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CAIR National PSA Campaign Challenges Growing Islamophobia

September 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PR Newswire / Council on American-Islamic Relations

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-national-psa-campaign-challenges-growing-islamophobia-101989538.html

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign featuring Muslim 9/11 first responders and designed to...

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Gathering At Capitol Condemns 'Demonization' Of Islam

September 1, 2010

Author: Stephen Magagnini

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/09/01/2061974/gathering-at-capitol-condemns.html

Sacramento's famous diversity was on full display at the Capitol's East Steps this morning as 50 community leaders across faith and race condemned the rising tide of Islamophobia across California and the nation.

"Aren't we long past the freaky demonization of one group that lets us ......

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Yogathon: Stretching Bodies, Stretching Minds Across America

August 31, 2010

Author: Dipka Bhambhani

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/08/yogathon_stretching_bodies_stretching_minds_across_america.html

One small yoga stretch in Washington became one large Yogathon across America.

While society seems largely secular these days, there is a sign that religion and even interfaith activity is...

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Vigil In Support of Mosque Near Murfreesboro Draws 150 People

August 31, 2010

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100831/NEWS01/8310344/Vigil-in-support-of-mosque-near-Murfreesboro-draws-150-people

Mark West believes in freedom of religion.

That belief brought West out Monday night to a candle light vigil in support of local Muslims in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse.

It also inspired the...

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NYC Community Board Head Wants Interfaith Center

August 31, 2010

Author: Deepti Hajela

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iNLTahM5QJw8Ts0SpTgWLjXwN7gAD9HU80TO0

The chairwoman of the community board that voted for an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero said she believes adding an interfaith dimension would help unite people, saying a nondenominational chapel built at the Pentagon as part...

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Waite Park Man Won't Pay Fines Over Posting Anti-Islamic Fliers

August 28, 2010

Author: Dave Aeikens

Source: The St. Cloud Times

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20100828/NEWS01/108270039/1009/Waite-Park-man-won-t-pay-fines-over-posting-anti-Islamic-fliers

Sidney Elyea of Waite Park will be getting a letter next week from the city telling him to stop hanging things on the city’s utility poles. He won’t be paying a fine, though.

An...

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Borough Hall's First-Ever Iftar Dinner

August 27, 2010

Author: Tom Wrobleski

Source: Staten Island Live

http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2010/08/borough_halls_first-ever_iftar.html

The borough's Muslim community and Borough President James P. Molinaro disagree on some critical issues, but the two set aside their differences at Borough Hall's first-ever Iftar dinner.

Iftar is the evening meal during which Muslims break their daily fast during the month...

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Muslims And Jews Gather In Cambridge to Break a Fast, And Raise Money for Pakistan Flood Victims

August 26, 2010

Author: Masha Rifkin

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/cambridge/2010/08/muslims_and_jews_gather_in_cam.html

Two hundred Muslims and Jews gathered in Cambridge Monday evening to share an iftar: the evening meal that breaks the fast during Ramadan.

The dinner was organized jointly by the American Jewish Committee Boston chapter (AJC) and the American Islamic Congress (AIC) in...

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Balanced Holiday Displays Permissible

August 25, 2010

Author: Jim Nolan

Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/virginia-politics/2010/aug/25/cucc25-ar-471527/

It's all right to have a Nativity scene with the baby Jesus in the courtyard of the Loudoun County courthouse -- as long as the government makes room for Santa Claus and a menorah.

That's how the attorney general of Virginia sees the latest debate over freedom of expression...

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Kentucky State Fair's Atheist Booth Sparks Spirited Discussions

August 25, 2010

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/2010308250113

In a small booth nestled between a vendor of
roasted almonds and models of arch-style steel
buildings and infrared saunas, Frank Lovell and
Billy Joe Wright spent close to half an hour
debating the existence of God, the afterlife and
the role of Christianity in the nation’s founding.

Neither...

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