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Muslim Congressman Speaks at Symposium

April 7, 2008

Author: Michael Drakulich

Source: Southtown Star

http://www.southtownstar.com/news/881002,040708ellison.article

The first Muslim elected to U.S. Congress shared some of his experiences as an elected official with those who hope to follow in his footsteps one day.

Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was keynote speaker at the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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Mayor of Los Angeles, Mayor of Amritsar Grace Los Angeles Sikh Community's Baisakhi Celebration

April 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/9DECFB2E8A78FE8987257424005E95EB

Over 100 years ago, Sikhs from what is now Punjab, India, began crossing the ocean and settling far from their homeland. With their unique turbans and, for men, distinctive beards, the Sikhs created an impact wherever they went.

On Sunday, April 6, at the Los Angeles Convention Center,...

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Faiths Come Together to Serve Community

April 6, 2008

Author: Stephanie Esposito

Source: WFMZ, Pennsylvania

http://wfmz.com/view/?id=248102

Christians, Muslims and Jews in Allentown spent the day yesterday working together on community service projects throughout the city. The interfaith coalition was designed to make improvements to the city and interfaith relationships. WFMZ's Stephanie Esposito [has] the story.

It was a productive day for the city of Allentown. Not only did a lengthy list of service projects...

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"This Case of Conscience”: Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance

April 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Queens Museum

http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/flushing.htm

In the new millennium, religion, its relation to the state and mutual respect are hot-button issues across the globe. In Flushing, Queens, this very conversation started 350 years ago with the Flushing Remonstrance. The Flushing Remonstrance was drafted in 1657 and signed by a group of Flushing residents who were offended by the persecution of religions...

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Mayor Joins Mosque's Tribute to Civil Rights Icon

April 5, 2008

Author: Paloma Esquivel

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs5apr05,1,5458175.story

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the guest of honor Friday at a Los Angeles mosque. But it was the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that held the crowd.

"King was a leader who gave his life working for justice," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society...

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Hawaii Passes Bill to Protect Taro Plant

April 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thomson Financial News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/2008/04/04/afx4856190.html

The sacred Hawaiian taro plant cannot be genetically modified for at least five years, according to a measure approved by lawmakers Thursday.

The moratorium falls short of the demands of many taro farmers and Native Hawaiian groups who want taro to remain...

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Leaders Urge Obama to Make Religion Speech

April 3, 2008

Author: Andrea Useem

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15320

The first Muslim elected to Congress on Thursday (April 3) urged Sen. Barack Obama to show "transcendant leadership" by tackling issues of religion -- including allegations that Obama is a Muslim -- in the same way he addressed racial divisions.

"Religious pluralism is under threat," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at a forum...

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Cambodia Hosts Inter-Religion Meeting for Asian Pacific Countries

April 3, 2008

Author: Song Shutao

Source: China View

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/03/content_7913305.htm

An inter-religion meeting was launched here on Thursday for religious leaders from 15 countries in Asian Pacific region to talk about cooperation, peace and harmony in the world.

All religious sects have to work together to help this globe to have peace, food security and contribute to poverty reduction, Cambodian Prime...

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Prophetic Voices Celebration

March 31, 2008

Author: Nick Alpers

Source: The Philadelphia Jewish Voice

http://www.pjvoice.com/v34/34602shalom.aspx

The Shalom Center in Mount Airy will host its Prophetic Voices celebration will Sunday April 6, 2008 at Congregation Mishkan Shalom, 1401Freeland Avenue, Roxborough.

This year three national religious leaders along with three local leaders are being honored. National honorees are Ruth Messinger, head of the Jewish World Service who built a multi-...

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Muslim Volunteers to Serve at Morristown Soup Kitchen

March 31, 2008

Author: Minhaj Hassan

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803310304

A "Muslims Serve Day" will take place at the Community Soup Kitchen next month.

Serving at the soup kitchen gives the Muslim community an opportunity to participate in an "act of righteousness" and show the community at large the true and compassionate face of Muslims and Islam, said Zamir Hassan, a coordinator with...

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Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges Against California Sikh

March 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/7B9173C01C547C978725741A0066628D

Prosecutors in Alameda County, California decided to drop criminal charges against Maninder Singh, a Sikh who was arrested for carrying his kirpan. The charges were dismissed as a result of a collaborative effort between the Sikh Coalition and Singh's defense attorney.

The Coalition...

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Texas Board of Education Approves Elective Bible Course for High Schools

March 28, 2008

Author: TERRENCE STUTZ

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/032908dntexbiblecourse.bb4bbdd.html

Broad guidelines for a Bible course in Texas high schools were approved by the State Board of Education on Friday, but board members delayed action on specific curriculum requirements until the attorney general has ruled whether all school districts...

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