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Ecumenical Outcry Follows Coptic Christian Killings

February 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Century

http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id=8181

The drive-by gunfire killing of six Coptic Christians in Egypt at their church on January 6, the eve of their Christmas celebration, has drawn widespread shock from the Vatican and church leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has denounced the killing of the Christians and a Muslim...

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Ismaili Muslim Students Establish Group, Work for Interfaith Dialogue

February 8, 2010

Author: Vidushi Shrimali

Source: The Daily Texan

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/university/ismaili-muslim-students-establish-group-work-for-interfaith-dialogue-1.2142517

For the small group of students trying to create the Ismaili Muslim Students Association, the third time’s the charm.

Since 2004, various students have unsuccessfully tried to start the association...

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Ill. Inmate Can Pursue Religious-Liberty Lawsuit Over Pat-Down

February 8, 2010

Author: David L. Hudson Jr.

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=22566

An Illinois prison inmate’s claim that officials violated his religious-liberty rights by allowing a female staff member to search him has survived initial review by a federal judge. However, the judge rejected his sexual-harassment claim, saying that such a claim did not present a First Amendment issue.

Yaphet K. Jamal...

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Muslims Seek Probe Of Mayor's 'Christian Community' Remarks

February 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA TODAY

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-02-08-christian-muslim_N.htm

A Muslim group filed a federal civil rights complaint Friday after a Southern California mayor remarked that he was "growing a Christian community" in a state of the city address last week.

In a letter to the U.S. Justice Department, the Council on American-Islamic...

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Democrats Push to Repeal Religious Dress Ban In Schools

February 5, 2010

Author: Melica Johnson

Source: KATU News

http://www.katu.com/news/local/83691437.html

A decades-old law banning teachers from wearing religious clothing in public classrooms received vigorous debate Friday during a public hearing on the 1923 law.

Democrats are leading the charge to lift the ban because they say it is unconstitutional and discriminatory. In a move to make their proposed law more palatable to critics of repealing the ban,...

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Anti-Semitic Attacks Against Jews 'Rise In the UK'

February 5, 2010

Author: Dominic Casciani

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8499450.stm

Attacks on Jews in the UK reached record levels in 2009, according to figures compiled within the community.

The Community Security Trust (CST) said it had recorded 924 incidents over the year, 55% more than the previous high of 598 incidents in 2006.

The organisation, which monitors incidents against Jewish people and organisations, said the rise was...

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Court to Stage Debate On Religious Freedom

February 5, 2010

Author: Ary Hermawan

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/02/05/court-stage-debate-religious-freedom.html

The Constitutional Court will see one of its longest hearings as it becomes a forum for clerics, activists, pundits and artists to debate whether the country should revoke a 45-year-old blasphemy law to uphold freedom of religion.

The court opened Thursday the first hearing...

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Egypt Restores Monastery, Touting Religious Harmony In Wake Of Drive-By Shooting

February 5, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Denver Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_14337886

Egypt's chief archaeologist unveiled on Thursday an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600-year-old site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the country's Muslims and Christians.

It's the message Egypt's government has been emphasizing ever since a...

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Kenyan Churches Protest Islamic Courts' Clause In Constitution

February 4, 2010

Author: Fredrick Nzwili

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3756

Church leaders in Kenya are rallying their followers against a draft constitution they say favours Muslims and will tear the country apart. 

"Christians will not relent in holding out this position as it is our national duty," said the Rev. Peter Karanja, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of...

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Beckendorff Student Injured After Altercation; CAIR Says Victim Targeted Because Of Religion

February 4, 2010

Author: Tracy Dang

Source: The Katy Times

http://www.katytimes.com/articles/2010/02/04/news/doc4b6b456dc4647559902705.txt

A Beckendorff Junior High eight-grader remains hospitalized after a fellow student punched him in the jaw Tuesday, and one Muslim advocacy group is saying the victim was targeted because of his religion.

The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a release...

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Chief Of Police Empathizes With Muslim Community

February 3, 2010

Author: Aziza Hasan

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1025#axzz0env9COKS

During the most recent Muslim Community Forum, MPAC Senior Advisor, Dr. Maher Hathout and Imam Abdul Kareem Hasan, co-facilitated a discussion between Muslim community members and the new Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Charlie Beck. Hosted by the Omar ibn Al Khattab Foundation, Director Dafer Dakhil, welcomed...

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