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Interfaith Group to Rebuild Three Homes in Mississippi

March 17, 2006

Source: The News and Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/667/story/418924.html

On March 17, 2006 The News and Observer reported, "Steve and Nancy Dilger have always given generously to causes they believe in. But after Hurricane Katrina hit, they both thought money was not enough. They wanted to give of themselves. For Nancy, a homemaker, that was easier. She joined one of the support circles formed around families who relocated to Raleigh after the Aug. 29 hurricane...

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Ramadan Requests Temporary Permission to Enter U.S.

March 15, 2006

Source: Newsday

Wire Service: AP

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--muslimscholar-vis0315mar15,0,5360333.story

On March 15, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A Muslim scholar suing the U.S. government over its refusal to give him a travel visa asked a court Wednesday to allow him to enter the country temporarily while the case is awaiting trial.

Tariq...

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Interfaith Gathering on Capitol Hill Prays for Peace in Iraq

March 13, 2006

Source: Axcess News

http://www.axcessnews.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=8640

On March 13, 2006 Axcess News reported, "About 100 people gathered on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol Monday for an interfaith prayer vigil for U.S. troops and civilian Iraqis suffering in Iraq. The peaceful prayer vigil, which drew not a single police officer, was organized by the National Council of Churches. As the group prayed, President Bush delivered...

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Hindus Donate Food to Relieve Famine

March 9, 2006

Source: The Standard

http://www.eastandard.net/hm_news/news.php?articleid=37666

On March 9, 2006 The Standard reported, "The Hindu Council of Kenya has donated about Sh5 million worth of foodstuff to famine ravaged areas. The council has also appealed to its branches and member institutions to heed the national call for famine relief. The secretary general Sunil Shah, told The Standard that the project mostly targeted schools in drought-stricken areas. 'Our...

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Opinion: Religion Improves and Empowers Muslim Women

March 6, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/14027233.htm

On March 6, 2006 The Miami Herald ran an opinion piece by one of its staff writers, Donna Gehrke-White regarding the empowering role religion plays in Muslim women's lives. "In Los Angeles, one doctor delivers beginnings: Babies. On the other coast, a South Florida physician tends to those in their last years, even making house calls to the infirm. Dr. Laila Al-Marayati...

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Baha'is Add Quilt to Faith Quilts Project Collection

March 6, 2006

Source: U.S. Baha'i News Service

http://www.bahai.us/content/view/153/154/

On March 6, 2006 the U.S. Baha'i News Service reported, "'Power of Unity,' a quilt created and made by four Boston-area Baha'is under the auspices of the Boston-based Faith Quilts Project, will be on exhibit in April at the Boston Center for the Arts. Neophyte quilters Pari Anvar, Jaleh Khadem, Mojdeh Rouhani and Patricia Towfigh painstakingly worked on their project under the tutelage of renowned...

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IRS Orders Employee to Stop Wearing Kirpan in the Workplace

March 6, 2006

Source: SikhNet News/The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/7EFD11020D646EAF87257137006C6270

On March 6, 2006 The Sikh Coalition reported, "The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has ordered Kawaljeet Kaur, an accountant in the IRS’ Houston office, to stop wearing her kirpan to work. The Sikh Coalition is prepared to file a lawsuit on behalf of Kawaljeet Kaur’s right to wear her kirpan to work if...

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Greater Boston Interfaith Organization Presses for Universal Healthcare in Massachusetts

March 5, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/03/05/mass_groups_back_ballot_initiative_on_universal_healthcare/?p1=email_to_a_friend

On March 5, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Backers of universal health insurance yesterday refused to throw their support behind a compromise to expand coverage that is emerging in the Legislature unless...

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Idaho Governor Joins Hundreds at Controversial Prayer Breakfast

March 4, 2006

Source: KBCI TV

http://www2.kbcitv.com/x70578.xml

On March 4, 2006 KBCI TV reported, "Hundreds of people turned out Saturday morning for the annual Idaho State Prayer Breakfast. This year the event stirred controversy because organizers invited Dr. Hormoz Shariat, a pastor who believes followers of Islam are evil, to serve as keynote speaker. Earlier this week 14 religious leaders sent a letter to Governor Dirk Kempthorne urging him not to attend the breakfast, but the governor...

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Quebec School Board's Ban of Kirpans Overturned

March 3, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4770744.stm

On March 3, 2006 BBC News reported, "Canadian Sikhs should be allowed to wear small daggers central to their faith when they go to school, the country's Supreme Court has ruled. In an 8-0 judgement, the court reversed the ruling of a Montreal school board, which banned Gurbaj Singh Multani from wearing his dagger, known as a kirpan. The kirpan is deemed sacred by Sikhs as a symbol of power and truth. School...

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Interfaith Leaders Ask Governor to Boycott Prayer Breakfast

March 2, 2006

Source: KBCI TV

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11648451/from/RL.1/

On March 2, 2006 KBCI TV reported, "Despite a letter from local religious leaders urging him to stay away, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne says he will attend Saturday's State Prayer Breakfast as he has in the past... The local religious leaders urge the governor not to attend Saturday's Idaho State Prayer Breakfast because they say keynote Pastor Hormoz Shariat's primary mission 'is to convert Muslims to Christianity...

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