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A Bridge Between Cops and Community

April 25, 2007

Author: ERIK ORTIZ

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1668388.php

ANAHEIM – Strengthening rapport with the city's Arab-American and Muslim communities required Anaheim police officer Omar Adham to show his trustworthiness.

Being Egyptian-American and speaking some Arabic were assets for the officer, but in a way, his uniform spoke louder.

"Typically,...

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Wiccan Widow Relieved VA Case is Over

April 25, 2007

Author: Viktoria Pearson

Source: Nevada Appeal

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/LF/20070425/News/104250027/-1/REGION

The Department of Veterans Affairs finalized a settlement and stipulation agreement to have the pentacle, a five-pointed star in a circle and the symbol of Wiccan and pagan religions, placed on tombstones or memorial markers at Arlington Cemetery and other recognized U.S. military burial grounds Monday.
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VA Allows Wiccan Symbol On Grave Markers

April 24, 2007

Source: KSBW Channel News

http://www.theksbwchannel.com/family/13032268/detail.html

MADISON, Wis. -- On a hill, overlooking a 200-acre nature center in the Wisconsin woods, sit three unmarked graves for veterans who followed the Wiccan religion.

Thanks to lawsuit settlement announced Monday, they won't be unmarked for long.

In a settlement with Wiccans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to add the religion's pentacle to the list of...

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Wiccans Allowed to Place Pentacles on Graves in National Cemeteries

April 24, 2007

Author: Scott Bauer

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=34&url_article_id=27205&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2

MADISON, Wis. — The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers,...

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Popular 'In God We Trust' Plate Sparks Suit

April 24, 2007

Author: Richard D. Walton

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070424/LOCAL19/704240381

Mark Studler has nothing against people expressing their religious beliefs, even on their license plates.

But the Allen County man says he also believes those folks should be treated like Hoosiers who use their vehicle tags to promote education or the environment and are charged an...

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Southland Muslims Promote Code of Unity

April 23, 2007

Author: Rebecca Trounson

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-shiasunni23apr23,1,3425510.story

As the conflict deepens between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Muslim leaders in Southern California have launched what they hope will be a nationwide movement to promote unity among different branches of the faith in this country and help prevent acts of violence here....

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A Common Belief in the Earth

April 23, 2007

Author: Sona Patel

Source: The Tribune

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/183/story/23557.html

People from around San Luis Obispo County representing numerous faiths filled the pews of a local church listening to passages from the Quran and singing hymns as part of Earth Day celebrations.

Residents of Islamic, Christian, Jewish and other faiths shared their beliefs on protecting the environment at the Congregational Church of San Luis Obispo on...

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Plan to Throw the Books at Violence

April 23, 2007

Author: Amy Zimmer

Source: Metro New York

http://ny.metro.us/metro/local/article/Plan_to_throw_the_books_at_violence/8123.html

MANHATTAN. Rajinder Singh Khalsa is tired of the insults — or worse — hurtled at him on the street because he wears a turban. Khalsa, who is Sikh, was beaten in Richmond Hill three years ago by five men when he intervened on behalf of a fellow Sikh they were mocking.

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After 9/11: A Film to Nurture Inter-Faith Dialogue

April 23, 2007

Author: Joanna Corma

Source: Episcopal Life Online

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81827_85236_ENG_HTM.htm

In the days following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, images of the smoldering World Trade Center towers and a bearded and turbaned Osama bin Laden flashed constantly across TV screens.

So did images of President George W. Bush, espousing national unity and speaking of the...

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MAS Freedom Foundation Underscores Egyptian Human Rights Campaign with Visits and Rally

April 23, 2007

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=4074

WASHINGTON, DC - Apr. 23, 2007 (MASNET) On March 2, 2007 the Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation, through its civil and human rights department, responded to the human rights violations and severe assault on nonviolent opposition groups by launching the Human Rights Campaign in Egypt.

The Freedom Foundation has officially expressed its concerns to the U.S. State...

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Interfaith Group's New Leader Still Answers First Calling -- Social Action

April 22, 2007

Author: Connie Paige

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/04/22/interfaith_groups_new_leader_still_answers_first_calling____social_action/

Alexander Levering Kern is a man of strong beliefs. Just look at his police record.

Last month, Kern was arrested outside the White House -- the second time he was taken into custody for...

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