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Sikh Coalition Launches Anti-Bullying Website for Sikh Kids

October 2, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/6A4E3469A3A5333B87257368005813FF

ew York, NY (October 1, 2007) – In another first for the Sikh community, the Sikh Coalition today launched Khalsa Kids a website dedicated exclusively to helping Sikh students fight school bullying. The website is designed as an interactive resource tool, featuring a discussion forum, videos, and downloadable presentations....

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Muslim Group Condemns Bin Laden

October 2, 2007

Author: STAFF WRITER

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7023869.stm

A Muslim group has published an open letter to Osama Bin Laden, read out on US television, condemning violence and the attacks of 11 September 2001.

The Bristol Muslim Cultural Society (BMCS) said it wanted to challenge misconceptions about Islam and the route to radicalisation.

The BMCS's Farooq Siddique said: "This has not been said...

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In Jews, Indian-Americans See a Role Model in Activism

October 2, 2007

Author: Neela Banerjee

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/02/america/02hindu.php?WT.mc_id=rssfrontpage

When Anil Godhwani and his brother, Gautam, looked into creating a community center for Indian-Americans in Silicon Valley, they turned to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco as a model.

When the Hindu American Foundation began, it looked to groups like the Anti-...

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Supreme Court Opens Term by Rejecting Appeals in Two Religion Cases

October 2, 2007

Author: David G. Savage

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/nation/story/2BB94E9C62F026F2862573680012F720?OpenDocument

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to expand the rights of church groups, turning down appeals in a pair of cases.

In the first, the justices rejected a free speech claim from an evangelical minister...

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Multi-Cultural Festival in Springfield, Ohio

October 1, 2007

Source: Sikhnet.com

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/AE2FBAD2C1F34091872573670052F565

Dayton (Ohio): The 11th Annual CultureFest of Springfield(Ohio) served up music, dancing, food, information and activities from around the globe. At Culture Fest the choices included Mexican, Greek and Italian foods; bluegrass, jazz and Andean music; and African, Indian and Celtic dancers. Punjabis living in Dayton and Springfield area...

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Milwaukee Muslim Women Focus on Community Service

October 1, 2007

Author: Faiza Elmasry

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2007-09-28-voa33.cfm

A dozen years ago, several Muslim women in Milwaukee decided to become more involved in their community. Today, this small group has evolved into an active organization called Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition. Group members focus on public service and public perceptions of Muslim women and their faith.

Insherah...

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Muslim Group Touts Local Political Clout

October 1, 2007

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20071001/NATION/110010052&SearchID=73295133037511

How much political power does the Muslim American Society wield? Depends on whom you ask — and when.

"Ask Jim Webb what kind of impact we have. Ask the governor of Virginia what kind of impact we have," Mahdi Bray, the Muslim American Society's executive...

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Muslim Leader Quits Panel over 'Jihad'

October 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/104422.html

A Muslim activist resigned from a Virginia state board because of remarks he made about Israel.

Esam Omeish, a surgeon and the president of the Muslim American Society, last week quit a governor-appointed commission set up to examine immigration issues.

Republicans in the state Legislature pressed Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, to oust Omeish...

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Ramadan - Beggars Besiege Kano

October 1, 2007

Author: Alu Kingsley

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200710010218.html

Beggars have increased in Kano since the beginning of Ramadan two weeks ago, investigation has revealed.

The beggars, mostly women and under-age children are found in major public places, begging for alms.

Many of them also throng the homes of public servants and the rich, waiting for the occupants to come out and give them money.

The...

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Now, UK Law to Build Religious Tolerance

October 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/222903.html

Incitement to religious hatred will become a criminal offence in England and Wales with the commencement of a new Act from Monday that will extend the protection to Hindus, Muslims and Christians, hitherto enjoyed by only Sikhs and Jews.

The Racial and Religious Hatred Act creates a new offence of intentionally stirring up religious hatred against...

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US Cops Taught about Sikhism

October 1, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/US_cops_taught_about_Sikhism/rssarticleshow/2417686.cms

PATIALA: A beautiful gurdwara in Pittsburgh notwithstanding, a police detective Julie Stoops is among those who openly admit she was completely ignorant of Sikhism.

But last Wednesday, a seminar sponsored by the US department of justice’s community relations service, designed to teach local...

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Muslim 'Peace' Adverts Launched

October 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7021323.stm

An advertising campaign promoting British Muslims as integrated citizens who reject extremism has been launched.

Islam is Peace - formed after the bombings in London in July 2005 - has initially placed adverts on the capital's buses and Underground trains.

They show a range of Muslims - including a policewoman, a Scout group and the chef Michael Barry - with...

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Groups Criticize McCain for Calling U.S. 'Christian Nation'

October 1, 2007

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/01/mccain.christian.nation/index.html

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Muslim and Jewish groups on Monday sharply criticized Sen. John McCain's comments that he would prefer a Christian president to lead the United States.

The Arizona Republican's remarks came in an interview with Beliefnet, a Web site that covers religious issues and affairs.

"I just have to say in all candor that since this nation...

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Reconciling Religious Beliefs with Work

September 30, 2007

Author: Eve Tahmincioglu

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20973408/

What if your religion required you to wear a beard but your employer has a no-facial-hair policy for all its delivery drivers?

What if your religion required you to pray every day at sunset, but your job on a factory line made it difficult to take a break during your shift?

What if your religion required you to shun violence but your job entailed doing tech support...

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