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Filing Seeks Support for Immigrants

November 2, 2006

Author: Stephen Franklin

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-0611020230nov02,0,7471975.story?coll=chi-business-hed

Saying the United States fails to uphold the rights of undocumented immigrant workers, the Chicago-based Interfaith Justice Network joined several labor groups Wednesday in filing a petition with a Washington-based human-rights commission seeking a ruling against...

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Temple to Undergo $1.8M Upgrade

November 2, 2006

Author: Tony LaRussa

Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/east/s_477385.html

One of the most visible religious sites in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation.

The Sri Venkateswara Temple along McCully Drive in Penn Hills is earmarked for $1.8 million in new construction and renovations, which will include a 6,700-square-foot...

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Military Pressed Over Expressions of Faith

November 2, 2006

Author: Alan Cooperman

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/01/AR2006110103071.html

The U.S. military is being buffeted by dueling legal claims over religion, with one set of plaintiffs contending that the Pentagon is suppressing evangelical Christianity and another set arguing just the opposite -- that the brass gives the most aggressive evangelicals free rein to...

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Anaheim Council Candidate Leaves GOP as Election Nears

November 2, 2006

Author: Dave McKibben

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-me-dalati2nov02,0,2674427.story

Acknowledging it might be political suicide, Anaheim City Council candidate Bill Dalati said Wednesday he was leaving the Republican Party after being vilified by prominent GOP leaders as being anti-American and a supporter of extremist groups.

Dalati, an Arab American who had been a Republican since...

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Sangha Lends Helping Hand to the Needy

November 1, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=55,3363,0,0,1,0

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), which will celebrate its 25th founding anniversary on November 7, has so far raised more than VND 400 billion (US$ 24.8 mil) for humanitarian activities.

Buddhist monks and nuns are running nearly 700 medical stations providing free treatment to poor people, 165 classes and 16 kindergartens for poor children, as well as...

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U.S. Muslims Mobilize In 2006 Elections with Eye on 2008

October 31, 2006

Author: Omar Sacirbey

Source: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=11751

Congressional elections haven't meant much to Saadia Chaudhry, who, at 30, has never cast a midterm ballot. But this year Chaudhry is excited about voting in her suburban Maryland district, even though she admits -- with a slightly embarrassed laugh -- that she's not even sure who's running.

"I just know I'm voting for...

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Amid IRS Scrutiny, Houses of Worship Examine Get-out-the-vote Programs

October 31, 2006

Author: William Douglas

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/587/story/779770.html

WASHINGTON - Scores of houses of worship nationwide are re-examining how they conduct get-out-the-vote programs and other election activities as the Internal Revenue Service investigates religious institutions for illegal campaign activity.

Churches grew more nervous when the IRS launched an investigation of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena,...

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Muslim Donation Delivers Half-ton of Food to Crossroads Center

October 31, 2006

Author: Deborah Bulkeley

Source: Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,650203138,00.html

More than half a ton of food was delivered to Crossroads Urban Center on Monday, the result of a monthlong drive by Utah's Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan.

Charity is an integral part of Ramadan, during which adherents to Islam fast from sunrise to sunset, said Imam Shuaib-ud Din of the Khadeeja mosque in West...

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Riots in Bangladesh May Benefit Islamists

October 30, 2006

Author: David Montero

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1030/p06s02-wosc.html

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: A hail of bullets and rocks swept over Bangladesh's cities this past weekend, spawning a deadly political crisis that threatens upcoming elections in January. Although averted for now, as of Sunday night, there are still pitfalls that may prove a boon for the country's Islamist parties, observers say.

On...

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King Abdullah Addresses Netherland's Parliament

October 30, 2006

Source: Jordan News Agency

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Oct/30/28000.htm

The Hague, 30 October (Petra)--His Majesty King Abdullah II on Monday said that track towards tolerance and respect is not restricted to Moslems only. All countries and peoples should play their role in this regard, His Majesty said in a speech addressing the Netherland’s parliament. He urged representatives of the Dutch people to raise their voice high against the stereotype images and...

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