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Support for Iran's Seven Imprisoned Baha'i Leaders Spreads Worldwide

September 16, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha’i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/794

The call to release seven Iranian Baha'i leaders - whose prison sentences have reportedly been reduced to 10-years each - is spreading around the world.

 

Prominent figures in India, medical professionals in Austria, a Muslim leader in El Salvador and human rights activists in Germany have added their voices to the concern already expressed by numerous governments...

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Valarie Kaur: Shadow Generation

September 15, 2010

Author: Valarie Kaur

Source: The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valarie-kaur/shadow-generation_b_716769.html

Nine years ago today, the murder of a family friend changed the course of my life. His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi. Four days after 9/11, he was shot in the back in front of his gas station by a man who yelled when arrested, "I'm a patriot! Arrest me and let those terrorists run wild."

Sodhi was a...

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Conn. Muslims Ask for Equality From City Council

September 14, 2010

Author: Everton Bailey, Jr.

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gW1xHFWZTQLD-N6V4-EsN-KOshdwD9I7D8C00

The Hartford City Council's decision to replace a scheduled Islamic prayer with an interfaith moment of silence before its meeting sends the wrong message to Connecticut's Islamic community, Muslim leaders said.

Mongi...

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Tzu Chi Sends Eco-Friendly Blankets to Pakistan as Aid

September 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: AP

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=48,9521,0,0,1,0

A Taiwanese Buddhist charity is helping disaster victims stay warm - and eco-friendly - with fleece blankets made from recycled plastic bottles.

The Tzu Chi Foundation, known for performing good works for those in need, dispatched thousands of the eco-blankets to survivors of...

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Part Of the Fabric Of the City, a Growing Islamic Community

September 14, 2010

Author: Julia O'Malley

Source: Anchorage Daily News

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/153155

I sat in the back of the gym at the Fairview Recreation Center on Friday, counting the people lined up for prayers at Anchorage's Eid Day, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Four hundred. Five hundred. Maybe, with children, close to 600.

I went to a similar gathering five years ago, then the group in the gym had been half the size. I tried to...

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Students’ New Campaign Fights Islamophobia

September 13, 2010

Author: Mary E. O'Leary

Source: The New Haven Register

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/09/13/news/new_haven/doc4c8d99ae18b9f677991290.txt

Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker who has fought racism for the past nine years, and still she found herself overwhelmed and paralyzed by the anti-Muslim sentiment flowing from controversy over the planned Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York.

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Churches Read From Quran In Face of Proposed Quran Burning

September 13, 2010

Author: Amy Zerba

Source: CNN

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/13/churches-read-from-quran-in-face-of-proposed-quran-burning/

Rev. Larry Reimer’s says there's a simple message at the core of his faith: people have more in common than they have in conflict.

It's one reason he chose to have a passage from the Quran read at the United Church of Gainesville, part of the United Church of...

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Atheist Billboard Provokes Oklahoman Christians

September 11, 2010

Author: Sean Murphy

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jzTzDhWpR4NBMVrYHCQHkz1nEgQQD9I597600

Atheists in Oklahoma City have erected a billboard seeking fellow non-believers, and Satanists have scheduled a conference in a city-owned building, drawing criticism from ministers in a state where more than eight out of 10 people say...

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Western Massachusetts Muslims Say Hostilities Against Them Flaring Up

September 10, 2010

Author: Sandra Constantine

Source: The Republican

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/western_massachusetts_muslims_1.html

Local Muslims say hostilities against them and their religion have flared up in recent weeks in the wake of the heated controversies about a proposed mosque near Ground Zero, the threatened burning of the Quran and the 9/11 anniversary.

 

Hostilities include graffiti...

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Quran Burning Suspended For Now, But Red-Hot Story Remains

September 9, 2010

Author: Liz Halloran

Source: National Public Radio

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129758571

The Rev. Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., had gotten the world's attention with his vow to burn Islam's holy book on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

And despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's musings (accompanied by a rueful laugh) that a patriotic media could choose to pay no...

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Hindu Americans Join Chorus Against Religious Intolerance

September 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hafsite.org/HAFAgainstReligiousIntolerance

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) added its own voice today against what it described as mounting evidence of religious intolerance in the United States. While Sikhs and Hindus have recently faced their share of hate attacks, the Muslim community is being singled out as 9/11 approaches, Foundation leaders asserted. HAF pointed to the...

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