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Gandhi Grandson Forced to Quit Own Institute

January 27, 2008

Author: SRIREKHA N. CHAKRAVARTY

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/usnews/1923/

NEW YORK: Scholar, intellectual and peace activist Arun Gandhi — the fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi — has landed in an unseemly controversy for his purported anti-Semitic views expressed in a recent article he wrote for the Washington Post online. The article generated so much heat over the past few weeks among Jews across the US that Gandhi...

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Debate Explores Muslim, Christian Relationships

January 26, 2008

Author: David Harper

Source: Tulsa World

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=20080126_1_A18_spanc24764

Saying Christians and Muslims can be friends, a Muslim scholar from Canada gave 15 reasons why they should to a downtown Tulsa audience Friday night.

But a Christian minister from Tulsa who used to be a Muslim questioned the tolerance of his former religion and asked whether a program such as...

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Carrollton Atheist Couple Appeals Ruling Protecting Moment of Silence

January 25, 2008

Author: KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/012508dnmetathiest.55e165e8.html

An atheist couple on Thursday appealed a federal judge's decision upholding the state's law requiring schoolchildren to observe a moment of silence at the start of the day.

David and Shannon Croft of Carrollton are appealing the decision to...

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Council Votes to Alter Prayer Policy

January 25, 2008

Author: Brian Barber

Source: Tulsa World

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=20080125_1_A9_hThec44424

The change will allow specific gods to be named in premeeting prayers.

Tulsa's City Council voted Thursday to change an unwritten policy so that people can name a deity when praying before the council's regular weekly meetings.

The council's previous prayer policy, which prohibited...

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Officials Need to Show Hardship if They Want to Deny Halal Meals to a Inmate

January 24, 2008

Author: Howard Fischer

Source: Capitol Media Services

http://www.svherald.com/articles/2008/01/24/news/doc4798227982050939942206.txt

PHOENIX — Arizona prison officials need to show a real hardship if they want to deny halal meals to a Muslim inmate, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

In a unanimous ruling, the judges overturned a lower court decision which accepted the claims of the state...

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A Capitol Gain for Muslim Train Hero

January 24, 2008

Author: DAPHNE RETTER

Source: New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01242008/news/regionalnews/a_capitol_gain_for_muslim_train_hero_616852.htm

January 24, 2008 -- WASHINGTON - The Brooklyn Muslim who defended a group of Jewish subway riders after they were allegedly attacked for saying "Happy Hanukkah" last month will get an all-American reward next week - a seat at the State of the Union Address...

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Muslim Scholar Appeals US Visa Refusal

January 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iNlN6Pb5fqmKl9i98wvyRDU3Wzzw

Controversial Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan said Wednesday that with the backing of civil rights groups he was appealing a decision by the US administration to refuse him a visa.

Ramadan was forced to give up a teaching position at the University of Notre-Dame in Indiana in late 2004 when US authorities revoked his visa at the...

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Euless Santeria Priest Loses Battle to Sacrifice Goats in Home

January 22, 2008

Author: Michael Grabell

Source: The Dallas Morning Star

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/011908dnmetsanteria.36ae749e.html

A Santeria priest who sued Euless for the right to sacrifice goats in his home lost a key round in court Thursday when a judge ruled that one of the laws he sued under doesn't apply. Jose Merced filed the federal discrimination lawsuit in December...

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Supreme Court Rules Against Muslim Inmate

January 22, 2008

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14813

An inmate claiming widespread harassment of Muslims in U.S. prisons cannot sue prison guards who he says took his Qurans and prayer rug, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22).

Abdus-Shahid M.S. Ali, a convicted murderer serving a sentence of 20 years to life, said the alleged confiscation of his religious items is part of a campaign...

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Mombasa Sikh Community Assists Likoni Victims

January 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CoastWeek

http://www.coastweek.com/3103-02.htm

Members of The Sikh Supreme Council and Members of Siri Guru Singh Sabha Mombasa donate to Internally displaced persons in Likoni area.

While handing over donations to the affected persons the third Vice Chairman of Sikh Supreme Council (Kenya) who is also the Chairman of Siri Guru Singh Sabha, Mr. Surjit Singh Sagoo called on Kenyans to pray for peace in the country.

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"Islamofascism's Ill Political Wind," a Commentary by James Carroll

January 21, 2008

Author: James Carroll

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/21/opinion/edcarroll.php

The unfolding U.S. presidential elections are laying bare what the real dangers are in the new American condition. They come not from our political divisiveness, economic uncertainty or military insecurity - but from our religious character as a people, which, in this case, is not positive. Religious intolerance marks one...

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Islam-West Rift Widens, Poll Says

January 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7200514.stm

Most people in Muslim countries and the West believe divisions between them are worsening, a Gallup poll for the World Economic Forum (WEF) suggests.

The poll also suggested that most Europeans thought more interaction with Islam would be a threat - though most Americans disagreed.

WEF chairman Klaus Schwab said the poll pointed to "an...

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Mosque is Set to Welcome Visitors

January 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/7198936.stm

Non-Muslims are being invited to visit the mosque at the Muslim Welfare House in the Broomhill area of Sheffield.

The move follows the success of the annual mosque open day in 2006 which attracted dozens of people.

Mosque officials said it was a chance to ask questions about the Islamic religion or get a...

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