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Buddhist Centre Plan for Norwich

May 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Dereham Times 24

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,6419,0,0,1,0

A Buddhist retreat could soon be open for meditation and religious festivals. Murray Wright, a senior ordained Buddhist, has applied for retrospective planning permission for the place of worship at his home in Mill Road, Hardingham.

The retreat is set around a pond water meadow and stream leading to Blackwater...

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Hindu 'Swastika' Causes Offence

May 14, 2008

Author: JANIE SMITH

Source: Central Leader

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4526536a10.html

A World War Two veteran captured by Germans and held prisoner for three years is reminded of his torment every time he looks out the window of his house.

The Mt Roskill man’s neighbours have painted a large white symbol – resembling a swastika – on their roof.

He says the symbol, painted late last year, is distasteful.

"If I could...

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Town Swears in First Muslim Mayor

May 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/humber/7397953.stm

The first Muslim mayor in the Humber region has been sworn in.

Councillor Jawaid Ishaq MBE, 62, replaced Tony Ellerby as the Mayor of North Lincolnshire in a ceremony at the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe.

He said: "I come from a tiny village in Kashmir and I'm proud to have come this far in British politics.
...

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SC Lawmakers Have Religion on Minds, in Bills

May 13, 2008

Author: JIM DAVENPORT

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/statewire/story/404027.html

Faith in the public square would have a high profile in South Carolina as three bills move closer to becoming law.

One creates license tags with "I Believe" in front of a cross; a second makes clear prayers can be offered before public meetings and a third allows set public displays of key historical...

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3 Faiths Coming Together for Mideast Trip

May 12, 2008

Author: Robert King

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080512/LOCAL18/805120387/1195/LOCAL18

They will travel halfway around the world together, build a house for a needy family together and reach out to refugees of war together.

But showing people how different faiths can work together for the common good is the biggest thing a group representing Muslim, Jewish and...

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Temple to Honor Supporters After Vandalism

May 11, 2008

Author: Denise Jewell Gee

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/lifearts/religion/story/344180.html

The letters started pouring in from area congregations when Temple Beth Israel on College Avenue was targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism.

Members of churches throughout the city wrote to say they supported the temple in the face of a hate crime.

Then the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission organized a...

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Muslim Clinics Fill Health Care Needs

May 11, 2008

Author: ALEXIS GRANT

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/5771549.html

Elena Lopez needed diabetes medication and was due for a medical exam, but the 64-year-old had no health insurance.

So her daughter, Rosa Ramirez, took Lopez to the Ibn Sina Foundation community clinic in southwest Houston, where she paid a small fee to see a doctor on a walk-in basis.

"Otherwise, I...

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Rabbis' Call to Boycott Olympics Prompts Backlash

May 9, 2008

Author: Rachel Pomerance

Source: USA Today/Religion News Service

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-05-08-jewish-olympics_N.htm

A rabbinic call for Jews to boycott the Olympic Games in China has spawned a backlash by major American Jewish organizations.

The petition, signed by 194 American rabbis from across the religious spectrum, cited as its basis "China's support for the genocidal government of Sudan" the...

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Frankenmuth Says No to Removing Cross

May 7, 2008

Author: Dave Kinchen

Source: NBC-25

http://www.weyi.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=131113

The hot political issue in Mid-Michigan is all about religion. A group asked the Frankenmuth City Coucil to remove the cross from it’s shield, a request that the council members denied.

In a packed council meeting, residents and non-residents lined up to either attack or defend the Lutheran cross displayed on the city’s shield. Lloyd Clark, a...

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ACLU Weighs in on FLDS Raid

May 7, 2008

Author: Ben Winslow

Source: Deseret News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,5143,695277280,00.html

The American Civil Liberties Union said it has "serious concerns" about the way the government is handling the massive child custody case over the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch.

"The ACLU has serious concerns that the state's actions so far have not adequately protected the fundamental rights at stake," the national organization said...

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