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Putting Their Faith Into the Foreclosure Fight

January 11, 2010

Author: Jenifer B. McKim

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/realestate/news/articles/2010/01/11/putting_their_faith_into_the_foreclosure_fight/

For Nylton Andrade, preventing home foreclosures is not just a personal priority. It’s a matter of religious faith.

Andrade, who was laid off from a teaching job at Boston’s Madison Park High School in June, is hoping to...

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Officials: Anti-Muslim Images Are Protected Speech

January 7, 2010

Author: Patrick Condon

Source: The Seattle Times

Wire Service: AP

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2010737315_apusantimuslimcartoons.html

Two Minnesota prosecutors say they won't file charges against a man who investigators say admitted posting anti-Muslim images in front of a mosque, a Somali-owned store and other spots.

They say the cartoons are protected...

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At Mayor’s Breakfast, ‘Interfaith’ Means Atheists, Too

January 7, 2010

Author: Daniel E. Slotnik

Source: The New York Times

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/07/atheists-attend-mayors-interfaith-breakfast-for-the-first-time/

Six newcomers to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast stood out in the crowd of more than 400 religious leaders draped in vestments varying from turban to cassock. But the coterie did not draw...

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When the Swiss Voted to Ban New Minarets, This Man Built One

January 6, 2010

Author: Deborah Ball and Anita Greil

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126264916012115609.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel

In November, Switzerland voted to ban the construction of new minarets, the towerlike structures that adorn mosques. A week or so later, in an apparent act of defiance, a new minaret unexpectedly sprang up here.

But the new minaret is not attached to a...

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Buddhist Women Discuss Role In Tackling Global Problems

December 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/VNS

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=55,8820,0,0,1,0

The role of Buddhist women in tackling emerging global issues is being discussed during a one-week international conference that opened yesterday in HCM City.

The 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women has gathered more than 4,000 Buddhist women from 47 countries and territories in the world. The event...

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French Mosque’s Symbolism Varies With Beholder

December 27, 2009

Author: Steven Erlanger

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/28/world/europe/28marseille.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

The minaret of the new Grand Mosque of Marseille, whose cornerstone will be laid here in April, will be silent — no muezzin, live or recorded, will disturb the neighborhood with the call to prayer. Instead, the minaret will flash a beam of light for a couple of minutes...

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Sikh[s] Can Carry Kirpans to Olympics Events In Canada

December 26, 2009

Author: A. Kaur

Source: Global Sikh News

http://sikhsangat.org/2009/12/sikh-can-carry-kirpans-to-olympics-events-in-canada/

Sikhs will be able to carry a kirpan, or ceremonial knife, to Olympic events if they adhere to a number of conditions, the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit has announced.

ISU doesn’t expect the religious item will pose an additional risk at venues.

Anyone wearing a...

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Kaur Foundation Signs Educational Partnership With Maryland Public School System

December 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/kaur-foundation-signs-educational-partnership-maryland-public-school-system

A pioneering partnership with the Kaur Foundation will build understanding and appreciation for the Sikh culture, customs, and perspectives in Howard County Public School classrooms and communities. The partnership was formalized with an official signing at...

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Ban On Angels, Stars On County Christmas Trees

December 21, 2009

Author: Derek Moore

Source: The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20091221/NEWS/912219968?Title=Ban-on-angels-stars-on-county-Christmas-trees

Sonoma County's top official on Monday ordered the removal of stars, angels and other religious symbols from Christmas trees in county buildings after a complaint that the decorations violate constitutional protections.

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Creche Returns to Northeastern Pa. Courthouse Lawn

December 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.timesleader.com/news/ap?articleID=3460377

Santa, a snowman, an elf and other secular figures have joined a nativity scene at a northeastern Pennsylvania courthouse, resolving a controversy over the display of religious holiday symbols in a public space.

Luzerne County commissioners had removed the creche (CRESH') and menorah from the...

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Christians, Jews, Muslims Reach Out to Each Other

December 20, 2009

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091220/NEWS06/912200370/1971

When Daoud Adudiab first heard that the Islamic Center of Columbia was on fire, he prayed the damage would be minimal.

But when he arrived at the center on Feb. 9, 2008, he realized the mosque could not be saved. Then he noticed the graffiti spray painted on the foundation of the building — three swastikas and the...

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