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Christian-Muslim-Hindu-Jewish Leaders Indulge in Serious Dialogue

January 20, 2008

Author: Rajan Zed

Source: Sparks

http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=8979

A distinguished panel of Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish religious leaders had a serious dialogue on "how to connect" at the Catholic Diocesan Conference in Sparks today.

Moderated by Father Charles T. Durante, Pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Community of Carson City, clergy who participated in the dialogue included Imam...

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Interfaith Group Bands Together to Help Homeless

January 18, 2008

Author: BOB AUDETTE

Source: Brattleboro Reformer

http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_8005894

Whirling dervishes and a hot meal. Hard to beat that pair.

Those are two of the attractions at a fundraising event Feb. 9 at the overflow shelter at the Baptist Church on Main Street. There will also be a benefit concert that day to help the area's homeless shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center raise money for their operations.

But...

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Review Shows Busy Year for Interfaith Activities

January 17, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Human Rights Commission

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00118.htm

Review shows busy year for interfaith activities

A section of the 2007 Race Relations Report will be released at an Interfaith workshop hosted by Auckland City this Saturday.

The review of interfaith activities reveals a busy and significant year for cooperation and dialogue for the country’s religious communities.
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Excommunicated from his Church, Pastor Draws Praise and Condemnation from Pagans and Christians

January 17, 2008

Author: Kristin D'Agostino

Source: The Salem Gazette

http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/homepage/x142930176

Pastor Phil Wyman would be the first to agree that he’s a black sheep among clergy. An expert on Wicca, a well practiced interpreter of dreams, Wyman has been an avid participant in the city’s annual Halloween celebration, supporting a holiday many Christians believe to be a symbol of darkness and the occult.

A little over...

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"The Corridor of Peace," a Commentary by Farzand Ahmed

January 17, 2008

Author: Farzand Ahmed

Source: India Today

http://indiatoday.digitaltoday.in/the-corridor-of-peace-3.html

In December last year, All India Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Council, a Sufi organisation, led a peace march to Parliament, holding placards that read: “Islam says killing of one innocent is killing of humanity. Sufi Corridor can play an important role in establishing peace and unity.”

Despite the overly idealistic veneer...

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Gurmat Camp Held in Fiji Islands

January 17, 2008

Author: S. Dalabar Singh

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/0796E515A8F90B29872573D3004B7D85!OpenDocument

GURMAT CAMP 2008 was held at Tagi Tagi Gurudwara Saheb, Tavua, Fiji Islands, from 7th. to 12th. January, 2008. It was organized by S. Dalabar Singh on behalf of the Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee. Gyani Gubachan Singh, Gyani Manmohan Singh and Bhai Harbhajan Singh...

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U.S. Religious Freedom is Being Eroded, Advocates Say

January 16, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0116/p14s02-lire.html

They are heroes in a battle most Americans think has already been won. On Wednesday evening, they are to be honored for their contributions to strengthening religious freedom at home and abroad.

Although the US is home to the greatest experiment in religious freedom ever, and the great majority of Americans support that principle,...

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World Sikh Organization of Canada: Banning of Kirpans in Courthouses Unacceptable

January 16, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: MarketWire/World Sikh Organization of Canada Inc.

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=811121

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is very concerned that Tejinder Singh Sidhu was denied entry into the Calgary Courthouse because of his wearing of the kirpan. Mr. Sidhu had been subpoenaed to testify as a witness but was denied the opportunity to fulfill his civic duty because of a prohibition on the kirpan....

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9 Jewish Leaders Say E-Mail Spread Lies About Obama

January 16, 2008

Author: JAMES BARRON

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/16/us/politics/16letter.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Jewish+Leaders+Obama&oref=slogin

The leaders of nine Jewish groups released an open letter on Tuesday condemning what they called “hateful e-mails” that they said spread lies about Senator Barack Obama’s religious beliefs and his intentions.

The...

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Sikh with Kirpan Denied Court Access

January 16, 2008

Author: Daryl Slade

Source: The Vancouver Sun/Canwest

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=4a0dffbc-17f2-4bae-9682-a1c07a2d5a52

A security sheriff was just doing his job when he told a Sikh man on Monday he could not take his ceremonial dagger with him into a Calgary court building, says the spokesman for Alberta's solicitor-general.

"Anything that would not be allowed on an airplane...

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Faith Group Knocks Timing of Nevada Caucuses

January 15, 2008

Author: Foon Rhee

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/faith_group_kno.html

There's been quite a bit of talk about the Nevada caucuses and how it added diversity to the presidential nomination process by holding them earlier in the calendar.

But the Democratic and Republican parties apparently forgot one group in scheduling the caucuses on Saturday...

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Religious Freedom Day, 2008; By the President of the United States of America -- A Proclamation

January 14, 2008

Source: Standard News Wire

http://www.standardnewswire.com/news/366642141.html

Thomas Jefferson counted the freedom of worship as one of America's greatest blessings. He said it was "a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government, and yet proved by our experience to be its best support." On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

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