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Only Good Friday Makes the Cut

February 7, 2007

Author: Letitia Stein

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/07/Hillsborough/Only_Good_Friday_make.shtml

TAMPA - Good Friday is the only religious holiday recognized in the latest version of Hillsborough's controversial school calendar.

But the idea of treating Christians differently from Jews and Muslims divided the committee of teachers, parents and school administrators who are making calendar...

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Only Good Friday Makes the Cut

February 7, 2007

Author: Letitia Stein

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/07/Hillsborough/Only_Good_Friday_make.shtml

TAMPA - Good Friday is the only religious holiday recognized in the latest version of Hillsborough's controversial school calendar.

But the idea of treating Christians differently from Jews and Muslims divided the committee of teachers, parents and school administrators who are making calendar...

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Hindu, Christian and Muslim Leaders Speak Out About Suicide on Reunion Island

February 7, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/2/8.shtml#2

REUNION, FRANCE, February 7, 2007: (HPI note: translated from the original French. The first paragraph is an introduction by the author.) With a suicide case every 40 minutes and more than 10,000 deaths every year, France is one of the industrialized countries largely affected by this phenomenon. A national debate this week calls for an urgent need to openly discuss the issue. Representatives of...

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Hindu, Christian and Muslim Leaders Speak Out About Suicide on Reunion Island

February 7, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/2/8.shtml#2

REUNION, FRANCE, February 7, 2007: (HPI note: translated from the original French. The first paragraph is an introduction by the author.) With a suicide case every 40 minutes and more than 10,000 deaths every year, France is one of the industrialized countries largely affected by this phenomenon. A national debate this week calls for an urgent need to openly discuss the issue. Representatives of...

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Hindu, Christian and Muslim Leaders Speak Out About Suicide on Reunion Island

February 7, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/2/8.shtml#2

REUNION, FRANCE, February 7, 2007: (HPI note: translated from the original French. The first paragraph is an introduction by the author.) With a suicide case every 40 minutes and more than 10,000 deaths every year, France is one of the industrialized countries largely affected by this phenomenon. A national debate this week calls for an urgent need to openly discuss the issue. Representatives of...

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Israel’s Chief Rabbi Calls for ‘UN of Religious Groups’

February 7, 2007

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C02%5C07%5Cstory_7-2-2007_pg7_39

NEW DELHI: A top Jewish religious leader here on Tuesday called for the establishment of a "United Nations of religious groups" to bridge inter-faith gaps though communication and dialogue.

Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, speaking at a Hindu-Jewish leadership summit, also called for a greater role for religious leaders in...

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Diverse Faiths Heed the Call to Aid Victims

February 6, 2007

Author: Mark I. Pinsky

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/volusia/orl-stormchurch0607feb06,0,2444652.story

DeLAND -- For a while Monday afternoon, the tornado-ravaged 500 block of Beresford Road seemed like interfaith central.

A team of five members of the Islamic Society of Central Florida's disaster relief had just pulled in from Orlando and unloaded their chain saws...

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Milan Film Showing Links 9/11, Racism

February 6, 2007

Author: Allie Lowe

Source: The Dartmouth

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2007020601050

In the months following Sept. 11, 2001, Samir Akhter, then eight years old, can recall being called "Bin Laden's son" by other boys at school. The boys would smash Akhter, who is of Pakistani descent, in the face with their lunch pails while taunting him. As years passed, however, the Bin Laden taunts ended.

Now when Akhter is teased,...

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Arab, Muslim Cultures Focus of Law-Enforcement Video

February 5, 2007

Author: Audrey Hudson

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070204-112640-1726r.htm

An Arab man is being questioned by law-enforcement officers and suddenly becomes uncooperative and refuses to make eye contact. Suspicious behavior or a clash of cultures?

The latter, according to a new training DVD that will be distributed to nearly 200,000 Homeland Security employees. A panel of Arab and...

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First Muslim in U.S. Congress Speaks on Faith and Democracy

February 5, 2007

Author: Lea Terhune

Source: USINFO.state.gov

http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2007&m=February&x=20070205144127mlenuhret0.7243769

Washington - Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison is surprised that his Muslim faith became an issue during his successful campaign for a congressional seat.

“I never bring it up,” he told USINFO,...

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Depts of Justice, Homeland Security Receive Religion Training

February 4, 2007

Author: Katherine Boyle

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/210/story_21069_1.html

WASHINGTON -- The departments of Justice and Homeland Security have begun training employees to better understand and protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, Sikhs and other minority ethnic and religious groups in the wake of Sept. 11.

They also are attempting to involve Muslims and...

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Texas City Trying to get Santeria Suit Dismissed

February 4, 2007

Author: Michael Grabell

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/nation/16622742.htm

DALLAS - The city of Euless, Texas, has asked a federal judge to dismiss a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by a Santeria priest who wants to sacrifice animals at his home.

The priest, Jose Merced, sued the city in December after police and permit officials told him he couldn't kill goats for an...

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