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Buddhist Organization Lends a Hand In Haitian Relief Effort

February 16, 2010

Author: Daniel Tedford

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_14415472?nclick_check=1

While in Haiti on a charitable mission, Debra Boudreaux remembers meeting a man who came to pray near a medical clinic.

The man had lost his 4-year-old child in the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake and hadn't been to pray since. On the day he came to pray, he was overwhelmed with tears, Boudreaux said.

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Heated Debate Over Religious Dress Law

February 15, 2010

Author: Charles Lewis

Source: National Post

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=2565693

A heated debate is underway in Oregon over whether a 90-year-old law that bans teachers from wearing religious dress in the classroom should be repealed.

Supporters say the law is the best way to prevent classrooms from becoming sectarian battlegrounds and ensure schools remain havens of religious neutrality.

For opponents...

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Vandalism At Nashville Mosque Pulls Faiths Together

February 14, 2010

Author: Natalia Mielczarek

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100214/NEWS06/2140356/Vandalism+at+Nashville+mosque+pulls+faiths+together

At least 150 people, including spiritual leaders from several faiths, spent Saturday morning at the Islamic Center of Nashville learning about the world's second-largest religion and pledging their support for local Muslims...

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Muslim Woman's Veil Case Represents Clash Of Values In Spain

February 13, 2010

Author: Edward Cody

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/12/AR2010021205010_pf.html

This sunny little resort on the Mediterranean shore has long been a favorite for weekenders seeking to escape the congestion of nearby Barcelona for a dose of sandy beaches and sea breezes.

But Cunit has gained a new distinction: It is famous in Spain as the town where a...

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As the Vatican Begins Investigation, a Smithsonian Exhibit Celebrates Nuns’ Accomplishments

February 12, 2010

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Kansas City Star/Religion News Service

http://www.kansascity.com/255/story/1744597.html

Ever since the first Catholic nuns set out for America nearly 300 years ago, their sisterhood has been besieged by pirates, attacked by nativists, bullied by lumberjacks, swarmed by mosquitoes, harangued by bishops, robbed by bandits, hemmed in by black habits and laden with headgear the size of large birds.

As a new exhibit at...

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Tension Among Haiti's Religions Grows After Quake

February 12, 2010

Author: Paisley Dodds

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5idZiVQhHcyG1gpBjzXaAmmk4_OtAD9DQV1680

Christian and Voodoo leaders put aside their differences for a moment Friday, joining hands under a canopy of tropical trees as some earthquake survivors on crutches and in wheelchairs mourned the more than 200,000 Haitians killed by an...

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White House Faith Office Answers Critics

February 11, 2010

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/white_house_faith_office_answers_critics/

The White House’s faith-based office is defending itself against critics who complain that not much has changed since President Bush was in office.

In recent weeks, the complaints against the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships have mounted....

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Man Faces Prosecution for Taking Daughter to Church

February 11, 2010

Author: Jackie Walker

Source: The Houston Chronicle/Religion News Service

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6863014.html

A Chicago man could face prosecution for violating a restraining order by taking his 3-year-old daughter to church.

Joseph Reyes, 35, converted from Catholicism to Judaism when he married his wife, Rebecca. According to Rebecca Reyes, they agreed to raise their daughter Jewish. But when the...

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United Sikh Provide Hot Meals for Haitian Families

February 11, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=8846

UNITED SIKHS is providing urgent legal advocacy services and serving Langgar (traditional Sikh community hot meals) to Haitian families in NYC impacted by the earthquake and to Haitian repatriates who have arrived in the US. 

Legal assistance is being provided at the New York Haitian Earthquake Family Resource Center at the New York National Guard...

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School Board Considers Religion Policy

February 11, 2010

Author: Mike Wilder

Source: The Times-News

http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/school-31613-policy-board.html

The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education will consider a policy that would create detailed procedures relating to religion in schools.

Ann Majestic, an attorney who advises the school board, said the proposed policy would be a tool to help school system employees comply with court rulings about what is allowed and what is...

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Sikh Gurdwara Organises Swine Flu Injections for Community

February 10, 2010

Author: Satnam Singh Khalsa

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=8827

An initiative lead by the Gurdwara has allowed the Sikh community to take preventive steps against the much-feared affliction, Swine Flu shots were administered on February 7, Sunday, to members of the sangat at Gurdwara Sahib, Fremont. Calfornia Disease Control (CDL) has declared Swine Flu as a pandemic disease that originates from animals and spreads from...

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Sikhs Prepare to Welcome the Olympic Torch

February 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=8829

The Sikh population of Queensborough are preparing for the Olympic torches arrival.

Today every Sikh in the country will celebrate and put all their differences to one side.

For today they will ‘park’ their passion to ensure their Holy Kirpan will be allowed into the stadiums.

A Sikh has been selected as one of the torch bearers....

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Haiti Calls On Voodoo Priests to Help Battered Nation Heal

February 10, 2010

Author: Brian MacQuarrie

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/latinamerica/articles/2010/02/10/haiti_calls_upon_voodoo_priests_for_help?mode=PF

To the outside world, their faith has long been shrouded in mystery, ministering as much to the dead as the living, and associated with images of animal sacrifices and human skulls.

But in postquake Haiti, the...

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WSO Encourages Sikhs to Familiarize Themselves With Olympic Kirpan Accommodation Policy

February 9, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=8807

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) reminds the Sikh community to become familiar with the guidelines accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games.  It is important that all Sikh spectators at the Olympics who wear the kirpan strictly abide by the guidelines. 

Sikh spectators wearing a kirpan must inform...

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Hate Crime Group Aims to Build Up Multi-Faith Harmony

February 9, 2010

Author: Emily Parsons

Source: The Daily Gazette

http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/4995414.Hate_crime_group_aims_to_build_up_multi_faith_harmony/

Hate crime is being tackled in north Essex using Government funding to overcome terrorism.

Colchester and Tendring crime and disorder partnerships received funding under the Government’s Prevent programme, which aims to develop community and faith...

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