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New Ambassadors of Faith

January 29, 2007

Source: Today Online

http://www.todayonline.com/articles/168608.asp

IN multi-ethnic Singapore, all sorts of misconceptions can arise, as some young citizens found out.

Undergraduate Farhana Munshi used to think that when Christians befriended people from other religions, their sole purpose was to convert them. The 19-year-old realised she was mistaken after speaking to a Catholic priest from the Church of Saint Mary of the Angels.

"He told me that only a small...

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Women In Islam Present Important International Forum on Crisis in Darfur, Sudan

January 29, 2007

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=3998

WASHINGTON, DC - Jan. 29, 2007 (MASNET) How is the world responding to a crisis which has, to date, killed some 400,000 people, made 300,000 more homeless, and resulted in countless incidents of rape and other horrendous human rights violations? An important forum on January 25th in Harlem, New York offered some important insights on this question from three individuals with first-hand expertise on this...

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Interfaith Leaders to Urge Greater U.S. Involvement in Mideast Peace Efforts in Meeting with Sec’y Rice

January 29, 2007

Source: Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=22843

WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) – A delegation of Catholic, other Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders is scheduled to meet Jan 29 with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge increased Bush administration engagement in working toward achieving long-term peace in the Middle East.

The State Department meeting follows up with a December call by 35...

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"God Help Us: Religion's Role in America," a Commentary by Dave Brown and Glen Hiemstra

January 28, 2007

Author: Dave Brown and Glen Hiemstra

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2003543131_sundayhiemstra28.html

The airwaves, the blogosphere and the print media are awash with stories about conflict around the role of religion, now and in the future. As we turned the calendar page to a new year, the conflict showed no sign of cooling down. It is time to change the conversation in 2007.
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State Legislature Considers Recognizing Indian Holiday

January 28, 2007

Author: TOM CAIAZZA

Source: Woodbridge Sentinel

http://ws.gmnews.com/news/2007/0124/Front_Page/006.html

EDISON - Two state legislators have taken steps to further accent the state's diversity by introducing legislation to recognize the Indian holiday of Diwali.

Senator Barbara Buono (D-18) and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-16) are seeking hearings on duplicate legislation in both houses that would make Oct. 15 through Nov. 14, Diwali...

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"Mosques in U.S. That Have Experienced Violent or Racist Incidents," a Commentary by Sheila Musaji

January 28, 2007

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/mosques_in_us_that_have_experienced_violent_or_racist_incidents1/0012120

Mosques in the U.S. are becoming dangerous places. Type MOSQUE in The American Muslim site search engine and you will turn up 234 entries. I can’t help but think that the violent rhetoric of conservative and religious commentators in America...

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Nobel Winner Assails Religious Intolerance in L.A. Visit

January 27, 2007

Author: K. Connie Kang

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs27jan27,1,7525410.story?coll=la-news-religion&ctrack=1&cset=true

Religion, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka says, is the 21st century's defining issue — just as W.E.B. Du Bois predicted race would be for the 20th century.

On one level, he says, spiritual practices can...

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