Interfaith

Indonesia’s Islamic Authorities Issue Fatwas Against Pluralism

August 2, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1541091,00.html

On August 2, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Indonesia's reputation as a bastion of moderate, tolerant Islam has been cast in doubt after the nation's ulemas council (MUI) issued 11 fatwas banning liberal Islamic thought, religious pluralism, inter-faith marriage, inter-faith prayers led by non-Muslims and women leading prayers attended by men. At its...

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Kanwaria Festival Offers Opportunity for Harmony Between Hindus and Muslims

August 1, 2005

Source: Kerala Next

http://www.keralanext.com/news/?id=301570

On August 1, 2005 Kerala Next reported, "The ongoing Kanwaria festival in Gangotri and Haridwar in Uttranchal state showcases communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims at its best. This atmosphere of brotherhood and communal bonhomie is most visible in wooden 'Kanwars' (frame or batons used to carry pots containing water), most of which are manufactured by Muslims. The holy water is carried in earthen pots that hang...

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Interfaith Weddings in North Jersey Create Blended Cultural Ceremonies

July 31, 2005

Source: Times Leader / The Record

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/living/12268601.htm

On July 31, 2005 The Record reported, "In multicultural regions, such as North Jersey, wedding customs often go way beyond something-borrowed, something-blue Americana. Many couples instead pay homage to ancient traditions or forge a unique ceremony to avoid a culture clash between families. 'Ceremonies are becoming more personalized, less cookie-cutter,' said...

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Opinion: "Interreligious Harmony Gets Very Little Press"

July 30, 2005

Source: L.A. Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~24781~2988743,00.html

On July 30, 2005 the L.A. Daily News ran an opinion piece by Jonathan Dobrer, a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air who recently conducted a panel discussion as part of the university's Great Faiths program. "For most of the last 1,700 years, just a Catholic priest in a Jewish institution would have been considered remarkable. A...

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Court Oath Lawsuit Begs Question of Pluralism in America

July 29, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/society/1704/section/scriptures.lawsuit.places.focus.on.pluralism.in.america/1.htm

On July 29, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "A lawsuit in North Carolina asking that religious texts other than Bible to be used in court for swearing in has highlighted the challenges one city is experiencing as the nation becomes more diverse. In...

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Dearborn brings the Arab World to America

July 28, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050728/OPINION/507280383/1002

On July 28, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "About 300 miles northeast of Indy, Dearborn is home to the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East. Thirty percent of Dearborn's residents are of Arab origin, as are half the kids in its public schools... The Arab population is Christian and Muslim, Sunni and Shia...

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Update: Other Holy Books and Scriptures May Soon be Used for Court Oaths

July 27, 2005

Source: TheBostonChannel.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/irresistible/4774439/detail.html

On July 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union said witnesses in North Carolina courtrooms should be allowed to swear to tell the truth on scriptures other than the Bible. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to permit oaths to be taken on the holy books of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and...

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Faith Leaders Sign Bali Declaration on Interfaith Dialogue at Asia-Europe Meeting

July 26, 2005

Source: Borneo Bulletin

http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/tue/jul26h13.htm

On July 26, 2005 the Borneo Bulletin reported, "Leaders and scholars of the world's major faiths on July 22 signed the Bali Declaration on building interfaith harmony, which will hopefully contribute towards the global peace campaign that rejects the use of violence in the name of religion... The two-day interfaith dialogue forum participated by delegations from 39 nations saw leaders from various...

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Indiana Prisons Launch Faith-Based Immersion Program

July 26, 2005

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050726/NEWS01/507260392/1006/NEWS01

On July 26, 2005 The Indianapolis Star reported, "Indiana prison officials plan to unveil a new program today that is based squarely on the idea that religious faith may be the key to turning a convict's life around. Three Indiana prisons -- one each for men, women and juveniles -- are joining a growing trend in...

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San Bernardino County One of Most Religiously Diverse in Nation

July 24, 2005

Source: The Press Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_godmain24.408c852.html

On July 24, 2005 The Press Enterprise reported, "A decade of explosive growth in the Inland area has created one of the most religiously diverse regions in the nation, experts say. Nearly 1 million people have moved to the Inland area in the past 10 years, many of them immigrants who are building ethnic churches, mosques and...

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Irving Mosque Increases Civic Engagement, Outreach

July 23, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/072405dnmetirvislam.26ec18f.html

On July 23, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Muslims have been too introverted for too long, says Imam Zia Sheikh, the prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Irving. He believes it's time to get out of the mosque and into the community... Concerned about how Muslims are perceived,...

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Sikhs Apprise Bush of Concerns at State Dinner

July 23, 2005

Source: The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20050724/punjab1.htm

On July 23, 2005 The Tribune reported, "Dr Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, used the opportunity at the state dinner hosted in honour of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, at the White House to lobby for Sikh issues with the US President, Mr George Bush, and Indian Prime Minister besides with the key members of the Bush Cabinet... Meanwhile, the...

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