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Kirpan Posters Come to Sikhs' Help in US

November 22, 2006

Source: The Times of India/Washington Post

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/World/The_United_States/Kirpan_posters_in_US_to_avoid_Sikhs_being_targeted/articleshow/516267.cms

With a view to assuage the feelings of Sikh Americans who have been involved in rows with security personnel over possession of kirpans, the US department of homeland security and a Sikh outfit have reached an...

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Dialogue Opens Ears and Minds

November 22, 2006

Author: Michael Kruse

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/11/22/Hernando/Dialogue_opens_ears_a.shtml

SPRING HILL - To the small house called the Lake House on Kenlake Avenue came the people of the county. On a windy, jacket-cold night, they came to talk about freedom of speech and misinformation, and religious and ethnic intolerance. The title of the forum was a question: "Is Hernando County Truly a Melting Pot...

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Afghanistan's Sikhs Yearn for India

November 22, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/World/Rest_of_World/Afghanistans_Sikhs_yearn_for_India/articleshow/530953.cms

Forced to wear yellow patches in the days of the Taliban, the homesick Sikhs of Afghanistan still hide in back alleys and yearn for India.

In the Taliban's birthplace, the southern city of Kandahar, their children cannot go to school and locals stone or spit...

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Making Room for Others

November 22, 2006

Author: Joe Sinasac

Source: The Catholic Register/Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/views/views_news.php?id=22105

A recent poll suggests that Canadians still embrace multiculturalism and religious diversity. At the same time, the survey shows that at some point newcomers must find ways to accommodate themselves to this country’s deepest principles.

This should not be a surprise. Canada is a country of immigrants, right from...

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UN Expresses "Serious Concern" Over Human Rights in Iran, Including the Situation of Baha'is

November 22, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=491

A committee of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday passed a resolution expressing "serious concern" over the human rights situation in Iran, including the escalation of violations against Iranian Baha'is.

The resolution passed the Assembly's Third Committee by a vote of 70 to 48 on 21 November 2006. It will now go to the General Assembly plenary for vote, in December. The Third...

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Valley Muslims Say Prayer got Them Kicked off Flight

November 22, 2006

Author: Michael Kiefer

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1122imams1122.html#

Minutes after their flight arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, five Valley Muslim leaders announced that they had not been acting suspiciously before they were removed from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis.

"The crime we did?" said Omar Shahin, one of the five. "That we perform our...

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‘Flying While Muslim’

November 22, 2006

Author: Jessica Bennett and Matthew Philips

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15856333/site/newsweek/

Nov. 22, 2006 - As a Muslim-American and president of the North American Imams Federation, Dr. Omar Shahin is no stranger to the heightened security of a post-9/11 world. On more than one occasion, the Phoenix, Ariz., resident says he’s been picked out of a crowd by the color of his skin -- interrogated, finger printed or detained. So...

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Muslims Spread Holiday Spirit in Hyde Park

November 22, 2006

Author: Esther J. Cepeda

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/145833,CST-NWS-muslim22.article

There's a saying in the Islamic religion: "A person does not have true faith if they sleep comfortably on a full stomach while his neighbor suffers from hunger."

It embodies the spirit of charity and giving that will see almost 300 turkeys delivered to Emmett Louis Till Math and Science Academy in Hyde Park...

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Pentacle Symbol Denied by VA to Military Wife

November 21, 2006

Source: BBSNews

http://bbsnews.net/article.php/2006112102102055

AU via BBSNews 2006-11-21 -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State last week filed litigation against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its refusal to include the Wiccan symbol of faith on its official list of emblems for government headstones and markers.

Americans United is representing Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in combat in Afghanistan...

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Council's First Indo-American has Passion for Community

November 21, 2006

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: Mercury News, the

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/16065235.htm

She's the first Indo-American elected to a city council in the Bay Area, and among only a handful of others in the country. That alone assures her place in history.

But Fremont City Councilwoman Anu Natarajan, 44, doesn't want her ethnicity to define her, though she's proud of her Bangalore roots.

"I...

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Boston Imams and Son Released On Bail

November 21, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3905

WASHINGTON, DC - Nov. 21, 2006 (MASNET) Imam Abdul Hannan, Imam Masood, and Hassan Masood were released on bail today after an immigration bail hearing. Bail was set at $7500 each for the two Imams and $2500 for Imam Masood's son, Hassan Masood.

Hundreds of interfaith supporters from all walks of life flooded the JFK plaza for a post-bail release press conference. The press...

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A Bid to Bring the Female Voice to Islamic Law

November 21, 2006

Author: Ben Arnoldy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1121/p01s04-ussc.html

For centuries, devout Muslims have looked to the fatwa - an opinion based on religious reasoning of a learned individual or committee - for direction on how to resolve moral dilemmas ranging from the mundane to the sublime. And for centuries, Muslim women have conceded the ground, for the most part, to the men who issue these opinions.
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6 Imams Removed From Twin Cities Flight

November 21, 2006

Author: Steve Karnowski

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6230459,00.html

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations called Tuesday for an investigation into the behavior of airline staff and airport security in the removal of six Muslim scholars from a US Airways flight a day earlier.

A passenger raised concerns about the imams...

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A New Temple, a Testament of Faith

November 20, 2006

Author: Doug Guthrie

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061120/LIFESTYLE04/611200349/1041

Its temporary occupants are filmmakers who are expected today to wrap up a first for Metro Detroit -- a movie about a Sikh doctor's struggles with acceptance and health costs.

But the turban-wearing actors, writer and director hint at what's to come for a grandiose building...

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