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Government Urged to Invest in Inter-Faith Dialogue to Combat Terror Threat

November 25, 2007

Author: George Conger

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1227

INTERFAITH dialogue is a worthwhile investment in the war against Islamist terrorism, the Bishop of St Albans has said.

Speaking in response to the Prime Minister’s national security speech to the House of Commons, Bishop Christopher Herbert told the House of Lords the government would benefit from the experiences of the...

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Briarcliff Tries to Solve the 'Holiday Display' Dilemma

November 25, 2007

Author: GARY STERN

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071125/NEWS02/711250342/1018

The holiday season is now upon us, a time of music and light, family and friends, wishes of peace and good will - and contentious debates about which religious symbols should be presented in the public square.

Is a simple tree enough? A Christmas tree and a menorah? Do you...

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US Embassy to Hold Interfaith Conference in Delhi

November 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Muslims

http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2007/nov/23/us_embassy_hold_interfaith_conference_delhi.html

In a bid to reach out to the large Muslim population in South Asia, the American embassy in India will hold a conference of Interfaith Coalition for Peace in New Delhi January next year.

"We plan to organise a conference of Interfaith Coalition for Peace at...

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Religion or Not, Man Still Punished for Pot

November 24, 2007

Source: News Tribune

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/religion/story/211741.html

A Norwich man’s religious belief was not enough to convince a judge to reduce his jail time for marijuana possession.

Vernon Smith, 43, is a Rastafarian who believes his use of pot is a God-given right. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell after police found him with more than 20 pounds of the drug in July.

In...

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London Mayor Visits Sikh Gurudwara Sri Harmander Sahib

November 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/news/publish/asia/London_mayor_visits_Sikh_Gurudwara_Sri_Harmander_Sahib_1123077.shtml

Mayor of London Kenneth Robert Livingstone arrived in the holy city of Amritsar and paid obeisance in the sanctum of Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple.

London mayor visits Golden Temple: “In my childhood, pictures of the...

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Religion a Diverse Draw Behind Bars

November 23, 2007

Author: TONY RIZZO

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/374453.html

Cynics may scoff, but a lot of people really do find religion when they go to prison.

And while the parole board is often their only source of earthly hope, the paths to spiritual enlightenment behind bars are many.

Inmates embrace everything from mainstream Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths to more obscure practices such as Wicca,...

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Singapore's Burmese Buddhist Temple Closes Door To Activists

November 23, 2007

Author: Paul Icamina

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=57,5438,0,0,1,0

The largest Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore closed its doors Friday to activists who have been using it as a venue and even as a mailing address as they protest human rights violations and call for democracy in Myanmar. Participants clad in red T-shirts have been holding massive prayer sessions at the temple, distributing pro-...

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Jewish and Muslim Organisations Join to Create European Platform for Co-operation

November 21, 2007

Author: Press Release

Source: A Jewish Contribuion to an Inclusive Europe

http://www.ceji.org/press/2007-11-21_Platform_Launch_Press_Release.pdf

Driven by the desire to go beyond dialogue to confront prejudice and hatred within and towards their communities, European Jewish and Muslim grassroots organisations have joined to create a European Platform for Jewish Muslim Cooperation, to be launched at an event sponsored by Richard...

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Hillary Makes Sikhs Fume

November 20, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/The_United_States/Hillary_makes_Sikhs_fume/articleshow/2554382.cms

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: Leading Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have severely damaged her position among Sikh supporters by abruptly cancelling an appearance as a guest of honour at Guru Nanak's birthday celebrations which thousands of Sikhs attended here. What...

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Awareness Grows: American Hindu Group Promotes More Visibility

November 20, 2007

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071120/NEWS05/711200347

In the living room of a Pittsfield Township home, Mihir Meghani explained to several guests why they should support the Hindu American Foundation.

"We need to have a public voice," said Meghani, a Southfield native who is president of the foundation.

By the end of his talk on a recent...

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Jewish, Muslim Children Find Similarities in West Palm Synagogue

November 19, 2007

Author: Chrystian Tejedor

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-flpinterfaith1119pnnov19,0,5562895.story

West Palm Beach - Religious leaders are hoping Jews and Muslims one day can settle the differences that touch off bitter fighting in other parts of the world.

The key is to show their children early on that followers of either faith have more in common than...

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