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Sikh American Veteran Assaulted by Police Officer in Illinois

April 11, 2007

Source: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Press Release

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?a=1682

Washington D.C., April 11, 2007 -- The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization in the country, today called upon the Joliet Police Department to investigate the actions of one of its officers when patrolling a local neighborhood.

On Friday March 30, 2007 at around 3:00pm, Mr. Kuldip...

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Divisive Scholar Draws Parallels Between Islam and Democracy

April 11, 2007

Author: Pamela Constable

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/10/AR2007041001509.html

Tariq Ramadan has a huge following in Europe but a controversial profile in the United States. The Islamic scholar has been barred from entering the country since 2004, when he was denied a visa he needed to accept a professorship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
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Muslim Leaders Sign "Code of Honor" to Promote Intrafaith Harmony

April 11, 2007

Source: Islam Online Network

http://www.islamonline.com/cgi-bin/news_service/world_full_story.asp?service_id=2919

Before an audience of more than 700 people, Muslim American scholars signed onto an “Intra-Faith Code of Honor” at the Muslim Unity Celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday hosted by Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (CA).

The Code of Honor was drafted by Muslim American leaders who...

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"For Obama, A Little Religion Might Be A Little Too Much," a Commentary by Hazem Ibrahim Kira

April 11, 2007

Author: Hazem Ibrahim Kira

Source: AltMuslim

http://www.altmuslim.com/perm.php?id=1899_0_25_0_M

In a 1937 Gallup poll, 47 percent of Americans said they would not support a Jewish candidate for President, regardless of a candidate's qualifications. During the past 70 years that number has dropped to a low of 15 percent, even prompting a Vice-Presidential hopeful in 2000 (Joe Lieberman).

The zenith of that anti-Semitic era was the "Red Scare...

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Clerics' Airline Suit Brings Backlash

April 10, 2007

Author: Oren Dorel

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070410/a_clerics10.art.htm

When six Muslim clerics filed a lawsuit against US Airways claiming the airline infringed on their freedom to worship last fall, Rep. Pete King of New York and others saw something different — an attempt to intimidate airline passengers from reporting suspicious activity.

That's because the lawsuit named as...

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Jewish Charity Bolsters Imam

April 10, 2007

Author: Kristin Erekson

Source: The Jewish Advocate

http://www.thejewishadvocate.com/this_weeks_issue/news/?content_id=2859

Religious leaders on the South Shore are helping to ease the financial burden of an imam who was arrested last year as part of an ongoing investigation into a visa fraud scheme.

Rabbi Barry Starr of Temple Israel in Sharon, the Rev. Deborah Cayer of the Unitarian Church of Sharon and Janet Penn,...

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Doctor Sues Hospital After Muslim Ritual Gets Him Removed

April 9, 2007

Source: WBAL-TV

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/11576686/detail.html

BALTIMORE -- A radiologist who was kicked out of the University of Maryland Medical Center after he performed a Muslim ritual has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the hospital.

The suit said Dr. Mohammed Hussain was at the hospital last month to undergo surgery. He was washing his hands and feet in a sink in a lobby bathroom when a security guard came in...

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Muslims Urge Tolerance at Easter Event

April 9, 2007

Author: Peter Corbett

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0409islamic0409.html

Arif Kazmi is out to try to help the Valley community better understand his Islamic faith and its prophet.

On Easter Sunday, Kazmi was one of the organizers of a religious and social gathering of about 200 Muslims at the Chandler Community Center that was open to all faiths.

The event celebrated the birthday of...

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Sikhs Take to L.A. Streets on Holy Day

April 9, 2007

Author: Jia-Rui Chong

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hatecrimes9apr09,1,268076.story

With gold- and orange-fringed parade floats and the sound of harmoniums playing traditional hymns, more than 10,000 members of the Sikh community paraded through downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.

Many participants wore traditional Sikh turbans as they celebrated Baisakhi, a harvest holiday that...

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"Witch Trials And Tribulations In The Land Of The Free," a Commentary by Charles C. Haynes

April 8, 2007

Author: Charles Haynes

Source: North Country Gazette

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/articles/2007/032907WitchTrials.html

People accused of witchcraft in America aren't executed anymore (we are 300 years and a First Amendment away from Puritan Massachusetts). These days they just lose their jobs.

Don Larsen discovered this the hard way. A year ago, Larsen was a Pentecostal Christian minister serving as an Army...

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Jewish Leaders Upset by Cross at Daley Plaza

April 7, 2007

Author: ART GOLAB

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/331378,CST-NWS-cross07.article

A 19-foot-tall cedar cross erected on Daley Plaza on Good Friday by several Christian denominations crosses the line between church and state, according to two Chicago Jewish leaders.

"It's totally inappropriate," said Rabbi Ira Youdovin, executive vice president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis.
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Hindus Join Effort to Rid Web of Hate

April 7, 2007

Author: Chris De Benedetti

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://contracostatimes.com/oaklandberkeley/ci_5616927

FREMONT -- Longtime organizations that seek to rid the world of religious and racial intolerance have been monitoring Web sites they consider hateful since the Internet became available worldwide more than a decade ago.

Now, the Hindu American Foundation, led and founded by Fremont physician Mihir Meghani, is trying to follow...

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"The Problem with Tolerance," a Commentary with Charles Colson and Diana L. Eck

April 7, 2007

Author: Charles Colson and Diana Eck

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/the_problem_with_tolerance.html

3:00 PM Welcome to the live On Faith online debate between Charles Colson and Diana Eck. For the next 30 minutes, our two On Faith panelists are going to discuss tolerance. Mr. Colson, earlier this month you wrote: "I would argue that society needs to take a hard, sober look at how we define...

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Tularosa Home to New Buddhist Center

April 6, 2007

Author: S. Derrickson Moore

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Alamogordo Daily News

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=64,3928,0,0,1,0

TULAROSA, New Mexico (USA) -- It's the kind of rustic, hand-lettered sign you often see in the rural West, giving notice of a cattle crossing or the name of an isolated ranch. This sign offers directions "To the Buddhafield of Infinite Appearance."

It's just one indication of a growing presence of...

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