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Amidst Criticism of Governmental Response, Praise for Assistance from Diverse Faith Communities

September 9, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/091005dnrelkatchurches.c833074.html

On September 9, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "While the federal government response to Hurricane Katrina has yielded widespread criticism and the promise of congressional hearings, the faithful in north-central Texas and elsewhere have earned high marks from victims and disaster...

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Interfaith Gathering in Hartford to Discuss Global Warming in the Wake of Katrina

September 8, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-enviro0908.artsep08,0,683056.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On September 8, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "Leaders from a range of denominations and faiths will gather for the first time Friday at Hartford Seminary to discuss the responsibility of faith communities to care for the environment. Religious communities have become more inclined to embrace...

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Sultaana Freeman Loses Appeal to Wear Headscarf in Driver's License Photo

September 7, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/174/story_17449_1.html

On September 7, 2005 United Press International reported, "A Muslim woman in Florida has lost a state appeal to allow her to wear a veil for her driver's license photograph. The 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach upheld an Orlando civil trial court's decision that enforcing the full face photo requirement did not violate the state's...

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EU Calls for Dialogue With Muslims to Help Fight Terrorism

September 7, 2005

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-239/0509074803215421.htm

On September 7, 2005 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "European Union Commissioner for Justice and Security, Franco Frattini, called Wednesday for an open dialogue with the Muslim world to fight terrorism. 'We must uncover the root causes of violent radicalisation and recruitment to the armies of terror. We need an open dialogue with religious...

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New Guide Released for Hindu Organizations Participating in the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Program

September 2, 2005

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/Content/Achievements/media_press_release_federalgrants.html

On September 2, 2005 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) released today a guide intended to assist Hindu religious organizations in participating in the federal Faith-based and Community Initiatives (FBCI) program. Entitled 'Faith-based and...

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Mosque Cares Meets in Chicago, Emphasizing Help for Underprivileged

September 2, 2005

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-muslim02.html

On September 2, 2005 the Chicago Sun-Times reported, "Islam champions the poor, so Muslims conducting business in the struggling neighborhoods have to give back to those communities, Mosque Cares officials said at the opening of their annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel [in Chicago] on Thursday. 'When America hurts, we hurt,' attendee Zubaydah N. Madyun said as volunteers...

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Modesto County Lawyer Questions Legality of Christian Prayers Before City Council Meetings

August 30, 2005

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/11151123p-11904665c.html

On August 30, 2005 The Modesto Bee reported, "An attorney says the long-standing practice of invoking Jesus Christ in prayers before Modesto City Council meetings offends other faiths and violates constitutional law separating church and state.

While Richard Herman, a Modesto criminal defense lawyer, supports the idea of prayer at government meetings, specific Christian...

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Boston-Area Muslims Get Involved in Local Politics

August 29, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/08/29/muslims_put_their_faith_in_political_arena/

On August 29, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "On a recent evening, an effort to turn local Muslims into a political constituency was underway in a blank, fluorescent-lit classroom at Northeastern University. Four candidates for the Boston City Council took questions from 10...

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Government Unveils Plan to Deport Supporters of Terrorism

August 25, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe/Washington Post

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2005/08/25/under_new_guidelines_britain_will_deport_terror_supporters/

On August 25, 2005 the Washington Post reported, "People who 'foment, justify, or glorify terrorist violence' will be deported and banned from Britain under guidelines released yesterday by the country's top law enforcement official. Home...

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Government to Keep Close Watch on Islamic Schools, Mosques

August 25, 2005

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/closer-watch-on-schools-mosques/2005/08/24/1124562924785.html?oneclick=true

On August 25, 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "Intelligence agencies will monitor mosques, prayer halls and Islamic schools 'to the extent necessary' as part of the Federal Government's counter-terrorism policy, the Prime Minister said yesterday. John Howard...

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Muslim Council of Britain Faces Extremism Charges

August 23, 2005

Source: Daily Times

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-8-2005_pg4_4

On August 23, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "The most respected voice of Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims is under fire for pandering to radicalism, just as it is being called upon to play a bridge-building role in the wake of the London bombings. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is a coalition of some 400...

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Muslim Boy Scouts Find Their Place in the Troop

August 23, 2005

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1096510,00.html

On August 23, 2005 the TIME Magazine reported, "Most people probably think of the Boy Scouts of America as a Christian group--and not a particularly inclusive one, a reputation earned in part through its efforts to keep out gays, atheists and agnostics. But the Scouts insists it is open and diverse, especially in matters of faith... There are Jewish, Hindu, Mormon and...

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Studies Measure Hindu American Philanthropy in the Diaspora

August 22, 2005

Source: INDOLink

http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=081305114825

On August 22, 2005 INDOLink reported, "A number of recent studies have focused on the role that Indian-American philanthropic organizations play in promoting social development and goodwill both in America as well as in India. For example, Priya Anand’s study, presented last year at the International Society for Third Sector Research, concludes that while temples in the United...

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