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Muslim Group Promotes Interfaith Outreach

January 20, 2010

Author: Whitney Woodward

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-x-c-0122-muslims-20100120,0,7141006.story

Frustrated by the negative Muslim stereotypes fueled by high-profile acts of violence and terrorism, a group of Chicago's faith and community leaders are launching a campaign to eradicate these misconceptions by building new relationships across ethnic and racial...

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Muslim Scholars Critical Of US Policy Can Return

January 20, 2010

Author: Larry Neumeister

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012002692.html

Two prominent Muslim scholars once accused of having ties to terrorism can reapply to travel to the United States now that the State Department has concluded they pose no danger to the country, federal spokesmen said Wednesday....

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O.C. Hosts First Muslim Station Of Its Kind

January 19, 2010

Author: Cindy Carcamo

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/muslim-229011-community-matar.html

In light of the Fort Hood killings and recent arrests of suspected radicalized Virginian youths in Pakistan, perceptions of American Muslims have taken a beating lately.

Closer to home, recent vandalism at a Costa Mesa Muslim mosque and an interfaith display in Mission Viejo delivered yet another blow to a...

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Abbotsford Sikh Community Comes to Aid Of Earthquake Victims

January 19, 2010

Author: A. Kaur

Source: Global Sikh News

http://sikhsangat.org/2010/01/abbotsford-sikh-community-comes-to-aid-of-earthquake-victims/

The Sikh community in Abbotsford is responding in force to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Surdev Singh Jatana, secretary-treasurer of the temple on Blueridge Drive, said members of the Gurdwara Sahib Kalgidhar Darbar have pledged thousands of dollars to a region-wide...

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Muslim Radio Station Responds to O.C. Register Readers

January 19, 2010

Author: Cindy Carcamo

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/muslim-229902-muslims-station.html

The first English-only Muslim radio station of its kind in the Western world plans to devote an entire show Wednesday to address what the owner calls an "avalanche of anti-Islam comments" in reaction to an OCRegister.com story about the station's Irvine debut.

"We didn't expect so much negative...

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Hindu Man Takes Open-Air Cremation Battle to Appeal Court

January 18, 2010

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/18/hindu-appeal-funeral-open-cremations

A Hindu man will go to the court of appeal today as part of his ongoing fight to have open-air cremations in the UK.

Davender Ghai, 71, from Tyneside, wants the right to burn funeral pyres in accordance with his religious and cultural beliefs.

His court appearance, before some of the...

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Dallas-Area Christians, Muslims And Jews Will Worship Together

January 15, 2010

Author: Jim Jones

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/local/story/1897561.html

Do Christians hate Muslims? Are all Muslims terrorists? Do Jews greedily control the banking and entertainment industries?

Such negative stereotypes based on fear, suspicion and misinformation need to be dispelled, local religious leaders say.

"It’s critical," said the Rev. Bob Roberts, pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, whose...

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Group Works to Counter Negative View Of Muslims

January 14, 2010

Author: Stefano Esposito

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1990227,CST-NWS-muslim14.article

It's hard to deny the power of an Osama bin Laden taped message to foment anti-Muslim sentiment in America.

But a Chicago-based coalition wants to blunt that sort of message by sharing the real-life stories of Muslims living, working and praying in America.

"It's about humanizing our respective stories...

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Inter-Faith Meet Condemns Swiss Mosque Minarets Ban

January 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/inter-faith-meet-condemns-swiss-mosque-minarets-ban_100303961.html

Religious scholars and intellectuals Thursday condemned the Swiss government’s recent ban on minarets of mosques in their country and decided to approach the United Nations and Amnesty International in the matter.
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Fords Protest Swiss Minaret Ban

January 13, 2010

Author: Robin Riskin

Source: The Bi-College News

http://www.biconews.com/?p=22375

A wooden minaret capped in a green cloth stood outside of Founders starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

Edin Fako ‘11 erected it to protest Switzerland’s recent ban on the construction of minarets—tower-like structures featured in Islamic architecture from which the call to prayer is made.

Fako broadcast the call to prayer—or adhaan—from...

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Tours Of Faith Begin Next Month

January 13, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Peace Arch News

http://www.bclocalnews.com/surrey_area/peacearchnews/community/81370477.html

Starting Feb. 21, the Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program – an informal, grassroots network of members from 11 local faith communities – will offer families the chance to learn about the faith traditions of their neighbours.

The Early Explorers program takes children and families on...

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Obama Faith Council Debates Religious Icons

January 12, 2010

Author: William Wan

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/01/obama_faith_council_debates_religious_icons.html

Obama's faith council is finalizing its draft report this week, and one of the key debates that emerged from the phone conference yesterday was whether there should be rules requiring religious groups to cover up religious symbols if they...

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