Interfaith

In Biloxi, Houses of Worship Damaged, Destroyed

September 2, 2005

Source: FortWayne.com / Biloxi Sun Herald

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/news/local/12546489.htm

On September 2, 2005 the Biloxi Sun Herald reported, "Churches of all denominations are gone or dangerously damaged along the Coast, but... signs indicate faith can prevail. In Gulfport, St. Mark's and St. Peter's by-the-Sea, among the six destroyed Coast Episcopal churches, will hold Sunday services on their slabs... For those who need the comfort...

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Orange County Officials Move to Ban Elections on All Religious Holidays

September 1, 2005

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/09/01/sections/local/local/article_657751.php

On September 1, 2005 the Orange County Register reported, "County officials may be moving to abolish elections on significant religious holidays for all faiths. Supervisor Bill Campbell announced the new policy on Wednesday after apologizing to Jewish community leaders for the scheduling of a special election for the 48th...

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Baccalaureate Services and Pluralism (2005)

The renewal of baccalaureate services in colleges and universities across the country has been met with increasingly diverse student populations. The manners in which schools approach this growing plurality of religious faiths are as diverse as the institutions themselves. Some schools no longer include a baccalaureate service as part of their commencement activities, some maintain a traditional Christian form, and some provide an interfaith service of one type or another.

Public and private institutions alike host interfaith baccalaureate ceremonies, as do religiously affiliated...

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Muslim Leaders to Speak at Bangor Cathedral

August 30, 2005

Source: The Muslim News

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9822

On August 30, 2005 The Muslim News reported, "A policeman and religious leader will become the first Muslim to take a service at a North Wales cathedral. Moroccan-born PC Mohammed al-Arabi Lachiri regularly leads Friday prayers at Bangor's Islamic Centre, attracting Muslim worshippers from Anglesey and Gwynedd. The Llangefni-based officer is now taking up an offer to take the pulpit...

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9/11 Commemorative Quilt Made by Muslim Women Could be Lost

August 30, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/08/30/911_commemoration_quilt_could_be_lost_cause/

On August 30, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Days before a quilt created by local Muslim women was set to go on display at the Peabody Essex Museum, it has disappeared -- possibly carried away with the trash. The elaborate quilt, designed in part by Clara Wainwright, an artist who founded the New Year...

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Air Force Issues New Guidelines on Religion

August 30, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/national/30religion.html

On August 30, 2005 The New York Times reported, "The Air Force issued new religion guidelines to its commanders yesterday that caution against promoting any particular faith - or even 'the idea of religion over nonreligion' - in official communications or functions like meetings, sports events and ceremonies. The guidelines discourage public prayers at official Air Force events...

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Modesto County Lawyer Questions Legality of Christian Prayers Before City Council Meetings

August 30, 2005

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/11151123p-11904665c.html

On August 30, 2005 The Modesto Bee reported, "An attorney says the long-standing practice of invoking Jesus Christ in prayers before Modesto City Council meetings offends other faiths and violates constitutional law separating church and state.

While Richard Herman, a Modesto criminal defense lawyer, supports the idea of prayer at government meetings, specific Christian...

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Watchdog Group Says Roberts is a Threat to Church-State Separation

August 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/173/story_17392_1.html

On August 29, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "A leading church-state watchdog group said Monday that Judge John Roberts would allow public life 'to be hijacked by those with a religious agenda' if he is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Roberts' judicial philosophy -- gleaned...

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Rochester Islamic Center Hosts Mayoral Debate

August 29, 2005

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050829/NEWS01/508290322/1002/NEWS

On August 29, 2005 the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported, "With just over two weeks until the Democratic primary, four of Rochester's mayoral candidates made campaign pitches to the public during a feisty forum at the Islamic Center of Rochester. Former Police Chief Robert...

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Muslims and Jews Share Fraternity as Religious Minorities - and Share Dialogue

August 27, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,175-1751953,00.html

On August 27, 2005 The Times ran an opinion piece by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, minister of Maidenhead Synagogue and author of Reform Judaism and Modernity (SCM Press), on dialogue between British Jews and Muslims. Romain writes, "Jews and Muslims in Britain today do not spend their time re-enacting the Middle East conflict. The priority of both is everyday life in the UK, which...

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Interfaith Center to Be Built at University of Chicago

August 26, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0508260265aug26,1,6588026.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

On August 26, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "With its neo-gothic majesty and its conspicuous location on the University of Chicago campus, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel was designed as an unavoidable reminder to students that faith was a central part of their education...

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Muslims Seek School Holidays, Accommodations

August 24, 2005

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Cox Washington Bureau

http://www.ajc.com/search/content/auto/epaper/editions/wednesday/atlanta_world_34b02d2c043f105f0099.html

On August 24, 2005 the Cox Washington Bureau reported, "Muslim parents around the nation are lobbying school districts to add Islamic holidays to the school year, or at least persuade schools not to penalize students for missing school to observe...

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European Youth Meet in Cornwell for Interfaith Human Rights Conference

August 24, 2005

Source: EMediaWire.com/PRWEB

http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/8/emw276222.htm

On August 24, 2005 PRWEB reported, "Youth for Human Rights International is this year having their European summit at Camelot Castle, Tintagel [in Cornwall, England]... It will be opened on Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m... 'The London bombings have made such a European conference on human rights more urgent than to highlight the necessity of having youth taught about the human...

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