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Office Raided on Suspicion of Terrorist Ties

July 24, 2007

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070724/NEWS02/70724034/1001/NEWS

Federal agents are raiding today the Dearborn offices of two charities suspected of having ties to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

A Dearborn police officer guarded the entrance to the office of the Goodwill Charitable Organization, a fund-raising office established by the...

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Interfaith Housing Hopes to Build Affordable Townhomes for Renters

July 24, 2007

Author: Denise Bonura

Source: The Recod Herald

http://www.therecordherald.com/articles/2007/07/24/local_news/news02.txt

WAYNESBORO - A nonprofit organization hopes to fulfill the need for affordable housing in Waynesboro.

Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc. of Frederick has sought funding to build 37 three-bedroom townhomes on the south side of town. Families of four who fall within the 40 to 60 percent median income range...

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Evangelicals, Muslims Start Rare Dialogue

July 23, 2007

Author: Bay Fang

Source: Washington Bureau

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-evangelicals_fangjul23,1,5258289.story

WASHINGTON - They sat facing each other, 14 evangelical preachers on one side, 12 U.S-based Arab diplomats on the other. Nabil Fahmy, the Egyptian ambassador to the U.S., listened as introductions began, and he found himself amazed.

"Robertson, Falwell, Youssef. ... I had...

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Muslim Workers at Nebraska Meatpacking Plant Complain of Religious Harassment

July 23, 2007

Author: OSKAR GARCIA

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070723/NATION/707230381/1041/LIFESTYLE04

OMAHA, Neb. -- Supervisors at a meatpacking plant have fired or harassed dozens of Somali Muslim employees for trying to pray at sunset, violating civil rights laws, the workers and their advocates say.

The five- to 10-minute prayer, known as the maghrib, must be...

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Muslims Look to Plant Roots in Northern Westchester

July 23, 2007

Author: GARY STERN AND ELIZABETH GANGA

Source: The Journal News

http://www.nynews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070723/NEWS02/707230341

NEW CASTLE - It was 10 years ago that a group of highly educated, affluent Muslims who had been drawn to the comfortable lifestyle and top-ranked schools of northern Westchester began to pursue a vision of a new community.

They would set up a temporary mosque, begin to meet their...

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God ’08: Whose, and How Much, Will Voters Accept?

July 22, 2007

Author: MICHAEL LUO

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/weekinreview/22luo.html?_r=1&oref=login

THE probing about his Mormon beliefs has by now become familiar to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But when Mary Van Steenis, a teacher at a local Christian school, took the microphone at a recent “Ask Mitt Anything” forum in Pella, Iowa, to ask her question, it still felt as if...

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Opinion: Sacred Sites, and Their Stories, Must Be Saved

July 22, 2007

Author: MARK TRAHANT

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/320934_trahant24.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's hard to imagine a more powerful example of a sacred place than the U.S. Capitol. Early Thursday morning, hours before the solstice, the scene was already one of summer. Tourists wandered the grounds in shorts while congressional staffers rushed off to meetings. A cool breeze moderated the rising...

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First Lady Laura Bush Announces Inter-Faith Malaria Project in Mozambique on the Second Leg of a Four-Nation Africa Tour

July 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Journal Chretien

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article13542

Accompanied by her daughter Jenna, Mrs. Bush is this week visiting areas that have benefited from U.S. AIDS funding - including the west African nations of Mali and Senegal, where she spent Tuesday, as well as Zambia in southern Africa.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s most recently funded project in Mozambique, Together Against...

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"An Inability to Tolerate Islam Contradicts Western Values," a Commentary by Karen Armstrong

July 21, 2007

Author: Karen Armstrong

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2131444,00.html

In the 17th century, when some Iranian mullahs were trying to limit freedom of expression, Mulla Sadra, the great mystical philosopher of Isfahan, insisted that all Muslims were perfectly capable of thinking for themselves and that any religiosity based on intellectual repression and inquisitorial coercion was "polluted". Mulla Sadra exerted...

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Ashes Scattered In UK's Ganges

July 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sky News

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1276292,00.html

A river on Tyneside could become Britain's answer to the Ganges as the place for people to scatter the ashes of their loved ones.

Gateshead Council has designated part of the River Derwent for Sikhs and Hindus to carry out the ceremony, believing that by immersing ashes into flowing water they will be sent to heaven.

A...

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