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Sikh Culture On Show In Harrow At Vaisakhi Celebration

May 11, 2009

Author: Jack Royston

Source: Harrow Times

http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/4358975.Sikh_culture_on_show_at_New_Year_celebration/

Harrow celebrated the Sikh New Year with Indian drums, dancing and food on Friday.

People from across the borough's diverse communities gathered at Harrow Civic Centre, in Station Road, on Friday when there was a martial arts display to demonstrate Indian culture.

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Group Issues Southeastern Request to End Prayer At Graduation

May 11, 2009

Author: Jona Ison

Source: Chillicothe Gazette

http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20090511/NEWS01/905110301

Southeastern Local Schools has received notice from a Washington group that it would be a violation of the Establishment Clause to include a prayer at the graduation ceremony.

Traditionally, the school has had a reverend deliver an invocation and benediction at the ceremony, but the practice recently was...

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Buddhist Inmate Wins Religious Lawsuit

May 10, 2009

Author: Charlie Butts

Source: OneNewsNow

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Legal/Default.aspx?id=520928

A Buddhist prison inmate in Texas has won a lawsuit over rules for religious practice.

The prison system requires religious services to be performed by a chaplain or approved religious volunteers. Muslims were allowed to hold religious meetings, but chaplains had declined to lead Buddhist services because of lack of knowledge or because it...

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Reception Welcomes Faith-Based Director

May 7, 2009

Author: Hamil R. Harris

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050601513.html

The John A. Wilson Building was filled with prayers, gospel music and clergy from across the area as D.C. Council members hosted a welcome reception for the Rev. Joshua Dubois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

"You are...

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Interfaith Alliance Praises President’s National Day Of Prayer Proclamation

May 7, 2009

Author: Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Source: Interfaith Alliance

http://interfaithalliance.org/news/291-interfaith-alliance-praises-presidents-national-day-of-prayer-proclamation

Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement in response to the proclamation issued this afternoon by President Obama for the National Day of Prayer:

President Obama...

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National Day Of Prayer Gets a Political Makeover

May 7, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/national_day_of_prayer_gets_a_political_makeover1/

Evangelical leaders gathered for the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 7) prayed for President Obama but criticized his decisions to not mark the day with a White House event or send a representative to their annual gathering...

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Many Faiths Share Stage At San Bernardino Prayer Breakfast

May 7, 2009

Author: Andrew Edwards

Source: The Sun

http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_12319138

Mayor Pat Morris and local spiritual leaders celebrated the city's religious diversity during the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

"Adonai. Allah. Spirit. Yeshua. Savior. Mother Earth. Lord God. We use different names, but each implies a recognition that there is something beyond us, a higher power," said Rabbi Hillel Cohn of Temple Emanu El while delivering the invocation...

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Court Orders Review Of FBI Records On California Muslim Organizations As New Complaints Emerge In 2 States

May 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: OMB Watch

http://www.ombwatch.org/node/9952

Responding to claims that Muslim organizations have been illegally spied upon in southern California, a federal judge said on April 20, 2009 he will conduct a review of the FBI records. The decision comes after nearly three years of legal efforts by the ACLU and American Muslim groups to obtain information that they say would demonstrate illegal surveillance by the FBI. The FBI will have 30 days...

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Some Object to White House’s Take On Day Of Prayer

May 6, 2009

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Chicago Tribune/The Boston Herald

http://www.freep.com/article/20090506/NEWS15/90505108

After a standing invitation to the White House during the Bush administration, evangelical Christian organizers of National Day of Prayer activities have not been invited to attend White House ceremonies on Thursday.

In fact, it’s unclear whether there will be ceremonies in the White House at all.
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