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World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is Launched

March 1, 2007

Source: WCMP.net

http://www.thewcmp.net/press_release.php

Oak Brook, IL- In the wake of recent natural and man-made calamities, there has surfaced the need for an intense and determined action to collectively address global humanitarian concerns. This calling motivated local humanitarians to institute a first-of-its-kind forum, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP). The WCMP annual conference will give Muslim philanthropists the opportunity to share ideas and cultivate...

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Statement from W&M President Gene R. Nichol

February 28, 2007

Author: Gene R. Nichol

Source: Daily Press

http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-now-nicholstatement.f28,0,6698601.story?track=mostemailedlink

Gene R. Nichol, president of the College of William and Mary, issued the following statement:

I am heartsick to learn of this decision. It represents a serious setback to the College. And while I know it is intended to make a policy statement, ultimately it...

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Supreme Court Takes up Church-State Case

February 28, 2007

Author: Warren Richey

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0228/p03s03-usju.html

President Bush's faith-based initiative is a signature program of his administration. But not all Americans share the president's belief that the government should work in close partnership with religious organizations willing to perform nonreligious public services, like running homeless shelters or drug counseling programs.

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Schools Will Take Fair Day, But Not Religious Holidays

February 28, 2007

Author: MARILYN BROWN

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://news.tbo.com/news/nationworld/MGB37G5BPYE.html

TAMPA - Hillsborough County students won't be off Good Friday, Yom Kippur or any other religious holidays next year except Christmas, but they will have Florida State Fair Day after yet another round of public debate.

After pleas from Florida State Fair Authority officials to retain a Fair Day off with possible free admission, the board...

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SALDEF Meets with FBI Director Robert Mueller

February 27, 2007

Source: SALDEF

http://www.saldef.org/content.aspx?&a=1650&z=1&title=SALDEF%20Meets%20with%20FBI%20Director%20Robert%20Mueller

Washington D.C. - February 27, 2007: Yesterday, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the nation’s oldest national Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization, met with Federal Bureau of Investigation Director, Robert S Mueller III.

SALDEF, the...

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Two Charged in Violent Hate Crime Against Deli Clerks

February 27, 2007

Source: KOMO-TV

http://www.komotv.com/news/6004201.html

SEATTLE - Two people have been charged under the state's hate crime law after a surveillance camera at Saleh's Delicatessen in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood caught a confrontation between two customers and two clerks during which racial slurs, obscenities and punches were thrown.

A Seattle man and a Shoreline woman were charged Thursday afternoon with malicious harassment. The two are accused of slinging words and...

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Walking West for Peace; Zen Buddhists Begin Journey to California on Thursday

February 27, 2007

Author: Leslie Williams-Dennis

Source: Brownsville Herald

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/onset?id=260&template=article.html

Nine Zen Buddhists, walking with only their backpacks and donated boots, will take the first steps of a long journey here Thursday.

“I walk in robes, I walk without money, I have to beg for everything,” Claude AnShin Thomas, a Zen Buddhist monk and group leader, said. “What we...

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Australian Sikh

February 25, 2007

Source: Malaysia Sun

http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/303b19022816233b/id/229131/cs/1/

A Sikh has been given the 2006 lifetime achievement award in volunteering by the New South Wales (NSW) government.

Bawa Singh Jagdev became the first Sikh to receive the prestigious award for volunteering which was handed to him by NSW Speaker John Aquilina at the NSW Parliament recently.

Jagdev who arrived in Australia in...

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Evidence Against Muslim Charity Appears Fabricated

February 25, 2007

Author: Greg Krikorian

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-holyland25feb25,1,4876426.story

When the Bush administration shut down the nation's largest Muslim charity five years ago, officials of the Dallas-based foundation denied allegations it was linked to terrorists and insisted that a number of accusations were fabricated by the government.

Now, attorneys for...

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Shiva Honored with Programs at Local Temples

February 25, 2007

Author: LISA BOLIVAR

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/471/story/21612.html

February is Hindu Heritage Month, and South Florida Hindus wasted no chance to celebrate their culture and faith with a series of programs at different temples throughout Broward.

The Maha Shivaratri, or Lord Shiva Festival, was observed Feb. 16 at the South Florida Hindu Temple and at the Shiva Vishnu Temple, both in Southwest Ranches. Devotees...

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Lawsuit Over Mosque Site is Dismissed

February 25, 2007

Author: Stephen Kurkjian

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/02/25/lawsuit_over_mosque_site_is_dismissed/

A Suffolk Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit that contended the Boston Redevelopment Authority's sale of a parcel of land in Roxbury for a price significantly below its appraised value to the Islamic Society of Boston violated the constitutional separation between...

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