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Muslim Advocates Decry California Councilwoman's Facebook Posting Over Murder Trial

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Los Angeles Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-us-anti-muslim-remarks,0,7568138.story

Muslim advocates are demanding an apology from a California city councilwoman for posting anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook social networking page.

Muslim organizations in California on Friday...

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Pagan Groups Join Forces to Offer Assistance In Haiti

January 29, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Foster's Daily Democrat

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100129/GJCOMMUNITY_01/100129526

PaganFM!, a radio program and Pagan podcast, originating at WSCA-LP, 106.1 FM in Portsmouth, and Circle Sanctuary, located near Barneveld, Wis,m have embarked on a collaborative effort, with the support of musicians from around the world, to create a music album, the proceeds from...

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RI, US Religious Groups Team Up to Tackle Poverty

January 28, 2010

Author: Lilian Budianto

Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/01/28/ri-us-religious-groups-team-tackle-poverty.html

Participants at an interfaith forum in Jakarta have pledged to work closely to end poverty and enhance education while trying to help people cope with climate change.

The joint declaration came at the conclusion of the three-day forum Wednesday, attended by...

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'Philosophy' Poster Containing Ten Commandments Gets Judge Back In Spotlight

January 27, 2010

Author: Mary Beth Lane

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/01/27/poster-with-10-commandments-puts-judge-back-in-spotlight.html?sid=101

A second constitutional challenge to an Ohio judge's display of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom is making its way through the court system.

At issue is whether a...

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Obama's Man Of Faith Hails Hindu Americans

January 26, 2010

Author: mynews.in

Source: mynews.in

http://www.mynews.in/News/Obama's_man_of_faith_hails_Hindu_Americans_N36313.html

Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White HouseOffice of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, has lauded Hindu Americans for promoting inter-faith dialogue and cooperation through service in the United States.

In an...

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Baking Swiss Treats Amid Acid Debate

January 26, 2010

Author: John Tagliabue

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/world/europe/27swiss.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Bertram Decker’s second-floor office in Nestlé’s big food plant here looks out over the town’s only minaret, a wooden turret topped with a gilt star and crescent.

The minaret, atop a Turkish cultural association, is one of only four in all of Switzerland,...

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Sikh Community Hosts Annual New Mexico Legislative Luncheon

January 25, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikh-community-hosts-annual-new-mexico-legislative-luncheon

Tuesday afternoon, January 19th, the New Mexico Sikh Community hosted its 16th annual New Mexico Legislative Luncheon to thank and honor the dedicated public servants of New Mexico for their hard work and service. Following Governor Bill Richardson’s address to a joint session of the...

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Shreveport Hears About World Religions

January 25, 2010

Author: Icess Fernandez

Source: Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100125/NEWS06/1250320/Shreveport-hears-about-world-religions

In an effort to educate her students about the religions of the world, Betty McCollum rounded them up in a van and drove from Magnolia, Ark., to Shreveport.

McCollum, an instructor at Southern Arkansas University, brought 17 students to the...

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Student Organizes Blood Drive In Honor Of Islamic Leader

January 24, 2010

Author: Samira B. Rizvi

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6829305.html

Ailia Ahmed wants to start the new year right, so she's organizing a blood drive to mark Moharram and the Islamic new year.

The Islamic year isn't one meant to be celebrated with big parties, but instead, for Shiite Muslims, is a somber occasion commemorating the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussein...

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Wind Farm Creates Tempest for Tribes' Religious Liberty

January 22, 2010

Author: Rob Bernstein

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/analysis.aspx?id=22525

Two American Indian tribes scored a rare and possibly temporary victory this month when the National Park Service agreed to designate Nantucket Sound, where a major wind farm is set to be installed, as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The designation...

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Free Land for Shrine Ruled Unconstitutional

January 21, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Japan Times

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100121a3.html

It is unconstitutional for a municipal government to offer city-owned land without charge for the site of a Shinto shrine, the Supreme Courtsaid Wednesday.

The ruling by the top court's Grand Bench upheld the contention of the plaintiffs, reportedly two local residents, that the municipal government of Sunagawa, Hokkaido, violated...

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Ohlone Nation Fights to Save Ancestral Homeland

January 21, 2010

Author: R.M. Arrieta

Source: New America Media

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=781be13cccb6f5ac6b84abea9e8a632c

San Francisco and much of the Bay Area is the ancestral homeland of the Ohlone nation.

Their ancestors lie in the land here. Remnants of their villages can be found deep beneath the soil. The blood runs deep. They have lived in the Bay Area for...

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Keller Pastor's Multifaith Initiative Includes 'Trialogue' With Muslims, Jews

January 21, 2010

Author: Sam Hodges

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/fortworth/stories/012210dnmetinterfaith.3dfad3e.html

For some evangelical pastors, pushing the envelope means preaching without a tie, or having the congregation sing praise music instead of hymns.

But the Rev. Bob Roberts Jr., pastor of 3,000-member NorthWood Church in...

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LA Mayor Holds Interfaith Census Breakfast

January 20, 2010

Author: Saadia Khan

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1012#axzz0dMB4zuyA

This week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminded the faith-based leaders that Los Angeles was the second most "under-counted" city in the 2000 Census. During the 210 Census Citywide Interfaith Breakfast, he told leaders of Muslim, Christian, Catholic, and Jewish communities many Los Angeles residents did not receive their fair share of...

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