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Students Must Remember 'God' in Texas Pledge

August 2, 2007

Author: MELANIE MARKLEY

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5020241.html

Texas students will have four more words to remember when they head back to class this month and begin reciting the state's pledge of allegiance.

This year's Legislature added the phrase "one state under God" to the pledge, which is part of a required morning ritual in Texas public schools along with the pledge to the U....

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Hindu Chaplain Protested in US Senate, Honored in Nevada

August 2, 2007

Source: PunjabNewsline.com

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/5128/57/

RENO(NEVADA) USA: Nevada clergy, drawn from various religions, Wednesday came together in support of fellow Nevadan chaplain Rajan Zed, whose historic first Hindu prayer in United States (US) Senate in Washington DC on July 12 faced protest shouts from visitors gallery.

Catholic, Protestant, Latter Day Saints, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Bahai clergy honored him with a grand reception...

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Police Investigate Vandalism of Mosque

August 1, 2007

Author: Loresha Wilson

Source: Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007708010324

A faded green marijuana leaf remained on the outside of a Shreveport mosque late afternoon Tuesday, despite efforts to wash off the graffiti. The imam of the Islamic Association of Arabi Inc. arrived for prayers about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and found the drug symbol spray painted on one side and profanity on the other,...

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Ellison Returns from Trip to Iraq

August 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-07-30-ellison-iraq_N.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Keith Ellison made a weekend trip to Iraq, where a pair of sheiks urged Congress' only Muslim lawmaker to help in countering al-Qaeda's vision of Islam.

Ellison, D-Minn., said he met in Ramadi in Anbar province with the two sheiks, who oversee several hundred thousand congregants.
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In a Rich White U.S. Enclave, the New Mayor Stands Out: A Turban-Wearing Sikh

August 1, 2007

Author: Paul Vitello

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/01/asia/indian.1-107082.php

LAUREL HOLLOW, New York: Harvinder Anand, the new mayor of this Long Island village of multimillion-dollar homes, private beaches and yacht owners, is, like many other residents, a successful business executive, a boater and a connoisseur of world travel.

His Sikh turban and beard drew double takes when he...

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Imams Drop Passengers from Lawsuit over Removal from Flight

August 1, 2007

Author: Gregg Aamot

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Wire Service: AP

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/01/imams/

Minneapolis — (AP) The six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight after passengers reported they were acting suspiciously won't include those passengers in their lawsuit against the airline and police, an attorney for the imams said Wednesday.

Attorney...

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Methodists Concerned with Israeli Occupation

July 31, 2007

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/31/methodists_concerned_with_israeli_occupation/

Ratcheting up the simmering debate over how Protestant denominations should express their concern about Israel, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church is advising congregations and individuals to divest their holdings from a wide variety of...

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Solidarity Rally for Religious Freedom

July 31, 2007

Author: Qaiser Felix

Source: AsiaNews.it

http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9971&size=A

Lahore (AsiaNews) – The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) is going to hold a ‘National Solidarity Rally’ on August 11 at the MÄ«nār-Ä• Pākistān in Lahore. A huge gathering of people from minority communities, including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsees, should come. Organisers expect about 100,000 people from all over...

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Evangelicals Try to Correct 'Misperception' on Middle East

July 31, 2007

Author: Michelle Rindels

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14021

A broad coalition of evangelical leaders is attempting to "correct a serious misperception" that all evangelicals oppose creating a Palestinian state.

Led by Ron Sider, a professor at the American Baptist-affiliated Palmer Theological Seminary and head of Evangelicals for Social Action, the coalition sent a letter to President Bush...

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Progressive Filipino Muslim Woman Leader Tours NZ

July 30, 2007

Source: Press Release: Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa / Scoop Independent News

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00358.htm

Amirah Ali Lidasan is the National Vice-Chairperson of the Suara Bangsamoro Party List Organisation, which aims to get representation in Congress for the Philippines’ several million Muslims (known as Moros and heavily concentrated in the southernmost islands). Amirah is a young progressive Muslim woman, with a history of senior...

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First Muslim US Congressman Meets with Muslim Women Leaders

July 30, 2007

Author: Mohamed Elshinnawi

Source: VOA News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-07-30-voa29.cfm

Keith Ellison comes from most diverse district in Minnesota, and he advised the Muslim women to be inclusive in their pursuit of public office. "Do not go to the Muslim community and tell them I am Muslim, vote for me. Do not do that. Figure out what the people need and speak to that and make sure to be universal enough to also appeal to the Christian...

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Islam in America: A Special Report

July 30, 2007

Author: Lisa Miller

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19876834/site/newsweek/

July 30, 2007 issue - Fareed Siddiq is a successful businessman and a father of two. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio—a 19th-century mill town built on a river and known for its scenic waterfalls and dams—in a five-bedroom house he recently paid for, in cash, with his savings. Prominent in local civic and religious organizations, including the Red Cross...

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New Zendo to be Setup in Phoenix, Arizona

July 30, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=64,4560,0,0,1,0

Sedgwick, Maine (USA) -- The Engaged Zen Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of a new Zendo for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. The zendo temple has been named "Daihisan (Great Pain Relieving Mountain) - Jigen-ji (Compassionate Eye Temple)" by Ven. Shodo Harada, Roshi abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Okayama, Japan.

The Engaged Zen Foundation envisions the creation...

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U.S. Christians Voice Support for Palestinian State

July 29, 2007

Author: Laurie Goodstein

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/29/news/church.php

NEW YORK: In recent years, conservative evangelicals who claimed a biblical mandate to protect Israel have built a bulwark of support for the Jewish state - sending donations, denouncing its critics and urging it not to evacuate settlements or forfeit territory.

Now more than 30 evangelical leaders have stepped forward to...

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Muslim Leader Touts Education, Discourages Violence

July 29, 2007

Author: Tom Greenwood

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070729/METRO/707290351/1041/LIFESTYLE04

DETROIT -- It isn't often that you see a speaker receive a standing ovation before he addresses an audience, but that's what happened to Imam W. Deen Mohammad in the auditorium of Wayne Community College Saturday afternoon.

Imam Mohammed, the son of Elijah Muhammad...

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