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New York City Council Majority Demands End to MTA's "Turban-Branding" Policy

June 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/TurbanBrandingPressConference.htm

On Tuesday, a majority of the New York City Council called on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to end a policy requiring Sikh workers to brand their turbans with the MTA logo. 27 of the Council's 51 members sent a letter to Howard Roberts, president of MTA New York City Transit, charging that the...

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Collective Prayer Marks Interfaith Day

June 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009

Interfaith League Against Poverty (ILAP) on Monday organised a collective prayer of different religions and a poster exhibition to promote interfaith peace and harmony in the country.

More than 100 Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Bahais turned up at the ILAP’s F-8/4 offices to attend the event, which marked the World Interfaith Day....

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Sotomayor Overturned Prison Regulations to Allow Santeria-Practicing Convicts to Wear Beads

June 22, 2009

Author: Fadia Galindo

Source: CNSNews.com

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=49870

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, told the State of New York in 1994 that it must allow prison inmates who practice Santeria to wear multi-colored beads. Santeria is a sect that combines African religious traditions with elements drawn from Roman Catholicism.

In the case of Campos...

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Del City, Midwest City Educators Receive Lesson About Religious Liberties

June 20, 2009

Author: Chris Schutz

Source: NewsOK

http://newsok.com/del-city-midwest-city-educators-receive-lesson-about-religious-liberties/article/3379084#comments

True or false:

A: A Sikh student can wear a ceremonial dagger to school.

B: A Roman Catholic student can give a talk in class about how she learned to pray the rosary.

C: A Jewish boy can come to school...

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"Faith-Based Competition," a Commentary by Katherine Marshall

June 16, 2009

Author: Katherine Marshall

Source: The Washington Post/Newsweek

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/georgetown/2009/06/level_playing_field.html

The meeting room at the Washington office of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life was packed last Wednesday to hear from Joshua DuBois, head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

All of 26 years old, DuBois quickly...

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Bible Is the "Ultimate Immigration Handbook"

June 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/bible-is-the-quotultima.html

In a worship service opening the "Churches against Racism" conference in Doorn, Netherlands, 14-17 June, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia said the Bible was the "ultimate immigration handbook".

Kobia asked...

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Sikhs Organize Nationwide Blood Drive

June 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20090615043330zzzz.nb/topstory.html

Starting on June 21, Sikh Youth of America will organize the "First National Sikh Blood Drive" to help overcome the blood shortage faced by the nation. In order to achieve this goal they have joined hands with various blood collection agencies including American Red Cross and Blood Centers of America.

Sikh Youth of America is a...

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Formal Opening Of Roxbury Mosque, Two Days Of Events Set for This Month

June 14, 2009

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/14/roxbury_mosque_to_open_formally_this_month/

The long-awaited, much-debated new mosque in Roxbury Crossing is scheduled formally to open at the end of this month.

The Muslim American Society, which is operating the new Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, or ISBCC...

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Intertribal Council Holding Awareness-Raising Concert

June 13, 2009

Author: Lanz Christian Bañes

Source: Times-Herald

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_12583943?source=most_emailed

The Vallejo Intertribal Council will host a concert today in People's Park to raise awareness of the Glen Cove shellmound.

The shellmound -- a sacred site used for burial by Native American peoples -- is at Glen Cove Waterfront Park and has been a source of tension between native groups and the Greater Vallejo...

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Okla. Braces for Challenge to Ten Commandments Law

June 9, 2009

Author: Sean Murphy

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6467815.html

Backers of a new law authorizing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Oklahoma's Capitol didn't get good news this week.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a similar display at the Haskell County...

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