Interfaith

"Proud Graduate of Muslim School," a Commentary by Sumayya Qadri

March 24, 2007

Author: Sumayya Qadri

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-newvoices24a07mar24,0,4571640.story?coll=orl-opinion-headlines

In recent times, madrassas, or schools, have been given a negative image and are stereotyped for preparing anti-Western Muslim minds. I am happy to know that another Muslim school is in the making, a school that is working to combat these...

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"New Zealand Still has to Master the Ways of Religious Tolerance," a Commentary by The Press

March 24, 2007

Author: The Press

Source: The Press

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/thepress/4003201a6528.html

The chance holding in Canterbury of two unusual religious gatherings, within days of each other, has focused attention on the limits of religious tolerance, writes The Press in an editorial.

The Exclusive Brethren welcomed their world leader amid tight security and an amorphous band of Christians huddled to discuss what they proclaimed as the...

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Non-Muslims Wear Scarves in Solidarity

March 23, 2007

Author: Christi Parker

Source: Columbia Missourian

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=24869

Danielle Campbell, her electric blue hair peeking out from under the scarf wrapped around her head, was happy not to get noticed as much for one day.

“I usually have these punk boys who hang out where I work and every time I walk by they have something to say,” said Campbell, a senior at MU who works at Brady Food Court....

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"A Mayor Should be Open to All," a Commentary by Vern Barnet

March 21, 2007

Author: VERN BARNET

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/religion/16940389.htm

Religion should bring people together, but it often generates conflict. A strong community celebrates both shared humanity and distinctive spiritual labels.

Both Kansas City mayoral candidates support interfaith understanding.

Mark Funkhouser says although he has not been involved in interfaith...

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Tough Love with Islam …ldquo; Church in Nigeria May be Model of Dialogue

March 20, 2007

Author: John L. Allen Jr.

Source: Catholic Online/National Catholic Reporter

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=23597

ABUJA, Nigeria (National Catholic Reporter) – On a sunny afternoon in early March, an unusual delegation arrived at Nigeria’s National Mosque in downtown Abuja. It was composed of Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, plus the Jesuit president of a local Catholic school and a...

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Celebrating Victoria's Cultural and Religious Diversity

March 19, 2007

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1045923.html

Premier Steve Bracks today announced that today was the beginning of festivities as part of Celebrate our Cultural Diversity Week. Mr Bracks said over 200 events would be held across the state to highlight cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.

"Celebrate our Cultural Diversity Week, marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21 and reaffirms our belief in...

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Hindu Named Pakistan's Acting Chief Justice

March 18, 2007

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.in/news/7598_1953614,000500020000.htm

Justice Rana Bhagwan Das, next in seniority to suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, will be sworn in as the acting Chief Justice of Pakistan as soon as he returns from India on March 22, law minister Wasi Zafar said on Saturday.

Justice Bhagwan Das — the only Hindu to have risen to the highest level of Pakistan's judiciary — is presently in...

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British Muslims Extend a Friendly Hand to Jews

March 18, 2007

Author: Jamie Doward

Source: The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2036665,00.html

Britain's leading Muslim organisation will tomorrow signal a radical shift in its position when one of its senior members addresses a Jewish audience for the first time.

The decision by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to attend a high-profile debate entitled 'Does more unite Muslims and Jews than divides them?' is being...

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Faith in Charity - Charity Regulator Launches Talks with Buddhist Charities in Birmingham

March 17, 2007

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1045435.html

(Media-Newswire.com) - The bridges and barriers to running a faith-based charity will be at the heart of discussions between the Charity Commission and Buddhist charities at a launch event in Birmingham tomorrow. The seminar is the first of its kind with the Buddhist charity community and is part of a larger nationwide campaign run by the charity watchdog to develop its knowledge of the issues facing faith...

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"Will Pluralism Recover in Indonesia?" a Commentary by Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ

March 17, 2007

Author: Franz Magnis-Suseno

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/Outlook/pol03b.asp

Indonesia arguably owes its existence to two crucial decisions. In both, a majority waived any claim to a special position in the new Indonesia for the sake of unity. In 1928, at the so-called "oath of the youth", the Javanese agreed that Malay, spoken by less than 5 percent of all Indonesians, and not their beautiful ancient Javanese, would become the...

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