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National Group: Faith-based Prosecution is First for Wis.

May 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Boston Examiner

Wire Service: AP

http://www.examiner.com/a-1402773~National_group__Faith_based_prosecution_is_first_for_Wis_.html

The parents charged with reckless homicide for praying while their 11-year-old daughter died of diabetes are the first people in Wisconsin accused of such a crime, according to a national group that monitors faith-based...

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State Orders Charter School to Correct 2 Areas Tied to Islam

May 20, 2008

Author: SARAH LEMAGIE

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/19076119.html?location_refer=Outdoors

An Inver Grove Heights charter school must change the way it handles issues related to Muslim prayer in school and busing for after-school religious instruction or face repercussions, the Minnesota Department of Education said Monday.

Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, a public school with mostly Muslim...

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A Jain Hospital Exclusively for Birds

May 20, 2008

Author: D.N. Jha

Source: Meri News

http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=134328

THE JAINS, who constitute hardly one per cent of the country’s population, continue to adhere to the tenets of their religion. The bird hospital in Chandini Chowk is just one example of the lofty principles that they are devoted to. It also reflects their belief in freedom of all living beings, no matter how small or insignificant they are.

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Buddhist Monks Establish Aid Network

May 19, 2008

Author: Brett Popplewell

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/427293

As Burma's military junta continues to prevent international aid that would help the estimated 1.5 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis, an international network of Burmese monks has come up with an alternative solution for would-be donors and relief workers.

With the military rulers doing little to help the starving, homeless and injured survivors...

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United Sikhs Serves Langar to Myanmar Cyclone Survivor

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/seva/united-sikhs-serves-langar-myanmar-cyclone-survivor

United Sikhs along with the Yangon Sikh Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) has started serving langar (the Sikh tradition of serving hot meals cooked in a community kitchen) to thousands of Myanmar cyclone survivors, since last Friday.

Despite all odds, UNITED SIKHS volunteers, with the help of the...

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Asian Catholics Helping Myanmar Cyclone Victims

May 19, 2008

Author: S. Digal and M. M. Perera

Source: Asian News

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=12289&size=A

Asia’s Churches continue to mobilise in favour of the victims of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. In some cases they are trying to get aid into the country via Catholic channels; in others, they are collaborating with the local Buddhist community.

In the Philippines Caritas Manila is shipping its first aid collected in Manila...

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Bahá’í-Inspired Development Program Highlighted at U.N. Meeting

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/633

A Bahá’í-inspired program that has trained thousands of people in Honduras and Colombia to contribute to rural development was highlighted as a model for sustainable development at a major U.N. meeting this month.

The program, known as SAT -- an acronym for Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System) -- was presented in a three-hour...

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PBS Film Revisits Killing of Mesa Sikh After 9/11 Attacks.

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KTAR/SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/daily-news/pbs-film-revisits-killing-mesa-sikh-after-911-attacks

When filmmaker Tami Yeager set out to make a documentary about a surge in hate crimes following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she envisioned a movie that would reflect her shock and shame.

That was before the director met Rana Singh Sodhi, whose brother was fatally shot on...

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Hull Cemetery Section Reserved for Couples with Jewish and Non-Jewish Partners

May 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Patriot Ledger

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hull/news/x1192322062/Hull-cemetery-section-reserved-for-couples-with-Jewish-and-non-Jewish-partners

An area of land at Hull Village Cemetery with space for 50 graves will be reserved for use by mixed faith couples involving a Jewish and non-Jewish partner.

Selectmen this week voted to...

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Ellison, Carson Urge US to Take Action in Darfur

May 15, 2008

Author: FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iSO7F9QK7rEr1XZXU2_f8ewat4wwD90LL1OO0

Congress' two Muslim members urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to lead efforts to end the violence in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced.

Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana joined other black Democratic lawmakers...

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Imagery in Bastrop School Mural Stirs Controversy

May 15, 2008

Author: Andrea Lorenz

Source: American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/05/15/0515bastropisd.html

A mural meant to bring people together is causing a rift in the Bastrop community.

The painting in question, a student project completed in 2003, adorns a wall in the corridor leading to the Bastrop High School gym. It depicts the sometimes unpleasant history of the town, showing...

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Fla. to Consider Key Church-State Question

May 15, 2008

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/14/AR2008051403362.html

The potential repeal of a century-old Florida law barring state funding for religiously affiliated organizations is to be put before the voters there this fall, at the end of a lobbying battle that has attracted the attention of President Bush and has engaged a coalition of...

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Decision to Build More Mosques in Sarajevo Sparks New Debate

May 14, 2008

Author: Azra Martin

Source: Southeast European Times

http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2008/05/14/feature-02

Since the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) announced plans to build several more mosques in Sarajevo, a vigorous debate on the issue has resurfaced. Many question whether such plans will threaten the country's multi-ethnic character,...

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U.N. Buddhist Event in Vietnam Remembers Disaster Victims

May 14, 2008

Author: Grant McCool

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSBKK5494820080514

Victims of China's earthquake and Myanmar's cyclone were remembered on Wednesday when Buddhists opened a rare international religious event in Vietnam, whose critics accuse the government of abusing freedom of worship.

Hundreds of monks in yellow, maroon and saffron robes mixed with government officials and diplomats in suits in a Hanoi...

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