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Ellison Breaks Ground as Muslim, Black

November 8, 2006

Author: Aron Kahn

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/15957666.htm

Keith Ellison was a minor figure as a two-term state representative from Minneapolis. Now, across the nation and the world, he might become Minnesota's best-known voice.

The 43-year-old fiery stump speaker, an easy winner Tuesday in the 5th Congressional District, becomes Minnesota's first black congressman and America's first Muslim on Capitol...

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Imams Should Embrace U.S. Culture, New Islamic Society Chief Says

November 6, 2006

Author: Robert King

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061106/LOCAL/611060399

Leaders of American mosques need to buy into American culture more and perform the full-time roles more common to Christian pastors, said the new head of the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America. Muneer Fareed, 50, a professor and former mosque prayer leader, says one of his challenges as...

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Ohio's Indigenous People Struggle Against Anonymity

November 6, 2006

Author: Stephanie Woodard

Source: Indian Country

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413954

Barbara Crandell, Cherokee, and Helen Griffin, Shawnee, spoke to Indian Country Today during Newark Earthworks Day, sponsored by Ohio State University's Newark Earthworks Center. The October event brought together Native and non-Native experts to speak on 2,000-year-old mounds and earthen-walled enclosures constructed by ancient indigenous people...

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A Radical Idea: How Muslims can be European, Too

November 6, 2006

Author: Peter Ford

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1031/p01s04-woeu.html

LONDON - For a soft-spoken, mild-mannered man, Tariq Ramadan stirs up a remarkable amount of controversy.

In his own Muslim community, the Islamic philosopher-activist comes under attack for selling out his religion to the West; Britain has funded his lectures to young Muslims. But Western critics accuse him of being a Trojan horse...

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Military Rules Spark Debate over Expressions of Faith

November 5, 2006

Author: Larry Gordon

Source: The Dallas Morning News/Los Angeles Times

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/DN-milchaplaindog_05nat.ART.State.Bulldog.3e71a37.html

When Lt. Cmdr. John Dickens, a Navy chaplain at Camp Pendleton in California, was assigned to offer a prayer at a change of command ceremony recently, he knew the parameters of his invocation....

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Bible Clubs Bring Religion into 50 Schools across U.S.

November 3, 2006

Author: Justin Juozapavicius

Source: Chicago Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0611030309nov03,1,3966592.story?coll=chi-newslocalchicago-hed

As dozens of sleepy-eyed kids make their way to a rural public school, 20 of their peers are already in the gym for a Bible-study club, learning about the fall of Adam and Eve...

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US Hindus' Deepavali Festivity with a Purpose

November 3, 2006

Source: The Organiser/Hindu American Foundation press release

http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=155&page=7

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) initiated a coordinated plan to raise awareness about celebrations of Deepavali; perhaps the most widely recognised Hindu festival celebrated around the world on October 21.

Deepavali in the original Sanskrit, refers to the rows of earthen lamps around...

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