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Hindu Prayer in Nevada State Legislature in Sanskrit

March 20, 2007

Source: Punjab Newsline Network

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/3383/38/

CARSON CITY(Nevada, USA) :History was created when Rajan Zed, Director of Public Affairs of Hindu Temple of Northern Nevada, Public Relations Officer of India Association of Northern Nevada, and a Hindu chaplain, read ancient Hindu prayer/blessing in Sanskrit at the opening of the Nevada State Assembly session here today.

This is the first time any Hindu prayer is delivered in the...

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Sikhs Ask Cops to Ban 'Sardar' Jokes on Net

March 19, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/Cities/Mumbai/Sikhs_ask_cops_to_ban_Sardar_jokes_on_Net/articleshow/msid-1776258,curpg-1.cms

MUMBAI: Buoyed by a successful campaign against a publisher of joke books, members of the Sikh community have now approached the Mumbai police to block any form of humour on the net targeting them.

The cyber cell department of...

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Professor: Religion Courses Have Place in Public Schools

March 19, 2007

Author: HOLLY LEBOWITZ ROSSI

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/DN-relq%26aprothero_17met.ART.East.Edition1.447f81f.html

Quick, where in the Bible can you find this quotation: "God helps those who help themselves"?

Stephen Prothero, chairman of the religion department at Boston University, has discovered that it'...

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"CAIR Doesn't Deserve the Harassment," a Commentary by Arab American News

March 17, 2007

Source: The Arab American

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=7912

Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) recently reserved a room on Capitol Hill for a panel discussion on "Global Attitudes on Islam-West Relations: U.S. Policy Implications," sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). It was the fifth Hill event for CAIR in the last two years. It was selected as a target of opportunity by some who seek to block participation in...

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Faith in Charity - Charity Regulator Launches Talks with Buddhist Charities in Birmingham

March 17, 2007

Source: Media Newswire

http://media-newswire.com/release_1045435.html

(Media-Newswire.com) - The bridges and barriers to running a faith-based charity will be at the heart of discussions between the Charity Commission and Buddhist charities at a launch event in Birmingham tomorrow. The seminar is the first of its kind with the Buddhist charity community and is part of a larger nationwide campaign run by the charity watchdog to develop its knowledge of the issues facing faith...

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New Buddhist Meditation Center Opens In Nashville

March 17, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel/WKRN.com

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,3842,0,0,1,0

Nashville, TYN (USA) -- There has been a Buddhist temple in Nashville since 1981 and since then, the number of practicing Buddhists has grown dramatically. In turn, the Buddhist temple has opened a new center for meditation.

In a small house off Murfreesboro Road in south Nashville, dozens of immigrants and Asian Americans from the nation formerly known as Burma,...

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Muslim Organization Revives Minnesota Branch

March 15, 2007

Author: Richard Meryhew and Pamela Miller

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1058473.html

A controversial national Islamic civil liberties organization has revived its Minnesota chapter after a series of highly publicized incidents involving Muslim taxi drivers, store clerks and airline passengers.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has 32 chapters in the United States and Canada, will open a St....

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Prayer Breakfast Gives Welcome to Other Faiths

March 15, 2007

Author: Jack Brammer

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/263/story/17483.html

FRANKFORT --Gov. Ernie Fletcher's annual prayer breakfast yesterday featured more than one voice of faith.

The breakfast came under criticism last year from various religious leaders and others for lacking non-Christian voices.

At yesterday's gathering, which attracted several hundred people at the Frankfort Convention Center, the program...

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Will Stark's Admission Make Area Lose Faith?

March 14, 2007

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/ci_5432609

FREMONT - Rep. Pete Stark believes in democracy and free speech - but not in God.

Stark, who says he's "a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme being," is the first member of Congress - and the highest-ranking elected official in the country - to do so.

The 18-term Fremont Democrat's beliefs became public after the...

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Japanese Ritual on an Irish Holiday

March 14, 2007

Author: Rebecca Mayer

Source: The Forest Grove News-Times

http://www.forestgrovenewstimes.com/features/story.php?story_id=117389402481795900

Guinness is the obvious drink of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. But in the irony that is America’s melting pot, Japanese saké gets the spotlight in Forest Grove.

SakéOne is inviting the community out for the annual blessing of the Kura on Saturday, March 17....

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Mormons Try to Alter Perceptions

March 14, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: The News-Sentinel/Contra Costa Times

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/16901068.htm

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Mormon church, long known for its inward-looking self-reliant nature, is making overtures to other faiths.

"We're trying hard to reach out," said Pleasant Hill, Calif., Bishop John Muir.

By joining in multidenominational service projects and sitting on interfaith councils,...

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