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US Senate Opens with Hindu Prayer

July 12, 2007

Author: Aziz Haniffa

Source: Rediff India Abroad

http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/12zed.htm

History was created in the United States Senate at 9.30 am on Thursday, when Rajan Zed, the Hindu chaplain of the Indian Association of Northern Nevada, opened the Senate with a Hindu prayer.

This is the first such instance since the formation of the powerful Upper House in 1789.

A few Christian fundamentalists protested and began screaming,...

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Diverse Groups Review Valdosta's Court Ban

July 12, 2007

Author: CAROLE HAWKINS

Source: Florida Times-Union

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/071207/geo_183883789.shtml

Valdosta has examined a rule that prevents people from wearing headgear in courtrooms Wednesday, but has not decided how to update it.

City and court officials met Wednesday with representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, or...

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New Online Database Documents Resurgence of Progressive Faith Organizing

July 11, 2007

Source: Faith in Public Life

http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/content/press/2007/06/new_online_database_documents_1.html

(Washington, DC) – Amidst a political season riddled with religious references, Faith in Public Life, joined by religious leaders from across the country, today launched Mapping Faith -- a new online database documenting a nationwide resurgence in progressive faith organizing.

This Google Maps-powered...

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Powwow's Drumbeat Draws American Indians to Doctor

July 11, 2007

Author: Ishani Ganguli

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1023544820070711

SILVER SPRING, Maryland (Reuters) - As Wendy Friar put the final touches on a health screening and powwow for Maryland's American Indian community, she had doubts about how the combination would be received.

"To be honest, we hope it's appropriate," said Friar, a community health director at Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic...

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Hindu Prayers Open United States Senate

July 11, 2007

Author: Mike Ghouse

Source: The Foundation for Pluralism

http://www.foundationforpluralism.com/Articles/Hindu_Prayers_openthe_Senate.asp

Dallas, Texas – Thursday, July 11, 2007. Today, Rajan Zed, the Hindu Priest from Reno Nevada created history by becoming the first Hindu to deliver the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate.

In behalf of the Foundation for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress, we...

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Homeland Security Chief Tells NAACP to Fight for Muslims, Too

July 11, 2007

Author: Melissa Domsic

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070711/METRO/707110413/1003

DETROIT -- While the NAACP has been fighting for the rights of African-Americans for nearly a century, it's important to fight for Muslim Americans in a post-9/11 world, the nation's Homeland Security chief told guests at the 98th NAACP national convention Tuesday evening.

"(We've)...

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Historian Barton says Hindu Prayer Before Senate Raises Concerns

July 10, 2007

Author: Jim Brown

Source: One News Now

http://www.onenewsnow.com/2007/07/historian_barton_says_hindu_pr.php

A prominent Christian historian and constitutional expert is expressing concern that the U.S. Senate will be opened up for the first time with a non-monotheistic prayer.

On Thursday, a Hindu chaplain from Reno, Nevada, by the name of Rajan Zed is scheduled to deliver the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate. Zed tells...

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New Forum for Bristol's Muslims

July 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bristol/somerset/6288320.stm

A new Muslim group in Bristol aimed at tackling Islamophobia and extremism has held its inaugural meeting.

The Muslim Forum aims to be "...the most diverse and representative forum the Muslim community in Bristol and the South West has ever seen".

It brings together independently constituted Muslim...

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Protesters Target Islamic Convention In Hartford

July 9, 2007

Author: Lynn Doan

Source: The Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hr/hc-protest0709.artjul09,0,2525077.story?coll=hc_news_local_mr_cromwell_util

HARTFORD - Anti-terrorism protesters rallied in Hartford Sunday outside the annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America, despite the organization's recent efforts to fight the characterization of Muslims as terrorists.

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Conference Confronts Islamic Stereotyping

July 9, 2007

Author: David A. Brensilver

Source: Islamic Circle of North America

http://www.icna.org/icna/icna-press-clippings/conference-confronts-islamic-stereotyping-5.html

Hartford — East Lyme resident Imran Ahmed recently received an e-mail in response to comments he posted on the Internet about terrorism and the war in Iraq. The e-mail, Ahmed said, came from a former U.S. serviceman who opined that Islam was a...

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