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Charter School Getting Threats for Islamic Ties

April 12, 2008

Author: SARAH LEMAGIE

Source: MSNBC/StarTibune

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24077074/

An Inver Grove Heights charter school has received harassing and threatening calls in the wake of accusations that it blurs the line between religion and state by promoting Islam, the school's director said Friday.

The city's police are investigating and will put extra patrols in the area as a precaution, Police Chief Chuck Kleckner said. He said the school's director...

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Resentment Against Movie “The Love Guru” Broadening Quickly

April 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: American Buddhist Net News

http://www.americanbuddhist.net/resentment-against-movie-love-guru-broadening-quickly

Censure of the upcoming Hollywood movie "The Love Guru" over the signals of its denigrating Hindu traditions is mushrooming in both Hindu and non-Hindu circles.

Supporting the movement spearheaded by prominent Hindu and Indo-American leader Rajan Zed, various Hindu...

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'I Have Been Telling People to Come Here' Says Buddhist Monk

April 11, 2008

Author: Colleen May and Kay Bel

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Epoch Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=49,6225,0,0,1,0

Thich Quang Ba, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk from the Vanltanh Temple in Canberra, was a guest at the opening night of the Chinese Spectacular and was impressed by the skill of the artists as well as the important moral messages of the performance.

"The arts presentation of this show is excellent. A lot of...

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Muslim Health Clinic Wins Group's Praise

April 10, 2008

Author: Mona Shadia

Source: The San Bernardino Sun

http://www.sbsun.com/ci_8885044?source=rss

A free Muslim-operated health-care clinic here has been recognized for bridging the health-care gap.

The nonprofit Institute for Social Policy and Understanding chose Al-Shifa Clinic at 2034 Mallory St. as one of 10 clinics in four United States cities with a large Muslim-American population that are making a difference.

Al-Shifa, which means "...

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Wake Gives Little in Deal with Punished Teacher

April 9, 2008

Author: T. KEUNG HUI

Source: The News Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1030288.html

A former Enloe High School teacher who sued after he was punished for inviting an anti-Islamic speaker to school will not receive any money nor have his personnel record cleared as part of a tentative settlement with the Wake County school system.

Under the agreement, released by the school board Tuesday, Robert Escamilla will drop his lawsuit...

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Sect's Ways Defended as Religious Expression

April 9, 2008

Author: MICHELLE ROBERTS

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Wire Service: AP

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/358470_retreat10.html

Lawyers for a polygamist sect that is the subject of a massive child-abuse investigation argued in court Wednesday that although its members' multiple marriages and cloistered ways may be unusual, they have a right to their faith and privacy.

Gerry Goldstein, a San...

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Ten Commandments Back in Court

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-ed-religion8apr08,1,2718355.story

When the Supreme Court ruled 46 years ago that official prayers in public schools violated the 1st Amendment, it infuriated those who claimed that public institutions should reflect the fact that this is "one nation, under God" -- the God of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, that is.

...

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Suburban Santeria Priest Appealing Animal Slaughter Ban

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ABC

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8138532

A Santeria priest who lost a federal suit alleging Euless's ban on animal slaughter encroached on his religious rights is appealing the case.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an appeal Tuesday on behalf of Jose Merced to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Merced is an Oba, or...

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Interfaith Youths Unite in Volunteerism

April 7, 2008

Author: Peter Schworm

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/04/07/interfaith_youths_unite_in_volunteerism/

As a group of students grabbed rakes and spades to help clean up a neighborhood park in Jamaica Plain yesterday, Danyal Najmi knelt in quiet prayer on the sidewalk. An observant Muslim who prays five times a day, the Tufts University senior checked his compass to face...

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