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Interfaith Group Gets Involved In Community, Gets Results

March 2, 2009

Author: Kelsey McKinney

Source: Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20090302/NEWS01/903020311

Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith is the epitome of the phrase "democracy in action"; its group members meet, determine the needs of their community and work toward accomplishing those goals in part by lobbying their local government.

The 20 dues-paying churches in Shreveport-Bossier City combine to form a...

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Muslims Define Themselves Through Outreach

March 2, 2009

Author: William F. O'Brien

Source: The Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/local_story_061223435.html

“None of you truly believe,” the Prophet Mohammad told his followers, “Until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”

President Obama recently quoted that statement at the National Prayer Breakfast. The president said in his Inaugural Address that the United States is reaching out to the...

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Assemblyman Introduces Bill for Police Training On Sikh Faith

February 26, 2009

Author: Corina Knoll

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/02/assemblyman-war.html

Assemblyman Warren Furutani recently introduced legislation that would require police officers to receive instruction about the Sikh faith, whose members carry blades as part of their religion.

The Sikh religion requires practitioners to carry five articles of faith, including a kirpan, which resembles a small...

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Islam's Gift to South Los Angeles

February 25, 2009

Author: Yusuf Khan

Source: The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/x-2721-Islamic-Examiner~y2009m2d25-Islams-gift-to-south-Los-Angeles

"If you want to see what Muslim-Americans truly represent, go to the UMMA Community Clinic and you will see it there." - Rep. Maxine Waters, Democrat-CA

A few short years ago, a handful of aspiring physicians who were also members of the Muslim Student Association at...

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Dispelling the Myths

February 24, 2009

Author: Rachel Platis

Source: The Daily Texan

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/dispelling_the_myths-1.1570394

Bollywood music sounded from speakers on the West Mall on Monday in celebration of the Hinduism Awareness Week kickoff rally, presented by the Hindu Students Council.

The annual rally aims to address common misconceptions about Hinduism and to educate students about the religion. Other events will be held each day of the...

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Ads Hit Metro Buses

February 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Capital Times

http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/440287

The godless are hitting the road.

Fifty Madison Metro buses are now displaying six different interior advertising messages from prominent non-believers, thanks to a campaign sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison.

The messages range from actress Butterfly McQueen's "As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free...

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Mormon Youths Dispel Falsehoods

February 23, 2009

Author: Julie Kippenbrock and Genna Yedlicka

Source: IndyStar.com

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090223/NEWS12/902230340

Misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church, have abounded since the Book of Mormon was first published in 1830. Since then, Mormons have suffered ridicule and persecution as they have defended their faith -- which was founded when Joseph Smith...

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'Feed the Hungry' Campaign Brings Winter Solace to Homeless In Toronto

February 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Net

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/feed-hungry-campaign-brings-winter-solace-homeless-toronto

On the crisp cold morning of 20th February, the Parkdale Recreation Centre of downtown Toronto was filled with volunteers wearing a dastaar (a Sikh turban), who were serving hot-meals and distributing warm clothes. Over twenty-five United Sikhs volunteers were at the recreation centre to feed...

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Interfaith Group Targets Poverty With New Projects

February 21, 2009

Author: William Taylor

Source: The Advocate/WBRZ News 12

http://www.2theadvocate.com/features/39998292.html

The congregants came from diverse traditions, but spoke in unison of common purpose.

“From many lands and many traditions we come together to sing a new song,” the Rev. Clint Mitchell said, leading those gathered earlier this month at the Beth Shalom Synagogue.

“In many tongues we will sing a new song to...

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SF Campaign Aims to Educate City About Muslims

February 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KCBS

http://www.kcbs.com/pages/3884837.php?

It's a group that brings an important contribution to the city's culture, but many in society know very little about American Muslims. The goal of a new campaign in San Francisco is to change that, by opening the lines of communication.

After 9/11, and with U.S. troops engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, misconceptions and stereotypes persist about Muslims and their religion.
...

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Two New Podcasts Created to Increase Understanding About Islam

February 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PRWeb

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/02/prweb2101734.htm

The Voices and Visions Project provides resources for individuals who wish to tackle the complexities of Islam and create an interfaith dialogue within their communities.

Through the two podcasts, Crash Course in Islam and Muslim Voices, the project brings together balanced viewpoints and various voices within and outside of Islam to supply straight...

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Outreach Mandated for New Sikh Studies Chair-Holder

February 16, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/outreach-mandated-new-sikh-studies-chair-holder

Jaideep Singh, the new endowed chair-holder of Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the California State University, East Bay, is the first to focus on community outreach.

An expert in comparative ethnic studies, Jaideep Singh was formally installed on Jan. 5 at the university's Department of Ethnic Studies....

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