Interfaith

Islamic Cultural Center Gets the Go-Ahead in Serra Mesa

May 18, 2007

Author: Chet Barfield

Source: The Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070518-9999-1m18afghan.html

SAN DIEGO – A local Afghan group won unanimous approval last night from a San Diego community advisory board to open an Islamic religious and cultural center in Serra Mesa.

More than 65 residents filled a library meeting room for the issue before the Serra Mesa Community Planning Group. Last June,...

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Christians have 10 Days to Convert to Islam in Pakistan

May 17, 2007

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.in.pakistan.given.10.days.to.convert.to.islam/10790.htm

Christians in Charsadda, a town in North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan, have been warned that if they do not convert to Islam by 17 May they will face “dire consequences and bomb explosions”, Christian Today has learned.

The threats were made in a letter circulated last...

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"Is Religious Freedom for Everyone?" a Commentary by Michael Novak

May 17, 2007

Author: Michael Novak

Source: Spero News

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=9476

I want to talk a little bit about three different approaches to religious liberty: one in atheist countries such as France and two different approaches within the United States. Then I will conclude with a few words about Islam—a story not yet fully developed but of great importance to the rest of this century.

Atheists in Europe have their own...

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Buddhist Film Festival to Promote Inter-Faith Values

May 16, 2007

Author: Trevor Barron

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=725

INTER-FAITH dialogue, peace, harmony and prosperity are the key themes behind the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF), opening in Singapore tomorrow.

Alongside the range of films on show, from six countries, will be episodes of The Simpsons, all intended to promote “reflection, dialogue and harmony.”
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Interfaith Baccalaureate at University of Nevada-Reno Brought World Religions Together for Blessings

May 16, 2007

Source: Press Release

Reno (Nevada, USA), May 16:

The Second Annual Interfaith Baccalaureate Service of University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), held here today, celebrated academic achievement with prayers from major world religions.

Starting with Bhagavad-Gita shlokas (verses) of Hinduism in Sanskrit, dated around 300 BCE, the Service included hymns, readings from scriptures, blessings, teachings, music, prayers, etc., from various religious traditions including Protestant, Catholic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Muslim, Jewish,...

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Quincy Imam Makes History: First Muslim Cleric Named to U.S. Commission

May 15, 2007

Author: Lane Lambert

Source: The Patriot Ledger

http://www.patriotledger.com/articles/2007/05/15/news/news02.txt

Imam Talal Eid of Quincy will soon take on a wider national role: He’s the first Muslim cleric to be appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The 54-year-old Lebanon native has been picked for a two-year term on the independent, bipartisan agency, which monitors overseas conditions...

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Sultan - I'll Partner Christian Association of Nigeria to End Religious Crisis

May 15, 2007

Author: Okon Bassey

Source: This Day (Lagos)

http://allafrica.com/stories/200705150098.html

Sultan: I'll Partner CAN to End Religious CrisisThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar lll has expressed willingness and determination to work with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other religious groups to end incessant religious crisis in the country.

The Sultan who spoke yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital during a...

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EU Leaders Call on Religions to Help Shape Common Values

May 15, 2007

Source: EUX.TV

http://www.eux.tv/article.aspx?articleId=8204

Brussels (dpa) - European Union leaders on Tuesday called on religious communities to help shape common European values and vowed to make tolerance the basis for a dialogue between cultures.

"Intolerance cannot be tolerated," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement at an all-religion conference in Brussels. Germany currently holds the rotating presidency of the 27-member EU.

EU and...

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Sikh Clergy ‘Bans’ Inter-Faith Marriages

May 15, 2007

Author: Raju William

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20070516/main6.htm

Dehra Dun, May 15--Feeling helpless in stemming the growing trend among the Sikh youth to marry into non-Sikh families, the Sikh clergy and community leaders here have put a virtual ban on inter-faith marriages.

Deliberating on the issue in a meeting of representatives of around 35 local gurdwara committees and other Sikh organisations at Gurmat...

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Ethiopians Fear for Their Interfaith Oasis

May 13, 2007

Author: Stephanie McCrummen

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/12/AR2007051201335.html

DESE, Ethiopia -- Rumors were spreading up and down the narrow streets here, in front of the Noah pharmacy and Millennium Cafe, through the rectangular mosques and domed Orthodox churches of this northern Ethiopian city.

Muslims were said to be training to attack...

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"At Commencement, a Call for Religious Literacy," a Commentary by Peter Steinfels

May 12, 2007

Author: Peter Steinfels

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50A13FA3E550C718DDDAC0894DF404482

And so, members of the graduating class of 2007, we've come almost to the end of this commencement ceremony and of these brief commencement remarks.

We've told some predictable jokes about your imminent unemployment and your student loans. We've thanked your parents, praised...

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"Work to Respect All Faiths," a Commentary by The News-Press

May 12, 2007

Source: The News Press

http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070512/OPINION/705120510/1015

Rev. Gary Cox of First Christian Church asked 1,200 people to publicly share their prayers with each other at their tables, in lieu of a traditional morning prayer from the pulpit on stage.

They prayed for our community, their families, our military, our country and our local charity efforts, among other things.

This...

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