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On Visit to Turkey, Pope to Meet Islamic Cleric who Denounced Him

November 12, 2006

Author: Frances D'Emilio

Source: The Detroit News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061112/LIFESTYLE04/611120336/1041/LIFESTYLE04

The pope's upcoming trip to Turkey will include a meeting with a Muslim cleric who was one of the first to denounce Benedict XVI for his remarks on Islam and violence, the Vatican said Saturday.

The...

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The New Muslim-Liberal Coalition

November 11, 2006

Author: Peter Skerry

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1558227,00.html

The victory party for Minnesota's first African-American congressman, Keith Ellison, took place at a trendy nightclub in Minneapolis's downtown warehouse district. Down the block from a glitzy sex shop, Trocaderos is the kind of place where both gays and straights look to get picked up, either at the bar or on the dance floor. But on...

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Faith Finds a Home Behind Prison Walls

November 11, 2006

Author: Alexander Alter

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/15985587.htm

RAIFORD - At Lawtey, a medium-security prison where the Bible Belt intersects Florida's prison belt, an anger management workshop looks like this: Ninety-six men in light-blue jumpsuits crowded into an unadorned chapel, singing and clapping as an eight-man choir sings gospel music.

''We thank you, Lord, for our confidence that we don't have to...

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Got God? No Way

November 11, 2006

Author: Brad A. Greenberg

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/ci_4645574?source=email

With tattooed arms and dressed like Johnny Cash, Ryan Langley stood in UCLA's Bruin Plaza and shared his faith with all who inquired.

Earth below - certainly. Heavens above - he doesn't think so. Langley may be an evangelical, but he's not the typical kind. He's an evangelical atheist.

"We're all about promoting critical...

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An American Indian Accuses Federal Agents of Using Wildlife Laws to Thwart his Religious Practices

November 10, 2006

Author: James Pinkerton

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4327210.html

MCALLEN -- When Apache holy man Robert Soto performs at American Indian powwows, it is with some indignation: He's been left to dance with turkey feathers.

The revered golden eagle feathers that once topped his colorful headdress have been locked up since March, seized by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent after a...

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Muslim’s Election Is Celebrated Here and in Mideast

November 10, 2006

Author: Neil MacFarquhar

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/10/us/politics/10muslims.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Keith Ellison wore his religion lightly on the campaign trail, mentioning it only when asked.

Keith Ellison, speaking in Minneapolis, said Thursday that he would serve “from a standpoint of improving the quality of civil and human rights for all people in America.” Mr....

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Bioethics Workshop at Hindu University of America

November 10, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International/Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/11/10.shtml#2

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, November 10, 2006: The Hindu University of America, in partnership with the University of Central Florida Philosophy department, the Ethics Center, The Women's Research Center and the Orlando Regional Health Care spiritual Care council held a successful Bioethics Workshop - Hindu and Buddhist Perspectives on November 3. Philosophers, scientists, ethicists,...

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Specialty Grocer Caters to Muslim Americans

November 9, 2006

Author: Odil Ruzaliev

Source: Voice of America News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-11-09-voa33.cfm

The continuing influx of immigrants to the United States has meant a proliferation of shops, restaurants and other businesses catering to specific ethnic clienteles. For producer Odil Ruzaliev, VOA's [Voice of America] Jim Bertel has more on businesses reaching out to Muslims living in the U.S.

There are believed to be between five and...

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Hindu American Foundation Condemns Texas Governor’s Religious Bigotry

November 9, 2006

Source: Hindu America Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_governor_perry.htm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 9, 2006) -- The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) strongly condemned the egregious and bigoted remarks by Texas Governor Rick Perry wherein he said that non-Christians are doomed and condemned to go to hell.

According to The Dallas Morning News (November 6, 2006), Gov. Rick Perry, after attending a sermon...

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The Right to Vote Stirs Muslim's Soul

November 9, 2006

Author: Robert L. Jamieson, Jr.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/291720_robert09.html

The quest to find a place in Seattle where Election Day counts took me south on Rainier Avenue.

I headed through Columbia City to South Brandon Street and hung a left.

There it was on the right, a white clapboard building with a sign in red letters: Maka Mini Market.

Inside, the man...

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First Muslim Congressman Elected

November 8, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6127234.stm

Keith Ellison, a Democrat, has become the first Muslim to be elected to the US Congress by winning a Minnesota seat in the House of Representatives.

He overcame personal attacks emphasising his past association with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the radical Nation of Islam group.

The 43-year-old lawyer sought to play down the issue of his religion and ran on a populist platform.

He has...

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