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Zoroastrian Priest Testifies Against Use of Marijuana as Sacrament for "Neo-Zoroastrian" Practice

August 27, 2006

Source: KVOA

http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=5326312

On August 27, 2006 KVOA reported, "A couple from Pima, Ariz. arrested in a car that contained 172 pounds of marijuana say the drug is a sacrament in their religion. The U.S. attorney's office contends they're trying to use religion as a cover for a drug organization. Danuel and Mary Quaintance staked their religious freedom claim in federal court here this week in a three-day hearing in connection with their February...

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A Visit to the U.S.'s Only Secular-Based Indo-American Center, in Milpitas

August 27, 2006

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/15374442.htm

On August 27, 2006 The Mercury News reported, "India's all the rage these days. It's on the cover of Time magazine. It's the subject of debate on whether to outsource jobs there. Doesn't it seem like everyone is taking a yoga class or watching a Bollywood film? So, as far as Anil Godhwani sees it, why not...

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Op/ed: "From Many Faiths Grows Greater Understanding"

August 27, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/27/editorial/special2.html

On August 27, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published an opinion piece by Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim, and president of the All Believers Network, and by Joan Chatfield, a Christian, board chairwoman of the Network, "The continuing death and destruction in the Middle East reflect the limitless extent to which individuals and political entities will go to defend their faith as...

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Florida Representative Denounces the Separation of Church and State as a "Lie"

August 26, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/25/AR2006082501640.html?referrer=email

On August 26, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) said this week that God did not intend for the United States to be a 'nation of secular laws' and that the separation of church and state is a 'lie we have been told' to keep religious people out of politics.
...

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After Bomb Plot Foiled, German Muslims Condemn Terror

August 26, 2006

Source: Islamonline

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2006-08/26/05.shtml

On August 26, 2006 Islamonline reported, "Germany's Muslim community on Friday, August 25, condemned the failed plot to blow up passengers trains in the west of the country last month and offered to help authorities fight terrorism. Sixteen organizations, including the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, issued a joint statement saying they were 'deeply shocked and horrified...

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Tzu Chi Foundation, "The Buddhist Red Cross," Continues to Help Katrina Victims

August 26, 2006

Source: sgvtribune

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4245675

On August 26, 2006 sgvtribune reported, "After Hurricane Katrina drowned and devastated the Gulf Coast, Kevin Minor's car wouldn't drive in reverse and stopped running once he'd gotten his family to Los Angeles. Now he feels the same way, as his family scrapes by on the income of his wife, Katrina Roberson, but unable to save enough money to return to his native Louisiana. Alongside other survivors relocated to...

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Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Women to Gather in Honolulu

August 26, 2006

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Aug/26/il/FP608260321.html

On August 26, 2006 The Honolulu Advertiser reported, "When thousands of women from the Jodo Shinshu sect converge in Honolulu next weekend for the 13th annual World Buddhist Women's Convention, the aim will be to spread the message of Buddhism through the culture of Hawai'i. There will be hula and Hawaiian song workshops; delegates can make a...

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Op/ed: "Calling Them Islamic Fascists Can't Help"

August 26, 2006

Source: ScrippsNews

http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/11721

On August 26, 2006 ScrippsNews published a commentary by Parvez Ahmed, board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, "After 9/11, President Bush described our fight against terrorism as a 'crusade' _ a statement he later retracted. In his first press conference after the recently thwarted terrorist plot to blow up planes flying from Britain to the United States, the president said, 'This nation is...

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No Appeal by US Government Regarding Tariq Ramadan's Visa

August 25, 2006

Source: South Bend Tribune

http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060825/News01/60825014

On August 25, 2006 the South Bend Tribune reported, "The U.S. government has decided not to appeal a court ruling ordering it to either issue a visa to Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss Muslim scholar, or provide good reasons for not doing so, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported Friday. In 2004, the U.S. authorities revoked a visa...

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With Little Fanfare, New Director to Oversee the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

August 25, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/24/AR2006082401371.html

On August 25, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The White House announced Jay F. Hein's appointment at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday three weeks ago, the kind of timing usually reserved for news the administration wants to bury.

Hein is the new director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives...

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Muslims, Christians, and Jews Gather to Pray for Peace in the Middle East

August 25, 2006

Source: The Tidings

http://www.the-tidings.com/2006/0825/mideast.htm

On August 25, 2006 The Tidings reported, "'How can the Holy Land be filled with peace when the nations and we, ourselves, have not been fully converted to peace?' asked Deacon Eric Stoltz at the opening of an Aug. 17 prayer service that brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim worshippers to express a common hope for peace in the Mideast. Sponsored by the Wilshire Center Interfaith Council, the...

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East London Muslims Reflect on Latest Round of Terror Arrests

August 23, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/23/world/europe/23britain.html?ref=world

On August 23, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Hanif Qadir feels that he has fallen short, tragically. Mr. Qadir runs a community foundation in East London that tries to steer young people, most of them British-born Muslims, away from drugs, violent gangs and religious extremism. He knows 5 of the 22 suspects being held by the British authorities in...

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On Route 222 in Berks County, a Billboard Educates about Sikhism

August 23, 2006

Source: Reading Eagle

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/0EE9E3CEA8F17049872571D3006560CF!OpenDocument

On August 23, 2006 Reading Eagle reported, "They wear beards and turbans, but they're not Muslims. And they have nothing to do with the violence being done around the world by Muslim extremists from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to the bloodshed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Lebanon....

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