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FBI Director Questioned About Muslim Relations

April 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: InFocus News

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/33149/135/

The controversy over reports of an FBI informant infiltrating southern California mosques and the FBI’s overall conduct toward American Muslims were subjects of a Senate hearing last month, generating vague answers from FBI Director Robert Mueller and generating even more concern in a community already feeling fearful and unfairly targeted in a post-9/11...

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Government Supports Muslim Youth Projects

April 8, 2009

Author: Josephine Lim

Source: Canadianimmigrant.ca

http://canadianimmigrant.ca/onlineexclusives/newsitems/article/3612

The Canadian government is supporting two new projects aimed at helping Muslim youth address discrimination and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will provide $441,000 dollars for My Canada, a project that provides access to multi-faith sessions for both Muslim and non-...

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Sikhs Protest Against Knife Rules

April 8, 2009

Author: Dil Neiyyar

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7989108.stm

Sikhs say they are not being allowed to wear a kirpan - or ceremonial knife - in public places even though the law says they can.

Some have been refused entry to amusement parks and even government buildings because of fears the blade poses a security or safety threat.

The confusion has prompted the Department of Communities and Local Government to...

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Obama Names Final Names to Faith-Based Council

April 6, 2009

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17845

President Obama named nine advisers to the White House office for religious and community groups on Monday (April 6), adding a gay rights leader, an Orthodox Jew, a black bishop and others to an eclectic 25-person council.

The bulk of the council, which will advise Obama on certain domestic and foreign policy issues, was appointed last month...

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Group Concerned Prayer Policy Not Respectful to Range Of Religions

April 6, 2009

Author: Le Roy Standish

Source: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2009/04/06/040709_1a_Prayer.html

Those fighting to keep God out of public meetings have been attending the meetings themselves.

Armed with note pads, laptops and digital audio recorders, members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Free Thinkers have been filling the pews at Mesa County...

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Baha'i Speak Out to Draw Attention to Persecution

April 2, 2009

Author: Mark E. Rondeau

Source: The Bennington Banner

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_12053134

Local Baha'i are speaking out to draw attention to the plight of seven members of their faith in Iran who have been arrested and are reportedly charged with spying for Israel.

Arrested in Iran

The seven, five men and two women, were serving as ad hoc administrators for the Baha'i faith at the national level in Iran.

This faith has...

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Interfaith Special On Poverty to Air April 26 On CBS

April 1, 2009

Author: Philip Jenks

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2009/04/msg00011.html

POVERTY: A TIME FOR SHARING, an interfaith religion special, will be broadcast Sunday, April 26 on the CBS Television Network. Check your local station for exact time.

Half of humanity lives on less than $2 a day. A billion people worldwide cannot read or write. Poor children die in great numbers from preventable diseases. Global poverty and its killing effect is...

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Atheists Put Message On High With Billboards In Dallas-Fort Worth Area

March 31, 2009

Author: Holly Yan

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/040109dnmetbillboards.3b5b112.html

These clearly aren't signs from God.

This week, drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth will notice billboards sponsored by local atheists and agnostics.

"Don't believe in God? You are not alone," the billboards read. The signs, featuring a...

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Muslim 'Unsung Heroes' Honoured

March 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7972892.stm

A graffiti artist and teenage martial arts participant have been honoured in a ceremony recognising "unsung heroes" of the Muslim community in Britain.

Other award recipients included an alternative therapist, a Church of Scotland minister, and a master player of the Middle East instrument, the Oud.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, facing a row over...

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A New Day for U.S. Atheists?

March 30, 2009

Author: Michael Conlon

Source: Reuters

http://uk.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUKTRE52T47G20090330

For some atheists in the United States it's a bright new day with the election of President Barack Obama and a move away from religion-shaped government policies of past years.

Others aren't so sure, and it remains to be seen whether a friendlier climate translates into more people publicly embracing an atheist or non-...

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Muslim Americans At Odds Over FBI Contact

March 28, 2009

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032702178.html

A behind-the-scenes controversy has broken out among Muslim American leaders over a coalition of Muslim organizations' threat to cut off contact with the FBI because of what it calls the agency's "McCarthy-era" tactics.

The coalition of two dozen Muslim American groups...

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East Grand Rapids Man Challenges Popular Image Of Muslims

March 28, 2009

Author: Charles Honey

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/03/east_grand_rapids_man_challeng.html

Muhammad Rasoul, chief operating officer of Global Forex Trading, has been in back-to-back meetings since 5:30 a.m., starting with a conference call to Japan and London. He hopes to be home in time to put his two younger kids to bed.

But in this typical...

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