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CAIR Seeks Prayer Rights for Maine Muslim Student

November 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PR Newswire

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-seeks-prayer-rights-for-maine-muslim-student-70629372.html

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked a school district in Maine to allow a Muslim student to exercise her constitutionally-protected right to pray between classes.

According to the mother of the 7th-grade student at Lewiston...

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Buddhist Professor Enlightens Wyomissing Audience About His Religion

November 19, 2009

Author: Dan Kelly

Source: Reading Eagle

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=168829

When it comes to keeping the peace, Buddhists might not be the best persons to call on.

Despite their calm, meditative reputation, Buddhists don't believe there's a difference between good and evil, said Dr. Victor J. Forte, assistant professor of religious studies at Albright College, and a practicing Buddhist.

Instead, Buddhists believe that...

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In WA, Old Mining Town Elects a Muslim Mayor

November 18, 2009

Author: Manuel Valdes

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gl0Vj3_wOeua66V58NNs_q0sSb6AD9C1JGP81

Granite Falls residents are suspicious of any newcomers, let alone a Muslim native of Pakistan who moved to this rugged, blue-collar mining town to open his own bar.

But 54-year-old Haroon Saleem has thrived, winning over the town...

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Californian City Gets First Sikh-American Mayor

November 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DNA India

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_californian-city-gets-first-sikh-american-mayor_1311609

An Indian-American man who rose from humble beginnings to become a successful farmer and banker, will be the first Sikh Mayor of a Californian town, known for its large Punjabi population.

Kash Gill, who as a boy, used to work as a farm labourer to help his family make...

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Pagans Reach Out to Community At Workshop

November 13, 2009

Author: Nora Ibrahim

Source: The Daily Illini

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/2009/11/12/pagans-reach-out-to-community-at-workshop

Pagans of the Champaign–Urbana area reach out to followers and non-Pagans alike to foster discussion of their faith – partially to clear up previous notions people may have about their beliefs.

David Kees, member of the Pagan Student Association and...

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Push to Build Mosques Is Met With Resistance

November 11, 2009

Author: John Tagliabue

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/world/europe/12copenhagen.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Paris has its grand mosque, on the Left Bank. So does Rome, the city of the pope. Yet despite a sizable Muslim population, this Danish city has nothing but the occasional tiny storefront Muslim place of worship.

The city, Denmark’s capital, is now inching...

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Bloomberg Reaches Out to Muslim Community In Wake Of Fort Hood

November 11, 2009

Author: Jeremy Tanner

Source: WPIX-TV

http://www.wpix.com/news/local/wpix-bloomberg-meets-muslims,0,4136113.story

Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with the police chief and ten Muslim community leaders Wednesday in an attempt to assuage growing unease following the recent massacre at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas and avoid any potential backlash against Muslim New Yorkers.

"[W]e have no tolerance whatsoever for hate...

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Federal Judge Opposes SC License Plate With Cross

November 10, 2009

Author: Jim Davenport

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gYuJ5cTgLZaXlvNJajXC5jJ5B33gD9BSPQV00

A federal judge says South Carolina can't issue license plates that show the image of a cross in front of a stained glass window along with the phrase "I Believe."

U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie said in her ruling Tuesday that...

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'Inside Islam' Puts a Face On Poll Data

November 7, 2009

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091107/NEWS10/911070336

Who are Muslims, and what role does religion play in their lives?

Gallup Poll researchers decided to ask those questions as a starting point following 9/11, and wound up conducting six years of polling and tens of thousands of extensive interviews with Muslims in 35 nations, including the United...

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Swiss Muslims Open Mosque Doors

November 7, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8348279.stm

Muslims in many parts of Switzerland have invited the public into mosques - three weeks before a vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets.

Muslim organisations say they hope their open day will counter what they say are fears and prejudices.

The conservative group that initiated the vote - the largest party in the Swiss parliament - says minarets...

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Birmingham’s Faith Groups Promise to Bring Issues to the Fore

November 7, 2009

Author: Sophie Cross

Source: Birmingham Mail

http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2009/11/07/birmingham-s-faith-groups-promise-to-bring-issues-to-the-fore-97319-25109619/

Leading figures from Birmingham’s multi-faith community joined forces and pledged to “be make more noise” in ensuring they bring the issues facing them to the fore....

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Swiss Referendum Stirs a Debate About Islam

November 6, 2009

Author: Deborah Ball and Anita Greil

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125738800597529989.html

An emotional debate over the role of Islam in Switzerland is heating up as a referendum approaches that would ban the construction of minarets on mosques.

On Nov. 29, the Swiss will vote on a referendum to ban the construction of minarets, an initiative promoted by the right-wing Swiss People's Party, who argue...

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Bay Area Sikhs Launch BART Ads In Oakland, SF to Remember Pogrom

November 6, 2009

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_13732529?nclick_check=1

A nonprofit Sikh organization launched a BART poster campaign this month in hopes that a photograph of an elderly crying woman will spur mainstream riders to learn more about the massacre of people in India 25 years ago.

The 20-poster, $10,000-campaign on BART stations in San Francisco and Oakland is...

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