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New Warning to Faith Charities

February 29, 2008

Author: Riazat Butt

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/29/religion

Faith charities encouraging or promoting violence or hatred risk losing their charitable status as part of a radical overhaul proposed by the Charity Commission.

For the first time all charities - including those advancing religion - must show that their aims are for the benefit of the public. Draft guidance, issued today, will explain to the...

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State High Court Hears Buddhist Temple Case

February 29, 2008

Author: Jim Brooks

Source: NWANews/Akansas Democrat-Gazette

http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/218246/

A dispute over control of a Buddhist temple was the subject of oral arguments Thursday in the state Supreme Court, one issue being who should have been allowed to vote in an election in which rival groups sought the Wat Buddha Samakitham temple in Fort Smith.

An attorney for one group argued that a circuit judge had improperly intervened in...

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Young Filmmakers Put Lives of Muslims in Focus

February 28, 2008

Author: Jason Millman

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-19-muslim-film-contest_N.htm

Muslim Americans say they often feel like strangers in their own country, and the struggle to overcome stereotypes became more complicated after 9/11.

So when given the chance to tell their stories, more than 100 young Muslim American filmmakers poured their creative energies into producing four- to five-...

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Remarks Stir Flap over Faith at Capitol

February 27, 2008

Author: Jim Sanders

Source: Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/742653.html

God is disgusted with California legislators – at least some of them, according to an evangelical chaplain who ruffled feathers this week in the same Capitol where he leads Bible studies for lawmakers.

Ralph Drollinger, who played basketball at UCLA in the 1970s and now heads Capitol Ministries, criticized lawmakers who participate in a separate fellowship...

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HAF Attends Attorney General Mukasey's Faith Leaders Roundtable Conference

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_mukasey.html

The Hindu American Foundation was invited by the Department of Justice to attend the Faith Leaders' Roundtable Conference. Attended by Attorney General Mukasey, the invitation-only meeting gathered eleven organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

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Washington State Takes Action to Rectify Religious Discrimination Against Sikhs Regarding Photo IDs

February 26, 2008

Author: Baljit Kaur

Source: United Sikhs

http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/PRSRLS-26-02-2008-00.htm

After previously being issued driver’s licenses that were “Not Valid for Identification”, Salwinder S. Atwal, Kundan Singh, and Gurpreet Singh of Washington State will be receiving driver’s licenses that are valid for identification including pictures with their turbans as they are normally worn. UNITED SIKHS...

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Hindu American Foundation Joins in Historic Hindu-Jewish Summit Held in Israel

February 26, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_israel.htm

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was represented in a delegation of Hindu spiritual and lay leaders that visited Israel last week to attend the Second International Hindu-Jewish Summit organized by the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) in conjunction with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the...

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IRS Investigates Obama's Denomination

February 26, 2008

Author: RACHEL ZOLL

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jlQQQuZKZmCSwpSPaZL-1qFIFX8QD8V2C8NO1

The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Sen. Barack Obama gave at its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president, the denomination said Tuesday.

Obama, an Illinois Democrat, belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation.
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Poll: American Adults Claiming no Specific Religion at Record High

February 25, 2008

Author: JEFFREY WEISS

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/021908dnmetreligion.29309ac3.html

A major new measure of religious belief in the United States confirms trends shown in earlier polls: The percentage of adult Americans claiming no particular religion is at an all-time high. The percentage of Protestants is dropping. And the percentage of...

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Rialto Muslim Woman's Headscarf Lawsuit Allowed to Move Forward

February 25, 2008

Author: IMRAN GHORI

Source: The Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_D_scarf26.3e7c803.html

A lawsuit accusing San Bernardino County of violating a Rialto Muslim woman's rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf was allowed to proceed by a federal judge Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips denied a motion by the county's attorneys seeking to have part of the...

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Newton Prison to End Religious Program that Prompted Legal Fight

February 25, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Chicago Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-newtonprisonprogr,0,5799706.story

State officials say they will end a Bible-based treatment program at Newton prison that has been the subject of a five-year court battle.

The Iowa Department of Corrections has notified Prison Fellowship Ministries in Virginia that the program...

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Peace Workshop Inspired by King

February 23, 2008

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/02/23/peace_workshop_inspired_by_king/

The program to teach teenagers nonviolence and peacemaking had just started last summer when it was rocked by the slaying of a member's mother.

Police say that Elizabeth Cann was gunned down in her Norton home in August by her boyfriend, who also shot two of her daughters and...

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