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Sikh Boy's Hair Forcibly Cut In Hate Attack

May 25, 2007

Source: Sikh Coalition Press Release

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

(New York, New York) May 25, 2007 - A Sikh high school student's hair was forcibly cut in a hate attack yeterday afternoon at a high school in Elmhurst, Queens the Sikh Coalition learned from police investigators today. The Queens County District Attorney's office has charged one student with hate crimes as a result.

Yesterday's incident occured in...

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Muslim Minister Leads Prayer in Alabama House

May 24, 2007

Source: The Birmingham News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-29/1180028970141200.xml&storylist=alabamanews

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim minister gave the opening prayer Thursday in the Alabama House.

Kareem Abdullah, imam of the Birmingham Islamic Center, prayed for Alabama to prosper as the House was coming into session. Ministers...

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Toddler's Dance Destroys Monks' Intricate Sand Painting

May 23, 2007

Author: MATT CAMPBELL

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/120315.html

Talk about a test of faith.

Eight Tibetan monks spent two days cross-legged on the floor at Union Station, leaning over to meticulously create an intricate design of colored sand as an expression of their Buddhist faith. They were more than halfway done.

And then, within seconds, their work was destroyed by a toddler.

Monks...

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Sikhs Ask for Coordination on Parade Rules

May 22, 2007

Author: James Burger

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

http://www.bakersfield.com/102/story/147942.html

Parade ordinances and religious freedoms tangled Tuesday in the Kern County Board of Supervisors chambers.

Members of Bakersfield's Sikh community asked supervisors to find common ground with city fathers on where parades can be held in the metro area.

City ordinances allow parades to be held in only five specific locations,...

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Governor of Virginia Gives Keynote Speech at MAS Freedom Foundation Standing for Justice Award Dinner

May 21, 2007

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=4108

WASHINGTON, DC - May 21, 2007 (MASNET) Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia gave the keynote address for the 5th Annual Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation 'Standing for Justice Dinner'.

The governor, joined by members of his cabinet, spoke individually with Muslim community leaders during a special leadership reception. The reception was followed by the Freedom Foundation...

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Mitzvah Day Makes Interfaith Impact

May 21, 2007

Author: Lauren Mariacher

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/80736.html

A small step toward world peace.

That is the mission of Mitzvah Day, an annual coming together of three faith communities to perform deeds of service across Western New York.

But when you look at the numbers, Mitzvah Day is anything but small.

More than 300 volunteers from the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier...

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"L" is for Langar

May 21, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/F6FA8591E865277B872572E2005ED019

It is an orange Thursday, in this day of fall. It is peak hour and most of the people in Santiago are concerned about going home, getting some food and spending some time with their loved ones. But not all, there is always a group of people that for different reasons are left out, without jobs, family, house and the most important of...

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SALDEF Working with TSA to Address Improper Screening of Sikh Americans at Nation’s Airports

May 21, 2007

Religious Leaders Urge Action on Warming

May 21, 2007

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070521/us_nm/climate_religion_dc_1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are urging President George W. Bush and Congress to take action against global warming, declaring that the changing climate is a "moral and spiritual issue."

In an open letter to be published on Tuesday, more than 20 religious groups urged U.S. leaders to...

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Odessa School District Sued Over Bible Elective

May 20, 2007

Author: Matt Curry

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/4810551.html

The American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way Foundation sued the Ector County Independent School District, asking the Odessa school system stop teaching the course. The Ector school board approved the course, a high school elective, by a 4-2 vote in 2005.

"Religion is...

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