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Georgia Court Apologizes to Sikh American Denied Entry into Court House Due to his Turban

Patrick Boycotts Prayer, Praises Religious Freedom

April 5, 2007

Author: CLAY ROBISON

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4689405.html

AUSTIN --Republican Sen. Dan Patrick on Wednesday boycotted the first prayer delivered in the Texas Senate by a Muslim cleric, and then praised religious tolerance and freedom of speech in an address at the end of the day's session.

"I think that it's important that we are tolerant as a people of all faiths, but that doesn't mean we have...

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Bill Would Require Bible Classes in Texas Schools

April 3, 2007

Author: Matt Curry

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4685221.html

DALLAS--A Texas legislator wants to require the state's nearly 1,700 public school districts to teach the Bible as a textbook, "not a worship document."

The House Public Education Committee was set late today to consider a bill by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, mandating high schools to offer...

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Minn. Premiere of Documentary About Post-9/11 Hate Crimes at Macalester

April 3, 2007

Source: Macalester News

http://www.macalester.edu/whatshappening/press/2007/033007.html

St. Paul, Minn. - Macalester College will host the Minnesota premiere of Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath, the first feature-length documentary film to analyze the aftermath of 9/11 on South Asian and Arab Americans, at 7:30 p.m., April 3, in the Campus Center’s John B. Davis Lecture Hall.

The film documents hate crimes against Sikhs, Muslims and...

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Valarie Kaur's Search for America After 9/11

April 3, 2007

Author: Roseanne Pereira

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/03/sikhfilm/

St. Paul, Minn. -- In September 2001, Valarie Kaur was a 20-year-old college junior, studying religion and international affairs. She planned to go to India to interview people about religious conflict.

Then, like millions of others, she saw the T.V. images of the world trade towers falling again and again...

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Plan for Muslim Prayer in Senate Angers Some

April 3, 2007

Author: R.G. Ratcliffe

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4686200.html

AUSTIN -- The first prayer ever by a Muslim cleric in the Texas Senate will be delivered today --outraging some conservatives because it is occurring just before Easter.

The invocation will be delivered by the Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque at the invitation of state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano....

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"Is Religion an Obstacle to Thought?" a Commentary by Bob Bushong

April 3, 2007

Author: Bob Bushong

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-myword0307apr03,0,5547656.story?coll=orl-opinion-headlines

Recently I heard Salman Rushdie speak at Rollins College. Rushdie's The Satanic Verses precipitated his being forced into hiding due to the fatwa, or death sentence, imposed on him by former Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini....

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NYPD Names Its Second Islamic Chaplain

April 3, 2007

Author: BRADLEY HOPE

Source: The New York Sun

http://www.nysun.com/article/51736

The New York Police Department has hired a 24-year-old Muslim leader to become the Islamic chaplain for the thousands of Muslims in the department, officials announced yesterday.

Khalid Latif is the second Islamic chaplain ever hired by the police.

"Because of the life-and-death nature of police work, the role of the chaplain in the police department takes on...

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Building Temples, Churches Test Malaysia's Minorities

April 2, 2007

Source: CNN International

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/04/02/malaysia.religion.ap/

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) -- The cavernous pink Putra Mosque with its soaring minaret is one of the most commanding sights and popular tourist photo backdrops in the city of Putrajaya.

A house of worship for thousands of Muslims in the eight-year-old administrative capital of Malaysia, it is a showcase of the nation's dominant faith -- Islam.

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San Jose Marine Gets Discharge for Being Conscientious Objector

April 2, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/L.A. Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3910,0,0,1,0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (USA) -- A federal judge in San Jose has taken the unusual step of ordering the Marine Corps to grant a reservist's request for a discharge as a conscientious objector.

Lance Cpl. Robert Zabala, 23, said he joined the Marines as part of a family tradition of military service. But he said he was shocked during boot camp here to find such a strong...

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Former U.S. Diplomat Interprets Islam

April 1, 2007

Author: Sam Howe Verhovek

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-montanaislam1apr01,1,120048,full.story

PLENTYWOOD, MONT. — Dave Grimland spent nearly 30 years as a foreign service officer — "telling the U.S. side of the story," he says — in Bangladesh, India, Cyprus, Turkey and other nations with large Muslim populations. He wrote ambassadors' speeches,...

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