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US Holocaust Museum Urged to Drop Islam-Basher

December 4, 2006

Source: CAIR Press Release

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=12099

WASHINGTON, D.C., CAIR: A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called for the removal of a presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council because of his intolerant views toward Islam in American society.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged that talk show host and columnist Dennis Prager be removed from the...

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After Buddhist Dies, Legal Battle Continues

December 3, 2006

Author: Megan Tench

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/other/articles/2006/12/03/after_buddhist_dies_legal_battle_continues/

The family of 72-year-old Cho Fook Cheng of Brookline knew there was no chance that he would ever wake up again.

Last week, doctors declared Cheng, a grandfather of seven who suffered cardiac arrest the day after Thanksgiving, brain-...

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Behavior, not religion, led to Imams’ removal

December 2, 2006

Author: Don Mallicoat

Source: Citizen-Times

http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200661201036

The AC-T editorial page of Nov. 26 quoted Omar Shahin, one of six Muslim Imams recently removed from a U.S. Air-ways flight in Minnesota: “In American we have no freedom to practice our faith, to do our faith.”

As I understand the news reports, these six men observed their daily prayers in the boarding...

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Asians Preserve Cultures, but Adapt to Western Ways

December 1, 2006

Author: Ramesh Santanam

Source: Pocono Record

Wire Service: AP

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061201/NEWS/612010317

PITTSBURGH -- Archana Patel celebrates Hindu religious festivals, cooks Indian vegetarian food, watches Bollywood movies with friends and knows her marriage will be arranged.

Chandrasiri Jayakody and Ananda Gunawardena join fellow Sri Lankans...

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Lawmaker to take Oath on Koran, Faces Flak

December 1, 2006

Author: Eric Pfeiffer

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20061130-105645-4387r.htm

Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, will take his oath of office on the Koran, not the Bible.

Although some have criticized the Minnesota Democrat's decision, his campaign manager cites historical precedent in describing it as a nonissue.

"Well, he will be the first to do...

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Community Holds Interfaith Thanksgiving Event

December 1, 2006

Author: Kelly AlHajal

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=6903

Leaders, representatives, and children of various religious organizations from throughout Metro Detroit gathered on Thanksgiving Eve to give thanks and to cultivate friendships.

The 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration was held at University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Mich.

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Justices to Decide if Citizens May Challenge White House’s Religion-Based Initiative

December 1, 2006

Author: Linda Greenhouse

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/02/washington/02scotus.html

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether private citizens are entitled to go to court to challenge activities of the White House office in charge of the Bush administration’s religion-based initiative.

A lower court had blocked a lawsuit challenging conferences the White House office...

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ISLAMIC FEMINISM: OXYMORON OR REALITY? BARCELONA CONFERENCE 2006.

November 30, 2006

Author: Naila Tiwana

Source: Muslim Wake Up!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/main/archives/2006/11/islamic_feminis_1.php

In early November of 2006, the present day modern, cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, with its parallel Andalusian character, exuding undeniable cross-culture vibrancy, buzzed with the intellectual powwow of “Islamic Feminism”.

The Congress of Islamic Feminism was founded as a movement by the...

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Pope Begins Turkish Mosque Visit

November 30, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6158811.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has visited one of Turkey's most famous mosques in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community.

During his tour of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the pontiff paused in silent prayer alongside senior Muslim clerics.

It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.

Earlier, the Pope visited the nearby Hagia Sophia...

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Muslims Embrace their Freed Leader

November 30, 2006

Author: Erin Conroy

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/11/30/muslims_embrace_their_freed_leader/

A crayon-drawn banner reading "Welcome Back Imam Masood" hangs above the entrance of the Islamic Academy of New England, a private elementary school in Sharon situated in the shadows of the adjacent Islamic Center of New England mosque. The banner represents the celebration that...

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Promoting Mutual Understanding

November 30, 2006

Source: Kuensel online

http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7787

The Dharma Sanskriti Sangam (religion based cultures’ meet) in Varanasi, India, was a successful exercise in promoting harmony, peace and progress in the region and the world, according to delegates from 13 Asian countries.

A large number religious leaders of different religions like Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Sanatan agreed that such a...

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More Muslims Gaining Political Ground

November 30, 2006

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/29/AR2006112901576.html

Since Gaithersburg software engineer Saqib Ali was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates this month, he has been flooded with calls and e-mails from across the country asking: How'd you do it?

The calls come from American Muslims like Ali, who, longtime political...

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Southern Buddhists Pray for Peace

November 30, 2006

Source: Bangkock Post

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=114474

More than 1,000 Thai Buddhists in southern provinces today joined in a mass merit-making ceremony held to boost the morale of local Buddhist monks and people in the country's far South affected by the growing insurgency and to pray for the restoration of peace in the region.

Some 500 Buddhist monks from 266 temples in Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat were...

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