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Northern Michigan Religious Leaders Commend Faithful Who Turn In Tens of Thousands of Pharmaceuticals Weighing Over One Ton

May 11, 2007

Source: Lake Superior Interfaith

http://www.lakesuperiorinterfaith.com/

(Marquette, Michigan) - Northern Michigan Religious leaders are pleased their environmental message reached a large segment of the public who honored Earth Day by turning in tens of thousands of pills plus narcotics with an estimated street value of half a million dollars during the third annual Earth Keeper Clean Sweep.

Over one ton of medicines and personal care products were turned in by the public during...

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US Based Hindu Chaplain Reads Hindu Prayer at Nevada Senate Session

May 8, 2007

Source: Punjab Newsline Network

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/4004/38/

N[E]VADA (USA): History was created when Rajan Zed, Director of Interfaith Relations of Hindu Temple of Northern Nevada, Public Relations Officer of India Association of Northern Nevada, and a Hindu chaplain, read ancient Hindu prayer/blessing in Sanskrit at the opening of the Nevada State Senate session here Monday.

This is the first time any Hindu prayer is delivered in the Nevada...

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"China's Church Crimes," a Commentary by Rosa Davis

May 8, 2007

Author: Rosa Davis

Source: The Guardian

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/rosa_davis/2007/05/chinas_church_crimes.html

The decision by the Archbishop of Canterbury to defend China in the face of accusations of human rights abuses is not only a travesty, but could result in further occurrences as a result of his words. Dr Rowan Williams' assertion that "there is not systematic persecution of Christians, apart from certain...

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Two Cities Appeal Rulings on Religious Monuments

May 7, 2007

Author: Pamela Manson

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_5835264

In the 121 years since the French gave the United States the Statue of Liberty, nobody has demanded a competing statue supporting tyranny.

So nobody should be able to demand that competing structures be erected next to monuments of the Ten Commandments that were gifted to Pleasant Grove and Duchesne, the cities' attorneys say.

That argument is outlined...

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First Islamic Games Will Be Held

May 4, 2007

Source: Courier News

http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070426/FRONT01/70426002

On May 26, more than 600 Muslim athletes will assemble to compete in the Annual Islamic Games presented by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)at Crossroads South, South Brunswick.

The annual Islamic Games under the theme “Strong Inside ... Strong Outside” will feature action in track and field, basketball, volleyball, soccer, cricket...

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House Votes to Put 'Under God' in Texas Pledge

May 4, 2007

Author: JIM VERTUNO

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4774748.html

AUSTIN — The Texas House voted early today to inject a little religion into the Texas pledge.

House lawmakers voted 124-5 to put the words "under God" in the Texas pledge of allegiance recited by thousands of school children every day. The change mirrors the national...

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Sikh Leader Joins President Bush in Prayer at the White House

May 4, 2007

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/A5D2824EC9EAC7C0872572D10060F19D

Washington, May 4, 2007: A Washington-based Sikh leader, Dr Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), was invited to join President George Bush in prayer marking the National Day of Prayer on May 3, 2007, This ceremony, held at the East room of the White House, included prominent political,...

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Different Faiths Build on Common Concerns

May 3, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0503/p13s02-lire.htm

After a quick buffet lunch, the Saturday afternoon crew in hard hats pauses for prayer, offered on this shift by Mike Hill, a Unitarian. The diverse group then heads off, hammers in hand, to their common task: framing a brand new Habitat for Humanity house for Ara Jane Halsey and her son, Nicholas.

This is the fifth year that the...

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Imam Preaches Togetherness Among Faiths

May 3, 2007

Author: CHRIS ENGLISH

Source: Bucks County Courier News

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-05012007-1339187.html

He came bearing vitamins and baby formula for needy Iraqi civilians, but a Philadelphia imam also brought a message of religious tolerance and healing amid the continued turmoil wrought by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"My holy Bible and my holy Quran are side by side on the table at my house,...

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"Day of Prayer Exhibits Little Faith in Reason," a Commentary by Eric Zorn

May 3, 2007

Author: Eric Zorn

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2007/05/day_of_prayer_e.html

Once again this year, proclamations heralding Thursday's National Day of Prayer are gushing in honor of religious tolerance and liberty.

President George W. Bush's proclamation asks "Americans of many faiths and traditions" to "give thanks, each according to his or her own faith, for the...

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Prayer for All Faiths: Event Takes Off from Evangelical Roots

May 2, 2007

Author: DAVID CRUMM

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070502/NEWS05/705020399/1007/NEWS05

Thursday's National Day of Prayer, once mainly an annual evangelical display of political strength, is growing in metro Detroit into a showcase of religious diversity involving dozens of congregations.

In West Bloomfield, for example, the Chamber of Commerce will honor the...

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"A Right for One Religion is a Right for All," a Commentary by Charles C. Haynes

May 2, 2007

Author: Charles C. Haynes

Source: Tucson Citizen

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/opinion/50193.php

In theory, the government treats all religions equally in America. In practice, however, some religions are more equal than others.

But two victories by minority religious groups last month are small but significant steps toward leveling the religious-liberty playing field as promised in the First Amendment.

April 23, Wiccans...

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