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Ill. Inmate Can Pursue Religious-Liberty Lawsuit Over Pat-Down

February 8, 2010

Author: David L. Hudson Jr.

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=22566

An Illinois prison inmate’s claim that officials violated his religious-liberty rights by allowing a female staff member to search him has survived initial review by a federal judge. However, the judge rejected his sexual-harassment claim, saying that such a claim did not present a First Amendment issue.

Yaphet K. Jamal...

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Muslims Seek Probe Of Mayor's 'Christian Community' Remarks

February 8, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA TODAY

Wire Service: AP

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-02-08-christian-muslim_N.htm

A Muslim group filed a federal civil rights complaint Friday after a Southern California mayor remarked that he was "growing a Christian community" in a state of the city address last week.

In a letter to the U.S. Justice Department, the Council on American-Islamic...

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Billboards On Tampa Bay Roads Duel Over Existence Of God

February 8, 2010

Author: Dong-Phuong Nguyen

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/billboards-on-tampa-bay-roads-duel-over-existence-of-god/1071537

A group representing people who do not believe in God or any gods has revved up an awareness campaign in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The United Coalition of Reason paid to have two billboards erected that feature a...

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Ceremonial Dagger 'Part Of the Body' Say Devout Sikhs

February 8, 2010

Author: Caroline McClatchey

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8504073.stm

Britain's first Asian judge has said Sikhs should be allowed to wear their ceremonial daggers - known as Kirpans - to school and other public venues.

It follows a number of high-profile cases where Sikhs have been asked to remove the item, required by their faith, in the workplace or in the classroom.

But what exactly is a Kirpan and just how many...

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Comforting Haiti Through Interfaith Dialogue

February 6, 2010

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Record

http://news.therecord.com/Life/faith/article/667295

When a group of local Muslims dropped into the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario’s office to help make comforters for Haiti earthquake victims, it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment goodwill gesture.

The Kitchener-based relief agency and local Muslims have been getting together regularly for almost three years.

The interfaith...

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Hindu Community Hopes for Temple Approval From Chino Hills

February 5, 2010

Author: Neil Nisperos

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_14343815?nclick_check=1

A Hindu community here is closer to completing its religious center, but still has to overcome a city height restriction for the towers it wants to build as part of the temple.

The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanastha Hindu community of Chino Hills wants to begin construction on the...

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Religions Unite

February 5, 2010

Author: W. Brice McVicar

Source: The Intelligencer

http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2435710

Belleville's religious diversity was centre stage late last month as more than 80 people gathered to celebrate World Religions Day.

Celebrated on the third Sunday of each January, World Religions Day dates back to the 1950s when the Baha'i began its celebrations. The day has expanded into other faiths over the years and, for the...

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Advocates Of Pagan Church Near Bowdon Blame Prejudice for BOC Permit Denial

February 3, 2010

Cultural Open Days Introduce Islam to Spain

February 2, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Siasat Daily

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/cultural-open-days-introduce-islam-spain

Spanish Muslims are opening mosques and Islamic centers across the European country to non-Muslims to build bridges with the mainstream society and clear misconceptions about their faith.

“The Cultural Open Day is the most important window for many mosques and centers to communicate with the...

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BC Sikhs Reach Haiti With Relief

February 1, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Sikh News

http://worldsikhnews.com/27%20January%202010/bc%20sikhs%20reach%20haiti%20with%20relief.htm

A team of local Sikh youth has been dispatched to Haiti this week to assist in the relief efforts there, as victims of the devastating earthquake two weeks ago continue to suffer from a lack of food, shelter and medical assistance. The group, three men and three women are...

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Virginia Islamic School's Expansion Met Protests

January 31, 2010

Author: Jamie Tarabay

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122987391

In Northern Virginia, a private school needed the local county's approval to expand to serve more students. This would have hardly raised an eyebrow had it not been for one particular detail: The school is Islamic, funded by the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Islamic Saudi Academy, located in Fairfax County, has long been under the...

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Faiths Unite In South Florida to Help Haiti

January 31, 2010

Author: Jaweed Kaleem

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/1445892.html

Like many who lost family during the earthquake in Haiti, Jude Pierre turned to his faith for solace and wanted to find a way to help.

On Saturday, Pierre, a Christian from Miramar, found himself among shouts of Arabic prayers as he packed boxes of canned goods in a Miami Gardens warehouse, affixing stickers to packages...

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Islamic Activists Angered By SoCal Mayor's Speech

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Fresno Bee

Wire Service: AP

http://www.fresnobee.com/state/story/1802761.html

Islamic-rights activists are criticizing the mayor of Lancaster for promoting Christianity during his State of the City speech this week, specifically his comment that he is "growing a Christian community."

The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday that Mayor R....

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