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U.S. Muslims Provide Aid to South Asian Earthquake Victims

October 10, 2005

Source: The Guardian

Wire Service: AP

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5333581,00.html

On October 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "As relatives in the United States mourned victims of the deadly South Asian earthquake, worshippers on Sunday prayed and donated tens of thousands of dollars for relief efforts. Aid group Islamic Relief USA raised about $130,000 from those attending Ramadan services...

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London University Expels Sikh Student from Class for Wearing Kirpan

October 9, 2005

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/1868/2005-10-09.html

On October 9, 2005 The Panthic Weekly reported, "Amandeep Kaur, a student at a Thames Valley University, West London, this week was told to leave her lecture because she was wearing a Kirpan. Amandeep who is starting her second year of studies at the University was told that some members had expressed concern over the Kirpan. Amandeep Kaur has worn the Kirpan to University...

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Opinion: Religious Hatred Bill is Justified, Distinction Between Religion and Culture "Not So Clear-Cut"

October 8, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1587609,00.html

On October 8, 2005 The Guardian ran an opinion piece by Simon Rocker, a journalist with the Jewish Chronicle, in support of the proposed religious hatred bill. Rocker writes, "According to the government, the intention is to protect members of a religious group from harassment and abuse, not the faith itself from ideological attack. But the bill's numerous adversaries -...

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Statewide Interfaith Group Proposed to Coordinate Hurricane Relief

October 7, 2005

Source: Disaster News Network

http://www.disasternews.net/news/news.php?articleid=2888

On October 7, 2005 Disaster News Network reported, "Representatives from more than a dozen faith groups met Tuesday to discuss forming a statewide interfaith organization aimed at coordinating Louisiana's faith-based relief efforts. After back-to-back hurricanes affected the Louisiana coast in August and September, local faith-based groups from around the state sprang into...

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Tariq Ramadan Working to Reconcile Islam and Europe

October 4, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,5500,1583800,00.html

On October 4, 2005 The Guardian reported, "This week, [Tariq Ramadan] takes up a position as visiting professor at St Antony's College, Oxford. But he's also been accused of anti-semitism, having links to terrorists and preaching different messages according to his audience. After the debate, with the muffled sounds of conference parties in the background,...

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Lay Buddhists Join Korean Labor Union

October 2, 2005

Source: Korea Times

http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/nation/200510/kt2005100219045911970.htm

On October 2, 2005 the Korea Times reported, "Lay Buddhists working at a local temple joined an umbrella union group in the latest move by religious people to lean on collective action for better working conditions. Around 30 'Bodhisattvas' who work as security guards, parking agents and cooks at Samkwang Temple in the southern port city of Pusan have been in...

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Wilmington Interfaith Initiative Works to Reduce City Violence

October 1, 2005

Source: DelawareOnline.com / The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051001/NEWS01/510010325/1006

On October 1, 2005 The News Journal reported on a project of the Wilmington Interfaith Initiative in Wilmington, Delaware in response to high crime rates. "Young, streetwise 'collaborators' who will counsel students and inmates about [how] to re-enter the city. 'Trackers' who will respond to shooting...

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Feds Ordered to Testify in Muslim Discrimination Suit

September 29, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/176/story_17607_1.html

On September 29, 2005 United Press International reported, "A New York judge has ruled top government officials such as former Attorney General John Ashcroft must testify in a Muslim discrimination lawsuit. Judge John Gleeson, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled Ashcroft, the director of the FBI and other senior...

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Romney’s Remarks Continue to Reverberate

September 29, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/09/29/romney_remarks_alarm_muslims/

On September 29, 2005 The Boston Globe reported on the reactions of Massachusetts Muslims to Governor Romney's recent statement advocating the wiretapping of some mosques. "Romney made the remarks -- which triggered a barrage of criticism from local Islamic associations, civil liberties groups, and religious organizations -- in a...

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Open Letter from Religious Leaders to Governor Romney

September 27, 2005

Source: Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

http://jewishalliance.org/issues/wiretap_mosques.htm

On September 27, 2005 the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action issued an open letter to Governor Romney urging him to reconsider his remarks on wiretapping Islamic centers. The letter was signed by over 80 religious and academic leaders of various faiths, including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs. "As representatives of faith communities and organizations...

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