Interfaith

Hindu Fears Over Secular Nepal

September 18, 2006

Author: Charles Haviland

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5355816.stm

Young and old, some dressed in saffron, some wielding tridents, Hindu nationalists march in the streets of Kathmandu, letting out a cry of indignation.

"Bring back the Hindu kingdom," they shout.

It is a pattern being regularly repeated, mainly in the capital and the plains bordering India, by Hindus incensed by parliament's recent...

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Fiji Council of Churches Labels Break-in at Hindu Temple a "Disgrace"

September 18, 2006

Source: Fiji Times

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=48465

On September 18, 2006 the Fiji Times reported, "A temple break-in has been labelled a 'disgrace' by the Fiji Council of Churches.

Local residents said the act was cowardly and shameful.

Anil Dutt, 35, was ploughing his land next to the Shree Sanatan Dharam Vishnu Mandir yesterday when he noticed three louvre blades missing from one of the temple windows facing his home.

Mr Dutt...

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Muslims from Israel Bring Fresh Insights to Boston

September 18, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/09/18/muslims_from_israel_bring_fresh_views_to_hub/?page=1

On September 18, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Al Qasemi College , which was founded in 1989 as the first institute of Islamic higher education in Israel, is trying to export revolutionary openness and liberalism to the wider Islamic world, leaders of the faculty told educators, Jewish...

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Virginia Muslims Active in Fight Against Global Warming

September 18, 2006

Source: Augusta Free Press

http://www.augustafreepress.com/stories/storyReader$40562

On September 18, 2006 the Augusta Free Press reported, "'In the Koran, God said that He created nature in a balance or mizam, and that it is mankind's responsibility to maintain this fragile equilibrium,' says Richmond-based Islamic leader Dr. Imad Damaj. 'We cannot maintain it by blaming each other, but must do so by working together.'

Last week, the faith-based...

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Albany Catholic and Muslim Leaders Respond to Comments by the Pope on Islam

September 18, 2006

Source: Capital News 9

http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/your_news/capital_region/default.asp?ArID=192355

On September 18, 2006 Capital News 9 reported, "The Pope's recent comments have Muslim leaders up in arms. He quoted a 14th century Byzantine text that calls the Prophet Muhammad 'evil and inhuman.' And it refers to the spread of Islam as 'by the sword.' But Father William Pape at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in...

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"Divided We Fall" Documentary Premieres in Phoenix

September 18, 2006

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=74116

On September 18, 2006 the East Valley Tribune reported, "Hundreds from across the Valley gathered at the Carpenters Union building in southwest Phoenix on Thursday night, the eve of the anniversary of [Balbir Singh Sodhi's] death, to memorialize him and watch the world premiere of a documentary prompted by his murder. Sodhi practiced Sikhism, a religion in which followers believe all...

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Profile of Yogeshwar Dayal, an Interfaith Pioneer

September 18, 2006

Source: DailyIndia.com

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/60946.php/Yogeshwar_Dayal:_A_leading_votary_of_inter-faith_concord_(SPECIAL)

On September 18, 2006 DailyIndia.com ran a feature article on Yogeshwar Dayal. "The capital has lost a worthy son in Padma Shri Yogeshwar Dayal, not only the lifeline of Delhi's cultural and literary fabric but also a leading votary of inter-faith concord. He died Sep 7 at age 93. He...

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Rare Confluence of Religious Holidays Marked by Interfaith Efforts in Orange County

September 18, 2006

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1279315.php

On September 18, 2006 the Orange County Register reported, "At a time when religious conflict has turned lethal for so many people and shattered their peace and security, a rare confluence of the sacred seasons of the three Abrahamic faiths – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – begins this week. Scores of Orange County residents –...

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Opinion: "We Cannot Afford to Maintain These Ancient Prejudices Against Islam"

September 18, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1874786,00.html

On September 18, 2006 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History. "Last week, Pope Benedict XVI quoted, without qualification and with apparent approval, the words of the 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II: 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such...

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In Lucknow, India's Diverse Religious Leaders Stand Against Terror, Promote Communal Amity

September 17, 2006

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200609172172.htm

On September 17, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Leaders of different religious communities today condemned the acts of terrorism and denounced the attempts to link them with a particular religion. At a joint press conference here All India Muslim Personal Law Board Vice-President Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, AIMPLB member and Naib Imam of...

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Nun Murdered in Mogadishu; Shooting May be Related to Controversy over Pope's Comments

September 17, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_re_af/somalia_nun_killed

On September 17, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "An elderly Italian nun who devoted her life to helping the sick in Africa was shot dead by two gunmen at a hospital Sunday in an attack possibly linked to worldwide Muslim anger toward Pope Benedict XVI. Sister Leonella, 65, was shot in the back four times by pistol-...

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Opinion: "Pope's Remarks Reveal Need for Dialogue"

September 17, 2006

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/09/popes_remarks_r.php#more

On September 17, 2006 Muslim Wake Up! ran an opinion piece by Pamela Taylor, Co-Chair of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America and Director of the Islamic Writers Alliance. "When Pope Benedict XVI quoted, without clear disagreement, Byzantine Emperor Manuel II challenging a Muslim scholar by declaring that Prophet Muhammad brought nothing...

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Muslim Leader Asks for Dialogue with LA Cardinal to Reinforce Strong Ties

September 17, 2006

Source: CBC News

http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_260213247.html

On September 17, 2006 CBS News reported, "A local Muslim leader said Sunday he would like a 'dialogue' with Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony in the wake of Pope Benedict's recent remarks about Islam that sparked a violent reaction. Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council also condemned the violence and said relations between local Muslims and Catholics have...

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Opinion: "Understanding Builds a Better Community"

September 17, 2006

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=74301

On September 17, 2006 the East Valley Tribune ran an opinion piece by Slim Smith, a Tribune columnist. "Friday afternoon, 16 of Balbir Singh Sodhi’s friends and relatives gathered out front of the family’s convenience store on the corner of University Drive and 80th St. in Mesa to honor Sodhi’s memory... On Sept. 15, 2001, Frank Roque did not see a softspoken, kind man...

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Australian Muslims to Establish National Board to "Speak with One Voice"

September 17, 2006

Source: The Age/AAP

http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Australian-Muslims-to-get-united-voice/2006/09/17/1158431580703.html

On September 17, 2006 the Australian Associated Press reported, "Australia's Islamic clerics will set up a national board to tackle issues such as terrorism and provide the Muslim community with one united voice. More than 100 imams backed the plan during a two-day conference, which...

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