smaller Christian groups. What will the university come up with next?

Butler is not religiously affiliated, but in recent years the campus has become diversified in a way that allows...

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Hindu Monk Strives to Save Mahabodhi Temple

May 4, 2008

Author: Asim Khan

Source: CNN-IBN

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/hindu-monk-strives-to-save-mahabodhi-temple/64497-3.html

The Mahabodhi temple is one of the holiest shrines for more than 35 crore Buddhists around the world. However, in the last few years this place has been in news for all the wrong reasons.

Today the situation is so grim that it is threatening the very existence of this holy site, including...

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Davis Takes Dallas Tour

May 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Benton County Daily Record

http://nwanews.com/bcdr/News/61472/

Harding University student Steven Davis of Bentonville participated in an educational tour of several religious establishments in Dallas on April 17-20. Davis, a senior public relations major, is one of 77 students who spent three days studying various world religions represented in the city.

The trip is the culmination of the class "Living World Religions," taught...

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Arab and Israeli Peace, at Least for Children

May 3, 2008

Author: FELICIA R. LEE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/arts/television/03glob.html?scp=28&sq=religion&st=nyt

“Bridge Over the Wadi” begins with the small and familiar to examine the big and complex. The first scene in this documentary, scheduled to have its television premiere in this country Sunday night on the PBS World channel, shows two sleepy-eyed little boys and their...

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U.S. Ignores Religious Oppression, Federal Panel Says

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/02/religious.freedom/index.html

China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are among 11 countries that practice religious oppression, a federal commission says.

Nevertheless, the U.S. State Department hasn't designated or re-designated those nations as "countries of particular concern," the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedoms said Friday.

The other...

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Interfaith Group Lauds Ong’s Remarks on Conversion

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/2/nation/21131427&sec=nation

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism has commended MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting’s remarks about Muslim converts in Parliament on Wednesday.

Its president Datuk A. Vaithilingam described Ong’s sentiments as that shared by right...

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City United by Desire to Believe

May 2, 2008

Author: Janice Peterson

Source: Daily Herald

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/264836/17/

People of all faiths gathered Thursday night to pray and learn about one another's faiths in the Provo Tabernacle for Utah Valley's National Day of Prayer celebration.

The keynote speaker for the night was Mona Heern, who spoke of her experiences with religious intolerance in Iran.

"My family experienced a lot of persecution there, and...

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Troy Interfaith Group Hosts Day of Prayer

May 1, 2008

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080501/LIFESTYLE04/805010321/1041

About 100 T-shirts ordered last week and expected to arrive today will display 13 religious symbols, among them a cross, Star of David, Buddha and the Muslim crescent moon and star.

The shirt design represents the diversity promoted by the Troy Interfaith Group, said Padma...

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National US Interfaith Organization Names Hindu Leader Zed as its Advisor

May 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080501190217tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html

The National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families has named acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American leader Rajan Zed as one of its spiritual advisors.

The purpose of this Association is to educate couples and families who are in "mixed" relationships, enabling all to grow in...

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