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International Human Rights Conference Highlights Problem Of Religious Freedoms on Europe’s 50th Birthday

March 31, 2007

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/ssn/publish/Europe_21/International_Human_Rights_Conference_Highlights_Problem_Of_Religious_Freedoms_on_Europe_s_50th_Birthday_printer.shtml

As European countries gathered to celebrate their 50th birthday in Berlin on the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome Sikhs held an international human rights conference in...

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Prayer Walk Brings More Focus on Revered Indian Sites

March 31, 2007

Author: Todd R. Brown

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://origin.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_5565046

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO - REEDY GRASSES swayed in the warm wind at the southeast edge of San Bruno Mountain, the clear sky capping the brown curve of the hillside, where about 35 people gathered in a circle Friday afternoon.

Wounded Knee DeOcampo stood in the center, wearing a black baseball cap and...

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"Religion Without Truth," a Commentary Stanley Fish

March 31, 2007

Author: STANLEY FISH

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/31/opinion/31fishs.html

In 1992, at a conference of Republican governors, Kirk Fordice of Mississippi referred to America as a “Christian nation.” One of his colleagues rose to say that what Governor Fordice no doubt meant is that America is a Judeo-Christian nation. If I meant that, Fordice replied, I would have said it.

I thought of Fordice when...

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Ellison Traveling to Israel as Part of Congressional Trip

March 30, 2007

Author: FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Source: Examiner

Wire Service: AP

http://www.examiner.com/a-648239~Ellison_traveling_to_Israel_as_part_of_congressional_trip.html

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, arrived in Israel Friday as part of what his office called a "goodwill mission" to the Middle East.

The nine-day congressional...

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South Asian Community Groups and Advocates Convene in Washington D.C. to Discuss Emerging Issues and Address National Policymakers

March 30, 2007

Source: SAALT

More than 150 individuals working with underserved South Asian community members gathered in Washington D.C. between March 16th and 18th for a national convening of South Asian community-based organizations, advocates and community members cosponsored by South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT) and the South Asian Law Students Association at American University, Washington College of Law.

Representatives of nearly 40 organizations providing a range of services, as well as individual advocates from Atlanta, New York, New Jersey,...

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Rabbi Awarded Papal Knighthood for Work on Jewish-Catholic Relations

March 30, 2007

Source: Independent Catholic News

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/rab213.html

Rabbi Leon Klenicki, Director Emeritus of Interfaith Affairs of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), has been named a Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory by Pope Benedict, for his historic contributions in improving relations between Catholics and Jews.

Rabbi Klenicki is the second ADL interfaith official to receive papal knighthood. In 1986, the late Dr Joseph L. Lichten became the first American...

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India Caucus Co-Chairs Reintroduce Resolution Recognizing Diwali

March 29, 2007

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_diwali_2007.htm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2007) – The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) welcomed the introduction of House Resolution 245, recognizing the festival of Diwali, or Deepavali as it is known in Sanskrit. The resolution recognizing the significance of the festival in the religious and cultural life of over two million Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in...

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Animal-Sacrifice Case Highlights Tensions Over Religious Practices

March 28, 2007

Source: First Amendment Center Press Release

Wire Service: AP

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=18342

EULESS, Texas — On many Sunday mornings Jose Merced watches police officers directing traffic into and from overflowing church parking lots and realizes his own religion doesn't evoke the same friendly treatment.

When police came to his home on a quiet cul-de-sac in this Fort Worth suburb last summer, it was to...

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One Muslim's Decision to Join the US Army

March 28, 2007

Author: Alexandra Marks

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0328/p01s02-usmi.html

NEW YORK - As soon as Abdel Salam Abdel Salam heard about the attack on the World Trade Center, he went to the supermarket in his Brooklyn neighborhood and bought enough cases of water to fill up his van. He then headed to ground zero and gave it out to anyone who needed it.

This week, the Egyptian-born Muslim-American is...

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NGO Promotes Interfaith Harmony with Food

March 27, 2007

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C03%5C27%5Cstory_27-3-2007_pg7_37

LAHORE: Guru Nanak Ji Mission (GNJM), an NGO promoting interfaith collaboration, announced on Monday that it would give free food to devotees at the urs of Hazrat Mian Mir.

The organisation’s members include people of all religions from all over Pakistan. It announced that the urs would be celebrated with fervour. Over...

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U.S. Muslims Increasing Their Political Involvement

March 27, 2007

Author: Elizabeth Kelleher

Source: USINFO

http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2007&m=March&x=20070307175643berehellek0.4109156

Washington – Houston City Councilman M.J. Khan, a Muslim American originally from Pakistan, answered questions sent from journalists and students in Morocco, India, Sri Lanka and Liberia about his political career and about...

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Believers From Different Faiths Unite, Build Home

March 26, 2007

Author: Colby Sledge

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070326/NEWS06/703260335/1023

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in south Nashville, Marie McEntire, a Baptist, stooped to paint the corners of a closet in an almost-finished house.

In a nearby room, Peter Lutz, an Episcopalian, continued a painting job of his own. On the front porch, Michael Richardson, a Jew, touched...

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