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Food Banks Welcome Generous Gifts of Meat on Eid al-Adha

January 11, 2006

Source: The Miami Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/13598752.htm

On January 11, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "In the prepackaged, boxed and canned world of American food banks, fresh meat is a luxury. But what to do when two and a half tons come at once? 'Take it,' Amy Gabala says happily. Her Washington, D.C.-area Manna Food Center is used to generous holiday giving. But the annual Islamic feast...

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Jewish, Muslim Teenage Girls Collaborate on Homeless Shelter Project

January 7, 2006

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wire Service: AP

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/nation/13571102.htm

On January 7, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "What started out as a modest effort to raise money for a homeless shelter has blossomed into a triumph of understanding and goodwill that managed to overcome centuries of conflict between two of the world's most antagonistic groups. Ten Muslim and ten Jewish teenage...

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Christian Activist Seeks to Remove "Pagan" Statue from Courthouse

January 6, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/13561066.htm

On January 6, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "A lawsuit against a UND [University of North Dakota] law clinic brought by a Fargo Christian activist trying to remove a 'pagan' statue from atop the Grand Forks County courthouse should not have been dismissed so quickly, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reversed a district court...

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Muslim Leaders Gather to Defend Al-Arian

January 6, 2006

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://news.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBE72JW3IE.html

On January 6, 2006 The Tampa Tribune reported, "For the first time, some of the nation's most prominent Muslim leaders will visit Tampa en masse to jump into the Sami Al-Arian fray. They'll gather today at the federal courthouse downtown to express their frustration over Al-Arian's treatment and rally for a resolution. Despite support for Al-Arian, many shied away from the routine protests...

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Sikhs Find a Home in Eugene

January 5, 2006

Source: Eugene Weekly

http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2006/01/05/feature.html

On January 5, 2006 the Eugene Weekly reported, "Eugene has become a center of sorts for the Sikh religion, with members coming from near and far to work, attend school, raise families and build a community based on a tradition of tolerance and devotion. The Sikh religion came to Eugene in 1970 when Dr. Sat Kirpal Singh Khalsa and his wife moved to the community to teach yoga. Thirty-five years...

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Baha’i Community Honors British Parliamentarian for Human Rights Work

January 3, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=420

On January 3, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A former British parliamentarian, Sydney Chapman, received the inaugural Blomfield Award for Human Rights at a ceremony organized by the United Kingdom Baha'i community's national governing council and the Barnet Baha'i community. The Baha'is of the United Kingdom have established the Blomfield Award -- named after Lady Blomfield, a prominent...

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Rockstar Bridges Gap Between Moderate and Extremist Islam

January 1, 2006

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/13510283.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

On January 1, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "One of Salman Ahmad's earliest gigs was a talent show at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was studying to be a doctor. Moments after he strummed his first...

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Central to Wiccans is a Reverence for Nature

December 31, 2005

Source: Austin-American Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/other/12/31interfaith.html

On December 31, 2005 the Austin-American Statesman ran a feature article on the beleifs of Wiccans. Ellen C. Friedman, an Elder priestess with Live Oak Local Council, Covenant of the Goddess, and a participants in the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, provides her conception of Wicca: "Like other nature-based religious paths,...

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Interfaith Leaders Inject Morality into Massachusetts Healthcare Debate

December 29, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/12/29/interfaith_leaders_invoke_morality_in_healthcare_debate/

On December 29, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Let the politicians and lobbyists argue about copayments and premiums. The Rev. Hurmon Hamilton and Rabbi Jonah Pesner are waging their fight to expand healthcare coverage on a different, higher plane...

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Kansas City Hosts Interfaith Peace Gathering

December 28, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/13500522.htm

On December 28, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "The Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery will host an interfaith peace gathering as part of the annual World Peace Celebration... Native American smudging, Tibetan Buddhist chanting, prayer and meditation, Sufi dancing and a Muslim 'call to prayer' are part of the program, which aims to bring different cultures together. The Rev. Bob...

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Update: ACLU to Appeal Qur'an Court Oath Case

December 19, 2005

Source: News-Record

http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/NEWSREC0101/512160306/1001/NEWSREC0201

On December 19, 2005 the News-Record reported, "Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said Thursday that they will appeal last week's ruling regarding courtroom oaths. The ACLU had filed a lawsuit on behalf of its roughly 8,000 members asking the court to clarify that...

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