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Anglican Parish In Va. Settles Property Dispute With Episcopalians

February 20, 2011

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/20/AR2011022004136.html?nav=rss_religion

A tiny, 133-year-old conservative Anglican parish near Leesburg has agreed to settle its part of a bitter, costly land dispute with the Episcopal Church. The case drew national attention in 2006 when a cluster of like-minded parishes in Virginia...

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British Gay Muslims Seek Islamic Weddings

February 20, 2011

Author: Adrian Goldberg

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12486003

British gay Muslims are joining the global fight for equality and seeking gay Islamic marriage. The BBC's 5 live Investigates speaks to one couple about their 'nikah' - a Muslim matrimonial contract - and asks how they balance their sexuality with the Islamic faith.

 

"We met about three years ago, at an iftar - a breaking of fast during Ramadan.

Unitarians Turn Tragedy Into Lesson In Tolerance

February 11, 2011

Author: Travis Loller

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021104261.html

When an out-of-work truck driver opened fire in a Tennessee church because it welcomed gay and multiracial families, the congregation met that hatred with love. In the process, it inspired a national campaign centered around Valentine'...

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Goddess Worshipers and Tax Authorities Clash In an Upstate Town

February 9, 2011

Author: Peter Applebome

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/nyregion/10towns.html

During Palenville Pagan Pride Day in August, the agenda reflected the goddess-centered theology of the Divine Feminine, which members say has its roots 12,000 years ago in the Goddess Cybele in Central Anatolia, in Turkey.

 

So after the opening ritual at 9 a.m. and sandwiched around “Lunchtime with the Priestesses...

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Conservative German State Bans Burqas for Civil Servants

February 2, 2011

Author: Erik Kirschbaum

Source: Reuters FaithWorld

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2011/02/02/conservative-german-state-bans-burqas-for-civil-servants/

Hesse, a state run by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, on Wednesday became the first German region to ban Muslim face veils for public sector workers.

 

Hesse Interior Minister Boris Rhein announced it...

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Muslims Welcome Hijab Law In Argentina

January 26, 2011

Author: Melissa Abalo

Source: PressTV

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/162033.html

The administration of Cristina Fernandez has passed an historic legislation that allows Muslim women to wear hijab in public places without the fear of persecution. They can use photographs wearing headscarves for their national ID cards.

The new law seeks to promote freedom of religion and expression in the Latin American country, and help the Muslim community to integrate...

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Angst About Islamist Groups Goes Mainstream In Germany

January 9, 2011

Author: Kirsten Grieshaber

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/08/AR2011010800335.html

The 200 robed and bearded men gathered at dusk on the market square, rolled out their prayer rugs and intoned Allah's praises as dismayed townspeople looked on.

 

It was Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, and...

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Female Torah Scribe Observes And Battles Tradition

January 5, 2011

Author: Dina Newman

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12112913

Avielah Barclay is an Orthodox Jewish woman who aims to live "sincerely and 100%" inside the traditions of her faith.

 

She leads a fastidiously observant life, wears a head covering and a long skirt - in line with Orthodox views on female modesty - and keeps a kosher kitchen.

 

Yet she is, in many ways, a most unorthodox...

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Atheists' Diversity Woes Have No Black-And-White Answers

January 3, 2011

Author: G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Source: BeliefNet News

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/01/atheists-diversity-woes-have-n.php

Alix Jules is an atheist, but for years he felt uncomfortable at gatherings of nonbelievers. The reason: He's black.

 

"I got really tired of going back and forth to free thought events and being the only black person there," said Jules, 36, who lives in Dallas. "It was not...

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