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US Sikh Delegation Visits Pakistani Quake Victims

November 12, 2005

Source: Sikh Sangat News

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_580.shtml

On November 12, 2005 Sikh Sangat News reported, "Relation[s] between India and Pakistan will become friendly with the passage of time, said a member of 45-member Sikh delegation from North America visiting religious Sikh shrines in Pakistan these days.

Talking to reporters during a visit to Melody Relief and Rehabilitation Centre for Earthquake Victims here, he said that 'human...

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Hartford Interfaith Group Hosts Anti-Racism Forum

November 9, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-forum1109.artnov09,0,7994567.story?coll=hc-headlines-life

On November 9, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "The Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice is sponsoring a forum on racism, with a panel that includes the Rev. Alvan N. Johnson, the former chairman of the organization who quit in April charging that the organization was plagued by...

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Seattle Interfaith Group Raises Money for Pakistani Earthquake Victims

November 9, 2005

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/eastsidenews/2002612366_dinner09m.html

On November 9, 2005 The Seattle Times reported, "What began here four years ago as a modest idea � to understand different faiths a little better � has grown, gained momentum, and now faces an urgent mission: get help while there's still time to survivors of the Pakistani earthquake.

On Sunday, local Muslim, Christian and Jewish...

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Detroit Muslims Offer Relief Services to Katrina Victims

November 9, 2005

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2005/religion/0511/09/B01-376309.htm

On November 9, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "On Sept. 11, Khalil Jassemm boarded a plane and flew to Houston for the day to join 2,000 fellow Muslims offering relief services to Hurricane Katrina victims. 'We, as a group [of] American Muslims, wanted to show support for the community there,' said Jassemm, the head of Life for Relief and Development, a Southfield-based...

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Opinion: “We Are Each Other’s Business” by Eboo Patel

November 7, 2005

Source: NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4989625

On November 7, 2005 NPR ran an opinion piece by Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization fostering the international interfaith youth movement. "I am an American Muslim. I believe in pluralism. In the Holy Qur'an, God tells us, 'I created you into diverse nations and tribes that you may come to know one another.' I believe...

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Members of Many Faiths to Participate in Peace Walk Protesting Desecration of Native American Sacred Site

November 6, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/13096881.htm

On November 6, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Shellmound Street is just an address to most shoppers at Bay Street Emeryville. A turn onto Ohlone Way leads to Banana Republic, Old Navy, California Pizza Kitchen, Steve Madden Footwear and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

But many American Indians consider this a sacred area, and they bitterly resent what they...

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Buddhist Monks Live Peacefully in Westford

November 5, 2005

Source: Lowell Sun

http://www.lowellsun.com/fastsearchresults/ci_3186042

On November 5, 2005 the Lowell Sun ran a feature article on the activities of the monks of the Wat Buddha Bhavana of Massachusetts in Westford. "The monks are using an existing ranch-style home on the 2.25-acre property they bought as a residence -- they eventually hope to give it a bit of an Asian redesign -- and have converted the free-standing garage for use as a temple. They also hope...

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US Muslims Forgo Typical Eid Gifts in Favor of Earthquake Aid

November 4, 2005

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3435069

On November 4, 2005 the Houston Chronicle reported, "Any other year, Dr. Kashif Ansari would be celebrating Eid al-Fitr with a gathering of friends and family. He would be decked out in a new suit for an elaborate feast and the exchange of gifts, traditions of the Muslim holiday.

Not this year.

With the start of Eid today, Ansari will observe the...

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Espanola Sikhs Organize First Community Langar

November 4, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/TodaysNewsHTML/767702E315E3CC24872570AF006417BE!OpenDocument

On November 4, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "On Saturday Oct. 29th [a group of Española Sikhs] decided to reach out to the local community and serve hot food. In the spirit of the Sikh tradition of Langar (community kitchen) in which all people share a meal together regardless of religion, race, culture...

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Editorial: "The House's Abuse of Patriotism"

October 31, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/31/opinion/31mon1.html

On October 31, 2005 The New York Times ran an editorial concerning the debates in the Senate over extending the Patriot Act. "In the national anguish after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress rushed to enact a formidable antiterrorism law - the Patriot Act - that significantly crimped civil liberties... Now, with some of the act's most sweeping powers set to expire at the...

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Sikhs Protest Religious Symbols Ban at French Consulate in San Francisco

October 29, 2005

Source: SikhSangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_542.shtml

On October 29, 2005 SikhSangat reported, "More than one hundred Sikh demonstrators protested against France's ban on religious insignias in public schools on Thursday morning outside the Consulate General of France. Sangat came from as far as Central valley to protest against French ban on head covering in public schools. After two hours of protesting against French consulate, the group of Sikh...

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In Katrina Relief, Line Between Church and State Draws Closer

October 28, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/177/story_17797_1.html

On October 28, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Mississippi agency that promotes President Bush's faith-based initiative usually draws about 25 church groups to its sessions on tapping government funds for social service projects. This month, that number nearly doubled. It is just one sign that, as congregations in the Gulf Coast and...

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MPAC Attends Five Iftars Hosted by Government Agencies

October 27, 2005

Source: MPAC.org

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=833

On October 27, 2005 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported, "MPAC [Muslim Public Affiairs Council] leadership attended iftars hosted by the Department of Treasury, the State Department, the White House, the US Agency for International Development, and the European Union. At each event, they raised pressing concerns from the community. These events have significant symbolism for the perceived...

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American Muslims May Exceed U.S. Government Pledge To Aid Earthquake Victims

October 27, 2005

Source: Pacific News Service

http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=0446f1f5c09451c0430d3a514791b060

On October 27, 2005 Pacific News Service reported, "The American Muslim community is expected to raise more funds for the victims of earthquake that struck Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan on Oct. 8, than the $50 million dollars in aid pledged so far by the United States government.

More than...

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