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Madison Group Aims for Alternative Viewpoint to Religion

October 7, 2007

Author: Karen Lincoln Michel

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071007/GPG0101/710070701/1207/GPGnews

MADISON — An eye-catching billboard with an anti-religion message appeared along the west Beltline on Tuesday, paid for by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation.

In Gothic-style lettering set against a stained-glass...

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Bush: All Religions Pray to 'Same God'

October 7, 2007

Source: World Net Daily

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58026

President George Bush has repeated his belief all religions, "whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God" – an assertion that caused outrage among evangelical leaders when he said it in November 2003.

Bush made the statement Friday in an interview with Al Arabiya reporter Elie Nakouzi.

Al Arabiya is Al Jazeerah's top competitor in the...

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City Displaying Burma Solidarity

October 6, 2007

Author: Arthur Strain

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7031685.stm

It is happening on the other side of the globe, but the citizens of Belfast have been showing solidarity with the people of strife-torn Burma.

In the shadow of the Ring of Thanksgiving on Saturday red was the colour for those attending a protest at the military crackdown in the country.

Up to 200 people turned out at the protest,...

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Laura Bush Calls on UN to Denounce Myanmar Government

October 6, 2007

Author: Steven Lee Myers

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/06/asia/myanmar.php

When the military government in Myanmar began crushing street demonstrations last month, the U.S. State Department protested. President George W. Bush later issued a statement condemning the arrests of protesters.

The administration's most forceful response, though, came from Laura Bush.

In a gesture of public...

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Are U.S. Troops Being Force-Fed Christianity?

October 4, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1004/p13s02-lire.html

At Speicher base in Iraq, US Army Spec. Jeremy Hall got permission from a chaplain in August to post fliers announcing a meeting for atheists and other nonbelievers. When the group gathered, Specialist Hall alleges, his Army major supervisor disrupted the meeting and threatened to retaliate against him, including blocking his reenlistment in...

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Interfaith Group for Women Formed

October 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Pakistan Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C10%5C04%5Cstory_4-10-2007_pg7_39

The Women Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism (WIDE), a women’s forum of the National Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism (NCIDE), was launched on Wednesday.

The forum organised an iftar-dinner on its opening day, which was attended by Christians...

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Muslim Student Association Concludes Fast-A-Thon, Donates Check

October 4, 2007

Author: Sarah Neff

Source: University Daily Kansan

http://www.kansan.com/stories/2007/oct/04/Fast_A_Thon/

The Muslim Student Association concluded their fourth annual Fast-A-Thon last night by presenting a check for $1,580 to the Lawrence Community Shelter.

The association raised the money by asking local businesses to sponsor over 500 non-Muslim students who pledged to fast for one day. Loring Henderson, director of the Lawrence...

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Native Women Mark Autumn in Nuclear Shadows

October 4, 2007

Author: Laura Paskus

Source: Women's News

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3337/context/archive

POJOAQUE, N.M. (WOMENSENEWS)--Along the edges of the low, earthen wall that sets off the dancing grounds, vendors and activists assembled their tables.

Children ran back and forth through the grass and yellow-blooming chamisa while tribal elders, Anglo teens with dreadlocks and mothers of all ages and hues mingled....

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Florida Group to Protest Muslim Day at Six Flags

October 4, 2007

Author: SCOTT FARWELL

Source: Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/100507dnmetmuslimgroups.2c039fc.html

A Florida-based group called Americans Against Hate plans to protest a Muslim Family Day at Six Flags Over Texas later this month because it says the Islamic organization sponsoring the event supports terrorism.

Local Muslims called the...

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World Sikh Council (American Region) Participates in International and National Events

October 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet News Archive

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/0C52A1F1931675208725736B00785FCA!OpenDocument

The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) recently participated in four international and national meetings in the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the United States of America. In the last few months, WSC-AR provided leadership to the:

* World...

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Shanta Premawardhana to Direct Inter-Religious Dialogue for World Council of Churches

October 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Episcopal Life

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81831_90631_ENG_HTM.htm

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches at its meeting in Armenia on September 28 elected the Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana as its director of inter-religious dialogue and cooperation. Premawardhana will begin his new assignment in Geneva this November.

Since 2003, Premawardhana has served the National Council of Churches...

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Judges Weigh Whether City's Emblem Religious

October 2, 2007

Author: Felisa Cardona

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_7056577

Three Latin crosses displayed on the official city emblem of Las Cruces, N.M., are the subject of a legal battle over the U.S. Constitution's treatment of religion and its proper place in government.

The fight made its way to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday as a three-judge panel heard arguments from lawyers representing the city and Paul...

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Where are Myanmar's monks?

October 2, 2007

Author: GEOFFREY YORK

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Globe and Mail

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,5075,0,0,1,0

After paying a heavy price for their uprising, Myanmar's monks are nursing their wounds and hoping for international action against the military junta that crushed their peaceful protests with bullets and tear gas.

A new estimate by a well-connected dissident group has concluded that 138 people were killed...

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Muslims' Needs Roiling Schools

October 2, 2007

Author: Amy Fagan

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20071002/NATION/110020031/1002

Public schools increasingly are being forced to grapple with how to accommodate Muslim students' needs, during Ramadan and throughout the school year, and some cases have spurred community debate.

"We're getting a lot of those inquiries right now because it's sort of ... the new issue they're contending with...

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