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Religion in the Workplace: Rights, Responsibilities - and Respect

September 9, 2006

Source: Charlotte Observer/ Orange County Register

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/living/religion/15477263.htm

On September 9, 2006 the Orange County Register reported, "Attorneys Richard Streza, Dave Brown and Tim Voorhees, partners at Brown and Streza LLP in Irvine, Calif., hold weekly Bible study in the office. Farmers Insurance broker Belal Dalati has a sign of Allah on his Anaheim office wall and pauses from work five times a day to pray....

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President of National Association of Evangelicals Expresses Concern over Erosion of Religious Freedom

September 9, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/199/story_19934_1.html

On September 8, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "National Association of Evangelicals President Ted Haggard warned Friday that religious freedom is in danger of being greatly reduced in this country.

'I think right now we're in the beginning stages of the erosion of freedom of religion in the United States,' he told more than 200 people gathered for the annual...

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Nurturing an "American Brand of Islam" with Community Outreach

September 9, 2006

Source: The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MDImZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY5ODk5NDEmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXky

On September 9, 2006 The Record reported, "It was in many ways a typical day at a New Jersey soup kitchen. Members of a suburban religious congregation arrived one morning last month in cars and SUVs, entered the church hall through the...

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In Wichita, Interfaith Interest in Islam Tapering Off Five Years Later

September 9, 2006

Source: Witchita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/15474263.htm

On September 9, 2006 the Witchita Eagle reported, "In the weeks and months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, learning about Islam was high on the agenda of many non-Muslim congregations in the Wichita area. Five years later, interest seems to have diminished. 'There are still requests, but it's definitely not like before,' said Nabil Seyam, a member of the Islamic Society of Wichita...

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Redding Mayor Marks 9/11 at "One Nation Under God" Event; Describes Shiite Muslims as "Wing Nuts"

September 8, 2006

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/redd/nw_local/article/0,2232,REDD_17533_4977583,00.html

On September 8, 2006 the Record Searchlight reported, "Local elected officials and a pastor Thursday used a commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to wage spiritual warfare against those who would attack America.

In a ceremony on the Shasta County Courthouse steps titled 'One Nation Under God,' Redding Mayor Ken Murray...

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American Muslims Live Under the "Specter of Suspicion"

September 8, 2006

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week1002/profile.html

On September 8, 2006 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "[I]t's a place best known for its surf and sand lifestyle, seemingly endless miles of suburban sprawl, and for being the home of that 'happiest place on earth,' Disneyland. However, Orange County is also a center of Islam, home to over 130,000 Muslim Americans, many of them immigrants from the...

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Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church Reaches Out with Relief

September 8, 2006

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.christian08sep08,0,2789465.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

On September 8, 2006 The Baltimore Sun reported, "For 34 days, the clash between Hezbollah and Israel tore up villages of Lebanon, and much of the world's attention focused on the suffering of Muslims and Jews. But caught in the crossfire were Lebanon's Christians - nearly 40 percent of the...

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After 9/11, Muslim-American Identity "Still a Work in Progress"

September 8, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-me-muslims8sep08,1,2754049.story

On September 8, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "A Muslim homemaker from La Habra Heights, assuming authorities monitor her charity donations, has stopped giving to 'any Muslim charity that touched my heart' and now contributes to less-suspected organizations. In Sacramento, a young imam has broken with an ancient tradition...

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Maintaining a Hindu Identity in America

September 8, 2006

Source: The News and Observer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsobserver.com/105/v-print/story/483867.html

On September 8, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "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 observant about practicing their faith than they were in India, Samyuktha says. They regularly...

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Muslim Individuals and Communities Re-Examine Their Lives and Roles After 9/11

September 7, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5277732.stm

On September 7, 2006 the BBC News reported, "Many Muslims in New York have been through a period of reflection since 11 September 2001, looking out at the wider US and wondering where they fit into it. And they have been looking inwards, to work out what kind of Islam sits easily with their lives. Take the case of Nafisa Degani who worked for the insurance company, Aon, on the 100th floor of the World...

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San Antonio Muslims Move Beyond Isolation to Civic Engagement

September 6, 2006

Source: San Antonio Express News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA090606.1A.muslim.35ad9e5.html

On September 6, 2006 the San Antonio Express News reported, "A block away from such commercial icons as Haverty's and Home Depot sits a typical house on a secluded 2-acre property with a basketball hoop standing on an asphalt parking lot. Here, on Friday afternoons, South Asian Muslims re-create the atmosphere of their native...

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MPAC Asks LA Board of Supervisors to Support Award for Muslim American Leader

September 5, 2006

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=412

On September 5, 2006 a Muslim Public Affairs Council Press Release reported, "The Muslim Public Affairs Council today sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of Dr. Maher Hathout, urging them to support the L.A. Commission on Human Relations decision to honor the renowned Muslim American leader with its prestigious John Buggs Award for excellence in human...

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In London, Police Community Engagement Program Invites Tariq Ramadan, Representatives of Diverse Faiths, for Counter-Terror Hearings

September 4, 2006

Source: eGov Monitor

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/7409

On September 4, 2006 eGov Monitor reported, "'Counter-Terrorism: The London Debate' is the [Metropolitain Police Authority]'s programme of community engagement to counter terrorism. The third hearing in the programme will be held on Thursday 7 September 2006, when invited representatives from faith groups will be able to recount their experiences of terrorism and counter-terrorism to the MPA. Toby Harris, chair of the MPA...

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UK Religious Leaders to Hold Conference on Honor Killings

September 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5311244.stm

On September 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims questioned, a 10th said they would condone the murder of someone who disrespected their family's honour. Figures show 13 people die every year in honour killings, but police and support groups believe it is many more. Religious leaders said they would hold a national conference on the issue. Honour killing is a brutal...

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