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A Thank You, And a Koran, for Obama

June 30, 2009

Author: Andrea Fuller

Source: The New York Times

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/a-thank-you-and-a-koran-for-obama/

President Obama will soon receive a thank-you gift for his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. Inspired by the address, in which Mr. Obama quoted the Koran, the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to distribute 100,000 copies of the Koran to national, state and local leaders.
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Poignant Ceremony In Pattaya Offers Support to Monks In Restive South Thailand

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Pattaya Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,8325,0,0,1,0

Sattahip Buddhists joined in a special ceremony on 27th June 2009 to donate offerings to 1500 Buddhist monks of the 226 temples in the Southern part of Thailand. The ceremony was a gesture of support to the region which has suffered from 4 years of violence.

The ceremony was supported by various local...

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Aussie Army Welcomes Sikhs

June 30, 2009

Author: Eleni Hale

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/aussie-army-welcomes-sikhs

Special helmets that accommodate turbans and uniforms incorporating burkas are part of a push to build a more diverse Australian Army.

Army chiefs are hoping to attract bigger numbers of multicultural recruits, especially those of Arabic and Indian descent.

Among the changes being considered are specially designed helmets that fit turbans...

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Ayodhya Attack Report Submitted

June 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8125927.stm

A report on the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque, which sparked nationwide communal riots, has been submitted to the Indian government.

The Liberhan commission was set up to investigate the events that led to a Hindu mob tearing down the disputed mosque in the town of Ayodhya.

The commission has taken 17 years to complete its...

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Council Votes for Two Muslim School Holidays

June 30, 2009

Author: Kirk Semple

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/nyregion/01muslim.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Spurred by a broad coalition of religious, labor and immigrant groups, the City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday to add two of the most important Muslim holy days to the public schools’ holiday calendar.

But the vote, which was nonbinding, put the Council in conflict...

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Muslim Mayor Flies Flag for Gays In Dutch Suburb

June 30, 2009

Author: Alix Rijckaert

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090630/lf_afp/netherlandsimmigrationgay

A harassed gay minority in a conservative suburb in otherwise tolerant Amsterdam has found a guardian angel in the local Muslim mayor.

Ahmed Marcouch, 41, is on a self-appointed mission to end homophobia in Slotervaart, just a stones' throw from the capital but...

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St Mary's Catholic College Turns Away Muslim Teacher Wearing Veil

June 30, 2009

Author: Russell Jenkins

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article6606035.ece

A teacher was barred from joining students on a visit to a Roman Catholic sixth-form college because she refused a request to remove her Muslim veil.

She was accompanying two teenage girls on an open day to see if they wanted to study for their A levels at St Mary’s College, in...

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LAPD Names Its First Islamic Chaplain

June 29, 2009

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs29-2009jun29,0,7592947.story

American Muslims have never been much of a presence in the Los Angeles Police Department, accounting for less than 1% of its nearly 10,000 officers.

But now, with department leaders eager to improve relationships with local Muslims, top brass have named the force's first Islamic chaplain: a...

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At Mosque Opening, Tensions Permeate Interfaith Gathering

June 28, 2009

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/28/at_mosque_opening_tensions_permeate_interfaith_gathering/

The controversy over the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury Crossing has posed one of the biggest challenges to interfaith relations in Boston in years, and the tension was readily on...

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