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SGI President Awarded 200th Academic Honor, Calls for Stronger Japan-China Cooperation on Environment

October 10, 2006

Source: PRNewswire

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061010/lntu004.html?.v=36

In a ceremony at Soka University on October 7, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist organization, was awarded an honorary professorship from Beijing Normal University, bringing to 200 the number of honorary doctorates, professorships and equivalent honors given in recognition of his efforts to promote peace through dialogue, citizen diplomacy and cross-cultural...

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Tri-City Mosques Open Doors to Dialogue

October 10, 2006

Author: Eleni Economides

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_4468957

HERMAN MELVILLE once said "Ignorance is the parent of fear," and Bay Area Muslims made it their goal this week to educate curious community members about their religion during a series of open houses at local mosques.

"I know of many people that are scared to come to the mosque, but we want people to come and learn about who we are,"...

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American Muslims Get Involved in U.S. Politics

October 7, 2006

Author: Faiza Elmasry

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2006-10-07-voa32.cfm

Minnesota is home to thousands of Muslims from around the world. Like other immigrants, they have worked hard to establish themselves and support their families. But, since 9/11, the state's Muslims have become more concerned about presenting the real image of their faith and getting involved in their local communities.
...

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A Turning Point for Victims: Group Helps Abused Muslim Women

October 6, 2006

Author: Clem Richardson

Source: New York Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/458835p-386074c.html

Robina Niaz, founder of the Turning Point for Women and Families, a Jamaica, Queens group dedicated to empowering Muslim women and children, says a single statistic shows one thing women of all faiths have in common.

Every nine seconds, a woman is the victim of domestic violence in this country.

"When...

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Seven Muslims Are Granted Citizenship After Years of Waiting

October 6, 2006

Author: H.G. Reza

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-aclu6oct06,1,5190346.story

Seven Muslims who have been waiting years to become U.S. citizens were notified Thursday that their applications had been approved, two months after they joined a lawsuit accusing immigration officials of illegally delaying background checks and allowing applications to linger indefinitely....

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Faith, Hope and Charity at Free Clinic

October 4, 2006

Author: Sarah Arnquist

Source: The Tribune

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispotribune/15674444.htm

Two San Luis Obispo doctors hope the 10th anniversary celebration of a free clinic they helped found while in medical school will shed light on the positive things Muslim-Americans do for their country.

Since their medical school days, Rushdi and Nishi Abdul Cader have put their faith into action, serving in war zones...

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Ancient Religions Clash in Modern Iran

October 4, 2006

Author: Robert Tait

Source: The Guardian

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/111052.html

The boisterous scenes of wine, unveiled women and song confounded the popular stereotype of religious worship in contemporary Iran. In an isolated and awe-inspiring mountain setting, followers of an ancient faith were communing with God in festive and time-honoured fashion.

But when the government VIPs arrived, normal order - as defined by the country's stringent...

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Detroit Judge Allows Patriot Act Lawsuit to Go Forward

October 3, 2006

Author: Paul Egan

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/UPDATE/610030453

A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that a lawsuit by the Michigan ACLU aimed at striking down the U.S. Patriot Act may proceed.

The 2003 lawsuit brought on behalf of Muslim and Arab groups alleges the anti-terrorist law passed following the September 11 terror attacks is unconstitutional because it...

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Muslims Donating to the Less Fortunate

October 3, 2006

Author: Bronislaus B. Kush

Source: Telegram and Gazette

http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/NEWS/610030617/1008/NEWS02

During Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic calendar, practicing Muslims worldwide fast, pray, and take part in acts of charity to better themselves.

However, they’re not the only ones who benefit from the observance. Locally, a number of needy people, many...

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Hindu Temple of Toledo Sponsors "Erase the Hate" Play

October 2, 2006

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061002/NEWS08/610020366

On October 2, 2006 The Toledo Blade reported, "Christians singing, dancing, and praying together with Hindus and Muslims. Mahatma Gandhi leading his followers in a protest against the British tax on salt. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., looking out to the crowd and bellowing, 'I have a dream.' This was the scene at Lourdes College's...

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Jain Indian Fasts to Death in Controversial Practice

October 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5400232.stm

On October 2, 2006 BBC News reported, "Another person belonging to India's Jain community has died in the western state of Rajasthan after observing a controversial religious custom. Amar Chand, 76, died on Monday after observing 'santhara', a centuries-old Jain practice where a person starves to prepare spiritually for their death. Campaigners want the practice banned, saying it is similar to suicide....

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Christian Conservatives to Fight Restrictions on Military Chaplains

October 2, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/03/america/NA_GEN_US_Military_Chaplains.php

Christian conservatives in Congress are expected to renew their fight to allow military chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus at public events, contending that existing practices infringe upon basic religious freedoms.

They lost a battle last week to push through...

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Opinion: "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Moderate Muslim?" by Mark LeVine

October 2, 2006

Source: Tikkun

http://tikkun.org/rabbi_lerner/news_item.2005-08-09.8768345041/current_view

On October 2, 2006 Tikkun ran an opinion piece by Mark LeVine, a Professor of Middle Eastern history, culture and Islamic Studies at UC Irvine. "America has to choose: either we continue supporting corrupt, authoritarian and often brutal governments, or we support democracy and justice for the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. There can be no...

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