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New York School of Arab Culture Draws Flak

April 18, 2007

Source: Electric News

http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,127899,00.html

THE new school has yet to enrol a single student. But its very existence is at the heart of a controversy in New York.

The Khalil Gibran International Academy was set up to teach students about Arab language and culture.

The school is only expected to open in September, but has already been called 'Jihadi' and 'segregationist'.

One opponent, 72-year-...

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Minnesota's Muslim Cab Drivers Face Crackdown

April 16, 2007

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/16/AR2007041601563.html

Muslim cab drivers at Minnesota's biggest airport will face new penalties including a two-year revocation of their taxi permits if they refuse to give rides to travelers carrying liquor or accompanied by dogs, the board overseeing operations ruled Monday.

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Monks to Lead Mass Political Rally

April 16, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3957,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- Hundreds of monks are expected to lead Buddhist disciples to march to Parliament on Monday to insist on a clause in the new Constitution declaring Buddhism as the national religion for the first time in history.

The monks will come from 500 temples in Bangkok and several other provinces. They will be joined by Buddhist lay people from across the...

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Thousands Fill Stockton Streets to Celebrate Faith

April 16, 2007

Author: Christian Burkin

Source: The Record

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070416/A_NEWS/704160314

STOCKTON - Downtown streets burst with color and life Sunday afternoon as thousands of Sikhs paraded through Stockton in an annual celebration of the birth of their faith.

An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people took part in the parade. As it ribboned through downtown, the front ranks of marchers...

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Sikhs Celebrate Youths with Turban Day

April 15, 2007

Author: Jeremy Herb

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://origin.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_5673121

FREMONT — Dozens of young Sikhs, ranging from 5 to 16 years old, got the chance to wear a turban for the first time Saturday at Fremont Gurdwara Sahib's Baisakhi celebration.

The kids were taught how to put on a turban correctly before they were welcomed into the temple for Dastar Bandhi, a turban-tying ceremony.

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Secular Rally Targets Turkish PM

April 14, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6554851.stm

Some 300,000 people have demonstrated in Turkey's capital, Ankara, to demand that religion and politics should be kept separate in their country.

Protesters carried banners of Kemal Ataturk, the revered founder of the Turkish republic as a secular state.

The rally comes two days before the presidential election process begins and is intended to pressure current PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to stand...

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The Prayers of State

April 14, 2007

Author: Ann S. Kim

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/religion/stories/070414legislature.html

AUGUSTA - The gavel came down three times, the lawmakers stood and bowed their heads. From the rostrum, Paul Cates asked the senators to join him in prayer. Cates, a member of the Vassalboro Friends Meeting, touched briefly on the need to improve the business climate, create good jobs and maintain a strong...

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Muslims Ask City to Use Leverage with Hotel Firm

April 13, 2007

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/BUSINESS/704130480/-1/LOCAL17

A developer planning to build a Convention Center hotel in Downtown Indianapolis has come under fire from local Islamic advocates concerned that the company will discriminate against Muslim women here.

White Lodging Services Corp., one of the two...

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Religious Freedom Threatened at UN

April 13, 2007

Author: Tina Ramirez

Source: Journal Chretien

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article9080

ARLINGTON, VA — On Friday, the United Nations passed a seemingly innocuous resolution combating the “defamation of religions.” Further investigation reveals that this motion has erroneously equated legitimate discussion of religious beliefs with the incitement of religious intolerance. Under this resolution, when an individual’s...

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Sikh Community Celebrates Vaisakhi by Helping the Needy

April 13, 2007

Author: Satish Cheney

Source: Channel News Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/270183/1/.html

SINGAPORE : Sikhs all over the world are celebrating Vaisakhi or the Sikh New Year, on Friday.

In Singapore, the Sikh community marked this auspicious day by reaching out to the less fortunate.

Patients at the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital received rations donated by Sikhs from all...

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Senator Balks at Imam-Led Prayer

April 13, 2007

Author: JOHN MORITZ

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/226/story/58691.html

AUSTIN -- When the leader of the Islamic Association of North Texas stepped into the well of the Texas Senate to deliver the morning invocation Wednesday, Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston left his place on the chamber floor because he did not want it to appear that he endorsed the Dallas-area imam's message.

"It's important that we are tolerant as a people...

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Legislators' Prayers Are Common but Controversial

April 12, 2007

Author: Robert Schwaneberg

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13220

"Let us pray. Mother and Father of us all, we give thanks for the women who have been part of our life's journey ..."

Spoken aloud at a public high school graduation, these words probably would trigger a lawsuit. But in the New Jersey Legislature, where they were said recently, it's just a matter of getting things started.

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