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Rationale for Barring Ramadan Shifts Again

October 1, 2006

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901061009-1541246,00.html

On October 1, 2006 TIME Magazine reported, "The U.S. state department no longer claims Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan 'endorsed or espoused terrorist activity.' So why won't it restore the U.S. visa Ramadan, a Swiss national, was stripped of in 2004 on those grounds? Since giving up the Notre Dame teaching position that visa was intended...

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"Compromise on Torture Violates American Values" by Diana Gibson and Craig Wiesner

October 1, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/15654177.htm

On October 1, 2006 The Mercury News published an opinion piece by Diana Gibson and Craig Wiesner, members of the Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, "During the exact time that the so-called 'compromise' on torture was being discussed in Congress, religious leaders gathered in Palo Alto to make their concerns about torture heard loud and clear. Muslims,...

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Opinion: "Why I'm Banned in the USA" by Tariq Ramadan

October 1, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092901334.html

On October 1, 2006 The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Tariq Ramadan, "For more than two years now, the U.S. government has barred me from entering the United States to pursue an academic career. The reasons have changed over time, and have evolved from defamatory to absurd, but the effect has remained the same: I've...

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More Than 60 Congregations of Maine Interfaith Power and Light to Sponsor Screening of Gore Environmental Film

October 1, 2006

Source: Village Soup

http://waldo.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyID=79285

On October 1, 2006 Village Soup reported, "More than 60 congregations from Kittery to Caribou will show the global warming documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth' as part of a nationwide, interfaith screening of educational films about global climate change during the month of October. Nationally, almost 500,000 people are expected to view the film during the week. 'Global...

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Daughters of Abraham in Cambridge is More than a Book Club

September 29, 2006

Source: Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week1005/feature.html

On September 29, 2006 Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly reported, " BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: While religious conflict is dominating the headlines, there are some who are trying to find understanding and respect across religious lines. A group of women in Cambridge, Massachusetts is doing just that. They have founded a book club to learn from each other's...

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Right to Choose Veterans' Religious Symbol on Headstone

September 29, 2006

Source: ACLU Press Release

http://www.aclu.org/religion/discrim/26970prs20060929.html

On September 29, 2006 an ACLU Press Release reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit to protect the right of veterans and their families to choose religious symbols to engrave on headstones in federal cemeteries. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two churches and three individuals to compel the government to approve a long-pending application for use...

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Op/Ed: "Where Are the Moderate Muslims? Everywhere" by Meher Sultana

September 28, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/15625345.htm

On September 28, 2006 The Miami Herald published a letter-to-the-editor by Fort Lauderdale resident Meher Sultana, "Re: Cal Thomas' Sept. 23 Other Views column, Where are the moderate Muslims?: The simple answer is: They are everywhere. Many of us are Americans, study in American institutions and go on to work and pay American dollars to our tax system. Like...

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Wiccan Widow of Soldier Gives VA Ultimatum in Grave Marker Case

September 27, 2006

Source: Nevada Appeal News Service

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20060927/NEWS/109270084

On September 27, 2006 the Nevada Appeal News Service reported, "Wiccan widow Roberta Stewart announced Tuesday at the Americans United rally at Powning Park in Reno that an official notice was sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to respond within 14 days demanding the approval of the Wiccan symbol of the pentacle as a grave marker or a lawsuit would be...

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LA Intersection to be Named After Imam

September 27, 2006

Source: CBS2

http://cbs2.com/local/local_story_270155644.html

On September 27, 2006 CBS2 reported, "A South Los Angeles intersection will be named for a prominent local Islamic minister under a plan approved Wednesday by the City Council. The intersection of 41st Street and Central Avenue will be designated as Imam Abdul Karim Hasan Square for the Muslim clergyman who has worked at the Bilal Islamic Center for 35 years. 'Imam Abdul Karim Hasan is a distinguished clergy...

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"Religious Leaders Organize Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Call to End War in Iraq"

September 26, 2006

Source: Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release

On September 26, 2006 a Buddhist Peace Fellowship press release reported, "Against the backdrop of reports that U.S. intelligence agencies conclude that the Iraq war is increasing the threat of terrorism, some of the country's leading religious and activist groups will participate in nonviolent civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the military occupation of Iraq. The action on Tuesday, September 26, will be preceded by a rally at 10am in Upper Senate Park (Delaware and Constitution Aves...

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Offensive Anti-Muslim Radio Ad Pulled

September 26, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-26-offensive-ads_x.htm

On September 26, 2006 USA Today reported, "Not so funny. Keith Dennis came to that reckoning after a radio ad planned by his Ohio car dealership was criticized as anti-Muslim and refused by several radio stations. The commercial called for a 'jihad on the automotive market.' It said salespeople would be wearing burqas, a traditional garment in some Muslim nations, and...

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US Academics Slam Denial of Ramadan Visa

September 26, 2006

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2006-09/26/02.shtml

On September 26, 2006 IslamOnline.net reported, "American academics and civil liberty organizations blasted the Bush administration's 'ideological exclusion' of prominent Swiss-based Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan... Diana Eck, who heads the American Academy of Religion, asserted that Ramadan, a Swiss citizen who teaches at Oxford University, is 'one of today's leading Muslim...

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Dalai Lama Gives Surprise Talk in Woodstock

September 24, 2006

Source: The Edmonton Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=e3b208b9-d44f-4bd8-95c7-130248585aaa

On September 24, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Dalai Lama took Woodstock by surprise, offering a speech on world peace to about 2,000 people who gathered in a park on word-of-mouth alone. The spiritual leader to Buddhists worldwide squeezed in the...

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