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Mosque Attendance Falls After Terrorism Arrests

May 30, 2007

Author: Dina Temple-Raston

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10529148

Midday prayers at the South Jersey Islamic Center in Palmyra often have thin attendance, but since the arrest of a handful of its members, attendance has plummeted. The hundreds of congregants who used to show up for Friday evening prayers now number just dozens. People who had prayed there for years are now staying away.

Ejlvir,...

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British Hindus Commended for Their Contributions to English Society and in Alleviating Global Poverty

May 28, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/5/28.shtml#1

LONDON, ENGLAND, May 25, 2007: A conference organized by Hindu Aid at the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Stanmore was attended by over 150 Hindus, multi-faith and charitable organizations along with representatives from the Development Education Association (DEA) and Department for International Development (DFID), the news release reported. The highlight of the event was to commend British...

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Swiss Move to Ban Minarets

May 28, 2007

Author: Imogen Foulkes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6676271.stm

A row is brewing over religious symbolism in Switzerland.

Members of the right-wing Swiss People's Party, currently the largest party in the Swiss parliament, have launched a campaign to have the building of minarets banned.

They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with...

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Hindu Temples Experiencing Visa Denials for Priests from India

May 26, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/5/26.shtml#2

KAUAI, HAWAII, May 26, 2007: HPI has learned that up to a dozen temples in the United States have recently had R-1 (religious worker) visas for priests denied at the American consulates in India. This is in addition to the recent denial of visas for sthapatis (temple architects) and silpis (temple master craftsmen). These denials are coming in instances where previous applicants with the same...

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West Point Grad Rare in his Class

May 26, 2007

Author: JOHN IWASAKI

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/317300_muslimgrad26.html

On Saturday afternoon, in the 209th commencement at a historic campus dotted with monuments to famous generals, Faraz Bala will graduate from West Point.

The Snohomish man is a rare Muslim in his class of 900 cadets, whose four years at the U.S. Military Academy overlapped with the war in Iraq.

His father...

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Toppling A Taboo: Businesses Go ‘Faith-Friendly’

May 25, 2007

Source: Little India

http://www.littleindia.com/news/127/ARTICLE/1752/2007-05-02.html

Do your Hindu, Sikh and Jain coworkers need a three-day weekend in November to celebrate Diwali? Have you ever asked Muslim employees to help design products destined for a Southeast Asian market? Did you know one colleague urging another to accept Christ as a personal savior is a legally protected act?

In the world of corporate diversity and inclusion, first there was...

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Hindu to Chair St. Olaf College Religion Department

May 25, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/5/25.shtml#1

www.stolaf.edu

NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA, USA, May 25, 2007: This fall Professor of Religion Anantanand Rambachan will chair the St. Olaf Religion Department -- making him the first non-Christian in the 133-year history of the college to hold the post. Rambachan spoke recently about what his appointment means for the future of St. Olaf College as well as his passion for fostering...

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SALDEF, FBI and Sikh Foundation of Virginia Co-sponsor Recruiting Event in Virginia

May 25, 2007

Source: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Press Release

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?a=1700&z=5&title=SALDEF,%20FBI%20and%20Sikh%20Foundation%20of%20Virginia%20Co-sponsor%20Recruiting%20Event%20in%20Virginia

Washington D.C. – May 25, 2007 – This past Sunday, May 20, 2007, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the...

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Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event

May 25, 2007

Author: Alan Cooperman

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/24/AR2007052402164.html

After complaints by a government watchdog group, the Air Force and the Army partially distanced themselves yesterday from a three-day evangelical Christian event this weekend at a Georgia theme park.

The Memorial Day weekend "Salute to the Troops" celebration at Stone...

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School Faces Suit for Distributing Free Bibles

May 25, 2007

Author: Jenny Hurwitz

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/218/story_21885_1.html

Amite, La. - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board is facing another federal lawsuit, this time from a parent claiming that the district permitted the distribution of Bibles to students on school property during class.

The suit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, was filed Thursday (May 17) in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. In...

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