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Walkers Seek Protection of Sacred Sites, Native Rights

February 23, 2008

Author: MICHAEL MARESH

Source: Lahontan Valley News

http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/article/20080223/News/407659684

Several people are reliving a walk of 30 years ago from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to promote that all life is sacred, whether it be the Earth, sites or life itself.

Participants arrived Fallon on Thursday and stopped at the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. They will rest there through the weekend...

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Faith Unites Jewish, Muslim Students

February 21, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080221/SCHOOLS/802210392

Even on this famously liberal campus, some University of Michigan students wonder what Muslims wearing head scarves and beards are doing hanging out with some of the Jews wearing yarmulkes. Why are they spending so much time together? Are they supposed to be doing that?

I mean, like, is it even...

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Sikh Primary School to be Built in Southall

February 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/news/publish/europe/Sikh_Primary_School_to_be_built_in_Southall1564.shtml

The secretary of state at the Government Office for London and mayor of London Ken Livingstone have given the green light for a Sikh primary school in Southall.

Sharnbir Singh Sangha, a project coordinator, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall...

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Missouri House Backs Right-to-Pray Amendment

February 18, 2008

Author: KIT WAGAR

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/495344.html

The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Monday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would emphasize the right to pray in any public setting, including public schools.

The action came after more than an hour of debate over whether such an amendment would make any difference and whether the names of individual deities...

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Campaign to Display Religious Motto Sees Some Success

February 16, 2008

Author: Tiffany Hsu

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs16feb16,1,3855378.story

The way Jacquie Sullivan sees it, the motto "In God We Trust" is more about patriotism than religion.

So when the Bakersfield councilwoman, 68, heard on a Christian radio station in 2001 that protesters on the East Coast were trying to remove the phrase from public buildings, she considered it...

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Baha'i International Community Issues Statement on Poverty Eradication

February 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/604

A new statement from the Baha'i International Community calls for a coherent, principle-based approach to the eradication of global poverty.

BIC representatives introduced the statement, "Eradicating Poverty: Moving Forward as One," yesterday at a luncheon held at their offices across from the United Nations. About 40 representatives from various non-governmental...

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"The First Three to Five Seconds" - Law Enforcement Roll Call Training Video on Arab and Muslim Cultural Awareness

February 15, 2008

Source: United States Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/

Officer survival is the first priority. However, in order to be safe and effective, officers must be able to differentiate between a threat and a cultural norm. Under emergency circumstances events always dictate an officer's response. This video will address only non-crisis situations and will provide basic tools to recognize cultural norms of some Arab and Muslim Americans.

Muslims Reconcile Burial Rites, State Rules

February 14, 2008

Author: ANN MARIE SOMMA

Source: The Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-muslimburial0218.artfeb18,0,3501263.story

Muslims bury their dead quickly — within 24 hours. The dead must be interred without a casket, facing the holy city of Mecca.

Before the burial, the body is washed with soap and scented water, then wrapped in a seamless cloth, tied at the head and feet. Cremation and embalming are...

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Lost Liberty: Another Local Imam Faces Questions and Suspicion

February 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08045/857290-192.stm

In the 18 years Dr. Moniem El-Ganayni has held a security clearance at Bettis Laboratory in West Mifflin, his superiors have never questioned his work ethic or his loyalty to this nation.

The 57-year-old Egyptian-born nuclear scientist is a devout Muslim and co-founder of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh in Oakland. He was also the imam...

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