Interfaith

U.S. Report Praises Government's Protection of Religious Freedoms

December 27, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.co.tt/stories.php?article_id=12024

On December 27, 2003 Newsday reported, "Religious freedom is alive and well in Trinidad and Tobago according to a recent report by the United States Government’s Department of State. 'The International Religious Freedom Report 2003' was published last Thursday by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour...The Report said TT had no instances of forced...

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Interfaith Council Calls for Middle East Peace

December 26, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/opinion/stories/122703dnrelguestcolumn.13f09.html

On December 26, 2003 The Dallas Morning News published an editorial by Marzuq Abdul Jaami on the American Clergy Leadership Conference and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, organizations that are working to establish an interfaith council at the United Nations and focus religious efforts...

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Archbishop of Canterbury Urges Religions to "Stand Together" Against Secular Society

December 26, 2003

Source: The Scotsman

http://www.news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1410182003

On December 26, 2003 The Scotsman reported, "An ecumenical message from the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged Christians, Jews and Muslims to stand together against an increasingly secular society. Dr. Rowan Williams, speaking at Canterbury Cathedral, told of fears over religion, noting what he described as 'sniggering' in the media over the Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s, faith. He said: 'It isn...

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Dallas Hosts New Multi-Faith Radio Show

December 26, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/122703dnrelconnect.ed78.html

On December 26, 2003 The Dallas Morning News published a profile on Mike Ghouse, the host of Dallas' new "The Multi-Faith Radio Program," weekdays at 6 a.m. on KBIS-AM (1150) and KYNG-AM (950). Each day, Gouse "interviews a guest from a local religious community, with the goal of helping his listeners learn to 'cherish and respect every which way...

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Florida Opens America's First Faith-Based Prison

December 25, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/137/story_13779_1.html

On December 25, 2003 Beliefnet reported, "Nearly 800 inmates from 26 faiths attended the dedication ceremony of what Gov. Jeb Bush called the nation's first faith-based prison - a facility focused on encouraging the spirituality of inmates of all faiths. Along with regular prayer sessions, the Lawtey Correctional Institution will offer religious studies, choir practice, religious counseling and...

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Ohio Students Sing in the Season with a Ramadan Rap

December 23, 2003

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/12/17/loc_ramadanrap.html

On December 23, 2003 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, "More than 1,500 students, parents and guests crowded into Mason Intermediate School's gym Tuesday for a musical celebration of international holidays including, for the first time, Muslim students from a local Islamic center. The annual school musical event this year celebrated religious, racial and...

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Office Disagreements on the Reason for the Season

December 23, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3320237.stm

On December 23, 2003 BBC News reported on the ongoing controversy among Americans of how to navigate the "December dilemma" in the pluralistic workplace. The article notes: "Any school, public library, university or government building which at this time of year crosses the constitutional boundary between church and state - be it simply through singing Silent Night or erecting a nativity scene on the lawn -...

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Interfaith Peace Ceremony Seeks to Break Down Barriers Between Faiths

December 22, 2003

Source: United Press International

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031222-031900-8665r

On December 22, 2003 United Press International reported on an interfaith peace service held in Jerusalem that involved the symbolic recognition of Jesus by Jews and of Mohammed by Christians: "The ceremony was partly designed to convey the idea that the three monotheistic religions must reconcile in order to advance peace in the Middle East. That would be a precursor for...

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A New Religious Landscape in Lehigh Valley, PA

December 22, 2003

Source: The Morning Call

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a1_5religionsdec22,0,2875692.story?coll=all-newslocal-hed

On December 22, 2003 The Morning Call reported on the increased religious diversity in Lehigh Valley, noting that practitioners of India's four major faiths — Hinduism, Jain, Sikh and Buddhism all share a temple in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The shared use of sacred space is "an amazingly successful...

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Editorial: U.S. Report's Accusations of Restricting Religious Freedom Unfounded

December 22, 2003

Source: New Straits Times

http://www.mmail.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/Columns/20031222074924/Article/

On December 22, 2003 the New Straits Times ran an editorial defending the religious and cultural tolerance found in Malaysia against claims made in the U.S. State Department's International Religious Freedom Report. The editorial board writes, "If there is one thing that we cherish dearly, and are proudest of, it is our religious and...

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