Women

TSA Scanners, Pat-Downs Particularly Vexing for Muslims, Other Religious Groups

December 23, 2010

Author: Tara Bahrampour

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122202919.html

As Erum Ikramullah prepared to head to Reagan National Airport on Thursday for a flight, she mulled over two distasteful choices: the body scanner or the pat-down?

 

Ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a trip to the airport has been fraught for...

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Muslim American Girls Taunted, Assaulted At School For Wearing Hijab

December 21, 2010

Author: Tarice Gray

Source: Change.Org

http://education.change.org/blog/view/muslim_american_girls_taunted_assaulted_at_school_for_wearing_hijab

Some California schools get a "F" for teaching tolerance, an Islamic civil liberties group is saying. The Greater Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) says it's hearing from students and their parents saying that...

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Dutch May Introduce Burqa Ban as Early as 2011

December 16, 2010

Author: Sara Webb

Source: Reuters

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6BF45W20101216

The Netherlands could ban the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women, as soon as next year, Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders told Reuters in an interview Thursday.

 

Wilders' populist Freedom Party is the third largest in parliament and provides crucial support to the minority ruling coalition in exchange for the...

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Muslim American Artists Strive to Bridge a Chasm

December 16, 2010

Author: Thalia Gigerenza

Source: The New York Times/The Bay Citizen

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/us/17bcarts.html?_r=1&ref=religionandbelief

When Wajahat Ali, a young Muslim American playwright from Fremont, needed to build an audience for his work, he produced his plays in cramped Pakistani restaurants in the East Bay and used Facebook to get the word out.

 

His play “The Domestic Crusaders...

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Muslim Woman's Headscarf Incident Prompts ACLU Lawsuit

December 14, 2010

Author: Andria Simmons

Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/muslim-womans-headscarf-incident-776839.html

Two years ago at the Douglasville Municipal Court, Lisa Valentine was jailed after refusing to remove a headscarf she wore as an expression of her Islamic beliefs.

 

On Tuesday, Valentine returned to the courthouse to announce she was filing a federal lawsuit...

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International Adoptions Changing Face Of U.S. Judaism

December 6, 2010

Author: Lauren Markoe

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/12/international-adoptions-changi.php

Like so many Jewish women, Anne Suissa pursued her education and career with gusto, earning degrees from Cornell and MIT and going on to manage 27 people at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 

Suissa always knew she wanted marriage and family...

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Film Brings Buddhist Nuns' Story Out Of the Shadows

December 2, 2010

Author: Paul Liberatore

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Marin Independent Journal

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=12,9718,0,0,1,0

After a 20-year career as a still photographer, Marin's Heather Kessinger makes her filmmaking debut with "In the Shadow of Buddha," a documentary that takes viewers into the seldom-seen world of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in northernmost India. While beautifully photographed, it doesn't paint a completely...

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U.S., European Buddhist Nuns Ordained In Taiwan

November 7, 2010

Author: Hermia Lin

Source: The Buddhist Channel/CNA

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=48,9660,0,0,1,0

Six Tibetan Buddhist nuns from Europe and the United States were ordained in a solemn ceremony held in Taipei on Sunday and they said they will try their best to make Buddhism take root in the West.

With the help of Venerable Heng-ching, the Committee of Western Bhikshunis, and Sakyadhita International, the six Buddhist...

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First Woman Rabbi Since War Ordained In Germany

November 4, 2010

Author: Mary Lane

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/04/AR2010110401729.html

Germany's burgeoning Jewish community ordained its first female rabbi since the Holocaust on Thursday, a major step for a religious group that until recently imported its leaders from abroad - most of them men. 

The ordination...

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Respecting Muslim Patients’ Needs

November 1, 2010

Author: Roni Caryn Rabin

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/health/01patients.html

A woman in her mid-30s wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, comes to an urgent care center complaining of leg pain. The first thing she asks: “Are there any woman doctors around?”

 

She declines to be alone in an exam room with a male doctor. She does not want to be touched by a man who...

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Boston Women Gather to Celebrate Circles Of Names

November 1, 2010

Author: Kathryn M. Lohre

Source: The National Council of Churches News Service

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/101101bostoncircles.html

In a beautiful New England fall morning, more than 40 women gathered at Harvard Divinity School to tell their stories about the women who have shaped their lives of faith, and to build a future for women’s ministries and gender justice in our churches and society.

 

The event, one of several...

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