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Women Go Beyond Faith for Common Good

December 9, 2006

Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/search/content/living/faithandvalues/stories/2006/12/09/relinterfaith1209a.html

A candle is lit. A brass bowl is struck. The ringing sound echoes in a simple cinder-block office as eight women of different beliefs -- including a "fallen-away" Catholic, a secular humanist and an agnostic -- contemplate what they're grateful...

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Sikhs in X-Mas Parade in Bakersfield, CA

December 8, 2006

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/0E6ED04CF73ABDFF8725723E00677B64

Sikhs of Bakersfield gathered together and participated in an annual Christmas parade in Bakersfield, California. The parade is a yearly event and this is the second time Sikhs have shown the spirit of happiness, universal brotherhood and one God with fellow Americans. The float displayed a Nishan Sahib, American national flags, and...

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Talk Show Host Under Fire For "Anti-Islamic" Comments

December 8, 2006

Author: Matthew Borghese

Source: All Headline News

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7005798707

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Columnist and radio talk show host Dennis Prager is at the center of a religious controversy, and is being accused of spouting anti-Islamic comments when he said a Congressman should have used both a Koran and a Bible when they were sworn in to the legislature.

Prager said that Muslim Congressman-elect Keith Ellison'...

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Islamic Clerics in India Join Fight Against HIV/AIDS

December 8, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4389638.html

SRINAGAR, INDIA — Public health authorities in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have found an unexpected ally in their battle against HIV/AIDS in the deeply conservative region.

The Jammu-Kashmir state AIDS prevention and control agency has enlisted hundreds of Islamic clerics to carry the message of safe...

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"Obama's Religious Challenge," a Commentary by Jerome Eric Copulsky

December 7, 2006

Author: Jerome Eric Copulsky

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2006/1207.shtml

Last Friday, Barack Obama, the charismatic junior senator from Illinois and possible Democratic presidential hopeful, made news by speaking at an AIDS conference at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, one of the flagships of contemporary evangelicalism. To an audience of more than 2,000 evangelical leaders, the...

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Love of Diversity Drives Muslims’ Christmas Charity

December 7, 2006

Author: Sandra Oey

Source: Ottawa Citizen

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e4ce9800-7588-4d84-b1d9-9680ff7cbf3e&k=92474

This is not the first time the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization is having a food drive, but it is the first time they’re doing it for Christmas.

The organization has purposely chosen to hold the event during the Christian holiday season,...

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At Swearing in, Congressman Wants to Carry Koran

December 7, 2006

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1207/p01s03-uspo.html

Keith Ellison hasn't even started his new job, and he's already under fire.

When America's first Muslim congressman, a Democrat from Minnesota, let it be known he will carry a Koran to his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4, conservative pundit Dennis Prager called it "an act of hubris ... that undermines American civilization."
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Multiracial Young Singaporeans off to Punjab to Help Under-Privileged Children

December 6, 2006

Source: Channel New Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/245663/1/.html

SINGAPORE: A multiracial group of young Singaporeans has found a useful way to spend the school holidays.

The 19-member group will be heading to Punjab in North India to help the needy children there.

Young Singaporeans from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Sikh community make up the team.

They will be lending hands to...

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First Government-Issued Wiccan Plaque Dedicated

December 6, 2006

Author: Scott Sonner

Source: North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Wire Service: AP

http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20061206/Nevada/112060003

RENO - Friends and family of a Nevada soldier killed in Afghanistan more than a year ago plan to gather at a veterans cemetery today to dedicate what they say is the first government-issued memorial plaque in the country to include a symbol of the Wiccan faith.

The...

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Catholics Called to Respond to Global Warming, Australian Bishops State

December 6, 2006

Source: Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=22247

SYDNEY, Australia – The right to a safe ecological environment is a universal right and Catholics are called to respond with resolute action to the reality of global warming, said the Catholic bishops of Australia.

The Catholic bishops joined with religious leaders from 15 other Australian faith communities to demand stronger individual,...

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First Muslim Congressman has Right to Take Oath on Quran

December 5, 2006

Author: Dean Koldenhoven

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/opinion/guests/159871,051guc1.article

The news that Minnesota congressman-elect Keith Ellison says he does not want to put his hand on the Bible while taking the oath of office really is a nonissue.

Unless the formality of the swearing-in changes, the official swearing-in for the House of Representatives is done in the House chambers by...

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Ellison Won't Be First Politician to Forgo Bible in Taking Oath of Office

December 5, 2006

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Pew Forum

Wire Service: RNS

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=12096

When Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who last month was elected the first Muslim in Congress, announced he would take his oath of office on Islam's holy book, the Quran, he provoked sharp criticism from conservatives and some heated discussion on the blogosphere.

The ensuing discussion has revived...

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Muslim-American Group Targets Radio Host Over Koran Oath Comments

December 5, 2006

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,234237,00.html

WASHINGTON -- A Muslim-American advocacy group has called on radio talk show host Dennis Prager to be removed from the governing board of the federally funded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum after Prager last week blasted a representative-elect for planning to use the Koran at his swearing-in next month.

Prager, who is Jewish, slammed Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison...

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Sikh Denied Entry Over Turban: Restaurant Apologizes

December 5, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat News/SALDEF

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1567.shtml

On December 1, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) received a formal apology from the Richbrau Brewing Co. restaurant in Richmond, VA for denying Mr. Hansdip Singh Bindra entry to the restaurant with his turban.

On November 24, 2006, Mr. Bindra, a member of the Sikh faith, sought entry to the popular restaurant in Richmond with members of his extended family...

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