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Religious Leaders Demand Apology From West for Anti-Islam Comments

February 2, 2011

Author: Sarah Posner

Source: The Religion Dispatches Magazine

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4164/religious_leaders_demand_apology_from_west_for_anti-islam_comments/

An interfaith group of religious leaders has sent a letter to freshman Republican Allen West of Florida, calling him to apologize for anti-Islam remarks he made recently on an...

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Sikh Students Can Wear Dagger In Plymouth-Canton Schools, but With Modifications

January 31, 2011

Author: David Lawrence

Source: The Detroit Free-Press

http://www.freep.com/print/article/20110131/NEWS02/110131014/Sikh-students-can-wear-dagger-Plymouth-Canton-schools-modifications

The Plymouth-Canton school district has opted to allow Sikh students to wear a small, religious dagger to school.

 

The decision reverses a ban put in place in December...

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U.S. Muslims Try To Counter Negative Perceptions

January 27, 2011

Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2011-01-27-PewMuslimInside27_ST_N.htm?csp=34news

Mustafa Qureshi, a Cub Scout, holds an American flag and his sister, Aisha, joins in reciting King's "I Have a Dream" speech at a community center.

These are the people U.S. Muslims want people to see as their neighbors — not shadowy radicals envisioned by anti-Islamic...

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Muslims and Jews Join Forces to Tackle Religious Hatred

January 27, 2011

Author: Nasser Hanif

Source: The BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12294215

Jewish and Muslim students are joining forces to tackle anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on university campuses - in a bid to spread a message of tolerance.

 

One of those with first-hand experience of religious hatred is Yassir, who as a student in 2004 was abused as he set off for his mosque in London. Four teenagers spat at him and called him "Bin Laden".

Hawaii Senators Hold Prayer Despite Vote To End It

January 26, 2011

Author: Mark Miesse

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/26/AR2011012605698.html

A group of nine Hawaii senators held hands, bowed their heads and sought God's blessing Wednesday, signaling that they'll still pray despite a vote last week to abandon official invocations.

Fears of court challenges compelled the...

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Opponent Of NY Islamic Center Becomes Advocate for Mosques Nationwide

January 24, 2011

Author: Dan Gilgoff

Source: CNN Belief Blog

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/24/opponent-of-ny-islamic-center-becomes-advocate-for-mosques-nationwide/?hpt=Sbin

When the Anti-Defamation League - a leading Jewish group devoted to fighting anti-Semitism and "all forms of bigotry" - came out against the construction of an Islamic center and mosque near New York's ground zero last...

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Sri Lankan Religious Leaders Form Peace Body

January 24, 2011

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The CathNews India

http://www.cathnewsindia.com/2011/01/24/sri-lankan-religious-leaders-form-peace-body/

The prime minister and religious leaders in Sri Lanka have jointly formed a peace body to promote communal harmony within the country.

 

Prime Minister Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne and Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim religious leaders inaugurated the...

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Texas Residents Raise Funds for Religious Memorial

January 23, 2011

Author: Kevin Welch

Source: The Amarillo Globe-News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7393971.html

An Amarillo memorial company has delivered a 4-ton gift from Oldham County residents to the county Courthouse Square: the Ten Commandments etched in granite.

 

"It's not going to blow away anytime soon," said Jim Watkins, one of the leaders of the effort. "If it does, we...

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