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Lone Sikh Joins Monks' Fight for Democracy

October 23, 2007

Author: I P Singh

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Lone_Sikh_joins_monks_fight_for_democracy/articleshow/2481811.cms

As the world watched media images of clean-shaven Buddhist monks in maroon marching down Yangon's streets demanding democracy in Myanmar, the attention of some was drawn to a bearded, turbaned man. Incongruous as it seemed, it was a Sikh fighting...

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Christians Bring Iranian Jews to Israel

October 22, 2007

Author: REGAN E. DOHERTY

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iT0x385g8UAXNv_nAFGHRG7C-M4A

Evangelical Christians in the U.S. have helped convince dozens of Iranian Jews to move to Israel in recent months, offering cash incentives and claiming that Iran's tiny Jewish community is in grave danger.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity that funnels millions of dollars in...

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Muslim Stars Sing to Help Darfur

October 22, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7054948.stm

Thousands of people attended a charity concert in London to raise money for war-torn Darfur.

The event on Sunday at Wembley Arena was to highlight the crisis in the Sudanese region and featured some of the Muslim world's biggest stars.

Among them was Sami Yusuf - dubbed the Islamic Bono - and Texan country and western singer Kareem Salama.

The...

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Pope Decries 'Religious' Violence

October 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7055147.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has urged world religious leaders not to allow God's name to be used to justify violence.

"Religions must never become vehicles for hatred," the Pope told the leaders attending a peace summit in Naples.

The Catholic Church, said the Pope, would continue to seek dialogue to bridge the gap between cultures.

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'Sanyas' Lessons for Christian Clergy

October 21, 2007

Author: Ananthakrishnan G

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2477689.cms

While the Anglican Church may shun Yoga, in Kerala the Syro-Malabar church - regarded as the oldest in the country - has decided to embrace the Hindu tradition of sanyas. This and other cultural aspects like bhajans are becoming a part of new curriculum for training the Christian clergy in the church.

‘‘Priests...

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US Gets First Indian State Governor

October 21, 2007

Source: Inquirer.net

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/world/view_article.php?article_id=95818

WASHINGTON--The son of Punjabi immigrants won an election in Louisiana, becoming the first Indian-American US state governor, media reports said Sunday.

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, 36, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, is also the first non-white to hold the post since the 1870s and the nation's youngest governor, said...

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Muslims to Wear Pink Hijabs for Breast-Cancer Awareness

October 20, 2007

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/religion/story/274522.html

After years of watching non-Muslims warily eye her religious attire, Hend El-Buri joked with some veiled friends that it might finally break the ice if they all wore bright pink hijabs to their University of Missouri classes one day.

The wardrobe whim has evolved into a national campaign involving thousands of other Muslim students, aiming to tear down social barriers and raise money...

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No 'Pastor in Chief': Religion as a Factor in 2008 Presidential Race

October 19, 2007

Author: Nancy Frazier O'Brien

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0705980.htm

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In contrast to the 2000 and 2004 presidential election cycles, when some saw Republican candidates as too cozy with religious leaders and too willing to bring their faith into the public sphere, this year's GOP candidates for president have been relatively quiet on the topic of religion.

The...

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State Dept. Urged to Shut Saudi School in Fairfax

October 19, 2007

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon and Valerie Strauss

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/18/AR2007101800024.html

A federal panel yesterday urged the State Department to shut down a Saudi government-supported private school in Northern Virginia unless it can prove it is not teaching religious intolerance.

In a report released yesterday, the U.S. Commission on...

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Soldier Sues Army for Conscientious Objector Status

October 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: AP

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,5230,0,0,1,0

A Malaysian citizen who became a U.S. soldier sued the Army on Friday seeking discharge as a conscientious objector, claiming his Buddhist-Taoist beliefs prevent him from being involved in killing.

According to the lawsuit filed in federal court, Army Spc. Calvin Chee Keong Lee...

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Thousands Cheer Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan in Atlanta

October 17, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/17/america/NA-GEN-US-Farrakhan-Speech.php

ATLANTA: In a rare public appearance, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan urged black Americans to separate from mainstream culture to establish and support their own community.

Nearly eight months after delivering what was thought to be his farewell speech, a smiling...

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