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Republican Base Loses Faith

October 25, 2006

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1025/p15s02-uspo.html

Ever since George W. Bush named Jesus as his favorite philosopher and positioned himself as a strong man of faith, Republicans have increasingly been viewed as the party sympathetic to religion - with the Democrats found seriously wanting.

That may be changing.

With the Congressional election less than two weeks away,...

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Religious Group Hits Snag in Quest for New Temple

October 25, 2006

Author: Robert J. Bruss

Source: New York House

http://www.upstatehouse.com/rss-display.php?id=inmannews58266

The Guru Nanak Sikh Society applied for a building permit to construct a temple that would seat 75 people on a 1.9-acre parcel on the outskirts of town. But the neighbors protested because there would be considerable traffic on the residential streets. The permit was denied.

To meet these objections, the members purchased a...

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Storytellers Emerge at Ecumenical Gathering of Women

October 24, 2006

Author: Daphne Mack

Source: Episcopal News Service

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_78878_ENG_HTM.htm

More than 200 people gathered for the "Women in Religion in the 21st Century" conference, held October 17-19 at the Interchurch Center in New York City, to hear the history of various faith traditions and share stories of the strength, courage and vision of women.

The conference featured speakers, presenters and moderators who...

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Keeping Faith

October 24, 2006

Author: KATHERINE M. GRAY

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=515199

“Are you religious?” Christians like me often feel uncomfortable when asked this question, especially when it happens at Harvard. Perhaps they’re nervous that if they answer yes, the questioner will immediately think of them as a naive, sexually repressed, narrow-minded Bible-thumper.

At Harvard it’s considered...

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Muslim Could Be a 1st in Congress

October 23, 2006

Author: Joseph Williams

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/10/23/muslim_could_be_a_1st_in_congress/

While there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics, congressional candidate Keith Ellison is a good bet to join the freshman class of 2006 in the US House of Representatives.

If he does, Ellison, who is the Democratic nominee in an overwhelmingly Democratic...

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Hindus Celebrate Important Holiday, Reflect on Growing Community

October 21, 2006

Author: Sheila B. Lalwani

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/15818409.htm

A congregation is more than a place of worship for a young immigrant community. It's the center for religious life, community and social gatherings.

Just ask area physician Charul Munshi.

He remembers when there were just a handful of tight-knit Hindus in metro Milwaukee, and the idea of a temple...

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Worship, and Live, Together

October 20, 2006

Author: Ellen Goodman

Source: Cincinnati Post, The

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061019/EDIT/610190302/1003

It was barely a week past the 2001 inauguration when the new president's plan to fund the "armies of compassion" was reported on the evening news with more than a touch of skepticism. The story of a White House office for faith-based initiatives was illustrated with a large cross and...

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Twenty-five New Ecumenical Accompaniers, Including a Hindu and a Muslim, Get to Work

October 20, 2006

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/all-news-english/display-single-english-news/article/1943/twenty-five-new-ecumenica-1.html

A new group of 25 ecumenical accompaniers have just begun three months of working with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The group includes the first Hindu and the second Muslim to...

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'Jerusalem Women,' Touring as Partners for Peace, Fault Israeli Policies

October 20, 2006

Author: Ruth Walker

Source: Harvard University Gazette

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/10.19/05-peace.html

"I am coming here to say, help us. America is involved in this conflict, and is feeding it. Wherever you stand, stand for justice."

That was the contention and the directive of Ghada Ageel, a third-generation Palestinian Muslim refugee, at the Harvard Divinity School Friday (Oct. 13).

She was there as part...

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Parvez Ahmed and Nihad Awad: Reject the Political Muslim-Bashing Smears

October 20, 2006

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/562/story/754239.html

Attacks on Keith Ellison's congressional campaign fit a disturbing pattern that has been seen across the nation this year.

There has been much sound and fury in certain circles about the American Muslim community's support for Keith Ellison and his campaign to represent Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District. A handful of right-wing bloggers, agenda-driven commentators and political operatives have...

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Muslims Put Faith into Action for Ramadan

October 19, 2006

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1019/p13s01-lire.html

Two rows of tables, stretching the length of the gymnasium, are neatly stacked with brand-new items: warm sweat shirts and caps in several colors, thick socks, bright yellow ponchos to ward off the weather, and hygiene kits stocked with towels, toothpaste and a toothbrush, soap, and a comb. There are bags of food, bottles of water, and, for...

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Hindu Lesson Plan--New Ways of Passing on the Religion to the Young Being Tried in U.S.

October 19, 2006

Author: DEEPTI JAJELA

Source: South Bend Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061019/Lives05/610190473/-1/Lives/CAT=Lives05

It took coming to America for 13-year-old Samyuktha Shivraj to understand what it really meant to her to be Hindu.

Since she and her family arrived five years ago, they've been more...

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Governor Rivals Spar on Religion

October 18, 2006

Author: Mark P. Couch

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4508880

Colorado's leading candidates for governor sparred over the proper role of church and state Tuesday evening at a debate sponsored by Denver-area Jewish groups.

Democrat Bill Ritter left Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez speechless after criticizing Beauprez's running mate, Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland. Ritter said churches, synagogues and mosques can...

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MAS Launches Service Corp To Assist America's Needy

October 17, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/pressroom_release.asp?id=3844

The Muslim American Society (MAS) is pleased to announce the nationwide launch of its new charity and service division - MAS Service Corps (MSC).

According to Iyad Hindi, a North Carolina MAS leader and organizer who serves as coordinator for the initiative, MSC will function as the national, social and community arm of the Muslim American Society, and work for the...

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