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Battle On Crèches In Schools Goes to City Hall

January 13, 2009

Author: Javier C. Hernandez

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/education/14nativity.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

In public schools, it is known as the December Dilemma — the delicate balancing of menorahs, Christmas trees, stars and crescents along hallways and in front offices. The New York City Department of Education has long granted such symbols a public place during the holiday...

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Islam Week to Build Understanding

January 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/gloucestershire/7821842.stm

Non-Muslims in Gloucester are being invited to find out more about the Islamic faith during a week of events.

Discover Islam Week has been organised by the city and county council and the police in partnership with the Friendship Cafe in Barton Street.

Organisers say the idea is for visitors to taste,...

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'The Hijabi Monologues' Speaks to Muslims And Others Too

January 9, 2009

Author: Margaret Ramirez

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-hijabi-09-jan09,0,796922.story

As she takes the stage and picks up the microphone, Sahar Ullah becomes the voice of Muslim-American women who wear the hijab, better known as hijabis.

At times, she is hilarious when ranting about Muslim men and their pick-up lines. Other moments, she is chilling when she...

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Holy Land Foundation Court Case Puts Burden On Muslim Charities to Explain Where Money Goes

January 4, 2009

Author: Jason Trahan

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-muslimgifts_04met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4a54563.html

American Muslims are finding it more difficult to donate money to help Palestinian refugees and other Middle Eastern causes because of court decisions showing that some charities were using the money for...

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Group Protests Avon Lake Religious Message

December 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.ohio.com/news/ohiocentric/36749889.html

A religious holiday message on a city hall bulletin board in northeast Ohio has drawn protests from a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.

The Cleveland office of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State group has asked Avon Lake officials to remove the message that says: "Remember Christ is in Christmas."

In a...

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GSUSLVSU, And So Does the Driver Of This Car

December 23, 2008

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

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

In South Carolina, a district court has temporarily halted the production of state-sponsored license plates that declare "I Believe" and feature an illustration of a cross superimposed on a stained-glass window.

In Vermont, meanwhile, an appeals court is...

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Hindus Urge Religious Solidarity On Poverty Front

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Track India

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/52114

Lauding Pope's call on fighting poverty, Hindus have urged all religions to come together on this issue and make poverty eradication a moral priority.

US based Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed, in a statement, said that poverty was a monumental crisis and biggest challenge facing world today and it shoulbe dealt at an emergency level.

All...

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American Sikhs to Keep the Homeless Warm

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=2699

Sikh[s] in America stood shoulder to shoulder with the members of the community less well of[f] th[a]n themselves.

Nearly 200 of the area's underprivileged are a little warmer today thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Clamouring for coats, coffee and cake, many from Modesto's homeless community came together Sunday evening in Graceada Park at an...

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Religious Displays to Be Debated In Court

December 22, 2008

Author: Joanna Lin

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-beliefs22-2008dec22,0,6622730.story

Whether the issue is a Nativity scene in a town square or the Ten Commandments at a city hall, Americans never seem to tire of debating whether public displays of religion are constitutional. Year after year, courts give their blessings to some displays and the ax to...

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Buddhist Relief Group Provides Holiday Baskets to Needy Families

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Los Angeles Wave

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,7534,0,0,1,0

Things haven’t been easy for Kecia Harper and her two teenage sons since she became disabled and unable to work three years ago. But this holiday season, she is feeling especially grateful, with an unexpected gift from strangers.

Harper’s family and 50 others from Lynwood were treated to a holiday...

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'God' Motto Not Catching On In Valley

December 17, 2008

Author: Chris Collins

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1083348.html

Dozens of California cities in recent years have embraced a growing trend to display the words "In God We Trust" in city hall. The movement, spearheaded by a Bakersfield council member, is touted as a way to promote patriotism and preserve traditional values.

But in the conservative central San Joaquin Valley, the idea has caught the attention of...

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