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Richmond Welcomes First Sikh Councilman

January 26, 2007

Author: John Geluardi

Source: Inside Bay Area

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_5092126

RICHMOND - With his hand placed on some holy scriptures of the Sikhs, Human Relations Commissioner Harpreet Sandhu was sworn in Tuesday as Richmond's ninth council member.

City Clerk Diane Holmes administered the oath in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 200 people that included 15 members of his family and 60 Bay Area Sikhs. Also...

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Parents Want Policy on Religious Expression Enforced Uniformly

January 25, 2007

Author: Rose Ann Pearce

Source: The Morning News

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/01/25/news/012607fzschoolboard.txt

FAYETTEVILLE -- If a Hindu mural can be displayed at Fayetteville High School, students at McNair Middle School ought to be allowed to display their art work if it contains symbols of Christianity, such as a cross.

That was the message Thursday to the Fayetteville School Board from a group of...

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Liaison Strives to Bridge Police, Muslim Cultures

January 24, 2007

Author: Robin Shulman

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/23/AR2007012301330.html

At the headquarters of the New York Police Department, in a high-ceilinged, wood-floored room, Erhan Yildirim is speaking to a group of officers. As he lists facts about Islam, they crack their gum and tap their feet. Yildirim is slighter, shorter and snazzier -- in a sleek Turkish-made...

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Filling Cultures' End-of-life Needs

January 24, 2007

Author: DEEPA BHARATH

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/money/homepage/article_1552971.php

WESTMINSTER - Hung Vuong will never forget the day his mother died - for more than one reason. Vuong and his father drove throughout Orange County looking for a funeral home that would allow them to burn incense - a ritual that cannot be skipped or ignored in any Buddhist service. But in most places, it was...

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BRA Seeks to Block Mosque Questions

January 23, 2007

Author: Charles A. Radin and Matt Viser

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/01/23/bra_seeks_to_block_mosque_questions/

The Boston Redevelopment Authority went to court yesterday to prevent four of its key officials from having to answer questions under oath about a deal in which a city-owned parcel of land was transferred to an Islamic group for construction of a mosque.
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Detroit Mosque Vandalized

January 23, 2007

Author: Niraj Warikoo

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070123/NEWS01/70123002

A Detroit mosque was vandalized this week with anti-Muslim graffiti that reads in large capital letters: "Go Home 911 Murderers."

The original Islamic Center of America, on the corner of Joy and Greenfield roads, was struck sometime early Monday or late Sunday, said local Muslims. The mosque moved in...

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Wiccan Ex-Barista Sues Starbucks Over Religion

January 23, 2007

Author: Brent Hunsberger

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20998_1.html

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A former Starbucks barista in Hillsboro, Ore., has sued the coffee giant, saying it discriminated against her based on her Wiccan religion.

In a complaint filed Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Alicia Hedum said a manager at Starbucks' Hillsboro Landing cafe asked...

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Q&A with Diana Eck: A Look at Charlotte's Diverse Religious Scene

January 23, 2007

Author: Tim Funk

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/living/16501833.htm

As director of Harvard University's Pluralism Project, Diana Eck is the leading authority on America's changing religious landscape. She'll be in Charlotte next week in connection with "Families of Abraham," a photo exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South that spotlights local Jewish, Christian and Muslim families. Eck, author of "A...

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Professor Examines Religion in the South

January 23, 2007

Author: HEATHER SANDERS

Source: The Appalachian

http://theapp.appstate.edu/content/view/1861/1/

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion awarded a $15,000 grant to an Appalachian State University professor to study how religion influences students in an academic setting.

“We want to think about how Christianity influences our classrooms,” philosophy and religion professor Dr. Sandra Gravett, who received...

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Baha'is Host Celebration of Religions

January 22, 2007

Author: TaMaryn Waters

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070122/NEWS01/701220333/1010

Local residents celebrated World Religion Day through dance, music and the common idea that God has many names throughout the world.

More than 100 people listened to the chiming cymbals and a cappella singing in an interfaith event Sunday at the Dohnanyi Recital Hall at...

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"Muslim Dispute: Religious Intolerance?" a Commentary by Leonard Pitts Jr.

January 21, 2007

Author: LEONARD PITTS JR.

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/4487008.html

OK, let's say you fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul. Let's say you're carrying alcohol - rum from the Caribbean, a merlot you found in Napa Valley. Let's say you try to hail a cab while carrying said alcohol.

Good luck. You're going to need it.

Three quarters of the drivers serving the airport are Muslims, most from Somalia,...

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Islamic Center Target of Vandals

January 21, 2007

Author: Pratik Joshi

Source: Tri-City Herald

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/8579343p-8472380c.html

Mohammed Ahmed of Kennewick was shocked to find a broken window at the Islamic Center of the Tri-Cities when he went there for prayers.

On the ground, below the shattered window, was a rock. And Ahmed, a former president of the center, said this wasn't the first time the center has been targeted by vandals....

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