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Jewish Groups Urged to Boycott Hunger Walk

October 30, 2006

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061030/NEWS01/610300343

Louisville's Jewish leaders are asking local Jews not to participate in this year's Community Hunger Walk for the first time since its founding in 1979 because some of the money raised will be handled by an agency they consider biased against Israel.

Instead, Jewish groups plan...

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Bridging Gap Requires Both Islam, iPods

October 30, 2006

Author: SARAH VIREN

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4293945.html

Late this summer, when British police announced they had foiled a terrorist plot aimed at U.S.-bound airplanes, governments heightened security, airlines delayed flights, and stock markets faltered.

In Houston the news meant 20 cancellations to Shariq Abdul Ghani's Muslim summer camp, set to start the next day at a state park near New...

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Denmark Sikh Loses Kirpan Battle

October 28, 2006

Author: Ramaninder K Bhatia

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/131871.cms

CHANDIGARH: In a major blow to the Sikh community's efforts to get their distinct identity recognised abroad along with their religious symbols, a Sikh youth in Denmark on Tuesday lost his right to wear a kirpan (dagger), one of the five religious symbols that a baptised Sikh is required to wear.

The youth, 31-year-old...

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Indian Community Growing, Maturing in America

October 28, 2006

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,223539,00.html

EDISON, N.J. The train station billboards tell it all.

Local travel agents promise the best airfares from New York to Mumbai. Shagun Fashions is selling dazzling Indian saris. And DirecTV offers "the six top Indian channels direct to you."

Roughly every third person who lives Edison, a New York suburb, is of Asian Indian ancestry. Many are...

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Suit Against Air Force Academy Dismissed

October 28, 2006

Author: Lara Jakes Jordan

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20061027-112923-9536r.htm

A federal judge yesterday threw out a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force that contended evangelical Christian values were illegally pushed on Air Force Academy cadets.

U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said the academy graduates who filed suit could not claim their...

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Making Sabbath a Day at the Beach

October 27, 2006

Author: Sharon Bernstein and Martha Groves

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-venice25oct25,0,4813018,full.story?coll=la-home-headlines

An Orthodox synagogue with the ambitious desire to enclose much of Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey within a religious boundary known as an eruv has come up against a barrier some say is as immutable as the Torah itself: the California...

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Sikh Appearance and Confusion in America

October 27, 2006

Author: Nirmal Singh

Source: Sikh Global News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1474.shtml

In this note I am not likely to say anything profound about stereotyping, stereotypes or those who are stereotyped. I may in stead ask you to explore with me the tension endured by those who may visually appear to fit a particular stereotype and thus potentially become unintended targets of hate directed at it without in any way being associated with...

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Surveillance of Immigrants from 24 Muslim States Continues

October 27, 2006

Author: Moinuddin Naser (trans)

Source: Weekly Thikana

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=2989

A case has been brought against the Department of Homeland Security seeking information about the strict regulations the United States administration has instituted for immigrants from 24 Muslim countries, including those from Bangladesh.

The case, filed by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington D.C.,...

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Cabdrivers' Protest Hurts Perceptions of Muslim Community

October 27, 2006

Author: Nazir Alimohammad

Source: USA Today

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2006/10/cabdrivers_prot.html

Muslim cabdrivers in Minnesota who are refusing passengers carrying alcohol is the second controversial issue brought up by the Muslim population and featured in USA TODAY; the first was the demand for separate fitness areas for Muslim women. Both touch on the conflict between American freedoms and Muslims' religion ("Cabbies, culture clash...

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UK Hindus Work to Correct Poor Portrayal of Hinduism

October 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2006/10/28.shtml#1

LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2006: The follwoing report was sent by Jay Lakhani of the Hindu Council UK:

"We participated at the Foreign Press Association meeting where faith members from Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism debated the issue of so-called "honor killing" (usually, the murder of a female for supposed sexual or marital offenses -- see here) with Dr. Gill a lecturer from...

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Troy Area Emerging as Center of Religious Diversity

October 26, 2006

Author: DAVID CRUMM

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061026/NEWS99/61026025

In a year when religious differences have slowed interfaith programs in many parts of the United States, a group of clergy and lay leaders in the Troy area announced today that they are launching an unusual autumn series of programs on religious diversity.

What’s exceptional about the Troy...

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Man Battles to Have Confiscated Feathers Returned

October 25, 2006

Author: Andres R. Martinez

Source: The Monitor

http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=16052&Section=Local

McALLEN - The turkey feathers in Robert Soto’s porcupine brocade are nothing more than placeholders for the two golden eagle feathers they replaced.

Soto’s eagle feathers were confiscated by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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