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ADL Local Leader Fired on Armenian Issue

August 18, 2007

Author: Keith O'Brien

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/08/18/adl_local_leader_fired_on_armenian_issue/

The national Anti-Defamation League fired its New England regional director yesterday, one day after he broke ranks with national ADL leadership and said the human rights organization should acknowledge the Armenian genocide that began in...

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"Line of Hope Links Palestinians and Israelis," a Commentary by Jeremy Grange

August 17, 2007

Author: Jeremy Grange

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6948034.stm

A special phone service linking Israelis and Palestinians, called Hello Peace, has facilitated nearly a million telephone conversations since it began operating in November 2000.

As we sit talking in his office in a Jerusalem apartment block, graphic designer Rami Elhanan pauses for a moment, deep in thought, recalling the day his life...

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U.S. Goes Online to Reach Muslim Youth

August 16, 2007

Author: JOHN THORNE

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=3489657

The U.S. State Department chose a novel way to publicize baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr.'s appointment this week as its special sports envoy. It went on YouTube.

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes, who appears in the video, said Thursday it was part of her campaign...

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Ellison Gets an Apology From Critical Colleague

August 16, 2007

Author: ERIKA BOLSTAD

Source: TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/ci_6643124?nclick_check=1

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Sali has apologized to the nation's first Muslim congressman, whose election Sali deemed in an interview as "not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers."

The Idaho Republican has exchanged conciliatory e-mails with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat who became the first Muslim in Congress...

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Religious-Expression Policy for FW Schools Advances

August 15, 2007

Author: DIANE SMITH

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/story/202191.html

FORT WORTH -- Trustees unanimously approved a first reading of a policy Tuesday that creates limited public forums at which students can express their personal religious opinions and calls for districtwide, uniform rules about who can speak at high school events.

The school board voted 9-0 in favor of the policy, which won't be official until a...

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Boortz said Muslims are "Sort of Like Cockroaches," Continued to Attack "Media Myrmidons"

August 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Media Matters

http://mediamatters.org/items/200708150002?f=h_latest

On the August 14 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, while discussing the alleged "Islamization of Western Europe," Neal Boortz claimed that because "Muslims don't eat during the day during Ramadan" and "fast during the day and eat at night," they are "sort of like cockroaches." Boortz was discussing reports that a group of government-run...

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For Santeros, Religious Freedom is Anything But

August 15, 2007

Author: TERE FIGUERAS NEGRETE AND ELAINE DE VALLE

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/203628.html

Noriel Batista has had little peace since a swarm of Coral Gables police officers burst onto his property, disrupting a Santeria ritual intended to initiate him into a special order of his religion's priesthood.

''It has ruined my life,'' said Batista, a Cuban-born pharmacy owner who bought the...

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Council Approves Plan for Mosque in South St. Louis County

August 15, 2007

Author: Tim Townsend

Source: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/4BA880A4F21816C68625733800118BAC?OpenDocument

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday unanimously reversed a previous vote and decided to let a group of Bosnian Muslims build a new mosque in south St. Louis County.

Before casting his vote,...

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Muslim Monthly Al-Ittihaad Spreads Through Texas

August 14, 2007

Author: Christina Nguyen

Source: New America Media

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=6a5fc1d49919364d0bb11f30afcaf2ff

Editor's Note: After Sept. 11, 2001, Sarwat Husain began advocating for Muslims from her home in San Antonio. She and her husband started Al-Ittihaad, a free monthly English-language newspaper for Muslim youth and American Muslims.

For 11 years, Sarwat Husain...

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Buddhist Ritual Upsets State Eco Agency

August 14, 2007

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/14/AR2007081400530.html

PATERSON, N.J. -- Members of a Buddhist sect bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles and set them free in the Passaic River, hoping they would survive in the once-polluted stream and realize their karmic potential.

The act did nothing for the karma of the state Department...

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Judge in Trial of Muslim Charity Leaders Bars Some Evidence

August 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/08/14/america/NA-GEN-US-Muslim-Charity-Trial.php

DALLAS: Lawyers for Muslim charity leaders accused of aiding Middle East terrorists scored a rare win in court Tuesday when a federal judge blocked some evidence seized by Israeli soldiers during raids of Palestinian organizations.

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Mosque's Barbecue Calls Faiths of Seattle Together

August 13, 2007

Author: CHERIE BLACK

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/327361_mosque13.html

They sat next to each other in the Sunday sunshine chatting. Smiling and gesturing, they looked like familiar friends sharing familiar stories. But the two women -- one with her head and body wrapped in cloth, the other blond and wearing a floral dress -- were strangers until that afternoon. They met at the annual community barbecue at...

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BeliefWatch: Banned?

August 13, 2007

Author: Lisa Miller

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20121800/site/newsweek/

Aug. 13, 2007 issue - Moshe Milstein, a religious Jew who is incarcerated at the federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., wants his Maimonides back. Officials at the Otisville prison recently removed hundreds of books from the chapel library there—including, Milstein charges in court documents, works by the great 12th-century rabbi and physician Maimonides as well as...

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Many Faiths Find Spirit of Cooperation

August 12, 2007

Author: Hanna Chu

Source: Press Telegram

http://www.presstelegram.com/beachweek/ci_6607981

The ethnic diversity in Long Beach and surrounding areas has resulted in an unquestionable religious diversity, and the different faiths work together to maintain a peaceful community.

The physical presence of the different faiths can be seen everywhere, from the Long Beach Sagely Monastery on Ocean Boulevard to St. George Greek Orthodox Church on...

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