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Native Americans Win Appeal on 'Sewage' Snow

March 14, 2007

Source: Saturday Star

http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3729169

San Francisco - An Arizona ski resort's plan to use treated sewage to make snow on a mountain sacred to several Native American tribes violates religious freedom laws.

This was the ruling on Monday of a United States federal appeals court.

"We hold that the Forest Service's approval of the proposed expansion of the Snowbowl, including the use of treated sewage effluent to make...

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"Muslim Women Can Reshape Islam," a Commentary by The Christian Science Monitor

March 14, 2007

Author: Christian Science Monitor

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0314/p08s02-comv.html

Something special went unnoticed last week when the US State Department gave out its first awards for "women of courage" to 10 foreign recipients: Seven of the women had demonstrated their honored bravery within Muslim countries.

Were these awards another US effort to help reform Islam? Possibly. But Secretary of State...

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Muslims, Buddhists Stage Rival Demonstrations in Troubled Southern Thailand

March 11, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/11/asia/AS-GEN-Thailand-Southern-Violence.php

BANGKOK, Thailand: Muslims and Buddhists staged rival protests Sunday in southern Thailand, as violence in the troubled area continued with three more killings.

In Pattani province, about 60 veiled Muslim women blocked a main road to demand the release of three...

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"Faith's School," a Commentary by Mona Siddiqui

March 10, 2007

Author: Mona Siddiqui

Source: The Scotsman/The Messenger

http://living.scotsman.com/books.cfm?id=380012007

WITH AN INCREASING FOCUS ON Islam and the Muslim world, it has become fashionable to talk about a "Muslim reformation". Indeed, the western world in particular is quite rightly eager to discover who are the voices of reformative Islam, who are the scholars and thinkers calling for the Muslim world to reflect on the challenges posed by modernity and...

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Religious Beliefs Don't Rely on the 'Existence' of God

March 10, 2007

Source: Centre Daily

http://www.centredaily.com/220/story/35847.html

Do you believe in God?

A simple "yes" or "no" response to that question provides little information about your theology but calls for much more extensive dialogue. Even if you doubt or deny the existence of God, full understanding requires more information about the God whose existence is questioned.

Strange as it may seem, "existence" may not be among the most important attributes of God....

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Blaze, Traditions Color Festival

March 10, 2007

Author: MINDY CAMPBELL

Source: The Leaf Chronicle

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070310/LIFESTYLE/703100316

As Hiral Patel walked around a giant bonfire, her face was illuminated by the glowing blaze despite the frigid temperatures and inky dark sky.

The 11-year-old Indian Hindu had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of her culture when she participated in the "...

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Our Muslim Neighbors

March 8, 2007

Author: TERI MADDOX

Source: Belleville News-Democrat

http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/living/16857523.htm

You've never heard of prejudice based on first names? That's because your name isn't Mohammed.

After 9/11, Belleville psychotherapist Mohammed Kibria noticed people began treating him as "stupid" or "dangerous" or both. He faced intense security checks at airports and eventually was asked to leave his job at a mental-...

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Buddhist Monks Brave Bitter Cold to Walk for Peace

March 8, 2007

Author: Matthew J. Webster

Source: Salem News

http://www.salemnews.com/local/local_story_067094826?page=0

Dressed in a yellow robe, the Venerable Kato, a Buddhist monk, beat a handheld drum as he marched in the freezing cold wind down Main Street in Essex yesterday, accompanied by eight local supporters.

Kato and Tow-Bee, another Buddhist monk based in the western Massachusetts town of Leverett, chanted in slow drones as they...

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Religion, Textbook Dispute Rekindled

March 8, 2007

Author: Laurel Rosenhall

Source: Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/134412.html

A picture of the founder of the Sikh religion in a seventh-grade textbook has reignited what's become a common dilemma for California's education establishment: How much influence should contemporary religious groups have in crafting history lessons for the state's 6.3 million public school students?

The state Board of Education is scheduled to vote today on...

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A Civil Confrontation Greets Visiting Imams

March 7, 2007

Author: Charles A. Radin

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/03/07/a_civil_confrontation_greets_visiting_imams/

SHARON -- It was the critical moment in an unprecedented encounter between Muslim leaders from the Middle East and the religiously diverse residents of this small suburb south of Boston.

After the introductions, Fred Calm, a middle-aged man wearing...

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Muslim Congressman Talks up 'American Values' in State Department Outreach

March 7, 2007

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/03/muslim-congressman-talks-up-american.html

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department is turning to Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, to help burnish the country's image in the Muslim world -- despite Ellison's outspoken criticism of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

"I plan to talk to people in the State Department and...

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Muslim, Christian and Jewish Students Travel to Turkey for Spring Break

March 7, 2007

Source: Newswise

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/527926/

Newswise — A diverse group of Syracuse University students from different faith traditions will spend their Spring Break in a unique way, by traveling to Turkey to study how Muslim, Christian and Jewish peoples have co-existed in the region throughout history and continue to today.

The group of 18 students will chronicle their experience through written journal entries, audio clips and photographs posted...

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Cross Returns to Chapel -- But Not on the Altar

March 7, 2007

Author: Fredrick Kunkle

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030601456.html

The College of William and Mary's president and board agreed yesterday to restore the altar cross to permanent display in historic Wren Chapel to quell a controversy that began with its removal in the fall.

Under a compromise recommended by a committee of students, alumni...

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