Interfaith

New Malaysia Rule on Islamic Conversion

April 11, 2008

Author: JULIA ZAPPEI

Source: Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/373138.html

Malaysia will soon require non-Muslims to inform their family before converting to Islam, a move welcomed Friday by minority religious groups who said it will help ease ethnic and interfaith tensions.

The planned rule is aimed at preventing the kind of religious disputes that have frequently erupted in this...

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Series Promotes Interfaith Dialogue

April 11, 2008

Author: Melanie M. Sidwell

Source: The Longmont Times-Call

http://www.timescall.com/faith/Faith-Story.asp?id=7884

A Sufi master will speak in Denver this weekend during a free interfaith event about how religion is a source of peace, not conflict.

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, before he presents in Denver, is also scheduled to visit the home of a Longmont Muslim on Saturday.

Kabbani is the keynote speaker during this weekend...

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"We've Seen This Movie Before," a Commentary by Eboo Patel

April 10, 2008

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: Washington Post/Asia Society

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/09/AR2008040903110.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Here we go again: Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has finally released his controversial film "Fitna" ("Strife"), which shows bloody scenes of terrorist attacks to support claims that the Koran inspires violence.

Supporters insist...

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Earth Healing Initiative: Faith Groups Face Tipping Point; Learn Native American Respect for Planet

April 9, 2008

Author: Greg Peterson

Source: Gather

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977305742

The new non-profit Earth Healing Initiative, based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is honoring faith-based and Native American environmental projects across the Great Lakes.

The interfaith Earth Healing Initiative (EHI) is currently collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the Great Lakes 2008 Earth...

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Sikhnet: Southall Event Proves Excellent

April 8, 2008

Author: Alex Hayes

Source: SikhNet/www.ealingtimes.co.uk

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/9CADE5B09D96BF0887257425005841FF

A top religious leader has said a huge Sikh procession which passed through Southall yesterday [has] brought the area's communities together.

Snowy weather did not dampen the spirits of around 50,000 people who turned out for the Vaisakhi Procession in celebration of...

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Annual Bullock Lecture Makes the Case for Pluralism

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sharon Advocate

http://www.wickedlocal.com/sharon/homepage/x681523918

In the past thirty years the religious landscape of the United States has changed radically. Churches, temples and mosques exist alongside each other in nearly every major American city -- and most certainly in Sharon. This development has spawned interfaith councils and networks, new theological and pastoral questions, and a recasting of traditional...

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What's Behind the Saudi Monotheism Summit?

April 8, 2008

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: The Pew Forum/Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15348

A group of visiting Japanese scholars was making a routine courtesy call recently on King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz when the monarch raised a subject that, as he put it, had "obsessed me since two years ago."

Distressed by what he described as disintegrating family ties, a rise in atheism and "an imbalance of reason, ethics and...

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Tamil Tigers Appeal Over Shrine

April 8, 2008

Author: Frances Harrison

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7336855.stm

Sri Lankan rebels have asked Norwegian peace brokers to pressurise the government to end violence near the country's most revered Catholic shrine.

The rebels say the army has been shelling the church compound in Madhu in Tamil Tiger-controlled territory near the frontline in the fighting.

But the army blames the Tigers for taking up...

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Austin-Area Religious Leaders Ask Officials to Help Detained Imam

April 8, 2008

Author: Eileen E. Flynn

Source: American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/04/08/0408razi.html

Members of Austin's religious community are rallying around a Muslim cleric who is being detained in West Texas and may be deported to Pakistan.

Imam Safdar Razi, who led a Northwest Austin mosque for six years before taking a job in Dearborn, Mich., in 2006, was arrested on immigration...

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