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Faith Groups 'Contribute £100m'

March 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7289508.stm

Religious and faith organisations contribute more than £100m in economic benefits to Wales, a report says.

But the groups have little in return, with barely a quarter of faith communities getting public funding, the research found.

According to the study, around 40,000 unpaid volunteers do 80,000 hours of community work a week

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Buddhist Blessings for New Hindu Temple Site in Berlin

March 11, 2008

Author: Janaka Perera

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,6027,0,0,1,0

Sri Lankan Buddhist monks on Mahasivarathri Day March 7 blessed a site situated in Berlin, Germany, on which is planned the construction of Europe's second largest Hindu temple.

The proposed temple's custodians are Indian Hindus who have received land in the city of Berlin free of charge from the German Government for building...

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Atheist China Gives Nod to Taiwan Buddhist Group

March 11, 2008

Author: Benjamin Kang Lim

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsMaps/idUSPEK23024220080311

China on Tuesday officially approved a Taiwan Buddhist group which has been quietly conducting charity work for almost two decades, a landmark concession to religion by the country's atheist Communist rulers.

China maintains tight control over religion but has sought to use Buddhism to help curb rising social unrest and help...

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Sikh Film goes to National Film Festival for Talented Youth

March 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/234AA1BDFB8D805D872574080055DF4E

When the 13 year old Singh walked around with 47 hand made fliers to distribute to his neighbors, he didn’t think that he would be instrumental in taking the message of the oneness of humanity this far. His goal was to learn about his neighbors and educate them about himself and Sikhism; he...

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Multifaith Mix Gathers to Enjoy Diversity, Food

March 10, 2008

Author: DAVID YONKE

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080310/NEWS10/803100339

A sold-out crowd of about 275 gathered in Rosary Cathedral School yesterday to learn about, interact with, and celebrate Ohio's religious diversity.

Participants in the 7th Annual MultiFaith Banquet lived up to the event's theme, "Honoring the Tradition of the Other," as they shared dinner...

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Organization Launched to Provide Worldwide Hindu Identity

March 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/2254/

A "Universal Society of Hinduism" (USH) has been formed to provide worldwide Hindu identity, enhance understanding of Hinduism, and to foster inter-religious dialogue.

With Rajan Zed, the Nevada-based Hindu priest as President, this nondenominational religious-philosophical-cultural-educational organization aims at reaching about one billion...

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Senior Thai Buddhist Monks in Egypt for Talks with Sunni Muslim Leader

March 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/TNA

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,6026,0,0,1,0

Five senior Thai Buddhist monks arrived in the Egyptian capital on Sunday for an official visit in which they will hold talks with the Sunni Muslims’ highest spiritual leader later in the week.

The Thai monks, led by Phra Dhramakosajarn, rector of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, were welcomed by Thai...

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Clashing Over Church Ritual and Flag Protocol at the Naval Academy Chapel

March 8, 2008

Author: NEELA BANERJEE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/08/us/08chapel.html?

On Sundays at the Naval Academy Chapel, at a few minutes past 11 a.m., the choir stops singing and a color guard carrying the academy flag and the American flag strides up the aisle.

Below a cobalt blue stained-glass window of Jesus, one midshipman dips the academy flag before the altar cross, and the other dips the American flag.
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Radio Host Michael Savage's Suit Against Islamic Group in Court

March 7, 2008

Author: Paul Elias

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20080307-1151-ca-radiohost-islam.html

A federal judge said Friday that she was leaning toward tossing out conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage's copyright theft lawsuit against an Islamic lobbying group who used portions of the popular program to solicit donations and...

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Mayor: Muslim Holy Days Shouldn't Be School Holidays

March 7, 2008

Author: BENJAMIN SARLIN

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/72533

Mayor Bloomberg is rejecting calls from lawmakers to make two Muslim holy days official school holidays, saying students cannot afford more days off.

"The truth of the matter is we need more children in school," Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday. "More, not less."

Council Member Robert Jackson of Manhattan, who is Muslim, and 12 co-sponsors introduced a resolution this...

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"Steps on the Path of Dialogue," a Commentary by Maggie Herzig

March 7, 2008

Author: Maggie Herzig

Source: Public Conversations Project

http://www.publicconversations.org/pcp/resource_details.php?res_id=214

Why bother to walk the path of dialogue with someone who has a different worldview, identity or religion? Or with someone in your own community who has a different view on a divisive issue?

Perhaps you’ve noticed a growing disconnection or polarization that is threatening a particular...

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US Nursing Home Sued for Firing Sikh Employee over Kirpan

March 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200803071654.htm

One of the largest nursing home chains in the US has been sued for firing a Sikh employee, who refused to remove her kirpan while on duty, allegedly in violation of federal laws.

Baljit Kaur Bhandal, a dietary aide employed at a Manor Care Health Services in California, was given an ultimatum by the company to remove her kirpan - a...

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State Supreme Court Upholds Results Of Buddhist Temple Election

March 6, 2008

Author: John Lyon

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Morning News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,6012,0,0,1,0

A Sebastian County circuit judge did not violate the U.S. Constitution when he decided who could vote in an election at a Buddhist temple in Fort Smith, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The Supreme Court upheld the results of the temple's September 2006 election of its board of directors, rejecting...

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