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Two More 'Sacred' Animals to be Slaughtered

August 22, 2007

Author: David Byers

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2309611.ece

Two more 'sacred' animals will be put down tomorrow at a Hindu religious commune where Shambo the bullock was slaughtered after testing positive for bovine TB.

Elin Jones, the Welsh Rural Affairs Minister, today served notice on monks at the Skanda Vale community in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, that vets would be arriving at 8.30am...

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Lankan Buddhist Delegation to Visit Iran Soon

August 22, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=43,4722,0,0,1,0

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sri Lanka Embassy in Tehran in association with the Islamic Cultural Relations Organization (ICRO) of Iran has made arrangements for a seven member delegation of Lankan Buddhist monks to visit Iran during the third week of October on a mission to promote a dialogue between Buddhism and Islam. ICRO of Iran is the...

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Fury Over Talks With Anti-Islam Thinker

August 22, 2007

Author: Richard Kerbaj

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,22286266-2702,00.html

MODERATE Islamic leaders have attacked Howard Government ministers for meeting anti-Muslim thinker Wafa Sultan, accusing Attorney-General Philip Ruddock and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer of endorsing her view that Islam isevil.

The nation's most senior spiritual Muslim woman, Aziza Abdel-Halim, yesterday also...

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Albright: Ignore Religion 'At Our Own Peril'

August 21, 2007

Author: Staff Reporter

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/17/albright.qa/index.html?iref=newssearch

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As U.S. secretary of state under former President Clinton, Madeleine Albright invested long hours in the Middle East peace process. She wrote about the relationship between politics and religion in her 2006 book, "The Mighty and the Almighty."

CNN producer Jen Christensen recently spoke with...

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18 Catholic, Interfaith Leaders Call for Indonesia to Maintain Pluralism

August 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=25097

JAKARTA, Indonesia (UCAN) – Eighteen religious leaders representing Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Islam and Protestantism have issued a joint message calling for the nation to maintain pluralism.

They released the statement on Aug. 18 following their meeting held to mark the country's 62nd Independence...

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Christians, Jews in Holy Land Alliance

August 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/08/17/jews.christians/index.html

MELBOURNE, Florida (CNN) -- Sondra Oster Baras is an Orthodox Jew doing an unorthodox job.

"If you had asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing with my life, I don't think I would have told you I'd be in church," she said.

Baras stumps for money from evangelical Christians to support Jewish settlements in the...

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Letting Witches Be Witches in Salem

August 20, 2007

Author: David Van Biema

Source: Time

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1654386,00.html?cnn=yes

Should you find your way up to Salem, Mass., this Halloween season, your chances of encountering a psychic are up — and the odds that that he or she has a felony record are down. That, for those of you who were too drowned in multimedia Harry Potter to notice, is the news from the real town where some estimate every...

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Interfaith Breakfast to Ponder Limits of Tolerance

August 20, 2007

Author: Jeff Wright

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2007/08/20/c1.cr.interfaith.0820.p1.php?section=cityregion

Is there such a thing as too much tolerance?

It's a question University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer and others will explore at an interfaith community breakfast on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Frohnmayer will explore "...

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Hindu American Foundation Welcomes Introduction of Diwali Resolution in the U.S. Senate

August 20, 2007

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_senate_diwali_resolution.htm

Washington, DC (August 20, 2007). On August 3, 2007, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Senate Resolution 299, "recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali.”. The resolution affirms the importance of the festival in the lives of millions of Hindus,...

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South African Film Shows Faith in Action

August 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/573

Two professional filmmakers have finished an hourlong documentary about three Baha'is and how they practice their faith, and the film is being aired on television in South Africa and neighboring countries.

"Baha'i Faith: A Way Forward" was produced by Ryan and Leyla Haidarian at the request of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which has licensed...

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Muslim Group Helps Needy Students

August 19, 2007

Author: PARADISE AFSHAR

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/494/story/206247.html

Altaf Ali had a vision that one day he would organize the Muslim community to join in an end-of-summer tradition: distributing school supplies to needy children.

''I was a student once and noticed a lot of students did not have supplies, and I said one day I'd have to have the Muslim community help out in this,'' said Ali. "It is our moral...

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Hawthorne Mosque Opens its Doors to Understanding

August 18, 2007

Author: Sandy Mazza

Source: DailyBreeze.com

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/9234236.html

Hundreds of men and women left their shoes at the door and bowed for the weekly Friday afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne.

The service was a typical one - adults and children were consumed in prayer for about an hour. Some teens hung around outside the mosque, discussing basketball and the popular reality TV show, "American...

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Designation of Sacred Land is Open to Interpretation - Even Among Tribal Leaders

August 18, 2007

Author: DARIN FENGER

Source: Yuma Sun

http://www.yumasun.com/news/sacred_35984___article_news.html/people_lands.html

If the loss of oral traditions, such as prayers and ceremonies, has wounded the collective heart of American Indians, then losing the sacred land that came to define tribes could mean the end of an entire way of life.

Generations of people have come and gone and various cultures have appeared and...

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