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Teacher Defends Use of Anti-Islam Speaker

June 13, 2007

Author: Yonat Shimron

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/local/story/157798.html

RALEIGH --The former Enloe High School history teacher who invited a Christian evangelist to speak to his students is not taking his reprimand quietly.

Robert Escamilla said the Wake County School System squelched free speech and academic freedom, and he is finding a growing group of supporters.

In the days since he was reassigned...

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Pope Stresses Need for Interfaith Dialogue in Region

June 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200706120981.html

Pope Benedict has praised the Catholic Church in majority Muslim North Africa for its commitment to inter-religious dialogue.

"I am happy to see that through initiatives of dialogue and places of encounter such as study centres and libraries, you are resolutely committed to developing and deepening the existing relations between Christians and Muslims, in...

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Military Pagans Struggle for Acceptance

June 12, 2007

Author: Jennifer H. Svan

Source: Military.com

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,138720,00.html

They each have a story about how they found their path.

One is a former Catholic who gave the faith up at 21.

Another was raised by strict Southern Baptists.

One had parents who encouraged him to explore many faiths.

For another, a self-described hereditary witch, it’s been a family tradition...

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Scholars to Talk Religion: Detroit's Diversity Draws Conferences

June 11, 2007

Author: David Crumm

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070611/NEWS05/706110341/1007/NEWS

Detroit's status as a global center for autos and pro sports may be plateauing this year, but the region's reputation as a center for exploring religious diversity continues to rise.

"Detroit is one of several cities, like New York and Los Angeles, that are natural places to...

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Frankfort Muslims Treat Neighbors to Community Fair

June 11, 2007

Author: Duaa Eldeib

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/422423,112NWS2.article

While best friends Henna Eassa and Melanie Fernando share almost everything, there is one distinct aspect of their lives that they don't have in common: their faith.

But on Sunday, Henna, a 16-year-old Muslim, and Melanie, a 17-year-old Christian, spent the day together, munching on Indian and Pakistani cuisine, admiring their...

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Federal Prisons Cut Some Religious Books From Libraries

June 11, 2007

Author: Larry Neumeister

Source: The Hartford Courant

Wire Service: AP

http://www.courant.com/news/nationworld/hc-prison0611.artjun11,0,6722916.story?coll=hc-headlines-nationworld

NEW YORK -- Inmates at the federal prison camp in Otisville, N.Y., were stunned by what they saw at the chapel library on Memorial Day: Hundreds of books had disappeared from the shelves...

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Australian Panel's Nod to Kirpans in School Sparks Debate

June 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indians_Overseas/Australian_panels_nod_to_kirpans_in_school_sparks_debate/articleshow/2114138.cms

SYDNEY: A multicultural commission's view that Sikh schoolchildren have the right to carry the ‘kirpan’ - the dagger that is among the five items of faith that Sikhs are supposed to...

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Clergy to Build House as Walls Torn Down

June 11, 2007

Author: Tim Funk

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/breaking_news/story/155341.html

More than 50 Charlotte spiritual leaders -- Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian, Quaker, Baha'i -- will venture out of their own houses of worship this fall to build a house for a low-income family.

Mecklenburg Ministries, which is partnering with Habitat for Humanity, says it believes this will be the first time...

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A Day of Korans and Camaraderie

June 10, 2007

Author: Dwight Ott

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/philadelphia/7923962.html

They came from far: Pakistan, Lebanon and India, organizers said. And from near: 80 percent were African Americans from Philadelphia, they added.

With the Delaware River flowing serenely in the background and strains of Middle Eastern music rising from red-capped singers on a bright and warm late spring day, an...

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Canopy's Rise Signals End of Mosque's Plight

June 10, 2007

Author: Brian R. Ballou

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/06/10/canopys_rise_signals_end_of_mosques_plight/

As a crane hoisted a 5,000-pound, copper canopy toward the top of a red brick tower in Roxbury yesterday afternoon, thousands of area Muslims looked upward, some with tears running down their cheeks.

"This is the moment we have been waiting for for two...

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Completion of $2 Million Hindu Facility Celebrated

June 10, 2007

Author: Natalie Hull

Source: Killeen Daily Herald

http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=16498

After more than seven years, construction of the Hindu Temple of Central Texas officially is finished, a cause for celebration this weekend with a dedication called a Kumbhabhishekam to mark the occasion.

The Kumbhabhishekam began early Friday morning with various ceremonies and will continue until this evening.

"(This) celebration is to...

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Depiction of Hindu Deities in US Magazine Draws Ire

June 9, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Depiction_of_Hindu_deities_in_US_magazine_draws_ire/articleshow/2110545.cms

NEW YORK: The June issue of a popular US magazine that allegedly depicts Hindu god Ganesha holding an alcoholic beverage in each hand and Hanuman in an obscene pose has drawn the ire of many Hindus in the country.

Hindus in the US believe the illustration,...

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Interfaith Effort Boosts Awareness of Hunger

June 9, 2007

Author: David Yonke

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070609/NEWS10/706090369

Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Islam, and Christianity - are cooking up a plan to alleviate hunger in northwest Ohio.

An interfaith program titled "The Face of Hunger Will Surprise You," to be held Thursday night at Toledo's St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church,...

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On Their Guard

June 9, 2007

Author: Jennifer Garza

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/210869.html

Imam Mohammad Azeez reads aloud the weekly announcements on this Friday afternoon and again wonders why he couldn't find anyone else to do it.

"Remember to sign up for the new class starting soon," he says as many worshippers file out the mosque doors.

Pray for the mother of a member who recently had hip surgery, he continues.

Don't...

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