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Brawl Over Islam on Facebook

September 10, 2007

Author: NOAM COHEN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/10/technology/10facebook.html

The social networking site Facebook from afar can look a lot like college, with cliques and the familiar range of personalities. In another imitation of college life, the Facebook campus is wrestling with the contentious issue of speech codes.

The latest concern centers on a group with a crude title denouncing Islam that had...

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Pagans Descend on Lakeville to Celebrate Equinox

September 10, 2007

Author: DON CUDDY

Source: South Coast Today/Standard Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070910/NEWS/709100344

LAKEVILLE — Drums pounded, witches danced and smudge wands wafted the aroma of burning sage and lavender on the afternoon breeze. It was Pagan Pride Day on Sunday and the gathering drew a diverse crowd that included musicians, spiritual practitioners, herbalists, crafters and...

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Association of Monks in Burma Urges Holding Protest Day on Sept 11

September 10, 2007

Author: Joi Htaw

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Independent Mon News Agency

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=51,4836,0,0,1,0

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) -- The association of monks in Burma ­ Sangha Thanmaggi has urged all monks to step outside monasteries and stage peaceful protest walks tomorrow to show their unity and condemn the violence perpetrated by the [pro-junta] Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and Pyithu Swan...

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Marshalling Praise for Art of Tai Chi

September 9, 2007

Author: Leslie Scrivener

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/254609

Aging Canadians seeking the big three – longevity, health and meaning in life – may have found a solution in a single practice, Taoist Tai Chi.

Founded in Toronto by Taoist monk Master Moy Lin-shin, who came here in 1970, the practices have quickly spread to 26 countries around the world.

Some 2,500 members gathered in a bucolic setting at the...

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Forging Interfaith Bonds in S. Florida

September 9, 2007

Author: ANA VECIANA-SUAREZ

Source: Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/367/story/229195.html

Whether they're ushering in Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, or the monthlong prayers and fasting of Ramadan or already shifting their thoughts toward the glimmer of Advent, South Florida religious leaders have stepped up efforts to help the faithful look beyond prejudice and discord and cross bridges of reconcilation, acceptance and understanding.
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Muslims Work to Connect, Educate

September 9, 2007

Author: Liz F. Kay

Source: Balitmore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.muslim09sep09,0,2977919.story

The first time the Howard County Muslim Council held its food drive, the response was limited.

But last year, "I put up fliers in my neighborhood and people bring the food to my doorstep," said Anwer Hasan, a Clarksville resident and president of the Maryland Muslim Council. And as they handed out...

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American Muslim Coalition Raises $10,000 for Backstoppers in Saint Louis

September 9, 2007

Author: Sheila Musaji

Source: The American Muslim

http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_muslim_coalition_raises_10000_for_backstoppers_in_saint_louis/0014585

The American Muslim Coalition of Saint Louis is a recently formed group to expand on the local Muslim communities’ civic and interfaith activities through networking,...

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Religious Extremism: 'The Billion-Dollar Question'

September 8, 2007

Author: David A. Brensilver

Source: The Day

http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=1a2ba608-32d1-4d5c-8f84-6691e7d07984

SHAREDA HOSEIN HAS BEEN afraid to wear both of her uniforms.

“Within my Muslim community,” she said, “I get more grief than I do in my military community.”

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hosein has experienced rude treatment at restaurants and shopping malls,...

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Zambo Folk to Mark Ramadan with Fear, Rights Group Avers

September 8, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: GMA News

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/59629/Zambo-folk-to-mark-Ramadan-with-fear-rights-group-avers

No thanks to ongoing military operations there, the Muslim community will observe “with fear" the holy month of Ramadan starting Sept. 13.

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said this Friday as it lamented the holy Islam month there will be met with...

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Hindus Upset Over Ban on Holy Dot

September 7, 2007

Author: Amarnath Tewary

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6984065.stm

A senior official in India's Bihar state faces suspension for wearing the Hindu red mark on his forehead at work.

Lakshman Mishra, deputy director of the agriculture department, is accused of breaching a new government dress code.

He says he has worn the mark, or tilak, on his forehead at work for 30 years and it is his religious...

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Local Man Tapped for Interfaith Post

September 7, 2007

Author: Abigail Klein Leichman

Source: New Jersey Jewish Standard

http://www.jstandard.com/articles/3155/1/Local-man-tapped-for-interfaith-post

TEANECK – As township resident Alan Brill takes his post as Seton Hall University’s new point man for the betterment of Jewish-Catholic relations, a question begs to be asked: But is it good for the Jews?

Of course, says Brill, a 46-year-old Orthodox rabbi with...

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Livermore Hindu Temple Invites All to Janmashtami Celebration

September 7, 2007

Author: Sam Richards

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6830278?nclick_check=1

LIVERMORE -- While the Shiva-Vishnu Temple's various celebrations during the year are first and foremost spiritual experiences for its devotees, they are more than happy to share the good feelings. "Carrying our inner peace into the day-to-day activities of the community, that's something we can do and invite everyone to come...

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