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Ex-R.I. Priest Who Follows Two Faiths Faces Ouster

March 15, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/priest_03-15-09_QMDMFI7_v3.1dc7473.html

Even as a Brown University student, Ann Holmes Redding was never far away from controversy.

She was barely into her freshman year in 1968 when she joined a black student walkout to get the university to admit more blacks — a move that resulted in a near quadrupling of the number of...

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Muslim Students Accuse RMIT Of 'Bad Faith' Over Prayer Centre

March 13, 2009

Author: Barney Zwartz

Source: WA Today

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/muslim-students-accuse-rmit-of-bad-faith-over-prayer-centre-20090313-8xy8.html?page=1

RMIT faces an international Muslim backlash over a 16-month dispute about dedicated prayer rooms at the Swanston Street campus, a student Muslim leader said yesterday.

Some Muslims had already left RMIT for Victoria...

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Egyptian Christian's Recognition Struggle

March 13, 2009

Author: Christopher Landau

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7888193.stm

Maher al-Gohary has converted from Islam to Christianity. In spite of facing death threats, he's engaged in a legal battle to have his changed religion recognised on his official Egyptian documents.

We drive through the chaotic streets of Cairo to meet Mr Gohary's lawyer at a petrol station.

His client lives in hiding, and doesn't...

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One Priest, Two Faiths, And Lots Of Questions

March 12, 2009

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17707

Friday afternoons find the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding at the Al-Islam Center in Seattle, reciting Muslim prayers.

Come Sunday, she heads about two miles south to kneel in the pews of St. Clement's of Rome Episcopal Church.

"My experience and my call is to continue to follow Jesus," said Redding, an Episcopal priest for the past 25...

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Hindus, Muslims Celebrate Lucknow's 'Holi Baraat'

March 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Hindus-Muslims-celebrate-Lucknows-Holi-Baraat/rssarticleshow/4252309.cms

Amid shouts of "Holi hai", a large number of Hindus and Muslims came together here on Wednesday for a 40-year-old practise of jointly celebrating the festival of colours in the old quarter.

Dancing to the beat of drums,...

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Officials: Terror Worries Tied to Minnesota Somali Community

March 11, 2009

Author: Lolita C. Baldor

Source: Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/congress/41076427.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DU2EPaL_V_9E7ODiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

Senior counterterrorism officials say the East Africa-based terrorist group that is recruiting young men from the Minneapolis region has ties to al-Qaida insurgents, including...

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Credit Union Apologizes to Woman Over Head Scarf

March 11, 2009

Author: Matt Zapotosky

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031003981.html

Navy Federal Credit Union apologized yesterday to a Muslim woman who was asked to leave her place in line and be served in a back room at a branch in Southern Maryland because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy...

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Muslim Woman Asked to Leave Line At Credit Union Because Of Head Scarf

March 10, 2009

Author: Matt Zapotosky

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030902387.html?sub=AR

A Muslim woman was asked to leave her place in line at a credit union in Southern Maryland and be served in a back room because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy, the woman said yesterday.
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Healing Deep Wounds With the Muslim World

March 10, 2009

Author: Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Source: International Herald Tribune/Bloomberg News

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/10/asia/letter.php

Indonesia's top-rated youth-music television show, featuring dancing divas in sequined minidresses, is an unlikely venue for President Barack Obama's drive to repair the U.S. image among Muslims.

Appearing on "Dahsyat" ("Awesome") in Jakarta last month during her first overseas trip as U.S. secretary...

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NC Director First Muslim Appointed to Raleigh News & Observer Community Panel

March 10, 2009

Author: Aishah Schwartz

Source: Muslim American Society

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=5308

MAS Freedom-NC, the Raleigh chapter of MAS Freedom (MASF), the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), announces the appointment of Director, Khalilah Sabra as the first Muslim member of the Raleigh News...

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Inquiry to Check Faith Schools Are Teaching Right From Wrong

March 10, 2009

Author: Nicola Woolcock

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article5877732.ece

Independent faith schools are to be investigated by Ofsted over government concerns that some do not teach children how to fit in with British society.

The review will examine the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at small religious schools. It will look at whether...

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Oklahoma Muslims Seek Greater Understanding

March 9, 2009

Author: William F. O'Brien

Source: The Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/local_story_068221249.html

Oklahoma Council of American Islamic Relations Director Razi Hashmi told the members of that organization at their third annual dinner last week that many Muslims came to this state seeking a better life. And on the whole, he said, they have succeeded in that endeavor.

Hashmi reminded them that the more than 30,000 Muslims...

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