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Qatar Hosts its First Christian Church

March 14, 2008

Author: Sonia Verma

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3549158.ece

The first Christian church in Qatar has no cross, no bell and no steeple. And when five thousand faithful descend on Our Lady of the Rosary this morning to celebrate its historic consecration they pray that no one will notice. “The idea is to be discreet because we don’t want to inflame any sensitivities. There isn’t...

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Students Get a First-Hand Look at Life as Muslim

March 13, 2008

Author: PATRICIA ALEX

Source: The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/education/educationnews/A_two-day_glimpse_of_Muslim_life.html

Eve Awari took the "hijabi challenge," wearing the head scarf donned by observant Muslim women.

"For the two days that I wore the hijab I felt respect for myself," said Awari, a Muslim and a student at Wayne Valley High School. She is now considering adopting the hijab and the...

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Islamic Leaders Voice Anger at Islamophobia in West

March 13, 2008

Author: Lamine Ghanmi and Diadie Ba

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1342165120080313

The head of the world's biggest Muslim body, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), called on Thursday for Israelis to be tried by an international war crimes court for "heinous" attacks against Palestinians.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the 57-nation body told an OIC summit in Senegal that...

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Ohio ACLU Warns CH-UH Library About Alleged Censoring of its Programs

March 12, 2008

Author: Kim Wendel

Source: WKYC

http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=84972

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio warned the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library that recent censorship of public educational programs could stifle free speech.

Recently, the CH-UH library [canceled] the first program in a series on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, amid complaints that the presentation would be biased....

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Second Muslim Elected to Congress

March 11, 2008

Author: Judith Cebula

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1164415020080312

Indiana voters on Tuesday elected a Muslim to Congress, only the second of that faith chosen in U.S. history.

Andre Carson, grandson of the late Democrat Rep. Julia Carson, was elected to serve the balance of her term in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election.

She died in December 2007, after...

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Turkish Scholars Aim to Modernize Islam's Hadith

March 11, 2008

Author: Yigal Schleifer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0311/p01s03-woeu.html?page=1

For centuries, the Hadith – a collection of the words and deeds of the prophet Muhammad – has guided Muslims in their daily lives and served as a basis for Islamic jurisprudence, offering direction on everything from hygiene to war.

The Hadith deals with events that took place some 1,400 years ago, but...

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Faith Groups 'Contribute £100m'

March 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7289508.stm

Religious and faith organisations contribute more than £100m in economic benefits to Wales, a report says.

But the groups have little in return, with barely a quarter of faith communities getting public funding, the research found.

According to the study, around 40,000 unpaid volunteers do 80,000 hours of community work a week

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Fremont Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Muslim Mom

March 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CBS/KPIX/Bay City News

http://cbs5.com/local/Urango.Alia.Ansari.2.674266.html

Manuel Urango of Fremont was convicted of first-degree murder today for what prosecutors say was the random shooting of Afghan-born Alia Ansari in broad daylight on a quiet street on the afternoon of Oct. 19, 2006.

Urango, 30, faces a state prison term of 50 years to life when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Reginald Saunders...

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