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Secrets Case Eyes Jurors' Religion

December 4, 2007

Author: JOSH GERSTEIN

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/67422

As two pro-Israel lobbyists near trial on charges of trafficking in classified information, a federal judge is preparing to grapple with some thorny questions, such as what to ask potential jurors about their religion and whether it is legal to knock jurors off the case based on their perceived religious affiliations.

At a hearing last month, Judge Thomas Ellis III asked...

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Japan to Confer Dharma Chakra Gold Medal on Sri Lanka President

December 4, 2007

Author: Rodney Martinesz

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Lanka Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=43,5502,0,0,1,0

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to be presented with a 24 carat gold medal for his efforts to propagate Buddhist cultural values and precepts by the Honganji Foundation when the Lankan leader visits Japan this week.

This is the first such honour bestowed on a citizen of any country by the Honganji...

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"A Muslim-Christian Handshake," a Commentary by The Christian Science Monitor

December 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1204/p08s01-comv.html

An unprecedented outreach from top Islamic leaders to Christians is meeting a positive response. This budding dialogue has the potential to correct misunderstandings and foster trust among each faith's followers – which the world sorely needs.

The overture began in October with a letter from 138 Muslim clerics and scholars...

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Radio Host Michael Savage Sues Islamic Organization Over Ads

December 3, 2007

Author: KIM CURTIS

Source: Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20071203/APN/712030750

SAN FRANCISCO -- Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage sued an Islamic civil rights group on Monday for copyright infringement over the organization's use of a 4-minute segment of his show in which he called the Quran a "book of hate."

Savage said the Washington, D.C.-based...

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Muslim Leader Urges Rethink on Mufti

December 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: ABC News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/03/2107761.htm?section=justin

Senior Australian Muslim leader Dr Ameer Ali says it is time for the head cleric or Mufti of Australia to be either replaced or the position abolished altogether.

Dr Ali is the former chairman of the Prime Minister's Muslim Reference Group and current vice-president of the regional Islamic council of South-East...

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Burger King Settles Suit over Worker’s Beard

December 3, 2007

Author: Jane M. Von Bergen

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/breaking/business_breaking/20071203_Burger_King_settles_suit_over_workers_beard.html

The owner of a Burger King in Brookhaven will pay $15,800 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on behalf of a Muslim employee who was fired in November 2004 after he refused...

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Muslim Council Ends Holocaust Memorial Day Boycott

December 3, 2007

Author: Vikram Dodd

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2220780,00.html

Britain's largest Muslim body has voted to end its boycott of Holocaust memorial day, the Guardian has learned.

The Muslim Council of Britain voted this weekend to end its six-year protest, which had angered the government and Jewish groups.

The decision may lead to some groups leaving the MCB, an umbrella organisation with...

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Younger Muslims Tune In to Upbeat Religious Message

December 2, 2007

Author: Kevin Sullivan

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/01/AR2007120101803.html

Muna el-Leboudy, a 22-year-old medical student, had a terrible secret: She wanted to be a filmmaker. The way she understood her Muslim faith, it was haram -- forbidden -- to dabble in movies, music or any art that might pique sexual desires.

Then one day in September, she...

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Atheists Join Religions in Holiday Display

December 2, 2007

Author: Walter F. Naedele

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/pa/chester/nabes/11960367.html

The head of Atheists Alliance International plans to put up a tree this weekend on the lawn at the Chester County Courthouse to stand beside three traditional holiday displays there.

The 20-foot tree will be hung with copies of covers of books, including "Why I Am Not A Christian," "Why I Am Not a...

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Malaysia Warns India about Meddling

December 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1469755

Malaysia has told India not to meddle in its internal affairs after New Delhi expressed concerns over the treatment of ethnic Indians in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said the government would deal with citizens according to its own laws and no other country should interfere, the Star...

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Diwali in Northern Ireland

November 30, 2007

Author: Mukesh Sharma

Source: Hindu Council UK

http://www.hinducounciluk.org/newsite/circulardet.asp?rec=65

ArtsEkta Ltd, Northern Ireland's only Ethnic Arts organisation recently celebrated Diwali in the City of Lisburn.

The event was hugely successful and was attended by members of the local community as well as Indian, Chinese and the Zimbabwean community. A showcase of traditional, classical dance and music was on display as...

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Hindu American Foundation Celebrates Landmark Achievements of Leaders

November 30, 2007

Source: Hindu American Foundation

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

Washington D.C (Nov 30th 2007) - The last two weeks were unique for the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), when two of its own received significant national recognition. Ishanaa Rambachan, a member of the HAF Executive Council and student at St. Olaf's College in Minnesota, was a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship...

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