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Proposed Hindu Temple Upsets Neighbors

June 8, 2007

Author: Edythe Jensen

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0608cr-hindu0608.html

A group of Valley Hindus who want to build a traditional-style temple in central Chandler have cleared their first hurdle.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend approval for a special use permit to build the SVK Religious and Cultural Center on the southwestern corner of Dobson Road and Galveston...

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Beheaded Animals Divide Gables Neighborhood

June 8, 2007

Source: CBS News Miami

http://cbs4.com/topstories/local_story_159195322.html

(CBS4) CORAL GABLES The sound of animals being hurt and loud noises coming from a home in a posh Coral Gables neighborhood led concerned neighbors to call the police Friday afternoon, and when police got there, what they found was gruesome.

Several animals were found beheaded as sacrifices in a Santeria ritual. Police stormed in without a warrant because they felt animals could be in...

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Court, Father at Odds Before Over Kids' Alleged Peyote Use

June 7, 2007

Source: The Leelanau Enterprise

http://www.leelanaunews.com/blog/2007/05/29/court-father-at-odds-before-over-kids-alleged-peyote-use/

The mother of a 7-year-old girl whose urine tested positive for mescaline claims the girl's father is giving her hallucinogenic peyote as part of sacred Native American rituals – and the mother wants it to stop.

"Peyote has nothing to do with the traditions of any Woodland Indian...

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Religious Worker Visas are Unfairly Denied to Hindus — Hindu American Foundation Asks for Changes to Immigration Regulations

June 6, 2007

Source: The Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_r1.htm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2007) – The legal advisory team of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) recently submitted extensive comments to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding proposed changes to the religious worker (R-1) visa program. After consultation with other Hindu institutions and temples including the Council of...

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Coalition Releases "Hatred in the Hallways"

June 6, 2007

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/HatredintheHallways.htm

(New York, New York) June 6, 2007 - Four New York City Council Members joined the Sikh Coalition today to release a first ever research report on bias against Sikh children in New York City Schools. The report, "Hatred in the Hallways: A Preliminary Report on Bias Against Sikh Students in New York City's Public Schools," presents data from over 200 surveys conducted by the...

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Coalition to Defend Freedom of Religious and Cultural Expression Launched

June 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: eGov monitor

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/11595

Political figures, religious leaders, trade unionists and human rights campaigners are amongst the individuals that have signed up to a new coalition aimed at defending freedom of religious and cultural expression.

Speakers at the launch included the Mayor of London; peace campaigner and activist Bruce Kent; writer Ismail Patel from the British Muslim Initiative; Dr Daud...

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Security Agency Enlisting Muslims to Rebut Radicals

June 5, 2007

Author: Matthai Chakko Kuruvila

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/06/05/MNGPOQ7IRT1.DTL

After nearly six years of intense law enforcement scrutiny of Muslims in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is reshaping his agency's approach to Muslims and invited four prominent Muslims to help the agency prevent homegrown radicalism.

The...

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A Return to a Sacred Place

June 4, 2007

Author: Ed Moorhouse

Source: Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-06042007-1357287.html

BURLINGTON CITY — Burlington Island was once a place where Indian tribes native to Burlington City held meetings and performed religious ceremonies.

Yesterday, the island was used for that purpose for the first time in 200 years, according to Danawa Buchanan, the founder of the New Jersey American Indian...

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"Clash of Civilizations a Dangerous Idea," a Commentary by Eboo Patel

June 4, 2007

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2007/06/clash_of_civilizations_a_dange.html

The first assignment I give the graduate students in my class at Chicago Theological Seminary is Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations. I figure it is only fair for them to do a thorough reading of perhaps the most prevalent theory of our times....

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New Hindu Temples in Atlanta, Toronto

June 3, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/The_United_States/New_Hindu_temples_in_Atlanta_Toronto/articleshow/2095143.cms

NEW YORK: Two beautifully carved marble temples depicting Indian heritage and civilization will be inaugurated in Atlanta in the United States and Toronto in Canada by a Hindu spiritual leader.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 85 and head of the Gujarat based...

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Muslim and Jewish Leaders Co-Host Foreign Journalists

June 3, 2007

Author: Adil James

Source: New America Media

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=526fac6157b30d9729690ee246bced4b

TROY, Mich. -- The Muslim Observer and the American Jewish Committee together hosted seven prominent journalists during their visit to America and the Detroit area from countries scattered across Asia May 21 in Troy.

The event was an opportunity for the journalists...

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