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Frankfort Township Assessor Paul Ruff Stands by E-mail on Islam, Immigrants

August 20, 2008

Author: Mary Owen

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-assessor-email_both_21aug21,0,4041765.story

Despite outrage from the local Muslim community, a Frankfort Township official did not apologize Wednesday for circulating an e-mail with anti-Islamic sentiments.

"The e-mail's basic message was that people coming to this country should adapt," Township Assessor Paul Ruff...

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Taoists Launch Drive to Debunk Misconceptions of Superstitions

August 19, 2008

Author: DPA

Source: The Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/226580,taoists-launch-drive-to-debunk-misconceptions-of-superstitions.html

Taoists are launching a drive to debunk misconceptions that their religion is based largely on superstition, after a poll showed many young followers are switching to Christianity, leaders of the faith said Tuesday. An exhibition containing...

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Westhampton Beach Residents Embroiled In Religious Boundary Debate

August 18, 2008

Author: Kelly Carroll

Source: Hamptons.com

http://www.hamptons.com/detail.ihtml?id=4599&apid=9275&sid=27&cid=54&hm=1&iv=1&townflag=

Not an hour into the public information session regarding the Hampton Synagogue’s desire for an Eruv to be designated in the village of Westhampton Beach, one-third of the overflowing crowd stood up and walked out, angered over the reading of anti-Semitic e-mails sent to the...

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Muslim Voters Meet Candidates, Officials at Picnic

August 17, 2008

Author: Ben Hubbard

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/16/AR2008081602046.html

Some came for the spicy chicken, others for the twisty balloons. But Maura Yasin came to send a message to the public officials and political candidates who turned out to mingle with members of Northern Virginia's Muslim community yesterday.

"I came to be part of the crowd, to...

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Southern California Muslim Youth Meet Leaders from L.A. Gov't, Media & Civic Groups

August 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=681

Last week, the Muslim Public Affairs Council held its second annual Southern California Muslim American Young Leaders Summit, bringing 27 young leaders together to discuss pressing policy issues with local government agencies, civic groups, and media professionals. The three-day Summit allowed the young leaders to engage with officials in local government, including...

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Judge Rules Against Christian Schools in UC Suit

August 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Mercury News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_10179716

A federal judge has ruled that the University of California did not discriminate against two Christian high schools in Southern California when it refused to honor some of their courses when considering students' eligibility for admission to UC campuses.

U.S. District Judge S. James Ortero...

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Council Ban on Atheist Websites

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/7530519.stm

A city council has blocked its staff from looking at websites about atheism.

Lawyers at the National Secular Society said the move by Birmingham City Council was "discriminatory" and they would consider legal action.

The rules also ban sites that promote witchcraft, the paranormal, sexual deviancy and...

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Santeria Leaders Hope Tolerance of Faith's Rituals Spreads

July 27, 2008

Author: Mike Clary

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbsanteria0727sbjul27,0,3756634.story

Although Santeria has been widely practiced in South Florida for decades, the Afro-Cuban religion, which at times includes animal sacrifices, remains cloaked in mystery and sensation.

Just last year, police staged an armed raid on a Coral Gables home...

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Maine Town Supports Maliseet Jurisdiction Over Housing Land

July 25, 2008

Author: Gale Courey Toensing

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417801

The chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians welcomed an announcement by the Houlton Town Council to release its authority over tribal land in support of the band's autonomy.

''It was very surprising. I was very pleased that the town came to that decision. I do absolutely see it as a support of our tribal sovereignty and...

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SALDEF Meets With FBI Director Robert Mueller

July 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SALDEF

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/4254/2008-07-25.html

In continued engagement with the highest levels of the U.S. Government, SALDEF met with FBI Director Robert Mueller to discuss issues affecting the Sikh American community. SALDEF was the only Sikh American organization present at the June 24th meeting. The discussion involved dialogue about terrorism, hate crimes, community engagement, and...

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Islam Subway Ads Cause Stir in New York

July 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/22/islam.ads/index.html

Ads promoting Islam are to be placed on New York subway cars in September, but a U.S. congressman finds people sponsoring the messages unacceptable.

"I have no problem with the ad itself, but I have a very, very real problem with those behind it," Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday. He is urging the Metropolitan Transit Authority to...

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Young Muslims Find Mission, Motivation in ‘30/30’

July 19, 2008

Author: Jeff Karoub

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/religion/story/417110.html

They filled the cafe night after night. To the casual observer, it might have appeared to be a roomful of 20-somethings with enviable amounts of idle time.

Yet the 30 young Muslim men and women who met for 30 days had serving society, not socializing, on their minds. And the group calling itself 30/30 emerged from the...

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Charges Against Sikh Driver for Wearing ‘Kirpan’ Dropped

July 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Journal

http://www.indiajournal.com/pages/event.php?id=3911

Sikh activists scored a major victory when prosecutors decided to drop charges against 47-year-old truck driver Sachdev Singh for wearing ‘Kirpan’ while entering the Connecticut State Superior Court to contest an alleged traffic violation.

The prosecutors took the decision after meeting with United Sikhs’ attorney Jaspreet Singh...

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